SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule Mar. 25th, 2013

Hello My Friends:

I wanted to mention my friend Cory Weeds.  Cory, like myself, is a professional jazz musician who also runs and oversees a music venue.  His club, The Cellar, in Vancouver BC, is an amazing and vibrant jazz venue that Cory runs with vision and purpose.  I have to admit that The CellarLIVE came before SmallsLIVE (I stole the idea from him).  On top of everything else that Cory does, he also leads jazz tours of New York City. Last week he organized one full week of jazz concerts at many of the venues in the city (we did two at Smalls).  He's responsible for about 50 tourists who he brings all over the city to hear jazz.  It's an admirable feat and not only exposes a lucky group of folks to some of the best music they'll hear in their lifetime but it also creates work for the artists and revenue for the clubs.  This week was Cory's third successful tour.  Check out his club's website HERE.  My hat's off to you, Cory.  Amazing job.

On Monday this week we start with one of my personal favorite humans and artists, Pete Malinverni, who's coming in with his fantastic trio at 7:30 PM before Ari Hoenig's show at 9:30.  Don't miss this chance to hear this amazing and original musician.  On Tuesday night please don't forget about the great Frank Lacy and the Legacy Band, which always features Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard, Theo Hill and others.  They hit at 9:30 PM regularly on Tuesdays and the band sounds great.

This Wednesday and Thursday evening we present guitarist Gilad Hekselman and his group which features Mark Turner on tenor, Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.  Gilad is an astonishing improvisor and this band has played a lot together which should make a dynamic and rewarding couple of nights.

Our "Round Midnight" concert on Wednesday, after Gilad, presents the pianist David Bryant.  David was featured on Dezron's new record on SmallsLIVE (see the review below).  His quartet has Mark Shim on tenor, Dezron Douglas on bass and Eric McPherson on drums.  On 
Thursday night, at Midnight, we are featuring the young, brilliant pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio to play a set and host a jam session. 

Our weekend showcases the excellent Marcus Strickland and his quartet.  His concert start at 10:30 PM with his brother E.J. Strickland on drums, David Bryant on piano and Rashaan Carter on bass.  This is a truly vital and organic group and I'm sure they will amaze you.

On Friday, for our 7:30 set, we have pianist Larry Ham and his quartet.  Larry is a master pianist and longtime veteran of the New York scene.  He's coming in with Woody Witt on tenor and his steadfast trio of Lee Hudson on bass and Tom Melito on drums.  Larry Ham is always well worth listening to.

On Saturday at 7:30 PM we present Will and Peter Anderson and their amazing octet of top-notch musicians playing some beautiful arrangements.  This is also a concert well worth attending.

On Sunday, I hope you take the opportunity to hear vocalist Milton Suggs, who is coming in as a duet with pianist Willerm Delisfort.  Milton is the best young male vocalist that I've heard in awhile.  Please come out and support this show.  After Milton is our wonderful Johnny O'Neal and his trio at 9:30 PM

As always, I thank you for your support and I hope to see you in person at the club.

My sincere wish for your well being!


The Pete Malinverni Trio 

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM 

Pete Malinverni - Piano
Lee Hudson- Bass 
Jason Brown - Drums

"Round Midnight" with:
The David Bryant Quartet
Midnight to Close

David Bryant - Piano
Mark Shim - Tenor
Dezron Douglas - Bs
Eric McPherson - Drm

The Larry Ham Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Larry Ham - Piano
Woody Witt - Tenor
Lee Hudson - Bass
Tom Melito - Drums

The Smalls Legacy Band

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Frank Lacy - Trombone
Theo Hill - Piano 
Josh Evans - Trumpet
Stacy Dillard - Tenor


Afterhours & Jam Session with
The Emmet Cohen Trio

Midnight to close

Emmet Cohen - Piano
Russell Hall - Bass
Evan Sherman - Drums
The Anderson Twins Octet 

7:30 to 10:00 PM

Peter Anderson - Tenor
Will Anderson - Alto
Fabien Mary Trumpet
Joe McDonough - Tbn
Frank Basile- Baritone
Ehud Asherie - Piano
Clovis Nicholas - Bass 
Keith Balla - Drums
3/27 & 3/28
The Gilad Hekselman Quartet
feat. Mark Turner

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Gilad Hekselman -gtr
Mark Turner - tenor
Joe Martin - bass
Marcus Gilmore - drums


3/29 & 3/30
Marcus Strickland Quartet

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Marcus Strickland - Tnr
David Bryant - Piano
Rashaan Carter - Bass
E.J. Strickland - Drums


Milton Suggs
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Milton Suggs - Voice
Willerm Delisfort - Piano


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Downbeat gives 4 stars to Dezron Douglas:  Live at Smalls in the April 2013 issue! 

Bassist Dezron Douglas begins this disc with a super-charged hat-tip to Benny Harris’ “Bish, Bash, Bosh,” taking Harris’ melody, cranking up the tempo and adding more verve and energy. Trumpeter Josh Evans and tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard harmonize on the winding melody giving the tune a light, easy bounce. It’s a firecracker of a tune, and Douglas carries that bouncy, weightless approach through the entire live recording.

Douglas composed most of the tunes, with pianist David Bryant offering the meditative “Nita.” On the somber, muted tune, Dillard’s dark soprano takes center stage, providing a rich contrast to Bryant’s accented, bright piano style. The group’s only other cover, Gigi Gryce’s “Minority,” is given a regimental—but still plenty bouncy, of course— bent by drummer Willie Jones III. Bryant’s piano, at once both choppy and rubato, flows over the snare, Douglas plucking away a walking pattern on each downbeat. After the melody enters, the accompaniment turns to tight, compact swing. Like “Bish, Bash, Bosh,” the tune is somewhat of a transformation—and is slowed down considerably from the original—with the band putting its own mark on the piece. —Jon Ross

Listen to "Nita" here at All About Jazz

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Monday March 25
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - The Pete Malinverni Trio
Pete Malinverni - Piano , Lee Hudson - Bass , Jason Brown - Drums 
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Ari Hoenig Group
Jean-Michel Pilc - Piano , Francois Moutin - Bass , Ari Hoenig - Drums , 
Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: Spencer Murphy 
Spencer Murphy - Bass , 

Tuesday March 26
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (no cover) - Solo Piano Happy Hour with: Spike Wilner
Spike Wilner - Piano 
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Smalls Legacy Band
Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Frank Lacy - Trombone 
Midnight to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends
Kyle Poole - Drums , 

Wednesday March 27
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (no cover) - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman
Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer , 
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Gilad Hekselman Quartet
Mark Turner - Tenor Sax , Gilad Hekselman - Guitar , Joe Martin - Bass , Marcus Gilmore - Drums 
Midnight to 3:00 AM - "Round Midnight" with The David Bryant Quartet ($10 Cover)
Mark Shim - Tenor Sax , David Bryant - Piano , Dezron Douglas - Bass , Eric McPherson - Drums 

Thursday March 28
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (no cover charge) - Afternoon Open Jam Session hosted by Jon Roche
Jon Roche - Bass , 
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Ehud Asherie Duo
Ehud Asherie - Piano , Jon-Erik Kellso - Trumpet 
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Gilad Hekselman Quartet
Mark Turner - Tenor Sax , Gilad Hekselman - Guitar , Joe Martin - Bass , Marcus Gilmore - Drums 
Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Emmet Cohen Trio
Evan Sherman - Drums , Emmet Cohen - Piano , Russell Hall - Bass 

Friday March 29
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (No Cover) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker
Sam Raderman - Guitar , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Luc Decker - Drums 
7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - The Larry Ham/Woody Witt Quartet
Woody Witt - Tenor Sax , Larry Ham - Piano , Lee Hudson - Bass , Tom Melito - Drums 
10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - The Marcus Strickland Quartet
Marcus Strickland - Tenor Sax , David Bryant - Piano , E.J. Strickland - Drums , Rashaan Carter - Bass 

Saturday March 30
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by Dwayne Clemons & Sasha Perry 
Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax , Sacha Perry - Piano , Murray Wall - Bass , Jimmy Wormworth - Drums 
7:30 to 9:45 PM - The Anderson Twins Octet
Peter Anderson - Tenor Sax , William Anderson - Alto Sax , Fabien Mary - Trumpet , Joe McDonough - Trombone , Frank Basile - Baritone Sax , Ehud Asherie - Piano , Clovis Nicolas - Bass , Keith Balla - Drums 
10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Marcus Strickland Quartet
Marcus Strickland - Tenor Sax , David Bryant - Piano , E.J. Strickland - Drums , Rashaan Carter - Bass 
1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: Philip Harper
Philip Harper - Trumpet , 

Sunday March 31
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate
Marion Cowings - Vocalist 
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The Afternoon Jam Session with John Merrill (Musicians free, $10 cover)
John Merrill - Guitar , 
7:30 PM to 9:15 PM - The Milton Suggs Duo
Milton Suggs - Vocalist , Willerm Delisfort - Piano 
9:30 PM to 11:00 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal ($20)
Johnny O'Neal - Piano , 
- Smalls will close EARLY TONIGHT We will close at Midnight following Johnny O'Neal. We will re-open on Tuesday, April 2nd. Thanks for understanding.

Monday April 01
- We are CLOSED this evening for a private event.

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