February 9th, 2015

Dear Friends:

This week marks a special anniversary for me.  It was eight years ago that my college friend Lee Kostrinsky and I made the decision to buy the lease and liquor license for Smalls Jazz Club and become partners with the club's creator Mitch Borden.  It's been a life-transforming decision and one that I will never regret or forget.  Over the last eight years so much has happened with the club and the fabric of the musicians that have made it a home.  I've seen musicians come and go.  I've seen some pass away.  I've seen the club go from relative obscurity to relative prominence and importance.  We live streamed and archived everything.  We renovated the space to make it more efficient.  We opened our new club, Mezzrow - and SMALLS LIVES!  Each evening as I stand at the foot of the stairs and look out at the tumult of bodies packing into the tight space, I can't help but blink in wide-eyed wonder at it all.  SMALLS LIVES!  Cats hanging late.  Jam sessions.  Romances.  Fights.  Weirdos and Genius' all packed into this little basement - night after night.  I want to say God Bless all of the musicians and friends that have helped us and supported this club over the years.  My deepest love and respect to my guru and mentor Mitch Borden for his never-ending patience and hard work.  My love and props to my incredible staff of bartenders, managers and waitresses.  Most of all - my love and deepest gratitude to all of the jazz fans world-wide that keep coming to this club and experiencing the true American art-form called Jazz!  It's real, it's alive and it's vital.  Bring on the next 8 years!!!

With Gratitude and best wishes to everyone and their loved ones!




NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.
Mezzrow proudly endorses Steinway pianos

Monday - 2/9
Johnny O'Neal & Luke Sellick

  • The highly acclaimed pianist and singer Johnny O'Neal has a residency at Mezzrow every Monday evening.  With him is the excellent bassist Luke Sellick.  Johnny plays a set of music and then hosts an "invitation-only" jam session for singers and instrumentalists.

    • John Merrill Solo Guitar @ 7 PM
      Johnny O'Neal from 9 PM to 12:30 AM

      To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Tuesday - 2/10
Randy Ingram & Orlando Le Fleming

Pianist Randy Ingram is a modern thinking improvisor with an elegant touch and swinging sensibility. With him is the excellent bassist Orlando LeFleming.

 Happy Hour Solo Piano @ 7 PM
Randy Ingram sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM

Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 11:30 PM

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Wednesday - 2/11
Claudia Acuna & Jason Lindner

Chilean vocalist Claudia Acuna has a soft, mellifluous voice - sensual but with an unerring sense of rhythm.  
With her is the modern thinking improvisor Jason Lindner for two sets of vocal/piano duets.

 Happy Hour Solo Piano @ 7 PM
Acuna/Lindner sets @ 9 PM to 10:30 PM

Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 11:30 PM

To advance purchase a reserved seat click:

Thursday - 2/12
Joanne Brackeen Solo Piano

Friday & Saturday - 2/13-14
Joanne Brackeen & Cecil McBee
  • Joanne Brackeen is a jazz legend.  Considered a musical visonary her credentials are lengthy and include stints in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and her own colorful and storied carreer.  A longtime Bradley's pianist, she comes into Mezzrow for the first time.  With her is her longtime musical partner and a jazz legend in his own right bassist Cecil McBee. Please don't miss this chance to hear these extraordinary artists.

    Solo Piano Happy Hour @ 7 PM
    Joanne Brackeen Sets @  9 PM & 10:30 PM
    Thurs - Jon Davis Solo Piano @ 11:30 PM
    Fri/Sat - After-hours with Emmet Cohen

    To advance purchase a reserved seat click:


Sunday - 2/15
Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub
  • Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub are a natural duet - beautiful swing feeling and tradition wrapped with humor, romance and joy.  This is a feel good set of music!  Don't miss them in our intimate Music Room setting.

    Doors open at 7PM.
    Sets run 7:15 to 9PM with one break.

    To advance purchase a reserved seat:


Sunday - 2/15
Charles Davis, Richard Clemens & Murray Wall
  • A trio of veterans comes in for a Sunday evening.  The legendary saxophonist Charles Davis with the marvelous Richard Clements and Murray Wall on bass will be sure to play some beautiful music.

    Sets Run 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM


(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 2/9
The Jon Davis Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Yasushi Nakamura - Bass, Jon Davis - Piano, Shinnousuke Takahashi - Drums

Pianist Jon Davis is a musician's musician.  With a stellar touch and an amazing harmonic sense.  Don't miss his trio.
Monday - 2/9
The Ari Hoenig Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Eden Ladin - Piano, Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Orlando Le Fleming - Bass, Ari Hoenig

Drum hero Ari Hoenig returns to his regular slot on Monday nights with his working quartet that features the fanciful Tivon Pennicott
Tuesday - 2/10
Lucas Pino
No Net Nonet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Lucas Pino and his excellent "no-net" nonet return to the Smalls stage showcasing the amazing writing for this 9 piece group.
Wednesday - 2/11
Loren Stillman Trio
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
  w. Loren Stillman - Alto Sax, Gary Versace - Piano, Nate Radley - Guitar, Jared Schonig - Drums

Loren Stillman is a modern thinking inventive improvisor.  With him is the sparkling Gary Versace on piano.
Wednesday - 2/11
"Round Midnight" With :
Jamale Davis

Midnight to close
w. Chris Byars - Tenor Sax, Stefano Doglioni - Clarinet, Jamale Davis - Bass, Pasquale Grasso - Guitar, Keith Balla - Drums

Jamale Davis returns to Smalls for a "round midnight" set that features the fantastic Chris Byars on the tenor sax.
Thursday - 2/12
Julian Shore Quintet
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax, Julian Shore - Piano, Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Aidan Carroll - Bass, Jochen Rueckert - Drums

Julian Shore makes his Smalls debut as a leader and brings in an amazing group that features Dayna Stephens and Gilad Hekselman.
Thursday - 2/12
"Round Midnight" With:
The Nick Hempton Band

Midnight to close
w. Nick Hempton - Alto Sax, Tadataka Unno - Piano, Dave Baron - Bass, Dan Aran - Drums

Don't be fooled by his gruff mien - Nick can play and is a soulful melodic improvisor.
Friday - 2/13
Marianne Solivan Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
w. Marianne Solivan - Vocalist, John Chin - Piano, Matthew Parrish - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums

Marianne Solivan brings her lovely voice and jazz sensibility to Smalls with her excellent quartet that features the piano work of John Chin.
Friday & Saturday - 2/13-14
Harry Allen Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
 w. Harry Allen - Tenor Sax, Joel Forbes - Bass, Rosanno Sportiello - Piano, Aaron Kimmel - Drums

Harry Allen is a traditionalist with a strong sense of melodic phrasing and gorgeous tone.  With him is the superb pianist Rossano Sportiello.
Saturday - 2/14
Tommy Campbell & VOCAL-EYES

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
Carolyn Leonhart - Vocalist, Helio Alves - Piano, Ben Sher - Guitar, Harvie S - Bass, Tommy Campbell - Drums

Tommy Campbell returns with his vocal group that features the startling voice of Carolyn Leonhart.
Sunday - 2/15
Ned Goold Quartet

From 10:30 PM to close
w. Ned Goold - Tenor Sax, Charles Goold - Drums, Reid Taylor - Bass, Sasha Perry - Piano

Ned Goold is a brilliant and enigmatic figure on the jazz scene.  His improvisations are labyrinthian and exotic.


Monday - 2/9, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Michel


Tuesday - 2/10, 7:30 PM to close 
Ehud Asherie Trio

Tuesday - 2/10, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole

Wednesday - 2/11, 6 PM to 9 PM to close 
Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman


Friday - 2/13, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session With :
Ai Murakami Band

Friday - 2/13, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Jeremy Manasia

Saturday - 2/14, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With :
 Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

Saturday -2/14, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Philip Harper

Sunday - 2/15, 1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

Sunday - 2/15, 7:30 PM to 10 PM
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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