SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule June 17th, 2013

Hello My Friends:

I've been reading the auto-biography of Charlie Chaplin.  I highly recommend this book - it's really beautifully written, full of insight, wisdom, humor and amazing stories.  Chaplin was one of the greatest artists of our time and his body of work was truly remarkable.  He knew everyone - kings and presidents, actors and producers, writers, painters, musicians - everyone wanted to know him.  He was the center of the cultural scene of the United States during '10's, 20's, 30's and into the 40's.

I bring this up because there is one story where Chaplin became friends with the scientist Albert Einstein.  Einstein was a Chaplin fan and expressed interest in meeting him and so they got together and became friends.  Both Chaplin and Einstein were musicians - Chaplin played violin and Einstein played piano.  In fact, Chaplin composed quite a bit of music for his films including the famous standard "Smile" which is often played at Smalls.  Einstein and Chaplin often spoke about music  and discussed the remarkable mindset that a musician has when he or she plays or improvises.  Both Chaplin and Einstein used music as a creative doorway for their work, be it film or physics.  I wanted to quote this story about how Albert Einstein conceived of his famous Theory of Relativity:

"Einstein woke up one morning and "after drinking his coffee, he went to the piano and started playing.  Now and again he would stop, play a few notes and then said to his wife, "Darling, I've got a wonderful idea, a marvelous idea!".  "For goodness sake tell me what it is, don't keep me in suspense", she said.  Einstein: "It's difficult, I still have to work it out" - then he continued playing the piano and making notes for about half an hour and then went upstairs and said that he didn't want to be disturbed - and remained there for two weeks!  Eventually, he came down from his study looking very pale, "That's it", he said and wearily put two sheets of paper on the table.  This was his theory of relativity"

What I find remarkable about this was that by playing music, he was able to put himself in another kind of mindset - a creative one that allowed him to have creative ideas about physics.  The mental work was done while playing notes and hearing music in his mind and in this frame conceiving a world changing idea.  The musical mind is mysterious and beyond our everyday mind - it taps into another place.  A musician has a disciplined mind and understands concentration and relaxation.  The musical mind is one where creative ideas can flow naturally.  This is another reason why music education, particularly for young people is so important.  It develops the spirit and can open one up to the universal creative mind - a place where anything is possible and a place where one idea can change the world forever.  If we could stress this creative mind over the competitive mind we could have a healthier society.  Music is so important!

This Week At Smalls:

On Monday we have a great double bill.  At 7:30, bassist Hans Glawischnig comes in with a chordless trio with Samir Zarif on tenor and Colin Stranahan on drums.  Following them is pianist Sam Yahel - know mostly for his organ work, Sam is an amazing pianist and well worth coming out for his show.  His trio is with Matt Penman & Jochen Rueckert

On Wednesday and Thursday we are excited to present guitarist Nir Felder and his quartet with Aaron Parks, Matt Penman & Nate Smith - Nir is a creative improvisor and original composer.  He's been getting a lot of attention lately and for good reason.  Also - be sure to read his interview in our SmallsLIVE Interview Blog - CLICK.  Our "Round Midnight" Concert on Wednesday night features bassist Aidan Carroll and his quartet with the amazing John Ellis on tenor, the equally amazing Sullivan Fortner on piano and the swinging Darrell Green on drums.  Should be a fantatstic evening of music.

This weekend we present the quintet of alto saxophonist Mike Dirubbo.  Mike is a fiery, modern player and is bringing in a top-notch quintet featuring Mike Rodriguez on trumpet, Brian Charette on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.  On Friday night for our 7:30 PM show we have the Tardo Hammer trio with Earl Sauls & Jimmy Wormworth - Tardo is a serious pianist in the pure be-bop tradition and this is his excellent working trio.  On Saturday night for our 7:30 PM show we have the great David Schnitter and his quartet with myself on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums.  Be sure to check out David's Live At Smalls date - there's a free download in our "SmallsLIVE In The News" section below.

On Sunday at 4:30 PM, we are showcasing pianist Kevin Harris for his CD release.  Kevin is a real pro and well deserves to be heard and get some further recognition.  Come on out and check his music and support his project.  At 7:30 PM we present guitarist Joe Cohn with pianist Peter Beets & Paul Gill on bass.  Following them is the fantastic Johnny O'Neal  Our afterhours show on Sunday features the wonderful Bruce Harris and his quintet with Andy Farber, Jeb Patton, David Wong & Pete Van Nostrand.  This is a highly swinging outfit and it should be a great hang to boot!

As always, I appreciate your support of this club and of this music.  I urge you to do good deeds and I wish for your well being.

Best Regards,

Spike Wilner


The Hans Glawischnig Trio

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Hans Glawischnig - Bass
Samir Zarif - Tenor
Colin Stranahan - Drums



"Round Midnight" with:
The Aidan Carroll Quartet

12:30 AM to close

Aidan Carroll - Bass
John Ellis - Tenor
Sullivan Fortner - Piano
Darrell Green - Drums


The David Schnitter Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

David Schnitter - Tenor
Spike Wilner - Piano
Ugonna Okegwo - Bass
Anthony Pinciotti - Drm

The Sam Yahel Trio

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Sam Yahel - Piano
Matt Penman - Bass
Jochen Rueckert - Drums

6/21 & 6/22

The Mike Dirubbo Quintet

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Mike DiRubbo - Alto
Mike Rodriguez - Tpt
Brian Charette - Piano
Dwayne Burno - Bass
Rudy Royston - Drums



The Smalls Showcase:
Kevin Harris - CD Relase

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Kevin Harris - Piano
Francisco Mela - Drums
Godwin Louis - Alto


6/19 & 6/20

The Nir Felder Qrt

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Nir Felder - Guitar
Aaron Parks - Piano
Matt Penman - Bass
Nate Smith - Drums



The Tardo Hammer Trio

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Tardo Hammer - Piano
Earl Sauls - Bass
Jimmy Wormsworth -Drms



Afterhours with:
The Bruce Harris Quintet

11:30 PM to close

Bruce Harris - Tpt
Andy Farber - Tnr
Jeb Patton - Pno

David Wong - Bass
Pete Vsn Nostrand - Drms

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, 10PM to 12:30 AM -
Smalls Legacy Band (featuring Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Theo Hill & Stacy Dillard)

Tues, "Afterhours" -
Kyle Poole "Next Generation" Jam

Wed, 6PM to 8:45 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 5PM to 8:45 PM -
Sam Raderman Afternoon Jam

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
Paquale Grasso Afternoon Jam

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
The Dwayne Clemons Quintet

Sun, 10PM to 11:30 PM  - 
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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Monday, June 17th

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Hans Glawischnig Trio
Hans Glawischnig - Bass , Samir Zarif - Tenor Sax , Colin Stranahan - Drums

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Sam Yahel Trio
Sam Yahel - Piano , Matt Penman - Bass , Jochen Rueckert - Drums

12:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Spencer Murphy
Spencer Murphy - Bass ,

Tuesday, June 18th

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Spike Wilner Trio
Spike Wilner - Piano , Yotam Silberstein - Guitar , Paul Gill - Bass

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM (two sets) - The Smalls Legacy Band
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass , Frank Lacy - Trombone , Kush Abadey - Drums

Midnight to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends
Kyle Poole - Drums ,

Wednesday, June 19th

6:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman ($10 cover/Musicians free)
Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer ,

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Nir Felder Quartet
Nir Felder - Guitar , Aaron Parks - Piano , Matt Penman - Bass , Nate Smith - Drums

12:30 AM to Close - The Aidan Carroll Quartet
John Ellis - Tenor Sax , Sullivan Fortner - Piano , Aidan Carroll - Bass , Darrell Green - Drums

Thursday, June 20th

5:00 PM to 8:45 PM ($10 cover/Musicians free) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker
Luc Decker - Drums , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Sam Raderman - Guitar ,

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Nir Felder Quartet
Nir Felder - Guitar , Aaron Parks - Piano , Matt Penman - Bass , Nate Smith - Drums

Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: The Carlos Abadie Quintet
Carlos Abadie - Trumpet ,

Friday, June 21st

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 cover/musicians free) - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso
Pasquale Grasso - Guitar ,

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Tardo Hammer Trio
Tardo Hammer - Piano , Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Earl Sauls - Bass

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Mike DiRubbo Quintet
Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet , Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax , Brian Charette - Piano , Dwayne Burno - Bass , Rudy Royston - Drums

1:15 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Jeremy Manasia Trio
Jeremy Manasia - Piano ,

Saturday, June 22nd

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Saturday Afternoon Concert With: The Dwayne Clemons Quintet
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Sacha Perry - Piano , Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax , Murray Wall - Bass

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The David Schnitter Quartet
David Schnitter - Tenor Sax , Spike Wilner - Piano , Ugonna Okegwo - Bass , Anthony Pinciotti - Drums

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Mike DiRubbo Quintet
Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax , Dwayne Burno - Bass , Rudy Royston - Drums , Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet , Brian Charette - Piano

1:15 AM to close - Afterhours with: Stacy Dillard
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax ,

Sunday, June 23rd

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate
Marion Cowings - Vocalist

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - The Smalls Showcase Presents: Kevin Harris CD Release
Francisco Mela - Drums , Kevin Harris - Piano , Godwin Louis - Alto Sax

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Joe Cohn/Peter Beets Trio
Joe Cohn - Guitar , Peter Beets - Piano , Paul Gill - Bass

9:30 PM to 11:00 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
Johnny O'Neal - Piano ,

11:30 PM to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Bruce Harris Quintet
Bruce Harris - Trumpet , Andy Farber - Tenor Sax , Jeb Patton - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Peter Van Nostrand - Drums
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