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SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

August 26th, 2013

 

Hello Friends:

The summer is rapidly drawing to a close - it went fast!  Often, my life seems like the movie "Groundhog Day", one continuous lengthy hang at Smalls night after night.  But things are really good here.  When I finally do decide to pop my head up out of the hole to have a look around, I'm never that happy with what I see - idiotic television shows, horrible news in the papers, God-awful music, 7-11's popping up all over the East Village & a plethora of really stupid people walking around acting like idiots... so I quickly dive back into our basement on West 10th street, our haven.  Smalls is a rare place full of intelligent and caring human beings all unified in their love for music.  A self-supporting community of artists and friends.  I can only be grateful and pray that it lasts.

Our campaign to build our revenue share project is nearly over (thank goodness!).  We have just about one week left until it's concluded.  As of this writing we have raised $37K.  This is a real success and I thank everyone who has contributed.  We've gotten some amazing support, reviews and very positive feedback from the artists and the fans.  Please click www.smallslive.com to check out everything about the campaign and to help out if you're feeling it.  

Over the last 60 days I've been working really hard on the concepts of the revenue share and how it's going to work.  I've had some real breakthroughs in the last week and will be doing some experimenting with our live stream.  Currently, I am looking at YouTube as our platform to host our live show and will be doing some free broadcasting right to our SmallsLIVE Youtube channel.  There's some technical challenges but it seems that it could be a great thing.  Do me a favor, please click "subscribe" to our YouTube channel.  It doesn't cost anything and the more subscribers we have the more opportunity we have with YouTube.  Here is the direct link: https://www.youtube.com/user/smallslive -  I'm also going to be upgrading our cameras in the next week or so and start really working on improving our presentation and reliability of the live stream.  I'll keep you updated.


This Week At Smalls

Monday - we have a nice double header to start off the week beginning with pianist Romain Collin and his trio at 7:30 PM.  Romain is a creative and introspective musician with some interesting music.  He's featuring Luques Curtis on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.  At 10PM we have drummer Francisco Mela coming in with his quartet that showcases tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin, the great Luis Perdomo on piano & Ben Street on bass.  Please also stick around for Spencer Murphy's after-hours jam session.

Tuesday - at 7:30 to 10 PM I'll be back with my trio featuring Yotam Silberstein & Paul Gill.  Then at 10pm is another installment of Lucas Pino's "No-net" Nonet which features a slew of great musicians (Colin Stranahan - Drums , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Matthew Jodrell - Trumpet , Desmond White - Bass , Alex LoRe - Alto Sax , Rafal Sarnecki - Guitar , Nick Finzer - Trombone , Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax).  This band is really a joy to listen to and all members contribute material.  Come out and check them.  At 1AM we have Kyle Poole and his "Next Generation" jam session (The Kiddie-Poole).

Wednesday & Thursday -  For our 9:30 PM shows I'm really psyched to present an old friend and a great musician, Donny McCaslin and his quartet which includes Luques Curtis, Orrin Evans & Billy Drummond.  I'm sure this veteran group is going to kill it both nights.  Come out and check out this rare Smalls appearance from Donny.  Our "Round Midnight" concert on Wednesday showcases Assaf Kehati on guitar with his special guest Anat Cohen.  Also in the group is Ehud Ettun on bass and Ronen Itzik on drums.  This will be Assaf's debut at the club and should be a good one!

Friday & Saturday -  we have Philadelphia in the house this weekend!  The Landham Brother's Group which features Robert Landham on alto and Byron Landham  on drums.  Added to the Philly mix is the wonderful Orrin Evans on piano.  Also joining the group is the interesting Bill McHenry on tenor and (third time this week) Luques Curtis on bass.  Friday afternoon we are featuring one of our star vocalists Marianne Solivan.  She's been presenting a vocal workshop all summer and at 4PM she'll be presenting the concert from that workshop.  At 7:30 PM she'll also be performing with her quartet which features the great Bruce Barth on piano, Mattew Parrish on bass and Jerome Jennings on drums.  Please come out and enjoy this wonderful singer.  Our Saturday 7:30 PM show features tenor saxophone legend David Schnitter and his group with Spike Wilner (me) on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums.  If you haven't yet, check out his Live At Smalls recording.

Sunday - at 7:30 PM we are featuring another great young vocalist Milton Suggs.  Milton has a deep resonant voice and a truly amazing jazz feeling.  If you're not familiar with his singing than take the opportunity to hear him - he's definitely going to leave his mark.  Please be sure to check out our SmallsLIVE Interview Blog this week for an interview with Milton (see below).  Our "Round Midnight" concert on Sunday features the fantastic piano playing of Jonathan Lefcoski and his trio with Russell Hall & Alvin Atkinson.

As always I thank you for your support of this music and our club.  I hope to see you at Smalls in person and urge you to do good deeds and be compassionate to all living things!

Best Regards,

Spike Wilner

Mon. 8/26

 The Romain Collin Trio


7:30 PM to 9:45 PM

Romain Collin - Piano
Luques Curtis - Bass
Obed Calvaire - Drums

 
Wed & Thurs
8/28 & 8/29


The Donny McCaslin Quartet

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Donny McCaslin - T. Sax
Orrin Evans - Piano
Luques Curtis - Bass
Billy Drummond - Drums
Fri. 8/30

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Vocal Workshop Concert

7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The Marianne Solivan Quartet


Marianne Solivan - Voc.
Bruce Barth - Piano
Matthew Parrish - Bass
Jerome Jennings - Drums
Mon. 8/26

The Francisco Mela Quartet


10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Donny McCaslin - T. Sax
Luis Perdomo - Piano
Ben Street - Bass
Francisco Mela - Drums
Wed. 8/28

"Round Midnight" with:
The Assaf Kehati Quartet
feat. Anat Cohen

Midnight to close


Assaf Kehati - Guitar
Anat Cohen - Clarinet
Ehud Ettun - Bass

Ronen Itzik - Drums
 Sat. 8/31

The David Schnitter Quartet


7:30 PM to 10:00 PM


David Schnitter - T.Sax
Spike Wilner - Piano
Ugonna Okegwo - Bass
Anthony Pinciotti - Dr.
 Sun. 9/1

Vocalist
Milton Suggs


7:30 PM to 10:00 PM


Milton Suggs - Voice
Spike Wilner - Piano
Noah Jackson - Bass

 
Tues. 8/27

Lucas Pino's "No-net" Nonet


10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Matthew Jodrell - Trumpet
Alex LoRe - Alto Sax
Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax
Nick Finzer - Trombone
Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax

Rafal Sarnecki - Guitar
Glenn Zaleski - Piano
Desmond White - Bass
Colin Stranahan - Drums
 

Fri & Sat
8/30 & 8/31


 The Landham Brothers' Group

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM


Robert Landham - A. Sax
Bill McHenry - T. Sax
Orrin Evans - Piano
Luques Curtis - Bass
Byron Landham - Drums
 Sun. 9/1

"Round Midnight"
with:
The Jonathan Lefcoski Trio

Midnight to close


Jonathan Lefcoski - Pno
Russell Hall - Bass
Alvin Atkinson - Drums
OUR REGULAR WEEKLYS SHOWS:

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 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


SmallsLIVE Interview BLOG

Interesting and insightful interviews with the artists that perform at Smalls Jazz Club.

Interviewed by bassist Spencer Murphy - these interviews shed light on the thought process of the musicians and their relationship to Smalls.

This week: Milton Suggs
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OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:

Sunday, August 25th

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 - Smalls Sunday Afternoon Chamber Music Salon - selections from Bach to Bartok
Rebekah Durham - Violin , Ihnseon Park - Violin , Nina Monfredo - Viola , Amy Kang - Cello ,

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Sunday Evening Duets with: Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub
Bucky Pizzarelli - Guitar , Ed Laub - Guitar ,

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
Johnny O'Neal - Piano ,

12:00 AM to close - The Spike Wilner Quintet "one for Cedar..."
Spike Wilner - Piano , Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet , Steve Davis - Trombone , Dezron Douglas - Bass , Eric McPherson - Drums


Monday, August 26th

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Romain Collin Trio
Luques Curtis - Bass , Obed Calvaire - Drums , Romain Collin - Piano

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Francisco Mela Group
Francisco Mela - Drums , Donny McCaslin - Tenor Sax , Luis Perdomo - Piano , Ben Street - Bass

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


Tuesday, August 27th

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Spike Wilner Trio
Spike Wilner - Piano , Paul Gill - Bass , Yotam Silberstein - Guitar

10:00 PM to 12:30 PM - Lucas Pino No Net Nonet
Colin Stranahan - Drums , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Matthew Jodrell - Trumpet , Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax , Desmond White - Bass , Alex LoRe - Alto Sax , Rafal Sarnecki - Guitar , Nick Finzer - Trombone , Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax

12:30 AM to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends
Kyle Poole - Drums ,


Wednesday, August 28th

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 Donny McCaslin Group
Donny McCaslin - Tenor Sax , Orrin Evans - Piano , Luques Curtis - Bass , Billy Drummond - Drums

"Round Midnight" to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Assaf Kehati Group featuring Anat Cohen
Assaf Kehati - Guitar , Anat Cohen - Clarinet , Ronen Itzik - Drums , Ehud Ettun - Bass


Thursday, August 29th

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 Donny McCaslin Group
Donny McCaslin - Tenor Sax , Orrin Evans - Piano , Luques Curtis - Bass , Billy Drummond - Drums

Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: The Carlos Abadie Quintet
Luca Santaniello - Drums , Clovis Nicolas - Bass , Carlos Abadie - Trumpet , Joe Sucato - Tenor Sax , Theo Hill - Piano


Friday, August 30th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 cover) - Jazz Vocal Workshop Performance Directed by Marianne Solivan
Marianne Solivan - Vocalist ,

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Marianne Solivan Group
Marianne Solivan - Vocalist , Matthew Parrish - Bass , Bruce Barth - Piano , Jerome Jennings - Drums

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Landham Brothers Group
Robert Landham - Alto Sax , Bill McHenry - Tenor Sax , Orrin Evans - Piano , Luques Curtis - Bass , Byron Landham - Drums

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Anthony Wonsey Trio
Anthony Wonsey - Piano ,


Saturday, August 31

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by: 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 Landham Brothers Group
Robert Landham - Alto Sax , Bill McHenry - Tenor Sax , Orrin Evans - Piano , Luques Curtis - Bass , Byron Landham - Drums

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: Philip Harper
Philip Harper - Trumpet ,


Sunday, September 1st

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 John Merrill Trio
John Merrill - Guitar , George Delancy - Bass

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Milton Suggs Group
Milton Suggs - Vocalist ,

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
Johnny O'Neal - Piano ,

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Jonathan Lefcoski Trio
Jonathan Lefcoski - Piano , Russell Hall - Bass , Alvin Atkinson - Drums

 
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