June 15th, 2015
I’d be remiss if I didn’t say a few words about the passing of Ornette Coleman.  Ornette Coleman was a giant of this music.  In Buddhism he would be called a “wheel-turning king” - a great spiritual force that comes only once in several generations and invokes a great change in the fabric of the Dharma.  Our Jazz Dharma was fundamentally changed by Ornette’s trailblazing musical mind.
I had the inexplicably good fortune of being invited to Ornette’s Chelsea loft to play a session with him and some other musicians.  This was thanks to photographer John Rogers who had a friendship with Ornette.  When Ornette was in town with some time off he liked to play and John would suggest guys for him to play with.  That afternoon I was there with drummer Anthony Pinciotti, bassist Gregg August and saxophonist Stacy Dillard.  Ornette’s loft was awesome – a huge space with highly modern design and décor (would you expect anything less?).  Ornette himself was shy and soft-spoken almost like a child, but his smile disarmed any nervousness and one immediately understood what a beautiful soul he was.  Ornette greeted everyone cordially with soft handshakes and took us to a rehearsal studio section of the loft.  There was no piano, which made sense, but he did own a pretty good keyboard. We were cowed to silence not knowing what to expect, but set up our instruments and waited to see what would happen.
But before any playing started, Ornette began to speak.  His voice was gentle and somewhat high pitched.  He had a mischievous twinkle in his eye and began to speak about the metaphysics of music.  He had an elaborate theory about the relationship of sexual energy and each note of the scale.   I wish could have recorded this but can only paraphrase from memory.  Somehow, middle C represented the female sex organ and all the other tones where subjugated to this tone.  For Ornette, sexual energy was musical energy and thereby the Universal Energy.  It all made perfect sense to me at the time but we were dumbfounded and could only listen.  We sat around him on the floor like the disciples with the Great Sage.
Finally we began to play.  Nothing was said and no instructions were given. We just started playing – no preconceived idea, no tune, no chords, no imposed structure or rhythm – completely open.  We started tentatively.  Ornette didn’t play but just listened as we searched, trying to find something and uncertain what we were doing.  And then – Ornette played a simple phrase that shattered us!  Something so simple and yet it directed us immediately to a musical place where we then began to dwell.  It went on like this: we would play and Ornette, every now and then, would play one or two little things which would direct us and set a new vibe, a different slant.  He was like a shepherd herding his lambs and we followed and gamboled in his musical landscape.  This improvisation lasted for more than one hour with out pause.   In this hour I found myself in a musical world, which I never knew before.  It was like being at a cocktail party with different groups of people holding different conversations and one wandering from one to the other seamlessly.  The hour passed so quickly! Ornette, the entire time, smiling his secret smile and guiding us along in his dream-like music world.
This musical experience at Ornette’s loft is one that I constantly refer to and think about the most in my musical studies.  What I learned that day has forever changed my personal approach to jazz and what I think it is.   He freed me from my personal box and made me understand the nature of spontaneity as the essential essence of true jazz music – the ineffable unconscious that must appear with out contrivance.  If you can connect to this than you have achieved the goal.  In the brief time that I got to experience Ornette Coleman (which was only twice), he impressed me as a true artist, a true thinker and a philosopher.  In addition I perceived him to be a near angelic-like spirit.   My profound thanks to you, Mr. Coleman, our world is far the better because of you!


NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.
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Monday - 6/15
Dida Pelled with
Tal Ronen & Brian Charette

Dida Pelled is an extraordinary vocalist and guitarist with a lovely voice and original material.  She'll be accompanied by a true virtuoso of the bass, Tal Ronen and by the lyrical and soulful Brian Charette on piano.

Guitarist John Merrill & Guests @ 7:30 PM
Trio sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

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Tuesday - 6/16
Lennie Cuje with
Spike Wilner & Paul Gill

Lennie Cuje is a legend of the vibraphone.  A dynamic and soulful improvisor in the style of Milt Jackson.  With him is pianist Spike Wilner (celebrating his birthday tonight) and bassist Paul Gill - this is the "Harbor Court Trio".

Lafayette Harris solo Piano @ 7:30 PM
Lennie Cuje trio sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Miki Yamanaka & Adi Meyerson 12 AM

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Wednesday, Thursday - 6/17-18
Steve Davis with
David Hazeltine & John Webber

Tromobonist Steve Davis is a beloved educator and one of the great voices on his instrument.  An alum of Art Blakey and Jackie McClean, Davis has established himself as a lyrical and swinging improvisor.  With him on piano is the consumate David Hazeltine and the hard swinging John Webber on bass.

Ehud Asherie 6/17 
Spike Wilner6/18 Solo Piano 
@ 7:30 PM
Steve Davis Trio sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
Sarah Slonim 6/17, Jon Davis 6/18 @ 12:00 AM

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Friday to Sunday - 6/19-21
Steve Kuhn & Steve LaSpina

Over a career of a half-century and counting, Steve Kuhn has earned renown as one of the most lyrical and affecting pianists in jazz, with an unfailingly beautiful touch and a sophisticated sense of swing.  Steve Kuhn is a historical figure in jazz having worked with names such as Kenny Dorham, Art Farmer, Stan Getz and John Coltrane.  Please don't miss this rare opportunity to hear Steve in our intimate music room at Mezzrow.  With him is the excellent and hard swining Steve LaSpina on bass.

FRI - Solo piano TBD @ 7:30 PM
SAT - Spike Wilner & guest @ 7:30 PM
Steve Kuhn sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
FRI -After hours with Johnny O'Neal
SAT - After hours with Lezlie Harrison

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Monday - 6/15
Jil McCarron Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
  w. Jill McCarron - Piano, Paul Gill - Bass,
Phil Stewart - Drums

Jill McCarron is a wondeful improvisor and composer, come discover this pianist if you haven't heard her before.
Monday - 6/15
Ari Hoenig Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

   w. Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Jean-Michel Pilc - Piano, Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums


Tuesday - 6/16
Lucas Pino No Net Nonet
 Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax, Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet, Alex LoRe - Alto Sax, Nick Finzer - Trombone, Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax, Alex Wintz - Guitar, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Desmond White - Bass,
Jimmy Macbride - Drums


Wednesday - 6/17
Joris Teepe 5tet
Tribute to Rashied Ali

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Josh Evans - Trumpet, Lawrence Clark - Alto Sax,
Greg Murphy - Piano, Joris Teepe - Bass,
Shinnousuke Takahashi - Drums
Wednesday - 6/17
Alex Hoffman Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 w. Alex Hoffman - Tenor Sax, Emanuele Basentini - Guitar, Scott Lowrie - Drums


Thursday - 6/18
Paul Nedzela Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

  w. Mike Rodriguez - Trumpet, Paul Nedzela - Baritone Sax, Adam Birnbaum - Piano, Paul Sikivie - Bass, Lawrence Leathers - Drums



Thursday - 6/18
Ken Fowser Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

  w. Ken Fowser - Tenor Sax, Rick Germanson - Piano, Willie Jones III - Drums, Gerald Cannon - Bass,
Josh Bruneau - Trumpet
Friday - 6/19
Ralp Lalama "Bop-Juice"

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Ralph Lalama - Tenor Sax, Mike Karn - Bass,
Clifford Barbaro - Drums
Saturday - 6/20
Roberta Piket Solo Piano
Release of Emanation
(Solo : Volume 2)

Set at 7:30 PM
 w.Roberta Piket - Piano


Saturday - 6/20
Billy Mintz & The 2 Bass Band
Release of "The 2 Bass Band...Live"

Set at 9 PM
 w. Ron Horton - Trumpet, Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet, Mark Patterson - Trombone, Curtis Folkes - Trombone, Kenny Berger - Tenor Sax, Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax, John O'Gallagher - Alto Sax, Cameron Brown - Bass,
Masa Kamaguchi - Bass, Billy Mintz - Drums



Friday, Saturday - 6/19-20
The Neal Smith Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
 w.  Dezron Douglas - Bass, Eric Alexander - Tenor Sax, Milton Suggs - Vocalist, Jimin Park - Piano,
Neal Smith - Drums
Sunday - 6/21
The Eyal Vilner Big Band
Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM
w. Marty Bound - Trumpet, Itamar Borochov - Trumpet, John Mosca - Trombone, Andrew Gould - Alto Sax, Eden Bareket - Baritone Sax, Dan Block - Clarinet, Eric Miller - Trombone, Tamir Shmerling - Bass, Eran Fink - Drums, Bryan Davis - Trumpet, Wayne Tucker - Trumpet, Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Eyal Vilner - Alto Sax, Tadataka Unno - Piano, Asaf Yuria - Tenor Sax, David Gibson - Trombone


Sunday - 6/21
Sole-ful Sunday Tap show
with Michela Lerman

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Michela Lerman - Tap Dancer
Sunday - 6/21
Joe Magnarelli

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w. Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet


Monday - 6/15, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Michel


Tuesday - 6/16, 7:30 PM
The Ehud Asherie Trio


Tuesday - 6/16, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Alexander Claffy

Wednesday - 6/17, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura


Thursday - 6/18, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session


Friday - 6/19, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon open jam session with Ai Murakami Trio


Friday - 6/19, 1:15 AM
Friday Afterhours with Eric Wyatt Group


Saturday - 6/20, 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With : Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

Saturday - 6/20, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Philip Harper

Sunday - 6/21, 1 PM to 6 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass

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