June 22nd, 2015
In this world, hate never yet dispelled hate.  Only love dispels hate.  This is the law, ancient and inexhaustible. â€“ Buddha, The Dhammapada
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Dr. Martin Luther King
Dear Friends:

Racism can be defeated!  Racism is founded in ignorance and fear and is the basest of human behavior.  I wish at this dark moment in our country’s history people could have a peek at Smalls Jazz Club.  The world watches our live shows through the broadcasts of our webcams but I wish they could see what happens behind those cameras.  If they could, they would see a room full of people, all kinds of people, joyfully abiding together in the mutual love of this music.  They would see musicians of all races, Black, White, Japanese, European, Israeli, greeting each other like family night after night.  They would see hugs and joyful embraces and deep real laughter.  They would see musical brothers and sisters delighted in each other’s presence.  The family of jazz musicians knows no racial boundaries - just the boundaries of their own talents as recognized by their peers.  Jazz has always been this way.  Jazz musicians have always been at the forefront of integration since the beginnings of this music more than one hundred years ago.
Jazz music is the great gift of the African American culture to the world.  It is the sublime combination of soul and intellect and the highest achievement of Man.  Jazz Music speaks universally.  Love, pain, romance, sex, despair and adulation are the expressions of the Human Soul.  The African American culture gave this humanity musical expression and now it’s all of our treasure.  Race is something that you are born to but Culture can be assimilated.  Like the truthful words of Buddha and Christ and Mohammed, Jazz is for all Mankind – for those that are ready to receive it.  The spirit of Jazz is Universal.
I've been surprised to see Mezz Mezzrow making it into the news cycle thanks to the issue arising from Rachel Dolezal.  Normally, Mezz Mezzrow is never mentioned ever, even by jazz musicians.  I will not make any comment in regards to Mrs. Dolezal or take a position publically, however, I will say something about Mezz Mezzrow.  In articles such as this one in the New York Times (CLICK) or this one in the Forward (CLICK), Mezz Mezzrow is being portrayed as a white man passing himself off as Black - as a charlatan.  But this isn’t accurate and misses the most important point about Mezzrow.  Mezz Mezzrow was a Jewish Russian immigrant who lived in Chicago in the 1920’s.  Early in his life he was faced with choosing between the harsh, racist mid-western whites or the African American people, but Mezz Mezzrow was a musician first and foremost.  His love was jazz music and the musicians who played it.  His friends were Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, who shared with him the life of joy that came from this music.  He identified with the music with the full force of his soul.  He rejected the ugliness of racial hatred and embraced what spoke to him the most - jazz and the culture of the people who created it.  All of these articles fail to mention or recognize the powerful spirit of Jazz.  Mezzrow was not an “imposter” and not trying to fool anyone.  But he felt most comfortable among African American people and their culture and lived his life making it his own.  He married an African American woman and 
made his home in Harlem where he lived out his days.  If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend his autobiography “Really The Blues”, which is one of the great pieces of jazz literature and a testament to the Brotherhood of Jazz Musicians and the possibility of true racial unity – inspired by music, mutual respect and love.
Murder, hatred and ignorance will unfortunately always be factors in human history.  As we evolve as spiritual beings we must resist this ugliness.  By embracing the universality of love, respect and peaceful co-abiding we can overcome this evil.  Jazz music will always represent the very best of the Human Spirit.  I pray for peace and music in the world.  It is our only hope.


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

Monday - 6/22
Pianist Anthony Wonsey

Anthony Wonsey is a "musician's musician" - a favorite of the insiders and for good reason: he has taste, swing and a great jazz feeling.  
Join Anthony Wonsey duo this evening.

John Merrill & Reid Taylor @ 7:30 PM
Anthony Wonsey sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

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Tuesday - 6/23
Dexter Mason & Ehud Asherie

Dexter Mason is a marvelously swinging and smart singer with a broad knowledge of the classic American Songbook.  With him is the sterling Ehud Asherie on piano.

Solo Piano with Lafayette Harris @ 7:30 PM
Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Afterhours w/ Miki Yamanaka &
Adi Mayerson @ 12 AM

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Wednesday - 6/24
George Colligan & Ed Howard

Pianist George Colligan is a virtuoso of the piano and a modern thinking improvisor and composer.  With him is the excellent and hard swinging Ed Howard on bass.  Please come out to share an evening with George in our intimate music room.

Solo Piano with Tuomo Uusitalo @ 7:30 PM
Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
After hours with Sarah Slonim @ 12 AM

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Thursday - 6/25
Jeremy Pelt with
Richard Wyands & Peter Washington

Jeremy Pelt is regarded as one of the top trumpet players on the scene today.  He plays with lyricism and grace and a deep understanding of the American Songbook.  With him is jazz legend Richard Wyands on piano and the great Peter Washington on bass, the top-call
bassist of his generation.

Solo Piano with Spike Wilner @ 7:30 PM
Trio sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
After Hours with Jon Davis @ 12 AM

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Friday & Saturday - 6/26-27
An Evening with ELEW

Eric Lewis, aka ELEW, is an original and dynamic improvisor.  His approach to the piano is innovative and unconventional and will surprise and delight you.  Don't miss this opportunity to discover ELEW in our all acoustic music room.

6/26 - Ehud Asherie Solo Piano @ 7:30 PM
6/27 - Spike Wilner Solo Piano @ 7:30 PM
ELEW sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

6/26- After Hours with Johnny O'Neal @ 12 AM

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Please note that Mezzrow will be closed on Sunday, June 28th.

(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 6/22
Avi Rothbard Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
  w. Avi Rothbard - Guitar, Jay Leonhart - Bass,
Tomoko Ohno - Piano
Monday - 6/22
Ari Hoenig Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

   w. Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax, Eden Ladin - Piano, Gilad Hekselman -Guitar,  Orlando Le Fleming - Bass,
Ari Hoenig - Drums


Tuesday - 6/23
Spike Wilner Quartet
 Set at 7:30 pm

w. Spike Wilner - Piano, Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet, Tyler Mitchell - bass, Anthony Pinciotti - drums



Tuesday - 6/23
Smalls Legacy Band
Feat. Frank Lacy

 Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax, Josh Evans - Trumpet, Theo Hill - Piano, Yasushi Nakamura - Bass, Frank Lacy - Trombone, Kush Abadey - Drums



Wednesday & Thursday - 6/24-25
Jaleel Shaw Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Jaleel Shaw - Alto Sax, Lawrence Fields - Piano,
Linda Oh - Bass, Joe Dyson - Drums
Wednesday - 6/24
Todd Herbert Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 w. Todd Herbert - Tenor Sax, David Hazeltine - Piano, Mike Karn - Bass, Jason Brown - Drums


Thursday - 6/25
The Carlos Abadie Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

  w. Carlos Abadie - Trumpet, Julian Lee - Tenor sax,
Peter Zak - Piano,Clovis Nicolas - Bass,
Luca Santaniello - Drum



Friday - 6/26
Tardo Hammer Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show

  w. Tardo Hammer - Piano, Lee Hudson - Bass, Jimmy Wormworth - Drums
Saturday - 6/27
David Schnitter Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9PM

$20 for this show
 w.  David Schnitter - Tenor Sax, Spike Wilner - Piano, Ugonna Okegwo - Bass, Anthony Pinciotti - Drums
Friday & Saturday - 6/26-27
Lew Tabackin Trio

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
 w. Lew Tabackin - Tenor Sax, Boris Kozlov - Bass,
Mark Taylor - Drums
Sunday - 6/28
Behn GIllece Quintet
CD Release for "Mindset"

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11PM
w. Behn Gillece - Vibraphone, Ken Fowser - Tenor Sax, Rick Germanson - Piano, Paul Gill - Bass,
Charles Ruggiero - Drums


Monday - 6//22, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with Jonathan Barber


Tuesday - 6/23, 7:30 PM
The Spike Wilner Trio


Tuesday - 6/23, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Alexander Claffy

Wednesday - 6/24, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura


Thursday - 6/25, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session


Friday - 6/26, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon open jam session with The Corey Wallace DUBtet


Friday - 6/26, 1:15 AM
Friday Afterhours with Anthony Wonsey Trio

Saturday - 6/27, 4 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session
With : Tuomo Uusitalo Trio

Saturday - 6/27, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Stacy Dillard

Sunday - 6/28, 1 PM to 6 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass

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