"All composite things are like a dream, a phantom, a drop of dew, a flash of lighting. This is how to understand them, this is how to observe them."
This quote is the final verse from The Diamond Sutra and is attributed to the Buddha himself. The gist of this sutra (a sutra is a written dialogue between the Buddha and his disciples) is on the nature of existence and the fleeting, transitory nature of our lives. All things come and all things go. As basic as this is, it's the hardest truth to really accept. When we are finally confronted with change it is baffling and disorienting because it's our nature to think that what we are and what we have is permanent somehow. The answer, of course, is to live fully in the moment. Allow the reality of right now to permeate everything. Value what you have at this moment because, like lightning, in a flash it will be gone and just a residue in our mind's eye.
There has been lots of transience in the last year, maybe more than we can care to recount. We've lost important artists and have seen music venues close up. The environment of our music is in flux. Corporate banality is seeping in everywhere and zombifying our nation. What is the answer? The answer is love. The answer is quality - to really, really care with passion about what you do. The key is to give and give and not look to yourself but to see how you are affecting others around you. Can you benefit your brothers and sisters on planet Earth as we flash across the phantom dew-drop of our lives?
It has been one year now since we've lost our friend Shimrit Shoshan. Shimrit was a young woman when she died unexpectedly last August 19th at age 29. She died suddenly and out of the blue - one moment she was here and then, in a lightning flash, gone! She was a brilliant pianist and composer finding her voice in this music and making her way in our jazz scene. She was deeply loved by all her friends, a beautiful smiling face and powerful mind. She was so vital and energetic that for her to die seemed impossible but, like that lightning flash, she was there and then not there. As one day melds into the next it's easy to forget what was there and is now no more. This is complacency. It's easy to get complacent in our day to day grind and to forget that life is a miracle and that every single moment is a precious jewel to be coveted and protected. Drink deeply from the cup, my friends. Do not wait. Time is of the essence, don't pretend otherwiseâ€¦
Our campaign is now down to about 2 and 1/2 weeks until it's finished. I'll be glad when it's done, honestly. The whole thing, although from my perspective a success, has been stressful. It's hard to ask people for money. I'm not accustomed to it or really think it's the best way to go. However, the support has been amazing and we've done well enough to build our system (or buy the piano but not both). Anyway, I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it but if you'd like to support us or for more information on our campaign click www.smallslive.com
This Week At Smalls
Monday - we have an amazing double header starting with a solo guitar concert from Peter Bernstein. Peter has a truly amazing solo concept and if you haven't heard him in this context I urge you to do so. Following Peter we are doing a CD release for our SmallsLIVE artist Will Vinson. Will's record has been getting some great reviews. He'll be presenting the music from that disc and featuring Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, Matt Penman and Clarence Penn. Please check out our SmallsLIVE Interview Blog this week for an interview with Will. CLICK
Tuesday - I'm happy to present a wonderful saxophonist and musical scholar, Mike Hashim. Mike has a deep repertoire and an entertaining presentation. I'll be playing piano and Murray Wall will be on bass from 7:30 PM to 10PM. After Mike is the Smalls Legacy Band featuring Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Stacy Dillard & Theo Hill. This is a powerhouse group with some brilliant arrangements.
Wednesday & Thursday - For our 9:30 PM show on Wednesday and Thursday we present saxophonist Dayna Stephens and his group which features (Monk finalist) Ben Van Gelder, Lage Lund, Zach Ostroff & Craig Weinrib. Dayna is a deep improvisor with some beautiful original music. Please be sure to come out to support this group. Our "Round Midnight" Show on Wednesday features guitarist Jade Synstelien and his quartet. Jade is an eclectic and entertaining improvisor. On Thursday "Round Midnight" is pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio. He'll also be hosting the afterhours jam session.
Friday & Saturday - this weekend our main show (10:30PM) presents a co-led group by trumpetist Scott Wendholt and saxophonist Adam Kolker. They'll be propelled by the legendary Victor Lewis on drums and Ugonna Okegwo on bass. All of these guys are real veterans and this is sure to be a powerful presentation. Our 7:30 PM slot on Friday presents the assiduous Tardo Hammer and his great trio with Lee Hudson on bass and Jimmy Wormworth on drums. On Saturday at 7:30 PM we have Lafayette Harris and his group. Lafayette is a beautiful pianist and worthy of much greater recognition. He's brining in with him Randall Haywood on trumpet, George Delancey on bass and Jason Brown on drums. Our afterhours show on Saturday features the great Eric Wyatt and his group. This should be a great weekend of veteran New York jazz players.
Sunday - at 7:30 PM, we feature our wonderful duo of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub. If you haven't caught these guys please do so. The music is joyful and these guys break out some great old tunes.
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!
A set of Solo Guitar with:
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM
Peter Bernstein - Guitar
Wed & Thurs
8/22 & 8/23
The Dayna Stephens Quintet
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Ben van Gelder - A. Sax
Dayna Stephens - T. Sax
Lage Lund - Guitar
Zach Ostroff - Bass
Craig Weinrib - Drums
The Lafayette Harris Quartet
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Lafayette Harris - Pno Randall Haywood - Tpt. George Delancy - Bass
Jason Brown - Drums
The Will Vinson Quintet
10:00 PM to 12:30 AM
Will Vinson - Alto Sax
Lage Lund - Guitar
Aaron Parks - Piano
Matt Brewer - Bass
Clarence Penn - Drums
The Tardo Hammer Trio
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Tardo Hammer - Piano
Lee Hudson - Bass
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums
Sun. 8/25 Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Bucky Pizzarelli - Gtr
Ed Laub - Gtr/Voice
The Michael Hashim Trio
7:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Michael Hashim - Alto
Spike Wilner - Piano
Murray Wall - Bass
Fri & Sat
8/23 & 8/24
The Scott Wendholt & Adam Kolker Quartet
10:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Scott Wendholt - Trpt
Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax Ugonna Okegwo - Bass Victor Lewis - 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.
The New York Jazz Record on Will Vinson: Live at Smalls
"Vinson is refreshingly edgy and not afraid to get himself dirty...Vinsonâ€™s Live at Smalls is a piece of vibrant NYC jazz at its best."
"Venues that promote inventiveness among diverse young musicians is what thankfully keeps the rest of jazz from becoming â€œAmericaâ€™s Classical musicâ€. Central to this is Smalls and its smallsLIVE series, which best captures NYCâ€™s jazz heartbeat." - Elliott Simon
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OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
Monday, August 19th
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - A set of solo guitar with: Peter Bernstein Peter Bernstein - Guitar , 10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Will Vinson Quintet CD Release Will Vinson - Alto Sax , Lage Lund - Guitar , Aaron Parks - Piano , Matt Penman - Bass , Clarence Penn - Drums 12:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Spencer Murphy Spencer Murphy - Bass ,
Tuesday, August 20th
7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Michael Hashim Trio Mike Hashim - Alto Sax , Spike Wilner - Piano , Murray Wall - Bass 10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Smalls Legacy Band Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass , Frank Lacy - Trombone , Kush Abadey - Drums 12:30 AM to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends Kyle Poole - Drums ,
Wednesday, August 21st
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 Dayna Stephens Group Ben van Gelder - Alto Sax , Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax , Lage Lund - Guitar , Zach Ostroff - Bass , Craig Weinrib - Drums 12:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Jade Synstelien Quartet Jade Synstelien - Guitar ,
Thursday, August 22nd
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 Dayna Stephens Group Ben van Gelder - Alto Sax , Dayna Stephens - Tenor Sax , Lage Lund - Guitar , Zach Ostroff - Bass , Craig Weinrib - Drums Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Emmet Cohen Trio Emmet Cohen - Piano ,
Friday, August 23rd
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 , Lee Hudson - Bass , Jimmy Wormworth - Drums 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Quartet Scott Wendholt - Trumpet , Ugonna Okegwo - Bass , Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax , Victor Lewis - Drums 1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Alex Hoffman Group Alex Hoffman - Tenor Sax ,
Saturday, August 24th
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 AM - The Lafayette Harris Quartet Randall Haywood - Trumpet , Lafayette Harris - Piano , George Delancy - Bass , Jason Brown - Drums 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Scott Wendholt/Adam Kolker Quartet Scott Wendholt - Trumpet , Ugonna Okegwo - Bass , Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax , Victor Lewis - Drums 1:15 AM to close - Afterhours with: Eric Wyatt Eric Wyatt - Tenor Sax ,
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 Amy Kang - Cello , Rebekah Durham - Violin , Carlos Avila - Piano 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