SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

November 25th, 2013

Hello Friends:


Greetings from Madrid.  Tonight is the final show of my tour.  Tomorrow, I'll be back in New York and back at Smalls.


This tour has been an amazing experience on so many levels.  Most encouraging has been the incredible reception we've received at all the venues and concerts that we've performed.  We did not have a bad show or a disappointing turnout.  In nearly all cases the show was sold out - packed house!  Most inspiring has been how many folks knew about Smalls and had either been there or had heard good things about it or had watched shows live on our stream.  Everyone spoke so glowingly and lovingly about our club.  Smalls, it seems, is really international.  More importantly is the people that I met who have dedicated the passion of their lives to this music - promoters and club owners here in Europe that are so dedicated to this art form and love it so much.  I want to mention Sebastien Vidal and his club Duc Des Lombards in Paris.  The "Duc" is a high-class establishment, imposing and very well run with incredible jazz programs nightly.  I want to mention Gabriella Piccolo, Silvia Bazza, Enzo Capua, Enzo Carpentieri & Sara Pazzato - they ran the Padova Jazz Festival with great love and soulfulness and treated us like family.  The feeling of jazz is very strong there.  I want to mention Joan Cararach and his team at the Barcelona Jazz Festival.  This is an enormous festival - 5 weeks long!  The amount of work and planning involved is mind boggling.  We appreciate being invited to perform as part of it and also my thanks to Inaki Sandoval and his amazing school of music The Conservatori de Liceu - it was a pleasure to meet the students and share our music with them.  My very special love to Chevi and his jazz club "Jimmy Glass" in Valencia and to Dick Angstadt and his club "Bogui" in Madrid.  Both of these men have amazing, popular jazz clubs with great vibes, packed with jazz loving folks.  Both of these men run their clubs in the way that I know is correct - with great personal attention and true dedication to the music.  It is obvious in the environment of the clubs.


I come back to New York encouraged.  Encouraged by the fact that the message of Smalls is clearly beyond the boundaries of New York City.  Encouraged by the dedication and love of passionate individuals who are creating festivals and venues for this music.  Encouraged by the large amount of people who really want to hear jazz music performed and appreciate it in an honest way and embrace it as their own.  Mostly I am encouraged by the fact that the mission of "world peace through music", our SmallsLIVE credo, seems plausible.  Jazz Music is an international language that any sensitive and intelligent person can relate to and understand.  Music is the great unifier and it is within our grasp to make it happen!


This Week At Smalls:

Mon:  We start our week off with back to back trios.  The first is a first-rate pianist that definitely needs to be heard further, John Chin.  John has an amazing touch and original concept.  He'll be joined by Joe Martin & Ari Hoenig.  Following John is another, nearly legendary, pianist - David Kikoski who will be with his trio with Matt Clohesy & Ari Hoenig.  David is an astonishing pianist and will be performing both Monday and Tuesday night with this trio.

Tues:  I'll be back in my regular spot at 7:30 PM with the trio.  Following me is Dave Kikoski in for his second night of trio at 10PM.

Wed:  We are featuring two young alto players with divergent conceptions.  First at 9:30 PM is Ben Van Gelder, a young modernist who will be bringing in an all star chordless group featuring Mark Turner on tenor, Ben Street on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.  Our "Round Midnight" concert showcases Gilad Edelman and his excellent veteran quintet with Joe Magnarelli, Tardo Hammer, Clovis Nicolas and Charles Goold.

Thur:  Because of Thanksgiving we will be opening late - 10:30 PM.  We will have at that time pianist Emmet Cohen and his trio with Evan Sherman & Russell Hall.  They'll play a set or two and then we'll have a late night jam session.  Come on through after you've stuffed yourself.

Fri & Sat:  Our 10:30 PM show for the weekend features a Smalls veteran - Jay Collins who comes in with his group The Kings County Band.  This is a soulful, blues, jazz and rock style group with Jay singing, playing amazing tenor and flute.  In the group is Scot Sharrard, George Lux, Jeff Hanley and Diego Voglino.  Our 7:30 PM show on Friday features the wonderful Pete Malinverni and his trio with Ugonna Okegwo & Steve Williams.  On Saturday our 7:30 PM show presents the co-led Tom Dempsey & Tim Furgeson Quartet with the amazing Joel Frahm and the legendary Eliot Zigmund on drums.

Sun:  Every Sunday we feature a jazz legend.  If you've not heard him yet, please do not hesitate.  The great Johnny O'Neal performs with his trio with Paul Sikivie and Charles Goold each Sunday at 10:PM.  Following Johnny is another fine young pianist, Ben Paterson, who will be coming in with his swinging trio.

I thank you for your support of this music and of the club - I look forward to seeing you there!



Mon. 11/25
John Chin Trio

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM

John Chin - Piano
Joe Martin - Bass
Ari Hoenig - Drums
 Wed. 11/27

Ben Van Gelder Quartet

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Ben Van Gelder - Alto
Mark Turner - Tenor
Ben Street - Bass
Marcus Gilmore - Drums
Fri. 11/29

 Pete Malinverni Trio

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Peter Malinverni - Piano
Ugonna Okegwo - Bass
Steve Williams - Drums
Sun. 12/1

 The Great Johnny O'Neal

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Johnny O'Neal - Piano
Paul Sikivie - Bass
Charles Goold - Dr.
Mon. 11/25

David Kikoski Trio

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

David Kikoski - Piano
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Ari Hoenig - Drums
Wed. 11/27

"Round Midnight" with:
Gilad Edelman Quintet

12:30 AM to close

Gilad Edelman - Alto
Joe Magnarelli - Tpt
Tardo Hammer - Piano
Clovis Nicolas - Bass
Charles Goold - Drums
Fri. & Sat.
11/29 & 11/30

Jay Collins & The Kings County Band

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Jay Collins - Tenor, Flute, Voice
Scott Sharrard - Gtr
George Laz - Piano
Jeff Hanley - Bass
Diego Voglino - Drums

Tues. 11/26

 Spike Wilner Trio

7:30 to 10:00 PM

Spike Wilner - Piano
Yotam Silberstein - Gtr
Paul Gill - Bs
Thurs. 11/28

We open at 10PM Tonight

10PM to close

Emmet Cohen - Piano
Russel Hall - Bass
Evan Sherman - Drums
 Sat. 11/30

Tom Dempsey/Tim Furgeson Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Tom Dempsey - Gtr
Joel Frahm - Tnr
Tim Furgeson - Bass
Eliot Zigmund - Drums
 Sun. 12/1

'Round Midnight" with Ben Paterson Trio

11:30 PM to close

Ben Paterson - Piano
Bass & Drums - TBA
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Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

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

Wed, 6:00PM to 9:00 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

The "Early Bird" with:

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam ($10 for non-musicians)

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam ($10 for non-musicians)

Sun, 1PM to 3:000 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass ($40 to participate)

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

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Monday November 25

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The John Chin Trio
John Chin - Piano , Joe Martin - Bass , Ari Hoenig - Drums 

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Dave Kikoski Trio
Dave Kikoski - Piano , Matt Clohesy - Bass , Ari Hoenig - Drums 

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

Tuesday November 26

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

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Dave Kikoski Quartet
Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax , Dave Kikoski - Piano , Matt Clohesy - Bass , Ari Hoenig - Drums 

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

Wednesday November 27

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 - Ben van Gelder Quartet
Ben van Gelder - Alto Sax , Marcus Gilmore - Drums , Mark Turner - Tenor Sax , Ben Street - Bass 

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: Gilad Edelman
Gilad Edelman - Alto Sax , Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet , Tardo Hammer - Piano , Clovis Nicolas - Bass ,Charles Goold - Drums 

Thursday November 28

- We will be opening at 10PM tonight! Happy Thanksgiving!

10:00 PM to close - Round Midnight with: The Emmet Cohen Trio
Emmet Cohen - Piano , Evan Sherman - Drums , Russell Hall - Bass 

Friday November 29

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 for non-musicians) - FRIDAY AFTERNOON OPEN JAM SESSION

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Pete Malinverni Trio
Pete Malinverni - Piano , Ugonna Okegwo - Bass , Steve Williams - Drums 

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - Jay Collins & The Kings County Band
Diego Voglino - Drums , Jeff Hanley - Bass , Jay Collins - Tenor Sax , Scott Sharrard - Guitar , George Lax - Piano 

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: The Anthony Wonsey Trio
Anthony Wonsey - Piano , Dimitri Kolesnik - Bass , Brandon Lewis - Drums 

Saturday November 30

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 for non-musicians) - SATURDAY AFTERNOON OPEN JAM SESSION

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Tom Dempsey/Tim Ferguson Quartet
Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax , Tom Dempsey - Guitar , Tim Ferguson - Bass , Eliot Zigmund - Drums 

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - Jay Collins & The Kings County Band
Jay Collins - Tenor Sax , Scott Sharrard - Guitar , George Lax - Piano , Jeff Hanley - Bass , Diego Voglino - Drums 

1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Ian Hendrickson-Smith
Ian Hendrickson-Smith - Tenor Sax , Hans Glawischnig - Bass , Marcus Parsley - Trumpet , Steve Einerson - Piano , Chris Beck - Drums 

Sunday December 01

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: The Mauricio de Souza Group
Mauricio de Souza - Drums 

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

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Ben Paterson Trio
Ben Paterson - Piano ,
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