June 1st, 2015
Dear Friends:

There was a wonderful moment at Smalls late-night Saturday (early morning Sunday) when all of the cats rolled through to hear drummer Quincy Davis, who is not that often in town.  That night top drummers on the scene such as Willie Jones III, Nasheet Waits, Jason Brown and Eric McPherson came out to support and listen.  In attendance was veteran jazz warriors such as Abraham Burton and Eric Wyatt and many others.  This was the scene of the real professional players- cats marking near 30 years or more on the scene.  It was a scene of old friends meeting and exclaiming joyfully, hands clapping, hugs giving, laughter.  The camaraderie of the family of musicians, ever joyful to see each other, to get updated and to reminisce.

Eric McPherson, my friend since teenage years and constant musical colleague, and I discussed the phenomenon of being able to be friends with and to work with the same people your entire life. We wondered how many other professions have this luxury?  That the same circle of musicians you came up with are still the ones that you see and perform with every day.  The long run!  The mounting of years and the mounting of experience.  The deepening of the bond and the deepening of the commitment.  The music is stronger than ever in the hearts of these cats.  These are the lifers, the ones that will see out to the end.

I wanted to include this quote from John Steinbeck, who wrote it as a forward to Eddie Condon's amazing autobiography called Eddie Condon's Scrapbook of Jazz.  Steinbeck is speaking of jazz musicians and is in line with some things that I've been thinking and saying about the music:

"In any other field of American life, great rewards can be used to cover a loss of honesty, but not with jazz players - a slip is known and recognized instantly.  And further, while there may be some jealousies, they do not compare with those in other professions.  Let a filthy kid, unknown, unheard of and unbacked sit in - and if he can do it - he is recognized and accepted instantly.  Do you know of any other field where this is true?"

I look forward to seeing everyone at the clubs at some point.  Check out the schedules below - there's a lot of great music coming up.



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

Monday - 6/1
Pianist & Vocalist Champian Fulton
w. David Williams

Champian Fulton is a double threat - a wonderful pianist and a vocalist with a wide-range of songs from the American Songbook and a hard swinging jazz feeling. On bass is the legendary David Williams.

Guitarist John Merrill & Guests @ 7:30 PM
Champian Fulton sets @ 9:30 PM and 11 PM

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Tuesday - 6/2
Pianist Simona Premazzi

Pianist Simona Premazzi is a consumate musician.  A wonderful improvisor and composer.  She comes to Mezzrow for her debut tonight.

 Doors open @ 7:30 PM
Simona Premazzi sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
Mezzrow "polite jam session" @ 12 PM

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Wednesday, Thursday - 6/3-4
Gerald Clayton & Ben Wendel

Pianist Gerald Clayton is regarded as one the foremost voices of his generation.  With a modern conception and a true jazz feeling, Gerald's music is always engaging and enjoyable.  Joining him is the tenor saxophonist Ben Wendel who is laid back and lyrical.

Wed- Kevin Harris solo Piano @ 7:30 PM

Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Wed - Sarah Slonim @ 12 AM
Thur - Jon Davis @ 12 AM

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Friday & Saturday- 6/5-6
Jonny King with
Vincent Herring & David Williams

Pianist Jonny King is a modern thinking improvisor with a sparkling touch and a driving jazz feeling.  His work is always engaging and enjoyable.  With him is the fantastic alto saxophonist Vincent Herring and the legendary bassist David Williams.

FRI - Ehud Asherie Solo Piano @ 7:30 PM
SAT - Spike Wilner & Guest 
 @ 7:30 PM
Trio sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM
FRI - Afterhours with Johnny O'Neal @ 12 AM
SAT - Afterhours with Emmet Cohen @ 12 AM

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Friday - 6/5
Afterhours with Johnny O'Neal

Johnny O'Neal is a jazz legend - a virtuostic pianist in the style of Art Tatum and a great vocalist steeped in the blues.  Johnny is our resident after hours pianist at Mezzrow.  Come out and have a late night drink and listen to some amazing jazz piano with Johnny O'Neal.

Afterhours with Johnny O'Neal @ 12 AM
No reservation necessary - just walk in for seating.

Sun - Tues, 6/7 - 9

6/7 Geoffrey Keezer & Ron Blake Duo
Geoffrey Keezer & Ingrid Jensen
6/9 Geoffrey Keezer & Steve Wilson

Geoffrey Keezer is a jazz legend.  Having established himself at an early age and played with the likes of Art Blakey, Benny Golson, Josh Redman and many others, he has a stunning technique on the piano and a modern, driving jazz feeling.  Geoff comes into Mezzrow for the first time for three nights, each in duet with a different artist. 

Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM

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(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 6/1
Philip Dizack Quintet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
  w. Philip Dizack - Trumpet, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Joshua Crumbly - Bass, Charles Altura - GuitarJoe Dyson - Drums
Monday - 6/1
Ari Hoenig Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

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


Tuesday - 6/2
David Bryant Quintet
Birthday Show

 Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

w. Eric McPherson - Drums, Dezron Douglas - Bass, Josh Evans - Trumpet, David Bryant - Piano,
Mark Shim - Tenor Sax


Wednesday, Thursday - 6/3-4
Gilad Hekselman Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Gilad Hekselman - Guitar, Joe Martin - Bass,
Marcus Gilmore - Drums
Wednesday - 6/3
Dan Aran/Itai Kriss Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 w. Itai Kriss - Flute, Shai Maestro - Piano,
Matt Clohesy - Bass, Dan Aran - Drums


Thursday - 6/4
The Nick Hempton Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

  w. Nick Hempton - Alto Sax, Charles Ruggiero - Drums, Tadataka Unno - Piano, Dave Baron - Bass
Friday - 6/5
SwanBean Quintet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
 w. Jeremy "Bean" Clemons - Drums, Mavis 'SWAN' Poole - Vocalist.Josh Evans - Trumpet, Michael King - Piano,
Ryan Berg - Bass
Friday, Saturday - 6/5-6
David Kikoski Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
  w.  Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax, Dave Kikoski - Piano, Boris Kozlov - Bass, Ari Hoenig - Drums


Saturday - 6/6
The Tim Ferguson & Tom Dempsey Quartet, feat. Frank Basile
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
 w. Joel Frahm - Tenor Sax, Tom Dempsey - Guitar, Tim Ferguson - Bass, Eliot Zigmund - Drums
Sunday - 6/7
Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn
feat. Frank Basile

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM
 w. Tim Armacost - Tenor Sax, Ziv Ravitz - Drums,
Emilio Solla - Piano, John Ellis - Tenor Sax,
Jorge Roeder - Bass, Alex Norris - Trumpet, Noah Bless - Trombone, Rodolfo Zanetti - Accordian
Sunday - 6/7
Sole-ful Sunday Tap Show
with Michela Lerman

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer
Sunday - 6/7
Grant Stewart Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
w.  Grant Stewart - Tenor Sax


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


Tuesday - 6/2, 12:30 AM to close 
The Spike Wilner Trio


Tuesday - 6/2, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Alexander Claffy

Wednesday - 6/3, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session with Sanah Kadoura


Thursday - 6/4, 1:30 AM to close 
Afterhours Jam Session


Friday - 6/5, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session with Ai Murakami


Friday - 6/5, 1:15 AM
Friday Afterhours with:
Jeremy Manasia Trio

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

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

Sunday - 6/7, 1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

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