October 13th, 2014

Dear Friends:
Ethan Iverson brought us a gift in the form of Ron Carter over the last three nights at Mezzrow.  Being in such close proximity to a musician of this stature was a revelation.  Forgive me for stating the obvious but Ron Carter is a true jazz master.  All 6 shows were sold out – little Mezzrow was packed to the gills.  On Saturday night our air conditioning system went out (which added quite a few more grey hairs to my already rapidly greying scalp) but regardless of the warmth of the room and the large amount of people in there you could hear a pin drop.  Mr. Carter kept the room silent in rapt attention as he wove beauty before our ears.  It was transcendental and a true New York moment. Our little basement in Greenwich Village filled with believers, listening to a jazz legend create profundity.  At that moment it all came together for me at Mezzrow, all the hard work, heartaches, idiotic tenant’s associations and everything else we’ve dealt with in bringing Mezzrow to life.  There it was – a bass and a piano and a room full of people.  Gorgeous.

I wanted to include this in the last newsletter - it's an interview by Spencer Murphy with Ethan Iverson.  Please check it out --->  CLICK

People outside of the jazz circles have no idea how passionate jazz fans are.  It's more like a religious group than a fan base.  The way people relate to jazz is from a spiritual level.  People do it for the music not the money, which is so refreshing in these vapid times.  It's the same story - money is one thing but spiritual food is another.  People love this music and want it badly.  People say to me "I can't believe you opened another club - you must be crazy!" - indeed.  I am crazy (as my close friends know) but I'm not a fool.  I know that theres a huge body of intelligent and hip folks that want this music and the only thing holding it back is the environment.  Making a jazz club takes a certain degree of knowledge - it's not just about putting a piano in a room with some tables but rather creating an environment where the musicians and the fans can feel comfortable.  After that just let the music happen and the let the good vibes prevail.  But jazz is not dead, my friends, as much as the Washington Post would like you to believe.  Jazz is alive in the hearts of the people.  It's like that huge asphalt parking lot where in the cracks flowers grow defiantly.  The Human Spirit can never be suppressed - it will find the crack and then grow, stronger than ever.  That is jazz.  Join us in fighting this idiotic culture we live in.  Reject the banality of our pop-culture.  Embrace the morality of truly good music, compassionate intelligence, conversation, late-night hanging and, yes, having a drink now and then...

I pray for peace in these strange times.  Keep an intelligent mind and please act compassionately I wish everyone the best and hope to see you at both spots.


6:30 PM Solo Piano Every Night.
12:30 late shows on Fri & Sat.
$10 admission AT THE BAR at all times
MONDAY 10/13
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal plays two sets and then has a special invitational 3rd set for his guests.

Sets @ 8:30PM, 10PM & 11:30 PM

Pianist Aaron Diehl comes to Mezzrow with bassist Ben Wolfe

Sets @ 8:30PM, 10PM & 11:30 PM


WED & THUR 10/15 & 16
Legendary pianist George Cables comes to Mezzrow with bassist John Webber.  We recommend reserving seats:

Sets @ 8:30 PM & 10:30 PM


FRI, SAT & SUN 10/15, 16 & 17th
Pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Ben Wolfe come to Mezzrow for some serious jazz piano/bass duets.

Sets @ 8:30 & 10:30 PM
Late set at 12:30 AM on Fri and Sat.




(a selection of featured shows)

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Monday - 10/13
Claude Diallo Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM

Calude Diallo makes his Smalls debut with his trio celebrating his original music.
Monday - 10/13
The Ari Hoenig Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

Ari Hoenig has become a Smalls institution.  Come out and check out his pyrotechnical and e.s.p-like musical environment.
Tuesday - 10/14
Lucas Pino No Net Nonet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM 

This excellent 9 piece band is a collective effort with contributions to the repertoire by all the members.
Wednesday - 10/15
The Harold Mabern Trio
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

The one and only.  Never miss the chance to hear this great jazz legend play with his trio.
Wednesday - 10/15
"Round Midnight" with :
Midnight to close
Rob  Duguay is an excellent bassist and composer who is featured for this "round midnight" with his creative group Songevity.
 Thursday - 10/16
The Fabien Mary Quintet
Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Fabien Mary is a trumpet player with incredible facility and truly in the be-bop tradition.  This excellent group is showcased this Thursday.
 Thursday - 10/16
"Round Midnight" With :
The Carlos Abadie Quintet

Midnight to close

Carlos Abadie is an artist of uncompromising virtue.  His quintet is like a well-oiled machine.  Come and dig it.
Friday - 10/17
The Eliot Zigmund Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show

Eliot Zigmund is a jazz legend who has recorded with Bill Evans among many others.  Come out to hear this rare concert from this drum master.
Friday & Saturday - 10/17 & 10/18
John Ellis Band

Sets 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show

John Ellis is a true original.  A highly energetic and enjoyable creative improvisor with a great band.  This is sure to be a fantastic weekend of music.
Saturday - 10/18
Ralph Lalama & "Bop-Juice"

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

Ralph is a veteran with a brusque tone and deep feeling of jazz.  His excellent long-time trio "Bop Juice" features the legendary drummer Clifford Barbaro
 Sunday - 10/19
Peter & Will Anderson Quintet

Sets at 4:30 PM & 6 PM

The Anderson Twins return for another Sunday afternoon of pleasurable swinging music and great arrangements.
 Sunday - 10/19
Sunday Evening with :
Vocalist Barbara Rosene

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

Barbara Rosene is a delight. She has a deep knowledge of the tradition of this music and a lovely and joyful voice.

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