SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule May 20th, 2013

Hello My Friends:

We had an interesting event last week -we had our first classical music salon.  It's something that Mitch and I have thought a lot about doing and finally had the opportunity to.  The musicians were excellent (thanks to Carlos Avila, Rebekah Durham & Amy Kang).  What I was really curious about was how a jazz audience in a jazz club would react to a classical concert.  The answer is that is was really successful and in an unusual way.  Our audience connected with the musicians as if they were jazz musicians.  That is to say, the audience, not being aware of the conventions of normal classical recitals, applauded in-between movements, cheered loudly, said "yeah, man" and otherwise engaged the artists.  The "third wall" was broken down and the warm informality of the jazz club took over.  The musicians were amused and, I think, delighted.  People would ask questions and the musicians answered.  It was a wonderful way to hear a classical concert.  It was nice to have a cocktail and listen to Mendelssohn.  It made me think a lot about how special a jazz room can be - not so informal that the music is ignored and no so formal that the audience is left in the cold.  Another classical musician who was in the audience mentioned to me that this was how salons of the 18th and 19th century used to be - informal and fun.  How can we take this paradigm of presenting music, that is to say the love and warmth of the jazz audience and utilize it to present other music, particularly classical which is so misunderstood and even feared?  It was a wonderful afternoon and we will continue to present a salon each month.

This Week At Smalls:

Monday, we start our week with an unusual show.  Creative dancer Tomango will be coming in at 7:30 to perform.  He utilizes all forms of dance, particularly tap.  There is no set format but just to improvise.  Accompanying him will be Spike Wilner (me) on piano, Stacy Dillard on tenor, Rene Cruz on bass and Brandon Lewis on drums.  Following this show is the amazing Mike Moreno and his group.  Mike is a strong voice on the guitar and has been getting a lot of attention lately.  His group consists of Jon Cowerd, Matt Brewer & Justin Brown.  Afterhours is the domain of Spencer Murphy, who hosts the jam session.

On Wednesday and Thursday we are really psyched to have back at the club pianist Taylor Eigsti.  Taylor is a real star of the instrument and we're lucky to have him play at Smalls.  He's coming in with two stellar trios.  On Wednesday night he's got Harish Raghavan on bass and Nate Smith on drums.  On Thursday he's bringing in Larry Grenadier on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.  Both shows will be packed, so get there early.  Our "Round Midnight" concert on Wednesday features another amazing young pianist named Glen Zaleski who is coming in with a quartet featuring Noah Preminger on tenor, Matt Clohsey on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums.  On Thursday night we have Nick Hempton and his quartet.  Nick is a beautiful player and underrated.  Please come and check out his group.

The weekend features two of my favorite musicians: Steve Davis & Larry Willis.  They'll be doing the 10:30 PM slot on both Friday and Saturday night and bringing in with them the fiery Mike DiRubbo on alto, Josh Bruneau on trumpet, Nat Reeves on bass and Billy Williams on drums.  Check out Steve's "Live At Smalls" CD, which is one of our best.  This is an all-star group.  Our 7:30 PM show on Friday features the wonderful Tad Shull on tenor and his quartet with Ray Gallon, Paul Gill & Joe Strasser. Tad has a huge breathy sound and is really swinging.  On Saturday at 7:30 is another great tenor player, Chris Byars who is coming in with a chordless quartet featuring Stephano Doglioni on bass clarinet, Ari Roland and Stefan Schatz.  All in all an amazing weekend.

This Sunday we have our usual great program.  At 1PM please check out Marion Cowings vocal masterclass.  At 4PM we have a presentation from bassist Ben Meigners.  At 7:30 PM is the vocalist Yaala Ballin.  At 10PM is the magical Johnny O'Neal and at 11:30 PM to close the day is the enigmatic and challenging yet brilliant Ned Goold and his trio.

As always, I appreciate your support of the club and the music. I wish all of you a wonderful and productive week.

Best Regards,

Spike Wilner

7:30 - 9:30 PM

Tamango Tap Show

Tamango - Tap Dance
Stacy Dillard - Tnr

Spike Wilner - Piano
Renee Cruz - Bass
Brandon Lewis -Drums


"Round Midnight" with:

Glenn Zaleski Quartet

Noah Preminger - Tnr
Glenn Zaleski - Pno
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Colin Stranahan - Dr

7:30 to 10:00 PM

Tad Shull Quartet

Tad Shull - Tenor
Ray Gallon - Pno
Paul Gill - Bass
Joe Strasser - Drums

10:00 - 12:30 AM

Mike Moreno

Mike Moreno - Guitar
Jon Cowherd - Piano
Matt Brewer - Bass
Justin Brown - Drums


"Round Midnight" with:

The Nick Hempton Quartet

Nick Hempton - Alto
Dan Aran - Dr
Scott Ritchie- Bs
Jack Glottman - Pno

7:30 to 10:00 PM

Chris Byars Quartet

Chris Byars - Tenor
Stefano Doglioni -Cl
Ari Roland - Bass
Stefan Schatz - Dr

5/22 & 5/23
9:30 - 12:00 AM

Taylor Eigsti Trio

Taylor Eigsti - Pno

Harish Raghavan - Bs
Nate Smith - Drms


Taylor Eigsti - Pno
Larry Grenadier - Bs
Kendrick Scott - Dr


5/24 & 5/25
10:30 to 1:00 AM

Steve Davis Sextet
Larry Willis

Steve Davis - Tbn
Larry Willis - Piano
Josh Bruneau - Tpt
Mike DiRubbo - Alto
Nat Reeves - Bass
Billy Williams- Drm

7:30 to 9:45 PM
Sunday Evening Duets:

Yaala Ballin
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Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:30 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

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New York Jazz Record on Grant Stewart:  Live at Smalls

“[Grant Stewart] plays a brawny tenor saxophone along the lines of Sonny Rollins, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins and Wardell Gray…the saxman swings hard and passionately…warmth, good taste and a healthy sense of swing, which could be the motto for Smalls Jazz Club as well."  - Alex Henderson

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Monday May 20

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Tamango Tap Show
Tamango - Tap Dancer , Spike Wilner - Piano , Renee Marie Cruz - Bass , Brandon Lewis - Drums 

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Mike Moreno Group
Mike Moreno - Guitar , Jon Cowherd - Piano , Matt Brewer - Bass , Justin Brown - Drums 

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

Tuesday May 21

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Spike Wilner Trio
Spike Wilner - Piano 

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Smalls Legacy Band
Theo Hill - Piano , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Frank Lacy - Trombone , Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Ameen Saleem - Bass , Jason Brown - Drums 

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

Wednesday May 22

6:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman
Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer , 

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Taylor Eigsti Trio
Taylor Eigsti - Piano , Harish Raghavan - Bass , Nate Smith - Drums 

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Glenn Zaleski Group
Noah Preminger - Tenor Sax , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Matt Clohesy - Bass , Colin Stranahan - Drums 

Thursday May 23

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 Taylor Eigsti Trio
Taylor Eigsti - Piano , Larry Grenadier - Bass , Kendrick Scott - Drums 

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Nick Hempton Quartet
Nick Hempton - Alto Sax , Dan Aran - Drums , Scott Ritchie - Bass , Jack Glottman - Piano 

Friday May 24

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso
Pasquale Grasso - Guitar , 

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Tad Shull Quartet
Tad Shull - Tenor Sax , Ray Gallon - Piano , Paul Gill - Bass , Joe Strasser - Drums 

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Steve Davis Quintet/Sextet featuring Larry Willis
Steve Davis - Trombone , Larry Willis - Piano , Nat Reeves - Bass , Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax , Billy Williams- Drums , Josh Bruneau - Trumpet 

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: The John Webber Trio
John Webber - Guitar , 

Saturday May 25

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 cover/Musicians free) - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by Dwayne Clemons & Sasha Perry 
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Sacha Perry - Piano , Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax ,Murray Wall - Bass 

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Chris Byars Quartet
Chris Byars - Tenor Sax , Stefano Doglioni - Clarinet , Ari Roland - Bass , Stefan Schatz - Drums 

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Steve Davis Quintet/Sextet featuring Larry Willis
Josh Bruneau - Trumpet , Mike DiRubbo - Alto Sax , Steve Davis - Trombone , Larry Willis - Piano , Nat Reeves - Bass , Billy Williams - Drums 

1:00 AM to close - Afterhours with: Philip Harper
Philip Harper - Trumpet , 

Sunday May 26

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 Ben Meigners Group
Ben Meigners - Bass , 

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Sunday Evening Duets: Vocalist Yaala Ballin
Yaala Ballin - Vocalist , 

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal ($20)
Johnny O'Neal - Piano , 

11:30 PM to close - Afterhours Jam Session with: The Ned Goold Trio
Ned Goold - Tenor Sax ,

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