"Singing, planting rice, village songs more lovely than famous city poems "
- Matsuo Basho
A classic haiku to start this newsletter from the master Basho. Made me think of Smalls - "village songs" - Greenwich Village, perhaps. And the planting of the rice - the seeds of jazz music to blossom and bear fruit for our future generations to feast on. I've said it often, Smalls is like a monastery, monks, acolytes and laity all here to share and receive.
This Monday we have our resident Ari Hoenig coming in with his trio - guitarist Gilad Hekselman & bassist Johannes Weidenmuller. Opening for Ari on Monday is the very fine pianist Jill McCarron and her trio. If you are coming by on Monday, please get there in time to hear Jill as well.
On Wednesday we have a formidable double-header starting with tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his quartet which features Glen Zaleski on piano, Matt Pavolka on bass and Rob Garcia on drums. Our "Round Midnight" concert features trombonist David Gibson and a stellar cast - Theo Hill on piano, Noah Garabedian on bass and Kevn Kanner on drums. If you can't make it to the club, please check out our LIVE VIDEO stream which will be free that evening - just go to www.smallsjazzclub.com and click LIVE VIDEO anytime during the evening.
Thursday evening we are featuring Sharel Cassity and her quintet, which includes Aubrey Johnson singing, Orrin Evans on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass and E.J. Strickland on drums. Sharel has been getting more and more attention - and she wel deserves it. Sharel is an "original" Smalls Jazz Club musician, playing at this club since the 90's. She is also our featured interview on our SmallsLIVE interview blog - click here.
Friday and Saturday for our featured 10:30 PM show is the legendary Ralph Peterson and his "Fo'Tet" Augmented. This features Felx Peikli on clarinet, Joseph Doubleday on vibes and Alex Hoth on bass. Come out and see a rare appearance of Ralph Peterson at Smalls.
Also on Friday for the 7:30 show we have Cory Weeds. Cory, besides being a phenominal musician also runs his own jazz club in Vancouver, BC - The Cellar. Cory is a good friend and is one of the very few people I can commiserate with on the impossible task of running a club and being a professional musician at the same time. On the band is Ian Hendrickson-Smith on tenor, Spike Wilner (me) on piano, Sean Cronin on bass and Brian Floody on drums.
Sunday afternoon from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM we are presenting a really fine pianist - Falkner Evans and his group. If you haven't heard or yet heard Falkner take a chance with this afternoon (4:30 PM to 7PM) concert. It features Marc Mommas on tenor, Belden Bullock on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.
As always, I hope to see you in person at the club!
My sincere wish for your well being!
The Ari Hoenig Trio
Mon. March 18th
9:30 PM to 12:00 AM
Gilad Hekselman - Guitar Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass
Ari Hoenig - Drums
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OUR SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:
Monday March 18
7:30 PM to 9:15 PM - The Jill McCarron Trio Jill McCarron - Piano , Phil Palombi - Bass , Eric Halvorson - Drums 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Ari Hoenig Trio Gilad Hekselman - Guitar , Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass , Ari Hoenig - Drums , Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: Spencer Murphy Spencer Murphy - Bass ,
Tuesday March 19
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (no cover) - Solo Piano Happy Hour with: Spike Wilner Spike Wilner - Piano 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM (two sets) - The Smalls Legacy Band Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Frank Lacy - Trombone Midnight to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends Kyle Poole - Drums ,
Wednesday March 20
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (no cover) - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer , 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Noah Preminger Quartet Noah Preminger - Tenor Sax , Glenn Zaleski - Piano , Matt Pavolka - Bass , Rob Garcia - Drums Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The David Gibson Quintet David Gibson - Trombone , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Noah Garabedian - Bass , Kevin Kanner - Drums
Thursday March 21
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (no cover charge) - Afternoon Open Jam Session hosted by Jon Roche Jon Roche - Bass , 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Ehud Asherie Trio Ehud Asherie - Piano , Neal Miner - Bass , Phil Stewart - Drums 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Sharel Cassity Group Sharel Cassity - Alto Sax , Orrin Evans - Piano , Dezron Douglas - Bass , E.J. Strickland - Drums , Aubrey Johnson - Vocalist Midnight to close - Round Midnight with Carlos Abadie ($10 cover) Carlos Abadie - Trumpet , Joe Sucato - Tenor Sax , Peter Zak - Piano , Clovis Nicolas - Bass , Luca Santaniello - Drums
Friday March 22
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM (No Cover) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker Luc Decker - Drums , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Sam Raderman - Guitar , 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (two sets) - The Cory Weeds Quintet Cory Weeds - Tenor Sax , Ian Hendrickson-Smith - Alto Sax , Spike Wilner - Piano , Sean Cronin - Bass , Brian Floody - Drums 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - Ralph Peterson Fo'Tet Augmented Felix Peikli - Clarinet , Joseph Doubleday - Vibraphone , Alex Hoth - Bass , Paulo Stagnaro - Percussion , Ralph Peterson - Drums , 1:00 AM to close - After hours with: The Jeremy Manasia Trio Jeremy Manasia - Piano ,
Saturday March 23
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - 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 Quintet John Mosca - Trombone , Ari Roland - Bass , Stefan Schatz - Drums , Chris Byars - Tenor Sax , 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM (two sets) - Ralph Peterson Fo'Tet Augmented Felix Peikli - Clarinet , Alex Hoth - Bass , Joseph Doubleday - Vibraphone , Paulo Stagnaro - Percussion , Ralph Peterson - Drums , 1:00 AM to Close - Afterhours with: Brooklyn Circle featuring Stacy Dillard Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Diallo House - Bass , Ismail Lawal - Drums
Sunday March 24
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 Showcase Presents: The Falkner Evans Group Ron Horton - Trumpet , Marc Mommaas - Tenor Sax , Falkner Evans - Piano , Belden Bullock - Bass , Matt Wilson - Drums 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM - Laura Brunner & Paul Odeh Paul Odeh - Piano , Laura Brunner - Vocalist , 9:30 PM to 11:00 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal ($20) Johnny O'Neal - Piano , 11:00 PM to close - The Late Set and Jam Session with: Alex Norris Alex Norris - Trumpet , Jeremy Manasia - Piano , Paul Gill - Bass , Brian Floody - Drums