December 22nd, 2014

Dear Friends:

I stumbled on this lovely quote from President Calvin Coolidge who, I must admit, I don't know much about but I thought the quote to be relevant:

"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."

In this time of civil unrest, torture and murder, it's time for us to carry this "state of mind" into our lives, not just on Christmas or special days - but every day.  We can, as a people, rise above this chaotic state and advance ourselves.  Music is key - real music.  At Mezzrow and at Smalls I love to look at the audience as the shows are going on - rooms full of people from all over the world - all unified in the act of listening.  Participating with movements of the head, claps of the hand, smiles and joyful reaction.  A group of strangers who, for the span of one-set, come together as a congregation or a family, unified by music.  It is the highest level of Human behavior - peaceful co-abiding in harmonious repose, receiving the joyful message of music into their hearts.  As a people (and by "people", I mean Humanity) we can rise up spiritually and co-exist in peace.  Live with compassion as we realize that everyone around us is our brother and sister.  Let's strive for peace in this New Year.

To quote the Buddha:

"Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth."

I look forward to seeing everyone swing by our clubs and pay us a visit.  Experience some great music, participate, have drink, speak with a stranger.  I wish everyone a Peaceful and Splendid Holiday.


The Mezzrow January Schedule is now available - check our site.
Monday - 12/22
Johnny O'Neal & Friends

Johnny O'Neal is a beloved master of the music garnering fans everywhere.  His amazing, Tatum-like piano skills are matched to his wonderful vocalizing and seriously swinging jazz feeling.  Johnny O'Neal is sure to leave you feeling joyful and enriched.  Never miss a chance to hear this artist.
    • Solo Piano Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
    • Duo Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM
  • Tuesday, 12/23
  • Dezron Douglas & Victor Gould

  • Dezron Douglas is one of the top-call bass players for groups world wide.  His playing is swinging, melodic and compelling.  Joining him this evening for an engaging duet show 
      is the young phenom Victor Gould.
  • Solo Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
    Duo Sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM

    Stick around for our "Polite" jam session starting at 10:45 PM


  • Wednesday , 12/24
  • Dave Kikoski - Christmas Music Solo Piano
  • Pianist David Kikoski plays Christmas music solo piano on Christmas Eve.  Come out and share this evening with us!
  • Solo Set @ 7 PM (no cover)
    Duo Sets @ 9 PM & 10:30 PM


Thursday, 12/25
Friday & Saturday - 12/26-27
Michael Weiss & George Mraz Duo

Pianist Michael Weiss is a true veteran of the jazz scene and has logged many hours with great masters of this music. He has a wide-berth of stylistic influences but is most clearly cut from the swinging be-bop tradition. With him is a true jazz legend, the master bassist George Mraz, for a rare appearance at Mezzrow. This is sure to be a rewarding evening of music.
            Solo Set @ 6:30 PM

Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM


Sunday - 12/28
Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Duo
  • Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub are a natural duet - beautiful swing feeling and tradition wrapped with humor, romance and joy.  This is a feel good set of music!  Don't miss them in our intimate Music Room setting.
  •  Set @ 6:30 PM

Sunday - 12/28
Dayna Stephens & Taylor Eigsti
  • Saxophonist Dayna Stephens has proven to be one of the most popular of his generation.  With a husky tone and a gentle, introspective demeanor, Dayna plays with lyrical beauty.  He plays two sets of duo with the dynamic pianist Taylor Eigsti.
  • Duo sets @ 9:30 PM & 11 PM


Wednesday -  12/31
The Cyrille Aimee Trio

Celebrate the first New Year's Eve at Mezzrow with singer Cyrille Aimee and Michael Valeanu.  Tickets include 2 champagne toasts (one when you arrive and one at Midnight) as well as hors d'oeuvres and other snacks.  This is sure to be a fantastic evening of joyful singing and swinging.  Seats are limted to 40 for the event so reserve early!

40 seats will be sold for this event.  Tickets are $100/person and are good for the entire evening.

Click the link below to reserve your seat for New Year's Eve!


(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to

Monday - 12/22
The Tony Purrone Trio

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
w. Tony Purrone - Guitar, Preston Murphy - Bass, Thierry Arpino - Drums

Tony Purrone is a guitar veteran and hero and not often heard these days.  Swing by to discover this musician.
Tuesday - 12/23
Smalls Legacy Band
Feat. Frank Lacy & Josh Evans

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM

Frank Lacy is a force of nature - controlled explosiveness and lyrical beauty.  This band is simply badass.
Wednesday & Thursday - 12/24-25
Tal Ronen

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11 PM
w. Jon-Erik Kellso - Trumpet, Jay Rattman - Alto Sax, Rossano Sportiello - Piano, Tal Ronen - Bass, Steve Little - Drums

Join bassist Tal Ronen for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with his ensemble Holy Moly that features the stellar piano playing of Rossano Sportiello.
Thursday - 12/25
"Round Midnight" With:
The Carlos Abadie Quintet

 Midnight to close
w. Peter Zak - Piano, Luca Santaniello - Drums, Clovis NIcolas - Bass, Carlos Abadie - Trumpet

Carlos Abadie is a serious musician with a serious band.  Come join us for the Round Midnight on Christmas Day Eve and enjoy some authentic hard-bop

Friday - 12/26
The Richie Vitale Nonet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
w.Richie Vitale - Trumpet, Tim Horner - Drums, Frank Basile, Bari Sax, Bim Strasberg - Bass, Andy Ferber - Alto Sax, Louis Rainone - Piano, Ned Otter - Tenor Sax, Dorian Devins - Vocalist, Larry Farrell - Trumbone 

Richie Vitale is one of the finest trumpet players playing today.  His nonet is an excellent example of great writing and swinging.
Friday & Saturday - 12/26-27
Ken Peplowski Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
w. Ken Peplowski - Clarinet, Ehud Asherie - Piano, Martin Wind - Bass, Matt Wilson - Drums

Considered by many to be the greatest living clarinetist.  Come find out why.
Saturday - 12/27
Mintz Quintet

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
$20 for this show
w. Adam Kolker - Tenor Sax, John O'Galagher - Alto Sax, Roberta Piket - Piano, Cameron Brown - Bass,
Billy Mintz - Drums 

Billy Mintz is a veteran of this music and a formidable and sensitive drummer.  His excellent ensemble features the piano playing of Roberta Picket who is a driving and engaging modernist.
Sunday - 12/28

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
w. Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet, Dave Schumacher - Bari Sax, Rob Bargad - Piano, Mike Karn - Bass, Daniel Sadownick - Percussion, Steve Williams - Drums 

Back in the United States for just a brief few weeks this is the "reunion band" of great veteran hard-boppers and features the stellar trumpet work of Joe Magnarrelli and the baritone playing of Dave Schumacher.


Monday - 12/22, 1 AM to close
Afterhours with : Spencer Murphy

Tuesday - 12/23, 7:30 PM to 9 PM
The Spike Wilner Trio

Tuesday - 12/23, 12:30 AM to close 
The Next Generation Sessions with Kyle Poole

Wednesday - 12/24, 6 PM to 9 PM
Tap dance Jam! With Michela Lerman


Thursday - 12/25,  6 PM to 9 PM
"Early Bird Sessions" with The Sacha Perry Quintet


Friday - 12/26, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Friday afternoon open jam session with Sanah Kadoura

Friday - 12/26, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with The Anthony Wonsey Trio

Saturday - 12/27, 4:30 PM to 7 PM
Saturday Afternoon Open Jam Session

Saturday -12/27, 1:30 AM to close
Afterhours with Stacy Dillard

Sunday - 12/28, 1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings 
$20 entry, $40 to participate

Sunday - 12/28, 7:30 PM to 10 PM
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal

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