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Smalls/Mezzrow Newsletter - November 14th, 2016
"The task of art today is to bring chaos into order"
- Theodor Adorno

Dear Friends:

Challenging times, to say the least.  As citizens we're asked to make impossible choices and, in some cases, to compromise our convictions.  We're demanded to participate (whether we like it or not) in processes that may not be moral or even downright wrong.  Unfortunately, in the scheme of the Universe, we are very small.  Like the countless raindrops that together make an ocean, we cannot control the waves that we are an inherent part of.  I've had many people reach out to me in the last week, via email and in person, to say, "Spike, Smalls is now more important than ever!"  In times of war, chaos or uncertainty, the community of artists remains strong if not stronger.  Art, like religion, is based on Quality, which is Love.  The pure act of creation and transmission becomes more vital than ever in a society based nearly entirely on lies and disinformation.  Our music, the great American tradition of Jazz Music, is like a diamond in the mud - it can never be stained or sullied.  Inherently, it is too pure.  Jazz is not a music of divisiveness, it is a music of unity.  Jazz is not a music of hatred or racism, it is a music that connects all like-minded souls, regardless of culture.  Jazz is not cynical, it is a music that celebrates life and the true purity of the Human Spirit.  As Artists, our job now is to bring the love to the people, to feed them the pure spiritual food of swing and joy and to fly in the face of the soulless machine that supposedly "governs" us.  The greatness of our country, America, is in the blend of all the cultures coming together. As we know, this mix can sometimes be violent.  But in its best, most noble form, you can see it in a jazz club filled with people of all races, ages, sexes, communing joyfully to the sound of this great music.  This can and should be our ideal as American people and as Spiritual Beings.

I pray for peace in this uncertain time and look forward to seeing you at the clubs.

Spike
 
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Monday - 11/14
Vocalist Fleurine with Vitor Goncalves & Chico Pinheiro

Vocalist Fleurine sings with grace and a lovely Brazilian feel and repertoire. Join her for an evening of song.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Fleurine sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 11/15
Fred Hersch with Kate McGarry

 Pianist Fred Hersch is one of the most respected musicians currently playing today.  He has invited vocalist Kate McGarry as his guest for an evening of duets.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Fred Hersch sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Mezzrow "Polite Jam Session" @ 11 PM

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Wednesday - 11/16
David Cook with
Joshua Crumbly & Mark Ferber

Pianist/composer David Cook is a Brooklyn-based musician heavily invested in the New York jazz scene and beyond. He is joined by Joshua Crumbly and Mark Ferber.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
David Cook sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Tony Hewitt & Friends "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Thursday - 11/17
Adam Birnbaum with Dayna Stephens

Pianist Adam Birnbaum has a strong swinging drive and a forward thinking approach.  He's invited the wonderful Dayna Stephens to join him for an evening of duets.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Adam Birnbaum sets @
8 PM & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner "After-hours" with special guests @ 11 PM


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Friday, Saturday - 11/18-19
Joanne Brackeen & Lonnie Plaxico

Pianist Joanne Brackeen is a jazz legend with a resume as tall as she is.  She'll be joined by fellow Jazz Messenger alum Lonnie Plaxico on bass for a weekend of jazz duets.
 

 Doors @ 7:30 PM
Joanne Brackeen sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM


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11/18 -  After-hours @ 11 PM
11/19 - Theo Hill "After-hours"
 @ 11 PM

 

Sunday - 11/20
Mezzrow Classical Salon with David Oei

Susanna Eyton-Jones soprano, L. William Kuyper horn, Eriko Sato violin, Veronica Salas viola, Helene Jeanney piano, David Oei piano

Doors @ 4:30 PM
Concert from 5 PM to 7 PM with one intermission
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Sunday - 11/20
 Vocalist JD Walter with
Miles Griffith, Jim Ridl & Alex Claffy


Philadelphia in the house!  Vocalist JD Walters comes to Mezzrow with his invited vocalist guest Miles Griffith.  Joining them will be pianist Jim Ridl and bassist Alex Claffy.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
JD Walter from 8 PM & 9:30 PM

John Merrill & Friends "After-hours" @ 11 PM
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THIS WEEK AT SMALLS
(a selection of featured shows)

For our full schedule please go to www.smallslive.com

Monday - 11/14
The Russ Nolan Quartet
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

    with Russ Nolan – Tenor Sax, Michael Eckroth – Piano, Dan Foose – Bass, Brian Fishler – Drums
Monday - 11/14
The Ari Hoenig Trio
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

    with Ari Hoenig – Drums, Eduardo Belo – Bass, Chico Pinheiro – Guitar
Tuesday - 11/15
Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

    with Matt Pavolka – Bass, Scott Wendholt – Trumpet, Loren Stillman – Alto Sax, Jacob Garchik – Trombone, Mark Ferber – Drums
Tuesday - 11/15
The Steve Nelson Quintet
 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
 
with Steve Nelson – Vibraphone, Rick Germanson – Piano, Peter Washington – Bass, Angela Roberts – Vocalist, Charles Goold – Drums
Wednesday & Thursday - 11/16-17
The Nir Felder Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Nir Felder – Guitar, Kevin Hays – Piano, Matt Penman – Bass, Jimmy MacBride – Drums
Thursday - 11/17
The Nick Hempton Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

with Nick Hempton - Alto Sax, David Baron - Bass, Dan Aran - Drums
Friday - 11/18
The Dave Schnitter Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
     with Dave Schnitter – Tenor Sax
Saturday - 11/19
The Sylvia Cuenca Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

$20 for this show
with Sylvia Cuenca – Drums, Troy Roberts – Tenor Sax, Paul Bollenback – Guitar, Jared Gold – Organ
Friday & Saturday - 11/18-/11/19
The Mike DiRubbo Quartet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
$20 for this show
    with Mike DiRubbo – Alto Sax, Brian Charette – Piano, Ugonna Okegwo – Bass, JK Kim – Drums
Sunday - 11/20
The Johnny O'Neal Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Johnny O’Neal – Piano, Luke Sellick – Bass, Charles Goold - Drums
 
Sunday - 11/20
The David Gibson Quintet
     Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
with David Gibson – Trombone, Freddie Hendrix – Trumpet, Luke Carlos O’Reiley – Piano, Alexander Claffy – Bass, Anwar Marshall – Drums

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS

Monday - 11/14, 1 AM to close

 

Tuesday - 11/15, 1 AM to close 
After-hours with Jovan Alexandre


Wednesday - 11/16, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with
Sanah Kadoura

 

Thursday - 11/17, 1 AM to close 
After-hours Jam Session with Sarah Slonim

 

Friday - 11/18, 4 PM - 7 PM
Afternoon Jam Session with Tuomo Uusitalo

 

Friday - 11/18, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Joe Farnsworth

 

Saturday - 11/19, 4 PM to 7 PM
Afternoon Jam Session with Robert Edwards

 

Saturday - 11/19, 1 AM to close
After-hours with Brooklyn Circle

 

Sunday - 11/20,  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 

Sunday - 11/20,  4:30 PM to 7 PM
The Ai Murakami Trio feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 11/20,  1 AM to close
After-hours with HIllel Salem

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