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SmallsLIVE Newsletter
8/21/17
 
"In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart"
- Anne Frank

Three o'clock in the morning:  The miracle that is Smalls Jazz Club is in full swing - packed to capacity.  Like a scene from a Chinese medieval legend or perhaps Lewis Carroll, an impossible number of people in an impossibly small space.  The band is on fire.  Stacy Dillard and his trio are pouring lava-light jazz into the atmosphere.  We are inundated in golden swing, cooked like a soup in a hotpot broth of music.  The audience is unified - eyes closed, heads bobbing, smiles.  This is Jazz music - the very best that Humanity has to offer.  This is America.  Not a land of hatred, not a land of killing but a land where a variation of all races, nationalities and religions can come together to agree on one thing - jazz, swing and to feel the joy of life.  This is real!  Not a place where mindless idiots take up the flags of defeated nations to simply rage.  This music is a place where there is no flag, no symbol.  It is wordless and without form.  It is invisible and yet binding.  It is vital and enriching.  It is not corporate.  It is not a "meme".  It is not a phony slogan.  Jazz is what makes America great, not "again" but right here and now, always here - it is our cultural and our spiritual heritage.

At the end of his set, to the raucous applause, Stacy in his Cheshire-Cat style smiled at the crowd.  "You see how easy it is?", he asked all of us.  "You see how well we can all get along?  Black and white?  It 'aint hard..."  and with those words the jam session began.  The young musicians scrambled to the stage to grab the bass, get behind the drums, to take out their horns.  One, two, three - a Charlie Parker blues and the music continued.

I bid everyone peaceful abiding and hope to see you in our clubs - ours, everyone of us.

Peace,

Spike
 
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SmallsLIVE is proud to present the latest addition to our catalog - saxophonist Joel Frahm with pianist Spike Wilner & bassist Neal Miner Live At Mezzrow


The Live at Mezzrow series continues with this third release recorded in the high-def confines of our acoustic listening room. Available Friday, August 25th on iTunes and Apple Music and available now for pre-order.

New Release Now Available on iTunes
 
 SmallsLIVE introduces the first & second additions to our Live at Mezzrow series:
 
Pianist Tardo Hammer with bassist Peter Washington

and 
Pianist Michael Kanan, guitarist Greg Ruggiero & bassist Neal Miner

Visit the links below to view each of these recordings on iTunes:

Tardo Hammer & Peter Washington
Michael Kanan, Greg Ruggiero, & Neal Miner

August 27th


Lage Lund Workshop
Welcome to the SmallsLIVE Jazz Education Blog!
NOW: A cover paid at Mezzrow also gets you admission to Smalls.

Monday - 8/21
Bruce Harris with Joe Cohn & Neal Miner


Trumpetist Bruce Harris is a hard swinger and virtuoso player.  Join him for an evening of trio in our austere music room.

Bruce Harris sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Pasquale Grasso "After-hours" @ 11 PM

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Tuesday - 8/22
Harvey Diamond with Cameron Brown

Harvey Diamond is a jazz legend and makes appearances rarely in New York.  Join him for a special night at Mezzrow with bassist Cameron Brown.

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


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Wednesday - 8/23
Steven Feifke with Alexander Claffy

Pianist Steven Feifke has a modern approach and a virtuoso's technique.  Join him for an evening in Mezzrow's listening room.

Doors @ 7:30 PM
Steven Feifke sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Tony Hewitt & Pete Malinverni "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Thursday - 8/24
Saul Rubin & Dezron Douglas

Guitarist Saul Rubin is a virtuoso and plays with a deep jazz feeling.  He's invited the rock-solid bassist Dezron Douglas for an evening of duets.

Saul Rubin sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
Spike Wilner  "After-hours" with special guests @ 11 PM

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Friday & Saturday - 8/25-8/26
Joanne Brackeen & Richie Goods

Pianist Joanne Brackeen is a true jazz legend and also a veteran from the Bradley's era.  Join her for a weekend with bassist Richie Goods.
 
Doors @ 7:30 PM
Joanne Brackeen sets @ 8 PM & 9:30 PM
8/25 - Johnny O'Neal "After-hours" @ 11 PM
8/26 - Ben Paterson "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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8/25 - CLICK HERE TO RESERVE
8/26 - CLICK HERE TO RESERVE

Sunday - 8/27
SmallsLIVE Workshop: Lage Lund

SmallsLIVE Workshop presents Lage Lund in an interactive setting allowing students the chance to learn first hand from this modern master. This is open to anyone who is interested but particularly for guitarists and improvising musicians. Gilad will work interactively with students and take questions from the audience.

Doors at 3 PM
Lage Lund Workshop from 3:30 PM
 until 5:30 PM

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Sunday - 8/27
Lage Lund with Sullivan Fortner

Guitarist Lage Lund has invited the amazing pianist Sullivan Fortner for an evening of jazz duets.  If you attent Lage's class in the afternoon you can also stay for this show.

Doors at 7:30 PM
Lage Lund from 8 PM
 until 10:30 PM
John Merrill & Friends "After-hours" @ 11 PM


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Mezzrow proudly endorses Steinway pianos

THIS WEEK AT SMALLS
(a selection of featured shows)

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

Monday - 8/21
The Ari Hoenig Trio
 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

     with Ari Hoenig - Drums, Nitai Hershkovits - Piano, Or Bareket - Bass
Monday - 8/21
The Jonathan Michel Group & After-hours Jam Session
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Jonathan Michel - Bass
 Tuesday - 8/22
The Lucas Pino Nonet

 Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM
   with Lucas Pino - Tenor Sax, Ron Blake - Alto Sax, Andrew Gutauskas - Baritone Sax, Nick Finzer - Trombone, David Smith - Trumpet, Rafal Sarnecki - Guitar, Glenn Zaleski - Piano, Desmond White - Bass, Jimmy MacBride - Drums
Tuesday - 8/22
The Abraham Burton Quartet & After-hours Jam Session

 Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
   with Abraham Burton - Tenor Sax
Wednesday - 8/23
Jeff Hirshfield & Stream Trio
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Jeff Hirshfield - Drums, Yago Vazquez - Piano, Scott Lee - Bass
Wednesday - 8/23
The Andy Fusco Quintet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Andy Fusco - Alto Sax, Joe Magnarelli - Trumpet, John Hart - Guitar, Bill Moring - Bass, Rudy Petschauer - Drums
Thursday - 8/24
Kevin Harris Jazz All Stars
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Kevin Harris - Vocalist, Craig Handy - Tenor Sax, Mark Berman - Piano, Tony Garnier - Bass, Mike Clark - Drums
Thursday - 8/24
The Hendrik Meurkens Quartet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

     with Hendrik Meurkens - Harmonica, Chris Berger - Bass, Peter Van Nostrand - Drums
Friday - 8/25
The Joey "G-Clef" Cavaseno Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Joey "G-Clef" Cavaseno - Alto Sax, Jeremy Bacon - Piano, William Ash - Guitar, David F. Gibson - Drums
 
Saturday - 8/26
The Eddie Allen Quintet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9 PM

with Eddie Allen - Trumpet, Mark Gross - Alto Sax, Misha Tsiganov - Piano, Kenny Davis - Bass, EJ Strickland - Drums
 
Friday & Saturday  - 8/25-8/26
Gravity Band
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM

$20 for this show
with Melissa Aldana - Tenor Sax, Philip Dizack - Trumpet, Sam Harris - Piano, Pablo Menares - Bass, Tommy Crane - Drums
Sunday - 8/27
The Lezlie Harrison Quartet

Sets 7:30 PM to 9 PM
with Lezlie Harrison - Vocalist
Sunday - 8/27
The Bruce Harris Quintet

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12 AM
     with Bruce Harris - Trumpet, Grant Stewart - Tenor Sax, Steve Ash - Piano, David Wong - Bass, Aaron Kimmel - Drums

SMALLS JAZZ CLUB REGULAR SHOWS



Wednesday - 8/23, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Jovan Alexandre

 

Thursday - 8/24 , 1 AM to close 

After-hours Jam Session with Sarah Slonim

 

Friday - 8/25, 1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Joe Farnsworth

 

Saturday - 8/26, 4 PM to 7 PM
Michael Bond - Afternoon Jam Session



Saturday - 8/26, 1 AM to close
The Philip Harper Quintet

 

Sunday - 8/27,  1 PM to 3 PM
Vocal Workshop with Marion Cowings

 

Sunday - 8/27,  4:30 PM to 7 PM
Ai Murakami Trio Feat. Sacha Perry


Sunday - 8/27,  1 AM to close
After-hours Jam Session with Robert Edwards


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