SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

August 12th, 2013

Dear Friends:

I've been thinking lately about two Jazz clubs that I spent a lot time in when I was a young musician coming up on the scene.  Unfortunately, both are now defunct.  Both clubs had a big impact on me as an artist and as a person.  I find myself referencing these clubs as I make decisions on how to run Smalls and what "the mission" of Smalls should be.  These are role model Jazz clubs for how a Jazz club is supposed to feel and what it really represents.

The first I want to mention was the Village Gate on Bleecker Street.  The Village Gate was an enormous place with an upstairs theater, a downstairs theater and a ground level terrace with a stage and Steinway.  My good friend and marvelous pianist, Raphael D'Lugoff was basically running the place by the time I started hanging out there.  His father, Art D'Lugoff was one of the most famous club owners in Jazz music history - a true empresario of Jazz music.  "The Gate", as people called it, was a real family place.  People hung out there day and night - it was so relaxed and informal.  People played chess at the tables, friends greeted each other, conversations were had.  This is what we go for at Smalls - that warm, relaxed and informal environment   Great music and great big family get-together!

The other place that impressed me was Bradley's on University Place.  Bradley's was small, dark and all wood.  This was a real New York city bar and a real musicians club.  Most of the time the door man really didn't want to let me in - I was too young to really hang out there with any authority.  I'd be scared witless at the bar, sitting next to and eavesdropping on Ron Carter and McCoy Tyner's conversation while Hank Jones played trio with Ray Drummond and Billy Higgins!  I was just a fly on the wall.  The seriousness of this room impressed me hard - Bradley's was no joke.  This quality is also something that we go for at Smalls - a serious spot, a spot, for musicians to hang out late, converse and hear each other play.
Smalls Musician Revenue Share Project Update:

As of this writing we are nearly to $34,000.00.  As I've said before, for us this is already a great success.  We've raised enough to definitely build the system and upgrade our recording equipment and cameras.  We still hope to complete our goal, mostly so we can get the new piano.  If it's meant to be than it's meant to be, otherwise we'll wait on a new instrument and be grateful for the enormous support we've seen over the last 36 days - 24 days to go until we're done.

For more information on our campaign click

This Week At Smalls

Monday: We begin our week with a duet concert from two really creative and sensitive improvisors.  Tenor saxophonist Jerome Sabbagh and pianist Pete Rende perform from 7:30 to 10PM.  At 10PM we welcome back our resident Monday night artist Ari Hoenig and his trio with Shai Maestro & Johannes Weidenmuller

Tuesday - we have our regular program starting with my trio at 7:30, the Smalls Legacy band at 10:30 PM and the "Next Generation" jam session at 1:00 AM.

Wednesday & Thursday -  I'm psyched to bring back ex-patriot from France Logan Richardson and his group SHIFT which features Sullivan Fortner, Harish Raghavan & Tommy Crane.  They play from 9:30 PM to 12:00 AM both nights.  Wednesday for our "Round Midnight" show we feature drummer Craig Wuepper and his trio "Earsight".  On Thursday at midnight is resident quintet led by Carlos Abadie.

Friday & Saturday -  this weekend for our 10:30 PM show we feature another ex-patriot trumpetist John Marshall  and his quintet which features Tardo Hammer, Grant Stewart, David Wong and the legendary Jimmy Wormworth on drums.  Our 7:30 PM concert features the wonderful pianist Pete Malinverni  and is trio with Ugonna Okegwo & Steve Williams.  On Saturday at 7:30 PM we are pleased to present a CD release from alto saxophonist Nich Hempton  and his quintet showcasing Michael Deese, Art Hirahara & Dan Oran.

Sunday - as always a full day of music - 1PM Marion Cowings 4:30 PM John Merill, 7:30 PM Ehud Asherie., 10PM Johnny O'Neal and at Midnight the Jeb Patton trio with David Wong & Rodney Green.
As always I thank you for your support of this music and our club.  I hope to see you at Smalls in person and urge you to do good deeds and be compassionate to all living things!

Best Regards,
Spike Wilner

Mon. 8/12

 Jerome Sabbagh
Pete Rende - Duo

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM

Jerome Sabbagh - T. Sax
Pete Rende - Piano
Wed. 8/14

"Round Midnight"
Craig Wuepper Trio "Earsight"

12:30 AM to close

Paul Odeh - Piano
Essiet Essiet - Bass
Craig Wuepper - Drums


Fri. 8/16

Afterhours with:
The Lawrence Leathers Group

1:15 AM to close

Lawrence Leathers - Drums
Mon. 8/12

 Ari Hoenig

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Shai Maestro - Piano
Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass
Ari Hoenig - Drums

Fri. 8/16

Pete Malinverni Trio

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Pete Malinverni - Piano
Ugonna Okegwo - Bass
Steve Williams - Drums
Fri. & Sat.
8/16 & 8/17

The John Marshall Quintet

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

John Marshall - Trumpet
Grant Stewart - T. Sax
Tardo Hammer - Piano
David Wong - Bass

Jimmy Wormworth - Drums
Wed & Thurs
8/14 & 8/15

Logan Richardson &

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Logan Richardson - A Sax
Sullivan Fortner - Piano
Harish Raghavan - Bass
Tommy Crane - Drum
Sat. 8/17

 Nick Hempton Band
CD Release:
"Odd Man Out"

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Nick Hempton - Alto Sax
Michael Dease - Trombone
Art Hirahara - Piano
Marco Panascia - Bass
Dan Aran - Drums
 Sun. 8/18

"Round Midnight" with:
The Jeb Patton Trio

11:30 PM to close

Jeb Patton - Piano
David Wong - Bass
Rodney Green - Drums

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 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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This week: Yotam Silberstein
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Monday, August 12th

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Jerome Sabbagh/Pete Rende Duo
Jerome Sabbagh - Tenor Sax , Pete Rende - Piano

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Ari Hoenig Trio
Ari Hoenig - Drums , Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass , Shai Maestro - Piano

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

Tuesday, August 13th

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

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM (two sets) - The Smalls Legacy Band
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass , Frank Lacy - Trombone , Kush Abadey - Drums

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

Wednesday, August 14th

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 - SHIFT feat. Logan Richardson
Logan Richardson - Alto Sax , Sullivan Fortner - Piano , Harish Raghavan - Bass , Tommy Crane - Drums

11:30 PM to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Craig Wuepper Trio and "Earsight"
Craig Wuepper - Drums , Paul Odeh - Piano , Essiet Essiet - Bass

Thursday, August 15th

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 - SHIFT feat. Logan Richardson
Tommy Crane - Drums , Logan Richardson - Alto Sax , Harish Raghavan - Bass , Sullivan Fortner - Piano

Midnight to Close - "Round Midnight" with: The Carlos Abadie Quintet
Joe Sucato - Tenor Sax , Theo Hill - Piano , Clovis Nicolas - Bass , Luca Santaniello - Drums , Carlos Abadie - Trumpet ,

Friday, August 16th

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Pete Malinverni Trio
Pete Malinverni - Piano , Ugonna Okegwo - Bass , Steve Williams - Drums

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM($10 cover/musicians free) - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso
Pasquale Grasso - Guitar ,

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The John Marshall Quintet
Grant Stewart - Tenor Sax , John Marshall - Trumpet , Tardo Hammer - Piano , Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , David Wong - Bass

1:15 AM to Close - Afterhours with: Lawrence Leathers
Lawrence Leathers - Drums ,

Saturday, August 17th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by: The Dwayne Clemons Quintet
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Sacha Perry - Piano , Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax , Murray Wall - Bass

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Nick Hempton Band "Odd Man Out" CD Release
Nick Hempton - Alto Sax , Dan Aran - Drums , Art Hirahara - Piano , Marco Panascia - Bass , Michael Dease - Trombone

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The John Marshall Quintet
John Marshall - Trumpet , Grant Stewart - Tenor Sax , Tardo Hammer - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Jimmy Wormworth - Drums

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

Sunday, August 18th

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 John Merrill Trio
John Merrill - Guitar , George Delancy - Bass

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Ehud Asherie Trio
Ehud Asherie - Piano ,

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

11:30 PM to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Jeb Patton Trio
Jeb Patton - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Rodney Green - Drums

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