SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

December 9th, 2013

Hello Friends:

Wintry air, frozen breezes.  Here's a haiku from Kajiwara Hashin for this frigid evening:

no sky
no land -- just
snow falling


and then the refuge of the portal to Smalls Jazz Club - the warmth of bodies, whiskey, certain odors wafting upward and then... music! 


Please join us for our annual New Year’s celebration bringing in 2014.  Our doors open at 9PM and the music will start at 9:30 PM.  The Smalls Jazz Club All Stars will perform and there will be an after-hours show as well.
We've sold nearly 30 seats and we're only going to sell 50 seats up to midnight.  Tickets include 2 champagne cocktails (or drink of your choice) and a selection of hors d'oeuvres.  So far the band is Lennie Cuje on vibraphone, Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Ned Goold on tenor, Jon Roche on bass, Clifford Barbaro on drums, Milton Suggs singing and Marion Cowings also singing and emceeing the evening.  It will be a blast.
Ticket prices for reserved seats (9 PM to Midnight) are $100.00 per seat.  We will do a general open admission after midnight at our regular ticket price of $20.00 depending on space.
All tickets must be purchased in advance via Paypal.

If interested, please email us at this address (  Let us know how many seats you would like to reserve.  You will be sent a Paypal invoice.  Upon receipt of payment your seat will be guaranteed for New Year’s Eve.  Tickets are refundable up to December 27th.
We hope you can join us!

This Week At Smalls:


We start our week off with an old friend – Steve Lyman who is coming in with a dynamic quartet featuring Chase Baird on tenor, Aaron Parks on piano and Joe Martin on bass.  Following Steve is our resident artist Ari Hoenig and his quartet with the amazing Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Shai Maestro on piano and Orlando Le Flemming on bass.
Be prepared for an amazing and unusual Tuesday starting with a Tap Dance Sextet.  Dancer Joseph Wiggan is one of the top tap-dancers in the country these days and spends most of his time touring with Circe de Soleil.  Joseph organized this show which features two other dancers – Derick Grant & Jason Samuels-Smith.  The rhythm sections is myself (Spike Wilner) on piano, Jonathan Michel on bass and Andrew Atkinson on drums.  Following Joseph is Logan Richardson and his group SHIFT.  This band showcases the fascinating piano playing of Sullivan FortnerHarish Raghavan is on bass and Tommy Crane on drums.
Wed & Thur:
For Wednesday and Thursday for our 9:30 PM show, Harish Raghavan takes the lead and invites Logan Richardson to join his group.  Also in the band is Matt Stevens on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and Eric Harland on drums.  Our “Round Midnight” concert showcases an original talent on the tenor saxophone Noah Preminger who’s coming in with an excellent quartet which features the excellent Frank Kimbrough on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums.
Fri & Sat:
This weekend we have some piano legends in the house starting on Friday at 7:30 PM with bassist Phil Palombi’s trio which features Don Friedman and drum legend Eliot Zigmund.  Saturday the 7:30 PM show features the excellent Dave Glasser on alto sax and his quartet with Larry Ham on piano, Dave Robaire on bass and Carl Allen on drums.  Our 10:30 PM show for both nights presents the legendary Freddie Redd and an excellent quintet organized by alto saxophonist Amanda Sedgwick.  Also in the group is the amazing trumpetist Dwayne Clemons, Murray Wall on bass and drum legend Jimmy Wormworth.
Our Sunday afternoon showcase features drummer Lamy Istrefi, who is bringing in his friend and legend David Liebman to play tenor sax and Diallo House to play bass.   Following them at 7:30 PM is guitarist Ed Laub.  Ed is usually joined by Bucky Pizzarelli but this week has invited the excellent Howard Alden to join him in duet.  At 10 PM is the legendary Johnny O’Neal and then our “Round Midnight” set showcases the fantastic Dmitry Baevsky and his quartet with Jeb Patton, David Wong & Joe Strasser.

As always, I urge you to do good deeds and be compassionate to others and yourself.  Thank you for your support of this music and the club.  Hope to see you at Smalls.


Mon. 12/9
Steve Lyman Quartet

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM

Chase Baird - Tenor Sax
Aaron Parks - Piano
Joe Martin - Bass
Steve Lyman - Drums

 Wed. & Thurs.
12/11 & 12/12

Harish Raghavan Quintet

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Logan Richardson -A.Sax
Fabian Almazan - Piano
Matt Stevens - Guitar
Harish Raghavan - Bass
Eric Harland - Drums
Fri. & Sat.
12/13 & 12/14

Freddie Redd Quintet

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Dwayne Clemons - Tpt.
Amanda Sedgwick - A.Sax
Freddie Redd - Piano
Murray Wall - Bass
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums
Tues. 12/10

Tap Dance Sextet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Joseph Wiggan - Tap
Derick K. Grant
 - Tap
Jason Samuels-Smith Tap
Spike Wilner - Piano
Jonathan Michel - Bass
Andrew Atkinson -Drms 
Wed. 12/11

"Round Midnight" with:
Noah Preminger Quartet

12:30 AM to close

Noah Preminger - T. Sax
Frank Kimbrough - Piano
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Colin Stranahan - Drums

Sat. 12/14

Dave Glasser Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Dave Glasser - Alto Sax
Larry Ham - Piano
Dave Robaire - Bass
Carl Allen - Drums
Tues. 12/10

feat. Logan Richardson

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Logan Richardson - ASax
Sullivan Fortner - Pno
Harish Raghavan - Bass
Tommy Crane - Drums
Fri. 12/13

 Phil Palombi Trio

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Don Friedman - Piano
Phil Palombi - Bass
Eliot Zigmund - Drums
Sun. 12/15

"Round Midnight" with:
 Dmitry Baevsky Quartet

11:30 AM to close

Dmitry Baevsky - A. Sax
Jeb Patton - Piano
David Wong - Bass
Joe Strasser - Drums

SmallsLIVE Interview BLOG

Interesting and insightful interviews with the artists that perform at Smalls Jazz Club.

Interviewed by bassist Spencer Murphy - these interviews shed light on the thought process of the musicians and their relationship to Smalls.

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Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, "Afterhours" -
Kyle Poole "Next Generation" Jam

Wed, 6:00PM to 9:00 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

The "Early Bird" with:

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam ($10 for non-musicians)

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam ($10 for non-musicians)

Sun, 1PM to 3:000 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass ($40 to participate)

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

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Monday, December 9th

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Steve Lyman Group
Chase Baird - Tenor Sax , Aaron Parks - Piano , Joe Martin - Bass , Steve Lyman - Drums , 

10:15 PM to 12:30 AM - The Ari Hoenig Quartet
Ari Hoenig - Drums , Gilad Hekselman - Guitar , Orlando Le Fleming - Bass , Shai Maestro - Piano 

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

Tuesday, December 10th

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - Tap Dance Sextet 
Derick K. Grant - Tap Dancer , Jason Samuels-Smith - Tap Dancer , Joseph Wiggan - Tap Dancer ,Spike Wilner - Piano , Jonathan Michel - Bass , Andrew Atkinson - Drums 

10:15 PM to 12:30 AM - SHIFT feat. Logan Richardson
Logan Richardson - Alto Sax , Sullivan Fortner - Piano , Harish Raghavan - Bass , Tommy Crane - Drums 

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

Wednesday, December 11th

6:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman ($10 cover/Musicians free)
Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer , 

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Harish Raghavan Group
Logan Richardson - Alto Sax , Fabian Almazan - Piano , Matt Stevens - Guitar , Harish Raghavan - Bass , Eric Harland - Drums 

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Noah Preminger Quartet
Noah Preminger - Tenor Sax , Frank Kimbrough - Piano , Matt Clohesy - Bass , Colin Stranahan - Drums 

Thursday, December 12th

6:00 PM to 9:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by: The Alex Hoffman Group 
Alex Hoffman - Tenor Sax , Emanuele Basentini - Guitar 

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Harish Raghavan Group
Logan Richardson - Alto Sax , Fabian Almazan - Piano , Matt Stevens - Guitar , Harish Raghavan - Bass , Eric Harland - Drums 

"Midnight" to close - "Round Midnight" with The Nick Hempton Band
Nick Hempton - Alto Sax , Dan Aran - Drums , Yotam Silberstein - Guitar , George Delancy - Bass 

Friday, December 13th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 for non-musicians) - FRIDAY AFTERNOON OPEN JAM SESSION

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM - The Phil Palombi Trio 
Don Friedman - Piano , Phil Palombi - Bass , Eliot Zigmund - Drums 

10:00 PM to 1:30 AM - Jazz Legend Freddie Redd
Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Amanda Sedgwick - Alto Sax , Freddie Redd - Piano , Murray Wall - BassJimmy Wormworth - Drums 

1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Lawrence Leathers 
Lawrence Leathers - Drums , 

Saturday, December 14th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM ($10 for non-musicians) - SATURDAY AFTERNOON OPEN JAM SESSION

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Dave Glasser Quintet
Dave Glasser - Alto Sax , Larry Ham - Piano , Dave Robaire - Bass , Carl Allen - Drums 

10:00 PM to 1:30 AM - Jazz Legend Freddie Redd
Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Amanda Sedgwick - Alto Sax , Freddie Redd - Piano , Murray Wall - BassJimmy Wormworth - Drums 

1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Stacy Dillard
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Diallo House - Bass , Ismail Lawal - Drums 

Sunday, December 15th

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate
Marion Cowings - Vocalist 

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The Lamy Istrefi Jr. Trio feat. Dave Liebman
David Liebman - Tenor Sax , Diallo House - Bass , Lamy Istrefi, Jr. - Drums , 

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Ed Laub/Howard Alden Duo
Howard Alden - Guitar , Ed Laub - Guitar , 

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal 
Johnny O'Neal - Piano , Paul Sikivie - Bass , Charles Goold - Drums 

"Midnight" to close - "Round Midnight" with The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
Dmitry Baevsky - Alto Sax , Jeb Patton - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Joe Strasser - Drums 

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