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NYC Notes: Smalls Jazz Club, Big Music

We went to Smalls Jazz Club.

It was on Leslie’s Bucket List for our week in NYC.

If you are in NYC, don’t miss Smalls.

On our first visit we saw Ehud Asherie Solo Piano with Harry Allen on Tenor Sax. And then The Joris Teepe Group featuring David Kikoski on piano, Alex Sipiagin on Trumpet and Willard Dyson on Drums.

Alex Sipiagin was great on the trumpet and reminded me of Manny on Black Books, but Leslie told me I’m nuts. About Manny, not his trumpet playing. Kikoski was incredible on piano and reminds me of nobody else on this earth.

We liked those groups so much we went back a second night to see the Neal Smith Quartet.

I even took this picture with my iPhone. As you can see, Smalls lives up to its name.

Abraham Burton on Tenor Sax, Mulgrew Miller on Piano

Smalls has a website that not only lists their schedule, but has links to all the artists.

They also have a live webcam so you can watch the performances even if you aren’t in NYC. Although the video is pretty poor (what do you expect), the sound is actually quite good!

Loud applause now.

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