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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

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13,359 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 777 of them this year alone and, so far, 51 this month (June 13).

From This Moment On

JUNE

Wed 16: Washboard Resonators @ Punchbowl Hotel, Jesmond, Newcastle (8:00pm). SOLD OUT!

Thu 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside (1:00pm). Cancelled tfn.

Thu 17: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead (8:30pm). Cancelled tfn.

Fri 18: Jazz Jamaica @ Sage Gateshead (8:00pm).

Sat 19: Jude Murphy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle (8:00pm).

Sun 20 Knats @ The Globe, Newcastle (8:00pm). Advance booking essential: www.jazz.coop.

Mon 21: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Wed 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club (1:00pm). CANCELLED TFN.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Spike Wilner Trio live streaming from Smalls, NYC - April 22

Spike Wilner (piano); Tyler Mitchell (double bass); Anthony Pinciotti (drums) + Mike Fahn (valve trombone); Joe Magnarelli (trumpet)

On the eve of Spike Wilner's new album release, the man who runs Smalls and Mezzrow in Greenwich Village, pulled rank to play a gig at the latter venue. The pianist's regular trio partners, Tyler Mitchell, bass, and drummer Anthony Pinciotti, were there with him and later in the set he would be joined by two special guests. 

A Brubeckian waltz time-like number - Odalisque - opened the set, a set played out in front of a real, albeit small, audience, max fifteen lucky people, rather than the usual seventy plus who would cram in to the 183 West 10th St basement performance space. Wilner engaged the faithful few, seemingly reluctant to mention he had new a album to promote! 

Wilner's Adagio from the new album (Aliens & Wizards) sounded all the better, no doubt due to the presence of a living, breathing audience, the musicians communicating with little more than a glance, a nod. The trio's swinging set met with vociferous applause (it had been a long time!) and it got better still with the introduction of two special guests. First up, valve trombonist Mike Fahn (Bob Cooper, Pete Christlieb, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Kubis and countless others) slotted in nicely to play It Could Happen to You, joined by Smalls' regular trumpeter Joe Magnarelli (Lionel Hampton, Jack McDuff, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra etc). 

The guest horns would feature on one more. Setting a swift tempo, Mezzrow's boss called a blues in Eb, effortlessly comping between Magnarelli and Fahn's solos before the horns momentarily stepped aside, leaving the stage to the trio to show how its done. To close out the set Wilner played Round Midnight. It had been another excellent night in NYC. More from the Smalls-Mezzrow set-up tonight and every night until further notice! And, in case you missed it, Spike Wilner's new album - Aliens & Wizards - is available from today on the Cellar Music Group label. Recommended.         
Russell   

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