Miss live music? Smalls Jazz Club and Gush are bringing you the next best thing: intimate listening parties and conversations about jazz with the artists who create it.
Led by NYC bassist and longtime Smalls resident Jonathan Michel, each episode of Smalls Talk focuses on a recorded performance from the SmallsLIVE Foundation Archive. Participants receive links to each week's recording and a playlist of tracks that help place the performance in the context of jazz history and the pantheon of great jazz artists.
During the event, Jonathan and that week's special guest discuss the performance, the playlist, and their own experiences playing at Smalls and elsewhere. This is an interactive event, so each session is limited to 20 guests in order to make sure that everyone can participate in the conversation.
Part jazz history course and part opportunity to meet the artists who create New York's vibrant jazz culture, Smalls Talk with Jonathan Michel is exactly what you need right now.
Each session will run approximately 90 minutes. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants shortly before each session.
July 13, 8pm Eastern. Lawrence Leathers. This week we'll remember Grammy award winning drummer, composer, and producer Lawrence Leathers. We'll also discuss some of Jonathan's favorite shows that he's played at Smalls.
July 27, 8pm Eastern. Sullivan Fortner. This week, we'll be joined by special guest Sullivan Fortner, who will discuss his career and experiences as well as his relationship with Smalls.
Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut Jonathan Michel is a bassist, composer and arranger of Haitian descent.
Based in New York City, Jonathan is an eclectic artist known for his work as a producer and arranger, as well as performances all over the world. Some associated acts include Billy Paul, Laurin Talese, Soul Science Lab, Melanie Charles, Godwin Louis and Orrin Evans.
You can learn more about Jonathan here: https://www.jonathanmichel.band/