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 of these biweekly events will focus on a past performance from the SmallsLIVE Foundation Archive. Participants will be sent a link to that week's recording from the archives, plus 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 will discuss the performance, the tracks on that week's playlist, and their own experiences playing at Smalls and elsewhere. This is designed to be an interactive event, so each session is limited to 20 guests in order to ensure a sense of intimacy and make sure that everyone can participate in the conversation.
Part jazz history course and part opportunity to talk about jazz with other enthusiasts and 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, and will include conversation, education, and listening to select moments from that week's performance and highlighted tracks. A Zoom link will be sent to all participants shortly before each session.
May 11, 8pm Eastern. In the Beginning. Special preview show! To kick things off, we'll watch and discuss music and experiences from the beginning of Jonathan's time in residence at Smalls.
May 18, 8pm Eastern. Special guest: Spike Wilner. This episode will feature performances by Spike Wilner – owner/operator of Smalls Jazz Club, pianist extraordinaire, and Manhattan native. Spike will be on hand to give us the behind-the-scenes take on his performance.
June 1, 8pm Eastern. The Music of Billy Paul. This week will center on the music of Billy Paul, one of Jonathan's earliest employers in the music business and the subject of two tribute sets during Jonathan's residency at Smalls.
June 22, 8pm Eastern. Special guest to be announced. Over the course of Jonathan's residency at Smalls, he has had the privilege of sharing the stage with some the world's finest jazz talent. This week's guest will add a special dynamic to our discussions.
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/