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Spike Wilner

Michael “Spike” Wilner was born in New York City and started playing piano at an early age.  He was inspired by a television program about the life of Scott Joplin to learn to play Ragtime Music.  He perused this art form throughout high school and performed Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag” at the St. Louis Ragtime Festival.  Although it was an informal appearance it, nonetheless, profoundly affected him and drove him to peruse a career in music.  In his high school jazz program he met pianist Peter Martin who introduced him and inspired him to learn more modern jazz. Wilner decided to enter into the New School For Social Research’s Jazz and Contemporary Music department, which was then in it’s first year

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Contrafactus

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2024
Track listing: At First Blush; Contrafactus; Kinetic Neurosis; Ants Go Marching; Poor Butterfly; Cognitive Dissonance; Koan; If You Are But A Dream; Mind Games; Lullaby Of The Leaves; Happy Ending

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Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Label: Cellar Music group
Released: 2023
Track listing: Four; At Last; My Funny Valentine; Meditation; Blues For Smalls; Nearness Of You; New York, New York; When Sunny Gets Blue.

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Live at Smalls Jazz Club

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Gingerbread Boy; Ceora; Cup Bearers; These Foolish Things; Juicy Lucy; Rhythm-a-Ning; Street of Dreams; Love for Sale.

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Article: Album Review

George Coleman: Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Live At Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Tenor saxophonist George Coleman, one week past his eighty-seventh birthday when Live at Smalls Jazz Club was recorded in March 2022, has not yielded an inch to Father Time, skating up and down his horn with the awareness and agility of someone many years his junior. It is entirely appropriate that this album should be a ...

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Article: Album Review

George Coleman: Live At Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Live At Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


If you are an aficionado of tenor saxophonists with a big, bold, biting tone who can run changes in the blink of an eye, then George Coleman is your man. Now in his 88th year, over the course of his long career, he has had a gamut of experiences including B.B. King (1952/1955-56), Max Roach (1958-59), ...

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Article: Album Review

Jesse Davis: Live at Smalls Jazz Club

Read "Live at Smalls Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Alto saxophone master Sonny Stitt always chafed when he was called “little Bird," a reference to the greatest alto of them all, Charlie Parker. “I'm not a little Bird," he would say, “I'm me; Sonny Stitt." In similar fashion, Jesse Davis would probably shrug off any comparison to another of the instrument's esteemed patriarchs, the late ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Frank Sinatra, Spike Wilner, Paul Marinaro & Wayne Maureau

Read "Frank Sinatra, Spike Wilner, Paul Marinaro & Wayne Maureau" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We kick off the first show of 2023 with New Orleans drummer Wayne Maureau and music from his 2022 release At The Water's Edge as well as new music from Laura Ainsworth, Curtis Nowosad, Paul Marinaro and Yotem Silberstein. In between, we go old school with Billie Holiday, Jimmie Lunceford, Frank Sinatra and Bunny Berigan. One ...

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Plays Monk & Ellington

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2022
Track listing: Eronel; Well You Needn't; Pannonica; Wonderful!Wonderful!; Let's Cool One; Gypsy Without A Song; Le Sucrier Velour; U.M.M.G.; Intimacy Of The Blues

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Plays Monk & Ellington

Label: Cellar Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Eronel; Well, You Needn’t; Pannonica; Wonderful! Wonderful!; Let’s Cool One; Gypsy Without a Song; Le Sucrier Velour; U.M.M.G.; Intimacy of the Blues.


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