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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

Album

Aliens & Wizards

Label: CellarMusic
Released: 2021
Track listing: Righty-O!; Non Troppo; Adagio; Mindset; Blue Gardenia; Stella By Starlight; Aliens & Wizards; Prayer For Peace; Trick Baby.

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Kenneth Cobb

Read "Meet Kenneth Cobb" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


We suppose it makes sense that our latest Super Fan, a high-level mathematician—a contractor for NASA, no less—would keep meticulous records about, well, everything, from his massive CD and LP collection, to his personal road trip “mix tapes," to every concert he's attended. But applying his mathematical genius to fitting an entire week's worth of music ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Recent Piano Music

Read "Recent Piano Music" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Small groups featuring piano continue to work their individual brands of magic throughout the jazz world. Here are some examples from the last few months. Ray Gallon Make Your Move Cellar Live 2021 Pianist Ray Gallon has been around for over thirty-five years playing with the likes of ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spike Wilner, Curtis Fuller & Sarah McKenzie

Read "Spike Wilner, Curtis Fuller & Sarah McKenzie" reviewed by Joe Dimino


Our 701st Show begins with Sarah McKenzie and a great tale from the quarantine. The result is her single “Schneller." We continue to watch the world of music open up with live shows and Spike Wilner is leading the charge. He has new music with his 2021 CD Aliens & Wizards. We continue to profile musicians ...

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Article: Album Review

The Spike Wilner Trio: Aliens & Wizards

Read "Aliens & Wizards" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Spike Wilner, generally noted in his native jny: New York City as an excellent jazz pianist, is even more widely known as proprietor of two of the city's leading jazz clubs, Smalls and Mezzrow. Though hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Wilner has soldiered on, presenting live music whenever possible and forming the SmallsLIVE Foundation, a ...

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Article: Album Review

The Spike Wilner Trio: Aliens & Wizards

Read "Aliens & Wizards" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In this initial collaboration between The Cellar Music Group and The Smalls LIVE Foundation, it is no small wonder that driving forces behind this effort are the founders, Executive Producers, and close friends Cory Weeds and Spike Wilner. Respected musicians in their own right, Weeds and Wilner have a common appreciation and ...

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Article: The Jazz Life

Some Kind Of Normal—The new, East Coast Jazz Festival

Read "Some Kind Of Normal—The new, East Coast Jazz Festival" reviewed by Peter Rubie


Todd Barkan is a Jazz Club owner, which is a bit like saying Sonny Rollins is a saxophonist. It doesn't really tell you very much unless you already know about them. But it's a start. After a year of the plague (Covid-19 in case you're in doubt), being a club owner is not unlike being a ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Brian Charette

Read "Take Five With Brian Charette" reviewed by Brian Charette


Meet Brian Charette: Grammy-nominated organist/pianist, Brian Charette, has established himself as a leading voice in modern jazz. Besides being a critically acclaimed composer and bandleader, he has worked with many notable artists such as Joni Mitchell, Chaka Khan, Lou Donaldson and countless others. Charette is a Hammond endorsed, SteepleChase and Posi-Tone recording artist. In ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Spike Wilner, Count Basie, Clark Terry and more

Read "Spike Wilner, Count Basie, Clark Terry and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The world of jazz is in survival mode. The shift from live shows to livestream is now how the art form is coping. This week we open with club owner Spike Wilner and a cut off a new Live at Smalls CD. The rest of the episode focuses on artists with new material and how they ...


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