Spike Wilner has impacted the Greenwich Village jazz scene in New York city, both as a pianist and as the proprietor of two village jazz venues. Few jazz spots offer what Small’s, and Mezzrow jazz clubs do. The jazz fan experiences an intimacy at both venues that accentuates the jazz experience exponentially. There is direct participation between musicians and audience, a give and take that creates a warm and comfortable vibe.
There is a sense of jazz tradition and history, something one can hear in Wilner’s unique piano style as well. He can be just as comfortable playing stride piano as he is fronting a quartet that is steeped in post bop modernism.
This performance is a rare opportunity to experience a piece of the village scene in NewYork, as Wilner will have his NY quartet in tow, featuring mercurial hard bop trumpeter Joe Magnarelli. While he is well known for his work as a sideman with Jack McDuff, Lionel Hampton, Gary Smulyan, and Harry Connick, Jr. to mention a few, Magnarelli has released seven albums as a leader on the Criss-Cross and Posi-Tone labels.
Bassist Paul Gill, and drummer Anthony Pinciotti, two heavyweights on the New York scene, round out this world class quartet.
Tula’s, essentially the only true jazz club in Seattle, provides the intimacy that emulates many of the historic jazz venues in New York. For this performance, the room is a perfect match. In a day when many jazz clubs stray from the genre generously, Tula’s remains true to jazz in all its forms. The calendar reveals a stunning array of the top resident players in Seattle, as well as visiting players often surrounded by Seattle’s best.