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A Jazz Den from the Smalls Guy

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Happy Halloween and all that.

May your evening be fruitful and decreasingly clothed.

But once that’s over, check this out.

It’s Mezzrow, a narrow sliver of jazz-piano virtuosity beneath West 10th Street. It’s open now (but not tonight).

You may have some questions, like, “What’s with the name?” Let’s get to those.

What’s with the name?
Right, that. Milton Mezzrow was a jazz legend. Played clarinet. Managed Louis Armstrong. Helped integrate the industry. So that’s the name.

Who’s behind this?
The same guy who runs Smalls, which, if you haven’t visited late-night just to feel especially New York-y at least once... get on that.

What’s it all about?
It’s about piano-centric jazz. Guys who’ve cut their teeth with Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis. And when a legit West Village jazz spot opens up nowadays, it’s like a lunar eclipse. Made of bourbon.

That makes me think of cocktails. Can I get some?
Yep. Try the West End Ramble—cardamom-infused bourbon and Earl Grey simple syrup are featured players there.

Can I bring a date?
You probably shouldn’t not bring one.

This is one of those places that’ll become legendary for after-hours, right?
It is decidedly so.


163 W 10th St
(between Waverly and 7th)
New York, NY, 10014


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