You won’t want to miss this triple-feature. At 8, pianist Ehud Asherie and reedman Dan Block will embark on an hour of duets, introspective to fiercely swinging.
At 9:30 and 11, “The Italians are coming! The Italians are coming!”
Don’t be alarmed, though: these Italians are extraordinary jazz players, led by the inspiring pianist Rossano Sportiello — someone we hope to hear on a regular basis in New York City. Rossano’s friends — as he tells me — are the noble bassist Joel Forbes (he’s the “silent J” of BED), Luca Santaniello on drums, and “two fantastic young Italian brothers, Luigi and Pasquale Grasso, alto sax and guitar. They are only 22 and 20, but they play the most amazing stuff. They are students of Barry Harris since they were babies!”
Smalls lives up to its name, so be sure to get there early. It’s on 183 West Tenth Street, near Seventh Avenue South (www.smallsjazzclub.com).
And here’s Rossano Sportiello, characteristically cheerful, in a photo by Duncan Schiedt: