Manhattan born pianist Spike Wilner was inspired to play ragtime at a young age after seeing a docudrama on the life of Scott Joplin. This led to a life-long passion for piano playing, ragtime and jazz music in general. Spike made his performance debut at the age of fourteen playing Joplin at the St. Louis Ragtime Festival. Wilner has since performed with and has led many bands in New York City at many famous jazz clubs including The Village Gate, The Angry Squire, Visiones, Augies, The West End Gate and The Village Corner. He also toured with The Artie Shaw Big Band, The Glen Miller Orchestra and Maynard Ferguson. His new SmallsLIVE album shows the depth and keen intellect present in all his performances.