SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

April 7th, 2014

Dear Friends:

What a week of piano playing last week - John Chin, Aaron Parks, Chris Pattishall, Jeremy Manasia, Peter Zak, Jonny King, Gerald Clayton, Johnny O'Neal and Ehud Asherie - all in one week.  That's why Smalls is amazing and endless supply of supremely talented musicians.  Humbling and exciting.

We've been working further on our musicians revenue share system and have had some interesting issues.  Mostly having to do with the current copyright laws in regards to video.  No blanket "sync" license exists and so we are forced to see how it may be possible to get rights to the material that we have.  The problem we have is the huge amount of material in our archive.  Trying to license everything may be out of the scope of what we can really do.  What could be some alternatives?

What I want to explore - and, please, write me back on this, is how do folks listen to their music these days?  Do you stream?  Do you download or both?  Is your main device your phone or do you use a system at home?  What is important for a jazz fan - what would you like to see?  If you have some thoughts on this, we'd love to hear about it.  You can email us at - with your thoughts.

I want to send a link to an excellent article - it's an interview with musician David Byrne who speaks on the current streaming models.  One thing that he says I was very encouraged by.  These are the his four points on what he'd like to see in a streaming media company:

First: that there should be no free on-demand streaming unless artists are directly controlling it through their own sites, or as publicity. Second: that they should get 50% of all streaming income paid to their labels. Third: that they should have approval of whether their work can be used. Fourth: transparent accounting and data sharing, to help artists reach their fans to market their music more effectively.

 The great thing here is this is pretty much exactly the model that we've taken for SmallsLIVE - a 50/50 revenue split with the artists having full control and a fully transparent accountability on the part of the company.  It feels like we're on the right track here.  Here is the direct link ------->  CLICK

As always I wish you a productive and blessed week.  I look forward to hearing from you and to, hopefully, seeing you at the club.




This Week At Smalls:
(a selection of featured shows)
For our full schedule please go to
Monday - 4/7
Peter Bernstein Solo Guitar
Sets at 7:30 & 9PM
Peter Bernstein has been establishing himself as one of the premier guitarists of his generation.  His style is a soulful combination of blues and bebop w. a contemporary conception and modern harmonies.  His most recent CD for SmallsLIVE "Solo Guitar" has been getting critical acclaim.  Come out to hear Pete perform two sets of solo guitar.  Following him at 10:00PM is the wonderful Ari Hoenig and his magic group.
Tuesday, 4/8
The Mike Lipskin Duo

Sets at 7:30 PM and 9PM

Please come out for this rare appearance of Mike Lipskin at Smalls.  Normally on the West Coast, we were lucky enough to get him to come in with alto saxophonist Mike Hashim.  Mike Lipskin is an authentic stride-piano player and one of the last students of Willie "The Lion" Smith.  His plays is energetic and joyful.  Don't miss!
Tuesday - 4/8
Lucas Pino's "No-net" Nonet
Sets at 10:30 PM & 12AM
Lucas Pino and his phenomenal nine piece group of phenoms.  All fantastic arrangement and a tight knit unit make this one of the most listenable small big bands around.
Wednesday & Thursday - 4/9 & 4/10
Gilad Hekselman Quartet

Sets at 9:30 PM & 11:00 PM
Guitarist Gilad Hekselman has been a steady member of Ari Hoenig's group.  His playing is lyrical, fresh and modern.  This Wednesday and Thursday he is in for two nights leading his group.  With him is the amazing Mark Turner on tenor sax, Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums.  
Wednesday - 4/9
Migrant Workers
"Round Midnight" - one set.
These Migrant Workers all come from the land of milk and honey - Israel.  A truly strong group that features some wonderful musicians.  Itai Kriss on flute, Dan Aran on drums, Tal Ronen on bass, (honorary  Israeli) Nick Hempton on alto and Adam Birnbaum on piano.
Thursday - 4/10
Emmet Cohen Trio

"Round Midnight" - one set.

Our "Round Midnight" show this week features the pianist Emmet Cohen and his robust trio.  Turn-on-dime arrangements and a fantastic swinging energy.  Stay out late and don't miss these guys!
Greg Hutchinson Drum Masterclass
Friday, 4/11
2pm to 4pm

Open to drummers or anyone interested in the drums.  This is the first of our Smalls masterclass series.  Please make a reservation in advance by emailing and put "masterclass" in the header.  Not to be missed!
Friday - 4/11
Nasar Abadey & Supernova

Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
$20 for this show.

Nasar Abadey, a Washington DC native, and a longtime fixture on that scene comes to New York with his excellent group.  Come out for this rare New York City appearance.
Saturday - 4/12
Grant Stewart Quartet
Sets at 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
$20 for this show

Tom Crooks of the New England Jazz Times says this about Grant Stewart - "(Stewart) is a master of artificial simplicity.  He succeeds in this by projecting tastefully enriched triadic harmony while dismissing aleatory extensions, glosslaia, and the indeterminacy of quasi tonal  minutiae."

Anybody know what this means?
Friday & Saturday -  4/11 & 4/12
The Hutchmaniacs

Sets at 10:30 PM & 12:00 AM
$20 for this show.

It's always an event to have the master drummer Greg Hutchinson at Smalls.  This weekend is a tour de force and he is bringing in an all-star band.  With John Ellis on tenor, Gerald Clayton on piano  and Joe Sanders on bass, this is a going to be a crowded show!  Get here early.  Most likely we'll be turning the house for their second set.  Also, please check out Greg's masterclass earlier in the day on Friday (if interested, please email for reservations)
Sunday, 4/13
Charles Owens Trio
"Round Midnight" - one set

Charles Owens is one of the original Smalls musicians and has logged hundreds of hours in our basement.  He has a rough and tumble sound and an amazing musical imagination.  Come out and check out this great musician.

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 10 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, "Afterhours" -
Kyle Poole "Next Generation" Jam

Wed, 6:00PM to 9:00 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 6:00PM to 9:00PM

The "Early Bird" with:

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
OPEN Afternoon Jam 

Sun, 1PM to 3:000 PM
Marion Cowings Vocal Masterclass ($40 to participate)

Sun, 10PM to 11:30 PM  - 
The Legendary Johnny O'Neal



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SmallsLIVE Education Series:

Drum Masterclass by
Greg Hutchinson

Sat, April 12(2PM to 4PM)

$40 for the class
(includes a SmallsLIVE CD autographed by Greg)

 "This class is open to drummers and anyone interested in the drums." - Greg

Seats are limited.  Advanced reservations must be made by requesting a ticket.

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Limited to 40 seats
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