SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

September 2nd, 2013

Hello Friends:

On Tuesday after 60 days, our campaign to raise $60,000.00 to build our musician revenue share system, replace our recording and video equipment and get a new piano, will be over.  It's been a fascinating and stressful two months.  I really learned a lot and advanced my ideas about how the system should work and what it will be all about.  We got a tremendous amount of support from the press and media, overwhelming support from the musicians and a lot of contributions, enough to really do what we set out to do.

In case you're hearing about it for the first time, we intend to make our extensive archive of audio and videos from the last 6 years (more than 7000 recordings) available for subscription.  Our goal is to build a website to present this material and to keep track of all the usage so as to share the revenue fairly with all of the artists who have performed at the club.  Our model is unique, here are the particulars:
  • Every show at Smalls will be recorded (video and audio) and broadcast for free live.
  • The show will be re-broadcast once for 24 hours and then placed in our archive.
  • The archive will be available for a small subscription fee.  Subscribers will also have the option to download the audio for an additional fee.
  • The revenue from these subscriptions will be pooled and distributed to the artists based on the number of minutes they were listened to in a 3 month period.
  • All musicians on a concert will get credited for listening time.  In this way, side-musicians will be rewarded in the same way as the leader of the date.
  • Musicians will be paid as long as their content is available in the archive every quarter.
  • Musicians will be given 100% ownership of the recordings to do with as they wish with the caveat that SmallsLIVE can include it in the archive and make it available to the public.
  • Revenue will also be used to subsidize club costs and for a special fund we call The Harry Whitaker Foundation - a charitable foundation to help jazz musicians in financial need.
We have been experimenting with using YouTube as the platform for our live video.  Live streaming is a new feature of YouTube (debut in June of this year).  The advantage of YouTube is that there is no charge for the use of the bandwidth as well as  the world-wide exposure that YouTube can bring.  There are some technical challenges that we are discovering but we feel they can be surmounted and that we can bring high-quality live streaming through that platform.

To the current subscribers to the live feed: you have been at the vanguard of support for this project and I personally thank each one of you for your faith in Smalls and your trust.  You will be receiving a separate email later this week addressing your concerns as we make the switch to a free stream.  You will be able to choose to switch to our archive subscription or entitled to a refund for time that you may have paid for in advance.

We truthfully feel that we can make great strides with this new paradigm - free stream and paid subscription archive.  We think we can get world-exposure and create a revenue stream that will benefit all of the musicians who perform at the club as well as the club itself.

My most heartfelt thanks goes out to every person who has subscribed, donated to our campaign or aided in any way through posts, articles or anything else.  Thank you to our community.

Here are some links -

Our Indiegogo Campaign (Finishes on 9/3 at 9PM) ----> CLICK

Our YouTube SmallsLIVE page (please click "subscribe", it's free.  The more fans we have on our page the more privileges YouTube awards us) ---> CLICK

The  New York Time Article by Nate Chinen on our campaign --->  CLICK

The History Of Smalls video by Jonah Jonathan ---> CLICK


Monday - This Monday we start our September off with a classic double-header.  At 7:30 PM is Peter Bernstein performing solo guitar.  These solo shows have been getting more and more popular.  Watch for Peter's Solo Guitar - Live At Smalls CD coming out in the next few weeks.  At 10PM is Ari Hoenig  and his excellent quartet featuring Tivon Pennicott, Shai Maestro & Johanness Weidenmuller.

Tuesday -  We welcome back the Smalls Legacy Band.  This hard hitting group features Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Theo Hill, Stacy Dillard, Rashaan Carter & Kush Abadie.  If you haven't heard them yet, please don't hesitate.  At Midnight is our afterhours jam session led by Kyle Poole.

Wednesday & Thursday - this week I'm delighted to present an old comrade and a true jazz-warrior, bassist Eric Revis and his group.  This is the first time that Eric is leading a band at Smalls (he's played here dozens of times as a side-man).  In his group is the fascinating Bill McHenry on tenor, Darius Jones on alto and Chad Taylor playing the drums.  It should be an exciting two-night stand at the club.  Our "Round Midnight" concert on Wednesday showcases drummer Jaz Sawyer and his quartet the "NYC4" with Elena Pinderhughes, Samora Pinderhughes and Ben Wolfe.

Friday & Saturday we are showcasing trombonist Clifton Anderson and his quintet.  Clifton has for many years been Sonny Rollins' right hand man.  He's also a great leader.  In his band is the fiery Eric Wyatt on tenor, Tada Unno (fresh from his week at the Village Vanguard with Jimmy Cobb) on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass and the wonderful Steve Williams on drums.  For our early shows we present two veteran tenor players.  On Friday is the beautiful and profound Joel Press with the Tardo Hammer trio.  On Saturday is Ralph Lalama and his group "Bop Juice".  Sure to be a great weekend.

Sunday - we are happy to have the unique and great Johnny O'Neal back again with his trio at 10PM.  Afterhours we are featuring Dmitry Baevsky and his quartet.  Dmitry is a pristine improvisor and real swinger.  Come out and share your Sunday night with us.

As always I thank you for your support of this music and our club.  I hope to see you at Smalls in person and urge you to do good deeds and be compassionate to all living things!

Best Regards,

Spike Wilner

Mon. 9/2

Peter Bernstein
Solo Guitar

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM

Peter Bernstein - Gtr
Wed. & Thurs.
9/4 & 9/5

Eric Revis Quartet

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM

Eric Revis - Bass
Bill McHenry - Tnr Sax
Darius Jones - Alto Sax

Chad Taylor - Drums

Fri. 9/6

 Joel Press Quartet

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Joel Press - Tenor Sax
Tardo Hammer - Piano
Lee Hudson - Bass
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums
Sun. 9/8

 The Legendary
Johny O'Neal

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM

Johnny O'Neal - Piano
Paul Sikivie - Bass
Charles Goold - Drums
Mon. 9/2

Ari Hoenig Quartet

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Ari Hoenig - Drums
Tivon Pennicott- T. Sax
Shai Maestro - Piano
Johannes Weidenmuller-bass

Wed. 9/4

"Round Midnight" with:
Jaz Sawyer NYC4

12:00 AM to close

Jaz Sawyer - Drums
Elena Pinderhughes -Fl.
Samora Pinderhughes -Pn
Ben Wolfe - Bass

Sat. 9/7

Ralph Lalama & "Bop Juice"

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM

Ralph Lalama - Tnr Sax
Mike Karn - Bass
Clifford Barbaro - Drms
Tue. 9/3

Smalls Legacy Band

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM

Frank Lacy - Trombone
Josh Evans - Trumpet
Stacy Dillard- Tenor
Theo Hill - Piano
Rashaan Carter - Bass
Kush Abadie - Drums

 Fri. & Sat.
9/6 & 9/7

Clifton Anderson Quintet

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

Clifton Anderson - Tbn.
Eric Wyatt - Tenor Sax
Tadataka Unno - Piano
Essiet Essiet - Bass
Steve Williams - Drums
 Sun. 9/8

Round Midnight with:
The Dimtry Baevsky Quartet

12:00 AM to close

Dmitry Baevsky - A. Sax
Jeb Patton - Piano
David Wong - Bass
Joe Strasser - Drums

Mon, "Afterhours" -
Spencer Murphy Jam

Tues, 7:30 PM to 9:45 PM -
Spike Wilner Trio

Tues, 10PM to 12:30 AM -
Smalls Legacy Band (featuring Frank Lacy, Josh Evans, Theo Hill & Stacy Dillard)

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

Wed, 6PM to 8:45 PM -
Michela Lerman Tap Jam
Thur, 5PM to 8:45 PM -
Sam Raderman Afternoon Jam

Fri, 4PM to 7PM -
Paquale Grasso Afternoon Jam

Sat, 4PM to 7PM -
The Dwayne Clemons Quintet

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

SmallsLIVE Interview BLOG

Interesting and insightful interviews with the artists that perform at Smalls Jazz Club.

Interviewed by bassist Spencer Murphy - these interviews shed light on the thought process of the musicians and their relationship to Smalls.

This week: Eric Revis
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Freedom In The Groove Interviews Perennial Jazz Figure Spike Wilner



Tune in to Freedom in the Groove this Labor Day night, Sept. 2, at 10:00 p.m. for a live interview with perennial jazz figure, Spike Wilner.

In addition to being a highly gifted pianist, Wilner is also Co-owner of Smalls Jazz Club, a popular venue located in New York City. We will be discussing the revolutionary happenings at Smalls, including live-streamed performance videos and an Artist Revenue Sharing program.

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Monday, September 2nd

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - A set of solo guitar with: Peter Bernstein
Peter Bernstein - Guitar ,

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Ari Hoenig Group
Tivon Pennicott - Tenor Sax , Shai Maestro - Piano , Johannes Weidenmuller - Bass , Ari Hoenig - Drums ,

12:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Spencer Murphy
Spencer Murphy - Bass ,

Tuesday, September 3rd

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - The Spike Wilner Trio
Spike Wilner - Piano

10:00 PM to 12:30 AM - The Smalls Legacy Band
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax , Josh Evans - Trumpet , Theo Hill - Piano , Rashaan Carter - Bass , Frank Lacy - Trombone , Kush Abadey - Drums

12:30 AM to close - The Next Generation Sessions hosted by Kyle Poole and Friends
Kyle Poole - Drums ,

Wednesday, September 4th

6:00 PM to 8:45 PM - Tap Dance Jam! Hosted by Michela Lerman ($10 cover/Musicians free)
Michela Marino Lerman - Tap Dancer ,

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Eric Revis Quartet
Darius Jones - Alto Sax , Bill McHenry - Tenor Sax , Eric Revis - Bass , Chad Taylor - Drums

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Jaz Sawyer NYC4
Elena Pinderhughes - Flute , Samora Pinderhughes - Piano , Ben Wolfe - Bass , Jaz Sawyer - Drums ,

Thursday, September 5th

5:00 PM to 8:45 PM($10 cover/musicians free) - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker
Luc Decker - Drums , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Sam Raderman - Guitar ,

9:30 PM to 12:00 AM - The Eric Revis Quartet
Bill McHenry - Tenor Sax , Darius Jones - Alto Sax , Eric Revis - Bass , Chad Taylor - Drums

Midnight to close - "Round Midnight" with: The Emmet Cohen Trio
Emmet Cohen - Piano ,

Friday, September 6th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM($10 cover/musicians free) - Happy Hour Jam Session with: Pasquale Grasso
Pasquale Grasso - Guitar ,

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - The Joel Press Group
Joel Press - Tenor Sax , Tardo Hammer - Piano , Lee Hudson - Bass , Jimmy Wormworth - Drums

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - Clifton Anderson Quintet
Clifton Anderson - Trombone , Eric Wyatt - Tenor Sax , Tadataka Unno - Piano , Essiet Essiet - Bass , Steve Williams - Drums

1:15 AM to Close - Afterhours with: Lawrence Leathers
Lawrence Leathers - Drums ,

Saturday, September 7th

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM - The "Early Bird" Session hosted by: The Dwayne Clemons Quintet
Jimmy Wormworth - Drums , Sacha Perry - Piano , Dwayne Clemons - Trumpet , Josh Benko - Alto Sax , Murray Wall - Bass

7:30 PM to 10:00 PM - Ralph Lalama & "Bop-Juice"
Ralph Lalama - Tenor Sax , Mike Karn - Bass , Clifford Barbaro - Drums

10:30 PM to 1:00 AM - The Clifton Anderson Group
Clifton Anderson - Trombone , Eric Wyatt - Tenor Sax , Tadataka Unno - Piano , Essiet Essiet - Bass , Steve Williams - Drums

1:30 AM to close - Afterhours with: Stacy Dillard
Stacy Dillard - Tenor Sax ,

Sunday, September 8th

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM - Vocal Masterclass with Marion Cowings $20 entry - $40 to participate
Marion Cowings - Vocalist

4:30 PM to 7:00 PM - The John Merrill Trio
John Merrill - Guitar , George Delancy - Bass

7:30 PM to 9:45 PM - Sunday Evening Duets with: Vocalist Lezlie Harrison
Lezlie Harrison - Vocalist ,

10:00 PM to 11:30 PM - The Legendary Johnny O'Neal
Johnny O'Neal - Piano ,

"Midnight" to close - "Round Midnight" with The Dmitry Baevsky Quartet
Dmitry Baevsky - Alto Sax , Jeb Patton - Piano , David Wong - Bass , Joe Strasser - Drums

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