SmallsLIVE Newsletter & Schedule

March 24th, 2014

Dear Friends:

This has been a important few months for Smalls.  Besides our top-secret project (I can't tell you about it because it's a secret), we are finally underway developing the SmallsLIVE Musicians Revenue Share Project.  I finally have made the right partners and have the right developers to build the complicated new website that this requires.  Part of the scope was to define the SmallsLIVE philosophy which I'd like to share with you below -
The fundamental philosophy of Smalls is rooted in the life outlook of proprietor Mitchell Borden, who created Smalls in such a way that it operated in near total chaos.  In this chaotic environment something special was allowed to happen and that was artistic ferment.  Smalls was fundamentally an anti-business – nothing was sold, the cover charge was ridiculously cheap.  In the beginning food and beverages were free – there was no closing time and most of the musicians had keys to the place to do with as they wished.  Over the next 9 years, several generations of jazz musicians began to develop their voice in this Greenwich Village basement, unimpeded by economic needs or fame but just wild, zealot-like passion for jazz music.  Developing the hard-core self-introspection that comes from intensive practice and no-sleep.  The musicians of this generation include Kurt Rosenwinkel, Omer Avital, Peter Bernstein, Brian Blade, Josh Redman, Brad Mehldau, Sam Yahel, and many other notables.  Because of the opportunity to work night after night unimpeded, real jazz growth took place and these musicians became the leading voices of their generation.  It was through the attitude of generosity by Mitchell Borden that these artists flowered.
Smalls has undergone many transformations but the fundamental essence of its core philosophy has never been changed.  The mission of Smalls is the presentation and preservation of real, NYC jazz music.  It’s also a commitment to a certain lifestyle, which is lived late at night and early into the morning.  It’s a commitment to offbeat and off –the-path thinking, artistic temperament and even insanity.  But these are also all servants of the greater good of real musical art.  Smalls is dedicated to the protection of the artists who create this music.  Smalls is altruistic at its core – profit is not measured in dollars but in spiritual gains.  The mission is to serve mankind by giving a true community of artists a unified voice with which to speak to the world.  The motto of SmallsLIVE, which graces each project, is “we are dedicated to world peace through music” – world peace is achievable through communication.  Music is communication without words – understandable by all of those of equal spiritual temperament.  It is universal.  Jazz is music of joy, romance, anger, blues – adult and human messages for real people.
Because of this mission and the passion of the artists involved, Smalls has earned a powerful core following and reputation.  With the advent of the Internet and live streaming, Smalls has become now known internationally.  I will continue to update you as the site develops.

I wish you all a productive and positive week and look forward to seeing you at the club.




This Week At Smalls:
(a selection of featured shows)
For our full schedule please go to
Monday - 3/24 @ 7:30PM to 10PM
Dred Scott Trio
Pianist Dred Scott is a modernist and an eclectic.  His music is funky and fresh and well worth hearing.  His trio opens our week this evening and plays two sets.  After Dred, please stick around for the amazing Ari Hoenig and his group  and then after-hours with Spencer Murphy and the late-nite jam session.
Tuesday - 3/25 @ 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM
Josh Evans Big Band
A big band at Smalls?  Yes!  18 piece powerful big band taking up half the club and filling the entire universe with sound.  Come out and hear this magnificent band, fantastic arrangements from the talented and fiery Josh Evans.  Opening for Josh is the irrepressible Mike Hashim and his trio at 7:30 PM playing from his wonderful collection of old-popular standards.
Wednesday - 3/26 @ 9:30 PM to 12AM
Diego Urcola Quartet

Diego Urcola is a masterful trumpeter and composer.  If you haven't heard him yet you should take the opportunity to hear his quartet and discover his music.
Wednesday - 3/26 @ 12:30 AM to close "Round Midnight"
Christopher McBride Quartet
Chris has been becoming more and more of a fixture on the scene at Smalls.  When one musician starts to appear in this way, people take notice.  Here Chris has the chance to lead his own group for our "Round Midnight" concert.  Please stick around for it.
Thursday - 3/27 @ 9:30 PM to 12AM
Friday & Saturday - 3/28 & 3/29 @
10:30 PM to 1:00 AM

The Steve Davis Group

Steve Davis is reaching legendary level.  Having cut his teeth with Art Blakey and Jackie McClean he is also a educational force at the Hartt School of music inspiring generations of younger players.  In this all star group for the three nighted he is featuring the legendary pianist Larry Willis.  Don't miss this three night stint.
Friday - 3/28 @ 7:30 PM to 10PM
The Tardo Hammer Trio

Tardo Hammer is a dyed-in-the-wool bebopper straight from the New York City tradition of jazz piano.  His masterful trio plays two strong sets this Friday from 7:30 to 10PM
Saturday 3/29 @ 7:30 PM to 10PM
The David Schnitter Quartet

David Schitter is a true un-sung hero.  The longest standing member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Schnitter is now exploring a rare-realm of true originality and jazz expression.  He plays two sets this Satruday from 7:30 PM to 10PM
Sunday, 3/30 @ 7:30 PM to 10PM
The John Chin Trio feat. Richard Julian "The Music Of Mose Allison"

Pianist John Chin is  presenting an evening of the works of Mose Allison.  With him is singer songwriter Richard Julian and a great group.  Come out for this interesting and important event.  Following John is the legendary Johnny O'Neal and his trio at 10PM
Sunday, 3/30  "Round Midnight"
Clovis Nicolas Sextet's CD Release: "Nine Stories"

Normally a side-man, Clovis takes the reigns tonite with his sextet to celebrate the release of his new CD "Nine Stories".  This excellent band will play a concert for our "Round Midnight" slot.

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



Sign up by going to
& click "Live Video"

You will receive a confirmation email.

Johnny O'Neal LIVE AT SMALLS (4/1) available on

Still want to enjoy SmallsLIVE recordings on CD? Be sure to check out our catalog on Amazon by clicking here

 Ari Hoenig Punkbop
Seamus Blake Quintet

Copyright © 2014 SmallsLIVE, All rights reserved.
unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences