Smalls Jazz Club

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Smalls Jazz Club
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Smalls Jazz Club in New York City
Address183 West 10th Street
LocationGreenwich Village, New York City
Coordinates40°44′4″N 74°0′10″W / 40.73444°N 74.00278°W / 40.73444; -74.00278Coordinates: 40°44′4″N 74°0′10″W / 40.73444°N 74.00278°W / 40.73444; -74.00278
OwnerSpike Wilner
Typejazz club
Genre(s)Jazz
Capacity74
Opened1994 (1994)
Website
smallslive.com

Smalls Jazz Club is a jazz club at 183 West 10th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City.[1][2] Established in 1994,[3] it earned a reputation in the 1990s as a "hotbed for New York's jazz talent" with a "well-deserved reputation as one of the best places in the city to see rising talent in the New York jazz scene".[4][5] Its jazz musicians are noted for being "talented, though largely unknown" while its music is characterized as "modern versions of bebop and hard bop".[6] The club's main room is in a basement with a capacity of 50 people[7] that expanded to 60 people.[8] Smalls Jazz Club should not be confused with Smalls Paradise in Harlem, which was founded in 1925 by Ed Smalls and closed in the 1950s.[9]

History[edit]

Borden sits at the register in 1998.

Smalls Jazz Club was established in 1993 by Mitchell "Mitch" Borden, a former submariner, nurse, and teacher. Its atmosphere was characterized as young, bohemian, and talkative. Music started every night at 10:30 and lasted until 6:00 the following morning. The entrance fee was US $10.00; no alcohol was served.[10] Musicians who performed in the early years include Ehud Asherie, Omer Avital, Noah Becker, Peter Bernstein, Avishai Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Guillermo Klein, Jason Lindner, Charles Owens, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Grant Stewart, Mark Turner, Tommy Turrentine, Richie Vitale, Michael Weiss, and Myron Walden. The house pianist was Frank Hewitt.[11]

Financial difficulties led Borden to close Smalls on May 31, 2003. The closing was due to declining attendance after the September 11 attacks, rent increase in this part of the city, and a smoking ban in indoor public places. Concerts were moved into the Fat Cat Club next door,[12] which was open four nights a week until 2:00 AM. In 2004, the Brooklyn Jazz Underground premiered with four shows at Smalls.[13]

Borden and musicians Michael "Spike" Wilner and Lee Kostrinsky reopened Smalls in early 2006.[8] The club was restored and the sound quality was improved. Chairs were bought at 17 stoop sales. A poster of Louis Armstrong from the original Smalls]] hangs on the wall. There is a full service bar.[8] Smalls continues to be recommended as a top jazz club.[14][15] The entrance fee was raised to US$20. The first music set begins at 7:30 PM. Instead of all night jazz sessions, there are two or three sets per night.[8] All concerts are broadcast live on the club's website and are available in replay to subscribers. The renovated club has featured Bruce Barth, Peter Bernstein, Jimmy Cobb, Steve Davis, Joel Frahm, Kevin Hays, Ethan Iverson, Jazz Incorporated (Jeremy Pelt, Anthony Wonsey, Louis Hayes), David Kikoski, Ryan Kisor, Bill Mobley, Tim Ries, Jim Rotondi, and Neal Smith.

Record labels[edit]

Since 2007 the club has had record label produced by Luke Kaven,[11]. The new owners of Smalls created the label Smalls Live, which publishes some concerts at the club. It is distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

Smalls Live discography[edit]

  • Johnny O'Neal – Live at Smalls (Recorded June 16, 2013)
  • Peter Bernstein – Live at Smalls (Recorded October 16 & 17, 2012)
  • Frank Lacy – Live at Smalls (Recorded October 16 & 17, 2012)
  • David Berkman – Live at Smalls (Recorded January 2 & 3, 2013)
  • Rodney Green – Live at Smalls
  • Will Vinson – Live at Smalls (Recorded December 4 & 5, 2012)
  • Joe Magnarelli – Live at Smalls (Recorded August 31 & September 1)
  • Alex Sipiagin – Live at Smalls (Recorded June 25 & 26, 2012)
  • Harold Mabern – Live at Smalls (Recorded June 22 & 23, 2012)
  • David Schnitter – Live at Smalls (Recorded November 11, 2012)
  • Tyler Mitchell – Live at Smalls (Recorded April 15, 2012)
  • Grant Stewart – Live at Smalls (Recorded April 6 & 7, 2012)
  • Dezron Douglas – Live at Smalls (Recorded March 23 & 24, 2012)
  • Ralph Lalama and Bop Juice – Live at Smalls
  • The Jesse Davis Quintet – Live at Smalls(Recorded December 13, 14, 15, 2011)
  • The Lage Lund Four – Live at Smalls (Recorded May 3 and 4, 2011)
  • The Rick Germanson Quartet – Live at Smalls (Recorded July 15 & 16, 2011)
  • Joel Frahm Quartet – Live at Smalls (Recorded February 28 & March 1, 2011)
  • Bernstein, Goldings, Stewart – Live at Smalls (Recorded January 6, 7 & 8 2011)
  • The Tim Ries Quintet – Live at Smalls (Recorded December 3 & 4, 2010)
  • The Flail – Live at Smalls (Recorded October 8 and 9, 2010)
  • Bruce Barth Trio – Live at Smalls (Recorded September 29 & 30, 2010)
  • Cyrille Aimee And Friends – Live at Smalls (Recorded September 26 & 30, 2010)
  • Jazz Incorporated – Live at Smalls (Recorded August 27 & 28, 2010)
  • Spike Wilner Solo Piano – Live at Smalls (Recorded July & August, 2010)
  • The Ben Wolfe Quintet – Live at Smalls (Recorded May 25 & 26, 2010)
  • The Omer Avital Group – Live at Smalls (Recorded April 5 & 6, 2010)
  • Ari Hoenig and Punkbop – Live at Smalls (Recorded February 8, 2010)
  • The Jimmy Greene Quartet – Live at Smalls (Recorded February 19 & 20, 2010)
  • Planet Jazz – Live at Smalls (Recorded January 8 & 9, 2010)
  • Ethan Iverson, Ben Street, Albert Tootie Heath – Live at Smalls (Recorded November 16, 17 & 18 2009)
  • The Jim Rotondi Quintet – Live at Smalls (Recorded October 21 & 22, 2009)
  • The Seamus Blake Quintet – Live at Smalls (Recorded August 31 & September 1, 2009)
  • The Neal Smith Quintet – Live at Smalls (Recorded August 23 & 24, 2009)
  • The Ian Hendrickson–Smith Group – Live at Smalls (Recorded February 8 & 9, 2008)
  • The Steve Davis Quintet Feat. Larry Willis – Live at Smalls (Recorded January 7 & 8, 2009)
  • The Peter Bernstein Quartet Feat. Jimmy Cobb – Live at Smalls (Recorded December 17 & 18, 2008)
  • The Dave Kikoski Trio – Live at Smalls (Recorded November 18 & 19, 2008)
  • The Kevin Hayes Trio – Live at Smalls (Recorded August 13 & 14, 2008)
  • The Ryan Kisor Quintet – Live at Smalls (Recorded May 16 & 17, 2008)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Otis, Ginger Adams; Greenfield, Beth; Louis, Regis St. (1 August 2010). New York City. Lonely Planet. p. 309. ISBN 978-1-74179-591-2. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  3. ^ "About us". smallslive.com. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ Traditional Jazz Club of Toronto (2005). Coda. J. Norris. p. 33. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  5. ^ Meyers, Joseph; Han, Katie; Davis, Allison (8 September 2008). Inside New York 2009. Inside New York. p. 149. ISBN 978-1-892768-41-4. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  6. ^ Shearer, James Edward (August 2002). Jazz basics: a brief overview with historical documents and recordings. Kendall/Hunt. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-7872-9556-1. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  7. ^ Trager, James (26 October 2004). The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present. HarperCollins. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-06-074062-7. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b c d Dollar, Steve (23 January 2007). Jazz Guide: New York City. New York Review of Books. pp. 31, 32, 33–. ISBN 978-1-892145-43-7. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  9. ^ Kirchner, Bill (14 July 2005). The Oxford Companion to Jazz. Oxford University Press. pp. 725–. ISBN 978-0-19-518359-7. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  10. ^ Sandke, Randy (2010). Where the Dark and the Light Folks Meet: Race and the Mythology, Politics, and Business of Jazz. Scarecrow Press. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-0-8108-6652-2. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  11. ^ a b Jazz Times. Jazztimes. 2007. pp. 117, 150. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  12. ^ New York Times Guides (18 November 2004). The New York Times Guide to New York City 2005. New York Times Books. p. 316. ISBN 978-1-930881-10-5. Retrieved 9 April 2012.
  13. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media. 16 December 2006. pp. 42–. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 10 April 2012.
  14. ^ "Best New York City Music Venues".
  15. ^ "New York Magazine Bar Guide".

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