Friday, 18 October 2013

Video of the Week: Smalls Live

.This week's video is by far the longest we have featured so far at just over 7 1/2 hours! You will see a full day at Smalls and below are the running times for each gig/jam session. Enjoy!

Visit Smalls Jazz Club website for more information on them and to access the archive, and check out their Youtube channel for more videos like this one.

Video: Smalls Jazz Club 19th September 2013

0min - Afternoon Open Jam Session with: Sam Raderman and Luc Decker (Luc Decker - Drums , Nial Djuliarso - Piano , Sam Raderman - Guitar)

2 hours 48 minutes - "Reeds Ramble" featuring: Seamus Blake & Chris Cheek
(Seamus Blake - Tenor Sax , Chris Cheek - Tenor Sax , Ethan Iverson - Piano , Matt Penman - Bass , Jochen Rueckert - Drums)

5 hours 40 minutes - "Round Midnight" with The Nick Hempton Band
(Nick Hempton - Alto Sax , Dan Aran - Drums , Jeremy Manasia - Piano , George Delancy - Bass)

 Smalls Jazz Club is the one NYC jazz club anyone can attend, regardless of where you are in the world. Spike Wilner and his team have worked tirelessly to provide live streaming of gigs and an enormous archive (around 7000) of gigs spanning a number of years. Recently, they ran an indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a new piano and new camera equipment in order to improve the quality of their output and introduce the Musician Revenue Sharing project. Previously, visitors could pay a small fee to gain access to the live streams, and access the archives for free. In a bid to generate income for the musicians, Smalls have decided to alter this system. Now, access to the archive will cost a small fee and with every gig listened to, the musicians on that date will receive payment. The live streams are now free for all. Many NYC musicians remark on the changing landscape of the jazz scene in recent years, but Smalls seems to have managed to maintain the community spirit and creative focus of old. They consistently schedule high quality jazz, both from well-known faces to the upcoming and there are jam sessions throughout the week.

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