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   Review

Smalls, 183 W. 10th St., is a serious little subterranean jazz purist's paradise which is priceless on Saturday during their Early Bird set which flies between 7:30 - 9:30 P.M.  Otherwise, you are obliged to pay $10 cash, which will buy you the most music with the fewest disturbances.  The talent -- which seems to be bred incestuously from the ranks of the masterful ensembles that play weekly gigs there -- continue in open jam sessions till sunrise.  There is no alcohol served, and no one will hassle you to buy drinks; so bring your own, or enjoy the free juices offered at the self-service bar.   
  
The club is cozy in the underground, beatnik jazz scene sense of the word:  Smoke, brick, bric-a-brac, and hipsters cram into every nook and remain respectful of the music being created. A loungey atmosphere evolves in between sets, as folks search around for extra beer left behind by the self-ejected.  Unlike the more pricey Village jazz clubs, no one will ask you to leave to make room for those lined up outside.  

Since the doorman --  often the iconoclastic owner, Mitch Borden -- is reluctant to scar your hand with an entry-identifying stamp, you can feel relaxed about coming and going as you please, knowing that you will be remembered simply by saying, "Remember me, please." as you exit.   ~Gordon Polatnick 7/31/00 

 
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Artists seen at Smalls:
Myron Walden
Joel Frahm
Ned Goold
Joe Magnarelli
David Schumacher
Grant Stewart
Claudia Acuna
Mark Elf
Avishai Cohen
Jason Lindner
Brad Mehldau

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