The SmallsLIVE Foundation subsidizes the operation of the venues. We support recording projects, tours, and educational initiatives. We offer emergency aid for jazz musicians in need.

There is no charge to become a member of the SmallsLIVE Foundation. Supporting Members are members who make a tax-deductible donation to the SmallsLIVE Foundation. Both free and Supporting members have access to our live-streamed shows. Supporting Members have access to our extensive Audio/Video Archive, which pays royalties to the artists involved.

The SmallsLIVE Foundation for Jazz Art and Education is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized in the state of New York. Our mission is:

  • The world-wide dissemination of Jazz Music through our live streaming and archived performances and the payment of royalties to the artists involved.
  • Sponsorship of individual Jazz projects and tours.
  • Music education classes both in universities and on-line.
  • Live performances from Smalls Jazz Club and Mezzrow Jazz Club and subsidizing these venues.
  • Emergency funds for Jazz musicians in need and supporting the Jazz Musician Community.
  • Fulfilling our mission of World Peace Through Music.

  • The SmallsLIVE Foundation, Inc
    Tax ID: 38-4083862
    183 West 10th Street, Basement
    New York, N.Y 10014

    To make a donation directly, please contact us at:


    The SmallsLIVE Archive is an audio/video library of all the shows at Smalls & Mezzrow. Royalties are paid directly to the musicians by The SmallsLIVE Foundation. Members sponsor their favorite musicians by listening to their music.

    We feel that all the performances at Smalls and Mezzrow are of historic importance. The SmallsLIVE Archive is an initiative to document every single show performed at Smalls and Mezzrow. The Archive, begun in September of 2007 has now more than 17,000 recordings and represents more than 3500 musicians. The SmallsLIVE Archive is a dynamic, historical library capturing 12 years of performances and growing each week. The recordings in the Archive are the property of the Artists that create them. Artists may choose to make their shows private or public.

    As Supporting Members of the SmallsLIVE Foundation watch shows in the Archive usage is registered. Artists are payed royalties based on the percentage of their individual usage divided by the overall usage of the Archive. The more popular an artist is the larger his or her share of the royalty payout will be. By listening to your favorite artists in the Archive you are supporting them directly.

    SmallsLIVE catalog

    The SmallsLIVE Catalog is a collection of individually produced artist projects. SmallsLIVE Members may sponsor artists of their choice and receive their music as downloads or CDs. Sponsorships directly support the artist.

    SmallsLIVE members can access these recordings by “sponsoring” the artist’s projects. These tax-deductible donations are directly paid to the musicians involved and are for the purpose of supporting the livelihood of the artists and to encourage their continued work. Sponsorships may be of any size and directed in anyway chosen by the Supporting Member. Supporting Members have a “library” from which the albums they sponsor can be listened to and downloaded as they wish. Unlike a traditional record company, our goal is not to sell this music but to inspire fans to support their favorite Jazz artists by becoming their direct patrons.

    Live Stream

    It is the policy of Smalls Jazz Club and Mezzrow to live stream all of our shows to our website. Streaming begins at the start of the evening and goes until the close of the venues. There is no charge to watch these live streams. Please register as a member and confirm your email address to sign in and begin watching our live stream. Each show is available in our Archive generally one week after the performance.

    In September of 2007 Spike Wilner made the commitment to document every show at Smalls (and in 2014 with Mezzrow) in order to preserve what he felt were works of historic importance. Smalls Jazz Club was one of the very first clubs to stream shows live from their website. Smalls has developed a true international following thanks to the transmission of the shows nightly at no cost. The SmallsLIVE Audio/Video Archive is the collection of all the work done at Smalls and Mezzrow to date, over 17,000 recordings and nearly 4000 artists.

    Venues Location

    SmallsLive Jazz Club

    183 West 10th Street - basement
    New York City, New York
    10014, USA

    Mezzrow Jazz Club

    163 West 10th Street - basement
    New York City, New York 
    10014 USA

    About us

    Smalls Jazz Club was created in 1994 by the enigmatic Mitchell Borden. Borden, a former Navy submariner, registered nurse, philosopher & jazz violinist, founded the club with an initiative to create an environment that was conducive to Jazz Music and its culture. Borden, who booked and managed the club, approached business from a stance of generosity rather than profit.

    The original Smalls was a raw basement space and had no liquor license. For just $10, patrons could bring their own beer and come to the club at any time, day or night. They could stay as long as they liked and often left just as day began to break. Borden’s concern was only with the music and the musicians who created it. Under his generous care, a culture of vibrant and newly energized young musicians claimed Smalls as their home base and began to develop their individuality in the music. This included such musicians as: Howard Alden, J.D. Allen, William Ash, Ehud Asherie, Omer Avital, David Berkman, Peter Bernstein, Brian Blade, Seamus Blake, Dwayne Burno, Chris Byars, Shard Cassity, Dwayne Clemons, Jay Collins, Marion Cowings, Jon Davis, Sasha Dobson, Duane Eubanks, Brian Floody, Joel Frahm, Ray Gallon, Paul Gill, Larry Goldings, Ned Goold, Jimmy Greene, Larry Ham, Tardo Hammer, Roy Hargrove, Ari Hoenig, Sherman Irby, Norah Jones, Ryan Kisor, Guillermo Klein, Myrna Lake, Carolyn Leonhart, Jason Linder, Joe Magnarelli, Jeremy Manasia, Joe Martin, Donny McCauslin, Brad Mehldau, Neal Miner, Tyler Mitchell, Jane Monheit, Mike Mullen, Zaid Nasser, Charles Owens, Jeremy Pelt, Sasha Perry, Jean Michel Pilc, Chris Potter, Josh Redman, Jon Roche, Ari Roland, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Grant Stewart, Phil Stewart, Joe Strasser, Greg Tardy Mark Turner, Diego Urcola, Richie Vitale, Myron Walden, Scott Wendholt, Spike Wilner, Ben Wolfe, Sam Yahel, Peter Zak and many others.

    After the events of 9/11/2001 transformed the economic landscape of New York City, Smalls Jazz Club went bankrupt in 2002. Borden then focused his energies on creating Fat Cat, a popular spot for college age people. Smalls was taken over by a Brazilian bar owner who renamed the place “The Rio Bar”, which became a dismal failure. Frustrated by his failure, he approached Borden and asked him to re-open Smalls with him as owner and Mitch as manager. Mitch agreed and Smalls was reborn in 2004. By 2007 the Brazilian owner realized that the jazz business was a poor one, decided to put the club up for sale. It was in February of 2007 that jazz pianist Spike Wilner and his friend Lee Kostrinsky became partners with Borden and sought to restore the club to its original vibrant spirit. Kostrinsky stayed on until 2011 when he decided to sell his share of the club. Mitch Borden and Spike Wilner continued to run the club until Borden’s retirement in 2019. Smalls Jazz Club has emerged as the top club of its kind – a throwback to another era when jazz clubs were both proving ground for top artists but also social scenes for the jazz community. Smalls Jazz Club now has a international reputation and draws fans from all over the world as a destination spot for great jazz. In September of 2014, Wilner and Borden opened the second club on the opposite corner of West 10th street and 7th ave – Mezzrow. Dedicated to the great “Really The Blues” Mezz Mezzrow, Mezzrow draws its inspiration for the great piano rooms of the New York past, particularly Bradley’s.