Smalls Records

Smalls Records

The cabaret laws in New York City drove jazz underground. First enacted in 1926, and motivated by racial bias, the laws instituted capricious restrictions on the number and location of clubs able to legally present music having brass or drums, or requiring more than two musicians. Much of what is taken for granted about jazz and jazz culture is based on notions of fame and notoriety, but only notoriety within a majority culture, a majority culture that is often ignorant. Only in 1988 were the cabaret laws overturned in a resounding legal precedent that equated music with protected speech. Only then did the public at large witness the exodus of major talents emerging from the underground to appear in a multitude of new clubs in a kind of jazz renaissance. The original Smalls in its heyday in the 1990s was one place where numerous suppressed talents received exposure to a broad audience, some for the first time. But deeply entrenched cultural biases die hard. Distinguished older artists faced a public unprepared to assimilate older talents without being first prompted by major media public relations campaigns.

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  1. Live at Smalls Johnny O'Neal
    Live at Smalls
    June 13, 2014
  2. Live at Smalls Frank Lacy & the Smalls Legacy Band
    Live at Smalls
    May 26, 2014
  3. Live at Smalls Bruce Barth Trio
    Live at Smalls
    December 12, 2011
  4. Face Fat Cat Big Band
    April 06, 2010
  5. Face Fat Cat Big Band
    January 27, 2010
  6. Breathing Dan Aran
    December 16, 2009
  7. Breathing Dan Aran
    December 11, 2009
  8. Travels Adam Birnbaum
    May 26, 2009
  9. Heart Beats Omer Klein
    Heart Beats
    May 05, 2009
  10. Meditations On The War... Fat Cat Big Band
    Meditations On The War...
    March 10, 2009

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