Smalls jazz club

One of hippest jazz clubs in New York City would have to be “Smalls”.

Located in the heart of Greenwich Village, this famous club has a jam session Twice a day, afternoon and late nights. There’s usually three bands per night. The local musicians hangout here after their gigs including big names like Roy Hargrove, Chris Potter, Joel Frahm, Tivon Pennicot, The list goes on………

The staff are friendly, musicians are welcomed and always treated to discounted entry or free entry.

In the wee small hours, the resident cat tends to roam around like it owns the place.

Some of the best gigs I’ve heard have been done at the basement club.

Thanks Smalls.






Paul Van Ross plays with Roy Hargrove

Headed down to Smalls jazz club in the ‘Village’. The club operates an afternoon and late night jam session everyday of the week!!!

The legendary trumpet maestro Roy Hargrove sat in each night after his gig at the Village Vanguard.

I was extremely fortunate to play with him at the jam…….His attire was definitely individual (pink shirt, white pants, white runners, complete with backpack with smiley face), and his soloing on flugelhorn was quiet with perfectly flowing lines.





Paul Van Ross Jamming at “Smalls” with Roy Hargrove & Quincy Phillips

Headed down to the infamous jazz club on New York City called “Smalls”.

Listened to One set played by Carlos Abadie and his friends then the jam session began….

No shortage of players wanting to jam…..I was keen to I obey etiquette and not tread on any toes.

Eventually I managed to play a few tunes….and was privileged to be on stage with the great Roy Hargrove on flugelhorn and his drummer Quincy Phillips.

Wahoo….. What a great night.