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