This lovely, cozy venue would help me weather even the coldest, darkest Swedish winter if we ever moved here. There is a bar area at the front, where folks were jamming informally before the set, and friends could grab a drink before the show. Inside, there are tables on the floor, very close to the stage, and upstairs. There is standing room in the bar area or to stage right.
The crowd is a good mixture of young and old -- and included on the night we went, our five year old boy, whom the staff welcomed without any fuss whatsoever. We heard Badi Assad, a Brazilian woman of mixed Lebanese, Italian, Portuguese descent. She was phenomenal, her nuanced, flexible voice as versatile as any great instrument, her guitar playing alternately soothing as a lullaby or bright and warm as polished brass.
We are a family that is passionate about music, and we had the privilege of living in the epicenter of NYC's jazz scene for many years. Our children cut their teeth at Smalls (and later Mezzrow, it's new sister venue), the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note. Fasching Jazzclub would absolutely hold its own among our favorites at home.
Ticket prices are on par with what you'd pay in NYC. The quality of the music is on par with what you'd find in NYC. There are reasonably clean bathrooms and good beers on tap. This is a true gem of a place.