* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
Featured reader is Jack Wiler.
Twice nominated in 2005 and 2006 for ‘The Best European Jazz Musician’ by the Hans Koller Foundation in Austria,
Romanian expat pianist Lucian Ban has released to critical acclaim 5 albums as a leader in Europe and US including
the TUBA Project feat Bob Stewart, Asymmetry feat Jorge Sylvester, and 3 albums with the great Alex Harding.
Terrell Holmes of All About Jazz NY says
“ Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner”
For more info visit
Legendary drummer Barry Altschul was an original member in the super group CIRCLE featuring Chick Corea,
Anthony Braxton and Dave Holland, recorded the seminal album ‘Conference of the Birds” and was a key member of
Paul Bley’s trios, Sam Rivers groups, Andrew Hill, etc. He’s considered one of the true masters of modern drumming.
Mark Feldman is widely considered a master violinist equally at home in classical, jazz and avantgarde settings.
He has toured and recorded extensively with Pharoah Sanders, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, John Abercombie, etc.
He has appeared on more than 200 recordings ranging from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to John Zorn, Lee Konitz
and Dave Douglas. For more info visit
Hilliard Hill Greene is one of the great veterans bassists of American jazz with a 40 years career behind him and
collaborations with the great masters from Cecil Taylor, Don Pullen, Greg Osby to Charles Gayle, Rashied Ali,
Bobby Watson and many more. For the past 10 years he’s the musical director for legendary singer Jimmy Scott.
For more info visit www.hilliardgreene.com
"Jack Hardy is so at home in the role of celtic bard it is hard to believe he is home- grown."
- Rolling Stone
The Queen of Cups,
excerpt from a novel by Mina Samuels
excerpt from a novel by Lauren Velevis
Paris Under the Skin
a monologue by Marlene Nichols
MINA SAMUELS is a freelance writer and editor. Her work includes a diverse range of projects from biography, to business, sports, and human rights. The Queen of Cups is her first novel.
LAUREN VELEVIS is a writer and a fiction editor at HarperCollins. She has been published in the Square Table Journal and the Gutenburg Litegraphic press. Problem Fish is her second novel.
MARLENE NICHOLS is a writer/performer and at any given time at least one of her multiple personalities is appearing around town. She's played The Kraine Theatre, EST, Stage Left Studios, Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction, and read at Cafe Universel and Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Her past one-woman shows include "A Southern Girl's Tireswing Blues" and "Pretty" with her latest show STAND ME UP AND DRESS ME to be workshopped at Stage Left Studios in May. The Winter Harbor Theater in Portland, Maine commissioned two monologues for their "Letters to Katrina" in 2005, and she performed the piece HUMANE from that show at the Culture Project's Impact Festival this past fall. In July, she received a grant from the Fantasy Fountain Fund to spend a month writing in Paris around the corner from Gertrude Stein's apartment.
(includes one house drink)
"One thing that's distinctive about the music on this CD is the care and craftsmanship that have gone into it. The music is
accessible but never trite; Nathan's writing...is full of unusual and often subtle touches that will delight any sensitive listener."
--Bill Kirchner, liner notes
Stanley H. Barkan is the editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art, that has, to date, produced some 350 titles in 50 different languages. His own work has been published in 13 collections, several of them bilingual (Bulgarian, Italian, Polish, Russian). He was the 1991 New York City’s Poetry Teacher of the Year (awarded by Poets House and the Board of Education) and the 1996 winner of the Poor Richard’s Award, “The Best of the Small Presses” (awarded by the Small Press Center), for “25 years of high quality publishing.” Last May 2006, he was invited by Peter Thabit Jones, editor of The Seventh Quarry, to be the solo featured poet at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales.
Born in Peru, in 1945, Isaac Goldemberg is a renowned poet, playwright, and fiction writer. He has lived in New York since 1964 and is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Eugenio María de Hostos Community, CUNY, where he is also the Director of the Latin American Writers Institute and the Editor of Hostos Review, an international journal of culture.
He is the author of three novels. His ground breaking novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner, already in its 7th English edition, in 2001 was selected as one of the 100 greatest Jewish books of the last 150 years.
He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, eleven books of poems, and three plays. His work has been translated into several languages. His most recent publications are Tierra de nadie (a collection of short stories, 2006), La vida son los ríos (a collection of fiction and poetry, 2005; recipient of the P.E.N. Club of Peru Literature Award), Los Cementerios Reales (a collection of poems, 2004), Golpe de gracia (a play, 2003; recipient of Venezuela’s Estival Theater Award), Los autorretratos y las máscaras/Self-Portraits and Masks (a collection of poems, 2002), El nombre del padre (a novel, 2001), and Peruvian blues (a collection of poems, 2001; recipient of the P.E.N. Club of Peru Poetry Award).
(includes one house drink)
Now in its 7th year, The Songwriter's Beat is
New York’s most popular acoustic songwriter’s series,
where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a
supportive and intimate atmosphere.
This month's Songwriter's Beat features:
Jon Albrink jonalbrink.com
Randi Driscoll randidriscoll.com
and a preview of songs from the new musical
Betty & the Belrays
Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP
Pop Award winner Valerie
Ghent, The Songwriter’s
Beat features top up-and-coming
songwriters. Each month four
songwriters of varying
musical styles perform original
songs and are encouraged to try out
their newest material and
Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has
presented over 220 songwriters (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan) and
The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around
the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time
for The Songwriter's Beat!
Maria Neckam can sound like Flora Purim to Franz von Chossy's Chick Corea, but she's working on many other levels, from Björk and Urszula Dudziak to Astrud Gilberto, Basia and any number of classically-trained vocalists. Her supple, reedy voice hits the notes clearly and has that wonderful quality of articulating syllables as notes rather than words, turning even standards into wordless vocals. Neckam, part of the Austrian-American Outreach Jazz Collective, writes impressively in English and her native tongue. Her album "Crossing and Blending" is an ambitious debut that ranges through the breadth of her stylistic tropes and suggests that she's going to be a special voice. (John Swenson, OFF BEAT Magazine)
Troy Collins on Malaby,Sanchez,Rainey
Playing new music for quintet by Angelica Sanchez ,they will be joined by
the trumpeter Ron Horton and bassist Eivind Opsvik.
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times