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ART ON THE WALLS

Tuesday
Jan 11
6:00PM  STORYTELLING
Barbara Aliprantis

Jim Hawkins Elizabeth Rowe Barbara Aliprantis
BARBARA ALIPRANTIS, Curator/Host of this series since January 1997 is an award-winning nationally acclaimed storyteller, honored at New York City Hall in the year 2000 for "her distinguished body of work...for her commitment to sharing immigrant's experiences and multicultural folklore for both hearing and non-hearing audiences around the country." She is also the recipient of an Oracle Service Award from the National Storytelling Network "for exemplary service and significant contributions to her community through storytelling." Tonight she debuts a snippet from a new cycle of family stories about “The Jersey Shore – BACK IN THE DAY – Greek-style!”

JIM HAWKINS, beloved Irish-American Storyteller/Actor/Musician charms audiences and lifts our spirits with his stories and songs, including memories of his childhood spent in the Midlands of Ireland and on the stoops and concrete sidewalks of Astoria, Queens.

ELIZABETH ROWE, storyteller/actor/writer and teacher, performs in English and French! Her repertoire includes a rich blend of family stories, world folktales, myths, legends and literary stories.

NOTE: This series was launched in January 1997 by Dr. John Kallas and Barbara Aliprantis, with Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe the first featured tellers. Since then storytellers and story listeners have been coming to the Café each month for the "love of story!" Close to 300 professional tellers have been featured (some as far away as Australia, New Zealand, everywhere in between and from our own backyard). Countless others have stepped up to the OPEN MIC to swap a story! There is never a theme, no judging, no contest, just great fun! Barbara's motto: “Let Serendipity Reign” and it always does!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.barbaraaliprantis.com

8:30PM  ARI HOENIG QUARTET
Ari Hoenig, drums;  Gilad Hekselman , guitar;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass
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Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.

Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Hoenig is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body (such as his hands and elbows). Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would. Hoenig was born into a family of classically trained musicians. His father being a choral conductor and mother a violinist, he was exposed to classical and folk music at an early age. He played both piano and violin as a child, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz and improvised music. Ari has recorded 6 cds as a leader including 2 solo drums cd’s and is currently a Dreyfus Records performing artist. Currently, his group Ari Hoenig and Punk Bop tours worldwide and performs weekly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls. He is also the co-leader of Hoenig Pilc Project, together with long time musical partner Jean Michel Pilc. Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with as a sideman include Shirley Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Ivan Linz and the Jazz Mandolin Project.

"expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes. Ari Hoenig approaches jazz drumming with manic glee, and yet he's exacting with texture and pulse, an irrepressibly kinetic drummer ." Nate Chinen, NY Times

"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." JAZZ TIMES
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday Jan 12
6:00PM  DANCE: MELTING AND OTHER NEW STORIES...
Dagmar Spain Maxine Steinman Iorgo Papoutsas Leandra Ramm
Dance: Melting and other new stories... image
An evening of many facades and impressions: dance, spoken words, video imagery and live music. A performance that reaches right to the heart of the audience and encourages the path lesser walked. Or as Kafka would say: "Paths appear because we walk them".

created and directed by Dagmar Spain

with dancer/actor: Maxine Steinman & Iorgo Papoutsas;

singer: Leandra Ramm

composers: Fernando Otero and Adrienne Ramm


 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.danceimprints.com

8:30PM  NATHANIEL SMITH QUINTET - CD RELEASE "QUARTET"
Jon Irabagon, saxophones;  Toru Dodo, piano;  Jostein Gulbrandsen, guitar;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Nathaniel Smith, drums, compositions
Nathaniel Smith Quintet - CD Release
Nathaniel Smith joins the growing roster of drummers releasing records as composers and leaders with "Quartet", his debut offering on Fresh Sound New Talent. Happy to inhabit a niche between those who see themselves as defenders of the music "as it was" and those conspicuously seeking to redefine it, Smith, like many of his peers, uses the vocabulary of jazz as a vehicle for his ideas, culled whimsically from everything from Miles Davis to Radiohead. Smith's drumming is at once open and angular, exhibiting vocabulary from the bebop, ECM, and gospel traditions. For this outing Smith is joined by Thelonious Monk Competition winner and former classmate Jon Irabagon, who non-chalantly bestrides the worlds of the mainstream and the avant-garde with such ease as to belie his uniqueness, Toru Dodo, economics graduate, witty iconoclast, and veteran of the bands of Kenny Garret, Benny Golson,Curtis Fuller, and Wayne Escoffrey, Jostein Gulbrandsen, whose own unique sound was recently showcased on his Fresh Sound record, "Twelve", and Peter Brendler, best known for his collaborations with Irabagon and guitarist-par-excellence John Abercrombie.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.nathanielsmithmusic.com
10:00PM  DANIEL ORI QUINTET
Uri Gurvich, saxophone;  Oz Noy, guitar;  Aaron Goldberg, piano;  Ziv Ravitz, drums;  Daniel Ori, bass, compositions
Originally from Kfar Saba, Israel, bassist and composer Daniel Ori is a prominent young voice in the New York contemporary Jazz scene. An ASCAP composers award winner, Daniel released his debut album, So It Goes, with the Art of Life Jazz label in late 2009. In his music, Ori introduces a fresh mix of modern jazz with a World flavor, drawing influences from Middle Eastern, African and Latin roots. A blend of deep grooves and soulful melodies. Daniel Ori quintet will be performing newly written compositions, soon to be released on Ori's next album.

“Have one hand on your equalizer and the other on your heart. Daniel’s music will move you, you will feel this music. In your soul and in your gut…” - Chuck Vecoli, JazzReview.com
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.danielori.com

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Thursday
Jan 13
6:00PM  THE ELEVATOR RIDE
Arthur Yorinks

Jenny Langsam and special guest, Les Stoller
The Elevator Ride image
Take a wild ride with Jane --

lost on an elevator...in more ways than one...

an audio comedy with a twist
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  JEFF DAVIS BAND - 35TH BIRTHDAY CONCERT
Jeff Davis, drums, compositions;  Tony Malaby, tenor, soprano saxophone;  Kirk Knuffke , cornet;  Jon Goldberger, guitar;  Matt Pavolka, bass
Jeff Davis Band - 35th Birthday Concert image
Drummer/composer Jeff Davis is known as the “propulsive force” behind a host of New York mainstays, including bassist Michael Bates, multi-reedist Oscar Noriega, pianists Jesse Stacken and Landon Knoblock. Tonight, for his 35th Birthday Concert, Davis brings together New York improvising greats Tony Malaby, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, and Matt Pavolka. On his debut album, We Sleep Outside, Jeff Davis showcases his command of a deeply focused and distinctly improvisational style. Davis guides his band just to the edge of chaos while at the same time exercising focus and restraint. It is this approach that results in a sound both minimalist in construction and intensely complex in approach.

“We Sleep Outside” (Loyal Label) is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience in left-of-center jazz circles. -Nate Chinen, NY Times

“Like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.” -All About Jazz , Troy Collins
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.jeffdavisdrums.com www.loyallabel.com

Friday
Jan 14
6:00PM  NEW FACES OF 2011 (PART ONE)
John McWhorter, host and musical director

Diana Bertolini, vocals;  Micah Freedman, vocals;  Ivis Fundichely, vocals;  Sarah Goldberg, vocals;  Jillian Hemann, vocals;  Ashley Herron, vocals;  Holly McWhorter, vocals;  Martha Sparks, vocals
NEW FACES OF 2011 Take an evening off with John McWhorter and friends for an hour of pieces from the American Songbook. These are songs you may not have heard lately, but songs you will undoubtedly be glad you're hearing now!

John will be on piano (usually) serving up songs stretching from 1923 to last week, including a few virtually unperformed in fifty years plus.

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American Studies and Western Civilization at Columbia University, is Contributing Editor at The New Republic, and writes regularly for The Root and The Daily. In his spare time he is a great aficionado of musical theatre songs, and has performed or played piano for various cabaret shows in New York.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GLOBAL MOTION
Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone;  Nikolaj Hess, piano;  Tony Moreno, drums;  Jay Anderson, bass
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Global Motion, founded in 1997 in New York City by Dutch tenor saxophonist MARC MOMMAAS and Danish pianist NIKOLAJ HESS has become a major force in todays music scene. Together they have co-lead Global Motion through the years touring Europe, the U.S., Canadan and Scandinavia with their various projects. Mommaas is a Sunnyside recording artist and received critical acclaim with the release of Global Motion Trio (1999), Global Motion (2003) Balance (2005) and Landmarc (2010). Co-leader Nikolaj Hess, cum laude graduate of the Rhythmic Conservatory in Denmark, winner of the Berlingske Tidendes competition for Rhythmic Music in ’87 and finalist in the European Young Artist competition in Leverkussen in ’88, has numerous recordings as a leader, co-leader and sideman and has been awarded many grants from the Danish government as well as from private foundations. While living in Africa, Nikolaj studied African rhythms and Composition principles in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and South Africa. He divides his time between New York City and Copenhagen. Global Motion includes a stellar rhythm-section, TONY MORENO on drums and JAY ANDERSON on bass. GMplus, released in the fall of 2009 featuring compositions of Nikolaj Hess, includes special guests Ben Monder (electrical/acoustic guitar) and Jeff Ballard (percussion). and got nominated best album release of 2010 in Denmark. Mommaas’ newest release ‘Landmarc’ includes Tony Moreno, Nate Radley, Vic Juris and Rez Abbasi; compositions for Saxophone, Percussion and Guitar. ‘Landmarc’ got noted as best jazz release of 2010 in the Netherlands.

“Global motion is part of the cutting edge jazz scene of New York City, portraying a fluid and dynamic sound brought forward by four world class musicians. The music has a fast pacing, energetic, strong and poetic power. Be ready for an unforgettable journey through a landscape of sounds and colors.”
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.mommaas.com www.nhess.dk

Saturday
Jan 15
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host


Featured readers : Penelope Karageorge, Angelo Nikolopoulos, and jason Schneiderman.

Plus a new limited open mic segment.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MATTHEW BREWER QUINTET
Matthew Brewer, bass;  Will Vinson, alto saxophone;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Aaron Parks, piano;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
This band is a newly formed collective comprised of Matt Brewer-bass, Will Vinson-alto, Lage Lund-guitar, Marcus Gilmore-drums, and Aaron Parks-piano. Each member focuses heavily on composition, and contributes pieces and ideas that bring diversity, and balance to the music's totality. All of the musicians in this collective have a long history of playing together, but this is among the first instances that they come together as a band.

Matt Brewer has been playing bass since the age of ten, and began his professional career at twelve, playing gigs in his native Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since moving to New York in 2001, he has played with the likes of Greg Osby, Lee Konitz, Terence Blanchard, Jeff "Tain" Watts, David Sanchez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and many others.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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Sunday
Jan 16
6:00PM  NEW FACES OF 2011 (PART TWO)
John McWhorter, host and musical director

Diana Bertolini, vocals;  Micah Freedman, vocals;  Ivis Fundichely, vocals;  Sarah Goldberg, vocals;  Jillian Hemann, vocals;  Ashley Herron, vocals;  Holly McWhorter, vocals;  Martha Sparks, vocals
NEW FACES OF 2011: Part Two!!! NEW FACES OF 2011 Take an evening off with John McWhorter and friends for an hour of pieces from the American Songbook. These are songs you may not have heard lately, but songs you will undoubtedly be glad you're hearing now!

John will be on piano (usually) serving up songs stretching from 1923 to last week, including a few virtually unperformed in fifty years plus.

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American Studies and Western Civilization at Columbia University, is Contributing Editor at The New Republic, and writes regularly for The Root and The Daily. In his spare time he is a great aficionado of musical theatre songs, and has performed or played piano for various cabaret shows in New York.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

8:30PM  TYLER BLANTON QUARTET- "BOTANIC" CD RELEASE PARTY
Joel Frahm, tenor, soporano saxophones;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums;  Tyler Blanton, vibes, compositions
Brooklyn based Vibraphonist and Composer Tyler Blanton will lead his quartet in celebration of the release of his debut album "Botanic." On hand this evening will be the original cast from the album, featuring saxophonist extraordinaire; Joel Frahm. Since moving to New York from San Francisco in 2007, Blanton has quickly come to recognition as a unique voice both as a composer and instrumentalist. Noted as "A young vibraphonist with strong lyrical footing," (Nate Chinen, New York Times) Blanton's personality is clearly echoed through his compositional approach which "..favors melody, swing, and optimism." - Bruce Lindsey, All about Jazz

Grounded in the be-bop tradition, the quartet is not limited to the standard styles and forms of straight ahead jazz, but expands into mixed meter and extended from compositions which are "...Modern in spirit, but also accessible on the ear." - Josef Woodard, SB independent

Free CD with Cover
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.tylerblanton.net

Tyler Blanton Quartet-
Monday
Jan 17
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

F.D. Reeve Eileen B. Hennessy KP Liles
Three fine practioners of the art of contemporary poetry.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  DAN RUFOLO TRIO
Dan Rufolo , piano;  Bill Thoman, bass;  Arthur Vint, drums
Dan Rufolo Trio image
The Dan Rufolo Trio is an up and coming New York area based jazz group. Their debut album, "Novelty", presents compositions in particular odd meters, free form improvisation, and striking harmonies. The trio plays as one weaving a complex set of emotions. "Novelty" is thought provoking, invigorating, and you’ll find yourself holding your breath not to miss a note. Their influences include the Keith Jarrett Trio, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Paul Motion Trio, and the various incarnations of Chick Corea's bands. The Dan Rufolo trio is always thinking forward while making sure to keep a grasp on the jazz tradition. This performance is celebrating the release of their album, "Novelty".
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.danielrufolo.com
Tuesday
Jan 18
6:00PM  NEW PROSE
Jim Story Rachel Bennett
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A former Okie blues singer and Russian history professor, Jim Story has published short stories, essays, reviews and poetry in Confrontation, The Same, Karamu, Folio, Pindeldyboz, The Slavic and East European Review, Helicon, Aspen Anthology, Berkeley Poetry Review, Steelhead Review, Now, Paper Boat, Hyn Poetry Anthology, Poets, Long Island University Magazine, And Then, and Home Planet News. He is the author of the novel, Wounded by History, the short story collection, Love and Other Terminal Diseases, and is currently at work on a picaresque novel called Problems of Translation. One of his short stories has been selected for an anthology edited by Paul McComas called Proving Grounds, scheduled for publication in 2011.

Rachel is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop summer program in Ireland. She has won two Whitcomb prizes judged by Gerald Stern and James Galvin, and received two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poems have appeared in Buffalo Carp, Rhapsoidia, elimae, The Portland Review, Big City Lit, and Avocet, among others. She lives in North Brooklyn.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: JALALA
Julie Hardy, Host

Janis Siegel, vocals;  Lauren Kinhan, vocals;  Laurel Massé, vocals;  Yaron Gershovsky, piano;  Steve LaSpina, bass
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JALALA is the collaboration of three extraordinary singers who each have formidable group and solo singing talents. Janis Siegel and Laurel Massé are founding members of The Manhattan Transfer (Massé left the group in 1979 following a car accident), and Lauren Kinhan is a member of the New York Voices. Inspired by groups like the Boswell Sisters, JaLaLa continues and expands the female three-part harmony tradition. Expect to hear everything from Johnny Mercer to Queen , from Dolly Parton to Sondheim to Bach,with original music also in the mix.

JaLaLa is performing selected U.S. dates in 2011. Their debut CD, That Old Mercer Magic, is available through Dare Records/Ryko/WEA Distribution (a Warner Music Group Company).
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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