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Jan 13
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This week's feature Meghan Cleary.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Jeremy Steig, flute;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12
Jan 14
Maria Lisella & Jeanne Dickey, host

Italian American Writers Reading w/ Open Mike : Feature Writers: Ed Smith & Geri DeLuca plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Inspired by the factories and seascapes of New Jersey, librarian and teacher Ed Smith writes poetry that finds exquisiteness in everyday life. Ed Smith's poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, including Exquisite Corpse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The World, Abraxas, Beehive, Giants Play Well in Drizzle, Footwork, as well as in the anthologies Under a Gull's Wing, Blue Stone & Salt Hay, and The Temple of Baseball.

Editor and Brooklyn College English professor Geri DeLuca will read from her lively new memoir, Bensonhurst Sutra, about growing up Italian in Brooklyn. Excerpts from that book have appeared in Voice In Italian-Americana; The Notebook: Narratives of Teaching and Learning, and Brooklyn Review. She is co-founder and co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature, published by John Hopkins University Press. She also co-edited Dialogues on Writing, an anthology of essays, published by Lawrence Erlbaum, and she has published a long poem about her eternal subject, her mother, in The Paterson Literary Review.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

David Binney, saxophone;  Josh Roseman, trombone;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Ted Poor, drums;  James Carney, rhodes & compositions
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David Binney - saxophone Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet Josh Roseman - trombone Chris Lightcap - bass Ted Poor - drums "Mr. Carney is an accomplished composer and a sharp pianist."
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Carney's compositions range far beyond standard jazz fare, drawing from genres as disparate as Indian ragas and New Orleans piano, Brazilian afoxe and Jarrett-esque lyricism. His playing is exquisite, and he gets the most out of the beautiful sound of his piano."
- Ernie Rideout, KEYBOARD

"Not only the real deal, but flat-out one of the most imaginative composers and players around."
- Brandt Reiter, LA Weekly

Since moving to NYC in November 2004, keyboardist & composer James Carney has performed with the likes of Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, and Tony Malaby. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Carney moved to California in 1986 to study jazz at CalArts with Charlie Haden and James Newton.

Carney received the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Composers Award, and he also received "Best Jazz Artist" honors at the 2002 LA Weekly Music Awards. He has released three well-received albums: "Fables from the Aqueduct" (1994); "Offset Rhapsody" (1997); and "Thread" (2002). Carney's music might be described as inclusive jazz; he favors assymetrical forms and complex harmonic models influenced as much by classical, rock, pop, world and the avant-garde as by the jazz tradition. He also composes chamber music and was recently commissioned by the Extension Ensemble to create a ten-minute brass quintet for this adventurous group.

Now residing in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, Carney also curates the tuesday night jazz & improvised music series "konceptions@koze" at the Koze lounge in Park Slope.
 Cover $10

Ben Waltzer, piano;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Joe Strasser, drums
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“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes, 7.18.04

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10

Jan 15
Larry Simon, host

Larry's band (from New Hampshire) and poets (usually local) combine for an evening of great sounds.

This month's Featured READERS- Thaddeus Rutkowski, Iris N. Schwartz, Alice B. Talkless and Sheryl Simler.

Accompanied by- The Larry Simon Ensemble-Larry Simon-Guitar/music director, Cynthia Chatis-flute, Nate Edgar-Bass, Mike Barron & Frank Laurino- Percussion, and Special Guest: Patrick Grant-keyboard.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Nick Bisesi, tenor saxophone & compositions;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Cliff Schmitt, bass;  Owen Howard, drums;  Special Guest Gayle Bisesi, vocals
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CD Release Concert for Gemini

Nick Bisesi has performed with such notables as Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, David Liebman, and Ramsey Lewis,. His compositions range from gritty downtown industrial sounds to folkish melodies to East Indian scales. This is the NYC debut performance of Nick's new CD Gemini.

Gemini exudes a sense of energy and freshness. Nick's knowledge and respect for the tradition of jazz is evident; but he clearly wants to chart his own path.
-Mark F. Turner, All about Jazz

Bisesi can't help but infuse the music with throaty emotion.
-Neil Tesser, Miles Ahead, Listen Here, & Chicago Reader's Critics Choice

A talented and highly individual tenor-saxophonist.
-Scott Yanow, Author of nine books including Jazz On Film, Trumpet Kings, Bebop and Jazz On Record 1917-76

Nick's polished sound and technique, combined with a fine ear and a lively imagination, make him a formidable player...
-David Franklin - Jazz Times

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

Jan 16
Ted Jonathan, host

Douglas Goetsch Melissa Christine Goodrum Fred Yannantuono
This month's readers from the venerable & rejuvenated journal are Douglas Goetsch, Christine Melissa Goodrum, and Fred Yannantuono.

This monthly reading series offers work by poets published in the New York Quarterly. Every third Monday of the month our poets serve up poetry as eclectic as New York itself.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

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Katie Down, curator

Matt Hannafin , percussion;  Brian Moran, electronics;  Cynthia Spencer, flower arranger;  Jen Shyu, Vocalist/violinist/dancer;  Soomi Kim, actor/performance artist;  Lenora Lee, dancer;  Rubin Kodelhi, cello
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8:30 - Percussionist, Matt Hannafin collaborating with Cynthia Spencer in zen kado flower arranging and Brian Moran on electronics.

9:45 - Vocalist/violinist/dancer Jen Shyu & actor/performance artist Soomi Kim present an excerpt from Kim's "Lee/gendary", a multidisciplinary piece inspired by Bruce Lee. Shyu will also collaborate with dancer Lenora Lee and cellist Rubin Kodelhi in spontaneous text/movement/music composition.

”Big Bang”, a new music and mixed media series every third Monday of the month is the creative collision of musicians with artists in spoken word, dance, visual art, video art, found words, theatre, etc. presenting works in progress. The evenings will include two featured groups followed by a brief talk back with the audience after each set. Every evening ends by inviting audience members to join in an informal jam session for about 10 minutes.

Electronics player Brian Moran began his performance career in experimental dance, whose working methods he later adapted to music and sound design. A one-time collaborator with artists as diverse as Lydia Lunch, Ikue Mori, the live video group NNeng, and the Yoshiko Chuma and Stephanie Skura dance companies, his approach to musical performance employs a variety of circuit-bent electronics, analog synthesizers, field recordings, and processing devices. Brian is currently attending his final semester in the nursing program at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Trained in Persian classical percussion and other near-eastern styles, Matt Hannafin has performed at venues as diverse as the United Nations General Assembly Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music, and CBGBs. His collaborators have included a similarly wide range of artists, from Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Julian Kytasty to Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller and legendary industrial percussionist Z'ev. For improvisation, his approach blends the techniques and timbres of eastern and western percussion with sonorities and ideas borrowed from nature, electronic music, and the urban-industrial soundscape.

Cynthia Spencer works with contemplative arts, both traditional and contemporary forms, as a way of integrating the view of meditation into all aspects of life. This exploration began with movement improvisation with Barbara Dilley and has since extended to include such forms as kado (the way of flowers), brush calligraphy, and qigong. She has performed at downtown arts community venues such as PS 122 and with the Dan Tao school at the Interfaith Center of NY.

contact Big Bang:
 Cover $10 /

Jan 17
Curator: Jill Dearman

The Writers Room Reading Series at Cornelia Street Café presents: "Beginnings"


Jessica Pallington "The Greyhound Trilogy" (Excerpts from Three Novellas)

Janie Heath "Pollyanna Goes to Hell" (Novel Excerpt)

Meredith Talusan "To See" (Novel Excerpt)
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Peter Evans, trumpet;  Jon Irabagon, saxophone;  Moppa Elliot, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums
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MOPDTK is a recent group formed in NYC. In this ensemble, I attempt to write compositions that reflect the strange relationship I feel to jazz history. On the one hand, I grew up listening to and still love traditional jazz, but on the other, I am deeply disturbed and disgusted with its current state of turpitude. This music, instead of attempting to reconcile these two simultaneous opinions, pits them against each other creating music that both blatantly mocks and reveres the jazz tradition. Perhaps Dada-Jazz?
Wednesday Jan 18 6:00PM  PROSE
John McCaffrey - Host

Diana Schwaeble; Douglas Light; Kevin Burke.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent, host

Carol Thomas Stephanie Winters Art Halperin & Al Maddy Michele Zayla
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Now in its 6th 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.

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 arrangements.

Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 200 (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan!) and keeps growing!

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so if you are planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!
 Cover $5

Jan 19
Chris Brandt, host

All the way from Boston urban word performers:

Patrick Sylvain: is a Haitian-American poet, writer, educator and photographer. He has been published in several anthologies, magazines and reviews. His Latest book "Love, Lust & Loss "Lanmou, Anvi, Pèdans" is published by Mémoire D'encrier, 2005

Jean-Dany Joachim: is the founder of "City Night Readings", a forum of encounters in Massachusetts for poets, writers and artists. His work has appeared in Runes, A Review of Poetry, Arctos Press; Lovers' "Sweet Nothings, A Secret Anthology", Mémoire d'encrier ; "Love and Other poems", Trilingual Press.

Tehila Lieberman's fiction and non fiction have been published in, Nimrod, the Colorado Review and Salamander, among other publications. Her stories have won the Stanley Elkin Memorial Prize for Fiction, the Rick Dimarinis Prize for Fiction and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Kim Bock, saxophones;  David Smith, trumpet;  Adam Armstrong, bass;  Peter Retzlaff, drums
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”Kim Bock is an extremely talented and serious young musician. He shows so much maturity and poise in his music”
-Jerry Bergonzi

Kim Bock Quartet plays modern jazz with an edge, incorporating clever arrangements and a hard swinging beat. The music, inspired by 1960’s jazz legends Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, showcases the deep musical sensibility and instrumental expertise of Kim Bock and his band mates.

David Smith, trumpet – An exceedingly sought-after trumpetist on the New York scene. David has plays with Alan Ferber Nonet, Delphian Orchestra (Fresh Sound artists) and Bill Mobley amongst many other.

Adam Armstrong, bass - appears on more that 60 albums and has performed with Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Kenny Kirkland and Maria Schneider

Peter Retzlaff, drums - a highly regarded veteran on the scene. Peter has played with Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Diane Schuur, Gary Versace and many more. Furthermore, Peter is a very experienced clinician and on the faculty at The Drummers Collective – New York
 Cover $8

Jan 20
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This week featured poet is Drake Garnitz.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Lina Orfanos, voice;  Martin Neron, piano;  Corey James Crawford, vocals;  Barbara Waxenberg, vocals
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Under the Greek Moon: Lina Orfanos sings Manos Hadjidakis

with guest vocalists Corey James Crawford and Barbara Waxenberg

An evening of sublime songs based on the cinema and theater music of Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. Featuring selections from City Blues, Great Eros, Lorca’s Blood Wedding, Mythologia, Never on Sunday and the Romaic Agora.

 Cover $15

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