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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Wednesday Oct 14 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Andrey Gritsman, host

Ted Jonathan , author of Bones & Jokes;  Angelo Verga, author of Praise for what remains;  Melinda Thomssen Polina Eisenberg, freshman at Hunter College

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
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8:30PM  RESPECT SEXTET
Eli Asher, trumpet;  Josh Rutner, tenor saxophone;  James Hirschfeld , trombone;  Red Wierenga, piano;  Malcolm Kirby, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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The Respect Sextet

Formed in 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into "a whirling collage," shouts Exclaim! Magazine, "that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker." Through its eclecticism, its devotion to improvisation, its predilection towards swing, and its use of toys and "little instruments," has drawn comparisons both to New Dutch Swing and the AACM. Many dialectics are at work (or play) in Respect's music, in which the serious, heady, and intellectual mingle with the light, comic, and absurd, where compositions alternate with improvisation, and where tight ensemble work coexists with loose, empathic interplay. ,  www.respectsextet.com

Thursday
Oct 15
6:00PM  PO'JAZZ
Golda Solomon, host

SHEILA JORDAN with CAMERON BROWN, bass;  GOLDA SOLOMON, words;  JAY CLAYTON, special guest
Po'Jazz image
Join Golda as she honors the poetry of MARRIA BANKS

DOORS OPEN 5:30PM

POETRY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAZZ BEGINS AT 6:00PM

TWO SETS 6PM AND 7PM

$ 15 (INCLUDES 1 DRINK)

$ 10 STUDENTS WITH ID ( INCLUDES 1 DRINK)


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  THE FRINGE DUO
George Garzone, saxophone;  Bob Gulloti, drums
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THE FRINGE DUO

The Fringe are one of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene. Originally formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe have entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 30 years. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.

Along with their impressive tenure with The Fringe, Gullotti, Garzone, and Lockwood are in great demand as session players and have played with many of the greats of contemporary jazz. Along with keeping up with a busy performance schedule, each of them are well-respected educators helping to inspire the jazz musicians of tomorrow.
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/thefringebostonofficial

Friday
Oct 16
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Poet John Amen featured.

John Amen is the author of three collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer (Uccelli Press 2003), More of Me Disappears (Cross-Cultural Communications 2005), and At the Threshold of Alchemy (Presa 2009), and has released two folk/folk rock CDs, All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire (Cool Midget 2004, 2008). His poetry has appeared in various journals and anthologies, including, most recently, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The International Poetry Review, Gargoyle, and Blood to Remember. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GEORGE GARZONE GROUP
George Garzone, saxophone;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Bob Gulotti, drums
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 Cover $10   www.georgegarzone.com
Saturday
Oct 17
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host


Intrepid host Kostos presents three dynamic poets--Roberta Allen, Ed Foster, and Nikki Moustaki.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  GNU VOX SPECIAL: ANDY BEY
David Devoe, host

Andy Bey, voice, piano
Gnu Vox Special: Andy Bey image
After a twenty two year absence from recording Andy Bey returned with four albums that have become a permanent part of the musical landscape. The 2005 Grammy Nominated American Song is a delicious celebration of one of America’s great gifts to the music world: The American Songbook. On his latest release Ain’t Necessarily So Bey brings the energy of live performance to compositions by the gods of American Songwriting. Insiders have always known about Andy Bey. Given his limited output of studio recordings, live performances were the source of Bey’s reputation as singer. Aretha Franklin reminisces about the nights when Andy and The Bey Sisters worked the Village in New York: “Soon as I finished my gig I’d run over to hear them. Andy never got the recognition he deserved . . . jazz originals . . . brilliant and precious.” Like the playground legend who never made it to the NBA, Andy Bey was almost consigned to the fading murmurs of those who caught him in Paris in ‘59, or Birdland in the mid ‘60s. There are few left who remember when Lena, Nina and Carmen crowded into Harlem’s Shalimar to hear Bey light it up. That tantalizing footage of Andy Bey and his sisters delighting a crowd of Parisian partygoers in the Chet Baker documentary Let’s Get Lost, gives us a clue of the years of brilliance that were never committed to vinyl. One can only imagine what we’ve missed. But, we have been blessed with four records that have changed how we think of Jazz vocals. Decades intervened between those after hours below the radar sessions and the 1996 recordings presented on Ain’t Necessarily So. But the vivid performances haven’t dimmed. Like so many before him, British vocalist Jamie Cullum described what it’s like to fall under Bey’s spell: “Andy Bey was at Ronnie Scott’s and I saw him six nights in a row. I got into a huge amount of debt going to see Andy Bey. What I love about him is that he creates an atmosphere. As soon as he opens his mouth, you’re transported to another place.”


 Cover $15   www.andy-bey.com

Sunday
Oct 18
6:00PM  AN EVENING WITH RUSSELL CONNOR
Angelo Verga, host

An Evening With Russell Connor image The Dawn of Modernism by Russell Connor
Toys From My Attic -- Artist and writer Russell Connor looks back at the age of 80, reminisces about people and events that shaped his humorous outlook on art and life, and reads from his essays, published and unpublished. By the way, Russell currently has a show about Marcel Duchamp at an elite 57th St. gallery.

" .. Magically, Connor whisks away the artifice of art history to forge some deeper connections, and makes us smile all the while." - Eric P. Nash - The New York Times


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.russellconnor.com

8:30PM  ROB DUGUAY QUARTET
Willie Applewhite, trombone;  Tyler Blanton, vibraphone;  Rob Duguay, bass;  Nadav Snir-Zelniker, drums
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Rob Duguay Quartet is an assembly of world class musicians who share an appreciation for cutting-edge modern music while simultaneously embracing the traditions of swing, bebop, and Latin styles of jazz. Duguay’s compositions are circular creating nice avenues for positively flowing improvisations (often swinging) and typically avoid common jazz forms (i.e. 16 and 32 bar forms). Rob Duguay Quartet performs original compositions running the gamut of musical styles and pays homage to such greats as Sonny Rollins, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington by playing some of their jazz not-so-standards.

“Bass whiz”
-Casey Rea, Seven Days (VT)
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/jazzyrobduguay

Monday
Oct 19
6:00PM  HAPPY BIRTHDAY WALLACE STEVENS & E. E. CUMMINGS
Paul Hecht, presenter

Barbara Feldon, actor;  Joanna Gleason, actor;  Ellen Mandel , composer;  Pamela Bob, actor/singer
Paul Hecht: regularly convenes these poetry programs at the Cafe. He believes poems should be read aloud and birthdays celebrated.

Barbara Feldon is best known as “99” -- the secret Agent on the TV series,Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, varietyshows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to recall: theMichael Richie film Smile).On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of PastTense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one womanshow, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a numberof poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in HisOwn Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf.Because of Barbara’s interest in women’s issues, from 1982 to 1984 shehosted The 80’s Woman on Lifetime Network. She has served on the boardsof Screen Actors Guild, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, and The Poetry Societyof America. She lectures on women’s issues and is a passionate supporter ofGirls Inc., an organization created to help underprivileged girls developoptions.Her book of essays, Living alone -- and Loving it! was published in 2003by Simon and Schuster.

Joanna Gleason : Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels, Nick and Nora, Into The Woods, I Love My Wife, Joe Egg, The Real Thing, Social Security. Off B'way: Happiness, Something You Did, Eleemosynary, A Hell Of A Town, The Normal Heart , It's Only A Play. She won the Tony for Into The Woods, and Drama Desks for that plus two other shows. She is married to actor Chris Sarandon. Joanna is the author of the novels, Make Me One With Everything, and Lourdes On Five Dollars A Day.

Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep, and Peterborough Players. She has scored four films, and released three CDs: a wind has blown the rain away, fifteen of her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all my dreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and others, and Every Play's an Opera, theatre music.

Pamela Bob, a New York based actor and singer, has played roles in New York and regional theatres ranging from standard and contemporary musical theater to bluegrass, swing, blues and folk. Talkin' Broadway named her Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in "People Like Us", and she won the Metrolina Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of June Carter in "Wildwood Flowers: the June Carter Cash Story. " You can catch Pamela in "Good Ol' Girls" on UNC-TV/PBS.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Todd Barry Pete Holmes Lee Camp Luke Cunningham Brian Longwell
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John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/morrisongod

Tuesday
Oct 20
6:00PM  WRITERS ROOM
Liz Sherman, host

Patricia Crevits, an excerpt from her book, Mad Cool;  Kathleen Lawrence, an excerpt from her memoir;  Meakin Armstrong , reading from Untitled
New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

Meakin Armstrong is fiction editor at Guernica (guernicamag.com), recently cited by Esquire as being one of the best literary magazines on the Web. He contributed to the books, New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg (Dist U of Chicago Press) and to Museyon Guides: Film and Travel (Museyon). Most recently, his short stories have appeared in Our Stories Literary Journal, InDigest, Sweeeeet, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. For eight years, he worked at The New Yorker.

Kathleen Lawrence is the author of three books—novels Maud Gone and The Last Room in Manhattan (Atheneum and New American Library); and non-fiction: The Boys I Didn't Kiss (British-American/Paris Review Editions). Her essays and short stories have been published in The NewYork Times, Vogue, Ms., Glamour, Newsday, 7Days, The Antioch Review and The Chicago Tribune. Lawrence has received grants and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Breadloaf, Ragdale, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the English-Speaking Union. She teaches at CUNY.

Kathleen Lawrence will be reading an excerpt from her memoir: Becoming Irish or We Thought We Were the Kennedys.

Patricia Crevits graduated from Columbia University with a Masters in Fine Arts: Screenwriting and Directing. She was born and raised in Belgium where she graduated from the film school “RITCS”. Her background is in Film and TV. She spent many nights video taping Spoken Word and Jazz within the Hip Hop Movement. Patricia is currently writing Mad Cool, a book based on the lives of Marc Edmunds and Lenny McGurr, two graffiti artists better known as ALI and FUTURA 2000.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Daniela Schiller Tricia Alexander Brea Tremblay Rachel Parenta Elicia Berger
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!


 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

Wednesday Oct 21 6:00PM  GEORGE WALLACE POETRY EXPLOSION
George Wallace, host

Yvon Cormier Theresa Costa Russ Green
George Wallace hosts fine poets.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT BENEFIT FOR BREAST CANCER RESEARCH
Valerie Ghent & Hernando Cortright, hosts

Eli-Rose Sanford Clare Cooper Laura Cheadle Amy Coleman Cathy Kreger
The Songwriter's Beat benefit for Breast Cancer Research image

This month's Songwriter's Beat will benefit the Libby Ross Foundation which raises funding and awareness for breast cancer research. Performers include: Eli-Rose Sanford, Clare Cooper, Laura Cheadle, Amy Coleman and Cathy Kreger.

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 270 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

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!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com valghent.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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