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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.
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)
(includes one house drink)
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.
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.
(includes one house drink)
" .. 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
(includes one house drink)
-Casey Rea, Seven Days (VT)
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.
"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post
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.
(includes one house drink)
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!
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 is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times