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* There is a one-drink
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Oct 16
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)

George Garzone, saxophone;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Bob Gulotti, drums
George Garzone Group image

 Cover $10
Oct 17
Dean Kostos, host

Intrepid host Kostos presents three dynamic poets--Roberta Allen, Ed Foster, and Nikki Moustaki.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
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

Oct 18
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)

Willie Applewhite, trombone;  Tyler Blanton, vibraphone;  Rob Duguay, bass;  Nadav Snir-Zelniker, drums
Rob Duguay Quartet image
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

Oct 19
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

John Morrison, host

Todd Barry Pete Holmes Lee Camp Luke Cunningham Brian Longwell
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

Oct 20
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 (, 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)

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

George Wallace, host

Yvon Cormier Theresa Costa Russ Green
George Wallace hosts fine poets.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
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

Oct 22
Lucinda Karter, host

Beautiful language, beautiful women, beautiful bread, what else could anyone want? Contemporary Translations, yes that's it.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, host

Wendy Gilles, voice;  Petr Cancura, tenor sax, mandolin;  Jamie Reynolds, piano;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Brian Adler, drums;  Amy Cervini, voice;  Jesse Lewis, guitar;  Matt Aronoff, bass
Gnu Vox: Wendy Gilles & Amy Cervini's Jazz Country image
Vocalist, songwriter and professional church musician Wendy Gilles is a versatile singer whose warm, inviting voice adapts effortlessly to whichever genre she incorporates into her musical vocabulary. She recently completed her Master of Music from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Dominique Eade and John McNeil and was a featured soloist in ensembles led by faculty and guest artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Holland and Django Bates.

Vocalist Amy Cervini has garnered acclaim in her home of Canada and adoptive home of New York. Her eponymous quartet, with pianist Michael Cabe, bassist Mark Lau and drummer Ernesto Cervini, has released two albums – 2007’s Famous Blue and 2009’s Lovefool – with track lists comprised of pop tunes from Weezer, the Cardigans and Leonard Cohen, standards from the American Songbook and original pieces from modern jazz composers.

Ms. Cervini pursued her undergraduate studies at New England Conservatory, where she majored in jazz saxophone. She is also an accomplished pianist, but has made her name as a dynamic vocalist. Praised by the Toronto Star for her “freshly appealing voice” and Time Out New York for her ability to “straddle the line between confessional balladeering and breezy swing,” these traits have made Ms. Cervini a regular at venues throughout New York – from the 55 Bar to Carnegie Hall – and around the world.

“Straight out of the starting gate, singer Amy Cervini demonstrated a sophisticated flair for repurposing adult-pop singles into improvisatory fare. Tonight, find out if she can pull the same trick with country tunes by Willie Nelson, Hank Williams and others. (We’re betting yep.)” - Time Out NY
 Cover $10

Oct 23
Eve Packer, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

tonight Eve hosts Bruce Weber, whose new book The Breakup of My First Marriage is available from Rogue Scholars.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jeff Williams, drums;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  John Hébert, bass
The Jeff Williams Quartet image photo by Richard Kaby
Drummer Jeff Williams’s credits include early work, with Stan Getz and Dave Liebman’s Lookout Farm during the ‘70s, as well as more recent associations with Lee Konitz, Paul Bley, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, and Bill McHenry. Since establishing an additional base in London in 2005 Jeff has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Evan Parker, and Martin Speake.

During the 1990s Jeff issued two CDs of original compositions as a leader, Coalescence (Steeplechase) and Jazzblues (Cathexis). His return to leadership with the current quartet showcases the distinctive compositional qualities of each musician. Over the last year the repertoire has evolved to encompass both individuality and cohesive group identity. John O’Gallagher and Duane Eubanks form a contrasting yet complimentary front line, while John Hebert contributes a wealth of linear, harmonic, and rhythmic variation and substance. All of which provides Jeff with a complete range of expression.

For more information about Jeff Williams, and to listen to music by his quartet, visit

“…A maelstrom with taste, uniformly excellent.” –Down Beat
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

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Cover is given where known
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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times