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Oct 29
Margarita Suarez, editor/host

The Dream Catcher's Song image
The Dream Catcher's Song is a anthology presenting five emerging Brooklyn writers. These five women bring you on an internal and external journey as they take turns sharing their words. One page you are in 1940's Baltimore, live jazz sounding in your ears; the next you are climbing Mt. Etna, ash staining your fingers. One page you are witnessing the vulnerable place of healing from abuse, another you are in a world where foxes speak. Another page shouts the praise of sisterhood.

Containing poetry, memoirs, fiction, short stories, and personal narratives, the book will reveal the importance of sharing and hearing each other’s stories as it gives you an inside look at one writer's group’s process from inspiration to final work.

Gabriella M. Belfiglio, Kim D. Brandon, Princene Hyatt, Olivia S. Taylor, and Rita REB Wilson will read short selections from this, their debut group publishing effort.

Book sale to follow.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Jeremy Udden, alto & soprano saxophones;  Pete Rende, pump organ, rhodes;  Brandon Seabrook, banjo, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums;  Aoife O'Donovan, voice;  Ryan Scott, guitar;  Jim Whitney, bass;  Bill Campbell, drums
Jeremy Udden's Plainville & Aoife O'Donovan Band image
"With an uncommon instrumentation and a pluralistic stylistic orientation (rock, free, folk build upon the underlying jazz), Udden's group creates a resolutely new music where eclecticism and personal experience play an important role." - JAZZ MAN (FRANCE) Also described as "an appealingly dreamy roots-jazz combo" (Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York), the group, named for Udden's home town, will release it's first for Fresh Sound New Talent in March, marking Udden's second as a leader for the label.

Acclaimed vocalist Aoife O'Donovan has been turning heads all through the music scene for the past 8 years. Called "Americana's newest darling" by USA today, Aoife is a founding member of newgrass sensations "Crooked Still," with whom she tours the world for most of the year. She is also a member of the folk-noir trio, "Sometymes Why." 2009 has seen Aoife on stages from the Glasgow to San Juan Island to Copenhagen, with stops across Europe, Canada, and the USA in between. Though she doesn't often play shows featuring solely her own material, her quirky original songs have garnered praise worldwide. Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Aoife has just made the big move to Brooklyn, NY.
 Cover $10

Oct 30
Jackie Sheeler, host

Ann Cefola
The ever popular fifth Friday of October brings our intrepid friend Ms Sheeler back to host a poetry open mic the day before Halloween. Who plans these things?

Tonight's feature is Ann Cefola, she rocks!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Son of Pony image
Shane Endsley, trumpet;  Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums;  + guest Miles Okazaki, guitar
Ohad Talmor's NEWSREEL image
Ohad Talmor "NewsReel" - Ohad Talmor’s Newest and Most Exciting Project brings together 5 great musicians-improvisers based out of New York’s exciting new scene, all at ease in a wealth of different musical situations, genres and vocabulary, all giving you a “true update on the state of this world"! Ohad's original music mixes old and new medias, speeches and songs out of the mind of his iconoclastic universe: a repertoire which fuses seamlessly Contemporary Jazz mixed with Classical northern Indian music, Contemporary Classical and Funk

"Ohad Talmor's latest project, his aptly named "NewsReel" 5tet, is your answer if you ever had any doubt about what directions New York's current forward thinking generation of musicians is heading toward: beyond styles or genres, these five musicians own such a wide vocabulary, ranging from any form of Jazz to contemporary Classical or classical Indian music and deliver it with such mastery and honesty that you know the future is here, and it is exciting again !"
Corriere della Sera, Milano, Italy
 Cover $10

Oct 31
Lucinda Karter, host

Maylis de Kerangal Joy Sorman
We have a Halloween treat, two lovely French writers, hosted by the vivacious Lucinda; and the trick may be you won't ever want to leave, our dining rooms await.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Seth Fruiterman, vocals, accordion;  Kyle Saulnier, woodwinds;  Leena Gilbert , violin;  Amali Premawardhana, cello;  Michael MacAllister, guitars;  Moppa Elliot, bass;  Rohin Khemani , tabla, percussion
Halloween party with Alice  image
Arriving mysteriously in New York City in 2005 with nothing but a suitcase full of sepia-toned memories and a short list of semi-lucid musicians in the hip pocket of her homemade skirt, alice. directed her near-psychotic obsession to find something new into the founding of what has come to be known as the elastic.hybrid.chamber.pop. movement. Calling in a lifetime’s worth of favors and rewriting the concept of Machiavellian coercion in the process, she assembled a mighty ensemble of people that were united in musical vision and inherent fear of saying no. Bringing a unique voice to a unique genre, alice. seeks to continually defy the boundaries of form, harmony, group improvisation, genre, and competitive performance art, delighting her multi-generational audiences with distinctive and memorable original compositions mixed with covers ranging from Beethoven to Spinal Tap. Truly, hers is a voice as extraordinary as it is assertive.
 Cover $10
Nov 01
Roald Hoffmann


Molecules have shapes, and their geometries determine ultimately their every chemical, physical and biological property. Tiny electrons, scooting around the much bulkier atoms, and governed by the lovely logic of quantum mechanics, actually tell those big guys how to arrange themselves.

An expert on la liaison chimique, Odile Eisenstein of the University of Montpellier, France, takes us by the hand into the world of molecular shapes, from the simple tetrahedron of methane to the less intuitive world of molecules containing metal atoms. Gerard Parkin, who is rumored to make a living studying such molecules, will do some non-electronic magic. And making shapes, exploring different forms of holding energy together, sometimes in "nonintuitive" ways, will also be expressed in the music of Todd Capp and his quartet (Todd, Bryan Eubanks, Andrew Lafkas, and Joe Giardullo).
 Cover $10

Andy Milne, piano;  John Beaty, piano;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Andy Milne & Dapp Theory image
Dapp Theory is a quintet that blends “contemporary funk, groove and hip-hop into jazz with such seamless, casual precision it’s almost freaky.” (LA Weekly) Recipient of Chamber Music America’s New Works commission, French-America Jazz Exchange award, and voted “Rising Star Keyboardist” by Down Beat Magazine, leader, pianist/composer, Andy Milne is one of the most important and respected voices in jazz today. With Dapp Theory, Milne combines the talents of percussive poet John Moon, saxophonist John Beaty, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Kenny Grohowski, collectively helping to re-draw and extend the boundaries of jazz. Jazz Times Magazine describes the band’s “remarkable chemistry . . . [as] . . . so impeccable, it’s practically a musical Unified Field Theory”.

“Milne and his band Dapp Theory are masters of understatement. … there’s a balance to the music that is tenuous when considered intellectually, but just plain funky when considered physically.”
-Jake TenPas – Albany Democratic Herald

“There's an energy and a passion in their work that transcends genre…”
- Luciana Lopez – The Oregonian
 Cover $10

Nov 02
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Andrew Rathbun, saxophone;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Gary Versace, piano;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
Andrew Rathbun image
It is quite insouciant to categorize jazz musicians as either composers or players. But jazz devotees sometimes typecast artists as writers or inter- preters of music. With a mature talent such as composer/saxophonist Andrew Rathbun, categorizing him in one camp or the other is unwar- ranted. With Where We Are Now, his tenth disc as leader, he displays his growing maturity as a player and more of his acclaimed talents as com- poser/arranger. The music of Andrew Rathbun draws into the composi- tion, but requires you to stay for the performance.
All About Jazz
 Cover $10
Nov 03
Vote for Shelley Stenhouse (poetry & prose ticket) image
Her positions are progressive.

VIVIAN DEMUTH is the author of the novel, Eyes of the Forest, and the poetry chapbook, Breathing Nose Mountain. She hosts a poetry event on firelookout where she works, and she has worked with homeless people in NYC and taught writing workshops. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript entitled, Earth Works.

MARY SHANLEY is a poet who has been publishing, reading and performing her work for the past twenty-five years. Hobo Code Poems, published by Vox Pop in 2008, is her first book of poetry. ("This book is a tingling gift."- Eileen Myles.) Mary lives in New York City.

SHELLEY STENHOUSE (writer/editor) was a finalist in the 2009 National Poetry Series; received a NYFA Fellowship; an Allen Ginsberg Award; is published in New York Quarterly (current issue), The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West and others; has read on NPR. This winter, NYQ Books will publish her poetry collection, Impunity. She works one-on-one with writers.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Mike Daisey Martin Dockery Guilia Rozzi DJ Hazard Rachel Biello Pat Lamb
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

Wednesday Nov 04 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Nick Flynn
Our favorite newly wed orchestrates a somewhat new genre with many young clever practitioners. As sexy as it sounds.

Whether you ran the NYC marathon and have blisters, shin-splints and inner-thigh chafing, or just watched the runners and vowed to do it in your lifetime, Freerange welcomes every one of you to the upcoming November storytelling session.

November readers include Catherine Lacey, Adam Theron-Lee Rensch, and Matt Ufford.

Featuring: Award-winning author, playwright and poet Nick Flynn, best known for his memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

as well as Mira Ptacin, the curator and founder of Freerange. She'll be reading an excerpt from her recently-completed memoir,"Poor Your Soul," which is about the Uterus and the American Dream.

 Cover $7

Timucin Sahin, electric fretless guitars;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums;  John O 'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass
Timucin Sahin Group - CD release image
TIMUCIN SAHIN 4 CD Release Concert "BAFA"

Timucin Sahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz music by publications such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, AllaboutJazz, Jazzwise and Jazz-Times as well as by many others.

Over the past years, Sahin shared the the stage with musicians such as Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Mike Mainieri and many more and won numerous prizes. Both his compositions and his playing on his double-neck guitar – his trademark – radiate an incomparable individualism. His music sounds compassionate, melodic, almost melancholic at times, only to break out into wild, rock-influenced energy in the next moment. You hear an ingenious amalgam of contemporary chamber music,jazz,non-western music influences.

His very rare chamber music works are known for their intense progressivity.He has been commissioned by and composed for Amsterdam Percussion Group,Jorge Isaac,Verso as well as his own chamber group "Occult" which is based in Netherlands.

Sahin will be presenting his latest record "Bafa" on the 4 th of november which features John O' Gallagher,one of the most unique alto saxaphonist in NY scene,Thomas Morgan on bass who is extremely versitile and established in the scene at a very young age, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums who has experienced a meteoric career over the past years and one of the most exiting drummer of our times.

“From Turkey comes Timucin Sahin with his music that shows how far away from the American tradition jazz has drifted, all the while remaining vibrant and true to its essence.”
- All About Jazz February 2004
 Cover $10

Nov 05
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
David Devoe, host

Tracy Bonham, voice, violin;  Nicole Frederici, viola;  Jon Darling, guitar;  Conrad Meissner, drums
Gnu Vox: Tracy Bonham image
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Bonham began singing at age 5, playing the violin at 9, and piano at age 14. After transfering to Berklee College of Music to study voice, leaving her full violin scholarship at the University of Southern California behind, she began to write her own songs on the guitar. It was 1994 and the young musician had decided it was time to express her own feelings and not those of composers from a different era. She proved to be a quick study; Her 1996 major label debut, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island), went gold, spawning the hit single “Mother Mother”, leading to a pair of Grammy™ nominations as well as an MTV Video Award nomination (her video featured her real mother as well as her step father).

With her latest indie EP In The City + In The Woods, Tracy Bonham show us her sensitive side. This is an EP mostly made up of acoustic performances where she plays every instrument, sometimes shifting from guitar to violin and back again in one song. With the help of loops and effect pedals Bonham creates an exciting and creative musical landscape for her songs to exist. Along with these performances is a studio recording of a mixed up cover song; Beyonce's "Crazy In Love". "Who knew there would be a Klezmer-swing version of this song?" says Bonham. "The idea came to me because I thought I had heard it playing in a restaurant over the noise of people dining and talking. Turns out it was my imagination. I figured it must be a sign to do it myself".

Bonham has performed on TV shows such as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Late with Craig Fergusson, A & E's Breakfast For The Arts, and Saturday Night Special with Roseanne Barr. Her songs have recently been played on TV shows such as What About Brian, Brothers and Sisters, The L Word, The Closer, AMC Network, and Rockstar Supernova.

Currently Tracy is writing, recording, and string arranging in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY.
 Cover $15

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