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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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Oct 31
Chris Baker, alto saxophone;  Toru Dodo, piano;  Matt Clohesey, bass;  Henry Cole, drums
DOUBLE CD RELEASE PARTY: Chris Baker Quartet image
We celebrate Halloween with a double CD Release Party!

“I love this alto player, Chris Baker! Where did he come from? …he’s melodic and really musical, but modern at the same time.” Kenny Werner

Greatbend Records is proud to present two of their finest releases to date; Charles Evans/Peter Evans and the Language Of's "No Relation," and Chris Baker's "Everything Is a Blues." The Evans Brother's (no relation) latest CD showcases their concept of sharing the compositional role and exploiting the possiblities of unrelated, inconsistent material. They accomplish this through the use of free-jazz and new complexity supplied by Peter and micro-tonal bebop and tradition from Charles. Altoist Chris Baker combines the basic characteristics of the blues with fresh melodies and modern forms of improvisation. His group approaches traditional settings with modern conversation and dialogue.
 Cover $8


Charles Evans, baritone saxophone;  Peter Evans, trumpet;  Moppa Elliot, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
DOUBLE CD RELEASE PARTY: <br>Charles Evans/Peter Evans and The Language Of image
"(On Charles Evans) Pepper Adams on adequately describe him one would have to invent some new adjectives. This young man is onto something and he means to get to the bottom of it." - Larry Hollis, Cadence Magazine

""Really enjoyed your record man - Great trumpet player and rhythm section - you are BURNING!!" ~ David Liebman
 Cover $8

Wednesday Nov 01 6:00PM  RICHARD HOEHLER: FOR REAL

WITH HUMOR AND EMPATHY award winning monologuist, Richard Hoehler, pares down material from his two hit Off Broadway solo shows and takes his audience on an emotional roller coaster ride––qualifying at an AA meeting, auditioning for a Shakespeare play, spearheading a family crisis, welcoming an impending snowstorm and paying his respects to a secret crush. At turns uproariously funny and deeply moving, “This is deceptively simple theatre of the highest order.” (OOBR)

Directed by Leigh Strimbeck.
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Dende, percussion and lead vocals;  Adriano Santos, drumset;  Kahil Ferraris, guitar;  Ze Luis, flutes;  Marivaldo dos Santos, percussion
Samba de Três is a band of stellar musicians who perform the various sambas from all over Brazil with percussion, voice, guitar and cavaquinho. Lead by Dendê, a master percussionist from Salvador da Bahia and former member of Timbalada, the group performs rhythms like samba do côco from Pernambuco, samba de caboclo from the Afro-Brazilian religion of candomblé, samba de roda of Salvador da Bahia and samba de enredo from Rio de Janeiro occasionally mixing them together for some unexpected combinations! When Samba de Três plays, you have no choice but to dance!
 Cover $8
Nov 02
Robin Hirsch, host

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.
Jamie Baum, flute, alto flute;  Shane Ensley, trumpet;  Doug Yates, alto sax, bass clarinet;  Vincent Chancey, french horn;  Luis Perdomo, piano;  Johannes Weidenmüller, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
The Jamie Baum Septet image
With this band, together since'99, Baum explores the connection between improvised music and composition and draws from several influences to create a very personal and refreshing canvas for this unique instrumentation. An extremely talented group, this Septet boasts a cast of in-demand New York players who, leaders in their own right, offer very individual sounds to create an exciting and varied palette.

"...As good as these compositions are, it's the combination of composition and improvising that makes this album so fulfilling. Baum herself is a terrific jazz musician, with impressive control, dynamics, ideas, and swing. With Moving Forward, Standing Still, Jamie Baum has made a serious and possibly significant contribution to jazz."
---(New York) ALL ABOUT JAZZ

“I recall a couple of fine previous CDs (on GM & Konnex) from this fine flutist and composer, but that didn't prepare me for this fabulous gem. Ms. Baum is an extraordinary composer (and) a sensational flutist, taking a number of superb solos throughout this release. This is an immensely engaging work on many levels, I hope I get a chance to hear this septet playing live.”
--- Downtown Music Gallery review (NYC)
 Cover $10

Nov 03
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. Christine Goodman will be featured.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Tom Rainey, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass
Eivind Opsvik's  OVERSEAS image
"The Norwegian bassist Eivind Opsvik plumbs a strikingly modern (and yes, vaguely Nordic) brand of fusion"
New York Times

"Overseas shows what happens when a musician puts the whole range of his imagination into play”

“Adventurous and stylistically free-ranging, their music is densely-packed with ideas and hard to categorize”
The Wire
 Cover $10

Nov 04
Nora McCarthy, host

Nora McCarthy, voice;  John di Martino, piano;  Dred Scott, solo piano;  Chavisa Woods, poet
A Musical Tribute to Jeanne Lee. Also included a 15 minute spoken word performance by poet Chavisa Woods called "Take Me With You".
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, curator

Becca Stevens, Vocals, Guitar;  Colin Killalea, Guitar, Saxophones, Vocals;  Liam Robinson, Accordian, Piano, Melodica, Vocals;  Chris Tordini, Bass. Vocals;  Tommy Crane, Drums, Vocals;  Amanda Baisinger, Vocals;  Keith Ganz, Guitar;  Kyle Sanna, Guitar;  Peter Slavov, Bass;  Jordan Perlson, Drums
Becca Stevens and Amanda Baisinger image
Becca Stevens was born into a musical family in North Carolina and was on stage by the age of two. When she was ten she starred in a year-long national tour of "The Secret Garden". Becca attended high school at the N.C. School of the Arts as a classical guitar major, and is currently studying vocal jazz and composition at The New School in Manhattan. Outside school, Becca writes and arranges music for her band which performs in New York. Aside from her own band, Becca is the regular singer with Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra and she performs with other musicians in the city such as Frank LoCrasto, Tommy Crane, & Jeremy Pelt. Since moving to NYC, Becca has appeared with Greg Osby at the Village Vanguard, Ben Street and Chris Cheek at Small's, and Mark Turner, Rory Stuart, Dafnis Prieto, Robert Glasper, Matt Penman and John Ellis at The New School Performance Space. She has recently recorded with Jeremy Pelt, Frank Locrasto (both for Max Jazz) Bill Stevens and the "Solos Unit" in North Carolina, and composer Don Rooke on a soundtrack for a movie that doesn't exist. Becca will be recording soon with Oteil Burbridge (bassist from Oteil and the Peacemakers and the Allman Brothers).

Amanda Baisinger has cultivated a distinct style that is based in jazz, folk and pop. She has collaborated with people such as the formidable pianist, producer and arranger Vadim Neselovskyi, who is currently the pianist for Grammy Award winning Vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Amanda has been performing and teaching music in New England and New York. Most recently she has recorded an album of original music with an all-star cast of young emerging jazz musicians in New York. This concert will feature music from her new recording as well as other material.

 Cover $10
Nov 05
Roald Hoffmann


What's in a name? Robbin Moran, a taxonomist from the New York Botanical Garden, will tell us about the quirky Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus (1707-78), founder of modern taxonomy, and his influence on the scientific practice of naming the living world.

Does Linnaeus's creationist method of classification work in a Darwinian world? And will it survive molecular biology? David Wolfe, an ecologist at Cornell, takes up that side of the story -- how Carl Woese established that in a tree of life based on genetic information (as opposed to what things look like), the entire animal and plant "kingdoms" are just tiny twigs, and that most of our planet's genetic diversity and evolutionary history lie within the microbial domains. So is it Woese vs. Linnaeus, molecular vs. classical biology?

Anders Nilsson, an exciting Swedish jazz guitarist, will let us experience evolution in another way on his 11-string instrument - we'll hear how a Swedish folk melody changes over a few hundred years.
 Cover $10

Mostly Other People...
Peter Evans
, trumpet; 
Jon Irabagon, saxophone;  Moppa Elliot, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums; 

The Quartet of Happiness
Kelly Roberge, RIck Parker
, saxophones; 
Kendall Eddy, bass;  Austin McMahon, drums

 Mostly Other People Do the Killing/The quartet of happiness image
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?

The Quartet of Happiness

"A theatrical jazz experience"

Nov 06
Jim Story Eric Zeisler
Eric Zeisler has been a Finalist for the James Jones Fellowship in the First Novel for his novel A SIMPLE STATE OF GRACE. He has studied with Award-winning novelists and short-story writers including Howard Norman, Andrea Barrett and Amy Bloom. He is a resident of the Writers Room in New York City and a former resident of the Vermont Studio Center. CITY OF SHADOWS is his third novel.

Jim Story, Oklahoman by birth, Californian by upbringing, and New Yorker by choice and longevity, is a fiction writer, poet, and ex-college history professor. He has published short stories and creative nonfiction in Karamu, Folio, Pindeldyboz, And Then and Home Planet News. Notable moments include nomination for a Pushcart Prize, a Best New Writers Award (Poets & Writers), and residency at the Edward Albee Center in Montauk, Long Island. Jim will be reading from his novella, Wounded By History, due out mid-2007 from Cantarabooks, as well as from his forthcoming collection of short stories called Love and Other Terminal Diseases.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano & composition;  Kevin Twiig, drums, glockenspiel;  John Dewitt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
Amram and his quartet perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists. Surprise guest join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass and Adam Amram, congas.
Actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos and other surprise guests will also appear This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10
Nov 07
David Devoe, curator

Jessica Delfino, Vocals, Guitar, Funny
Jessica Delfino image
Jessica Delfino is probably best known for her musical comedy act which combines dirty folk songs and ribald jokes. The Onion called her "A cross between Redd Foxx and Jewel" and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth said of her, "She is funny. And she is smart," in Arthur Magazine. She has performed on Good Morning America and has toured with The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and Lisa "Crystal" (Suckdog) Carver. She was awarded with "Best Musical Act" by Emerging Comics NY, with "Unsigned Act of the Week" by High Times, and "Comedic Discovery of the Month" by Her website, which is actually a blog (shhhh!), , was called "One of the funniest things I've ever read" by Will Wheaton, an 80s child actor who's "Teen Beat" poster she used to make out with when she was 12. Listen for her songs in the new documentary by "Super Size Me" producer, Morgan Spurlock, entitled, "What Would Jesus Buy?" due out Fall 2006.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Sherry Weaver, host

Mark Daisey Jean-Michele Gregory Greg Walloch Adam Wade Andy Christie Sara Barron
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image

 Cover $8
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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