* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
Photographs by Linda Zecchino
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Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of the month
FORMAT: Open Telling (5/6 minute limit), followed by Featured Teller(s)
Featured Tellers: Lonnie Harrington & Ruben Gonzalez
Cameo: Rivka Widerman
LONNIE HARRINGTON has been telling stories for as long as he can remember. He has also been singing, playing guitar, and hitting some kind of percussion instrument in just about every type of musical style one can think of since the 1950’s, performing around the United States including Florida, the Northeastern United States, eastern Canada and New Mexico. Born in Tallahassee, Florida of African, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Shawnee ancestry, Lonnie has researched African-Native American relations since 1972 and is the author of Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions. Lonnie lives in the New York City area, working as an arts administrator, musician, lecturer AND storyteller!
RUBEN GONZALEZ, a remarkable classical guitarist and composer, calls himself a “cantautor” who tells stories thru music and song. Born in San Juan, Argentina, where he studied classical guitar, Ruben combines Rock en Español, bossa nova, the Latin American popular song with his own rhythmic style with novel harmonies. His lyrics touch upon social issues and current events as well as personal experiences.
RIVKA WIDERMAN is a real Renaissance woman who has worn many hats, including professional storyteller, professor of law, Hebrew/Yiddish translator, workshop facilitator, and visual artist. A native of Brooklyn, now living in Manhattan, Rivka draws on her extraordinarily diverse talents, whether she’s painting a picture, telling a family story, a folktale or really big fib.
"...Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write for only in such response do we find truth."
- Madeleine L'Engle (Reflections on a Writing Life)
(includes one house drink)
Celebrates the release of "The Road Ahead" on Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records
"Randy Ingram is among the vanguard of young jazz pianists on the New York scene. He plays with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion." - Fred Hersch. On his brilliant debut album the "incredible pianist" (composer George Russell) Randy Ingram comes flying out of the gate with "Rock Song #3", a modal tour-de-force for the trio, or the result of what the pianist chalks up to "when Zeppelin comes up on shuffle too often on one's iPhone. But I think we convey the best sense of what it means to rock out a bit. As for the title, it's pure Rothko." Ingram's take on Lennon/McCartney's "For No One" follows, revealing his long time Beatles addiction. He delivers pure beauty here and shows that when a song is "meaningful to you, then you can make it your own and really make it work. I used the original bass line from the bridge of the tune as an intro; just pretend my left hand and Matt's bass are really a Rickenbacker! I think as a trio we really capture the spirit of this tune - a great ballad vibe but still a good bit of energy underneath," said Ingram.
The Road Ahead is the first recorded offering from a pianist with boundless talent, and the wisdom to use it to the listener's benefit. Ingram is a thoughtful, versatile young pianist, composer and improviser. Many players have chops to spare; Ingram's are laced with an expressive touch and a keen imagination. The heavenliness that he conjures up, whether playing his own compositions or those by Monk ("Think Of One"), Ornette Coleman ("Round Trip") or Cole Porter ("So In Love"), can remind us why jazz is so loved around the world, and why its present and future is so bright in the hands of this gifted artist and his contemporaries.
Celebrates the release of Perennial for Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records>
"Rob Garcia wields his sticks like a quill, drumming like a discerning composer. Which he is." - Jeff Potter; Modern Drummer. On his third recording as a leader (following Place of Resonance - Consolidated Artists and Heart's Fire - Connection Works Records), drummer/composer (and sometimes pianist) Rob Garcia delivers nine compelling originals and a modern version of Ray Noble's "Cherokee" (in thirteen!), that he has been hearing in his head for about ten years. Perennial "pertains to cycles of nature, which we reflect in being human and being an artist", explains Garcia. "Many of the song titles are named after things that grow and things found in nature", however they were chosen much in the same way he chose his first-rate sidemen, and the notes and arrangements of his compositions - simply because they sound good to his ear. Garcia, who has worked with a startling array of top jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Woody Allen, Brad Shepik, John Benitez, Chris Cheek, Joe Lovano, Myra Melford, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Diana Krall, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Bill McHenry, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Potter, among others, is very much a musician confident in his intuition and highly attuned instinct, as evident in his powerfully engaging drum solos on the CD, and the fact that much of the music on Perennial was composed in a stream of consciousness way.
“you say. say. offers a world of infinite possibilities–for the eye, for the ear, and, most significantly, the mind.” – Marc Schuster, Small Press Review
Uphook Press is a New York City-based publisher specializing in work by poets and spoken words artists who love both the ink and the mike. “you say. say.” is the first of an annual anthology.
Twenty-nine poets—from San Francisco, Dagsboro, Nashville, Denver, Augusta, elsewhere, and New York—write the gamut from Starbucks to whale walkers, chalk outlines to honeymooning, cranky operettas to the ping of a microwave signaling the end.
Featuring: Samantha Barrow, Thomas Fucaloro, Christian Georgescu, Robert Harris, Joan Payne Kincaid, Sarah Sarai, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Karin Spitfire, Geoffrey Jason Kagan Trenchard, Joanna Valente, and Stefanie Wielkopolan
With editors Ice, Jane Ormerod, and Brant Lyon
(includes one house drink)
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
(includes one house drink)
“The most abundantly gifted of pianists”
- The Times of London
Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for a musician to manage successful careers
in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan certainly has. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the
direction of Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he was later to successfully work. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded
CD's, and has established himself as a soloist and chamber musician, with recitals and concerto appearances at many of the
world’s major concert halls. Intriguingly, Simon's jazz credentials and improvisational abilities are equally as strong, as is his
composing work, which includes numerous compositions for both TV and Film. His recent signing to Sony Masterworks will
see the release later this year of ‘Playlist’ – an album of original compositions with his UK-based jazz quartet.
Caterina Edwards' latest book, Finding Rosa: A Mother With Alzheimer's/ A Daughter's Search for the Past , was short-listed for the City of Edmonton Book Prize and won the Writers Guild of Alberta 2009 Award for Nonfiction.
Tony Gloeggler's most recent book, THE LAST LIE, is forthcoming from NYQ Books. MY OTHER LIFE was published by Jane Street Press in 2004 and GREATEST HITS was published by Pudding House Publications in 2009.
(includes one house drink)
Trained in classical piano and viola, the sound of this Santiago de Cuba native is marked by the influence of twentieth century composers Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Arnold Schoenberg, and Gustav Mahler. Apparent in his melodic phrases are influences of his background in Afro-Cuban rhythms, interwoven with references reminiscent of the stylings of Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock and Phineas Newborn.
“Jazz fans applaud, and novices mark your calendars. Aruán Ortiz, Critically acclaimed Cuban pianist is a ‘must see.’”
--New York Post
"original music that revealed an impressive approach to improvising and composing... giving positive meaning to the term intelligent design.
--Russ Musto, All about jazz
Georgia Clark is Australian. She was the editor of the popular music magazine The Brag before realizing she liked sleeping in too much and went freelance. She writes for teen and women's lifestyle magazines and various online beasts such as So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway and Idol. In 2007 she won a national film and TV pitching competition for an original vampire drama series which bought her a ticket to New York. Her first novel, She's With The Band, was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in 2008. She has recently returned from a one-month's residency at Martha's Vineyard and will be reading from her new teen fiction novel, Tigerskins Inc, set to be published in 2010.
C.S. Hanson: Recent productions: Charles Winn Speaks (Living Image Arts), Falutin (City Theatre in Miami; 3Graces), Extremes (The Source, Washington, D.C.), Combat Dating (At Hand Theatre), Apologies to Vietnam (Metropolitan Playhouse), The Sabbatical (Pittsburgh New Works), and Stalk Me, Baby (At Hand Theatre). Plays have been developed at LaMaMa, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Abingdon Theater, Theatre for the New City, New Jersey Rep, Naked Angels, and America-in-Play. Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman finalist for Extremes and Falutin. Commissions from America-in-Play. Member of the Dramatists Guild. Currently working on full-length drama: Dakota du Nord (Or, I Could Never Live Here). Upcoming production: Combat Dating in Estrogenius Festival in New York. Hanson will read from ETRUSCAN LOVERS & OTHER FOOLS.
Julius Landau is a recipient of two Rockefeller Foundation fellowships in playwriting. He wrote and produced a TV series in Milwaukee and also wrote the book and lyrics for the centennial of the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company in Milwaukee. He was a Literary Manager of the American Renaissance Theater Company, a developmental theater. His plays have been produced in New York City by the Jewish Repertory Theater, Synchronicity Theatre, and the Turnip Theatre. He was a finalist for two Jerry Kaufman playwriting prizes awarded by the American Renaissance Theater.
Julius Landau will be reading excerpts from two plays, The Farm and Mortality Takes a Ride.
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 is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times