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Andrey Gritsman, host

Frequent flyer Gritsman hosts Tod Thillemann, Nava Renek, Vasyl Makhno, and Irina Mashinskaya.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records Presents: Rob Garcia image
Rob Garcia 4

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.
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Nov 12
6:00PM  SAY
Ice, Jane Ormerod, and Brant Lyon, editors

Ice Jane Ormerod
Say image
Book Party for “you say. say.”

“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
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Pete Rende, piano;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
Pete Rende image
Pete Rende was born in Lone Jack, Missouri in 1972. He began to study piano at the age of 6. He learned how to shuck corn at the age of 3. He learned about engines at the age of 10. He learned slowly how to dodge cow patties when hurled at seventy-five miles an hour. He left home to study music at Berklee College of music. After a hazy 4 years, he moved to New York where he plays piano, writes music, makes records, makes wine and drinks beer. He hates bios. He has played with Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Chris Cheek, Rebecca Martin, Chiara Civello, Jen Chapin and a thousand other folks.
 Cover $10
Nov 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

Dawson/Scott, music and spoken word
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Simon Mulligan, piano;  Kengo Nakamura, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
Simon Mulligan Trio image
“You have a phenomenal touch, man!”
- Herbie Hancock

“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.
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Nov 14
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Catherina Edwards & Tony Tony Gloeggler, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

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.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Aruan Ortiz, piano;  David Gilmore, guitar;  Drew Gress, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Aruan Ortiz Trio featuring David Gilmore image
Aruán Ortiz, one of the most dynamic and talented pianists in jazz today, described by the New York Post as "a must see" and "the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States" by BETJazz. He has been well received by audiences and critics alike, achieved a presence on the American jazz scene both as a sideman with legendary and avant-garde jazz figures such as Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Terry Lyne Carrington, as well as with his own projects, the Aruán Ortiz Trio and Quartet featuring artists such as saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, and Seamus Blake.

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
 Cover $10

Nov 15
Angelo Verga, host

Jonathan Goodman Anne McGovern Claudia La Rocco Valery Oisteanu

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Igor Lumpert , saxophone;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Arron McLendon, drums;  Ben Monder, guitar
Igor Lumpert Group Featuring Ben Monder image
"What makes Igor's music and playing so unique is its complexity. There is a quality to his playing and compositions that has absorbed the rich traditions of jazz music in this country but has also added something new and unidentifiable. His compositions flow with ease and vitality off odd time signatures. There is also darkness and a mystery to his sound that is all his own. No one else sounds like that-and that's one of the highest compliments you can give to a jazz musician. The complex emotions that feed the sounds of great artists in the jazz tradition have to do with the experience of enormous conflicts. You can't fake that quality, and Igor has it."
Jane Ira Bloom, Saxophonist/composer/Grammy winner
 Cover $10
Nov 16
Ted Jonathan Andrew Kaufman Sommer Browning
These three fine poets represent a wide variety of styles & subjects, the unity is their quality & craft, just what we've come to expect from the editors of The New York Quarterly.

Nov 17
Liz Sherman, host

New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

Featured writers:

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.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Bob Brader Kevin Allison Leslie Goshko Melanie Hamlett Joey Novick Kim Schultz
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

Long Island's favorite son and author of the new collection Poppin' Johnny bursts in our basement.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Deni Bonet, special guest host

Deni Bonet Jodelle Kati Mac Austin Donohue
The Songwriter's Beat image

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.

This month's Songwriter's Beat features Deni Bonet, Jodelle, Kati Mac and Austin Donohue, with special guest host* Deni Bonet. (*Val is in Japan this week, on the road with Ashford & Simpson, so Deni is hosting!!)

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

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