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Wednesday Nov 18 6:00PM  GEORGE WALLACE POETRY EXPLOSION
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)
8:30PM  THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT
Deni Bonet, special guest host

Deni Bonet Jodelle Kati Mac Austin Donohue
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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   songwritersbeat.com valghent.com

Thursday
Nov 19
6:00PM  POETRY & JAZZ
Golda Solomon & Elizabeth Phaire, co-hosts

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Golda & here crewe celebrate GOGYOHKA POETRY THIS EVENING HERALDS THE FORM CREATED BY ENTA KUSAKABE. JOIN US AS THE STUDENTS OF ENTA’S WORKSHOPS TAKE THE PAGE TO THE STAGE

DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 PM

JAZZ BEGINS AT 5:45 PM WITH THE DOUBLESHARPS

$ 15 (INCLUDES 1 DRINK)

$ 10 STUDENTS WITH ID ( INCLUDES 1 DRINK)


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX: KAT CALVOSA
David Devoe, host

Kat Calvosa, voice;  Sean Fitzpatrick, piano;  Thompson Kneeland, bass;  Joe Abba, drums
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Vocalist Kat Calvosa has a voice like chocolate. Rich and smooth and filled with joy, listeners will be enchanted with the singular manner in which she approaches her craft.

Having spent the last two years in Miami pursuing her Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy, where she had the opportunity to work with such noted musicians as John Secada, Raul Midon, Alex Norris, Rey Sanchez, Lisanne Lyons, and Johnny Rodgers, Ms. Calvosa is thrilled to return to the New York Jazz scene.

Her ability to take what are commonly referred to as new standards, popular songs written in the 1960s and 1970s, and spin them out in a Jazz context is one of her most endearing qualities. Her voice is able to move effortlessly within the nuances of the music, and her skill in interpreting and internalizing lyrics is masterful. Kat is also an accomplished songwriter, and her original music is a blend of Jazz, Folk, and Pop, with a sound evoking modern and traditional influences.

Upon her graduation from Manhattan School of Music in 1999, Ms. Calvosa began working with Anat Fort, Nick Mancini, Greg Beyer, and Mike Epperhart, and two years later she released her debut CD, It Could Happen. She has worked with such noted artists as Anne Philips, Jackie Presti, Jane Monheit, Travis Sullivan, Art Hirahara, and Sean Nowell, and has played at many New York venues including The Cornelia Street Café, The Bitter End, and The New Leaf Café. Additionaly you can find her playing summer tours with various groups at venues across the country.

  www.katcalvosa.com

Friday
Nov 20
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Alfred Celetano
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Alfred Celentano has lived in and around New York all his life, and works in New York City. He has been writing poetry for over 25 years. He also plays guitar and started writing poetry as lyrics for songs. His work has been published in several periodicals, including the Bay Area Poets Coalition in San Francisco and Philadelphia Poets.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MARK HELIAS TRIO
Mark Helias, bass;  Orrin Evans, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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Exploring the archetypal piano trio form, bassist/composer Mark Helias has assembled a special series of his compositions to be realized by the brilliant musicians Orrin Evans and Gerald Cleaver.
 Cover $10   www.markhelias.com
Saturday
Nov 21
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host



 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  ELLERY ESKELIN QUARTET
Ellery Eskelin, saxophone;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  John Hébert, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
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"...brilliant and consummately versatile..."
- Time Out New York, December 2008

"...a powerful soloist brimming with ideas and limitless imagination..."
- Time Out London, May 2009

"...Eskelin continues to be the most inventive American tenor player in creative music..."
- Down Beat Nov. 1996

Always looking to establish new musical relationships out of the abundant talent pool in New York City, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin debuts a new project at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Mary Halvorson, John Hébert and Tyshawn Sorey are each singular improvisors on their respective instruments and along with Eskelin are sure to create a vast panorama of sonic color and form. Be prepared to take a musical journey of unexpected proportions...

Over the span of many years in New York, Eskelin has forged important musical relationships with Joey Baron, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Helias, Sylvie Courvoisier, Bobby Previte and has worked with a broad cross section of jazz, avant-pop and new-music figures such as organist Brother Jack McDuff, composer Mikel Rouse, guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, oud player and composer Rabih Abou-Khalil, drummer Daniel Humair and the pseudo-group "The Grassy Knoll" among many others.

Eskelin has also established a number of important projects as a leader, most notably "Ellery Eskelin with Andrea Parkins and Jim Black" (since 1994) as well as side-projects with guitarist Marc Ribot and drummer Kenny Wollesen (exploring the music of Gene Ammons), and a special ensemble consisting of strings (Mat Maneri, Erik Friedlander, Mark Dresser), vibraphone (Matt Moran) and saxophone performing completely improvised music. Eskelin also enjoys performing improvisatory duos with Dutch drummer Han Bennink. Eskelin's many recordings as a leader are consistently named in Best of the Year critics' polls in the New York Times, The Village Voice , and major jazz magazines in the US and abroad.
 Cover $10   home.earthlink.net/~eskelin/ www.myspace.com/elleryeskelin

Sunday
Nov 22
6:00PM  POETRY
Madeline Millan, host

Madeline Millan Roberta Gould Guillermo Castro
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Guillermo Castro is a poet and translator. His work appears or is forthcoming in Quarterly West, Court Green, The Bellevue Literary Review, Nthposition, EOAGH, The Recluse, Bloom, Barrow St, among others, and the anthologies This Full Green Hour, My Diva,, Saints of Hysteria, This New Breed, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, are featured in Guernica, Terra Incognita, Visions, and the U.S. Latino Review. He lives in New York City and is a native of Argentina.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  MATT BLOSTEIN-VINNIE SPERRAZZA GROUP
Matt Blostein, alto saxophone & compositions ;  Jacob Garchik, trombone ;  Geoff Kraly, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums & compositions
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Free improv with rock energy, late-Romantic harmony with roots in jazz, the Matt Blostein/Vinnie Sperrazza Band creates an engaging instrumental sound that's at once distinct, personal, and welcoming. Imagine Ellington and Zappa reminiscing about Strauss and Ornette Coleman, as plaintive saxophones and rumbling drums peek out from around the corner... Each with their own fresh approach to making music, Matt and Vinnie come together to form a sound which is highly complex without being cerebral, and instantly accessible as it draws on a wide range of influences.

“..sits boldly on the outer branches of the jazz tree” – all about jazz
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/vinniesperrazzadrums www.mattvinniemusic.com

Monday
Nov 23
6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Elizabeth Harrington Jee Leong Koh Jackie Sheeler
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Elizabeth Harrington’s poems have appeared in The Hudson Review, Field, Connecticut Review, Nimrod, The Sun, and other publications, and in an anthology about divorce (“Split Verse: Poems To Heal The Heart”). She was a winner of the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award, and recently, second place winner in The Ledge Poetry Contest. She has a Ph.D. in Psychology and works freelance as a writer and market research consultant.

Jee Leong Koh is the author of two books of poems, Payday Loans and Equal to the Earth (Bench Press). His poetry has appeared in Best New Poets and Best Gay Poetry, and in Drunken Boat and PN Review, among other journals. Born in Singapore, he now lives in New York City, and blogs at Song of a Reformed Headhunter (http://jeeleong.blogspot.com).


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  21ST SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS: DANA HANCHARD
Dana Hanchard, voice/piano/bamboo flute;  Frederika Krier, violin;  Bill Girolamo, guitar;  Diana Solomon-Glover, voice;  Daniel Pincus, voice, percussion;  Max Gordon, voice
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Singer and composer Dana Hanchard has primarily been working and searching in Japan for the last 7 years with the Dana Hanchard Group and she returns to NYC with a new disc of all original music recorded there, Fool Tale Spinning released this year 2009 (FGM/Aodoa) . Dana has been known for her stage work and recordings of Bach, Monteverdi (Deutsche Grammaphon/Archiv) and Handel (Harmonia Mundi) as well her work with contemporary composers Meredith Monk (ECM),Diego Luzuriaga (FGM)and Rufus Reid.
 Cover $10   www.danahanchardmusic.com
Tuesday
Nov 24
6:00PM  GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Autumn Giles & Martin Rock, host

Elsbeth Pancrazi , NYU;  Maria Dilorenzo , Hunter;  Ben Pease , Columbia;  Janlori Goldman, Sarah Lawrence
Our stage loves young poets, and these are among the best at local area writing programs.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  JOHANNESEN:FURU:SANDBAKKEN & KORNSTAD/OPSVIK
Svein Magnus Furu, tenor saxophone, clarinet;  Kim Johannesen, guitar;  Tore Sandbakken, drums; 
Håkon Kornstad
, tenor saxophone; 
Brandon Seabrook, guitars, banjo;  Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Eivind Opsvik, bass
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Johannesen:Furu:Sandbakken consist of three of the most prominent young jazzmusicians on the Norwegian jazzscene, who with melodic inventiveness create their own distinctive music with nerve and brilliance.
 Cover $8   www.myspace.com/jfstrio
Wednesday Nov 25 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Rena Priest Dennis Nurkse Chris Hansen-Nelson Rachel Simon

 Cover $7
8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES
Jon Sobel, host

Dave Kenna Phil Minissale

8:30 - Dave Kenna, Acoustic blues-Americana from a downtown favorite.

9:15 - Phil Minissale "Add some hiss and crackle to the latest record from Stonybrook's Phil Minissale and it would sound like it had been recorded in a Mississippi delta juke joint sometime in the late 50s or early 60s. This is solid delta blues, with a jangle in a Son House steel string style to rattle the roof."
 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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