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Nov 18
Golda Solomon, host

Rosemary George, vocals;  Kelvyn Bell, guitar;  Marcus Dargan, vocals;  Golda Solomon, words
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Torch ‘N Blues conceived by Rosemary George.

Rosemary George, vocals has graced the Po’Jazz stage before with her most original concepts incorporating jazz and poetry. “Ms. George has got the right, maybe even more so, the obligation, to sweet holler down a boatload of blues- Pacifica Tribune

Kelvyn “The Kelvinator” Bell, guitar “tireless innovator in the hard-driving music of New York’s jazz-rock-funk scene”

Marcus Dargan, vocals

Golda Solomon, words and host of Po’Jazz

Torch “N Blues captures the various genres of music emanating from gospel, country and rock culminating in an exiting evening that will have you clapping and foot stomping along with these international performers.

Two sets: 6pm & 7pm, attend one or both for the same price.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Kirk Knuffke, cornet, compositions;  Brian Drye , trombone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Jeff Davis , drums
The Kirk Knuffke Quartet image
Shortly after arriving in New York in 2005 Kirk met trombonist Brian Drye and drummer Jeff Davis and set about forming his long-standing Quartet. Now legendary bassist Mark Helias has joined the fold. The Quartet released it first album “Big Wig” in 2007 on Cleanfeed records and has received many glowing reviews from critics around the globe. Nate Chinen of the The New York Times called it “a smartly self-assured debut.” Scott Yanow of the All Music Guide explained the Quartet’s playing as “explorative and advanced yet concise.” The Quartet has been Kirk’s outlet for his numerous original compositions which fuse his many influences: his first public appearances playing Dixieland with his great uncle, his formative years in blues bands, and his great love for jazz both free and structured. This came across clearly to All About Jazz’s Troy Collins who described the Quartet’s music as “sinuous free bop with deep roots in Pre-War swing as well as Post-War innovations.”

"Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene." Peter Margasak Downbeat Magazine
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 19
Kat Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

T.C. Gardstein & Creighton Blinn are featured

T. C. Gardstein is a writer, editor, artist, astrologer, lucid daydreamer, and Brooklyner. She is the author of The Poetry Prostitute (verse), Sandwich Filling (erotic fiction) and Circuit (fiction).

Crieghton Blinn's poetry has been published in The Binnacle, Down in the Dirt Magazine and Census. His prose story "The Fifth Day" has been serialized int he journal Zenite
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Adam Kolker, saxophone, bass clarinet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
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This trio reunites for the first time since Kolker's 2006 release "Sultanic Verses" on SatchmoJazz Records. The group will explore jazz standards - with some originals thrown in - in their intimate and unique way. Saxophonist and Bass Clarinetist Adam Kolker "is of the school that favors unhurried journeys through tunes, expand(s) on them and in the process create(s) new music." AllAbout Jazz "[He is] a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord, giving each of his notes a strong, strange character." Ben Ratliff -- NY TImes

Bassist John Hebert, a musical companion of Kolker's for over 10 years, is one of the most imaginative musicians today. His unbounded creativity and masterful playing brings an unbridled excitement to all of his performances. Billy Hart is unquestionably one of the greatest drummers in jazz history. He has performed and recorded with everyone, among them Stan Getz and Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Nov 20
Dean Kostos, host

This month's readers: Perry Brass, Barbara Pieroni, and Basil Rouskas
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Gary Versace, organ;  Nasheet Waits, drums
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Inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in Baltimore in the early sixties, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin explores the organ trio format with stellar bandmates Gary Versace and Nasheet Waits.

"...brilliant and consummately versatile..." Time Out New York
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 21
Inna Faliks, piano;  Oni Buchanan, poet;  Sandra Beasley, poet
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Program will include Chaconne of Sofia Gubaidulina, two Transcendental Etudes #s 10 and 11 of Franz Liszt, Cathedral Waterfall (from the 6 Etudes) of Augusta Read Thomas, and Gaspard de la Nuit (Ondine, Le Gibet, Scarbo) of Maurice Ravel

ONI BUCHANAN is the author of Spring, a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards and selected by Mark Doty for the 2007 National Poetry Series. Her first poetry book, What Animal, was published in 2003 by the University of Georgia Press. Oni is also a concert pianist.

SANDRA BEASLEY is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. Her first collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Her nonfiction has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine and she is working on Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, forthcoming from Crown. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Founder and curator of Music/Words, INNA FALIKS has established herself as one of the most passionate and poetic young pianists on the classical music scene. Multiple competition prize winner, she performs widely in the US and abroad, in venues like Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, and frequently on tv and radio nationwide. Critics describe her as "going beyond technical perfection, compelling emotional intensity, a musician at peace within herself", "Passion and playfulness - warmly poetic." Her recent CD, Sound of Verse, received rave reviews from Gramophone and American Record Guide.

$20 includes a drink or credit against food.
 Cover $20 (includes one house drink)

Dan Weiss, drums;  Bobby Avey , piano;  Dave Liebman, saxophone;  Thomson Kneeland, bass
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Pianist/composer/bandleader Bobby Avey celebrates the release of his debut CD A New Face (August 1, 2010, jayDell) in concert on Sunday, November 21 with his band featuring Dave Liebman on sax, Thomson Kneeland on bass and Dan Weiss on drums .

Consisting exclusively of Avey’s original material, A New Face documents the astonishingly wide breadth of the 25-year-old performer’s body of work. The CD features Avey with his tightly connected trio of five years featuring bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Jordan Perlson, as well as saxophone legend David Liebman on four tracks. Avey has worked with Liebman for many years, and earned critical acclaim for his work on Liebman’s 2006 release Vienna Dialogues (ZOHO).

“A stand-out debut by an indisputable rising star.” – Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

" if there’s been a better jazz debut album this year, we haven’t heard it." - Lucid Culture

"(Avey’s) playing is consistently rewarding” - Ken Dryden, All Music Guide.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 22
Josh Rebell, host

Efrem Sigel, prose;  David Friedman, poetry;  Sarah Sarai, poetry
Efrem Sigel’s second novel, The Disappearance (The Permanent Press) came out last year and earned 3 ½ stars from People. A review in Booklist called it “gripping, emotional, and tender….Sigel is clearly a talented storyteller, and the novel has a deep emotional core that will resonate with any reader.” He has also published 20 short stories and essays in publications ranging from Congress Monthly and Jerusalem Post to Xavier Review, Nimrod and Quercus Review. He lives in New York City.

"Sarah Sarai’s poems are charged with the terrible presence of the now and the dangerous fact of words. This is poetry as it should be. Scary, strange, generous, intensely in a physical world while illuminating an unimaginable spiritual world. This is writing that sings. The song it sings is the song of our hearts." —Jack Wiler

David Joel Friedman's first book, THE WELCOME, won the 2004 National Poetry Series, selected by Stephen Dunn. It was published by the University ofI Illinois Press, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He also has a finely printed chapbook. He has poems in a recent issue of EPOCH magazine. And a new manuscript.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Frank Oteri, Host

Shawn Persinger, guitar;  David Miller, mandolin, vocals
With a unique blend of acoustic rock, jazz, pop, bluegrass, funk and the avant-garde, New Haven, CT duo PRESTER JOHN has a sound that is entirely their own. Formed in 2008 by underground guitar-hero Shawn Persinger, Prester John also showcases the musical talents of David Miller on mandolin and vocals.

Taylor Guitars’ Wood and Steel once wrote, “Persinger has defined his career by playing hard-to-define music.” One minute you’re hearing a pop/rock song the next you’re listening to music that could have been composed by Stravinsky or Frank Zappa. And certainly Prester John’s authenticity is difficult to match; their bluegrass repertoire sounds straight out of Appalachia (no doubt due to Persinger’s West Virginia roots) and their swing tunes recall the bygone days of The Hot Club of France.

The PRESTER JOHN sound has developed over several years of Shawn’s solo touring and performing (playing on 5 continents, in 34 countries and countless cities). With the addition of the extremely versatile David Miller the possibilities are endless.
 Cover $10

Nov 23
Jennifer Nelson & Jimin Seo, hosts

Sherisse Alvarez, Hunter College;  Curtis Rogers, NYU;  Eric Burg Ray DeJesús , The New School
Sherisse Alvarez is an MFA candidate in the creative nonfiction program at Hunter College. Her work has appeared in Palimpsest: Yale Literary and Arts Magazine; Daylight Magazine; the anthology Revolutionary Voices and other publications. She has been a resident at the National Book Foundation and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She was a 2010 recipient of an Academy of American Poets award.

Curtis Rogers is a first-year MFA candidate in poetry at New York University. He has worked for Running Press and Penn Press in Philadelphia, PA. His work has appeared in Camroc Press Review, Peregrine, and elsewhere. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, he received one of the College Alumni Society Prizes for his poetry, among other honors.

Eric Burg is a bon vivant from Oregon. He is a gentleman rider, a patriot, and an outdoorsman — a good listener, a trick driver, a good cooker, and a swell dancer. Eric Burg loves Mexican food.

Ray DeJesús currently teaches writing at St. Francis College. He has had the privilege to read at 169 Bar, Rose Live Music for the Earshot Reading Series, and at The New School Faculty/Student reading (May 2010). His work can also be found at The Best American Poetry's Blog (May 29,2010), Literary Chaos, and in Maggy Poetry Magazine (Issue 2).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tom Beckham, vibraphone, compositions;  Chris Cheek, saxophones;  Henry Hey, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
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Vibraphonist Tom Beckham has been called "a lyrical player with a flair for writing distinctive, memorable tunes" by and "a fine composer" by Baltimore Magazine. "His exclamatory way with the mallets brings lots of fireworks to the instrument's naturally mellow personality" Jim Macnie, Village Voice. The performances on his recent CD "Rebound" were also praised by critics who appreciated "the impressive subtlety of his technique" CHYZ 94.3 FM, and "invites repeated listens, so compelling are the tune, the series of solos, and group interplay" "Here's someone who makes the vibraphone sound like the most grand of jazz instruments" John Book, He has appeared as an active leader and sideman in the U.S. and Europe since 1994 performing in a wide stylistic range of bands and ensembles. Tonight his group will play new compositions, plus material from the books of 2 previous CD's Center Songs (Sunnyside Records) and Suspicions (Fresh Sound New Talent).

"Beckham's work has a sound all its own — which is what jazz is really about."
 Cover $10

Wednesday Nov 24 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Joy Ladin, featured reader;  Tara Betts Ronnie Scharfman
Featured as well as emerging poets.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Dan Rufolo , piano;  Bill Thoman, bass;  Arthur Vint, drums
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The Dan Rufolo Trio is an up and coming New York area based jazz group. Their debut album, "Novelty", presents compositions in particular odd meters, free form improvisation, and striking harmonies. The trio plays as one weaving a complex set of emotions. "Novelty" is thought provoking, invigorating, and you’ll find yourself holding your breath not to miss a note. Their influences include the Keith Jarrett Trio, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Paul Motion Trio, and the various incarnations of Chick Corea's bands. The Dan Rufolo trio is always thinking forward while making sure to keep a grasp on the jazz tradition. This performance is celebrating the release of their album, "Novelty".
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Nov 25

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