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Photographs by Linda Zecchino

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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
Poetry image
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
Matt Blostein-Vinnie Sperrazza Group image
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
Johannesen:Furu:Sandbakken & Kornstad/Opsvik image
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

Thursday
Nov 26
6:00PM  HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Friday
Nov 27
6:00PM  FUNDRAISER FOR GAZA CHILDREN RELIEF
Farid Bitar, host

Ahmad Tamimi Fatoosh Ensemble
We aren't doing the pony open mic tonight but we are opening our stage and our wallets to helping innocent victims of war. Bring cash or checks.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN MCNEIL/BILL MCHENRY QUARTET
John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
John McNeil/Bill Mchenry quartet image
John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

After a year's hiatus, the John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet has reunited. The band will record their second CD for Sunnyside LIVE at Cornelia Street Café.

The focus of "Rediscovery," their first CD, is putting a twenty-first century spin on relatively obscure jazz tunes. On Friday & Saturday the boys will record still more forgotten gems, some by well-known artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and others by obscure writers known only to the jazz community of their time.

The ESP between McNeil and McHenry is uncanny, as is the chemistry between drummer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Joe Martin. Together, this band plays as a single entity with a single purpose. The results are always compelling

When "Rediscovery" was released, one critic called John McNeil "... the love child of Chet Baker and Ornette Coleman." Another described Bill McHenry's playing as ..."subtle and mercurial," and another said that "both McNeil and McHenry play coolly blistering solos."

Here comes volume two....
 Cover $10   www.mcneiljazz.com www.billmchenry.com

Saturday
Nov 28
6:00PM  SAM REIDER QUARTET
Eddie Barbash, alto saxophone;  Sam Reider, piano;  Garret Lang, bass;  Jake Goldbass, drums
SAM REIDER QUARTET image
San Francisco-native Sam Reider is an award-winning jazz pianist and vocalist. In 2007, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “At 18, he [Reider] plays with the swinging fluidity of a seasoned pro.” Now in his third year at Columbia University in New York, Reider is making a name for himself in NYC. In May 08 Reider’s band, Uptown Trio, released its first album entitled “Without Strings.” Uptown Trio, which acclaimed jazz critic Doug Ramsey cites as “impressive in its ability to achieve abstraction without sacrificing continuity and form” has now completed two tours of the west coast, performing at such venues as Jimmie Mak's in Portland, Yoshi's San Francisco and Oakland, Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, Catalina's in Los Angeles. Reider's large ensemble project made its debut at this year's Fillmore Jazz Festival on July 4th, combining simple folk melodies with a rich Strayhornesque sense of harmony and a killing groove. In addition to his group work, Reider is an accomplished solo artist. Reider has had the honor to perform alongside such artists as Miguel Zenon, Dave Douglass, David Grisman, John Handy, Bobby Watson, Terence Blanchard, and Eric Harland. In May 2008, Reider was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s legendary NPR show, Piano Jazz.

“He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.” – Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle

“Sam Reider has himself on a fast track to success” –Greg Schwartz, J.

For more information, visit www.samreidermusic.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN MCNEIL/BILL MCHENRY QUARTET
John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
John McNeil/Bill Mchenry quartet image
John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet

After a year's hiatus, the John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet has reunited. The band will record their second CD for Sunnyside LIVE at Cornelia Street Café.

The focus of "Rediscovery," their first CD, is putting a twenty-first century spin on relatively obscure jazz tunes. On Friday & Saturday the boys will record still more forgotten gems, some by well-known artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and others by obscure writers known only to the jazz community of their time.

The ESP between McNeil and McHenry is uncanny, as is the chemistry between drummer Jochen Rueckert and bassist Joe Martin. Together, this band plays as a single entity with a single purpose. The results are always compelling

When "Rediscovery" was released, one critic called John McNeil "... the love child of Chet Baker and Ornette Coleman." Another described Bill McHenry's playing as ..."subtle and mercurial," and another said that "both McNeil and McHenry play coolly blistering solos."

Here comes volume two....
 Cover $10   www.mcneiljazz.com www.billmchenry.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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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