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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

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

Sunday
Nov 29
6:00PM  OREN NEIMAN QUARTET
Oren Neiman, Guitar;  Kenny Warren, Trumpet;  Javier Moreno Sanchez, Bass;  Martin Urbach, Drums
Oren Neiman Quartet  image
Guitarist/composer Oren Neiman's quartet will play a selection of Oren's original compositions that explore a combination of Jazz sensibility with Middle Eastern rhythms and melody. The show tonight will feature several songs from Oren's latest release "Frolic and Detour" as well as some new music that will be played live for the first time tonight!

"...an album(Frolic and Detour) full of Mystery, intrigue, fine soloing, and playfulness" Dan Bilawsky - Jazz Improv Magazine

"The most refreshing thing about it all, though, is that the play with musical tradition comes across as both joyful and serious. It is detour that places Neiman in the center of modern guitarists with something to say and a new way to say it." Jakob Baekgaard - All About Jazz


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)   www.orenneiman.com

8:30PM  NOAH PREMINGER GROUP
Ben Monder, guitar;  Ted Poor, drums;  Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Domimique Eade, voice
Noah Preminger Group image
Live Recording Both Nights! Don't miss this special evening!

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger's debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust... unusually graceful... [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each." Noah's playing and his group's concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger's uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: "He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice."- Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Marvin Stamm, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Phil Grenadier, Roscoe Mitchell, Bob Nieske, Tony Moreno, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and others. As of recently, Noah has been an important member of groups including his own Noah Preminger Sextet and Quartet, the Cecil McBee Group, the John McNeil Group, the Dana Lauren Group and others. He has been fortunate to play all over the world for audiences small and large. Noah earned his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Noah's debut album, Dry Bridge Road, considered as "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll, is available on the Nowt Records label. The band includes: Russ Johnson- trumpet, Ben Monder- guitar, Frank Kimbrough- piano, John Hebert- bass, Ted Poor- drums and Noah Preminger-saxophone. The album was produced by John McNeil and recorded at Park West Studios in New York.
 Cover $10   www.noahpreminger.com www.myspace.com/noahpreminger

Monday
Nov 30
6:00PM  POETRY
Michelle Cooper Barbara Schweitzer Amanda Surkont
Poetry image
Michele F. Cooper is the first-place winner in Poetry Canada’s Rhymed Poetry Competition and the TallGrass Poetry Competition, second-place winner in the Galway Kinnell Poetry Competition, author of two books and numerous published poems, founding editor of the Newport Review and Crone’s Nest literary magazines, and of a chapbook series, Premier Poets. She recently moved from the edge of a small horse farm (not hers) to Providence, RI, and now to the Cleveland area, where she writes and works as a book editor.

Barbara Schweitzer is a poet and playwright whose first collection of poetry 33 1/3: Soap Opera Sonnets was selected as Top Book for 2008 by the Providence Journal. She has been featured on NPR’s radio show, This I Believe, and her poetry selected for Verse Daily. Her plays have received publication, production and stage readings in RI and MA. Her short play Leavetaking was a finalist in the Louisville Actor’s Theater Ten Minute Play Festival.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  NOAH PREMINGER GROUP
Ben Monder, guitar;  Ted Poor, drums;  Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Domimique Eade, voice
Noah Preminger Group image
Live Recording Both Nights! Don't miss this special evening!

Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger's debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust... unusually graceful... [he] plays with care and dry precision, dividing his time among all registers, with even tone and projection in each." Noah's playing and his group's concepts are influenced by genres ranging from classic to contemporary jazz, from hard rock to ambient music. It is Preminger's uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: "He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice."- Siddartha Mitter, Boston Globe.

Noah has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Nat Reeves, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Marvin Stamm, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Phil Grenadier, Roscoe Mitchell, Bob Nieske, Tony Moreno, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and others. As of recently, Noah has been an important member of groups including his own Noah Preminger Sextet and Quartet, the Cecil McBee Group, the John McNeil Group, the Dana Lauren Group and others. He has been fortunate to play all over the world for audiences small and large. Noah earned his BM at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.

Noah's debut album, Dry Bridge Road, considered as "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll, is available on the Nowt Records label. The band includes: Russ Johnson- trumpet, Ben Monder- guitar, Frank Kimbrough- piano, John Hebert- bass, Ted Poor- drums and Noah Preminger-saxophone. The album was produced by John McNeil and recorded at Park West Studios in New York.
 Cover $10   www.noahpreminger.com www.myspace.com/noahpreminger

Tuesday
Dec 01
6:00PM  TEACHER/STUDENT
RON SINGER JOHN REED
TEACHER/STUDENT  image
THE TEACHER/STUDENT RELATIONSHIP

RON SINGER WAS JOHN REED'S ENGLISH TEACHER AT FRIENDS SEMINARY IN THE 1980'S, WHEN THE CURRICULUM INCLUDED ANIMAL FARM AND, OF COURSE, SHAKESPEARE. TONIGHT, JOHN READS FROM SNOWBALL'S CHANCE AND ALL THE WORLD'S A GRAVE, TWO BOOKS THAT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY THOSE CLASSES.

"THE CHANGING WOMAN HEALTH CONFERENCE," ONE OF THE STORIES IN RON'S BOOK THE SECOND KINGDOM, BEGINS WITH A SPOOF OF THE WAY WRITING IS TAUGHT. THE TITLE OF A SECOND STORY, "THE PARENTS WE DESERVE," SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.

John Reed excels in the realm of strange. �San Francisco Examiner A wicked illusionist. �Los Angeles Journal

Loopy and highly intelligent, Ron Singer has carved his name in the stone ruins of literature. --The Brooklyn Rail


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

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   www.speakeasystories.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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