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Nov 05
Kat Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured Poet Tina Kelly Lights Up Son of A Pony.

Tina Kelley is on the staff of Covenant House, where she is co-writing a book of profiles of homeless teenagers. She was a reporter at The New York Times for ten years, and also worked at the Seattle Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. Her first book of poems, The Gospel of Galore, (Word Press, 2003) won a Washington State Book Award, and she won a fraction of a Pulitzer Prize for being a part of the Times’ coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks, and wrote 121 “Portraits of Grief,” short descriptions of the victims. She lives with her husband and two children in Maplewood, New Jersey.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums;  Will Jennings, voice
Alessi’s Modular Theatre is a band seemingly capable of reaching almost any musical territory. An underlying "jazz" sensibility is infused with any and everything from Hip Hop (texts ancient and spontaneous) to chamber music.

“Their collective improvisations are marked by cogency and purpose, not chaos.” The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Intuitive, cerebral and fascinating.”
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 06
Andy Christie (NY Times; NPR)

Mark Katz, Author of "Clinton & Me";  Andy Ross, The Onion News Network; Mad Magazine;  Colin Dempsey, ComedyLand;  Joey Novick, Politics Unusual
Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold. Admission includes a drink.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Lucian Ban, piano;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Bruce Williams, alto sax, flute;  Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Bob Stewart, tuba
 Lucian Ban's DECO HEART  featuring  Bob Stewart & Mat Maneri image
DECO HEART presents the new band from Transylvanian expat pianist LUCIAN BAN featuring an amazing line-up with visionary MAT MANERI on viola, veteran altoist BRUCE WILLIAMS, contemporary master drummer GERALD CLEAVER and legendary tuba player BOB STEWART. From tradition distilled to post - everything avant-garde. Fractal grooves and unfettered lyricism. New music by some of today's most creative musicians.

"BAN plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner" - TERRELL HOLMES ALL ABOUT JAZZ

" Bob Stewart brings agility and wit to the art of jazz tuba" Nate Chinen - New York Times

"Mr. Cleaver's drumming perfectly suits the fluid requirements of jazz's post-everything avant-garde," New York Times

" Mat Maneri is a leading improvisational voice of his generation," Boston Creative Music Alliance

"As a saxophonist, Williams is a brilliant consolodationist,... he previews the sound of jazz in the 21st century." Downbeat Magazine - Eugene Holley Jr.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Nov 07
Jed Distler, host

Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

Tonight: 6:00 PM Doors open at 5:45 PM

Violinist/composer ANA plays selections from her new CD Reflections, with guest pianist Kathleen Supové

Sneak preview of When You Awake You Will Remember Everything, a new play by and featuring Arnold Barkus, co-starring Nancy Castle

Composer/pianist Jed Distler offers a sneakier preview of a new work by himself and playwright Ed Schmidt

Composer/violinist ANA (Ana Milosavljevic) specializes in cutting-edge contemporary music informed by various genres including traditional Balkan music, electronica, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. Her highly anticipated solo CD debut Reflections is now available on the Innova label.

KATHLEEN SUPOVÉ’s The Exploding Piano series employs multimedia, vocal rants, performance art, electronics, and collaboration with artists from other disciplines. She has appeared with The Lincoln Center Festival, The Philip Glass Ensemble, The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, among many others, and curates the Flea Theater’s Music With a View series. Her new CD Exploding Piano is available from Major Who Media.

Filmmaker and theater director ARNOLD BARKUS has directed two feature films and numerous theater pieces. including The Gnädiges Fräulein by Tennessee Williams at the Ohio Theater, and Honey and Boyd at Present Company Theatorium, and has directed CCi productions since 2001.

ED SCHMIDT is best known to NY audiences for his one-man culinary theater tour-de-force The Last Supper, and host of the late, lamented variety show Ed Schmidt’s Dumbolio. Watch for a new production of his piano theater piece with Jed Distler, The Gold Standard in 2011.

$10 music charge at the door, plus drink/food minimum

Greg Ward , alto saxophone, composition;  Rob Clearfield, piano, synth, boards;  Jeff Greene, upright,electric bass;  Quin Kirchner, drums
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The path to recording his debut CD, South Side Story (available on 19/8 Records on September 28, 2010), began after an intense period of study of composition and orchestration with some of the best teachers in the world (Ward studied orchestration with Cliff Colnot and composition with Sebastian Huydts), and the subsequent explorations with contrasting genres and sounds, discovering unique ways of combining them, and ultimately arriving at a true representation of himself; all that he is as a person and an artist; and all that he loves. Fitted Shards is the quartet of extremely creative musicians that will present Ward's latest work.

“Greg Ward has brought together his superb ability to reflect not only his personality but the current times in his debut album, Fitted Shards. Opening a solo career with this strong of a statement in the jazz world can only lead to inevitable success throughout his lifetime.” – C. Janus, Author of The New Face of Jazz (Random House, July 2010)

“I’m thinking of Greg Ward, whose long and searching alto saxophone solo in ‘Third Option’ is one of the best things I’ve heard on record this year.” – Ben Ratliff, The New York Times (4/27/10 review on Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things)

“Ward has moved from talented newbie to forceful younger statesman as quickly as his mercurial style goes from liquid to edgy. He appears on more than a dozen albums and works in bands ranging from free jazz (TBD Improvisation Orchestra) to West African dance music (Occidental Brothers) to the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble to his eclectic new quartet Fitted Shards.” – Neil Tesser, Jazziz

“Manages to fully invoke both backstreet grit and jazz sophistication.” – David Whiteis, JazzTimes
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 08
Susan Sindall, her current poetry collection is What's Left;  Nancy Kline, prose

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Javier Hagen, tenor, countertenor & electronics;  Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, recorder & electronics
The China Project: UMS 'n JIP image
The China Project is a larger cultural exchange program compiling different concert programs intending to reflect Western music by contemporary works composed for UMS 'n JIP.

Commissions by high renommee Chinese composers Guo Wenjing (Beijing), Wen Deqing (Shanghai), Tao Yu (Paris), Du Yun (New York), Huang Ruo (New York), Yeung-Ping Chen (Hongkong), Liu Jian (Shanghai). The China project started in january 2009 and has been presented in Switzerland, France (Festival d'Avignon) and China (Hong Kong, Shanghai New Music Days).

['umsnjip] is the Swiss contemporary music duo founded in 2007 by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP]. UMS 'n JIP is actually one of the most innovative and outstanding Swiss contemporary music ensembles and one of the most active ensembles worldwide. UMS 'n JIP works on both new musical and scenical settings for voice, recorders and electronics reflecting live vs. digital performance as well as European vs. non-European music. Their sets equally accord to concert halls, clubs and big festival scenes. Since their studies (composing, sound design & musical performance) in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been both invited to the most prestigious European contemporary classic music and theatre festivals (Avignon, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Shanghai, Donaueschingen, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Basel, Bern, Paris, Strasbourg) where they premiered as soloists and a duo more than 150 oeuvres collaborating with world famous composers such as Goebbels, Rihm, Kagel, Reimann, Eötvös, Wen Deqing and Guo Wenjing. UMS 'n JIP relates to emotionally touching as well as technically virtuoso, conceptionally perfect and sexy performances.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)


Nov 09
Barbara Aliprantis

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Featured Tellers: Bob Reiser & Laura Simms

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. " - Martin Luther King, Jr.

DO WHAT THE SPIRIT SAY DO! A real-life saga of civil rights…

BOB REISER, a nationally acclaimed storyteller, teacher and an award-winning author of books for children and adults, brings warmth and wit to new and old stories. This evening Bob looks into the heart of the Civil Rights years, behind the faces in those grainy black and white photos and brings one remarkable friend to life.

MAGICIAN OF GRASS storytelling in Haiti

LAURA SIMMS is an award-winning storyteller, recording artist, teacher, writer and humanitarian based in New York City. Tonight Laura tells us about her recent visit to the hurricane-ravaged Island of Haiti and shares some of the stories told to her by mothers, health workers and children that remind us of the resiliency of the human spirit.

Open Telling (5/6 min limit); No theme, no judging, no contest, just great fun!

Lindsey Horner, bass;  Jimmy Cozier, saxophone;  Tom Rainey, drums;  Neal Kirkwood, piano
Lindsey Horner image
This collection of veteran New York players looks into some of the lesser known but equally as great music of Shorter, Ellington, Strayhorn, Hancock and the like. These are some of the tunes we’ve always wanted to play on gigs but never got the chance; music that is full of surprise and endless improvisational possibilities. The members of this band have played and are playing with everyone from The Temptations to Steve Coleman to Bill Frisell to Sam Rivers to Ani Di Franco and are all bandleaders themselves.

"Horner showcases an organically eclectic way with writing and conceptualizing his music all the while dodging easy categorization. - Josef Woodard, Jazz Times
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday Nov 10 6:00PM  POETRY
Eve Packer Paul Oppenheimer
New collections from two veteran poets, books sampled and for sale.

Paul Oppenheimer is the author of In Times of Danger (Spuyten Duyvil), just out, as well as three other widely reviewed books of poetry. A novelist, journalist, short story writer and translator, his investigation of the origins of the sonnet in thirteenth-century Italy, The Birth of the Modern Mind: Self, Consciousness and the Invention of the Sonnet, has been praised for its translations of Goethe, Rilke, Lorca, Cellini, Michelangelo and Rimbaud. He teaches at The City College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

EVE PACKER; Bronx-born, poet/performer : author of 2 books, skulls head samba & playland poems 1994-2004 (Fly By Night Press), & 4 poetry/jazz CD’s with saxophonist Noah Howard. From Donald Hall: “I salute her as the Weegee poet,” and from Dennis Duggan, Newsday, “...smokey & sexy in a way that makes you think of love.”

Curated by Becca Stevens

Sean Wayland , piano, keys;  Nate Wood , guitar;  Jesske Hume, bass;  Mark Guiliana, drums
Funky songs and Funky instrumentals . An Australian original .

If you took the names of Brad Mehldau, Larry Goldings or Joey Calderazzo, he (Sean) is a player of the same high caliber”: AllAboutJazz
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Post Folk:Sean Wayland  image
Curated by Becca Stevens

Nate Wood, guitar,vocals;  Jesske Hume, bass;  Sean Wayland, rhodes;  Mark Guiliana, drums
Nate Wood is a multi-instrumentalist who draws his inspiration equally from both rock and jazz. His 2 albums Reliving and Fall are entirely self made, and are a result of his experience as a supporting musician across many genres of music. The music fuses often dense harmony and simple pop melodies. Nate is backed up live by a virtuosic band, featuring Sean Wayland, Jesske Hume and Mark Guiliana.

"No doubt, Wood is a wildly endowed and original musician." Steve Krugman
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Post Folk:Nate Wood image
Nov 11
Thomas Brinson Gil Fagiani Walt Nygard Dayl Wise
Poems For Peace – From the World of War image
Thomas Brinson, a Vietnam Veteran activist for over 40 years, has been writing poetry about surviving combat since 1967, when he was in the Central Highlands. His chapbook, Love and War, has been published by Dayl Wise’s Post Traumatic Press. He lives and writes in Woodstock, NY with wife Jill and two cats.

Gil Fagiani is a poet, translator, and short story writer, Gil is the author of over a dozen essays published in Voices in Italian Americana, Differentia, and The Italian American Review, among others, as well as in Bronx Accent, A Literary and Pictoral History of the Bronx, (Rutgers University Press, 2000). A social worker by profession, Mr. Fagiani is the director of Renewal House, a residential treatment program for recovering addicts in Brooklyn.

Walt Nygard is the Vice President of Veterans For Peace, Northern New Jersey chapter 021. He is a USMC veteran of Vietnam, Okinawa and the Philippines, 1969 – 1970. He was born in Portland, Oregon and raised on US Army posts of the American West and Germany. Walt is a blue collar writer of poetry and fiction. His son Joe is a US Army veteran with service in the war in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Division and is currently in Iraq.

Dayl Wise was drafted into the US Army in 1969 with service in Viet Nam and Cambodia 1970. He is a member of Veterans for Peace and a speaker with NY Veterans Speak Out…On War, a group of veterans who talk to high school and college students about the experience of war. He is the editor of Post Traumatic Press 2007 (PTP), an anthology of work by three generations of veterans. He lives in The Bronx and Woodstock, New York with his wife, the poet Alison Koffler.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Shane Endsley, trumpet;  Quinsin Nachoff, saxophone, clarinet;  Tom Rainey, drums;  Michael Bates, double bass
Michael Bates' Outside Sources image
This emerging innovator plays at the crossroads of structural experiment, contrapuntal rapture, and inarguable charisma and his quartet Outside Sources is more than just an assemblage of virtuoso musicians, it is a road-tested ensemble that showcases Bates' musical identity. Taking equal inspiration from jazz, western classical music and lasting modern acts like the Bad Brains and Ornette Coleman, Michael Bates' Outside Sources offers a peek into an engaging and up-and-coming musical mind and it is a watershed for enthusiasts of cutting-edge composition. This dynamic quartet has recorded for Dave Douglas' label Greenleaf Music and the latest recording blurs the line between composition and improvisation and leaves the listener in a vertiginous space where musical tradition teeters at the knife-edge of a modern zest for experiment.

All About Jazz called Michael Bates' Outside Sources, "a tight unit that reveled in richness, unpredictability, astounding technical ability and near-telepathic interaction."

"It’s no surprise that Greenleaf label owner Dave Douglas likes what he hears in bassist/composer Michael Bates, a musician who, like Douglas himself, evidences multifarious musical interests. From the Stravinsky-esque “Great Exhibition” to the freebop/funk convolution that is “Damasa”; from the circuslike “Fellini” Bates covers a lot of ground…he possesses monster chops, which he’s inclined to exercise in disparate ways…It’s to his credit that he’s internalized so many influences so successfully…" -Chris Kelsey, Jazz Times

"The rhythm-team is ever intricate and inventive, expanding and contracting and constantly shifting tempos with seeming ease. There are times when I swear I am hearing the Miles Davis Quintet of the mid-sixties, minus the piano. No small feat, I assure you."-Bruce Lee Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 12
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Chris Brandt : featured poet

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jamie Saft, piano;  Bill McHenry, saxophones;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Dwayne Burno, bass;  Ben Perowsky, drums
The Jamie Saft Special Quintet image
Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer from New York and a mainstay of the Downtown scene. Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, The B-52's, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, John Adams, Donovan, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Antony and the Johnsons, and scores of other artists. Saft is a core member of bands such as The Dreamers, Electric Masada, The Beta Popes, Whoopie Pie, Swami LatePlate, The Shakers and Bakers, OV, and Kalashnikov.

Saft has composed a number of original film scores including the Oscar nominated film "Murderball", Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "God Grew Tired Of Us", and the HBO documentary film "Dear Talula". Saft has also contributed score music for Nickelodeon, MTV, and A&E. Saft has released a number of albums as a leader, including "Breadcrumb Sins" (Tzadik), "Trouble- The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bob Dylan" (Tzadik), "Sovlanut" (Tzadik), “Astaroth- The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Masada Book II” (Tzadik), and Swami LatePlate's "Doom Jazz" (Veal).

"The dazzling array of new sonic nuance brushed by Saft captures the imagination." Echoes Magazine

"Saft demonstrates an unfettered imagination and sense of invention that truly dominate." All About Jazz

"Jamie Saft's piano and organ are top-drawer. He's got big ears!" - On HiFi

"Great Beard Man!” Wynton Marsalis
 Cover $15

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