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Nov 09
Alice Denham Sharon Olinka

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jed Distler, host

Stephanie Kai-win Saar Ahuvia Niel Rolnick Momenta Quartet
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.

The Stephanie & Saar DUO return for a Serial Underground residency, with works ranging from Conlon Nancarrow’s wildest excursions to Bill Evans’ most urgently lyrical inspirations (piano duo).

Composer/laptop virtuso Neil Rolnick explores how we lose our senses (electro-acoustic improvisation, theater)

Momenta Quartet plays Gordon Beeferman’s String Quartet (chamber danger).

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

Nov 10
Curator/Host: Barbara Aliprantis

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE) image
New York STORY Exchange (NYSE)

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of the month

FORMAT: Open Telling (5/6 minute limit), followed by Featured Teller(s)

Featured Tellers: Lonnie Harrington & Ruben Gonzalez

Cameo: Rivka Widerman

LONNIE HARRINGTON has been telling stories for as long as he can remember. He has also been singing, playing guitar, and hitting some kind of percussion instrument in just about every type of musical style one can think of since the 1950’s, performing around the United States including Florida, the Northeastern United States, eastern Canada and New Mexico. Born in Tallahassee, Florida of African, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Shawnee ancestry, Lonnie has researched African-Native American relations since 1972 and is the author of Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions. Lonnie lives in the New York City area, working as an arts administrator, musician, lecturer AND storyteller!

RUBEN GONZALEZ, a remarkable classical guitarist and composer, calls himself a “cantautor” who tells stories thru music and song. Born in San Juan, Argentina, where he studied classical guitar, Ruben combines Rock en Español, bossa nova, the Latin American popular song with his own rhythmic style with novel harmonies. His lyrics touch upon social issues and current events as well as personal experiences.

RIVKA WIDERMAN is a real Renaissance woman who has worn many hats, including professional storyteller, professor of law, Hebrew/Yiddish translator, workshop facilitator, and visual artist. A native of Brooklyn, now living in Manhattan, Rivka draws on her extraordinarily diverse talents, whether she’s painting a picture, telling a family story, a folktale or really big fib.

"...Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write for only in such response do we find truth." - Madeleine L'Engle (Reflections on a Writing Life)
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Randy Ingram, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums;  + special guest Noah Preminer, saxophones
Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records Presents: Randy Ingram Trio image
Randy Ingram Trio

Celebrates the release of "The Road Ahead" on Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records

"Randy Ingram is among the vanguard of young jazz pianists on the New York scene. He plays with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion." - Fred Hersch. On his brilliant debut album the "incredible pianist" (composer George Russell) Randy Ingram comes flying out of the gate with "Rock Song #3", a modal tour-de-force for the trio, or the result of what the pianist chalks up to "when Zeppelin comes up on shuffle too often on one's iPhone. But I think we convey the best sense of what it means to rock out a bit. As for the title, it's pure Rothko." Ingram's take on Lennon/McCartney's "For No One" follows, revealing his long time Beatles addiction. He delivers pure beauty here and shows that when a song is "meaningful to you, then you can make it your own and really make it work. I used the original bass line from the bridge of the tune as an intro; just pretend my left hand and Matt's bass are really a Rickenbacker! I think as a trio we really capture the spirit of this tune - a great ballad vibe but still a good bit of energy underneath," said Ingram.

The Road Ahead is the first recorded offering from a pianist with boundless talent, and the wisdom to use it to the listener's benefit. Ingram is a thoughtful, versatile young pianist, composer and improviser. Many players have chops to spare; Ingram's are laced with an expressive touch and a keen imagination. The heavenliness that he conjures up, whether playing his own compositions or those by Monk ("Think Of One"), Ornette Coleman ("Round Trip") or Cole Porter ("So In Love"), can remind us why jazz is so loved around the world, and why its present and future is so bright in the hands of this gifted artist and his contemporaries.
 Cover $10

Andrey Gritsman, host

Frequent flyer Gritsman hosts Tod Thillemann, Nava Renek, Vasyl Makhno, and Irina Mashinskaya.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
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Rob Garcia 4

Celebrates the release of Perennial for Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records>

"Rob Garcia wields his sticks like a quill, drumming like a discerning composer. Which he is." - Jeff Potter; Modern Drummer. On his third recording as a leader (following Place of Resonance - Consolidated Artists and Heart's Fire - Connection Works Records), drummer/composer (and sometimes pianist) Rob Garcia delivers nine compelling originals and a modern version of Ray Noble's "Cherokee" (in thirteen!), that he has been hearing in his head for about ten years. Perennial "pertains to cycles of nature, which we reflect in being human and being an artist", explains Garcia. "Many of the song titles are named after things that grow and things found in nature", however they were chosen much in the same way he chose his first-rate sidemen, and the notes and arrangements of his compositions - simply because they sound good to his ear. Garcia, who has worked with a startling array of top jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Woody Allen, Brad Shepik, John Benitez, Chris Cheek, Joe Lovano, Myra Melford, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Diana Krall, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Bill McHenry, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Potter, among others, is very much a musician confident in his intuition and highly attuned instinct, as evident in his powerfully engaging drum solos on the CD, and the fact that much of the music on Perennial was composed in a stream of consciousness way.
 Cover $10

Nov 12
6:00PM  SAY
Ice, Jane Ormerod, and Brant Lyon, editors

Ice Jane Ormerod
Say image
Book Party for “you say. say.”

“you say. say. offers a world of infinite possibilities–for the eye, for the ear, and, most significantly, the mind.” – Marc Schuster, Small Press Review

Uphook Press is a New York City-based publisher specializing in work by poets and spoken words artists who love both the ink and the mike. “you say. say.” is the first of an annual anthology.

Twenty-nine poets—from San Francisco, Dagsboro, Nashville, Denver, Augusta, elsewhere, and New York—write the gamut from Starbucks to whale walkers, chalk outlines to honeymooning, cranky operettas to the ping of a microwave signaling the end.

Featuring: Samantha Barrow, Thomas Fucaloro, Christian Georgescu, Robert Harris, Joan Payne Kincaid, Sarah Sarai, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Karin Spitfire, Geoffrey Jason Kagan Trenchard, Joanna Valente, and Stefanie Wielkopolan

With editors Ice, Jane Ormerod, and Brant Lyon
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Pete Rende, piano;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
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Pete Rende was born in Lone Jack, Missouri in 1972. He began to study piano at the age of 6. He learned how to shuck corn at the age of 3. He learned about engines at the age of 10. He learned slowly how to dodge cow patties when hurled at seventy-five miles an hour. He left home to study music at Berklee College of music. After a hazy 4 years, he moved to New York where he plays piano, writes music, makes records, makes wine and drinks beer. He hates bios. He has played with Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Chris Cheek, Rebecca Martin, Chiara Civello, Jen Chapin and a thousand other folks.
 Cover $10
Nov 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

Dawson/Scott, music and spoken word
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Simon Mulligan, piano;  Kengo Nakamura, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
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“You have a phenomenal touch, man!”
- Herbie Hancock

“The most abundantly gifted of pianists”
- The Times of London

Although many jazz musicians are also trained classical musicians, it is unusual for a musician to manage successful careers in both fields. Pianist Simon Mulligan certainly has. At the age of 19 he recorded his first classical CD under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin, with whom he was later to successfully work. Since that time he has produced 15 highly regarded CD's, and has established himself as a soloist and chamber musician, with recitals and concerto appearances at many of the world’s major concert halls. Intriguingly, Simon's jazz credentials and improvisational abilities are equally as strong, as is his composing work, which includes numerous compositions for both TV and Film. His recent signing to Sony Masterworks will see the release later this year of ‘Playlist’ – an album of original compositions with his UK-based jazz quartet.
 Cover $10

Nov 14
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Catherina Edwards & Tony Tony Gloeggler, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Caterina Edwards' latest book, Finding Rosa: A Mother With Alzheimer's/ A Daughter's Search for the Past , was short-listed for the City of Edmonton Book Prize and won the Writers Guild of Alberta 2009 Award for Nonfiction.

Tony Gloeggler's most recent book, THE LAST LIE, is forthcoming from NYQ Books. MY OTHER LIFE was published by Jane Street Press in 2004 and GREATEST HITS was published by Pudding House Publications in 2009.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Aruan Ortiz, piano;  David Gilmore, guitar;  Drew Gress, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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Aruán Ortiz, one of the most dynamic and talented pianists in jazz today, described by the New York Post as "a must see" and "the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States" by BETJazz. He has been well received by audiences and critics alike, achieved a presence on the American jazz scene both as a sideman with legendary and avant-garde jazz figures such as Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Terry Lyne Carrington, as well as with his own projects, the Aruán Ortiz Trio and Quartet featuring artists such as saxophonists Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, and Seamus Blake.

Trained in classical piano and viola, the sound of this Santiago de Cuba native is marked by the influence of twentieth century composers Maurice Ravel, Olivier Messiaen, Arnold Schoenberg, and Gustav Mahler. Apparent in his melodic phrases are influences of his background in Afro-Cuban rhythms, interwoven with references reminiscent of the stylings of Andrew Hill, Herbie Hancock and Phineas Newborn.

“Jazz fans applaud, and novices mark your calendars. Aruán Ortiz, Critically acclaimed Cuban pianist is a ‘must see.’”
--New York Post

"original music that revealed an impressive approach to improvising and composing... giving positive meaning to the term intelligent design.
--Russ Musto, All about jazz
 Cover $10

Nov 15
Angelo Verga, host

Jonathan Goodman Anne McGovern Claudia La Rocco Valery Oisteanu

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Igor Lumpert , saxophone;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Arron McLendon, drums;  Ben Monder, guitar
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"What makes Igor's music and playing so unique is its complexity. There is a quality to his playing and compositions that has absorbed the rich traditions of jazz music in this country but has also added something new and unidentifiable. His compositions flow with ease and vitality off odd time signatures. There is also darkness and a mystery to his sound that is all his own. No one else sounds like that-and that's one of the highest compliments you can give to a jazz musician. The complex emotions that feed the sounds of great artists in the jazz tradition have to do with the experience of enormous conflicts. You can't fake that quality, and Igor has it."
Jane Ira Bloom, Saxophonist/composer/Grammy winner
 Cover $10
Nov 16
Ted Jonathan Andrew Kaufman Sommer Browning
These three fine poets represent a wide variety of styles & subjects, the unity is their quality & craft, just what we've come to expect from the editors of The New York Quarterly.

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