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Mira Ptacin, host

Kathryn Harrison
Featuring the author Kathryn Harrison. Kathryn recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show & reviewed a Phillip Roth's novel in the New York Times Book Review.

Kathryn Harrison, the New York Times Bestselling author of The Kiss, The Seal Wife, and her latest account of a brutal Oregon murder, While They Slept, her twelfth book. Ms. Harrison is a frequent reviewer for The New York Times Book Review; her essays, which have been included in many anthologies, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s Magazine, Vogue, O Magazine, Salon, and other publications. She lives in New York.

Our readers include the incredible Adam Chandler, the enticing Megan Gilbert, and the lovely Malka Margolies.

**Freerange is a method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being contained in any manner. The principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat. In practice, there are few regulations imposed on what can be called "free range," and the term may be used misleadingly to imply that the writing product has been produced more humanely than it actually has been.**
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Josh Sinton, bass clarinet;  John Hébert, bass;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums
Nate Wooley Quintet image
Normally known for his more confrontational solo trumpet recordings or work with Paul Lytton or Anthony Braxton; in this band, Nate Wooley explores his roots in jazz. The line up is reminiscent of Eric Dolphy's "Out to Lunch", and takes a similar stance to swing and joyous improvising. He has assembled a group made of some of the most interesting leaders and collaborators in the New York jazz scene, and his compositions feature each member of the band in new and surprising ways. Not merely a "jazz" project, the quintet compositions also explode the basic building blocks of music like rhythm, harmony, and the melodic line.
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Dec 03
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
David Devoe, host

Sara Serpa, voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Ben Street , bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Gnu Vox: Sara Serpa Band image
Sara Serpa is a vocalist wielding an instrument as favorably unadorned and pure as any in jazz. She's the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment, not just because she's new to it at age 28. It's certainly not because of the way she delivers a lyric, since there usually aren't any. Being from Portugal is also irrelevant, for like much of the great jazz coming our way in the past few years from Lisbon, there is nothing overtly ethnic about the music; it's sensuous, transporting, sultry and warm.

A main reason is that with one recording in, she raises profound questions regarding the previous role of the vocalist in jazz. What's radical, is that it's not about the ridiculous chops or inhuman gymnastic training or trickery. She sings as an instrumentalist, as a member of an ensemble with a bold conception, moving seamlessly as would a saxophonist from melodist to soloist, or from a front line horn to an ensemble voice—not the star of some show. Serpa sounds as if she's talking right to you, even though she's singing, not just in terms of the intimacy quotient, but in terms of the actual sound of it—literally, she sounds as if she must sing whenever she speaks." (Phil DiPietro,All About Jazz)
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Dec 04
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Maria Gregorio
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Maria Gregorio writes in a subtly sensual tone, covering the themes of loss, love, family, relationships, violence in the home and in the world. She also brings issues of politics, race and immigration into a vivid palate which pushes us to consider the point of view of the poem, weather one agrees with it or not. Gregorio published three poems in Voices of Brooklyn: Writings from the Women of Color Writers’ Workshop, published by Face2Face press in September 2000. In November 2000, she was awarded honorarium by the New School University Writing Program and was a featured poet for the publication. She works as a social worker and has performed her poetry to a wide range of audiences in London and New York City. She has recently recorded a CD of her work.
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Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Terrence McManus, guitar;  Kermit Driscoll , el/ac bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums
Gerry Hemingway quintet image photo by Lucy McManus
The quintet appearing on December 4th has evolved from Hemingway's long standing compositional platform that began in 1985 with the recording of "Outerbridge Crossing" and has enjoyed numerous incarnations while retaining its penchant for an integrative compositional/improvisational ensemble approach. What that adds up to is a compositional practice that has refined a way to frame the individual member's unique sonic, interpretive and improvisational vocabulary with pieces that are detailed, structured and rich with content. The character of the music is multi-faceted, from coloristic subtlety to visceral intensity, sometimes the groove is deep and other times the rhythmic interplay is elaborate and mischievous.

The quintet will be premiering new material as well as presenting some re-arrangments of previous quintet material for this new instrumentation and personnel which combines players from ongoing & previous quartet and quintet projects. The group will be going in to the recording studio the following morning.

"Hemingway is going where few jazz musicians have gone before, and he's doing it with rare intelligence and musical sophistication. In fact, this album is so good, I'm inspired to dust off the most hackneyed two-word phrase in the critic's lexicon: "highly recommended." Seldom has its use been more apt."
Chris Kelsey, CounterCurrents - JazzTimes

"This finely attuned fivesome under the percussionist's leadership developed a powerful group empathy without submerging individual qualities. At their best, the band eschews conventional fireworks for a deft ensemble cohesion and interaction."
- Art Lange collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, John Cale, Marilyn Crispell, Michael Moore and many others.
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Dec 05
Andy Christie

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.

With stories by

JEFF SIMMERMON - NPR'S "This American Life"

ELICIA BERGER - Huffington Post

CARTER EDWARDS - Upright Citizens Brigade

LESLIE GOSHKO - Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion


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Todd Neufeld, guitar;  Michael Adkins, saxophone;  Loren Stillman, saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Billy Mintz, drums;  Aidan O'Donnell, bass
Michael Adkins Group image
"An important new voice has arrived." -Le JazzHot

"Certainly one of the most innovative young saxophonists in jazz today." -UK JazzWise

" A jazz composer to watch." -Stuart Broomer

"When one hears Michael Adkins for the first time, there’s a certain shock, not just at the presence of a new voice but that such a musician might arrive fully formed. There’s something unexpected in the sheer weight of his sound and depths of meaning that impinge in his lines."
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Dec 06
Roald Hoffmann

Entertaining Science -- YOU SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN WANTS YOU TO SEE image

Do we see what is real? Or is what we see a construction of our brain? What convinces us that what seems so, is in fact so? The eyes are notorious liars. We are repeatedly fooled by appearances. The more we learn about the brain, the more it appears that what we take as reality is indeed construed by the brain.

Anna Ipata, of the Department of Neuroscience at Columbia University, will tell us how the brain discounts much visual information, and selects only what it needs to obtain a certain kind of knowledge of the world.

Apposite music will be provided by PewPew and the QQ's, a New York garage band that demonstrates what happens when neuroscientists stop paying attention to their science.
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Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums;  Ray Anderson, trombone
Bass-Drum-Bone image
BassDrumBone, now enjoying it's 32nd year of performing their collective and diverse repertoire of original work together will make an all too rare appearance Sunday December 6th at the earlier starting time of 8:30. The longevity of this trio seems to retains it strength from the individual evolution of these three bandleader/composer's music which ranges from hard swinging blues and second line to the far reaches of color, texture and rigorous compositional structure. The gazillions of miles this trio accrued playing for audiences all over the world has heightened what began as a natural and immediate chemistry in 1977. For more on the band's voluminous history visit The music will draw from this history and feature some of their newer works commissioned by Chamber Music America
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Dec 07
Tulis McCall, host

Actors, poets, car dealers, defrocked clergy, bond traders, everyone has a brief in-character story to tell.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
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Dec 08
Barbara Aliprantis

New York Story Exchange image
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

FORMAT: A night of cameos, including one by the illustrious curator/host of this series BARBARA ALIPRANTIS

This December eve gathering will feature a cornacopia of poignant, heartwarming stories, including The Christmas Truce (a WWI peace story) with a great message for modern times!

ERICA LANN-CLARK grew up listening to stories. Born on the eve of the Holocaust, baby Erica escaped with her Viennese Jewish family across an ocean and landed in Brooklyn’s cultural hotbed. Her immigrant mama and papa spun passionate tales to bring their history alive with tears and gales of laughter. Everything that happened was seed for a future story. These memories inspire Erica's powerful stories. She tells to honor the past and bless the future.

KURT GERSTMANN was smuggled out of Germany through a network of Catholic safe houses to the Holy Land prior to WWII. At the age of 14 he joined the Hagana Underground and at 16 joined the just born Israeli Army. After Medical Studies in Switzerland, he immigrated to the US where he spent his adult life as a Pathologist in the NYC area. His stories are drawn from that background and are in turn funny and poignant.

JIM HAWKINS, beloved Irish-American Storyteller/Actor/Musician and gifted teacher, charms audiences and lifts our spirits with his stories and songs, including memories of his childhood spent in the Midlands of Ireland and on the stoops and concrete sidewalks of Astoria, Queens.

ELIZABETH ROWE, storyteller/actor/writer and teacher, performs in English and French! Her repertoire includes a rich blend of family stories, world folktales, myths, legends and literary stories. Tonight she’ll tell her Scottish father's first hand account of The Christmas Truce (a WWI peace story).

"'Twas Christmas in the trenches where the frost, so bitter hung. The frozen fields of France were warmed as songs of peace were sung..." - Christmas in The Trenches, Words & Music by John McCutcheon

"...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)

Liam Sillery, trumpet;  Matt Blostein, alto saxophone;  Jesse Stacken, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Liam Sillery's Outskirts image
Trumpeter Liam Sillery/ Outskirts seeks the aural confines outside of the comfortable ordinary. He extends this journey in the title of his third OA2 release, Outskirts. This disc is about exacting composition within non-standard time signatures, making for craggy, inventive music that satisfies without bewildering. It is an evolution from his previous On The Fly (OA2, 2005) and Minor Changes (OA2, 2004) where Sillery's stark, tart trumpet chips precise pieces from the compositions he is sculpting. Alto saxophonist Matt Blotstein likewise follows Sillery with a precise and defined tone; nevertheless providing Sillery is musical foil. Sillery's rhythm section is top notch, as would be required for such richly complex music.

“Sillery, although influenced a little by Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Wynton Marsalis, has his own approach and displays lots of potential.”
-Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
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Ted Jonathan, host

Leslieann Hobayan Shya Scanlon Douglas Treem
Our end of year bonus to all our poetry mavens, NYQuarterly hosts two events this month.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent

Celia Chavez Valerie Ghent Amanda Homi Bernard Davis
The Songwriter's Beat 9th Anniversary Concert image

Tonight we celebrate the 9th Anniversary of The Songwriter's Beat with performances by Amanda Homi, Celia Chavez, Valerie Ghent & Bernard Davis.

In the past nine years, over 280 songwriters, five week-long festivals and hundreds of new songs have graced The Songwriter's Beat stage! Tonight we enter our 10th year of presenting top performing songwriters in the intimate and supportive listening environment found only at The Cornelia Street Cafe.

More information on tonight's performers:

Amanda Homi

Celia Chavez

Valerie Ghent

Bernard Davis

The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere. This month's celebration evening features Amanda Homi, Valerie Ghent, and special guests.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 275 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

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Drum kit donated by

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