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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by RICK MULLIN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Thursday
Dec 02
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Tom, & Josh, 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.
8:30PM  SCOTT LEE GROUP
Scott Lee, bass, compositions;  Billy Drewes, reeds;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Scott Lee Group image
Bassist/Composer Scott Lee has been leading a group of close musical friends to experiment in different forms and new ways of improvising. Scott will be performing music from his new cd "Leaving" (Steeplechase Records).

" This is the heart and soul of Jazz and improvised music - Scott, with Billy Drewes, Gary Versace and Jeff Hirshfield, capture your attention and take you places....They are some of my favorite improvisers, Beautiful!" Joe Lovano

"Maybe the annual jazz awards need to add a new category for musicians like Scott Lee. It could be titled "master musicians deserving of wider recognition." Mark Corrotto, All About Jazz
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.scottleemusic.com/

Friday
Dec 03
6:00PM  DAVIDA SINGER & FRIENDS: KHUPE & BEYOND
Ken Filiano, bass;  Frank London , trumpet;  John Rangel, piano
Davida Singer & Friends: Khupe & Beyond image
'khupe' is the hebrew word for marriage canopy.  khupe & beyond is the join of poetry and music (jazz and klezmer), in which each has its own integrity and voice.  The two meet through harmonies and textural blend, expanded by improvisational riffs. Thus, no two performances are exactly alike. There is always the journey but each flight is unique, spontaneous and filled with magic and surprise.

Davida Singer is a poet/performance artist, whose writing is infused with an intensity of rhythm and sounds. She has done numerous performances highlighting improvisation with spoken word and music -- especially jazz and klezmer. Her first collection, Shelter Island Poems (Canio’s Editions), led to a project in collaboration with five musicians (including Frank London & Ken Filiano), titled khupe, which was performed at downtown Manhattan venues, including The Kitchen and Cornelia Street Café. Davida is the recipient of a 2004, 2005 and 2006 Fellowship from the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. This past summer, as part of the SOMOS Writers Series in Taos, she did an acclaimed poetry performance with Santa Fe pianist and composer John Rangel. She has published in numerous journals, including Feminist Studies, Sinister Wisdom, and Response, and has read extensively in the metropolitan area and elsewhere in the country.  Currently, Davida is editing her soon-to-be-published, 2nd poetry collection, Port of Call, and working on a multimedia play titled The Hospital Class. She teaches creative writing and literature at Hunter College and School of Visual Arts, and has been running a private creative writing workshop for the past 12 years.

Ken Filiano performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, and traditional music, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken's solo bass CD, subvenire (NineWinds), received unanimous critical praise.  For this and numerous other recordings, critics have called Ken a "creative virtuoso," a "master of technique" . . .  "a paradigm of that type of artist. . . who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind." His latest release, Dreams From a Clown Car (Clean Feed), features Ken’s compositions for his quartet with with Michael Attias, Tony Malaby, and Michael T.A. Thompson. Ken is on the faculty of Mansfield University (PA), has a private bass studio at his home in New York, and teaches master classes in bass and improvisation.

Trumpeter/composer Frank London is a member of the Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave, and his Klezmer Brass Allstars. He has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Itzhak Perlman, Mel Tormé, Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, Mark Ribot, Iggy Pop, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gal Costa and others, and is featured on over 300 cds. A Grammy winner, his CD “Carnival Conspiracy” was Rolling Stone’s #1 Non - English Recording of 2006.He has collaborated with musicians from around the world and is known for his large projects that negotiate, blend, meld and integrate cultures and genres. His own recordings include Invocations, Hazonos, Di Shikere Kapelye, Brotherhood of Brass, Nigunim, the Zmiros Project, The Debt, The Shekhina Big Band, the soundtrack to "The Shvitz" and to Pearl Gluck's Divan.

A native New Yorker, pianist and composer John Rangel has been a professional musician for over twenty years.  He has lived in Orlando, where he performed with Nat Adderley, Rosemary Clooney, Sam Rivers, and in Los Angeles, where he worked with Dwight Trible , Marcus Printup, Billy Higgins, Willie Jones III, Phil Vieux, Joe La Barbera, James Leary, and Dr. Art Davis. Some of John's performance highlights include Inntone Jazz Festival in Austria, Carnegie Hall in NY, Royce Hall in LA, Gene Harris Jazz Festival in Idaho, the Playboy Jazz Festival, LA County Museum of Art, MOCA, Central Avenue Jazz Festival, Ronnie Scott's and Jazz Café in London, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and various venues in Japan. As a composer, John has written hundreds of works ranging from jazz to classical compositions, and his recording of Hillary Smith’s “No Easy Way," won five 2009 New Mexico Music Awards including Cd and Producer of the year. John currently lives in Santa Fe.

$10 cover plus $7 food or drink minimum.
 Cover $10

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GERALD CLEAVER GROUP
Jean Carla Rodea, vocals;  Andrew Bishop, reeds;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Gerald Cleaver Group  image Patricia Lay-Dorsey
Gerald Cleaver, born in Detroit in 1963, began playing drums, trumpet, and violin at an early age. He earned a BA in music education from University of Michigan and, while there, was awarded a National Endowment For The Arts Jazz Study Fellowship to study with Victor Lewis. He worked as a band teacher in Detroit, Lecturer at Michigan State University and Assistant Professor at University of Michigan before relocating to New York. Over the years he has worked with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Hank Jones, Joe Morris, Craig Taborn, William Parker, and Miroslav Vitous, to name only a few. In 2002, Cleaver's Veil of Names, featuring Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Andrew Bishop, Craig Taborn, and Reid Anderson, received a Best Debut Recording nomination from the Jazz Journalists Association for their album Adjust. Cleaver also leads the bands Uncle June, Violet Hour, and Farmers By Nature. Cleaver has assembled some of the top musicians to work in this group.

Vocalist Jean Carla Rodea has worked with Joe Morris, William Parker, Joachim Badenhorst, Pascal Niggenkemper, Javier Moreno, Kyoko Kitamura, Devin Gray, Juan Pablo Carletti, and Brian Questa in her groups Jean Carla Rodea's Azares, the Jean Carla Rodea Group, and the Jean Carla Rodea Trio.

Composer and trumpeter Dave Ballou has performed and/or recorded with Kevin Norton, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Steely Dan, Drew Gress, Tom Rainey, Tony Malaby, John Hollenbeck, Mario Pavone, Karl Berger, Daniel Levin, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Spokane Symphony and many others.

Composer, saxophonist, and clarinetist Andrew Bishop has worked with Karl Berger, Drew Gress, Chris Lightcap, Mat Maneri, Tony Malaby, John Zorn, The Either Orchestra, and many others.

Bassist and composer Chris Lightcap has collaborated with Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Craig Taborn, Mark Turner, Joe Morris, Sheila Jordan, James Carter, Butch Morris, Ben Monder and Tom Harrell. Since 1998 he has also led his own groups and produced two critically acclaimed albums of original music for the Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent, “Lay-Up”, and “Big Mouth”.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.myspace.com/geraldcleavermusic

Saturday
Dec 04
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

MARTIN DOCKERY , "Fantastic!" - The NY Times ;  PETER LUBELL , IFC producer ;  OPHIRA EISENBERG , Comedy Central; VH1 ;  JIM OGRADY , NY Times; Moth GrandSlam Champion ;  with host ANDY CHRISTIE , NY TIMES; NPR
THE LIAR SHOW image
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.


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOEL HARRISON SEPTET: SINGULARITY
Joel Harrison, guitar;  Zach Brock, violin;  Donny McCaslin, saxophones;  Dana Leong, cello;  Gary Versace, piano;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Joel Harrison Septet: Singularity image
Guitarist, composer, and Guggenheim Fellow Joel Harrison debuts a new project this fall entitled Singularity, featuring a septet of top-notch New York jazz musicians, including Zach Brock (violin), Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Dana Leong (cello), Gary Versace (piano), Stephan Crump (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums). These new compositions were commissioned by Chamber Music America’s “New Works” program.

Harrison’s compositional influences span the globe. It’s only appropriate then, that for the Singularity jazz project, he’s made use of techniques employed by classical composers like John Adams, Charles Ives, and Olivier Messiaen. Singularity merges Harrison’s wealth of experience in jazz and world styles with his longstanding interest in contemporary composition to create a sound that’s often described as “chamber jazz”.

Singularity has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2009 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.joelharrison.com www.facebook.com/joelharrisonguitar

Sunday
Dec 05
6:00PM  SERIAL UNDERGROUND
Jed Distler

Serial Underground image
Serial Underground: New York’s premier New Music Variety Show

From Sandover, a short new opera for four singers and supertitle screen, with libretto adapted from James Merrill’s epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover.

Matt Aucoin, composer/pianist

Victoria Crutchfield, director/supertitlist

With James Onstad, tenor, Stewart Kramer, baritone, Sofia Selowsky, mezzo, Christopher Aaron Smith, tenor

Giuffre Sketches, for multi-reeds and piano

Demetrius Spaneas, composer/tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet

Jed Distler, piano

Matt Aucoin is a poet, composer, conductor, and junior at Harvard University. He is currently music-directing/conducting Die Fledermaus for Harvard's Dunster House Opera, and recently spent a month studying rehearsals at Milan's La Scala and Florence's Maggio Musicale. He is a vocal coach/pianist at the Caramoor Festival, and recently music-directed Trouble in Tahiti for Opera Boston Underground; he has also toured/coached/performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Manhattan, and the Lowell House Opera, and he regularly conducts the Boston Youth Symphony. His poetry has appeared in the Harvard Advocate and the Gamut, and he is studying under Jorie Graham.

Victoria Crutchfield graduated in May 2010 magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she staged full productions of The Rake’s Progress and John Eccles’ Semele and co-founded an opera scenes program for undergraduates while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Literature and a secondary degree in Dramatic Arts. She made her professional directing debut this fall with a production of Hansel and Gretel for Chesapeake Chamber Opera, which the Baltimore Sun praised for its “unforced charm.” Upcoming projects include directing two new one-act operas with Boston Metro Opera and assistant directing with Bronx Opera and Portland Opera.

Demetrius Spaneas has commissioned, recorded and premiered works by many major composers, including John Cage, John Harbison, Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, and many others. He currently has two solo recordings on Capstone Records, When Wind Comes to Sparse Bamboo (2003) and From a Far-off World (2006). In 2010 he released Sfumato, a collection of improvisations with vocalist Galina Parfenova under his own label, DSM. November Snow, a series of free improvisations that feature interaction between acoustic instruments and computer, with Neil Rolnick and Bruce Gremo, will be released within the year.

Jed Distler is artistic director of ComposersCollaborative, inc. and a composer/pianist. In addition to curating and hosting Serial Underground, Jed also has hosted WQXR/Q2’s keyboard show Hammered!, and his new solo piano CD Meditate with the Masters will be released January 11th on the Musical Concepts label.

Doors open at 5:45 PM / $10 music charge at the door, plus drink/food minimum
 Cover $10   www.composerscollab.org www.dspaneas.com

8:30PM  JOEL HARRISON SEPTET: SINGULARITY
Joel Harrison, guitar;  Zach Brock, violin;  Donny McCaslin, saxophones;  Dana Leong, cello;  Gary Versace, piano;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Joel Harrison Septet: Singularity image
Guitarist, composer, and Guggenheim Fellow Joel Harrison debuts a new project this fall entitled Singularity, featuring a septet of top-notch New York jazz musicians, including Zach Brock (violin), Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Dana Leong (cello), Gary Versace (piano), Stephan Crump (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums). These new compositions were commissioned by Chamber Music America’s “New Works” program.

Harrison’s compositional influences span the globe. It’s only appropriate then, that for the Singularity jazz project, he’s made use of techniques employed by classical composers like John Adams, Charles Ives, and Olivier Messiaen. Singularity merges Harrison’s wealth of experience in jazz and world styles with his longstanding interest in contemporary composition to create a sound that’s often described as “chamber jazz”.

Singularity has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2009 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.joelharrison.com www.facebook.com/joelharrisonguitar

Monday
Dec 06
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10   www.monologuesandmadness.com

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
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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.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.davidamram.com
Tuesday
Dec 07
6:00PM  THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Hossannah Asuncion Tamiko Beyer April Naoko Heck Joseph Legaspi Timothy Liu
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This White Swallow reading features fellows from Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation and promotion of Asian American poetry.

Hossannah Asuncion grew up near the 710 and 105 in L.A. She currently lives near an F/G in Brooklyn. She is Kundiman fellow and received a 2010 PSA Chapbook National Fellowship. She tumbles at notarie.tumblr.com.

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Bough Breaks (Meritage Press). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a recipient of a grant from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and an Olin and Chancellor’s Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis where she is an M.F.A. candidate. She is the poetry editor of Drunken Boat, and a founding member of Agent 409: a queer writing collective in New York City. She leads a writing workshop for at-risk youth and is a mentor with Girls Write Now. Find her online at wonderinghome.com and blogging at kenyonreview.org.

April Naoko Heck was born in Tokyo in 1971 and moved to the US seven years later. A new Kundiman Fellow, her poems have been published most recently in Asian American Literary Review, Shenandoah, and Epiphany. This year her manuscript was named a finalist in the Kundiman Poetry Prize sponsored by Alice James Books.

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Imago, winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. He lives in Queens and works at Columbia University. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, From the Fishouse, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets. Visit him at www.josepholegaspi.com.

Timothy Liu is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse. Poems this fall appear in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Malahat Review and Pushcart Prize XXXV.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  THEO BLECKMANN & BEN MONDER DUO
Julie Hardy, Host

Theo Bleckmann, voice, live electronics;  Ben Monder, guitar
Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder duo  image Scott Friedlander
For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder duo has frequently toured the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Film fans will note that Bleckmann created the alien language used in the film Men In Black. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder, a regular with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Paul Motian’s band, has developed a compositional style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. The duo’s continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation” and “Oceana” have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.

“...so virtuosic and inventive a pair...the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole...Rarely have such individual musicians sounded so single-minded.” Shaun Brady, Downbeat USA


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.TheoBleckmann.com www.BenMonder.com

Wednesday Dec 08 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY SERIES
Andrey Gritsman, host

Jeanne-Marie Beaumont Anna Rabinowitz David Lehman
BEST OF NEW YORK POETRY
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  POST FOLK: BB GUN
Curated by Becca Stevens

Ben Davis, supro electric guitar, vocals;  Bridget Kearney, bass,vocals
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BB Gun is the duo of songwriter/singers Ben Davis and Bridget Kearney. The two have been collaborators for the last 4 years in their 10-piece indie-rock orchestra, Cuddle Magic. The duo is more than a paired down version of the large ensemble, though there is definitely a connection, and one of the main attractions will be watching the two multi-task, covering drum parts with their feet and trumpet parts on their guitars and string parts with their mouths. More than anything, the duo will be a showcase for both songwriters. Davis has a preternatural sense of melody and draws musical inspiration from his background in folk music, his conservatory education and his travels in Africa. Kearney's realm is pop music, and she writes with what the Los Angeles Daily News called "wry existential intelligence." She is a two time winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and writes material for her bands, Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, as well as Cuddle Magic, and of course, BB GUN.

"thoughtful, unpretentious lyrics, with a kind of casual force" -Sing Out

"it's kind of like Cuddle Magic without all the bullshit" -Alec Spiegelman (clarinetist for Cuddle Magic)
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.bridgetkearney.com www.cuddle-magic.com

10:00PM  POST FOLK:THE FUNDIES
Curated by Becca Stevens

Rachael Price, vocals;  Margaret Glaspy, guitar, vocals;  Brittany Haas, fiddle;  Bridget Kearney, bass
Post Folk:The Fundies image
An indie old time band that is the first of its kind. Margaret Glaspy, Brittany Haas, Bridget Kearney, and Rachael Price join forces to blow your mind with their sweet harmonies and catchy originals. Their talent paired with their good looks is said to be "overwhelming". A brand new set up, they have already begun to take New York by storm and will surely continue to do so.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.myspace.com/margaretglaspy
Thursday
Dec 09
6:00PM  POETRY
Tina Chang


Poet Tina Chang presents students from her Hunter & Sarah Lawrence workshops. The lineup includes Aditi Rao, Catherine Lea, Christine Reilly, Rose Slaton, Christianne Karefa-Johnson, Elizabeth Tashiro, Andra Kucerak, Davya Eschenazi, Jason Anthony Julien, Billie R. Tadros, Matt Alberswerth, Lauren Wallach, Carly Orosz, Sebastian Paramo, Jacqui Goodman, and Melissa Ramos.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  THE MICHAEL ATTIAS SEXTET
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Mark Taylor, french horn;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Sean Conly, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
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Michaël Attias' 2010 Clean Feed release, Twines of Colesion, was called "one of the year's standout jazz albums, an alternately gritty and romantic set, perched on the border between postbop and the avant-garde." - Time Out NY- Tonight's concert will feature new and revisited music for a special edition of his long dormant sextet.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.michaelattias.com
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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