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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by MATT EASTON

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Saturday
Mar 17
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS
Dean Kostos, host

Lili Bita, ;  John "Yianni" Fotiadis Anna Angelidakis, ;  Lola Koundakjian
One our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

Bring in the season of renewal with The Greek-American Writers Association

$7 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  KRIS DAVIS QUINTET
Kris Davis, piano;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
In preparation to record a new quintet CD, Davis brings this all star line up to cornelia street to perform her compositions. 'Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis.' --Ben Ratliff, NY times

$25 cover (includes a drink)

  http://www.krisdavis.net

Kris Davis Quintet image Peter Gannushkin
Sunday
Mar 18
6:00PM  WINTER INTO SPRING: THREE POETS PERFORM WORKS OLD AND NEW
Matt Pasca Adeena Karasick Michael Dickel
Winter Into Spring: Three Poets Perform Works Old And New image

Matt Pasca: Pasca’s poetry has appeared in The Long Island Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, New Mirage Journal, JB Stillwater’s on-line literary journal, and will be featured this spring in Vox Poetica, Generations, and Paumanok II. Pasca's first book, A Thousand Doors (2011, JB Stillwater), was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Cornell University and Stony Brook University, Pasca has taught Creative Writing, Mythology and Literature at Bay Shore High School since 1997. He was named NYS Teacher of Excellence in 2003 and is the advisor of The Writers’ Block, named Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazine for both 2010 and 2011 by the ASPA.

Adeena Karasick (www.adeenakarasick.com) is an internationally acclaimed and award winning poet, media-artist and author of seven books of poetry and poetic theory: Amuse Bouche: Tasty Treats for the Mouth (Talonbooks 2009), The House That Hijack Built (Talonbooks, 2004), The Arugula Fugues (Zasterle Press, 2001), Dyssemia Sleaze (Talonbooks, Spring 2000), Genrecide (Talonbooks, 1996), Mêmewars (Talonbooks, 1994), and The Empress Has No Closure (Talonbooks, 1992), as well as 4 videopoems regularly showcased at International Film Festivals. Her writing has been described as "plural, cascading, exuberant in its cross-fertilization of punning and knowing, theatre and theory" (Charles Bernstein), and "opens up the possibilities of reading" (Vancouver Courier). She is Professor of Global Literature at St. John’s University in New York.

Poet and photographer Michael Dickel co-edited Voices Israel Volume 36 (2010). His work has appeared in small-press literary journals, anthologies, art books, & online—including Sketchbook, Zeek: a Jewish Journal of Thought and Culture, Poetry Midwest, why vandalism?, and Poetica Magazine. The World Behind It, Chaos, his poetry & art book, came out in 2009. Dickel is a member of the Israel Association of Writers in English. He received top awards in the 2008 and 2009 Reuben Rose Poetry Competitions.

$7.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  GLOBAL LIVING ROOM: GAIDA
Jean Rohe, host

Gaida, vocals;  Amir Elsaffar, santoor, trumpet, vocals;  Zafer Tawil , oud, derbakeh;  Jennifer Vincent, bass;  George Dulin, piano
Global Living Room: Gaida image
Syrian singer songwriter Gaida is one of the most “effusive and charming vocalists in the New York world music scene.” Along with her outstanding ensemble - oudist Zafer Tawil, pianist George Dulin, trumpet and santoor player Amir ElSaffar and bassist Jennifer Vincent. Gaida performs “entrancing” innovative interpretations of Syrian folk songs, originals, and freestyle improvisations over Arabic grooves.

"Entrancing and luscious”–-Timeout New York

$20 (includes a drink)

  http://www.gaidamusic.com/

Monday
Mar 19
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Laurel Blossom Neil Cain Eric Weinstein
The great state of South Carolina casts all its poetry votes for Laurel Blossom. We're happy she comes north to see us once in awhile.

$ 7 includes a drink   http://www.nyquarterly.org

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Ross Bennett Maureen Langan Jeff Kreisler Mark Normand Angry Bob Chris Doucette
Morrison Motel image
MORRISON MOTEL

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!" – The NY Post

"Critics' Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

Tonight, John Morrison hosts Ross Bennett, Maureen Langan, Jeff Kreisler, Mark Normand, Angry Bob and Chris Doucette.

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.

Tuesday
Mar 20
6:00PM  TAPESTRY: THREE WRITERS READ
Rhian Edwards Djelloul Marbrook Alyssa Pelish
Tapestry: Three Writers Read image

Rhian Edwards is a poet and musician, who recently won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry 2011 and 2012, which makes her Wales's best performance poet. She has delivered over 300 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide. Her first collection, Clueless Dogs is due to be published by Seren in May 2012, while her pamphlet of poems, Parade the Fib (tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Rhian’s poems have also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Arete, Stand Magazine, the Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, the London Magazine, Planet Magazine and Borderlines.

Djelloul Marbrook is the author of two books of poetry, Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press, winner of 2007 Wick Prize and 2010 Internationa Book Award in poetry), and Brushstrokes and glances (2011, Deerbrook Editions) and three novellas: Saraceno (2012, Bliss Plot Press), Artemisia’s Wolf (2011, Prakash Books), and Alice Miller’s Room (1999, OnlineOriginals). Guest Boy, the first volume of his fiction trilogy, Light Piercing Water, is forthcoming in April 2012 by Mira Publishing House (UK). His short fiction has been published in Orbis (UK), Breakfast All Day (UK), Potomac Review (Maryland) and Prima Materia (New York). Recent poems were published by American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, From the Fishouse, Oberon, Northport Journal, Meadowland Review, The Same, Reed, The Ledge, Poemeleon, Poets Against War, Fledgling Rag, Daylight Burglary, Le Zaporogue, Atticus Review, Long Island Quarterly, ReDactions, Istanbul Literary Review, Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review, Damazine, Perpetuum Mobile, Attic, and Chronogram. A retired newspaper editor and Navy veteran, he lives in Manhattan and the mid-Hudson Valley with his wife, Marilyn. His literary and cultural blog is at www.djelloulmarbrook.com

Alyssa Pelish writes and edits in New York. She's a regular contributor to 3 Quarks Daily and PopMatters, has reviewed literature for Rain Taxi and books for Science Magazine, and is Director of Publications at a New York based non-profit. Her current fiction project is part YA novel, part paranormal tale, part environmental disaster, all sympathy, and otherwise known as Uncanny Valley High.

$7.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  BLUE TUESDAYS: JD WALTER
Julie Hardy, curator

JD Walter, voice;  Misha Tsiganov, piano;  Boris Kozlov, bass;  Alex Sipiagin, trumpet;  Donald Edwards, drums
BLUE TUESDAYS: JD WALTER image

Vocalist JD Walter will be performing with 4 members of the Criss Cross All Star ensemble, “Opus 5”, performing original music from both his and their repertoire, as well as Standard arrangements.

“Walter is reshaping what jazz singing is all about. He is opening up familiar material to the most adventurous kinds of interpretation, while continuing to engage and entertain his audiences…he is an original in an art overpopulated with copycats.” – Don Heckman, LA Times – Live Jazz review from the Jazz Bakery April-2008

$25.00 includes a drink

  www.jdwalter.com

Wednesday Mar 21
6:00PM  ‘BRIGHT NOISE’ EP RELEASE CONCERT - FEATURING BEN WENDEL AND CHRIS LIGHTCAP.
Ben Bryden, tenor sax;  Ben Wendel, tenor sax;  Tim Basom, guitar;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Dustin Kaufman, drums
‘Bright Noise’ EP Release Concert - featuring Ben Wendel and Chris Lightcap. image

Led by Scotsman Ben Bryden, Bright Noise is part of a growing scene characterized by alternative rock influences and odd time signatures. Featuring original music that ranges from euphoric grooves to melancholy atmospheric melodies intertwined with high octane improvisation, tonight sees the launch of the band's self-titled EP. They will be joined by special guests Ben Wendel (Kneebody, Tigran Hamasyan, Snoop Dogg) and Chris Lightcap (Regina Carter, Mark Turner, Paul Motian).

Praised for his ‘well-defined, tightly executed compositions’ (Glasgow Herald), New York saxophonist and composer Ben Bryden is a rising star in improvised music whose work is recognized in Europe and the US. After honing his skills at Manhattan School of Music, as well as venues such as Zinc, The Iridium and Le Poisson Rouge, Ben has appeared with Kenny Wollesen’s ‘Wollesonics’ and ‘Himalayas’ as well as guesting with the Dan Weiss Trio and Les Paul.

"Quite a talent...One of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene" - BBC Radio Scotland

$20.00 includes a drink

  www.benbryden.com/bright.php

8:30PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: PAUL LIEBERMAN
Billy Newman, host

Paul Lieberman, tenor sax, flute;  Duduka da Fonseca, drums;  Nilson Matta, bass;  Joel Martin, piano;  Fernando Saci, percussion
New Brazilian Perspectives: Paul Lieberman image
"After two years of touring the US with Airto & Flora Purim in an (otherwise) all-Brazilian band, Paul was invited by Mutantes co-founder Sergio Dias to move to Brazil, where he lived and worked for four years as a first-call musician, and recorded with Djavan, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, Alcione and dozens of other stars, and recorded or performed with most of Brazil's greatest instrumentalists. He became so fully assimilated into the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture that he was routinely assumed to be a native.

$20 (includes a drink)

  www.paullieberman.com

Thursday
Mar 22
6:00PM  LET'S TALK DIRTY
Taffy Jaffe, host

Taffy Jaffe Trish Alexandro Gordon Gilbert Raphael Badagliacca Carl Kissin Jess Korman
WHO DOESN'T LIKE A GOOD DIRTY STORY? WELL, MAYBE SARAH PALIN.

$10 includes your first drink

Let's Talk Dirty image
8:30PM  SPOTLIGHT ON NEW TALENT: JOHN RAYMOND, CD RELEASE
John Raymond, trumpet;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Javier Santiago, piano;  Joe Martin, bass;  Otis Brown III, drums
Spotlight on New Talent: John Raymond, CD Release image
A finalist in the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, rising star trumpeter John Raymond kickstarts the "Spotlight on New Talent" series at the Cornelia St. Cafe with the official CD Release for his debut album "Strength & Song." Produced by legendary trumpeter/educator Jon Faddis, the album features Raymond's original compositions that draw on jazz, rock, hip-hop and pop influences to produce emotionally engaging music with affecting, memorable melodies. Accompanying Raymond is a cast of New York’s finest rising star musicians, and their world-class interplay on Raymond's original compositions makes for a night of powerful, expressive music.

“A dynamic and soulful musician, both as a trumpet player and a composer. John Raymond uses his knowledge of the jazz tradition to forge a style that honors the masters of our music as well as being creative, unpredictable and compelling. John has a unique voice, and he is definitely saying something that is worth listening to." --Jon Faddis, World-Renown Trumpeter & Educator

$20 cover (includes a drink)

  www.johnraymondmusic.net

Friday
Mar 23
6:00PM  BIRD AMONGST THE BLOSSOM - A TRIBUTE TO THE BLOSSOM DEARIE SONGBOOK
Jaye Maynard, vocals;  Jon Delfin, piano;  Leon Lee Dorsey, bass
BIRD AMONGST THE BLOSSOM - A Tribute To The Blossom Dearie Songbook image
Singer Jaye Maynard pays homage to (but doesn't try to imitate) the wised-up jazz-babydoll stylings of the late Blossom Dearie - with Jon Delfin accompanying her on Dearie's own piano. Leon Lee Dorsey plays bass, as Maynard interprets “Blossom Dearie’s First Songbook” containing songs written exclusively for or by Dearie by, among others, Bob Dorough, Johnny Mercer, and Dave Frishberg.

Dearie was a unique and inimitable singer whose legacy of material is fresh, hip, smart, and sassy. Maynard styles her show in a mid-Century modern cabaret to inform and entertain.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.jayemaynard.com theblossomdeariesongbook.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MARK HELIAS - OPEN LOOSE
Mark Helias, bass;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Tom Rainey, drums
Mark Helias - Open Loose image
Open Loose, an archetypal improvising band will be celebrating the release of their brilliant new CD “Explicit”. The album, recorded in one night at the Sunset Club in Paris, comprises nine new compositions by composer Mark Helias. Recorded in the middle of a two week tour this recording captures the live intensity of new music being explored and turned inside out by master improvisers. Come here the group live and take home an artifact in the form of their new CD.

$25 (includes a drink)

  www.markhelias.com

Saturday
Mar 24
6:00PM  SHP POETS IN NYC!
Mary Armstrong Susana H. Case Barbara Fischer Merv Taylor Margo Stever Meredith Trede
SHP Poets in NYC! image
SHP (Slapering Hol Press) Poets in NYC. Featuring:

Mary Armstrong, winner of the 2011 SHP Chapbook Competition, reading from her prizewinning collection, Burn Pit.

Susana H. Case, SHP author and professor at the New York Institute of Technology, reading from her latest chapbook, The Guide of Practical Sexual Advice.

Barbara Fischer, SHP Advisory Committee Member and winner of the 2011 T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry for her novel-in-verse, Mutiny Gallery.

Merv Taylor, professor at The New School, reading from his latest collection, No Back Door.

Margo Stever Editor of Slapering Hol Press, reading from her new chapbook The Hudson Line.

Meredith Trede, Editor of Toadlilly Press reading from her recent book, Field Theory.

$7.00 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  RICARDO GALLO’S “TIERRA DE NADIE”
Ricardo Gallo, piano;  Dan Blake, saxophones;  Reut Regev, trombone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Ricardo Gallo’s “Tierra de Nadie” image
Ricardo Gallo’s “Tierra de Nadie” performs original music conceived as a sort of imaginary musical folklore, a “No man’s land” which is the intriguing basis for exploratory improvisations. The compositions picture a landscape devoid of flags, providing space for the contributing musicians. On this occasion featuring Mark Helias on Bass, Satoshi Takeishi on drums, Dan Blake on saxophones, Reut Regev on trombone, and Ricardo Gallo on piano and compositions. Its debut recording titled “The Great Fine Line”, enjoying as well the contribution of Ray Anderson and Pheeroan akLaff was released in November 2010 by Clean Feed Records.

”While everyone is accorded solo space, this is genuine ensemble music, with the arrangements for Gallo’s original compositions emphasizing alert interplay, multi-linear improvisation and rapid shifts in density and tone.”-- Peter Margasak, Downbeat.

$25 cover (includes a drink)

  www.ricardogallo.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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