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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Mar 21
Nava Renek Anna Mockler Chavisa Woods
The Cats Meow: A Reading image

If I make my uterus a corporation, will y'all stop regulating it?

Three Brooklynites, three new novels of women who resist.

Ryan Keberle, trombone, melodica;  Camila Meza, voice, guitar;  Scott Robinson, sax;  Ed Perez, bass;  Henry Cole, drums
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis image

Recently named the #1 Rising Star Trombonist in Downbeat’s annual critics poll and hailed by the New York Times as “a young trombonist of vision and composure”, few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City’s abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle including extensive time spent recording and performing with Maria Schneider, Sufjan Stevens, and David Bowie, to name a few. Keberle combines that wealth of influence and experience into a bold group sound with his piano-less quintet, Catharsis. Described by the Los Angeles Times as “a potent blend of cinematic sweep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies” Keberle presents Catharsis in a performance of their one-of-a-kind indie-jazz with songs rich in deep groove, melodic invention and group interaction.


Wednesday Mar 22
Jack Cooper and Roxanne Hoffman, hosts

Simon Perchik Diane Stiglich George Held
Poets Wear Prada Presents... image

Publishers Jack Cooper and Roxanne Hoffman present a trio of brilliant writers: master of abstract poetry Simon Perchik will be joined by emerging fiction writer Diane Stiglich and poet / translator extraordinaire George Held. The three will enthrall you with selections from their most recent books from Poets Wear Prada. Signed copies of Perchik's "The B Poems," Stiglich's "Have You Seen CindySleigh?," and Held's "Phased II" will be available for sale at remarkably discounted prices. And of course you will have ample opportunity to meet and greet the authors.

Have You Had Your Poetry Today? Get Your Brain Fuel from Poets Wear Prada.

Poets Wear Prada has been publishing well-edited, beautifully designed books of poetry and fiction you want to read, since 2006, from Frank Sinatra's hometown, Hoboken, New Jersey, the birthplace of professional baseball.

$10 cover (can be applied to the purchase of any book) plus $10 food/drink minimum.

Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Marc Mommaas, tenor sax;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums

Guitarist-composer Sebastian Noelle has spent much of his life traveling the elusive path between two worlds. In life, he travels back and forth between his native Germany and his adopted home of New York City; in his art, he navigates the more fluid boundaries between the abstract and the emotional. Throughout that nomadic existence, music has provided a constant source of shelter, an idea that unifies the wide-ranging music on Noelle’s third CD.

On Shelter, Noelle leads a stellar quintet that brings together some of the most forward-thinking and limitless musicians in modern jazz: saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Amina Figarova, Armen Donelian), pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Darcy James Argue, Donny McCaslin), and drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney).

Noelle’s own impressive credentials since arriving in New York in 2002 include more than a decade with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop Orchestra, the Chris Potter Big Band, the Aaron Irwin Quintet, and the New York Jazzharmonic.

The compositions on Shelter spotlight Noelle’s far-reaching interests, bringing together disparate musical influences, inspiration from documentary film and German literature, and his studies of North Indian rhythms. The album’s ten compositions also manage the tricky feat of melding ambitious complexity with emotional communication.

“A guitarist probably best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger” - Nate Chinen (New York Times)

Mar 23
Kristiana Roemer, voice, composition;  Mike King, piano;  Shin Sakaino, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Kristiana Roemer Quartet image

Kristiana Roemer is a German-American vocalist, lyricist and composer born and raised in Frankfurt, Germany. Her musical voyage began as a toddler, inventing melodies before she had learned to speak. She began writing music very early on and by the age of 17, Kristiana was performing at venues throughout Germany such as the Westin Grand Maritim Hotel, Brueckenkeller, Porsche Museum, among others. After receiving a scholarship, she spent one year of study in the U.S. where she deepened her study of classical voice and choral music and composition. Upon her return to Germany, Kristiana intrepidly decided to move to Paris and she landed a job at the famous Aux Trois Mailletz, a world music cabaret which has a history of famous alumni. During her time in Paris, she continued her musical studies at the Paris conservatory while performing at venues such as Caveau des Oubliettes, Le Cameleon, Sunset Sunside, Relais de la Huchette, 59Rivoli, Theatre du Marais, and many others, before finally settling into New York City in 2017.

Philip Dizack, trumpet;  Alan Ferber, trombone;  Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Lucas Pino, tenor sax;  Charles Pillow, bass clarinet;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Bryn Roberts, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Alan Ferber Nonet image

After several years of focusing on big band writing, trombonist/composer Alan Ferber has returned to his long- standing Nonet, and has a new release on Sunnyside Records called Roots & Transitions to show for it. This 8- movement piece sprung out of an opportunity granted through a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, funded by the Doris Duke Foundation. It’s an intricate piece featuring an ensemble of five horns and four rhythm instruments, represented on the recording by either Scott Wendholt or Shane Endsley on trumpet, alto saxophonist Jon Gordon, tenor saxophonist John Ellis, bass clarinetist Charles Pillow, guitarist Nate Radley, pianist Bryn Roberts, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Mark Ferber. The recording has garnered a stellar 4-star review in Downbeat magazine, a critic’s pick in the New York Times, and a 2017 Grammy nomination.

"Ferber's own compositions and arrangements are inspired and meticulous (and) the solo firepower here is formidable. But the best thing about this band is their collective feel for time, which allows them to sound wildly loose yet precise, as if they have been out in a bus, touring for years." Thomas Conrad (Jazz Times)

Mar 24
Ana Lis Salotti, host

​Translations and Transgressions: An NYCT Open Mic Night!​ image

​Do you like poetry and fiction open mic nights? Now what if we add translation to the mix? Come join us for the NYCT's second poetry and short fiction open mic night, ​​Translations and Transgressions: An NYCT Open Mic Night! Listen to our own literary translators read their very own translations of international literature!

​Literary ​translator​s will be reading their ​very own ​translations from various languages into English.

Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Sam Yahel, keyboards;  Kevin Hays, piano;  Kush Abadey, drums
Gilad Hekselman ZuperOctave image

"ZuperOctave is an exploration of sound and space. After establishing his sound in the classic jazz trio and quartet, Hekselman goes exploring with a bass-less semi-electronic band employing some of his old songs and adding some especially written ones to the repertoire."

Mar 25
Brian Donnelly, guitar, vocals;  Matthew Cullen Breiner, bodhrán/tin whistle/vocals;  Patrick Marran, irish bouzouki/guitar/vocals;  Nate Diehl, accordion/vocals;  Christine Scharf Breiner, vocals
The Rogue Diplomats image

Traditional Irish music infused with contemporary folk and delivered with charm and off-the-cuff humor.

The Rogue Diplomats are an Irish-American Pub Band based in New York City & Bethlehem, PA. Their unique blend of contemporary folk and traditional Irish music is delivered with charm and off-the-cuff humor. They got their start in Astoria, Queens, playing annual St. Patrick’s Day shows at Blackbird’s Bar. They’ve since gone on to play Bloomsday on Broadway, the annual celebration of the works of James Joyce at Symphony Space in NYC and a multitude of pubs in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Diplomats have also headlined at Musikfest, the Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and the Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope. They will be featured headliners at the upcoming Shawnee Mountain Celtic Festival and will be touring Ireland in November 2018.

"Doing jolly justice to the legends of Irish music." - Daisy Willis, Lehigh Valley Style Magazine

"Ignore the name. They are neither rogues nor diplomats; but they ARE a talented high energy group of entertainers suitable for any occasion except, possibly, a snooty, high society wedding. Or an AA meeting." - Seamus Kennedy, Irish Entertainer

Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Sam Yahel, keyboards;  Kevin Hays, piano;  Kush Abaday, drums
Gilad Hekselman ZuperOctave image

"ZuperOctave is an exploration of sound and space. After establishing his sound in the classic jazz trio and quartet, Hekselman goes exploring with a bass-less semi-electronic band employing some of his old songs and adding some especially written ones to the repertoire."

Mar 26
Dorothy Friedman, host

Roles and Rolling Pins: A Celebration of Women's History Month image

For the 3rd reading in our yearly Celebration of Women's History Month "Roles and Rolling Pins" Dorothy Friedman August presents a gala array of poets reading poems by Emily Dickinson, H. D., Amy Lowell, Jayne Cortez, Adrienne Rich, Maya Angelou and others, along with their own work. We hope you will join us to celebrate the work of these great writers. Readers include: Susan Sherman, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Joanne Sit, Lydia Cortes, Barbara Rosenthal, Yuko Otomo, Cindy Hochman, Jane Omerod and Tsaurah Litsky.

Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Ben Perowsky, drums
Ben Perowsky Trio image

This is a rare chance to hear these 3 fine established musicians in a trio setting together. Their collaboration goes back 25 years through many configurations, here in trio for the first time. Exploring a mix of originals, improv and a maybe even a standard or two.

Mar 27
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

Clifford Thompson, featured reader;  Leslie Maslow Chelsea Hodson Hannah Howard
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Nonfiction image

Please join tonight’s featured reader, Clifford Thompson, and three skilled and amiable writers: Leslie Maslow, Chelsea Hodson, and Hannah Howard.

Clifford Thompson is the author of a memoir, Twin of Blackness (2015), and a novel, Signifying Nothing (2009). He won a Whiting Writers' Award in 2013 for his collection Love for Sale and Other Essays. He teaches all over the place.

Oscar Perez, piano;  Endea Owens, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums;  Emiliano Valerio , percussion;  Lance Bryant, saxophone, flute
Oscar Perez Cuban Afro-Fusion image

After three albums that garnered much acclimation Oscar Perez debuts a new group entitled Cuban Afro-Fusion. He’s joined by stellar musicians: bassist Endea Owens, drummer Ronen Itzik, percussionist Emiliano Valerio and saxophonist/Flutist Lance Bryant.

JazzTimes praised Perez as “an extraordinary composer who blends the rhythmic complexity of Latin American music with the elegant harmonies of jazz,” while DownBeat chimed in by marveling over the music’s “wondrous interaction of piano and band.”

Mar 28
Carol Hebald Dalit Warshaw
An Evening of Prose and Music. image

Carol Hebald will launch the publication of her novel, A Warsaw Chronicle, based on her experience as visiting professor at Warsaw University during the advent of martial law (1981-82).

Composer and pianist Dalit Warshaw will present two works influenced by her Polish-Jewish origins. First, violinist Joseph Morag will perform the world premiere of "Conflagration" for solo violin, followed by Warshaw's rendition of two works for left-hand piano: Chopin's Étude in F minor, Op. Posthumous (transcription by Godowsky), followed by Warshaw's musical response, entitled "Labyrinth."

Yago Vazquez, piano;  Billy Drewes, saxophone;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Streams Featuring Billy Drewes image

The Stream Trio (Vazquez/Lee/Hirshfield) has two records released with the label Fresh Sound New Talent, and for this especial occasion they are joined by saxophonist and composer Billy Drewes for a night of original music featuring compositions from all the members in the band.

“Their music combines the qualities of depth with lyricism, intensity with calm assurance and an elastic, yet sure handed rhythmic sense”- Budd Kopman (

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