See the previous week's performances.  April 16-April 23, 2005 See the next week's performances.

See the previous week's performances. April, 2005 See the next week's performances.
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Apr 16
Dean Kostos, host

Greek-American Writers: Dean Kostos hosts a reading of Cavafy's poems in Greek & English
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent, piano, vocals;  Bashiri, percussion;  Fred Cash, bass;  Ann Klein, guitar;  Tuey Connell, vocals
Valerie Ghent In Concert image

Artitst/producer/singer-songwriter VALERIE GHENT is a native downtown New Yorker with a strikingly powerful voice, 3 1/2 octave vocal range and a bluesy, funky, Richard Tee influenced piano style. Her performances have been described as "truly great and invigorating", "absolutely magnificant", "amazingly gifted" as well as "an inspiration, Valerie is an unsung hero (who sings!!)" and "Valerie Ghent is a soulful singer, technically near perfect, and an accomplished keyboardist in many styles…it's her bluesy foundation that gives her tunes much of their power...".

Joining Valerie are some of New York's finest, funkiest and established musicians: Bashiri (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion & more), Fred Cash (Morley, Toshi Reagon & more), Tuey Connell (Tuey just shared the stage with Dianne Reeves) and Ann Klein (Joan Osborne, PM Dawn, Toshi Reagon & more).

Valerie aptly titled her first CD "Unstoppable", which was voted ‘Best CD of 1998’ in Belgium. She has since dedicated her life to creating music, performing around the world, and encouraging others' creative energy though music events. In August 2004 Valerie was given the honor of performing and organizing music at the United Nations for the first International Youth Assembly. Valerie performs/records with Songwriter's Hall of Fame inductees Ashford & Simpson; is president of her own West Street Records; in the year 2000 founded and runs the highly successful acoustic songwriters night 'The Songwriter's Beat'; is creating the World Foundation for Music and Healing and is currently recording her fourth CD release. Valerie was an active WTC volunteer after 9/11 & produced the acclaimed “We’ll Carry On” WTC benefit CD plus 12 benefit concerts/TV appearances featuring songs by FDNY, PAPD, and WTC volunteers.

Recently featured in Billboard, Valerie’s credits include: Ashford & Simpson (since 1989), Deborah Harry (world tour), Dr. Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Billy Preston, TM Stevens, Defunkt, Mike Thorne and more. Valerie is a multiple ASCAP Pop award winner, GEMS panelist and an American Music Center grant recipient. In addition to her musical career, Valerie has been instrumental in bringing music to conferences on trauma and healing through her non-profit work, studies and teaches internal martial arts/qi gong and has started a second artistic career as photographer, following a lifelong passion for photography.
 Cover $10

Apr 17
Angelo Verga, host

Jonathan Galassi Lawrence Joseph Marie Ponsot

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

We continue to add interesting musicians to our roster. We are going to have Chinese lute music, in a blend of folk and classical technique. Jian-Hua Wu is an exciting virtuoso of the “Pipa”. Megumi Tokashiki and Miwa Kawaguchi will perform stunning opera arias, filling the room with the sound of Donizetti, Gounod, and Mozart. Leo Robinson, a fantastic cellist will play the Bach prelude, a Faure piece, and join Mike Fujihara and Fiore in a Bach flute sonata. There are other surprises in store!
 Cover $7
Apr 18
6:00PM  NYQ
Raymond Hammond & Ted Jonathan, hosts

Iris Lee Joanne Joseph Daniel Connor
New York Quarterly, the venerable poetry journal, continues its quest for truth, beauty & perfect form
Elise Wood, flute, alto & piccolo flute;  Dottie Anita Taylor, flute, piccolo flute, piano;  Aloision Aguiar, piano;  Leco Ries, bass;  Norman Hedman, percussion
Elise Wood Brazilian/Jazz Ensemble image
  Elise Wood, an established jazz  flautist known in the genre as "luminous, joyful and urgent" (Washington Post) steps forward to present a Brazilian and jazz repertoire.   With an ensemble comprised of members  who are exponents of these various influences,  the ensemble creates a lovely weave of colors, textures and heart-felt emotions.
 Cover $10
Apr 19
Jill Dearman, host

Bibb Bailey Melissa Johnson Kate Lutzner
New York's unique urban writer's colony. This months's theme is TRICKSTERS
Eli Yamin, piano;  Adam Bernstein, bass;  Andy Demos, drums
Solar CD Release Party image
Solar plays music from their forthcoming album:

Suns of Cosmic Consciousness

"Then I realized what Solar, really is: a spaceship that touches many galaxies. Out, in; shape-shifting, jazz, rock, boogie-woogie, funk, that latin thang. SOLAR, really has made the music shapely, funny, sparkley and all-of-a-piece, not monotonous, flat-toned, elbow-patched, library pipe smoke labored." - Kirpal Gordon, poet

Solar plays jazz that is accessible without compromises. The group invites you to enjoy all that is precious about life and music. Solar at its core is Eli Yamin, piano, Adam Bernstein, bass and Andy Demos, percussion and winds. These musicians have been playing their brand of explosive, intuitive and passionate jazz since 1988. In a world where long-term musical relationships are hard to develop, Solar takes pride both in their longevity and musical friendship.

"Solar is one of those rare ensembles that brings genuine fervor and kinetic energy - the kind usually associated with the best rock-to modern jazz." - George Kanzler, The Star Ledger

Solar is steeped in every avenue of jazz improvisation. With roots in swing, free improvisation and world music, Solar is just as likely to play original revolutionary sambas and Indian and Middle Eastern influenced material as Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra or the standards of the great American songbook.
 Cover $10
Wednesday Apr 20 6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Janet Kaplan Les Lopes Alexandra Van der Kamp

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent

Vickie Russell Mark Visconti Natalia Zukerman Paulette McWilliams, w/ Nat Adderly, Jr. (piano)
The Songwriter's Beat image
Now in its 5th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York’s most popular acoustic songwriter’s series, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter’s Beat features top up-and-coming songwriters. Each month four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 190 phenomenal songwriters (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan!) and keeps growing!

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so if you are planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!
 Cover $5

Apr 21
Golda Solomon, host

Rosemary George, vocals;  Dr Sue, poet;  Eliot Cardinaux, piano;  Adam Chilenski, bass;  Bram Kincheloe, drums;  Daniel Levine, trumpet;  Jonathan Rossman, sax
Po'Jazz image

Blues, Bop and Memories : Good Women /Bad Women

Against the backdrop of the Swing Era, Blues, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie, the decade following the great depression was a fireball of poltical and social issues. In New York the jazz clubs on 52nd Street (commonly known as “The Street”) hosted some of the greatest performers of all time –Louis Armstrong, Lester and Lee Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and an endless list of pioneers who ‘s artistry and fight for jazz continues on today. They have left us a legacy on recording that the rest of us can only dream about.

Tonight’s program is entitled “Blues, Bops and Memories” and it is dedicated to the Ladies and songs of this decade –Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ruth Brown, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn and others. Each one was unique in voice, style and presentation – but the one with the biggest flair for the lyric was Lady Day – she became the lyric and New York audiences in the 1930’s had the time to listen to her story unfold. She performed and recorded with the best Big Bands and jazz musicians New York had to offer – they all loved her! Count Basie even called her William – she was one of them. I refer you to the 1936 -38 recordings of Billie Holiday. Unique!

Tonight’s program at the Cornelia Street Café will feature singer Rosemary George and poet Golda Solomon in selections that bring back the lyrics and heart of a New York that once was and is no longer. Thank you to the great ladies of jazz!
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Ted Poor, drums;  Ralph Allesi, trumpet;  Ben Monder, guitar
Ted Poor and Third Wheel image
Third Wheel is a compositional and improvisational love affair where one of the players is voted out of the band at the end of the gig. We all try to play at our best so we don’t get voted out. Third Wheel brings you patience, indulgence and spontaneity in a dynamic and expressive collaboration.

“[Ted] has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums.”

Ted Poor graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2003
 Cover $10

Apr 22
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader E J Antonio. $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Sam Bardfeld, violin and some words;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Tom Beckham, vibes;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Sam Bardfeld Quintet image
It’s a rare jazz record that traffics in the literary, rare that a bandleader wants to have his music be “about” something. Violinist Sam Bardfeld’s “Book of Saul” is a Rushdie- esque, fantastical coming-of-age piece about an ambivalent shlemiel striving for love and greatness.
Bardfeld’s debut album, “Taxidermy” (CIMP), received a four-star rating from Downbeat and was voted “One of the Ten Best Jazz Albums of 2000” by critics at CODA and Cadence magazines. In “The Book of Saul,” his follow-up, he presents an equally compelling group of pieces with a fresh instrumentation featuring violin, trumpet and vibraphone.
Apr 23
Martine Dominique, curator; Johnny "Chance" Acevedo, host

Spoken word from the Caribbean, Brooklyn, Fordham Road & other places with soul. Featuring MAD, Baron, and many others.
 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums;  Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
Ben Waltzer trio featuring Tony Malaby image
“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes, 7.18.04

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

See the previous week's performances. PREVIOUS WEEK         Scheduled performances from April 16-April 23, 2005         NEXT WEEK See the next week's performances.

Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times