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Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

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Wednesday May 16
6:00PM  LAUGHTER WITHOUT BORDERS- ONE SPECIAL EVENING- TWO GREAT SOLO SHOWS
Linda Mendoza Jennifer Rawlings
Laughter Without Borders- One special evening- two great solo shows  image

“Cursed: My Road to Hollywood”- even when you are cursed you can’t let history define your future. written and performed by Linda Mendoza - acclaimed director ( 30 Rock, Brooklyn 99, Blackish, The Tick, The Mindy Project)

“I ONLY SMOKE IN WAR ZONES” true stories from the battlefield both home and abroad written and performed by Jennifer Rawlings- comic, writer, filmmaker, kick-ass mom ( Comedy Central, two TEDx talks, “I AM BATTLE COMIC”, The New York Times, director Forgotten Voices :Women In BOSNIA)

8:00PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL SARID
Or Bareket, host

Daniel Sarid, piano;  Nadav Masel, bass;  Ofer Bymel, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Daniel Sarid image

Uru is the latest project of composer and pianist Daniel Sarid. The piano, bass, drum trio combines a myriad of different and at times seemingly contradicting influences into a unique sound that blends tradition with avant-garde.

The trio will perform compositions from Sarid's Latest album titled "loventurous" as well as new compositions due to be recorded in the near future.

9:30PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: ALMOG SHARVI
Adam O'Farrill , trumpet;  Brandon Seabrook, guitar;  Micha Gilad, piano;  Almog Sharvit, bass;  Luckas Koenig, drums

Dive deep into a world of dark, sparkling compositions and rousing, vigorous instrumentation with the music of bassist and composer Almog Sharvit. Like his name, which means “Coral” in his native Hebrew, Sharvit’s pieces are colorful and diverse, offering textures so rich and varied you’ll want to run your hand across them, and surprises as sudden as a polyp peeking its head out of the reef.

  http://https://soundcloud.com/Almogsharvit

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Thursday
May 17
6:00PM  THE IMPERFECT PERFECT SHOW
Terry Moore, host and curator

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The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producer Terry Moore. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

8:00PM  JESS KORMAN, “STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS”
Jess Korman, piano, voice, comp.;  Mark Wade , bass
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Following a long nap, Korman returns with a trove of brand-new songs about love, performance art, gluten and mortality… plus some old favorites and standards, lots of guests and oddball surprises.

Friday
May 18
6:00PM  FROM WHITMAN TO GINSBERG: POEMS THAT CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Bernard Block, host

Vincent Quatroche Philip De Pinto Ptr Kozlowski Julia Ogilvie
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The 20th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

8:35PM  NOAH PREMINGER & ROB GARCIA, CD RELEASE: CHOPIN PROJECT
Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Kim Cass, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
Noah Preminger & Rob Garcia, CD Release: Chopin Project  image

Co-led by long-time collaborators, saxophonist Noah Preminger and drummer Rob Garcia, Dead Composers Club is a band that takes on projects, recording and performing music by some of the great composers in history. Their first album called “Chopin Project” adapts Frederick Chopin’s brilliant piano music for a jazz quartet carrying over all the romance, passion and beautiful melodies while adding a new twist.

“Garcia is a drummer of invention, grace and considerable fire.” - Downbeat "Noah Preminger’s sound is beholden to no one. That makes him continually unpredictable and continually satisfying."--The Boston Phoenix

  http://www.robgarciamusic.com/ https://soundcloud.com/deadcomposersclub

Saturday
May 19
8:35PM  JEFF DAVIS DRAGON FATHER TRIO
Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
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Drummer/composer Jeff Davis returns to the cafe tonight with his new trio, featuring improvising greats Ben Monder and Eivind Opsvik. Having performed together for many years, in a number of ensembles, Davis, Monder and Opsvik play with a hypnotic ease, creating moods that are at times peaceful and other times explosive. This exciting trio is not to be missed.

“Mr. Davis, a drummer and composer of sure footing but adventurous inclination...”-- Nate Chinen (New York Times)

  www.jeffdavisdrums.org

Sunday
May 20
6:00PM  AN EVENING OF SONG, POETRY, AND MUSIC
Barry Wallenstein, poetry;  Alan Rosenthal, piano;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Robert Silverman, trumpet;  Jeremy Carlstedt, drums;  Christopher Greggs, guest poet
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 Cover $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum; $10.00 total for students
8:01PM  MICHEL REIS TRIO
Michel Reis, piano;  Aidan O'Donnell, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Hailed as a “tremendous pianist” by Downbeat Magazine, Luxembourg-born pianist and composer Michel Reis has in recent years paved his way into an artist of international acclaim. Michel Reis has released 10 albums under his name and has appeared in many of the world’s most famous venues and festivals. He is also very active as a composer and arranger for larger orchestras, having just completed a project with his Reis Demuth Wiltgen trio featuring saxophonist Joshua Redman and the Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra under the baton of multi-Grammy winning artist Vince Mendoza.

"Reis is a musical storyteller."--Dan McCleneghan, All About Jazz

  www.michelreis.com www.reisdemuthwiltgen.com

Monday
May 21
6:00PM  THE FINE LINE BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION
Jennifer Haupt Marcia Butler Adrienne Brodeur
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Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur in conversation with authors Jennifer Haupt and Marcia Butler. Haupt will discuss her debut novel, In the Shadow of 10,000 Hills, which draws heavily on her experiences as a journalist in post-genocide Rwanda. Butler will discuss her memoir, The Skin Above my Knee, the story of her career as a professional oboist and her struggle to find beauty and order in music as her personal life threatened to destroy her.

"Journalist Haupt spent time in Rwanda researching the nature of grief and forgiveness. In this intensely beautiful debut, she shows that it’s indeed women who hold up half the sky." — Library Journal

Butler’s unmistakable bravery turned a traumatized girl into a world-class musician, then into a writer of memorable grace and force. — National Book Review

8:30PM  CHLOE PERRIER & FRIENDS
Chloe Perrier, vocals;  Sharik Hassan, piano;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
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Chloe will present a joyful mix of French Chansons, Jazz & bossa nova, with an original instrumentation, composed by her talented friends: Indian pianist Sharik Hassan and the Chilien drummer Rodrigo Recabarren. A colorful night not to be missed!

Chloé Perrier… Imagine during a long summer, a very hot day, a cool breeze of fresh air passing by, gently titling your skin. It gives you a feeling of lightness, freshness, beating with your heart. Chloé singing, she is this fresh, cooling breeze… A voice barely touching you but taking you along and accompanying you, she invites you in her world, her pace, to accompany your wondering thoughts… Simply a wonderful pleasure ! - Isabelle Mourgere, TV5 World

Tuesday
May 22
6:00PM  PLEASURE BOAT STUDIO AUTHORS
Baret Magarian Robert Karmon Dr. Siegfried Kra
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Please join us for a book reading from the new releases of 3 Inspiring Pleasure Boat Studio Authors: BARET MAGARIAN, ROBERT KARMON & DR. SIEGFRIED KRA

Plan for a very special start to your evening as 3 exceptional authors read from their captivating current releases. Magarian's 'The Fabrications' is a " rich, inventive and very funny novel..." - The Times Literary Supplement; Karmon's 'Isaac' "is profound and consequential historical fiction..." - Foreword Reviews; and Kra's upcoming 'Twilight in Danzig' is "a treasure." - Gary Wilson, Ph.D

  PleasureBoatStudio.com

8:01PM  JONATHAN SARAGA TRIO
Jonathan Saraga, trumpet;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Johnathan Blake, drums;  Anthony Wonsey, piano

“Engaging, tuneful, urgent modern jazz played at a very high level by young, masterful musicians," is how Grammy-nominated saxophonist Jimmy Greene describes the music of Jonathan Saraga's ensemble. Their 2017 Fresh Sound-New Talent album "Journey to a New World,” which earned 4-star reviews in Jazz Journal, Jazzwise, Sea of Tranquility, and All About Jazz, feature compositions that have received the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, as well as 4 semi-finalist nominations and one finalist nomination in the International Songwriting Competition.

“His chops, lust for musical life and don't-box-me-into-a-stylistic-corner mentality make him seem like the musical offspring of trumpeters Dave Douglas and Ambrose Akinmusire.” -All About Jazz

  http://jonathansaraga.com

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Wednesday May 23
6:00PM  M2DUO
Machiko Ozawa, violin;  Makia Matsumura, piano
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M2duO-20th anniversary season~ The M2duO is a duo of two Japanese women who graduated from Juilliard and Tokyo University of the Arts and have a passion for tango music. This concert celebrates their 20 years in NYC.

In this special evening, the M2duO will present their all-time favorites – Piazzolla, Japanese- oldies-turned-tango-- as well as their originals.

  www.machikoozawa.com unpianistique.com

8:00PM  ROD MACDONALD & MARK DANN, CD RELEASE
Rod MacDonald, guitar, harmonica, vocals;  Mark Dann, bass;  Dani Noy, guitar, voice
Rod MacDonald & Mark Dann, CD Release image

Rod MacDonald began his career in New York City as one of Greenwich Village’s leading performers in the 1980s, where he appeared on “Cornelia St: The Songwriters’ Exchange” and in the Fast Folk Magazine’s annual shows at the Bottom Line, and co-founded the Greenwich Villlage Folk Festival. Several of his songs, "American Jerusalem" "A Sailor's Prayer" “White Buffalo” and "Every Living Thing" have become concert staples for Dave Van Ronk, Shawn Colvin, Four Bitchin' Babes, Jonathan Edwards, Garnet Rogers, Joe Jencks, and others. Now living in south Florida—where he's been named one of “Ten Greatest South Florida Folksingers Of All Time” by New Times--he continues to dazzle audiences with his passionate singing and thought-provoking writing. As Fort Lauderdale’s Labyrinth Café—where he appears in concert each year–notes, “Rod’s songs will stay in your heart and mind long after the music has ended.”

STREAMING LINK: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMcJuAbXQa8

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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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