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ART ON THE WALLS

Friday
May 19
6:00PM  WHAT WERE THE ’60S REALLY LIKE? SPOKEN WORD/PERFORMANCE/OPEN
K, host

Ellen Mandel, piano, vocals;  Madeline Artenberg Steve Dalachinsky Dorothy Friedman Davidson Garrett Ron Kolm; Rifka Kreiter Ptr Kozlowski, Tsaurah Litzky Michael Lydon; Eve Packer Mireya Perez; Su Polo Leslie Prosterman, Janet Restino; Sparrow
What Were the ’60s <i>REALLY</i> Like? Spoken Word/Performance/Open image montage by Su Polo

Chapter 2: Beyond Peace & Love

Join Children of the ‘60s as we celebrate a cultural revolution that is still alive in US! On Malcolm X’s Birthday!

Inspired by Bob Dylan being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature and an actual question the host was asked by her younger brother Bill, which gave the show its title, “What Were the ‘60s REALLY Like?” debuted Inauguration Day and was featured in an article about artists’ answer to a Trump presidency.

Downtown poets, memoirists, and musicians gather again on Malcolm X’s birthday to collectively conjure an oral history that speaks to Now. You’ll witness a Washington D.C. Kent State protest where Chuck Berry performed; the “One Man, One Vote” struggle in Mississippi and murders in Philadelphia; Malcolm X’s last speech in London; meet Richie Havens; see Jimi Hendrix Live; hear reminiscences of a 2nd wave feminist; discover the truth about TV’s Kitty Carlisle, and More! – all through the eyes of the folks who were there then. “Talkin’ ‘bout my generation”!

  http://thevillager.com/2017/01/11/and-a-60s-child-shall-lead-them/

9:00PM & 10:30PM  KINAN AZMEH CITY BAND
Kinan Azmeh, clarinet;  Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Josh Myers, bass;  John Hadfield, percussion, drums
Kinan Azmeh City Band  image

Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh City Band immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high-energy performance, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike. With this New York ensemble, Azmeh strives to reach a balance between classical music, jazz, and the music of his homeland, Syria. Azmeh’s expressive clarinet meets Kyle Sanna’s rustic guitar, soaring at times over the dynamic and volatile backdrop of John Hadfield’s percussion and Josh Myers’ double bass.

Hailed as a Virtuoso and Intensely Soulful by the New York Times and Spellbinding by the New Yorker, and Incredibly Rich Sound by the CBC, Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres is now fast gaining international recognition.

  http://kinanazmeh.com http://jhadfield.com

Saturday
May 20
6:00PM  JASPER DUTZ QUARTET
Jasper Dutz, alto sax/bass clarinet;  Anthony Pearlman, piano;  Tony Lannen, bass;  Connor Parks, drums;  special guest Chris Fishman, piano, synth
Jasper Dutz Quartet image

For the past five years, Jasper Dutz has performed both as a sideman and co-leader for many bands around NYC. Come join him and his new quartet for their debut show at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Featuring Anthony Pearlman - Piano, Tony Lannen - Bass, Connor Parks - Drums, and special guest Chris Fishman on Piano & Synths

  www.jasperdutz.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  FRANCISCO MELA & THE CRASH TRIO “FE”
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Gerald Cannon, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
FRANCISCO MELA & THE CRASH TRIO “FE”  image

The latest album by Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and The Crash Trio entitled “FE,” represents many of the experiences he has encountered through his musical journey thus far. Mela views the project as a form of free expression that he’s developed by playing alongside master musicians such as Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Gary Bartz, Gerald Cannon, Leo Genovese, and Chucho Valdés, and states “Much of my past is reflected in my new album, and through playing with The Crash Trio.”

“This Crash Trio production pushes contemporary jazz further into the future, and showcases Mela's development and musical growth as an artist, with more, assuredly to follow.”--All About Jazz, James Nadal

  www.franciscomela.com

Sunday
May 21
6:00PM  THE FALL OF ATHENS
Gail Holst-Warhaft, author and host

Lina Orfanos Spyros Exaras
The Fall of Athens image

A reading of poetry and prose from Gail Holst-Warhaft's new book, The Fall Of Athens, with live Greek music performed by Lina Orfanos and Spyros Exaras

Holst-Warhaft’s book is both a peon of praise for the music and poetry the author first discovered in the Greece of the 1960’s and a lament for the present state of the country. Having played in the orchestras of such legends as Mikis Theodorakis and Dionysis Savvopoulos, the author had a bird’s eye view of 20th century Greek music at its apogee. Translating Greek poetry and prose later brought her in close contact with some of the leading writers of the period. With the discovery of Greek music and poetry came the forging of lasting friendships with these giants of Greek culture. This eclectic compilation of poetry, prose, translation, memoir, and songs captures the enigmatic, hybrid nature of Greece, a country that has always had the ability to create extraordinary beauty out of suffering.

“For anyone at all interested in Greece, which ought really to include anyone with the slightest interest in the world in which we live, this is without doubt a necessary book.” John Lucas, London Grip.

  gailholst-warhaft.com

8:30PM  JANE IRA BLOOM TRIO
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte , drums
Jane Ira Bloom Trio image

Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with her trio to perform songs from their critically acclaimed release “Early Americans." Longtime band-mates Mark Helias (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums) join Bloom for an evening of high wire improvisation over the groove. Don’t miss these fearless American originals.

Monday
May 22
6:00PM  BENNINGTON WRITERS - FICTION
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

Fiona Maazel, featured reader;  Cecile Callen Paul Hertneky Whit Coppedge
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Fiction image

Please join tonight’s featured reader, Fiona Maazel, and three amiable and talented writers, Cecile Callen, Paul Hertneky, and Whit Coppedge.

Fiona Maazel is the author of the novels Last Last Chance, Woke Up Lonely, and A Little More Human. She is winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction, a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” honoree, and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

  vleecker.com

8:30PM  YANIV TAUBENHOUSE TRIO
Yaniv Taubenhouse, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jerad Lippi, drums
YANIV TAUBENHOUSE TRIO image

The Yaniv Taubenhouse Trio is a contemporary jazz ensemble based out of New York City, formed by Yaniv, basist Rick Rosato and drummer Jerad Lippi. The trio comes from a long lineage of musical influences both in and out of the jazz world.

The group's repertoire features originals by Taubenhouse, Rosato and Lippi as well as standards, with the on edge embrace of virtuosic chops, the tender love of melody driven ballads, groove oriented percussion, as well as a number of fully developed thematic suites more akin to traditional classical forms than jazz.

"Moments in Trio - Volume One" is the first one in a series of recordings of the trio and it was released on Fresh Sound Records on September 2015.

“ Taubenhouse, Lippi and Rosato are clearly highly skilled in working together and keen to explore musical possibilities, tones and textures, but not at the expense of accessible, melodic and engaging content “ John Adcock, Jazz Journal

  www.yanivtaubenhouse.com www.facebook.com/yanivtaubenhousemusic

Tuesday
May 23
6:00PM  SURREALISM AND ITS AMERICAN CO-CONSPIRATORS
Bill Zavatsky Zack Rogow
Surrealism and Its American Co-Conspirators image

Bill Zavatsky and Zack Rogow recently published their revised translation of Earthlight (Clair de terre) by André Breton with Black Widow Press, which now includes the French texts and expanded notes. The book won the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Translation Prize. This edition features a cover with an original collage by Breton, one of the founders and chief theoretician of the surrealist movement. He published his Manifesto of Surrealism in 1924 and gathered around him some of the most extraordinary poets, writers, and artists of the twentieth century. Earthlight selects from the first half of his poetry, and includes some of his greatest poems, including “Free Union,” the electric sequence of love poems called The Air of the Water, and many others.

Bill and Zack will read from Earthlight as well as from their own poetry, with a musical interlude. Rumor has it that André Breton himself may make a guest appearance. . .

8:00PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: ITAMAR BOROCHOV CD RELEASE PARTY
Or Bareket, host

Itamar Borochov, trumpet;  Rob Clearfield, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Itamar Borochov CD Release Party image

Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara, celebrating traces of the divine that he finds in elegant sophistication, Middle Eastern tradition and downhome blues. Itamar Borochov’s quartet will celebrate the release of their sophomore album Boomerang, which has been receiving worldwide critical acclaim, topping at #5 on iTunes, and #6 on Amazon.com jazz charts in Europe, even before its anticipated release in the United States.

9:30PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: EDEN BAREKET TRIO
Eden Bareket, baritone sax;  Or Bareket, bass;  Felix Lecaros, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Eden bareket Trio image

Innovative Bari sax player Eden Bareket leads this unorthodox jazz trio. Drawing from diverse musical languages, from Sonny Rollins to Peter Gabriel, the trio creates a cohesive and unique style.

  edenbareket.com

STREAMING LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mox_E3YMkbo

Wednesday May 24
6:00PM  PARADISE MAINTAIN'D
Paradise Maintain'd image

Join us for an evening of readings and commentaries to celebrate the US launch of Paradise Maintain'd. - a new endowment fund for Milton's Cottage. The only surviving residence of John Milton, it is also the place where he completed his epic masterpiece, Paradise Lost. As 2017 marks the 350th anniversary of its publication, we invite Milton aficionados, literature lovers and libertarians everywhere to help us preserve this unique literary paradise for future generations.

8:30PM  TICKER TAPE PARADE
Natasha Thweatt Tracy Michailidis Laura Yen Solito Sabina Petra
Ticker Tape Parade image

These incredibly talented ladies have collectively performed On and Off - Broadway, on National Tours, and at regional theaters across the country. They are now here for one evening of song at Cornelia Street Cafe. Not to be missed!

Thursday
May 25
6:00PM  VOICES CARRY: BOOK LAUNCH & SIGNING
Mervyn Taylor David Williams Susana Case
Voices Carry: Book Launch & Signing image

Come celebrate with us the publication of Voices Carry (Shearsman Books, 2017), the sixth collection of poems by Mervyn Taylor, about whom the late Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott said, "Taylor's is a quiet voice. His poems possess an admirable degree of subtlety, and a tone that keeps him separate and unique."

For this event, Taylor is joined by David Williams, bassist, and Susana Case, author of several books of poetry, including 4Rms w Vu and the forthcoming Drugstore Blue.

8:01PM  STREAMS
Yago Vazquez, piano;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Streams 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 (Allaboutjazz.com)

Friday
May 26
6:00PM  QUIXOTA IN THE TIME OF TRUMP HOW TO BE A MEXICAN FEMINIST IN 15 MINUTES
Malú Huacuja del Toro, writer/performer

QUIXOTA IN THE TIME OF TRUMP How to be a Mexican Feminist in 15 minutes image

A Politically Incorrect Monologue by Malú HDT (Malú Huacuja del Toro) Stand-Up Comedy. On her way back home, a Mexican feminist playwright gets trapped in the NYC subway under construction, where for some reason there is a mysterious “political black hole” sending people to a supernatural dimension. Her only way out is to tell the history of Mexico in 15 minutes. And so she tries.

  www.eventbrite.com/e/quixota-in-the-time-of-trump-how-to-be-a-mexican-feminist-in-15-minute

9:00PM & 10:30PM  NOAH PREMINGER TRIO
Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Kim Cass, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums

Of Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Preminger, The New York Times declares: “Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.” Preminger, just 30, has recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums and is steadily listed as one of the best tenor saxophonists by critics and readers on the annual Downbeat Poll.

“Mr. Preminger designs a different kind of sound for each note, an individual destiny and story.” - The New York Times

"One of the best saxophone players you'll hear, or want to... a highly developed, personal sound and aesthetic. Preminger is a deep thinker." Hartford Courant

  http://www.noahpreminger.com http://www.facebook.com/noah.preminger

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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