* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
"...her songs are consistently excellent..." - JazzTimes
A veteran of the New York City Music Scene, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Ansel Matthews
feels blessed to have learnt and grown in one of the world's richest musical confluences. He
arrived in NYC on a bus in the 80s fresh out of college with an all consuming passion, a
passion similarly seen in the multitudes that arrive each season. But unlike the majority who
come then leave or the few lucky enough to be received on a mass level, He has remained
enduring the ebb and flow that this great city produces. This has left its mark, producing a
richly vibriant music, complex in structure yet simple in sound. It is roots-oriented, original
acoustic music with beautiful mellifluous melodies and well-crafted lyrics, sung by an artist
with a heartfelt baritone voice that extends though and reaches beyond the genres of folk,
jazz, blues and the unknown.
"A powerful performer who brings a lot of soul and passion to every song he sings!"
"i can't get your songs out of my head, what beauty and truth"
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"With an uncommon instrumentation and a pluralistic stylistic orientation (rock, free, folk build upon the underlying jazz), Udden's group creates a resolutely new music where eclecticism and personal experience play an important role." - JAZZ MAN (FRANCE) Also described as "an appealingly dreamy roots-jazz combo" (Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York), the group, named for Udden's home town, will release it's first for Fresh Sound New Talent in March, marking Udden's second as a leader for the label.
Over millions of years, bacterial pathogens have co-evolved with their hosts, i.e. us! The biochemical interactions between microbes and the proteins in our cells are remarkable, intricate, a dance of sorts. Cindy Quezada, of the Stebbins Laboratory at Rockefeller University, will tell us about a newly discovered class of tools (NEL domains) used by some pathogens to take over ubiquitination, a key biological process. Ubiquitin can tell a protein where to go, what to do, and who to mingle with in the cell.
Nelida Tirado, hailed as “magnificent” by the New York Times and featured as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” leading dancers in 2007, will culminate the evening by illustrating (accompanied by Cristian Puig on guitar/vocals and Peter Basil on cajon) intricate interactions of a different kind - those evolving between a dancer, singer, and guitarist in flamenco. Just like ubiquitin, a flamenco dancer signals - the spontaneous communication that arises between the dancer and musicians results in an emotional, passionate and improvised performance. Join us for a night of dancing…in the gut and from the gut. ¡Olé!
She will be reading from her novel, Save the Village.
Joanne Naiman is a long time faculty member of The Writers Studio, teaching classes and working one-on-one with writers to help them develop their novels, memoirs and short story collections. A Clarion Award winner, she has both journalism and law degrees, but has been
running from the law for 20 years. Instead, she has just opened her divorce mediation practice.
The piece she's reading tonight is from a short-story collection in
The name of the story she’s reading is "With Tits Come Responsibilities"
Elena Sigman writes fiction and non-fiction and dabbles in midrash. Her work has appeared online on Salon and The Jew & The Carrot blog and in The Bark, Hadassah Magazine, Another Chicago Magazine, and other publications. Her essay “The Existence of Dog” appears in the anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot: Great Writers on the World’s Oldest Friendship.
(includes one house drink)
A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.
SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals.
SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan
Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers
You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!
Rob Spillman: Editor and co-founder of Tin House, a ten-year-old bi-coastal (Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Oregon) literary magazine. Tin House has been honored in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, Best American Poetry, O’Henry Prize Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthology and numerous other anthologies. He is also the Executive Editor of Tin House Books and co-founder of the Tin House Literary Festival, now in its sixth year. His writing has appeared in BookForum, the Boston Review, Connoisseur, Details, GQ, Nerve, the New York Times Book Review, Real Simple, Rolling Stone, Salon, Spin, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Worth, among other magazines, newspapers, and essay collections. He is also the editor of Gods and Soldiers: the Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing, which was just published.
And, the lovely Abigail Thomas: Abigail has published two short story collections, a novel and three memoirs: Safekeeping; A Three Dog Life; and Thinking About Memoir. A Three Dog Life was chosen as one of the best books of 2006 by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.
(includes one house drink)
"There's little precedent in improvised music for what this trio does"
John Kelman - all about jazz
Berlin based CYMINOLOGY are known for bringing to the musical stage an intercultural view of life by painting unique musical horizons with the use of a variety of musical influences. The band members include decedents of Iran, France, Germany and India and are touted to showcase a phenomenal international sound.
“As Ney” is the ECM debut of this unique band. The subtle yet dynamic, softly-pulsating music of Cyminology takes its cue from the sound of the Persian language.
“Cymin and her band perform an adventurous balancing act by combining age-old Persian poetry with chamber music jazz, thus reconciling the tales of 1001 nights with urban, metropolitan sound…” (Welt am Sonntag)
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Jackie's feature is the soulful Meagan Brothers.
(includes one house drink)
Currently living in Brooklyn, NY, jazz saxophonist Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. Ben Ratliff of the New York Times raves about Preminger's debut recording, Dry Bridge Road: "More than just a promising starting point, this is a display of integrity; here’s a musician you feel you can trust.” It is Preminger's uniqueness that sets him aside from other musicians: "He plays with not just chops and composure, but already a distinct voice."- S. Mitter, Boston Globe. Noah's debut album, Dry Bridge Road, considered as "Jazz Debut of the Year" by New York City's Village Voice, and numerous others, is available on the Nowt Records label.
Noah has had the opportunity to perform and work with Dave Liebman, John McNeil, Steve Davis, Dave Douglas, Joel Frahm, Dave Holland, Wynton Marsalis, John and Bucky Pizzarelli, Kendra Shank, Jim McNeely, Roscoe Mitchell, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses and many others.
Please don't miss this special performance with special guest, George Garzone.
"Preminger seems to have arrived on the scene fully-formed, with incisive musical instincts, a distinctive personal sound, and an ability to write great tunes... I was totally taken aback by Preminger's fearless, assured, and cliché-free soloing... The compositions are fresh, the band provides totally committed, no-holds-barred backing and truly inspired solos... On the basis of repeated listens to 'Dry Bridge Road', I can safely conclude that Noah Preminger is definitely for real."
- David Wayne, Jazz Review
“Saxophone phenom...” - Doug Fischer, Ottawa Citizen
“His [Preminger’s] debut recording and the music should turn listeners' heads and ears... one is immediately struck by the maturity of the compositions...”
- Richard Kamins, Hartford Couran
Two award-winning authors: Maria Mazziotti Gillan, who is often identified as a leader of the multicultural turn in North American poetry and is the recent recipient of the 28th Annual American Book Award from the Columbus Foundation, will be joined by scholar, fiction writer and poet Mary Ann Mannino.
Maria Mazziotti Gillan has published eight books of poetry, including The Weather of Old Seasons (Cross-Cultural Communications, 1988), Where I Come From (1995) and Things My Mother Told Me (Guernica Editions,1998). Her latest book is Italian Women in Black Dresses (Guernica, 2002). She is co-editor with her daughter Jennifer of three anthologies published by Penguin/Putnam: Unsettling America, Identity Lessons, and Growing up Ethnic in America.
She is the editor of the award-winning Paterson Literary Review. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, the New York Times, Poetry Ireland, Connecticut Review, LIPS, and Rattle, as well as in numerous other journals and anthologies. She has won the Angelie Lauri award, the John Fante Award, May Sarton Award, the Fearing Houghton Award, New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Poetry, and the American Literary Translator's Award through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In addition to being the Founder and the Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ, she is also a Professor and the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University-State University of New York .
Mary Ann Mannino: is a fiction writer and poet. Her poem, “Jimmy Fahey,” took first place in the 2001 Allen Ginsberg poetry awards. She was the first fiction writer to be featured in the Painted Bride Quarterly. She has published several short stories and poems in literary magazines in both England and the United States. Her work has appeared regularly in the Paterson Review, Philadelphia Poets and VIA as well as the Alabama Review.
By day, Mannino is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia. In 2003, with Justin Vitiello, she co-edited an anthology, Breaking Open, published by Purdue University Press, of Italian American women writers discussing ethnic influences on their creative works. Her essay Thomas Wolfe's Ambivalence Toward Women in The Web and the Rock was selected by the Thomas Wolfe Society as one of the twenty best essays on Thomas Wolfe in the last twenty years.
(includes one house drink)
"Guitarist Ryan Blotnick plays with a warm tone, a relaxed cadence and
a smart but unassuming air. Born and reared in Maine, he is now based
in Brooklyn. On his engagingly pensive debut, Music Needs You
(Songlines), Mr. Blotnick presents a handful of original compositions.
There's a sense of something natural unfolding as he and his band
mates elaborate on his themes."
- Nate Chinen, New York Times, 3/7/08
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