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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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Jun 10
Les Lopes, poet;  Jeanann Verlee, poet;  Tom Lisenbee, poet;  Greg Pattillo, flute;  Eric Stephenson, cello
Music & words, jazz & jazz riffs.

Les' Poetry Jazz Thing

Featuring : Les Lopes, Jeanann Verlee and Tom Lisenbee, and the musicians: Greg Pattillo on flute and Eric Stephenson on cello.

Les Lopes: Les is a writer, performer and producer. He has been producing poetry/jazz shows in New York City for two years. He was the co-founder and host of Ozzie's Poetry Night and Live at Ozzie's for six years.

Jeanann Verlee: Jeanann is a poet, prose writer, actor, activist and recovering punk rocker whose work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines. She was a member of the 2006 New York City Urbana National Poetry Slam Team.

Tom Lisenbee: Tom is a poet, prose writer and musician. He enjoyed a forty-two year career as a symphonic musician in NYC and retired in 2001 to devote himself to his other great love, writing. His poetry has appeared in various journals and his chapbook, Dogwalking, was published by Wild Pines Press. In 2006 one of his short stories was short-listed for the Raymond Carver Short Story Prize.

Greg Pattillo and Eric Stephenson: Both Greg and Eric have been performing as a duo with poets in San Francisco and NYC for several years. Together they have developed a sensitivity to verse and spoken word that has made them sought after accompanist for poets on both coasts.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Kris Davis, piano;  Tony Malaby, saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Kris Davis Quartet image
This performance will include all new music soon to be recorded as the quartets' third recording for Fresh Sound Records. The group explores the balance between composition and improvisation, ultimately blurring the lines of traditional roles within the quartet.

"Ms. Davis is among the more promising young pianists and composers to have arrived in the last few years."
- Nate Chinen, New York Times
 Cover $10

Jun 11
Peter Ego, Host

Mindy Cassle & friends, songs, music, cabaret.

The Best of "TIMES" is Now

with pianist: Bill Waldinger

Featuring: Ray Rosato, Debbie Feinstein, Jaime Sheedy, Heidi Dotterer, P.J. Cirino.
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler, host


• Installment #1 of Calling, a quasi-opera - by composer/performer Doug Geers and writer Wickham Boyle, with projections by Christine Sciulli
• Installment #1 of a long awaited opera based on the cult-film classic Pink Flamingos by John Waters - by composer/pianist Jed Distler, writer/director Arnold Barkus, with lyrics by Regie Cabico
• Cyber-flötess Margaret Lancaster
• Film short by SpecialTim -

Cover charge:
$15 general, $10 stu/sr
w/ One drink minimum.

Advance sale discounts available from Composers Collaborative.
Box Office: 212-663-1967

Jun 12
Barbara Aliprantis

Steve Northeast Nick Spadafora Rivka Widerman
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Steve Northeast, a brilliant Musician/Songwriter, rocks the house each time he steps center stage as he tells tales, sings his songs and plays his guitar! Steve arrived in NYC in 2002 armed with a gift for telling stories through music. He immediately began drawing inspiration from the landscape and people of our fair city, and his songs now embrace NYC's wide-ranging emotions and "attitude." Recently Steve turned to expressing himself “on canvas” and tonight he’ll tell us about his journey from music to visual art to storytelling…

Nick Spadafora, a gifted visual artist, combines oil, pastel and pencil as he explores nature, portraiture, animals and color abstracts on canvas. His work, exhibited in many of NYC's popular art galleries, always draws praise for his breathtaking use of mixed media. Nick is more comfortable showing his works of art rather than talking about them, BUT tonight he’s agreed to don an emerging storyteller’s hat – rather than an artist’s beret. He’ll set the stage with one of his earlier paintings, talk to us about his muse, confident that some of us will be inspired to step up to the OPEN MIC to share a brief story that his work brings to mind…

Rivka Widerman is a real Renaissance woman who has worn many hats, including professional storyteller, professor of law, Hebrew/Yiddish translator, workshop facilitator, and visual artist. A native of Brooklyn, now living in Manhattan, Rivka draws on her extraordinarily diverse talents, whether she’s painting a picture, telling a family story, a folktale or really big fib.

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be." - Abraham Maslow (1908-1970), Brooklyn-born American Psychologist

FORMAT: Featured Teller(s)/Open Mic/Swap: 6 - 7 minute limit
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .
 Cover $10
Andrey Gritsman and Laure-Anne Bosselaar , hosts

Barbara Pieroni, poet and editor;  J.Kates, poet and translator;  Vasyl Makhno, Ukrainian poet and essayist;  Marianna Savka, Ukrainian poet

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
LANGUAGE OF SWANS TRIO Joe Giardullo, soprano saxophone & flute;  Shayna Dulberger, bass;  Todd Capp, drums; 
Michael Snow, violin;  Gwen Laster, violin;  Larry Packer, viola;  Martha Colby, cello
This expanded ensemble has one foot in the tradition of Paul Motian's superb trio (with Charles Brackeen and David Izenzon), and another foot in the music of Earle Brown, Morton Feldman and Leo Smith. Yet another foot is squarely in the moment. They play open music that is clear and full of rich detail, and will perform music from Giardullo’s PEARL ROAD series.

"Luminous" TOMAJAZZ, Spain
“Startlingly impressive. The tunes are paragons of beauty” ALL MUSIC GUIDE
"Resplendent in its sheer beauty" TOUCHING EXTREMES, Rome
"Full of complex detail and abstract freedom" CADENCE
"Prepare to be transported" ALL ABOUT JAZZ NEW YORK
"A heady mixture of outside & in, experimentation & tradition, technique & imagination" BBC, London
"His signature- a tumbling, cascading torrent of sound" DOWNBEAT
"Creativity fresh as a breaking wave" ALL ABOUT JAZZ LOS ANGELES
 Cover $10

Jun 14

Our friend and his friend, Moxie. There may be a piano present as well.

Jess Korman in Let's Rob a Liquor Store!

A rollicking hour of musical nonsense, lyrical wit, blushing modesty, golden favorites, plus guests.
 Cover $12

David Devoe, curator

Danielle Elliot, voice;  Rachael Price, voice;  Warren Wolf, vibraphone;  Erik Privert, bass;  Dave Brophy, drums
GNU VOX: Danielle Elliot & Rachael Price image
Danielle Elliott is a gifted young singer currently residing in New York City. Danielle grew up in a very musical household and started singing when she was old enough to hold a microphone. Growing up in such an environment led Danielle to be a classical voice studies major at Western Connecticut State University in 2002, where she was first introduced, and eventually changed her course of study to jazz. At Western, Danielle had the opportunity to play with Romero Lubambo and decided it was time to move to New York City where she transferred to The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in the spring 2004. She was privileged to play with such renowned musicians as Junior Mance, Bobby Sanabria, Candido, and DJ Logic at legendary New York venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Allen Room, Nuyorican Poets Café, and Sweet Rhythm. She has also studied under fantastic teachers such as Richard Harper, Dena DeRose, and Sheila Jordan to name a few. Danielle graduated from The New School in the spring of 2006 with her B.F.A. in Vocal Performance and is currently working on writing and arranging standards and originals for her own group for their upcoming EP, as well as working as a backing vocalist on other various projects. "Danielle has revealed herself to be not only a brilliant and charming stage personality but a competent musician and vocalist. She is a new star on the horizon."-Reggie Workman, legendary bassist and educator

Rachael Price grew up in Nashville, TN in a musical family where sing-alongs were a daily pastime. She watched alot of musicals and spent most of childhood imagining she was in one of them. She fell in love with jazz singers at an early age as well as old time country and bluegrass. Now, Rachael spends her time experimenting within jazz and country and having a grand ole time doin it. Price has dedicated her life to her love. She is a jazz studies major at the New England Conservatory in Massachusetts. In fact, some great talents in and from Massachusetts have already impacted the young singer. Cambridge-born, multi-Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon brought the young singer to the attention of her manager after Freelon heard her in her clinic in Montreux. Now under the tutelage of Dominique Eade at the Conservatory, Rachael is focusing on repertoire, improvisation and style, among other things. And Price is proving that something special in her voice and style is bridging the worlds inhabited by these illustrious tcontemporary vocalists and those of lore and history: noted actress/singer Kathryn Grayson of MGM fame says of Price: "The best young voice I've heard, period. No one around can even touch her voice and style -- a style all her own." In 2003, Price was tapped by the Grammy Foundation as a vocalist with the High School Grammy Jazz Choir, and she was a semi-finalist at the Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition in France. In 2004, Price wowed the audience (and was the youngest competitor) at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
 Cover $10

Jun 15
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's legendary open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

We are pleased and proud to have the legendary spoken word artist Poez as tonight's featured performer.
 Cover $7

Pete Robbins, alto saxophone, compositions;  Sam Sadigursky, tenor & soprano saxophones;  Eliot Cardinaux, Nord electric piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Brooklyn-based saxophonist/composer Pete Robbins will further celebrate the release of his second release as a leader, "Waits & Measures which was recorded and mixed by Jamie Saft. “On this new recording,” writes critic Mark F. Turner in the liner notes, “Robbins clearly has an acute understanding of jazz as an art form, but more importantly he is striving to create music that moves in new directions. The group has gelled into a tight unit, creating music based on the ebb and flow of spontaneous invention. Robbins has again impressed me with his abilities as a musician, a serious composer and an artist with a vision to create music that is progressive, yet always engaging.”
His work as a composer and bandleader recently earned him a 2006 Chamber Music America composition grant.

“ alto saxophonist and clarinetist with a cool tone and a slightly off-kilter sensibility...”
—Nate Chinen, New York Times

“Robbins displays a keen imagination and a rousing command of his horn.”
—David Adler, AllAboutJazz-New York
 Cover $10

Jun 16
Dean Kostos, host

This month's feartured readers are Howard Brown, Carol Novak, and Hilary Sideris.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  John Hollenbeck, drums

 Cover $10
Jun 17
Susan Chi, host

Susan Chi Felicia Luna Lumis Felicia Sullivan
An evening for the inner blonde in all of us.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Russ Johnson, trumpet & flugelhorn;  Krzysztof Medyna, saxophone;  Andrzej Winnicki, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Dave Anthony, drums
Komeda Project image
In his short life (until untimely death after a tragic accident in Hollywood at the age of 38), Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969) wrote music for more than 60 films, including classics of the Polish cinema by the Academy Award winners Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda. It was Polanski who gave Komeda his first commission in 1957, and used his music in almost all of his films over the next decade, inviting him to Hollywood in 1967 to score his American film debut, "Rosemary's Baby."
According to Polanski himself, the popular and critical success of "Rosemary's Baby" owed much to Komeda's empathy and creative imagination.
Bringing Komeda's wondrous music back to life is what KOMEDA PROJECT, a progressive/acoustic jazz quintet, is all about. He expanded the range of expression in jazz by adding a dramatized lyricism - it’s force reaching the intensity of ecstatic and mystical experience. It deserves not to be forgotten.

"Even amongst the many engaging, skillfully-executed projects that cross our desk, it's rare to discover something as unexpectedly compelling as this. On the group's latest release, "Crazy Girl", arrangements of Komeda's works are sophisticated and engaging, bringing to mind the warm vibe of such classic recordings as "Kind of Blue" and "Blues and the Abstract Truth" ... and the entire group's musicianship remains exceptional throughout."
Keyboard Magazine/April2007
 Cover $10

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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