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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

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Jun 15
Sarah Gambito Joseph O. Legaspi Karen Pittelman Kron Vollmer Rita Zilberman
Sarah Gambito is the author of the poetry collections Delivered (Persea Books) and Matadora (Alice James Books). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Iowa Review, The Antioch Review, Denver Quarterly, The New Republic, Field, Quarterly West, Fence and other journals. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets and Writers and grants and fellowships from The New York Foundation for the Arts, Urban Artists Initiative and The MacDowell Colony. She is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Fordham University. Together with Joseph O. Legaspi, she co-founded Kundiman, a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets.

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Imago (CavanKerry Press), winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. He lives in New York City and works at Columbia University. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared and/or are forthcoming in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Poets & Writers, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman.

Karen Pittelman’s poetry has been published in The GSU Review, River City, Sojourner and Oberon. She’s the author of two non-fiction books about social change philanthropy from Soft Skull Press and the lead singer for the band Royal Pink. She lives in Queens where she works as a writing coach.

Kron Vollmer is a 2007 recipient of a Puffin Grant and has had work appear in the New York Fringe Festival.

Rita Zilberman is a poet and clinical social worker who lives in Queens. Her translations from the Russian have appeared in the anthology, Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry. Rita is also a member of the FireCircle arts collective. She received her BA in Comparative Literature and Literary Translation from Brown University. Rita was born in Moldova, where she first learned to love soup.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Satoshi Takeishi, percussion;  Dan Blake, soprano and tenor saxophones;  Ricardo Gallo, piano
Ricardo Gallo's TAUOM image
TAUOM , a trio featuring Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, Dan Blake on soprano and tenor saxophones, and Ricardo Gallo on piano, performs original music and improvisations developing areas in between rhythmic complexes and sonic explorations. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Ricardo Gallo is active as a composer of contemporary concert music, and as a pianist performing jazz and improvised music. He leads different projects that relate aspects of Colombian folklore to contemporary musical expressions.

…The emotional resonance invoked by the music is striking. So too is the structural and formal sophistication of the young keyboard player Ricardo Gallo's music.
James Nichols, All About Jazz, May 9th 2008.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jun 16
Host Russ Green

Julie Sheehan Michele Whittaker Tara Propper
The George Wallace Poetry Explosion image
Estimable George is away on a secret poetry mission but guest host Russ Green will feature a celebration of the Stony Brook-Southampton MFA program. Long Island visits the West Village, watch out.

Michelle Whittaker is the Liberal Arts Chair for Patchogue Arts Council and co-founder of Parrhesia Poetry Society. She received the 2009 Jody Donohue Poetry Prize and poems have recently appeared in Xanadu, Long Island Quarterly and The Southampton Review. Currently, she is finishing her MFA at Stony Brook University and teaches piano.

Tara Propper is an MFA student at Stony Brook University. Her poems have appeared in the Southampton Review and the Long Island Sounds Poetry Anthology. She's also a freelance writer and editor for photography and arts magazines. Her work has been published in Studio Photography Magazine, Photo Trade News, and She recently read at the Patchogue Arts Festival. Tara's work is forthcoming in the Long Island Sounds 2010 Poetry Anthology.

JULIE SHEEHAN won the 2005 Bernard Women Poets Prize for her sophomore collection, Orient Point. She lives on Long Island, New York, and teaches in the MFA program at Stony Brook, Southampton. Her latest work, just released, is Bar Book.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Valerie Ghent

Rebecca Hart Valerie Ghent Danny Ross Randi Driscoll
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

This month's Songwriter's Beat features Rebecca Hart, Valerie Ghent, Danny Ross and Randi Driscoll.

Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 290 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan.

Join us!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

 Cover $10

Jun 17
Larry Kraman, host

GREGG KALLOR, pianist and composer
Classical & Jazz Piano image
Gregg Kallor’s fresh approach to the solo piano recital seamlessly integrates original music, contemporary pieces, classic repertoire, and improvisation.

"It took but a few impeccably shaped phrases to make it plain that Kallor is a formidably well-trained technician and a master of stylish proportion as well." –New York Concert Review
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Ben Monder, guitar;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  Joseph Branciforte, drums;  Chris Botta, guitar;  Matt Moran, vibes;  James Ilgenfritz, bass;  Christopher Otto, violin;  Kevin McFarland, cello
Ben Monder-Bill McHenry/<br>The Cellar And Point image
Ben Monder and Bill McHenry starts the night exploring ideas as they did on their beautiful 2009 album Bloom

Ben Monder has played nearly unsurpassable jazz guitar with any number of actual jazz groups. But what he plays with his own group comes from another planet.
- Ben Ratliff, NY Times

Next up is: The Cellar and Point

Young composer-performers Joseph Branciforte (drums) and Chris Botta (guitar) have assembled an unlikely cross-section of NYC talent to perform their "garage-chamber" compositions. Joining forces with iconoclastic improvisers Matt Moran of the Claudia Quintet (vibraphone) and James Ilgenfritz (bass) and powerhouse modern classical performers Chris Otto, and Kevin McFarland of the JACK quartet (violin and cello), their musical universe comprises the detail of modern classical music, the energy of alt-rock, and the improvisational sensibilities of downtown jazz.
 Cover $10

Jun 18
Kat Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's featured poet Peter Carlaftes will launch his new book, Drunkyard Dog.

A book launch for Peter Carlaftes' new poetry collection "Drunkyard Dog" (Three Rooms Press). Peter Carlaftes is a poet, playwright, actor and director. Five collections of his poetry have been published including Nightclub Confidential, The Bar Essentials, Sheer Bardom, I Canto Cantos and Drive-by Brooding. Nine of his plays have been staged, to critical acclaim, among them Anity, Frontier-A-Go-Go, Spin-Dry and Closure. He also created and stage a deconstruction of Knut Hamsun’s classic work Hunger, and a created and starred in a one-man rendition of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. He is currently working on scripts for two new plays and a movie, as well as fine-tuning his performance piece, Lenny Bruce: Dead & Well, with previews in New York and Los Angles.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Mark Helias, bass;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Mark Helias Trio image
Exploring the archetypal piano trio form, bassist/composer Mark Helias has assembled a special series of his compositions to be realized by the brilliant musicians Craig Taborn and Nasheet Waits.
 Cover $10
Jun 19
Dean Kostos, host

George Kaloger Fayre Makeig and Alice Lacey

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Johanna Borchert, piano, prepared piano and more;  Elena Setién, voice, violin
Little Red Suitcase image
»broken smelly accordeon, the cat stepping on pianokeys, mum frying eggs in the evening, playing a horn from the Alps on a balcony, screaming at the beach«
-Little Red Suitcase

Coming directly from the flourishing Copenhagen jazz scene is Little Red Suitcase, a girl duo that delicately mixes improvised music, cabaret and theatre live on stage. With simple stage effects, a lot of instruments and crazy mic´ing, they are a live performance full of surprises, quirky stories, expanding into many musical styles and genres. Spiced improv, cabaret and theatrical elements are part of their stage performance. Their attitude communicates directly to the audience, with Spanish, German, French, Danish and English lyrics shaping their multi-lingual universe.

The band’s two members originally met in Copenhagen, but Little Red Suitcase was born in Zarautz, a small village by the Cantabric sea in Spain during an improvised jam session, during »the hours of the siesta« on july 2005. Since then, Little Red Suitcase has played concerts in Norway, Greenland, Spain, Germany, USA, Holland, Sweden and Denmark. They have thrilled audience in clubs such as The Stone in NYC to B-Flat in Berlin, and will perform at the Rochester Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Jazz Festival as part of this tour.

Their debut album, ”They’ll know much more than we’ll never know,” was nominated in 2007 in the category »Best vocal jazz release« at the Danish Music Awards. ”Temporarily Out of Order” – the latest album from Little Red Suitcase – was released in October 2008. The album has received a prize from The Danish Arts Council and is again Nominated in the category »Best vocal jazz release« at the Danish Music Awards 2009.
 Cover $10

Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Chad Taylor, drums
Ryan Blotnick Quartet image
Guitarist Ryan Blotnick has been called "a vital contemporary voice" by Time Out New York, "an authentic, compelling player" by Cadence Magazine, and has garnered praise from guitarists John Abercrombie, Steve Cardenas and Ben Monder. Saturday's concert will debut some new music for a quartet of New York's most exciting downtown musicians. Bill McHenry and Thomas Morgan are members of Paul Motian's recent groups, and drummer Chad Taylor was a key figure in the Chicago music scene before moving to New York, playing and recording with Iron & Wine, Chicago Underground Trio and recently Marc Ribot's trio with Henry Grimes.

Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, but always listening for new sounds and trends in improvised music, Blotnick has drawn equally from the American and European jazz scenes, playing regularly with musicians from Denmark, Spain, Ireland, Belgium, Canada and England. His latest release "Everything Forgets" for Songlines features drum master Jeff Williams (of Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano, etc.) and Joachim Badenhorst (of the Han Bennink Trio). Marke Andrews of the Vancouver Sun wrote of the new release:

"Blotnick will never be mistaken for best-selling guitar brethren Pat Metheny or George Benson, but his music is richly drawn from many palettes. Some tracks on Everything Forgets are tone poems, including the gentle Intro and the electronic Funes the Memorius, and others, like Judge's Cave, are meter-free explorations with lots of open spaces in the dialogue among instruments. Then there are the simple, melodic numbers such as Mansell, with its firm backbeat and and unadorned guitar work, and Ballad for a Crumbling Infrastructure, which swings thanks to brushwork by drummer Jeff Williams."

"What is interesting about this disc is that there is nothing too forceful or very "out". It deals more with somber, late night listening. It more about creating a certain vibe of suspense with the occasional ghost floating across the horizon."
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
 Cover $10


Jun 20
Kirpal Gordon, words;  Claire Daly Band , music
Book party for Ghost & Ganga: A Jazz Odyssey, a new work of fiction by Kirpal Gordon, published by Leaping Dog Press , celebrating the jazz tradition.

Kirpal will be joined by the Claire Daly Band for a smokin' set of spoken word and music.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)


Evan Arntzen, tenor saxophone;  Josh Cole, bass;  Dan Gaucher, drums;  Ingrid Jensen, trumpet;  Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Chris Tarry, electric bass;  jordan Perlson, drums
The October Trio + Ingrid Jensen/<br>Abbasi-Tarry Trio image
A double bill featuring the critically acclaimed October Trio (Vancouver, BC) making their New York debut with former west coaster Ingrid Jensen in the trumpet chair playing music from their last album “Looks Like Its Going To Snow” (Songlines).

“unmistakable chemistry and artistic purpose… Among the marvelous elements of Going to Snow is the way it easily and off-handedly incorporates funk and rock elements without becoming a collection that is dominated by a backbeat aesthetic.”

"Ingrid plays trumpet and flugelhorn with all the brilliance and fire of a true virtuoso, following the spirit of the muse as she creates… …warm, sensitive, exciting and totally honest….."
- Marian McPartland

The Abbasi/Tarry Trio features one of modern jazz’s greatest guitarist Rez Abbasi, internationally celebrated electric bassist Chris Tarry, and the highly in demand Jordan Perlson on drums.

“Graceful, fluid and riviting.. Rez Abbasi is singularly well placed to rivive the East-meets-West conversation that has intrigued so many improvising musicians."
- Coda Magazine

"ACD finds bassist Chris Tarry's quintet in electrifyingly tight form!"
- Downbeat Magazine
 Cover $10

Jun 21
Ted Jonathan, host

Linda Tieber Michael Montlack Christine Cuccio Radlmann

 Cover $7 (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 . . .

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post
 Cover $10

Jun 22
Autumn Giles & Martin Rock, host

Katherine Bogdon , SLC;  Raymond DeJesus , New School;  Nina Budabin McQuown , Hunter;  Monica Wendel , NYU
Another semester ends. We look forward to more MFA hosts & poets in the fall. Are we getting old or have all poets always been twenty-somethigs? A fit subject for a sonnet or sestina.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Brad Henkel, trumpet;  Nathaniel Morgan, alto saxophone;  Patrick Breiner, tenor saxophone;  Dustin Carlson, guitar;  Cosy Brown, drums
Will McEvoy's Mutasm image
“Mutasm was powerful and bridged an interdependency among the audience, the musicians and the space in which you played. The forward and backward evolution of energy and sound from chaos to an order of simplicity and beauty within the pieces was stunning, almost overwhelming. I admire your passion and your drive to share what you know.”

Will McEvoy
Composer/Double Bassist/Improviser
Projects includes (Mutasm, Dumptruck, Premoticon, duet with Tom Chess) - steeped in improvisation, aleatoric compositions, chamber music and late night session ale. He began his musical career as a country guitarist and eventually made the move to New York City in order to engage with a wider sphere of influence, including time spent with Mark Helias and Peter Herbert. He has received commissions from The Santa Cruz Ballet Company, Tribes Gallery (Charlie Parker Festival), CUNY and various chamber music settings. He prefers the out of the way places and sub-harmonics.

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