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Jun 28
Thad Rutkowski, host

Catherine Curan T.M. De Vos Luis H. Francia Jeffrey Ethan Lee Julia Rust
Catherine Curan is a journalist and fiction writer. Her byline has appeared in Conde Nast, the New York Post and Newsday. Her short stories have been published in Fiction, Many Mountains Moving and the Sunday Salon's SalonZine.

T. M. De Vos is a poet and fiction writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in Washington Square, Small Spiral Notebook, Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, Pebble Lake Review, Global City Review, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, The Pedestal Magazine, The Saint Ann's Review, Ars Medica, and the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. She has taught at the University of Michigan, NYU, and in the NYC public school system. She received an MFA in 2004 from NYU and a Hopwood Award in 1999 from the University of Michigan.

Luis H. Francia is a poet, nonfiction writer, and journalist. His poetry collections include Museum of Absences and The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems. His semiautobiographical Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago (2001) won both the 2002 PEN Center Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry theater piece, The Beauty of Ghosts, premiered at Topaz Arts in 2007. He is included in the Library of America anthology of immigrant writing, due out in late 2009. He teaches at New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Studies program.

Jeffrey Ethan Lee won the first Tupelo Press prize for literary fiction in 2001. His poetry book identity papers was a 2006 Colorado Book Award finalist. He became one of the poetry editors for Many Mountains Moving in October 2004. Lee won the 2002 Sow's Ear Poetry Chapbook prize for The Sylf (2003), and published poems, stories and essays in North American Review, Xconnect, Crazyhorse, Washington Square and Many Mountains Moving in 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2006. He has a Ph.D. in British Romanticism and an M.F.A. from New York University

Julia Rust lives and writes in the Hudson River Valley. She has three teenagers, 20 years experience as a performer in regional and local theater, and works as a freelance graphic designer. Her stories have been published in The Cortland Review, The Blue Moon Review, and Many Mountains Moving. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Clarino Russ Johnson Quartet
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Thomas Heberer, quarter-tone trumpet; Joachim Badenhorst, clarinets

Clarino is the duet of quarter-tone trumpeter Thomas Heberer and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. The duet's name refers to the close association of the two instruments. The clarinet (literally translated: "little clarino") took on the high trumpet (a.k.a. clarino) parts in baroque music after the art of the clarino died out in the 19th century. Additionally, the rediscovered clarino techniques influence the trumpet embouchure advocated by Thomas. Check out his essay on trumpet mechanics on his website

Sharing the same musical vision, Thomas and Joachim have absorbed the traditions of jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music resulting in personal instrumental styles that incorporate both traditional and extended techniques like circular breathing, micro-tonality, and multiphonics.

Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Germany, living in NYC since 2008, winner of numerous awards, has been at the forefront of creative improvised music for the last 20 years. Having worked with nearly everybody in the field, he is probably best known for his work with Misha Mengelberg's ICP, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and bassist Dieter Manderscheid.

Joachim Badenhorst, born 1981 in Belgium, divides his time between New York and Belgium. He is active in numerous projects as a co-leader: Mogil (Iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), and Ryan Blotnick Group (New York). Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink trio.

Russ Johnson Quartet
Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, keyboard; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rudy Royston, drums

Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring as a member of Lee Konitz's New Nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jenny Scheinman, and Mat Maneri.

For the FONT 2009, Russ is premiering a new set of music featuring three of New York's most creative musicians: Jacob Sacks on keyboard, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.

Cover $10 per set/$15 per night

Jun 29
Lisa Harmon, host

Hi/Lo Comedy Show!!!! High quality – low cover! It’s your lucky day!

This is comedy the way it should be – over the top FUNNY! NYC’s most talented stand-up veterans unite to make you laugh till you cry! So bring your hanky and the change from under your couch cushions! That’s all you need for the Hi/Lo Comedy Show!

Featuring Joe Dixon, Slava Yaryshkin , Amy Carlson, Mick DiFlo, Jeff Lawrence and Lisa Harmon!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  John Hollenbeck, drums
Claudio Casanova

Tony Malaby's Apparitions featuring two drummers — Tom Rainey and John Hollenbeck — along with a bassist, Drew Gress

....."The process began a couple of years ago when he performed several times with two drummers and loved it: "It's just the most comfortable couch, or like taking a warm bath, just being surrounded by that sound and falling into it." He soon knew who the band was going be; having played together a lot in various other combinations, they already had a shared vocabulary to build on. They worked with Tony's structural concepts more than with written-out compositions: "I decided to try to create platforms for my favorite 'zones' that we'd developed or would hit on. So for example, a multi-layered zone where the four of us are each playing in our own pulse or dimension in time, or a very transparent zone where it's cymbals/mallets/brushes and I'm playing flute-like and Drew's playing arco. And the question is: how am I going to get this into a composition, how am I going to structure it?"
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Jun 30
Ruth O'Toole, editor

Paul Muldoon Elaine Equi others
Second only to skin our favorite exterior adornment.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Andy Guthrie, piano/vocals/guitar
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Andy Guthrie is a singer songwriter, composer, pianist and guitarist. His music draws from jazz, classical, folk and pop. Originally from Pittsburgh he lived and studied in New Orleans and currently lives between Paris and New York. His new album, Andy Guthrie in Lyon (2009), is a recording from a series of concerts in Lyon, France.

"... Andy Guthrie transcends the traditional singer songwriter mold."
- David Dye, NPR World Cafe

"... Gorgeous, beautifully produced album, simply amazing."
- NPR All Songs Considered
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jul 01 6:00PM  WRITING AWAY THE DEMONS
Sherry Reiter

Theme, Writing For Psychological Survival
Barbara Bethea is a Licensed Creative Art Therapist who works with dually diagnosed populations. Also known as the Afrikana Madonna, Poetess, she has completed a cd project entitled Like Manna for the Soul which offers spiritual and therapeutic healing.

Maryellen Bova is a Writer, Educator, Director of The Goddess Center, Certified Poetry Arts Therapist and Journal Instructor. She encourages her students to embark on a journey toward self-nurturance and personal growth.

Alysa Cummings is a ten year cancer survivor who works full time supporting the healing of fellow cancer survivors as a poetry therapist, patient navigator, health educator, treatment coach, freelance writer and poet-in-residence for the University of Pennsylvania.

Rich Fireman has been writing for 40 years: mostly poetry, essays about chess, news for local magazines. Read at NJ libraries, fairs, B&N. 59, married, living in NJ with lots of dogs & cats. B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook, retired from a career in the P.O., now a paralegal. Working on a screenplay and the obligatory novel.

Preston Hood’s book, A Chill I Understand, (2006) received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Maine Literary Awards for published poetry. Most recently, he returned from Arizona State University where he was a visiting writer in residence while his book was being taught as Poetry of Witness.

Linda Lanza is a poet and calligrapher whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide including Caligraphia USA/USSR in Russia, Words for Peace in San Francisco, and Museum of the Bora, Trieste, Italy. For over 25 years, Linda has facilitated expressive and reflective writing workshops for strength, growth, and healing.

Sherry Reiter is Director of The Creative “Righting” Center , poetry therapist and co-author of “Writing Away the Demons” (North Star Press, 2009) with all of the above amazing poets.

Robin Verheyen, saxophones;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
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Robin Verheyen Quartet is the newest project of Belgian saxophonist and winner of the 2008 Django D'Or Prize Robin Verheyen. His latest record 'Painting Space' with pianist Bill Carrothers got great reviews all around the world and now for this new quartet he will work together with acclaimed trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Thomas Morgan and Dutch drummer Flin van Hemmen. They will perform new music by Robin Verheyen especially for this band. Collectively they have performed with Steve Coleman, Fred Hersch, Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Sam Rivers, Jason Moran, David Binney,...

'You didn't hear the name of Robin Verheyen yet? That will change... Since the maturity of his sound and the virtuosity of his phrasing on soprano as well as tenor, will be much talked about, as well as the daring architecture of his compositions.'
-Gwen Cathelin Jazzman France
 Cover $10

Jul 02
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
Russ Lossing, piano;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Aidan O'Donnell, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums;  Russ Johnson, trumpet;  John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone
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John O'Gallagher's sextet will be performing new compostions exploring rhythmic structures and harmonies influenced by Serial, African and Indian music. Featuring Russ Lossing, Jeff Hirshfield, Russ Johnson, Nate Radley, and Aidan O'Donnel.

Today in the world of modern jazz and improvised music there is an imperative for artists to strive for individuality while embodying the developments in jazz and music as a whole. New York, for the past decade, has been a hotbed of creative music for artists who are concerned with the continued developement of the jazz vocabulary. As one of these artists, John O'Gallagher has drawn attention for his unique voice and artistic vision.

"his elusive, chromatically-charged lines twitter and twist"
- Coda Magazine

"The music spoken here is vibrant, fresh and perhaps the harbinger of a newfound stylistic vantage point."
- Jazz Review
 Cover $10

Jul 03
Kathi Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Ms Georges won't take this weekend off and neither will her featured poet, Rob Plath.

Rob Plath is a 39 year old poet from New York. He is a former student of Allen Ginsberg. Since then he has published hundreds of poems in the small press. Rob has 7 books of poetry out and one large collection due out in early 2009 called A Bellyful of Anarchy. He runs an online zine called The Exuberant Ashtray which has published writers such as Dan Fante and Scott Wannberg. Rob is also co-host of a poetry talk show on blogtalk radio called 'Rob & Jack America" which has had guests such as Dan Fante, Tony O'Neill, Wanda Coleman, Raindog Armstrong, Scott Wannberg and many others.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Loren Stillman, alto saxophone, compositions;  John Hébert , bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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Award winning alto saxophonist and composer Loren Stillman brings a new project to Cornelia Street Café, featuring Eric McPherson, drums and John Hébert, bass. The trio will play Stillman’s original compositions which loosely guide improvised sections by aural and written cues. Stillman is known for his work with Charlie Haden, John Abercrombie, Dave Liebman, Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Eivind Opsvik, and many others. Stillmans latest works It Could Be Anything and The Brothers Breakfast received **** rating s by Downbeat Magazine and The BBC Jazz Review, NPR radio broadcasts. Stillman recently received Chamber Music America’s “Award For Adventurous Programming.”

The New York Times Notes: “Mr. Stillman reinforces his reputation as an alto saxophonist with an inquisitive relationship to jazz tradition.”
 Cover $10

Jul 04
Josh Sinton, baritone saxophone;  Kirk Knuffke, trumpet;  Reuben Radding, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
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While primarily known as a practitioner of the soprano saxophone, in his lifetime Steve Lacy was also a prolific composer with well over three hundred pieces to his name. Josh Sinton first encountered this body of work when he studied with Lacy from 2002 to 2004. After moving to New York city in the summer of 2004 he began organizing informal playing sessions to try out some of Lacy’s themes. He quickly formed Ideal Bread with Kirk Knuffke, Reuben Radding and Tomas Fujiwara. Ideal Bread is a band that has gone on to be critically recognized as among the most cohesive in New York City's music scene. Their debut CD "The Ideal Bread" was named "Best Debut of 2008" by the Village Voice Critics' Poll and "Best Tribute CD of 2008" by All About Jazz-New York. By refraining from using a soprano saxophone, Ideal Bread focuses the listeners on a rich and under-appreciated body of composition. One that speaks uniquely of an American artist's experience of the modern world.

"Not only is the playing extraordinary, but the germinating ideas and the conviction with which the group approaches them is something that a lot of people in this music could learn from."
-Clifford Alle

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Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Christopher Hoffman, cello;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums, compositions
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"Harris Eisenstadt is strong proof that jazz is still young and growing," declared L.A. Weekly's Greg Burk. Critics have called him "a rising presence as a composer of note" (Troy Collins,, "vital and increasingly influential" (Glenn Astarita, and "one of the most creative and skilled musician/composers incorporating traditional material to create new and vital improvised music" (Robert Iannapollo, AllAboutJazz-New York). The Village Voice's Jim Macnie adds, "He's perpetually building new ensembles to suit the variety of music he hears in his head—that's what composers do."

One of only a handful of drummers equally well-known for his work as a composer, Eisenstadt is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music and West African drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera. Most active in jazz and improvised music, as both an in-demand sideman and a bandleader, he has performed all over the globe, earned commissions from organizations such as Meet The Composer and the American Composers Forum, and appeared on more than 35 recordings over the past decade. His latest, Guewel (Clean Feed, 2008), was named one of the year’s best in publications such as, Time Out New York and the Village Voice.
 Cover $10

Jul 05
Martin Mitchell, host

editor Mitchell's friends & readers include Michele Battiste, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Kurt Brown, Theresa Burns, Michael Carman, Dean Kostos, Ann Lauinger, Amy Lemmon, Suzanne Noguere, Allison Cay Parker, Lynn Patmalnee, Margaret Ryan, Hilary Sideris, Mary Austin Speaker, Ilene Starger, Mervyn Taylor, Maria Terrone, Estha Weiner, Carolyn Whittle, Anne Pierson Wiese, Michael T. Young.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Rafiq Bhatia, guitar/loops;  Jackson Hill, bass;  Kassa Overall, drums;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone
NINA MOFFITT is a vocalist who uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Nina learned to integrate diverse musical influences at an early age through collaborations with her father, pianist Peter Moffitt, and through studying the music of Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, and Wayne Shorter. These influences led Nina to develop herself as both a storyteller and an instrumentalist alike, bridging the gap between lyrical delivery and collective improvisation.

Nina attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical, gospel, and jazz voice and new music composition. In 2005, Nina was granted an Honorary Mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in the category of jazz voice, sang with the All City Jazz Band at Lincoln Center, and performed with singer-songwriter Josh Groban at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and on national television (ABC Good Morning America). This spring, Nina graduated with honors from Oberlin College, where she also studied at the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Wendell Logan, Paul Samuels, Marcus Belgrave, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz.
Nina recently recorded an EP (to be released shortly) and is currently performing with her quintet in the New York area. Visit her on the web at
 Cover $10

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