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Friday
Jul 01
8:30PM  MARK HELIAS; OPEN LOOSE
Mark Helias, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  Tony Malaby, sax
MARK HELIAS; open Loose image
"The trio's name "Open Loose" refers not only to its musical style, but to Mark Helias' compositions which are written with plenty of space in them, and are designed to be interpreted openly and loosely. They allow for seamless transitions between composed passages and improvisation, never easy to achieve.
This threesome fully exploits the creative possibilities of the compositions, never opting for a clichéd theme-solos-theme format. The group has the knack of starting with a rather loose - sometimes even ramshackle - piece and slowly allowing it to evolve until it emerges as a tight theme.
Open Loose has been touring for six years and has released three CDs."
 Cover $10   www.markhelias.com
Sunday
Jul 03
8:30PM  NIGHT OF THE DAY OF THE DAWN OF THE SUN OF THE BRIDE OF THE . . .
Jim Riffel, director


A first public showing of the film by the notorious JIM RIFFEL--who last brought you the fifty-hour marathon, JOHN CONTE TRIES TO BREAK THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS RECORD FOR SOLO PIANO PLAYING OVER CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY, NOT TO MENTION BOXING DAY, AT THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE, NEW YORK CITY

And now for the complete title of the new film . . . NIGHT OF THE DAY OF THE DAWN OF THE SUN OF THE BRIDE OF THE RETURN OF THE REVENGE OF THE TERROR OF THE ATTACK OF THE EVIL MUTANT ALIEN FLESH EATING HELLBOUND CRAWLING ZOMBIFIED LIVING DEAD--PART III.
Monday
Jul 04
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10
Tuesday
Jul 05
8:30PM  VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: MARGOT LEVERETT AND THE KLEZMER MOUNTAIN BOYS
Margot Leverett, clarinet;  Marthy Confurius, bass;  Joe Selly, guitar;  Kenny Kosek, fiddle
Vessels of song festival: Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys image
VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: All shows $10, or get a
festival card of any three shows for $25

Klezmer clarinetist Margot Leverett joins forces with today’s stars of klezmer and bluegrass to explore the shared musical spirit of two genres literally worlds apart. Appalachian and southern fiddle tunes by Bill Monroe meet klezmer melodies from pre-war Russia and Eastern Europe, some newly discovered, and the resulting medleys and improvisations are at once raw, funny, melancholic and footstomping. Their CD "Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys" was released to glowing reviews on Traditional Crossroads in
 Cover $10   www.KlezmerMountainBoys.com

Wednesday Jul 06
8:30PM  VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: JEFF PERLMAN'S KLEZMER AND GYPSY (ROMA) MUSIC
Jeff Perlman, clarinet & saxophone;  Jake Shulman-Ment, violin;  Jeanette Lewiscki, accordion;  Ron Caswell, tuba;  Timothy Quigley, drums & percussion
Vessels of song festival: Jeff Perlman's Klezmer and Gypsy (Roma) Music image
VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: All shows $10, or get a
festival card of any three shows for $25

These musicians have been bringing their infectious Eastern European grooves to weddings, cafes and dance clubs around NYC. Drawing upon their own travels throughout the former Soviet bloc, their performance will feature Klezmer music, Gypsy (Rom) music, Balkan music and an exploration of the common ground in between.
 Cover $10   www.romashka.net

Thursday
Jul 07
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and Valerie


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.
8:30PM  ALL ABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK PRESENTS 1S & 2S: MUSIC FOR SOLO & DUO
Kate Bull, voice;  Joe Fonda, bass
ALL ABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK PRESENTS 1S & 2S: MUSIC FOR SOLO & DUO  image
CD release celebration of the Bull/Fonda duo’s Cup of Joe No Bull (Corn Hill Indie Records)
sets at 8:30pm and 10:00pm
admission: $12, Students w/ID: $8

KATIE BULL is a jazz vocalist and multi-media performer living in New York City since birth. Outside of pianists, there are probably more female vocalists working in jazz then any other type of performer. But when counting the truly adventurous singers, that list becomes amazingly short, and with Katie Bull a new name can be added. She has sung with her divine mentors – her “jazz mothers” vocalist/composers Jay Clayton and Sheila Jordan,   www.katiebull.com

Friday
Jul 08
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler, host


Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series with featured reader Joshua Meander. arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: RIBS & BRISKET
Jay Vilnai, curator

Paul Shapiro, saxophone, vocals;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Tony Lewis, drums;  Booker King, bass;  Brian Mitchell, piano
VESSelS OF SONG FESTIVAL: Ribs & Brisket image
TONIGHT: TWO SHOWS - ONE COVER!! COME EARLY, STAY LATE

VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: All shows $10, or get a
festival card of any three shows for $25

RIBS AND BRISKET
Back in the 30’s and 40’s bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music. You had Slim Gaillard singing "Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording "A Bee Gezindt", and Calloway’s hysterical yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to "Ot Azoy" (That's the Way).

Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40’s hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Café. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the saxophonist/composer features Babi Floyd, (of Keith Richard's Expensive Winos et al) and Cilla Owens (one of New York’s best kept secrets). They will be backed by musicians from Paul’s CD ”Midnight Minyan”, on Tzadik Records, which was released lastyear.
*Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket

10:30PM  VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: VAMPIRE SUIT
Jay Vilnai

Jay Vilnai, guitar;  Jeremy Powell, reeds;  Skye Steel, violin;  Mike Savino, bass;  Kevin Garcia, percussion
Vessels of Song festival: Vampire suit  image
TONIGHT: TWO SHOWS - ONE COVER!! COME EARLY, STAY LATE

VESSELS OF SONG FESTIVAL: All shows $10, or get a
festival card of any three shows for $25

Vampire Suit draws on Jay Vilnai's unique musical heritage as a Russian-Romanian-Polish descendant raised in Jerusalem around a mix of contemporary and traditional Jewish and Arab music, with a soul for rock n'roll and a BFA in jazz. Couple that with a passion for Bartok and Stravinsky and you end up with all original music that draws on all those influences to create something akin to traditional music for a generation that has so many traditions it calls his. Balkan and Middle-Eastern rhythms are prominent, backed by 20th century composing concepts and jazz improvising.

‘The music has enduring beauty that touches on the heart of the Middle East's musical culture while exhibiting western flair. Open improvisations and the spirit of the belly dance coexist, encouraging the traditional undulated hip movements as a supplement to the solid instrumentation....’
-Frank Rubolino Cadence Magazine

The result is a highly personal musical texture that takes you from the tribal dances of North Africa to the marshes of the Balkans. A musical journey that is at once personal and global, music that is at the same time unmistakably modern, yet feels old and familiar, a new tradition for a generation that hails from so many traditions.

'Vilnai and his vampires get high marks for their utter unpredictability from track to track, their sheer joy they get from and give to the music and the various textures and sounds that emerge.'
- Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

To help create that sound Vampire Suit draws on the talents of young New York musicians that have had experience in different musical settings and cultures. The musical vision is realized with the help of players that have played jazz, rock, Arab music, Balkan music, African music and more. With a deep understanding and respect to all this music they are able to tap into something new that arises from all of these influences.

"If Bram Stoker's imaginary Transylvania had a jazz scene, the music would sound something like this."
-jazzreview.com
 Cover $10   www.vilnaismusic.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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