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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Jul 01
Robin, Angelo, and Tom, 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.

Mark Dresser, bass;  Diane Moser, piano
Mark Dresser/Diane Moser Duo image
Friends and colleagues for over 30 years, bassist Mark Dresser and pianist Diane Moser will be performing the music from their soon to be released CD "Duetto" (CIMP records).

"Mark Dresser is an inventor. He also may be the most important bassist to emerge since 1980 in jazz or classical music."
Harvey Pekar, Boston Herald

"Moser is a first class jazz pianist!"
George Kanzler for the Star Ledger, NJ
 Cover $12

Jul 02
Kat Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Joelle Leandre, bass;  Mark Helias, bass;  Mark Dresser, bass
9PM Joelle Leandre describes herself as an improviser who composes. Her music is political, always provocative and sometimes humorous. She is an innovator of techniques for the double bass and a profound musician.

“We are totally responsible to do something when we arrive on stage....... “

“Now is the life, today and not tomorrow. This can be understood quite young, understood clearly. I can be an angry woman, and this is a good vibration. I can use inner rage to keep the utopia, the idea of changing the world. Artists have a job, to change the world.”

French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her – as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 composers.

As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Mark Naussef, Marilyn Crispell, India Cooke and so many others…..

10:30PM The Marks Brothers
featuring Mark Helias and Mark Dresser, has grown out of a thirty year friendship and artistic relationship. The two Marks are very complimentary (distinctly different and compatible) both as composers and bassists. They have approached the concept of a bass duo largely from a compositional perspective and the improvisations are natural outgrowths of the notated materials allowing for a high degree of variety and expression during their concerts. Their programs are liberally peppered with the type of monster chops-laden improvisations that send many bass players back to the woodshed. Their first CD "The Marks Brothers was released in 2001 on the W.E.R.F. label.

“Dresser and Helias’ performances are powerful reminders that an instrument still too often thought of as merely an ensemble workhorse can sing with the same illuminating purity as the most coveted Italian violin”
Bill Shoemaker

“Their duets are ranging affairs, stressing the instrument's deep sonorities and unusual textures. Be on the lookout for extended technique and lots of precision.”
Jim Macnie, Village Voice
 Cover $15

Jul 03
Dan Lipsitz

The Double Sharps image
Dan Lipsitz, sax

Jason Prover, trumpet

Pierre Piscitelli, piano and organ

Nathaniel Schroeder, bass

John Bishop, drums

 Cover $5

Scott Lee, bass, compositions;  Billy Drewes, reeds;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Scott Lee Group - CD Release image
Bassist/Composer Scott Lee has been leading a group of close musical friends to experiment in different forms and new ways of improvising. Scott will be performing music from his new cd "Leaving" (Steeplechase Records).

" This is the heart and soul of Jazz and improvised music - Scott, with Billy Drewes, Gary Versace and Jeff Hirshfield, capture your attention and take you places....They are some of my favorite improvisers, Beautiful!" Joe Lovano
 Cover $10

Jul 04
Sima Wolfe, soprano saxophone;  Joanna Sherman, tenor saxophone;  Michael McGuigan, drums;  Sean Nowell, tenor saxophone;  Joe Schufle, trumpet
Together we are 267. A Birthday Party with the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band image
Perpetually 201 years behind the US, we celebrate our 33rd Birthday with bibulation, merriment and the Shinbone Alley Stilt Band. On the street where we live, bien entendu, like our very first days, with the likes of Caroline Simonds, Martin Steingesser, Pandemonium and the Dragonfly.
Jul 05
Sanford Fraser Susan Gerardi Bello Cindy Hochman Sarah Cohen Angelo Verga Dorothea Scher
Poetry: Short Poems by Poets of Stature  image
Many of the best poems being written today are brief; these six poets are among the outstanding contemporary practitioners of the quick powerful poem.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
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
Jul 06

Emotional Rescue :

Lust, anger and confusion. Four poets and performers face their audience.

Erica Miriam Fabri and Robin Andre, Thomas Fucaloro, Jud Newborn,and Jackie Sheeler shake up the poetry scene with this interactive reading. The audience names an emotion, the performers react. Bliss, obsession, or melancholia? You decide!

ROBIN ANDRE grew up and worked with multi-platinum group the Fugees. Later he signed to RCA and toured with The Dave Mathews Band. Robin lives in NYC and you can see him perform weekly at the Village Underground.

ERICA MIRIAM FABRI is the author of the poetry collection Dialect of a Skirt (Hanging Loose Press, 2009). Erica has performed, and facilitated workshops, at venues including Cooper Union, NYU, Columbia University, Poet’s House. She is also a spoken word mentor for Urban Word NYC, a non-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing spoken word, poetry and hip-hop arts to inner-city teens.

THOMAS FUCALORO has the sexiest legs in poetry he just hasn't learned how to use them, yet.

JUD NEWBORN is an author, poet, lyricist, and filmmaker. Co-author of Sophie Scholl and the White Rose (Oneworld, 2007), Jud is also a leading Holocaust scholar and served as Founding Historian for NYC’s Museum of Jewish Heritage.

JACKIE SHEELER is a poet, songwriter, and activist who enjoys performing random acts of kindness almost as much as random acts of righteous indignation. Her third book, a New & Selected Poems, will be published by NY Quarterly in the fall.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Brett Chalfin, drums, toys, harmonium;  Sam Barsh, piano, nord, melodica;  Tomek Miernowski, guitar;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Special guest to be announced
Brett Chalfin's Brooklyn Project image
Brett Chalfin's "Brooklyn Project" has been around now for a little over 3 years. Brett started the group with the help of bassist/composer Jeff Koch briefly after the two graduated from Adam Bernstein's Jazz Program at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn. The collective of interchangeable musicians serves as a launching platform for new, improvised and experimental music. In addition to original compositions, Brett's "Brooklyn Project" plans to bring to Cornelia Street creative reinterpretations of works by Squarepusher, Joni Mitchell, and Jay-Z. The collective will be joined by the keys player Sam Barsh (Avishai Cohen Trio) and Tomek Miernowski, a fabulous recording engineer/producer and a virtuosic guitarist who is rapidly making his mark after just one year in New York City.

 Cover $10
Wednesday Jul 07 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Founder Mira Ptacin hosts Freerange Nonfiction, a monthly nonfiction reading series that brings together up-and-coming and established writers to share their work with the rest of the world. Freerange practices the method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being constrained by traditional categories or labels of their genre. This principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat.

Readings by up-and-coming writers DAN LOPEZ and NICOLE MILLER.

Featured authors include:

A.B. MEYER, the pseudonym of the author of two books, one fiction and one nonfiction, which were published under another name. Her writing has often appeared in The New Yorker and The New York Times.a Manhattan-based

SUZANNE GUILLETTE, a Manhattan-based writer whose first book, Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment, was released on March 10, 2009 by Simon and Schuster.

TEDDY WAYNE, author of the novel Kapitoil (Harper Perennial). He is a graduate of Harvard and Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught fiction and creative nonfiction writing. The recipient of a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, his work has appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Esquire, McSweeney’s, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

Connect through Twitter: @freerangereads

and Facebook: Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone;  Rafiq Bhatia, guitar, loops;  Aidan Carroll, bass;  Kassa Overall, drums
Vocalist NINA MOFFITT uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. A native of Brooklyn, NY, 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 masters such as 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 recently received her B.A. with honors in cultural anthropology at Oberlin College, where she studied at the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory with mezzo soprano Lorraine Manz and jazz professors Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, Robert Ferazza, Peter Dominguez and Paul Samuels. This past January of 2010, Nina released her new EP Where I Have Been (now available on iTunes), a collection of her arrangements by composers ranging from Ravi Coltrane to Joanna Newsom. Visit Nina on the web at, become a fan on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.
Jul 08
Todos Santos by Deborah Clearman image
Deborah Clearman launches her new novel

“Deborah Clearman has given us a rare and knowing look into a world few Americans know or will ever experience--those parts of Guatemala that extend beyond the picturesque postcard images visited by most tourists to that strange and mysterious and heartbreaking country. She introduces us to characters who are both utterly unlike any we have encountered on the page before, and utterly believable.” —Joyce Maynard, author of To Die For, At Home in the World and Labor Day

“Todos Santos is an exotic, timely—and timeless—tale of love, fear, sex, death and renewal.” —Holly McArthur, Managing Editor, Tin House

“Deborah Clearman is a born storyteller, and Todos Santos is an expertly conceived tale. In it, a marriage- weary American wife and her adventurous young son lose their way in present day Guatemala. Clearman's feel for the vivid weave of folklore and history in this exotic world made her story come alive for me, but its real terrain is the familiar, surprising human heart.” —Lesley Dormen, author of The Best Place to Be

Ricardo Gallo, piano, compositions;  Ray Anderson, trombone;  Tony Malaby, saxophones;  Mark Helias, bass;  Pheeroan akLaff, drums
Ricardo Gallo's Tierra de Nadie image
Ricardo Gallo's "Tierra de Nadie" performs earthy original music that propels otherworldly improvisations. This "No man's land", as a sort of imaginary musical folklore, is the intriguing basis for collective explorations. Featuring in this occasion Mark Helias on bass, Pheeroan akLaff on drums, Ray Anderson on trombone and Tony Malaby on saxophone, pianist Ricardo Gallo aims for a vivid collective sound, rooting the music with lush compositions. 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

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