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Jul 24
Andy Christie

Cormac Barrett, Last Comic Standing;  Faye Lane , NPR's The Moth Radio Hour;  Robert Hurst , The Moth Storytelling Champion;  Ryan Britt,
Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies.

Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

Our host ANDY CHRISTIE is an accomplished word-weaver himself. He's featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio.
 Cover $15

Valerie Ghent, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein, Deborah Berg, hosts

Kismet Bill Grady Morley Bertha Hope & Monica Hope Peter Calo Contest Winner Amanda Homi
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The Songwriter's Beat 6th annual Festival - NYC's only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Morley, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and three winners of the Songwriter's Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest.

Tonight's show features Kismet Lyles, Bill Grady, Morley, Bertha Hope & Monica Hope, Peter Calo and Amanda Homi, who won first place in the Songwriter's Beat 2010 Song Contest with her song, "The Boyz in the Coffee Bar".

KISMET LYLES is an unyielding force of melody. Her music is a harmonious blend of rock and r&b, layered on a jazz foundation. She was a songwriter and lead singer for New York-based band D'Tripp for five years as they toured throughout the U.S. and headlined two European tours. Kismet was a featured lead for the Robert Wilson/Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon production of "The Temptation of St. Anthony" for 5 years throughout Europe and Australia; including a history-making performance series at the Opera Garnier in Paris in 2005. In the fall, she will release her Toshi Reagon produced CD entitled, “Given”.

BILL GRADY's songs are about those moments big and small, where you can say to yourself, “I’ve been there. I KNOW what that feels like”. He has been featured on BBC Radio and toured the UK. His debut album, “A Room Called Home” was called, “a minor miracle.” With a style ranging from acoustic-hiphop to pop-poetry he is always ready to provide his audiences with a real and thoughtful experience.

MORLEY: “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone”. These are the empowering words that inspire MORLEY as she dives deep, breathing sensuality into activism with her unabashed love songs, humorous takes on love, life, and outspoken lyricism. A former dance and yoga teacher and choreographer who colaborated with the late jazz legend and civil rights activists Max Roach, Baba Olatunji and Ossie Davis along with Cassandra Wilson for the celebration of Max Roach’s historic album, “We Insist!”, Morley has written, collaborated, shared the stage and toured with renowned artists such as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Dave Matthews, David Amram, Raul Midon, Leni Stern, Gil Goldstein, Larry Campbell, Richard Bona, Amadou & Miriam, Neil Finn, Sarah Mclachlan, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah and Angelique Kidjo to name a few. The featured artist at the 60th Anniversary of the UN, Morley has had he distinct honor to perform for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Morley has placed several of her original songs on television and has appeared on popular shows such as the comedy Bored To Death. Since February 2008, Morley’s sultry voice graced the TV commercial for Ralph Lauren’s “My Romance” fragrance. Morley’s CD’s include Sun Machine, Days Like These and SEEN.

BERTHA HOPE is a brilliantly gifted, well-traveled Jazz pianist and educator who has headlined and provided support to many different groups for many decades. Bertha enjoyed several months long stays in Japan performing in several different venues. She co-founded the women’s jazz group Jazzberry Jam! with long-time associates Carline Ray and Paula Hampton. Their performances include Gracie Mansion, the Schomburg Library, BAM, Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland and Florida Southern College’s annual Child of the Sun Festival at the invitation of the late Nat Adderley. In 2005, Bertha and the other founding members of Jazzberry Jam! received the Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, individually, at the 10th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. The group was also featured in “Les Femmes du Jazz” which won Best Documentary at France’s Bairritz Film Festival. Bertha holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and teaches piano from beginner to master classes. Ms. Hope’s Reservoir label CD, Nuthin’ But Love, is available at

MONICA HOPE began singing with a gospel choir at age 10 and wrote her first songs at 14. She spent nearly 14 years on the club date wedding and party circuit through 1998. Monica won the grand prize in the inaugural John Lennon Songwriting Contest for a dance tune entitled “When You’re Around.” In 2000, Monica performed as one of the choir members in the Vy Higgensen/Ken Wydro off-off Broadway choreographed production of “Gospel Is.” She is a member of the City Bar Chorus which volunteers local performances. Monica performs in Off/Spring, a quartet her mother, Bertha Hope, formed in October 2009, which allows her to hone her jazz vocal skills and present her original R&B and contemporary material. A cum laude NYU graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, Monica is currently converting her senior project memoir into a one- woman show with her original music entitled “Healing Fractures,” with an eye toward a fall 2010 debut.

PETER CALO Canadian born,singer/guitarist PETER CALO has been dubbed "one of the most engaging performers in the biz" by London's "Time Out" magazine. Calo has performed and/or recorded with Carly Simon, Hall and Oates, Joe Pecsi, James Taylor, Linda Eder, Robben Ford, Jimmy Webb, Joel Grey, Klezmer conservatory Band ,New York Voices, Boston Opera Company, The Platters, Luther "guitar" Johnson as well as played in the musical "Hairspray". A master songwriter, composer, and performer in his own right, Peter has released an album of originals, "Wired to the Moon." as well as a recording of original solo acoustic guitar music called "Cape Ann" available on Four Winds Records Peter is co producing an upcoming CD release from Carly Simon. He has just completed a producing a CD for Johnny Ray, “Songs from the El Rey Motel.” Peter was recently featured in Tribeca Film Festival entry “The Lost Soul of Havana.”

NEW: Yes! Leading up to this year’s Festival is the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!.

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 33rd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.

 Cover $10

Jul 25
Judith Kampfner, host

Radio scripts on stage.

Oligarchs, Circuses and Trial by TV

Russian Contemporary Society as revealed in 3 new plays for BBC Radio

Hear excerpts of sneak previews of the plays and meet the cast of actors - all Russian speakers - who are based in New York. Judith Kampfner the director will host a Q and A

Sunday 25 :Circus Train - Two Performers who miss their train, travel the remote countryside meeting eccentric characters who are working out ways to survive in the new Russia.

The Target Audience - a model, a businesswoman and an investigative journalist invite an oligarch to talk on their hot TV show but the outcome of their trial by TV is hotter than they could have predicted. The Russian writer is from a corporate business background and writes as an insider.

We will play audio excerpts, the actors will read short scenes and we will discuss the process of establishing a repertory radio company in New York for these radio plays. Radio drama is more like film than theater and we will demonstrate our production values and the dramatic thrills.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

James Carney, piano, compositions;  John Hbert, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Jul 26
Terry Baum, slightly world-renowned lesbian playwright;  Carolyn Myers, warrior princess of comedy
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The Crackpot Crones will crack you up!

Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers are pioneer funny feminists, witches, and best friends. They stir together ancient wisdom and 21st century hilariousness, to make a brew of sketch comedy, spoken word, and improvisation.

Intriguing, enlightening, comical and real. - San Francisco Bay Times
 Cover $8

Noah Preminger, saxophone;  Kris Davis, piano;  Rob Garcia, drums
This leader-less trio formed out of a mutual desire to make music together. Their music is based on being in the moment and the strong connection and communication between them. The trio has performed several times since its debut in early 2010.

Saxophonist, Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. This past year, Noah received a nomination for "Up and Coming Jazz Artist of 2009" by the Jazz Journalists Association, and his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, received the distinction of "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll. Noah has performed with Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Roscoe Mitchell, and Cecil McBee to name a few.

Pianist, Kris Davis has quickly grown to become a vital contributor to New York's jazz scene. An artist exploring the balance between improvisation and composition, her writing and pianistic prowess have been described as 'adventurous' and 'refreshing'. With her own group, Kris has toured extensively and released 5 albums. She has performed with musicians such as Tony Malaby, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, and Chris Speed.

For over a decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and the most recent, Perennial was listed in the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009 in the New York Observer. He has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances. Rob has collaborated with artists such as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, and Joseph Jarman.
 Cover $10

Jul 27
Laura Caparrotti, president

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Italian classics in a bilingual production.

Italian Literary Salon

Professional readings in English followed by the Italian version from masterpieces by Italian writers from the past to the present.

Q&A and mingle in before, during and after the reading.

The past and the present: The fantastic yet so real world of Stefano Benni and Primo LEVI

Two writers who transformed reality into fantasy to talk about the world, society and people. Satire, comedy and some hidden drama in stories by two Italian masters.

Centuries ago, first in Paris, and then all over Europe, Cafs and Salotti Letterari became meeting point for artists and intellectuals to discuss ideas as well as every day facts. While the Cafs were open to the public and attended mostly by men, the Salotti Letterari were private events, organized by cultural refined Ladies, often aristocrats, who loved to bring together people of different backgrounds to discuss and exchange opinions and knowledge.

KIT is now recreating its own Salotto-Caffe Letterario, hosted by KITs artistic director Laura Caparrotti together with other surprise guests. In a two-hour event, the guests will be introduced each time to two wonderful Italian writers from the past and the present.

Professional actors will engage in dramatic readings of short stories, excerpts from novels or essays by the most fascinated and beloved Italian authors from the past to the present. Following KITs tradition, the reading will be first in English followed by its Italian version.

Copies of the reading material in Italian will be provided to the audience the opportunity to follow the professional reading. Before, after and during the reading, well discuss discussion, well exchange ideas and opinions.

Primo Levi. Italian-Jewish writer and chemist, who first gained fame with his autobiographical story SE QUESTO UN UOMO (1947, If This is a Man) of survival in Nazi concentration camps. For the last forty years of his life Levi devoted himself to attempting to deal with the fact that he was not killed in Auschwitz. "The worst survived, that is, the fittest; the best all died," he said. Levi also published poetry, science fiction, essays, and short stories. In 1987, at the age of 67, he killed himself. Italo Calvino called Levi "one of the most important and gifted writers of our time."

Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italys foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include: Bar Sport, The Company of Celestini, The Cafe Beneath the Sea and the latest remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy. From Europaedition web-site.

Kairos is the Greek god of the fleeting moment. Kairos Italy Theater was founded in 2002 in New York. KIT's mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spread the Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and grow the knowledge of Italy in the States. It is the only troupe doing bilingual (Italian and English) theater in New York.
 Cover $10

Sam Trapchak, bass, compositions;  Nick Kadajski, alto saxophone;  Arthur Vint, drums
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Jazz is the common ground between Agent Orange members saxophonist, Nick Kadajski (alto saxophone), Sam Trapchak (double bass) and Arthur Vint (drums). Friends by musical association for the last three years, these musicians have finally come together to form a collaborative group featuring their innovative and highly varied compositions. The bands unique sound is the result of a proficiency in a wide range of musical styles; everything from heavy metal to afro-beat to country. Nick Kadajski heads up the NYC based group 5 Point Perspective, which features his original compositions. Nick's album "Remembering Things to Come" won praise from "Jazz Times" writer Bobby Vega "...Nick Kadajski's 5 Point Perspective and their new recording Remembering Things to Come is just another indication of the healthy state of jazz music. Fantastic compositions, remarkable arrangements and incredible musicianship. Take a moment and go check out some Nick Kadajski! One word - WOW!"

Sam Trapchak is a Michigan transplant, raised on the rich musical tradition of Detroit. For years a staple in the Detroit hardcore scene with his band Happiness, and then as a freelance jazz player, Sam has just finished his first year in NYC. Watch for the upcoming release by his current band, Put Together Funny, which is headed for the studio next month.

Arthur Vint is an up and coming drummer hailing from Tucson, Arizona. A highly adaptable musician, Vint has been a major figure in the Tucson music community since he was a teenager and now freelances in NYC. He has been featured on many recordings in a wide range of genres. For a complete discography visit his website.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jul 28 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Suzanne Gardinier Mike Soto Shanon Elizabeth Hardwick
Fine poets perfectly presented by generous hosts.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Sheryl Bailey, guitar/compositions;  Ian Froman, drums;  Ron Oswosnki, organ
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The NYU Guitar Festival is proud to feature jazz guitarist Sheryl Bailey and her band, The Sheryl Bailey 3

The Sheryl Bailey 3 pays homage to the format of the guitar/organ trio, but with a modern sensibility: Modal vamps, lush harmonic sequences, blues wails, and haunting melodies included.

Bailey has released 7 releases as a leader, including her latest tribute to Emily Remler, "A New Promise" (MCG Jazz) and the live performance DVD of the trio from Mel Bay Records, "Live in NYC".
Bill Milkowski has described her playing as: "A modernist burner with an abundance of Pat Martino-style chops" and Vintage Guitar names her "jazz guitar's current front-runner."

Sheryl is joined by drummer Ian Froman and organist Ron Oswosnki. They will be playing selections from new and old releases, plus new, undocumented pieces from the "Book Of Bailey."
 Cover $10

Jul 29
Patricia Sexton, Mongolian News Anchor;  Stephanie Hart, Clouds Like Horses;  Vicki Moss, Alien On The Road
Clouds Like Horses by Stephanie Hart is a series of fast paced vignettes that tell of the lives of her parents and grandparents back to 19th century Russia. Hart was the only Jewish girl in a Presbyterian boarding school.

Vicki Moss author of Alien On The Road teaches literature & creative writing at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC.

Patricia Sexton left a high powered Wall Street job to anchor the news on Mongolian television; how's that for career movement?
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Miss bMe Vaimoana Niumeitolu La Tasha N. Nevada Diggs Ataahua Papa
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 Cover $10
Jul 30
Jackie Sheeler, host

Clara Hsu, featured poet
We love months with five Fridays because Ms Sheeler hosts our Pony open mic an extra night. Is this a wonderful world or is this a wonderful world?
 Cover $7
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Jacam Manricks, saxophones, compositions;  Joe Martin, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  George Colligan, piano
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Saxophonist Jacm Manricks takes us along a new Jazz tangent on his breathtaking tour de force release "Trigonometry." This exciting musical program covers all the angles as Manricks' brilliant original compositions will be presented by an amazing group of players, including celebrated drummer Ari Hoenig , steadfast bassist Joe Martin, and the ever bombastic George Colligan on piano.

"Superb saxophone work, intellectually stimulating writing and ingeniously dovetailed rhythmic lines are the three sides that form the musical shape on Trigonometry"
- All About Jazz

What is said about Manricks' first CD, Labyrinth:

mellifluousmeditativebeautifully contoured An impressive collection of pieces...A composer beyond the confines of genre perception 4 stars!
Downbeat Magazine

Labyrinth is a piece of work that does for jazz what author Walt Whitman did for existentialism, he gives the genre meaning that people can relate to and apply to their own lives. JazzTimes
 Cover $10

Jul 31
Brant Lyon, host

Poetry-Music Reading Series with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Kris Davis, piano, compositions;  John Hbert, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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CD RELEASE for Good Citizen on Fresh Sound Records

Good Citizen is Davis' fourth release on Fresh Sound Records as a leader. The music she composed for the trio, featuring John Hebert and Tom Rainey, creates short, concise pieces, and focuses on the interplay within the trio.

Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums;  Kris Davis, piano
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CD RELEASE for Paradoxical Frog on Clean Feed Records

This exciting new trio release sees Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, pianist Kris Davis and reedist Ingrid Laubrock, all extremely thoughtful and engaging composer-improvisers, join forces.
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[] a wowingly sensitive encounter with mostly-free but sometimes creatively structured music of the moment, and one of the most memorable sets of the festival.
Joseph Woodard /Jazz Times

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