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Photographs by Linda Zecchino

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Friday
Jul 31
6:00PM  SON OF A PONY
Jackie Sheeler, host


Fifth Friday blues? The cure is Jackie Sheeler and her signature open mic. Arrive early to sign up. Featured poet TBA.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES FESTIVAL
Jon Sobel, host

Breakaway Ramon Taranco
9:00 - Breakaway

A mainstay of the L.I. scene and a Soul of the Blues favorite. The hard-driving men of Breakaway play beautiful blues originals with "heavy Les Paul leads, sharp harmonica solos and three part harmonies" - Good Times

10-12 - Ramon Taranco & His Havana Blues Revue

Ramon Taranco & His Havana Blues Revue - "[His 2007 album, 'The Adventures Of Bo Segovia,' finds Taranco evolving into a fine Blues/Rock writer with strong Jazz elements...a mature and subtle composer truly come into his own." - Wildy Haskell - WILDY'S WORLD


 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Saturday
Aug 01
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

Martin Dockery Juliet Wayne , The Moth;  Ryan Britt, Nerve.com;  Andy Christie , NY Times; WFUV
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick


 Cover $10   http://www.TheLiarShow.com

THE LIAR SHOW image
8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES FESTIVAL
Jon Sobel, host

Izzy and Chris John D'Amato Jordan Valentine
9 - Izzy and Chris

"While their style is infused with the deep tradition of the Delta sound (and technique), what they bring to the art is as fresh and original as any blues jam should be - it's done in their voice."

10 - John D'Amato

"I’m almost too exhausted to write this review after being pulled hither and yon by D’Amato’s relentless, breakneck licks. He just keeps spewing out wilder and wilder phrases until you succumb to giddy delight or vertigo. It’s totally fun and technically impressive, but John—have some mercy.” - Guitar Player Magazine

11 - Jordan Valentine & the Sunday Saints

Reawakening the sounds of New Orleans ’60s R&B as well as Southern soul and Delta grooves, “Miss Valentine [sounds] like Otis Redding’s long lost daughter raised on a steady diet of Billie Holiday…” - Brian Mosher, The Noise Magazine


 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Sunday
Aug 02
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host


MONOLOGUES MOST MEMORABLE

A Rich Sampling of Past Performers 2006-2009

Because, as Ed Koch once said, New York has “a million of everything,” McCall decided to share her passion for monologues with anyone who felt, as she does, that one person talking is the purest art form we have. In 2006, she approached Angelo Verga, Curator of the Spoken Word at Cornelia Street, with her idea. Verga gave it a thumbs-up, and McCall put out the word to several friends. The response was immediate, and the friends brought friends of their own. Word soon spread, because actors cannot keep a secret. These days Monologues and Madness on Mondays is SRO at Cornelia Street and has become the premier monologue venue in New York City. No slamming, no judges, just new writing and a great audience.
 Cover $7

8:30PM  THE BROOKLYN PROJECT
Benje Daneman, trumpet;  Sam Lester, guitar;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Brett Chalfin, drums
The Brooklyn Project image
The Brooklyn project is an ongoing collective of local musicians, led by drummer Brett Chalfin and bassist Jeff Koch. The two started the collective after graduating from the Jazz Program at the Berkeley Carroll High School, led by bassist and composer Adam Bernstein. The Brooklyn Project preserves traditional Bebob and newer, straight ahead jazz, while infusing eclectic Brooklyn roots, such as hip-hop and latin rhythms to create its own voice.

Cover: $8/$6 w/ Student ID   www.myspace.com/thebrooklynproject

Monday
Aug 03
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host


MONOLOGUE MAYHEM

Just The Way You Like 'Em

Fresh Out of The Box (2-4 minute monologues)

Because, as Ed Koch once said, New York has “a million of everything,” McCall decided to share her passion for monologues with anyone who felt, as she does, that one person talking is the purest art form we have. In 2006, she approached Angelo Verga, Curator of the Spoken Word at Cornelia Street, with her idea. Verga gave it a thumbs-up, and McCall put out the word to several friends. The response was immediate, and the friends brought friends of their own. Word soon spread, because actors cannot keep a secret. These days Monologues and Madness on Mondays is SRO at Cornelia Street and has become the premier monologue venue in New York City. No slamming, no judges, just new writing and a great audience.
 Cover $7

8:30PM  PIANO FESTIVAL: SIMON MULLIGAN'S CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES
Simon Mulligan, piano;  Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello
Piano festival: Simon Mulligan's chamber Music series image
Pianist Simon Mulligan and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach will join forces, playing music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and others

Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. She has collaborated with conductors Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist and Peter Oundjian, and with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Fort Worth Symphony , the Charleston Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony (Chicago). Her recording with pianist Fabio Bidini of the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas is released on the Encore Performance label. With the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ms. Gerlach performed solo cello music on a month-long tour of India and at New York’s City Center, and she has collaborated in a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel, at the Caramoor Festival. As a chamber musician, Ms. Gerlach has performed at numerous festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Piccolo Spoleto and Caramoor, where she is a Texaco Rising Star. She is a member of Concertante, a string sextet based in New York City.

British pianist Simon Mulligan celebrated his début aged 19 at London's Barbican Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a month later he recorded his first compact disc under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. This led to a seven-year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Dusseldorf, March 1999. Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has made over twenty recordings for compact disc, including performances of Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, his own Suite for Piano and Orchestra, the Beethoven Sonatas, and the Nocturnes of Chopin. As a chamber musician, Simon collaborates with many notable artists, including violinist Joshua Bell, with whom he has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the 2002 Grammy Awards, and a recent performance for President Obama at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC.. In other fields, Simon has supported Van Morrison, Dame Shirley Bassey and Liza Minnelli, and was invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at London’s Royal Albert Hall.   www.SimonMulligan.com

Tuesday
Aug 04
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host


MAXIMUM MONOLOGUES

Mighty Two-Minute Monologues

Because, as Ed Koch once said, New York has “a million of everything,” McCall decided to share her passion for monologues with anyone who felt, as she does, that one person talking is the purest art form we have. In 2006, she approached Angelo Verga, Curator of the Spoken Word at Cornelia Street, with her idea. Verga gave it a thumbs-up, and McCall put out the word to several friends. The response was immediate, and the friends brought friends of their own. Word soon spread, because actors cannot keep a secret. These days Monologues and Madness on Mondays is SRO at Cornelia Street and has become the premier monologue venue in New York City. No slamming, no judges, just new writing and a great audience.
 Cover $7

8:30PM  PIANO FESTIVAL: SIMON MULLIGAN
Simon Mulligan, piano;  Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello
Piano festival: Simon Mulligan image
Pianist Simon Mulligan and cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach will join forces, playing music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Chopin and others

Cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach has performed extensively as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals across the United States, as well as in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. She has collaborated with conductors Mstislav Rostropovich, James DePreist and Peter Oundjian, and with The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Fort Worth Symphony , the Charleston Symphony, the Lake Forest Symphony (Chicago). Her recording with pianist Fabio Bidini of the Franck and Rachmaninoff Sonatas is released on the Encore Performance label. With the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Ms. Gerlach performed solo cello music on a month-long tour of India and at New York’s City Center, and she has collaborated in a duo with New York City Ballet principal dancer, Damian Woetzel, at the Caramoor Festival. As a chamber musician, Ms. Gerlach has performed at numerous festivals including Marlboro, Aspen, Piccolo Spoleto and Caramoor, where she is a Texaco Rising Star. She is a member of Concertante, a string sextet based in New York City.

British pianist Simon Mulligan celebrated his début aged 19 at London's Barbican Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a month later he recorded his first compact disc under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. This led to a seven-year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Dusseldorf, March 1999. Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. He has made over twenty recordings for compact disc, including performances of Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, his own Suite for Piano and Orchestra, the Beethoven Sonatas, and the Nocturnes of Chopin. As a chamber musician, Simon collaborates with many notable artists, including violinist Joshua Bell, with whom he has appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the 2002 Grammy Awards, and a recent performance for President Obama at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC.. In other fields, Simon has supported Van Morrison, Dame Shirley Bassey and Liza Minnelli, and was invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at London’s Royal Albert Hall.   www.SimonMulligan.com

Wednesday Aug 05 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY SERIES
Julia Istomina, host

Andrey Gritsman
POEM FOR THE OCCASION.

Never presented or published before.

A poem written precisely for this event, an in-gathering of hosts & friends of the Intercultural Series.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  PIANO FESTIVAL: SIMON MULLIGAN & JAMES WEIDMAN
Simon Mulligan, piano;  James Weidman, piano;  w/ Charene Dawn, vocals
Piano festival: Simon Mulligan & James Weidman image
8:30PM Simon Mulligan
10PM James Weidman with special guest Charene Dawn, vocals

Simon Mulligan
British pianist Simon Mulligan celebrated his début aged 19 at London's Barbican Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a month later he recorded his first compact disc under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. This led to a seven-year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Dusseldorf, March 1999.

Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His recent recording of Beethoven sonatas will soon be released on Sony Masterworks. His previous solo album for Sony Classical, “Piano” won great acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the Far East, and featured in various television, radio, and internet campaigns. He has recorded more than fifteen discs, including performances of Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Menuhin)

As a jazz pianist, he has led several of his own groups since he was 13, performing at festivals throughout the UK, Europe, Shanghai and Barbados. His new jazz quartet album, “Playlist”, will soon be released by Sony.

James Weidman
A valued and talented pianist, James Weidman has been a sideman and accompanist in many settings over the past 20 years, from Abbey Lincoln and Steve Coleman to Kevin Mahogany and Joe Lovano. He has also proven to be an increasingly significant bandleader and composer. His most recent CD, Three Worlds (released September 2009 on Inner Circle Music), is arguably his finest recording to date.

James Weidman’s music fits into the modern mainstream of jazz without being predictable. With original chord changes and voicings, his mastery is demonstrated with various changes in rhythm and time.   www.SimonMulligan.com www.jamesweidman.com

Thursday
Aug 06
7:00PM  ENOCH ARDEN; A CELEBRATION OF THE 200TH BIRTHDAY OF ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON
Audrey St. Gil, pianist ;  Paul Hecht, actor
Enoch Arden; a Celebration of the 200th Birthday of Alfred, Lord Tennyson image
Enoch Arden with text by Tennyson and score for piano by Richard Strauss.

We have reason to believe this is the only celebration on this side of the pond of Alfred Lord Tennyson's 200th birthday.

"Enoch Arden" is a poem published in 1864 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, during his tenure as England's Poet Laureate.

The hero of the poem, fisherman turned merchant sailor Enoch Arden, leaves his wife Annie and three children to go to sea with his old captain, who is offering him work.

He finds upon his return from the sea that, after his long absence, his wife, who believed him dead, is married happily to another man, his childhood friend Philip, and has a child by him. .

The story could be considered a variation on and antithesis to the Classical myth of Odysseus, who after an absence of twenty years at sea found a faithful wife who had been loyally waiting for him.

Audrey Saint-Gil was born in Toulouse, France, and attended the Conservatoire National de Musique de Toulouse where she was awarded several first prizes with distinction as a pianist soloist and as a vocal coach. She received as well a PhD from the University of Toulouse. Mrs Saint-Gil has worked as a pianist and vocal coach for several famous opera houses such as Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Carnegie Hall and The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Paul Hecht has appeared regularly at the Café as the director of the Happy Birthday Poet series. His theatre work includes Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Tony nomination 1968),The Invention of Love, 1776, Noises Off ,and Pirandello's Henry IV (Obie award 1990). He appeared in the Stoppard/Previn Theatre piece Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, and Façade (Sitwell/Walton)with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has recorded audio-books of works by Ray Bradbury, Alexander McCall Smith, and Thomas Mann. He has appeared as several unsavory characters in most of the Daytime Dramas and of course Law and Order.He appears regularly at Symphony Space (Selected Shorts) and the 92nd street Y, where he directed Edna St Vincent Millays poetry play Conversation at Midnight.He performs a program of John Donne and Shakespeare Sonnets with the early music group Parthenia, and reads to 4th and 5th grade students at PS 255 in deepest Brooklyn as part of Screen Actors Guilds Bookpals Program.


 Cover $10

6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
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.
8:30PM  BEN WALTZER TRIO
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Matt Penman, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Ben Waltzer Trio image
This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.” --NYTimes

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of Waltzer's ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/benwaltzer

Friday
Aug 07
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This week's feature is Matthew Hubert.

Matthew Hupert is a multi-media artist, a writer, and that rarest of birds - the native new-yorker. He is the Founder of the Neuronautic Institute, Chairman of The NALF (New Amsterdam Liberation Front, which is dedicated to returning new york city back to the dutch) and president of the Norman Bates School of Motel Management. He believes the primary role of the Artist is to be the stick that your Zen master smacks you in the head with. His poetry has been published in "The Formalist", the dadaist journal "Maintenant3", and the Anthology "150 contemporary sonnets." He has self published 4 chapbooks, and has a major book publication coming - that is as soon as one of you publishers get off your ass and approach him.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX SPECIAL: ANDY BEY
David Devoe, host

Andy Bey, voice, piano
Gnu Vox Special: Andy Bey image
After a twenty two year absence from recording Andy Bey returned with four albums that have become a permanent part of the musical landscape. The 2005 Grammy Nominated American Song is a delicious celebration of one of America’s great gifts to the music world: The American Songbook. On his latest release Ain’t Necessarily So Bey brings the energy of live performance to compositions by the gods of American Songwriting. Insiders have always known about Andy Bey. Given his limited output of studio recordings, live performances were the source of Bey’s reputation as singer. Aretha Franklin reminisces about the nights when Andy and The Bey Sisters worked the Village in New York: “Soon as I finished my gig I’d run over to hear them. Andy never got the recognition he deserved . . . jazz originals . . . brilliant and precious.” Like the playground legend who never made it to the NBA, Andy Bey was almost consigned to the fading murmurs of those who caught him in Paris in ‘59, or Birdland in the mid ‘60s. There are few left who remember when Lena, Nina and Carmen crowded into Harlem’s Shalimar to hear Bey light it up. That tantalizing footage of Andy Bey and his sisters delighting a crowd of Parisian partygoers in the Chet Baker documentary Let’s Get Lost, gives us a clue of the years of brilliance that were never committed to vinyl. One can only imagine what we’ve missed. But, we have been blessed with four records that have changed how we think of Jazz vocals. Decades intervened between those after hours below the radar sessions and the 1996 recordings presented on Ain’t Necessarily So. But the vivid performances haven’t dimmed. Like so many before him, British vocalist Jamie Cullum described what it’s like to fall under Bey’s spell: “Andy Bey was at Ronnie Scott’s and I saw him six nights in a row. I got into a huge amount of debt going to see Andy Bey. What I love about him is that he creates an atmosphere. As soon as he opens his mouth, you’re transported to another place.”


 Cover $15   www.andy-bey.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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