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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
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Jul 06
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, brevity, spontaneity, oh we almost forgot, fun.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jon Iragabon, alto saxophone;  Mike Pride, drums;  Michaëll Attias, alto saxophone;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
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Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition, has performed extensively as both a sideman and as a leader in an ever-expanding range of projects, from the most straight ahead to the most searching.

Jon’s conception of complete musical inclusion in his improvisation and composition is apparent in the wide-ranging body of work he has compiled in his young career. Tonight he presents his continuous additive duo project with drummer Mike Pride.

In their own words: "The set-up and breakdown of grooves and improvisational material is an attempt at melding many of our musical influences, both jazz and non-jazz, all while firmly remaining in the world of extended tenor saxophone and drum improvisation. While this world is now an accepted part of the jazz lineage, our goal is to stack levels of different genres, tempos, noise, and moods, and to constantly shift the focus within this pile: either collectively or individually. After running through these continuously churning and evolving layers, the initial motifs transform into the resulting ideas that appear later, while also reappearing in their original forms. This duality produces another level of tension. Our hope is that the listener is able to hear through these various shifting layers and to notice the progression, development, and return of the original motifs." Hear them on “I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues” (Loyal Label).

SECOND DUO: Michaël Attias-Satoshi Takeishi
Michaël Attias and Satoshu Takeishi collaborates often in Michela's trio Renku with Bassist John Hébert. Tonight, they will perform as a duo.
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Jul 07
G Emil Reutter Vincent Quatroche
G Emil Reutter is an author/poet from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Several collections of his short fiction and poetry have been published in addition to three collections of poetry. Most recently his selected poetry collection titled Blue Collar Poet was released in February 2009. His website is

Vincent Quatroche is from Fredonia New York and is a Professor at Fredonia State University. Quatroche has released two CD’S of his work at Sleeping Giant Records and has published several full length collections of his poetry and prose. Quatroche was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His website is
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Janelle Reichman, tenor saxophone, clarinet;  Philip Dizack, trumpet;  Tomoko Ohno, piano;  Daniel Foose, bass;  Will Clark, drums
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Since moving to New York City three years ago, saxophonist and clarinetist Janelle Reichman has been busy making a name for herself, having been featured with such groups as the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, Five Play, the Chico O’Farrill Jazz Orchestra, Ted Rosenthal Quintet, and Tim Ries group. Janelle’s quintet will perform original compositions rooted in the swing tradition with a modern edge, among a few favorite jazz classics with a new spin.

“Demonstrating a complete command of the sound and keys of her tenor...seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship.”
- Larry A. Detwiler, Jazz Improv Magazine
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jul 08 6:00PM  NYC BIG CITY LIT
Nick Johnson, host

A superb online journal, where cutting edge long poems long to be posted, contributors presented by its masterful & poet-friendly publisher.

Featuring poets from BigCityLit’s spring issue including Patricia Carragon, Allen C. Fischer, Deborah Flanagan, Joanne Grumet , Ann Lauinger, Linda Lerner, Charlotte Mandel, Mark Nickels, D. Nurkse, eve packer, Ron Price, Kryssa Schemmerling, Maggie Schwed, Angelo Verga , Barry Wallenstein, and Rob Wright.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Kim Bock, saxophone;  David Smith, trumpet;  Adam Armstrong, bass;  Peter Retzlaff, drums
Kim Bock Quartet - CD Release image
The Kim Bock Quartet brings together four talented and highly experienced New York-based jazz musicians since 2005. All the music is written by Kim Bock especially for this group and draws on a multitude of influences from artist dating back to the 60’s like Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman to contemporary musicians like Joe Lovano and David Douglas. The music stretches from modal section to complex chord progressions, including odd meter rhythms.
This will be a CD release party. The new Kim Bock Quartet recording "Live in Copenhagen" will be out worldwide on the renowned jazz label SteepleChase June 2009.

“The rapport between Danish saxist Kim Bock and trumpeter David Smith is nothing short of amazing on Secrets (SteepleChase), Bock’s smashing new disc. All of the originals bespeak the snap and ingenuity that can make weighty music surprisingly accessible and charming: The two horns shadow each other like a new school Dewey Redman and Don Cherry.”
Kelvin L. Williams – Time Out New York
 Cover $10

Jul 09
Iris Schwartz, host

Anne Cammon Ngoma David McConeghey
Three Collaborative sets about the many facets of desire, plus a staged reading of a one-act play, and a delicious little surprise at the end of the evening.

Anne C. Fiero (poetry) & Roger Lipson (sitar)

Ngoma (spoken word, electric violin, bamboo flute, didgeridoo, vocals & beats) & Jeanann Verlee (spoken word)

plus a staged reading of Jameson’s Irish, a one-act play by Iris N. Schwartz & David B. McConeghey,

with (in order of appearance): Shad Ramsey / Keith Amato / Amanda V. Hadad Patricia Hodges / Michael Kostas / Mickey Pizzo Heather Leonard / Kimberly Stowell

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Maryanne de Prophetis, voice;  Scott Robinson, bass saxophone;  Frank Kimbrough, piano
Gnu Vox Festival: Maryanne de Prophetis image
Maryanne de Prophetis is a New York City based vocalist and composer. Her debut CD on LoNote Records features her original compositions and vocals along with pianist Frank Kimbrough and flugelhorn player Ron Horton. The compositions and performances on the CD reflect the intimacy and warmth that arise from the open relationship of composition and improvisation. She has performed with various ensembles at Sweet Rhythm, Kitano, Cornelia Street Café, Barbes, CBGBs, 55 Bar, and The Knitting Factory.

Her trio with Frank Kimbrough and Ron Horton was formed in 2002 and has been playing in the New York area since then. This performance will be rounding out the trio with the wonderful Scott Robinson.

Her poetry has appeared in the Hartford Courant, Osiris, and she received the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the International Library of Poetry.

Her debut trio CD, A Glance, is released on LoNote Records, and features all original compositions.

Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York scene for more than twenty years and has been a composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective since its inception in 1992. He has recorded as a leader for Palmetto, OmniTone, Soul Note, and Mapleshade. His work has been cited by the Downbeat Critics Poll (piano TDWR 2001–2003), appearances on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has received funding from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America’s Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project. Frank’s latest CD is Lullabluebye, with bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson He also co-leads the Collective’s Herbie Nichols Project, which has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs, and toured internationally.

Scott Robinson One of today's most wide-ranging instrumentalists, he has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton's band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton's quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D'Rivera's clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz's greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 190 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide. One, Melody From the Sky (featuring the seldom-heard C-Melody saxophone), was recently the subject of a Wall Street Journal article by Nat Hentoff. His newest, Forever Lasting (featuring the compositions of Thad Jones and with guest artist Hank Jones), appeared on four "Best Of" lists for 2008 including All About Jazz and Jazz Improv Magazine.

". . . not competing for space . . . the aural equivalent of a flower breaking through the sun-drenched earth."
Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

"Marking the release of a stark and haunting new album"...
Nate Chinen, The New York Times 12/23/05
 Cover $10

Jul 10
Jackie Sheeler, host

Christine Goodman
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured reader : Christine Goodman

Christine is Founder/Executive Director of Art House Productions, a multimedia arts organization based in Jersey City, NJ. Christine hosts its monthly poetry and performance series, the longest running open mike in the city.

Goodman serves as an Arts Commissioner for Jersey City, NJ, was awarded the Key to the City in December 2007, and was recently named by Jersey City Magazine as the #1 Most Influential Figure in Jersey City's Arts and Culture Scene. As an actor, she is an honors graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Theatre Program, has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and received a Best Actress in a Featured Role nomination by the New York Innovative Theatre Awards.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Susan Bernfield, writer, actor;  Rachel Peters, composer;  Daniella Topol, director
"TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE" is a one-woman musical about writer/performer Bernfield's lifelong love affair…with worry. What starts off as a catalog of fears (of planes, fire, heights, scuba gear, toasters) soon extends to the less obvious, the more subtle moments in which we find ourselves immobile, hesitant, unable to speak. Ms. Bernfield stands on precipices both real and perceived; doing this show, she throws herself out on one. By exploring fears of all shapes and sizes, but especially the often-contradictory experience of shyness, she demonstrates how fears can hold us back, but also how they make us who we are.

Susan Bernfield's full-length plays and solo works have been produced or developed at Soho Think Tank's Ice Factory Festival, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, HB Playwrights, Vital Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center, and New Georges, where she is the artistic director. Daniella Topol directed her play STRETCH (a fantasia), originally produced at New Georges, at People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, in April 2010. Rachel Peters wrote the critically-acclaimed score for New Georges' production of Susan Bernfield's STRETCH (a fantasia). ONLY CHILDREN (libretto by Michael R. Jackson) premiered on the NYU Mainstage in 2008. Current projects include two operas with librettist Royce Vavrek. Rachel is an alumna of NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing program. Daniella Topol's recent directing credits include Leslie Ayvazian's CAROL & JILL (EST Marathon), Susan Yankowitz's NIGHT SKY (Stan Raiff/Power Productions), Caridad Svich's INSTRUCTIONS FOR BREATHING (Passage Theatre), Judith Thompson's PALACE OF THE END (Epic Theatre), Trista Baldwin's SAND (Women's Project) and Sheila Callaghan's DEAD CITY (New Georges).

TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE was presented at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival; as a work-in-progress at the 2007 Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, New York; and has been presented in development at New York Theatre Workshop and Joe’s Pub.

“An affecting piece.” – The Village Voice

“These guys aren’t using the Fringe to launch improbable projects or careers; they’re workshopping a solid Off Broadway project-in-progress. The “tiny feats” of the title are the small victories that keep the perpetually scared Bernfield—phobic of heights, planes, people—not just among the “functioning fearful” but solidly in with the “pathetically high-functioning.” With help from a very capable backup band, she makes each fear pull its weight, emotionally and comically.” -- Time Out New York
 Cover $10

Jul 11
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Mike Dell'Aquila Carl Capotorto
Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Mike Dell'Aquila and Carl Capotorto , plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Mike Dell'Aquila earned a degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from Penn State University in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded the online publication Farmhouse Magazine (, which he designed and edits. Framhouse's first anthology of fiction, poetry and essays (available on was released and Dell'Aquila is working with a team to create a full-fledged press. An award-winning copywriter, Dell'Aquila has also worked as a marketer for both cable television and Internet companies and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in English from Brooklyn College. His writing has appeared in Kalliope: A Penn State Literary Magazine, the literary journal Barcid Homily, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, Buckmasters Magazine and Farmhouse Magazine. He is also working on his first novel.

Carl Capotorto was born and raised in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx. He received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts in 1984 and has been a playwright, screenwriter, and actor for more than 25 years. He played Little Paulie Germani on The Sopranos, and is currently co-developing a new original series for HBO. Twisted Head is based on his solo show of the same name, which he has performed in New York and Los Angeles. Of Twisted Head, Ken Auletta, author of Backstory: Inside the Business of News writes: “Twisted Head is a memorable portrait of a sweet and awkward boy growing up on the sometimes mean streets of the Bronx, struggling with his imposing father, brutal peers, inattentive teachers, and his own sexual identity. Not since Mario Puzo's novel The Fortunate Pilgrim, have readers been treated to such a sweet and sour tale of growing up Italian-American and of coming to appreciate the sturdy rock that is family.”
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