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Bass Artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan is a highly versed bassist of many musical languages: reggae, Caribbean, Indian, African, and Eurocentric perceptions and more. Chris is well traveled throughout the U.S., the Caribbean Islands and Europe. He has shared the stage and / or recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joe McPhee, Sonny Simmons, Yusef Lateef, Horace Parlan, Archie Schepp, Joe Lovano, Roy Campbell Jr., to name a few, and led his own ensembles as well. Christopher Dean Sullivan's approach is heartfelt and is accessed first of all by intensive listening to the elemental structure of a composition, to the soul of his fellow musicians, and to his own quest for the purest, more direct expression of sound and feeling.
Multi-reedist Joe Giardullo is one of the worlds’ foremost free and open instrumentalist within the American classical music art form. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe with artists constituents Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, The Deep Listening Band, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Carlos Zingaro, Milford Graves, Bill Dixon, Marilyn Crispell, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Thomas Buckner, and Lori Freedman, among many others, including Lester Lanin and Peg Leg Bates.
Poet Solomon...Think of it as Jack Kerouac revisiting the Mile High City and grabbing a sandwich at the New York Deli while in town. ~ Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News
(includes one house drink)
9PM George Colligan
George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation .An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazzconnect.com Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released17 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique.
-more info: www.georgecolligan.com
10PM Jon Cowherd
Jon Cowherd is on the cutting edge of today’s rogressive music movement. His artistic vision and passion takes on many different roles including pianist, composer, rranager, and producer. Perhaps most highly acclaimed for his work with the Brian Blade Fellowship (BBF), Cowherd’s continuum of texture, rhythm, and pure emotion is astounding and limitless.
--more info: http://joncowherd.com
11PM Eri Yamamoto Trio
Eri Yamamoto, piano; David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Her regular working trio of longtime compatriots, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi,
Eri’s distinctly invigorating approach to the jazz trio and remarkable gift for indelible melodies
-more info: http://eriyamamoto.com
Cover $10 per show, two for $16, three for $25
Pianist Andy LaVerne, Jed Distler, poet and pianist Bill Zavatsky and others who knew and worked with Bill Evans + yet another bunch of players whom Bill influenced and inspired through his music, will pay and play a tribute. "Until We Meet Again"
YOU KNOW WHO I AM
A Tribute to Leonard Cohen by Joel Allegretti
The set: the stage at the Cornelia Street Café cabaret. The piano stands at stage left, against the wall. The guitarist and harmonica player sit on a stool at the rear of the stage, to the right of the piano. The man in the black suit and the woman in the cocktail dress stand at the front of the stage. The woman in white leotards sits on a stool at stage right, legs crossed, left over right. The man in the grey pinstripe suit is at the first table, stage right. He sits alone at a chair on the aisle. On the table are an untouched glass of red wine and a black Bible. He leans over the table, reading the Bible, which is open to the Song of Solomon.
(includes one house drink)
“A virtuosic guitarist, Shepik plays with a clean linearity.” Allaboutjazz.com
“Shepik has fashioned a musical odyssey that is at once compelling and rapturous.” Allaboutjazz.com
In addition to leading the groups The Brad Shepik Trio, The Commuters and Human Activity Suite, Shepik has also performed with Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Douglas, oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Yuri Yunakov’s Bulgarian Wedding Band, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, Pachora, BABKAS, Tridruga, Arthur Kell, Alexis Cuadrado, George Schuller and others.
Shepik’s most recent recording is “Human Activity Suite” on Songlines Recordings. It features Shepik on guitars, saz and tambura as well as Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano, organ, accordion), Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums).
William Zinsser, as every teacher of writing well knows, is the author of several of the best primers on writing effective prose.
Arnold Roth, as every reader of The New Yorker well knows, is a brilliant cartoonist.
Corey King was born in Houston, Texas. He started playing classical trombone at age 11 and discovered jazz a few years later when he enrolled in The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While King was in high school, he had the opportunity to play in the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble, The Gibson Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble and won an outstanding soloist award from Down Beat Magazine in 2004. In the fall of 2004, King earned a scholarship to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where he studied with Anne Drummond, Stefon Harris, Vincent Gardner, and Laurie Fink. While in New York, King has had the opportunity to play with Jason Moran, Dave Binney, Mos Def, Bilal, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Wyclef Jean, The Mettawee River Theater company under Ralph Lee, and has recorded for Mark Ronson. In 2006, Corey went to Senegal, Africa to perform with R&B artist Lauren Hill and performed with rap artist Ludacris on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The David Letterman Show. King is currently leading his own band, and working to make a name for himself in New York.
Rafiq Bhatia is a 21-year old East-African Indian American guitarist/composer seeking to synthesize a genre-bending musical lexicon informed by the traditions of his transmigratory heritage. A first-generation American, Bhatia is currently completing an interdisciplinary honors degree in economics and cognitive science at Oberlin College. He is also associated with the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory, where his concept quickly caught the attention of prolific drummer Billy Hart, who decided to include Bhatia in his new project, The Billy Hart Laboratory. Besides apprenticing under Hart and Cleveland-based drummer Paul Samuels (Greg Osby), Bhatia is the artist-in-residence at The Feve, an Oberlin mainstay, where his group has attracted a loyal fan-base and critical acclaim for their weekly performances. He also frequently returns to New York, performing with the Rafiq Bhatia Collective and studying with Downbeat magazine's "Rising Star Jazz Pianist/Composer" Vijay Iyer.
"A contemporary mind with the true potential of the future, Rafiq Bhatia is definitely an artist to look forward to hearing."
—Billy Hart, legendary jazz drummer
Martin Tucker is Editor-in-Chief of the prize-winning journal, CONFRONTATION,
published at Long Island University. He is the author of four collections of
poetry, the most recent is PLENTY OF EXITS. He has written several books of literary
criticism and has edited more than 20 volumes of literary encyclopedia. His essays, poetry and
fiction have appeared in THE NATION, THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE COMMONWEAL, THE NEW
YORK TIMES, CHICAGO REVIEW, EPOCH, CONTACT, CENTER, WEST AFRICA REVIEW,
SOUNDINGS, LIPS, and HUNTINGTON PRESS. He served for more than 20 years on the
Executive Board of PEN AMERICAN CENTER and two terms on the Governing Board of
POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA. He is Professor Emeritus of Long Island University.
Kempton B. Van Hoff is a Lover of the ocean and a hyperboreal who is familiar with H.D.
Thoreau’s Comprehensive Manual for the Repair and Restoration of Footwear and Other
Important Instruments. He is an accidentally established publisher of poetry under the
name Boone’s Dock Press. You may contact Kempton directly by dialing *&%$@ on
any telepathic device. He still dwells in a barn in Amityville, near the Great Sout h Bay,
where he writes, smiles, works on classic boats, makes art and love and fire and food,
and generally enjoys his existence.
(includes one house drink)
One of our favorite 4-liners from the Bard of Rye, New York:
A Word to Husbands
To keep your marriage brimming / With love in the loving cup, / Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; /
Whenever you’re right, shut up.
Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep, and Peterborough Players. She has scored four films, and released three CDs: a wind has blown the rain away, her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all my dreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and others, and Every Play's an Opera, theatre music.
Jennifer Van Dyck was delighted to create the role of Dr. Constance Hudson in Charles Busch’s The Third Story, both at the Lucille Lortel (MCC) and at the La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors and The Secret Rapture. Film/TV: Across the Universe, Michael Clayton, Stealing Martin Lane, Series 7, States of Control, numerous Law & Order episodes, Fringe, New Amsterdam.
Jonathan Walker :
Broadway: 20th Century, After the Fall. Off-Broadway includes numerous productions at The Public Theater, MCC, Manhattan Theater Club, The New Group, Playwright’s Horizons, Roundabout, La Mama, PS 122, BAM, Variety Arts, The Women’s Project. Regional includes: The Old Globe in San Diego; The Huntington and A.R.T. in Boston; Yale Repertory; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown Theater Festival; The McCarter. Recent Film: Far From Heaven, People I Know, Heights, Michael Clayton, Malevolence 2 Recent TV: Eli Stone, 6 Degrees, 3 Lbs, Sex and the City, Ed, Chapelle’s Show, Lots of Law and Order.
Bob Kaliban started out on Broadway too many years ago to admit to, "The Conquering Hero", "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Ben Franklin in Paris". During the run of those plays, he started a career in the television and radio commercial field. He has appeared in hundreds of on-camera commercials selling everything from automobiles to Zip-lock bags, and yes, you might have seen him numerous times floating around in your bathroom potty as the TY-D-BOL Man. The voice-over field of commercials has kept him extremely busy providing voices for such goodies as M&M's, Ultra Bright Toothpaste, Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, Chips Ahoy Cookies, and thousands more. A Union activist, Bob served as President of the Screen Actors Guild--New York Division, many years on the Board of Directors, and over thirty years as a Trustee of the Pension & Health Boards of the Screen Actors Guild.
"...his melodic sense is truly beautiful." - Tom Chandler, Jazzreview.com
"This is a superb band...outstanding, and the performances are totally compelling." - Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal (UK)
"Guitarist/composer Baggetta is one of those subtle players. He does not overwhelm you with volume or seek to impress with fleet-fingered improvisations. Instead, each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities...utilizing approaches from many different genres but never sounding derivative of any one person or school." - Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Dog days of August got you down?
Cool off with our featured reader, Thomas Fucalaro.
THOMAS FUCALORO is fast becoming one of our favorite poets in New York. His work comes from the heart, aims for the gut, and takes no prisoners.
(includes one house drink)
Ben Monder has played nearly unsurpassable jazz guitar with any number of actual jazz groups. But what he plays with his own group comes from another planet.
- Ben Ratliff, NY Times
...Ben Monder delivered the evening's most stunning displays of technical virtuosity and compositional daring,...spinning a web of hypnotic, rapid arpeggios with unerring accuracy for minutes on end.
- David Adler, All About Jazz
"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival
TimeOut NY Critics Pick
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times