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ART ON THE WALLS

Friday
Aug 20
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

featured poet : Gary Glazner


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  RUSS LOSSING'S 'PERSONAL TONAL' CD RELEASE
Russ Lossing, piano, compositions;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  John Hebert, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Russ Lossing's 'Personal Tonal' CD Release  image
New York based pianist, composer and improviser Russell Lossing has eight critically acclaimed albums as leader on HatHut Records, CleanFeed Records, Fresh Sound Records, Omnitone Records and Double Time Records. His Solo HatHut album “All Things Arise” was awarded top ten best album of the year in the Village Voice in 2006. His HatHut Cd 'As It Grows', with Paul Motian, received 'Choc'(5 stars) in JazzMan Magazine and his "Change of Time" album (improvisations on Bartok's Mikrokosmos) was named Album Of The Decade by DownBeat Magazine(Dec. '09). Lossing's trio album 'Phrase Six' has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his CleanFeed disc ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser has been hailed a masterpiece by critics and musicians.

Russ Lossing has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada in jazz festivals, jazz clubs and universities, composed over 300 compositions and 21 film scores and has done live radio interviews and performances worldwide.

“…The pianist illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.” JazzMan Magazine (France)

Russ Lossing is a pianist of extreme depth and intensity with playing of amazing dexterity and a feeling of total control.” All About JazzNY

“…the work of a gemcutter – brilliant and precise, all facets, angles and elegant internal symmetries.” Signal to Noise
 Cover $10   www.russlossing.com

Saturday
Aug 21
6:00PM  PARENT'S TIME OUT : CARL KISSIN & FRIENDS
Carl Kissin, host, raconteur;  Melinda Buckley, director;  Tom Shillue Brian Longwell Taffy Jaffe Raphael Badagliacca Frank Damico, storytellers, enforcers, victims
Parent's Time Out : Carl Kissin & Friends image
Carl Kissin hosts a family full of NYC's best storytellers and monologists as they tell comic, poignant, and terrifying tales of parenthood.
 Cover $7
9:00PM & 10:30PM  RUSS LOSSING ORACLE TRIO + 2
Russ Lossing, piano, compositions;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums;  Mat Manieri, viola;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Russ Lossing Oracle Trio + 2 image
New York based pianist, composer and improviser Russell Lossing has eight critically acclaimed albums as leader on HatHut Records, CleanFeed Records, Fresh Sound Records, Omnitone Records and Double Time Records. His Solo HatHut album “All Things Arise” was awarded top ten best album of the year in the Village Voice in 2006. His HatHut Cd 'As It Grows', with paul Motian, received 'Choc'(5 stars) in JazzMan Magazine and his "Change of Time" album (improvisations on Bartok's Mikrokosmos) was named Album Of The Decade by DownBeat Magazine(Dec. '09). Lossing's trio album 'Phrase Six' has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his CleanFeed disc ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser has been hailed a masterpiece by critics and musicians.

Russ Lossing has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada in jazz festivals, jazz clubs and universities, composed over 300 compositions and 21 film scores and has done live radio interviews and performances worldwide.

Russ Lossing has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada in jazz festivals, jazz clubs and universities, composed over 300 compositions and 21 film scores and has done live radio interviews and performances worldwide.

“…The pianist illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.” JazzMan Magazine (France)

Russ Lossing is a pianist of extreme depth and intensity with playing of amazing dexterity and a feeling of total control.” All About JazzNY

“…the work of a gemcutter – brilliant and precise, all facets, angles and elegant internal symmetries.” Signal to Noise
 Cover $10   www.russlossing.com

Sunday
Aug 22
8:30PM  BENNETT PASTER GROUP
Bennett Paster, piano, compositions;  Tim Armacost, tenor saxophone;  Gregory Ryan, bass;  Willard Dyson, drums
Bennett Paster Group image
Brooklyn-based composer and keyboardist Bennett Paster presents a new quartet performing his most recent compositions balanced with interesting arrangements of tunes from the standard repertoire. Paster's originals weave his roots in jazz, Latin and pop into melodic and grooving tunes that catch the ear. Unlike so many young jazzers in town who seem more interested in proving their deftness than in playing together, these guys refreshingly embrace the pulse like an old friend and conversationally build a musical whole that's greater than the sum of its parts. Expect to tap your feet, smile and enjoy the good feeling- that's what these guys are all about.

"Part of his appeal is Paster's willingness, within a mainstream framework, to take chances. He and the trio sound relaxed, optimistic, vivacious, and Paster's hands have an infectious percussive exuberance. A beautifully melodic effort, start to finish." Dan McClenaghan, AllAboutJazz.com
 Cover $10   www.bennettpaster.com

Monday
Aug 23
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT

August 23

Jim O'Grady-Facebook Fiasco and Other Fun Times

Leslie Goshko-Vodka Shoes: humorously navigating family journeys through alcoholism, religious zealotry, and childhood.

John Grady-Fear Factor: Canine Edition...A man/dog love story.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  BECCA STEVENS PRESENTS:MIKA HARY GROUP
Mika Hary, vocals;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Ziv Ravitz, drums
The Mika Hary Group embraces the genres of folk, rock and jazz with a touch of the Middle Eastern unique colors, in which Mika has been immersed growing up in Israel. Together with the acclaimed musicians in her band, she explores song-form infused with musical freedom, through improvisation alongside lyrical melodies. All of these elements create the unique and modern sound of her band.
 Cover $8   http://www.myspace.com/mikahary
Becca Stevens Presents:Mika Hary Group image
10:00PM  BECCA STEVENS PRESENTS:THE HILDEGUNN GJEDREM GROUP
Hildegunn Gjedrem, vocals;  Jordan Perlson-, drums;  Michael League, bass
Norwegian Singer and composer Hildegunn Gjedrem leads this group of amazing New York musicians. Playing Hildegunn's original compositions, the group blends, jazz, pop and Scandinavian folk music together to create beautiful and artistic music.

"Hildegunn's voice is soul-lifting" www.plume.com
 Cover $10

Becca Stevens Presents:The Hildegunn Gjedrem Group image
Tuesday
Aug 24
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT

August 24

Michele Carlo-Fish Out of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks.

Tracy Rowland-Welcome to Zimbabwe! And other stories about growing up in New Jersey.

Emily Epstein- Food poisoning in Prague, a mugging in Brazil, and adventures in a self-cleaning toilet in France.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  BECCA STEVENS PRESENTS: NATALIE JOHN
Natalie John, vocals;  Dominic Fallacaro, keys;  Aidan Carroll, bass;  Stuart Bidwell, drums
Becca Stevens Presents: Natalie John image
“Natalie's music skews folksy and interior, mingling jazz improvisation with drifting lyricism.” Nate Chinen, New York Times www.nataliejohnmusic.com
 Cover $8   www.nataliejohnmusic.com
10:00PM  BECCA STEVENS PRESENTS: IN ONE WIND
Becca Stevens, host

Angelo Spagnolo, voice and guitar;  Mallory Glaser, voice;  Lily Claire Nussbaum, voice;  Rob Lundberg, bass;  Max Jaffe, percussion;  Steven Lugerner, reeds
Becca Stevens Presents: In One Wind image
In what seem like meager beginnings, In One Wind has blossomed from a one man act into a full fledged six piece ensemble, with a sound and reputation all their own.
Though steeped in the tradition of folk music, In One Wind incorporates a wide range of influences from jazz to country, even stretching effortlessly into the world of improvised music and the avant-garde. The ability to start a show with soft guitar strums and whispered vocals while seamlessly breaking into odd-metered grooves and lush three part harmonies enraptures their audiences. In One Wind is truly an idiosyncratic ensemble, an ensemble that appropriately represents their home - Brooklyn, NY - where they have quickly established a solid footing in the greater New York music scene.
 Cover $8   www.inonewind.com
Wednesday Aug 25
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

DJ Hazard Kyra Miller
Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT

August 25

DJ Hazard-Route 16: A teenager's search for a new tribe.

Kyra Miller -- The Uses of Disenchantment: A Love Story for Anti-romantics.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  BECCA STEVENS PRESENTS: COLIN KILLALEA AND BECCA STEVENS BAND
Colin Killalea, guitar, surprises, voice;  Becca Stevens, guitar, charango, ukulele, voice, compositions;  Liam Robinson, piano & accordion;  Chris Tordini, acoustic bass, voice;  Jordan Perlson, drums
Becca Stevens Presents: Colin Killalea and Becca Stevens Band image
Hailed by The New York Times as a “best-kept secret” with an “impressively absorbing” debut album, Becca Stevens has established herself as a singer/songwriter of enormous talent whose songs expand and blur the boundaries of folk, jazz, and pop while engaging the the listener through keen poetic observation, rich musical language, and beguiling singing. Her musical roots are in classical guitar, the folk music of her native North Carolina, and jazz, with additional influences ranging from West African rhythms to eccentric pop. Along with being band leader and composer/arranger for the Becca Stevens Band, Becca’s career takes her in many directions – from recording and touring internationally with jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti and as lead singer of Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, to writing lyrics and recording with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and saxophonist Logan Richardson. Becca began her artistic career while still in diapers, singing and performing with her family band, the Tune Mammals. In 2002 she received her high school diploma from the North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied classical guitar, and then went to The New School in New York City where she received a BFA with high honors in vocal jazz and composition. It was at The New School that Becca met the musicians who would eventually make up the Becca Stevens Band.

“Becca is the quintessential total musician.” Jim Black; Drummer, composer and leader of AlasNoAxis

$10 cover for both sets   www.beccatevens.com www.myspace.com/colinkillalea

STREAMING LINK: www.youtube.com/beccastevensband

Thursday
Aug 26
6:00PM  ONE WOMAN PERFORMANCE
Jennifer Rawlings, comic, writer, filmmaker, and a kick-ass mom
One Woman Performance image
Award winning performer Jennifer Rawlings presents readings from her one - woman show " I Only Smoke in War Zones" - a collection of true stories from the battlefield (both at home and abroad.)


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.JenniferRawlings.com

8:30PM  TAKSIM
Souren Baronian, reeds, percussion;  Haig Manoukian , oud;  Lee Baronian , dumbek;  Mal Stein , drums;  Sprocket Royer, bass
Taksim image
Souren Baronian, reedman/percussionist extraordinaire, is the Prez of Armenian-American musicians. His playing and his writing are a true synthesis of jazz and authentic Near Eastern music, born of his extensive experience in both areas. On the ethnic side, he trained with the renowned Turkish master Safet Gundeger, and on the jazz side with the legendary Lennie Tristano. He recorded with such jazz lights as Phil Woods, Don Jerry, Joe Beck, Arnie Lawrence, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Joe Farrel, Steve Gadd, Armen Donelian and others, while continuing to lead ethnic ensembles in performance and on recordings. In 1975 Souren Baronian assembled a quintet of kindred spirits capable of pusuing his musical vision, and named this group "Taksim," a word which in the Near East refers to improvised melodic exploration. Before long Souren and his band were surprising audiences regularly at important jazz venues in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, and earning a glowing review from Downbeat Magazine. They are now enjoying their third decade of critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.

"The cheers of five thousand people at the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival spoke volumes about this band." Dan Behrman, Festival Program Director.

"Like two chemicals that flare upon touching, the music is a remarkable hybrid of two cultures." Boston Herald American
 Cover $10

Friday
Aug 27
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Jackie Sheeler, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

featured poet : Lauren O'Brien


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM  LATHAN, FLIN & ALI
Lathan Hardy, saxophone;  Sean Ali, bass;  Flin Van Hemmen, drums
Lathan, Flin & Ali image
LathanFlin&Aliis a trio that celebrates and explores the diverse patterns of improvised music. Lathan Hardy plays alto saxophone, Flin van Hemmen plays drums, and Sean Ali plays the contrabass. Together, they weave a tapestry that is the inheritor of 20th century music; joining lush lyricism with aching dissonance, stoic form with dense abstraction, and the serenity of timelessness with the urgency of the present moment. For improvised music par excellence, don't miss LathanFlin&Ali.

"Flin, Lathan & Ali are firmly inside the new wrinkle of the zeitgeist. This is the one that will bring us into the coming age of wide-eyed curiosity, fearless love, and billions of mothers living out their dreams. Their music chews on conceptual idolatry, loose limbed awe, and motivic posturing with equal aplomb." (Jonathan Wood Vincent)
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/lathanflinali

10:30PM  MINERVA
JP Schlegelmilch, piano;  Pascal Niggenkemper, bass;  Carlo Costa, drums
Minerva image
Bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, pianist JP Schlegelmilch and drummer Carlo Costa present an exciting new trio which explores the boundaries between composition and improvisation. Their music ranges from areas of static minimalism to dense and dynamic gestures, embracing both stark dissonance as well as open-hearted lyricism.

JP Schlegelmilch is a Brooklyn-based pianist, accordionist and composer. Current projects he's involved with include the experimental instrumental rock group NOOK; the jazz quartet Old Time Musketry, and the power-organ-trio Put a Motor in Yourself.

Pascal Niggenkemper is a French-German bassist and composer who is gaining recognition as a sought-after sideman and with the two trios he leads: the Pascal Niggenkemper trio with Robin Verheyen on saxophones and Tyshawn Sorey on drums and Pascal's Newfield with Scott Dubois on guitar and Jeff Davis on drums.

Carlo Costa is an Italian drummer and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has been involved with several country, rock and folk bands (Oh Liza Jane, Hunter Gatherer, The Dive Bar Dukes, Land of Leland), as well as jazz and avant-garde jazz musicians (in a jazz quartet with Kenny Warren, Robin Verheyen, and Aidan Carroll; a trio with Eli Asher and Nico Soffiato and most recently in a duo with Yukari).
 Cover $10   www.carlocostamusic.com www.myspace.com/carlocosta

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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