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Wednesday Aug 25
Sherry Weaver, curator

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


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

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


Aug 26
Jennifer Rawlings, comic, writer, filmmaker, and a kick-ass mom
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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)

Souren Baronian, reeds, percussion;  Haig Manoukian , oud;  Lee Baronian , dumbek;  Mal Stein , drums;  Sprocket Royer, bass
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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

Aug 27
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)

Lathan Hardy, saxophone;  Sean Ali, bass;  Flin Van Hemmen, drums
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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

JP Schlegelmilch, piano;  Pascal Niggenkemper, bass;  Carlo Costa, drums
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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

Aug 28
Arun Ramamurthy with Akshay Anantapadmanabhan image
ARUN RAMAMURTHY is an exciting violinist who is making his mark in the Indian Classical and World Music scene. While trained in ancient Carnatic (south indian) music, but raised in the United States Arun hopes to bring his musical culture to the mainstream with traditional yet fresh improvisations and compositions. His endeavors have led him to perform at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Walker Center for Arts and others. Arun is currently performing with Jazz based groups Namaskar (Sameer Gupta, drums; Marc Cary, piano) and Lotus 5 (Richard Bennett, piano). He also leads a group based in NJ, Banyan Tress, a acoustic rock and indian classical blend. Alongside these musical explorations, Arun is growing within Carnatic music. He is privileged to study under one of India's leading violinist, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, a virtuosic and fresh breath for Carnatic music. He performs with Manjunath in the U.S. and India and will be touring the East Coast with him this fall.

AKSHAY ANANTAPADMANABHAN is a talented mridangist (south indian drum) and student of the world renown T.H. Subash Chandran (ghatam artist). His virtuosic yet musical approach has made him a popular artist for musicians touring from India. He has collaborated with Latin jazz, rock and Brazilian musicians in unique showcases on Indian percussion.
 Cover $10

Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Shane Endsley, trumpet;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Ohad Talmor
Ohad's main project is NEWSREEL,a flexible group mirroring his multi-faceted musical identity as a composer and saxophonist features some of New York’s most creative musicians. His other projects include the Steve Swallow Trio (with Adam Nussbaum) and Mass Transformation – a Nonet featuring Austria’s Spring String 4tet, singer Judith Berkson, Pete McCann, Shane Endsley, Mark Ferber focusing on the Music of Anton Bruckner.

Ohad collaborates with musicians such as Jason Moran, Josh Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Cheek, Dave Douglas, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Billy Hart and many others, most of whom do not have major recording contracts, which is just as well.Ohad has a privileged relationship with his old friend and mentor Lee Konitz, with whom he co-leads three projects: the Lee Konitz New Nonet, the Konitz-Talmor String Project and the Konitz-Talmor Big Band.

As a Composer and Arranger, Talmor is equally involved in writing for Jazz and Classical idioms. His music has been performed by various Jazz ensembles all over the world, including: Portugal's OJM Big Band, Switzerland’s Big Band de Lausanne, Brazil’s SoundScape Orquestra, the Brecker Brothers, Steve Swallow 6tet “L’histoire du Clochard” or Belgium’s Bruxelles Jazz Orchestra.

His contributions in the Classical idiom include music for pianist Martha Argerich, Sao Paulo's Symphonic Band, the Spring String Quartet from Austria or Portugal National Orchestra. Ohad's latest Composition is a Concerto for Piano/Drums and Double Orchestras premiered in February 2010 by the Porto National Orchestra, the OJM Big Band with soloists Jason Moran and Dan Weiss.
 Cover $10

Aug 29
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)

Simon Mulligan, piano;  Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello
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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 most recent recordings include a disc of Beethoven sonatas and a live recital in Switzerland for Alexis Weissenberg’s Birthday. His first 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 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, and the Nocturnes of Chopin. He has made four discs for the Nimbus label, including a première recording of music by pianist Alexis Weissenberg. Simon’s performances with orchestra include the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony under Slatkin, Warsaw Sinfonia (Menuhin), Brno Philharmonic (Menuhin), Modesto Symphony (Lockington), Reading Symphony (Rothstein), Hong Kong Philharmonic (Atherton), the Hallé, Bournemouth Sinfonia, Malaysian Philharmonic and English Symphony (Boughton). Simon’s love of improvisation has led to articles in numerous music publications, including Downbeat, JazzTimes, International Pianist and Gramophone magazines.

Simon will be joined by the 'cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach. The duo will present an eclectic mix for 'cello and piano.
 Cover $10

Aug 30
Paul Hecht, director & presenter

Jennifer Van Dyck, actor;  Jonathan Walker, actor;  Bob Kaliban, actor;  Ellen Mandel, composer/pianist
Words by Ogden Nash as delivered by fine stage actors, together with original music by Ellen Mandel.

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. Ellen is performing two concerts of her songs to poems with British baritone Rob Gildon at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland this summer..

Jennifer Van Dyck has had the pleasure of creating several new roles for Charles Busch, most recently in The Divine Sister, which is returning to the Soho Playhouse in September. 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. In addition Jennifer narrates many audiobooks

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, and Charles Busch's THE DIVINE SISTER . 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, THE GOOD WIFE and THE BIG C, and 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.

 Cover $17 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  MEM3
Ernesto Cervini, drums;  Michael Cabe, piano;  Mark Lau, bass
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MEM3 is a piano trio based out of New York City, and it is the culmination of 7 years of close musical and personal friendship between three musicians from three different parts of the globe (Seattle Washington, Toronto Canada and Sydney Australia.) Their debut album, "Pennsylvania Grey" is made up of original compositions from all three musicians as well as one traditional hymn. The group’s sound is influenced by the trio sounds of the great Oscar Peterson, Peter Erskine and EST. The group has recently concluded a Candian tour, and are working towards recording their second album.

"Each member of MEM is equally important—equally influential. Each is presented as a composer and a performer; a soloist and an accompanist; a leader and a supporter. Each role is handled with delicacy and intensity; taste, style and a sense of exploration. It is the contrasts between the contributions of each of the members of MEM3, as well as the homogenous nature of all that contrast, that makes Pennsylvania Grey such an engaging CD."Dave Miele, Jazz Improv
 Cover $10

Aug 31
Angelo Verga, host

Alexandra van de Kamp Janet Kaplan Joanne McFarland Steve Caratzas
Alexandra van de Kamp lives in Port Jefferson, NY, with her husband, the writer William Glenn, and teaches at Stony Brook University. Her chapbook, The Rainiest May in the Twentieth Century, was a winner of the 2001 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize. A second chapbook, The Photographer’s Interview, was published by The Premier Poets Chapbook Series in 2006. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Park of Upside-Down Chairs, was published by CW Books (WordTech Press) this past April. She is one of the founding editors of Terra Incognita, a bilingual literary journal distributed in Spain and the United States, and lived in Madrid, Spain, for six years.

JoAnne McFarland is an artist and writer working near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Her artwork is part of many private and public collections including the Library of Congress and the Columbus Museum of Art. She is the author of six poetry collections, the latest of which, Acid Rain, received Honorable Mention in the inaugural Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Second Book Award 2009. JoAnne's current work centers around the theme of domestic abuse and how violence, particularly violence against women, seeks to thwart the creative process.

Janet Kaplan is the author of The Groundnote, winner of the New York/New England competition from Alice James Books; The Glazier’s Country, winner of the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press; and Dreamlife of a Philanthropist, winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry and forthcoming in January from the University of Notre Dame Press. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships in poetry, including a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. A fourth collection of poetry, Ephemeris Time, is in progress, as is a novel, tentatively titled “The Desire of the Line.” She is Poet in Residence at Fordham University.

Steve Caratzas is a writer, musician and artist living in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. His poetry and reviews have been published in The Tiny, Terra Incognita, Surgery of Modern Warfare,, the flash fiction anthology entitled "The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey," and numerous other publications.
 Cover $7

Fabian Almazan, piano, compositions;  Linda Oh, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
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Pianist Fabian Almazan has gained high visibility for the last two years as a member of Terence Blanchard's acclaimed quintet. He appears on Blanchard's latest disc Choices as well as the soundtrack for the Spike Lee joint "Miracle at St. Anna". A native of Cuba now residing in New York, Fabian attended the New World School of the Arts High School in Miami. After graduation in 2002 he soon migrated to the Brubeck Institute in California, and finally Manhattan School of Music where he recently completed his Masters; a path that entailed private study with Jason Moran. In addition to his work with Blanchard, he has performed with Gretchen Parlato, Lionel Loueke, Ambrose Akinmusire, Walter Smith, Derrick Hodge, Chris Dingman, E.J. Strickland and Bilal, among others. This week the brilliant emerging pianist leads a trio with Linda Oh and Justin Brown, both highly respected and familiar New York musicians.

"Fabian Almazan is the latest pianistic prodigy... a Cuban-born dazzler with a melodic instinct to match his technique."
- New York Times
 Cover $10

Wednesday Sep 01 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Lea Bender Tim Gomez Stephen Markley Mira Ptacin Rakesh Satyal
A monthly nonfiction reading series that brings together up-and-coming and established writers to share their work with the rest of the world. Freerange practices the method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being constrained by traditional categories or labels of their genre. This principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat.

About our readers:

Lea Bender is a NYC-based writer and performer. She is currently working on a book (Second Sight) that chronicles her time living with spirit mediums in rural Ghana. This will be her first public reading of that project.

Tim Gomez is currently a student in hte MFA nonfiction writing program at Sarah Lawrence College. He currently resides in Bronx, NY, but his heart is in Los Angeles, CA. He writes news and reviews for

Stephen Markley: A native Ohioan, Markley now calls Chicago home. He works as writer for RedEye and KickingTires. His first book, "Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book" was published March 2010 by Sourcebooks.

Mira Ptacin is the founder of Freerange Nonfiction. She's a gradate of Sarah Lawrence College's MFA program in creative nonfiction, where she was the editor of LUMINA literary magazine and taught creative writing at the Valhalla Women's Correction Facility. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two dogs where she's training for (and writing about) the 2010 Chicago Marathon.

Rakesh Satyal is the author of the novel BLUE BOY, a gender-bending comedy about a young Indian American boy’s fascination with the Hindu god Krishna. Satyal is an editor at HarperCollins and also sings in a popular cabaret show in New York. He is a graduate of Princeton University and lives in Brooklyn.

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Zachary O'Farrill , drums;  Adam O'Farrill, trumpet;  Livio Almeida, tenor;  Adam Kromelow, piano;  Michael Sacks, bass;  Arturo O'Farrill, piano
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The O'Farrill Brothers Band, started in 2008, was formed by- you guessed it- The O'Farrill Brothers! A jazz quintet that is anything but straight-ahead, the band draws in influences from Latin, funk, classical, and free music, and plays all original compositions bythe band members. Members of the band have performed with acclaimed artists such as Stefon Harris, James Moody, DJ Logic, Arturo O'Farrill, Bob Mintzer, and Slide Hampton, and have performed in renowned venues and settings such as Marian's Jazz Room, the 2010 Carefusion Jazz Festival, Birdland Jazz Club, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, and the ChicagoJazz Showcase. The group is making a name for itself in NYC, by playing in Puppet's Jazz Bar, 5C Cultural Center & Café, Sweet Rhythm, The Shrine, Spike Hill, and Yippie Museum Café, and releasing their debut album, GIANT PEACH, on ZOHO Records in January 2011. GRAMMY-award winning pianist, Arturo O'Farrill, will be their guest performer this evening.
 Cover $10
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