* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
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"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
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
featured poet : Lauren O'Brien
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"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)
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).
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.
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.
Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).
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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.
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.
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"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
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, NewPages.com, the flash fiction anthology entitled "The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey," and numerous other publications.
"Fabian Almazan is the latest pianistic prodigy... a Cuban-born dazzler with a melodic instinct to match his technique."
- New York Times
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 CinemaBlend.com.
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. http://goodgriefrunner.blogspot.com/
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. http://www.rakeshsatyal.com/
Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
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....."The process began a couple of years ago when he performed several times with two drummers and loved it: "It's just the most comfortable couch, or like taking a warm bath, just being surrounded by that sound and falling into it." He soon knew who the band was going be; having played together a lot in various other combinations, they already had a shared vocabulary to build on. They worked with Tony's structural concepts more than with written-out compositions: "I decided to try to create platforms for my favorite 'zones' that we'd developed or would hit on. So for example, a multi-layered zone where the four of us are each playing in our own pulse or dimension in time, or a very transparent zone where it's cymbals/mallets/brushes and I'm playing flute-like and Drew's playing arco. And the question is: how am I going to get this into a composition, how am I going to structure it?"
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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