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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Tuesday
Aug 31
6:00PM  POETRY
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, NewPages.com, the flash fiction anthology entitled "The Mysterious Dr. Ramsey," and numerous other publications.
 Cover $7   http://www.alexandravandekamp.com

8:30PM  FABIAN ALMAZAN TRIO
Fabian Almazan, piano, compositions;  Linda Oh, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
Fabian Almazan Trio image
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   www.fabianalmazan.com

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 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
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.freerangenonfiction.com

8:30PM  O'FARRILL BROTHERS BAND W/SPECIAL GUEST ARTURO O'FARRILL
Zachary O'Farrill , drums;  Adam O'Farrill, trumpet;  Livio Almeida, tenor;  Adam Kromelow, piano;  Michael Sacks, bass;  Arturo O'Farrill, piano
O'Farrill Brothers Band w/special guest Arturo O'Farrill image
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   myspace.com/adamofarrilljazz
Thursday
Sep 02
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, and Tom, hosts


This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
8:30PM  TONY MALABY'S APPARITIONS
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  John Hollenbeck, drums
Tony Malaby's Apparitions image
Tony Malaby's Apparitions featuring two drummers — Tom Rainey and Mike Sarin — along with a bassist, Drew Gress.

....."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?"
- read more: http://www.tonymalaby.com/apparitions.htm
- listen: http://www.tonymalaby.com/mp3s/Apparitions.mp3
 Cover $10   www.tonymalaby.com

10:00PM  TONY MALABY'S PALOMA RECIO
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
TONY MALABY'S PALOMA RECIO image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a quartet of omnidirectionally improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.
 Cover $10   www.tonymalaby.com
Friday
Sep 03
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

tonight: a book launch for Rick Mullin


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM  TONY MALABY'S APPARITIONS
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  John Hollenbeck, drums
TONY MALABY'S APPARITIONS image
Tony Malaby's Apparitions featuring two drummers — Tom Rainey and Mike Sarin — along with a bassist, Drew Gress.

....."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?"
- read more: http://www.tonymalaby.com/apparitions.htm
- listen: http://www.tonymalaby.com/mp3s/Apparitions.mp3

Reservations Recommended
 Cover $15   www.tonymalaby.com

10:30PM  TONY MALABY'S NOVELA
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Dan Peck, tuba;  Michael Attias, alto saxophone;  Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet;  Andrew Hadro, baritone saxophone;  Kris Davis, piano;  John Hollenbeck, drums;  Tom Rainey, drums
TONY MALABY'S NOVELA image
Later that night, Tony Malaby presented his new group,Novela, with improvised or notated music as conducted by the pianist Kris Davis. In its collapsing of structure and intuition it had roots in some older experimental jazz — Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris — but it was still strong and strange, properly bewildering. Ben Ratlif, NY Times.

Reservations Recommended
 Cover $15

Saturday
Sep 04
6:00PM  SAM REIDER AND THE LOST BOYS
Sam Reider, piano,accordian,vocals;  Armand Hirsch, guitar;  Jake Goldbas, drums;  Jeff Picker, bass;  Eddie Barbash , alto saxophone
Sam Reider And The Lost Boys image
“He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.” Jesse Hamlin, SF Chronicle

San Francisco-native Sam Reider is a jazz pianist and singer (and most recently, accordionist). Currently in his final year at Columbia University, Sam's work is greatly influenced by American folk music. In May 2008, Reider was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s legendary NPR show, Piano Jazz. The program, which has showcased artists from Ray Charles, to Oscar Peterson, to Norah Jones, aired in December 2008. Reider’s piano trio also released its first album in 2008 entitled “Without Strings.” Uptown Trio, which acclaimed jazz critic Doug Ramsey cites as “impressive in its ability to achieve abstraction without sacrificing continuity and form” has now completed two tours of the west coast and performed at numerous venues and jazz festivals around the country. His new project, Sam Reider and the Lost Boys was founded September 09 and since then has performed frequently in New York City and recorded an EP. The music is an eclectic mix of original material that explores the boundaries between Jazz, Folk, and Pop styles. Reider brings his talents for composition and lyricism together with an amazing band that includes voice, piano, bass, drums, guitar, accordion, and horns. Sam will be celebrating the release of their new EP, "Goodbye July" (2010).
 Cover $8   www.samreidermusic.com

9:00PM  TONY MALABY'S PALOMA RECIO
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Nasheet Waits, drums;  Eivind Opsvik, bass
Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a quartet of omnidirectionally improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.

Reservations Recommended
 Cover $15   www.tonymalaby.com

10:30PM  TONY MALABY'S NOVELA
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Michael Attias, alto saxophone;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet;  Andrew Hadro, baritone sax;  Dan Peck, tuba;  Kris Davis, piano;  John Hollenbeck, drums;  Tom Rainey, drums
Tony Malaby's Novela image
Later that night, Tony Malaby presented his new group, Novela, with improvised or notated music as conducted by the pianist Kris Davis. In its collapsing of structure and intuition it had roots in some older experimental jazz — Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris — but it was still strong and strange, properly bewildering. Ben Ratliff, NY Times

Reservations Recommended
 Cover $15   www.tonymalaby.com

Sunday
Sep 05
8:30PM  TONY MALABY'S NOVELA
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Michael Attias, alto saxophone;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet;  Andrew Hadro, baritone sax;  Dan Peck, tuba;  Kris Davis, piano;  Tom Rainey, drums
Tony Malaby's Novela image
Later that night, Tony Malaby presented his new group, Novela, with improvised or notated music as conducted by the pianist Kris Davis. In its collapsing of structure and intuition it had roots in some older experimental jazz — Roscoe Mitchell, Butch Morris — but it was still strong and strange, properly bewildering. Ben Ratliff,NY Times
 Cover $10   www.tonymalaby.com
10:00PM  TONY MALABY'S PALOMA RECIO
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
TONY MALABY'S PALOMA RECIO  image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a quartet of omni-directionally improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.
 Cover $10   www.tonymalaby.com
Monday
Sep 06
8:30PM  AMRAM AND COMPANY
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  Joe Pacheco, poet
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10   http://www.davidamram.com
Amram and Company image
Tuesday
Sep 07
8:30PM  DEATHBLOW
Amanda Monaco, guitar;  Michaël Attias, alto, baritone saxophones;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi , drums
A group that doesn't have anything to do with its name, Deathblow is a jazz and improvisational music quartet that combines free-bop sensibilities with through-composed pieces equal parts textural, adventurous, and whimsical. Deathblow performs a mix of Monaco's original compositions and modern twists on classic and obscure jazz repertoire. Their latest CD, I Think I’ll Keep You, was released by LateSet Records.

“Amanda Monaco's compositions take some time to absorb; consider them to be a multi-course gourmet meal for a jazz fan's ears, rather than the all-too-common bland, empty calorie fast food that attempts to pass for creative improvised music.” All Music Guide

Photo by Scott Friedlander
 Cover $10   http://www.amandamonaco.com http://www.twostools.com

Deathblow image
10:00PM  RYAN BLOTNICK TRIO + SAM BARSH
Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Sam Barsh, piano, keyboards;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Aaron McLendon, drums
Ryan Blotnick Trio + Sam Barsh image
Guitarist Ryan Blotnick has been called "a vital contemporary voice"by Time Out New York, "an authentic, compelling player" by CadenceMagazine, and has garnered praise from guitarists John Abercrombie,Steve Cardenas and Ben Monder. Tuesday's concert will feature some of his oldest musical cohorts playing his newest and grooviest compositions to date. When Ryan was sixteen he left Maine to attend William Paterson's jazz program and was lucky to enough to be in afreshman class with Aaron McLendon and Sam Barsh. He recalls when McLendon broke his arm and had to relearn drums with only his lefthand and play a one-armed Dialogue Day concert. Afterwards legendary pianist Harold Mabern exclamed "that drummer swings so hard I would hire him with one arm!" Meanwhile Barsh (then Bar-Sheshet) was shedding constantly in his room, which had become sort of a hang outspot. He would be running scales with the sound turned off while simultaneously holding conversation, inventing his own slang, and cracking everybody up. While Blotnick's music can often be on the introspective side, we can expect a particularlyhigh-energy set from this new group featuring the "pianist with the gift of groove" Nate Chinen, New York Times and a dynamite rhythm section.

Sam Barsh has been based in New York City since 2001, but has traveled all over the world sharing his music and the music of others. His own group, the Sam Barsh Band, performs his funky blend of jazz, r&b and slick ambient grooves. The band has 2 albums, 2008's "I Forgot WhatYou Taught Me" and 2007's "Live." From 2003 through 2006, Barsh was a member of the renowned Avishai Cohen Trio. With Cohen, Barsh recorded 3 albums and a live DVD, performed at many of the world's biggest jazz festivals and received much international acclaim. Barsh has had the good fortune to perform with a diverse group of artists throughout his career, including Avishai Cohen, Cassandra Wilson, Jeff Parker, Boyz II Men, Bobby McFerrin, The Brand New Heavies, Robin Eubanks, Debbie Friedman, Branford Marsalis, Lonnie Plaxico, Christophe Schweizer, Dave Samuels (of Spyro Gyra), Ku'umba Frank Lacy, Rez Abbasi, Kenny Wollessen, Nguyen Le, and Ben Monder.
 Cover $10   www.ryanblotnick.com/sound.html www.ryanblotnick.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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