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ART ON THE WALLS

Thursday
Aug 05
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  MARY HALVORSON TRIO
Mary Halvorson , guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Ches Smith, drums
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The success of her acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records), led critics to call Ms. Halvorson “probably the most original jazz guitarist to emerge this decade” Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader and “the freshest, busiest, most critically acclaimed guitar-slinger out of downtown Manhattan/Brooklyn right now” Howard Mandel,Jazz Beyond Jazz. “A singular talent,” adds AllAboutJazz.com’s Troy Collins, “Brooklyn-based guitarist Mary Halvorson has come into her own as a composer and improviser…light years ahead of her peers, she is the most impressive guitarist of her generation. The future of jazz guitar starts here.”
 Cover $10   www.maryhalvorson.com
Friday
Aug 06
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured: Peter Chelnik, accompanied by Tenor Sax man Bob Feldman
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM  MICHAEL FEINBERG QUARTET
Michael Feinberg, bass;  Logan Richardson, sax;  Tommy Crane, drums;  Julian Shore, piano
A vibrant young bassist/composer whose voice conveys a distinct musical vision, Michael Feinberg continues to bring fresh ideas to life with music that incorporates jazz, hip hop, and rock, as well as influences from his Middle Eastern and Eastern European heritage. Feinberg's music oscillates with new and exciting vibrations that include sounds from the East to the West, the fiery spirits of Charles Mingus, Jimmy Garrison, and others, as he aspires "to challenge the limitations of jazz while returning to its most basic elements of improvisation, creativity, and a fusion of cultures and sounds.

". . .embracing elements of both pop music and the avant-garde with a strong flare for jazz music. . . of the here and now." Chad Radford Creative Loafing Atlanta.
 Cover $10   http://www.michaelfeinbergmusic.com http://www.myspace.com/michaelfeinbergmusic

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10:30PM  JASON RIGBY QUINTET
Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone;  Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums;  Mike Holber, piano
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The Jason Rigby Quintet is a powerhouse ensemble formed to explore group improvisation with the twists and turns of a two-horn front line. The group was formed conceptually out of the influences of Ornette Coleman's explorations with Don Cherry and Dewey Redman, Jack DeJohnette's early 70's work, and Miles' 70's electric bands - culminating in a modern mixture of grooves, free melodies, psychedelic sounds and angular horn harmonies.

Tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby has been hailed as "a truly lyrical musician" and "New York's rising star of tenor sax." an earthy voice that deftly combines many influences, Rigby is rapidly attracting the attention of the music world as a saxophonist and composer who has something important to say. Both of his leader releases on Fresh Sound Records (Translucent Space, 2006 and The Sage, 2009) received widespread critical acclaim.

"Aggressive doesn't necessarily mean wild, and somehow the saxophonists quintet sustains a daunting finesse while swinging full tilt on the new The Sage."Jim Macnie, The Village Voice

"Rigby's burly tenor tone and searching improvisations recall the expressionistic flights of Ornette Coleman and Joe Henderson." John Murph, Downbeat
 Cover $10   www.jasonrigby.net

Saturday
Aug 07
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

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Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies.

Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

PETER AGUERO - The Moth Host and Grandslam Champion

JIM O'GRADY - New YorkTimes; Huffington Post

MICHELE CARL - Author, Fish Out Of Agua

DAN ALLEN - Comedy Central
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM  CURTIS MACDONALD GROUP
Curtis Macdonald, alto saxophone, compositions;  David Miralles, keys;  Cody Brown, drums;  Jeremy Viner, tenor saxophone;  Greg Chudzik, bass
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Curtis Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer and sound designer based in New York City. He graduated cum laude from the New School University in 2007 where he immediately became faculty.

Along with developing a sizable repertoire for the modern jazz ensemble, Curtis’ music has taken form in many a medium. In the past 3 years he has composed music and sound for film, dance, games and chamber ensembles. His production savvy can be heard on numerous new music and modern jazz recordings where he incorporates improvisation, sound art and digital technology.

“Music should put a spell on you, and guide you into the eye of the storm…” says Curtis Macdonald with a grin when reflecting on his music.

While Curtis’ music is drawn from a variety of influences, he remains most allured by the emotive sounds of saxophonists past; yet still attracted to today’s most explosive voices, Curtis draws a new melodic virtuosity based not only on harmony, but also more abstract and philosophical models. Many have cited his sound to be a myriad of forms respecting the likes of Lee Konitz, Paul Desmond and Steve Coleman. His influences are not limited to jazz – he admires the refined rhythmic placement in underground hip hop, and borrows their intricate production techniques in his recorded music. Curtis’ versatility incorporates listening with the ears of a sound designer, playing the saxophone to capture a sense of fluid serenity and composing to tickle the mind, all without losing a sense of unity.
 Cover $10   www.curtismacdonald.com

10:30PM  LOGAN RICHARDSON TRIO
Logan Richardson, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone;  Damion Reid , drums;  Matt Brewer, bass
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Being a native son of Kansas City, Missouri (b1980) Logan Richardson has always understood the importance of observing, learning, and loving the process of tradition, and all that it entails. Kansas City, a city that propelled the development of improvised music as a whole (1925-38). Creating a nest for the individual artist to develop, in a vibrant economy, and musical social structure that lends itself to create a huge igniting of musical styles largely based around a strong swing and blues element.

Logan began playing music at the age of twelve. Of the very first educational experiences in improvised music included learning from the likes of- Max Roach, Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Clark Terry, Ray Brown Shirley Scott, Sir Roland Hanna, Marcus Belgrave, Richard Davis… At the age of sixteen Logan was a featured soloist performing in concert with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. Within that same time frame Logan worked with Jimmy Heath in Concert in Small group as well as a Big Band setting. Having the great honor of taking part at The Smithsonian (D.C.) in honor of Duke Ellington’s 100th birthday celebration (’99) as well as being noted in Downbeat Magazine (’99) as “up and coming “

Logan’s first year of post secondary work was done on scholarship attending Berklee College of Music (Boston). Upon completion of his first year he was awarded the Zoot Sims Scholarship (full music scholarship) to attend The New School University in New York, New York (’01). Along with Logan’s musical studies, and development he has apprenticed, studied, and professionally performed woodwind repair on Saxophones, and other woodwind instruments in NYC since 2004.

Working in Carl Allen’s “New Spirit” band (’02), Greg Tardy Band (’03-05), Joe Chambers “The Outlaw” Band (’05-07) Nasheet Waits “Equality”(’07-present), Jason Moran “Big Band Wagon”(’07-present) As a consequence Logan has recorded as a sideman on –Joe Chambers “The Outlaw”(’05) Greg Tardy’s “ Steps of Faith (’06) Nasheet Waits “Live From MPC (‘09) NYC Town Hall (’09) Jason Moran’s Big Band Wagon -50th anniversary of Thelonius Monks historic NY TOWN HALL performance. Logan has composed and recorded two albums of original music, and toured as a leader since 2006; his two albums are titled -“ETHOS”(Inner Circle Music); CEREBRAL FLOW”(Fresh Sound-New Talent-).

Logan was most recently featured in a full page spread in the August 2009 edition of “ DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE”.French magazine “JAZZ MAN” did a feature in July ’07 including him as “one of 10 burning alto saxophonist worldwide”. German Magazine “SONIC MAGAZINE” wrote a feature on him titled “Revolution by Evolution “in the October ’08

Logan has played major festivals all over the world such as: JVC Jazz Fest (NYC 2004): Knitting Factory Winter Jazz Fest. (NYC 2005); Terni Jazz Festival (Italy2007); Foggia Jazz Fest (Italy 2007); The North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, UK 2008), Ferrara Jazz Festival (Italy 2009); San Francisco Jazz Fest (California2008); Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy2007); Amazon Jazz Fest (Brazil 2009); Jazz a’ Vienne (France2009); Jazz Baltic (Germany2009); Fiemme Jazz Festival (Italy2007); Terrassa Jazz Festival (Italy 2008); Kansas City Blues and Jazz Fest (Kansas City 2001); Marostica Jazz Festival (Italy 2007); Aspen Jazz Festival (Colorado2004)
 Cover $10   www.loganrichardson.com

Sunday
Aug 08
6:00PM  GUITAR & PEN
Chris Belden


The return of GUITAR & PEN! Chris Belden reads from his new novel-in-progress--the funniest story of infanticide you've ever heard--& follows up with a batch of original tunes.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  DAN TEPFER / RICHIE BARSHAY DUO
Dan Tepfer , piano;  Richie Barshay , percussion
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Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post , a “rugged and emphatic” player by the New York Times, “a new knight of the keys” by BSC News France.

By age 28, he has performed the world over in contexts ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, chronicling his talents on the solo disc Twelve Improvisations in Twelve Keys (2009) as well as the trio sessions Before the Storm (2005), Oxygen (2007) and his forthcoming 2010 Sunnyside release with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Ted Poor. Dan has also had the extraordinary privilege of a sustained, ongoing duo partnership with alto saxophonist and jazz luminary Lee Konitz, documented on the acclaimed 2009 Sunnyside CD Duos With Lee (“a benchmark of human potential” – JazzInsideNY. As France’s Jazz Magazine has noted, Dan is “gifted with a heightened sense for form and an extraordinary confidence in his angles of attack.” His playing, whatever the context, is a model of fluidity and steady, effortless motion, immersed in jazz history but creating new history in turn.

Percussionist Richie Barshay, most noted for his work with the Herbie Hancock Quartet, has established himself as a prominent musical voice of his generation and is regarded as "a player to watch" by JazzTimes Magazine. On tour and on recordings his eclectic resume so far includes Hancock, Chick Corea, Natalie Merchant, Lee Konitz, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner, David Krakauer, Fred Wesley, Claudia Acuña and Pete Seeger among others. In 2004 he was named an American Musical Envoy by the U.S. State Department for outreach tours in Asia, South America, and Europe. Now based in New York City, Richie began playing Jazz and Afro-Carribean music during his youth and has expanded his focus to Indian rhythmic concepts and tabla, inspiring his 2007 recording debutHomework on Ayva Records. “Homework introduces a major rhythm voice on the rise” says Downbeat magazine, and The Guardian (UK) praises “the arrival of a major innovator who also knows how to have fun.”
 Cover $10   www.dantepfer.com

Monday
Aug 09
6:00PM  WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES:
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Paul Lisicky Billy Merrell Matthew Hittinger Lonely Christopher
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The White Swallow Reading Series

Featuring

LONELY CHRISTOPHER writes outside and across forms. His documents include poetry, fiction, dramatic work, and blog posts. His first collection of short fiction, The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, is forthcoming in 2011 from Akashic’s Little House on the Bowery imprint, edited by Dennis Cooper. Into, a collection of long-form verse with Robert Snyderman and Christopher Sweeney, was released in April from Seven CirclePress. His poetry was first collected in the chapbook Satan by Small Anchor Press (2007); Small Anchor also released Gay Plays (2009), the first two plays in a trilogy of linguistic investigations into the queer situation, and later published the title in a Mandarin translation. His second poetry collection Wow, Where Do You Come from, Upside-Down Land? was released as part of The Corresponding Society’s “No Know” chapbook series (2009).

MATTHEW HITTINGER is the author of the chapbooks Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007) winner of the Spire 2006 Chapbook Award, Narcissus Resists (GOSS183/MiPOesias, 2009), and Platos de Sal (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009). Matthew received his MFA from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for Poetry and The Helen S. and John Wagner Prize. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best New Poets 2005.

BILLY MERRELL is the author of Talking in the Dark, a poetry memoir (Scholastic, 2003), and a co-editor for The Full Spectrum (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2006), which received a 2006 Lambda Literary Award. Most recently, he is co-author of Go Ahead, Ask Me (Simon & Schuster, 2009). He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from Columbia University and is currently the Web Developer of Poets.org, the website of the Academy of American Poets.

PAUL LISICKY is the author of Lawnboy, Famous Builder, and the forthcoming books The Burning House (2011) and Unbuilt Projects (2012). His work has appeared in Ploughshares, The Iowa Review,StoryQuarterly, The Seattle Review, Five Points, Subtropics, Gulf Coast, and many other anthologies and magazines. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he’s the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the James Michener/Copernicus Society, the Henfield Foundation, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he was twice a fellow. He lives in New York City and Springs, New York, and has taught in the graduate writing programs at Cornell University, Rutgers-Newark, and Sarah Lawrence College. He currently teaches at NYU.

Angelo Nikolopoulos is a retired high school teacher currently pursuing an MA at NYU’s creative writing program, where he also serves as the managing editor of the Washington Square Review. He also works as a writing fellow at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and is the founder of The White Swallow reading series.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  PRIVATE EVENT

Tuesday
Aug 10
6:00PM  "DEAR SUZANNE" IN WORDS MUSIC & SLIDES

poet Eve Rifkah Michael Milligan , guitar
Michael Milligan has been making music as long as he can remember. Since his parents wouldn’t let him have a drum kit he tortured them with stringed instruments. Guitarist for The Thin Middle and 3 Shy, he counts among his many influences West African griots, flamenco gypsies, garage band saints and funk shamans. What kind of music does he make? Something nameless that sounds nothing like the previous list. This will be an acoustic guitar performance.

In reading from her book Outcasts, poet Eve Rifkah brings you into the world of the patients of the Penikese Island Leper Hospital breathing out the voices for the long forgotten, stigmatized people exiled to a tiny, bit of island off the coast of Cape Cod, MA.

In her book Dear Suzanne she recreates the life of model/artist Suzanne Valadon, the favorite model of Renoir, Lautrec and many other impressionists, who also became a highly respected force in the art world. Valadon was the first woman in Paris to exhibit in the Salon and paint the male nude and children of the underclass. Reading is accompanied by a visual presentation.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.everifkahwriter.com

8:30PM  FOUR HANDED FANTASIES WITH JED DISTLER
Jed Distler, piano;  Jung Lin, piano
Three of today’s most forceful yet utterly distinct piano personalities preside over the Cornelia Street Café’s Yamaha grand (loaned by Jed, by the way) over two evenings.

Jed Distler and Jung Lin reunite to collaborate with Mozart’s Sonata in D Major K. 381 and Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor D. 940, plus solo works by Schumann, Rzewski, Godowsky, Rachmaninov & Distler.

Jed Distler and Jung Lin participated in Cornelia Street’s 2009 outdoor Make Music New York premier of Simeon ten Holt’s Canto Ostinato for Four Pianos. They join up again this summer for two pillars of the duet repertoire by Mozart and Schubert, with solos in between. The Simon Mulligan/Jed Distler duo, by contrast, is based on both pianists’ informal Café encounters, where they’ve been known to sight-read overtures and improvise on just about anything at the drop of a hat.

Known for her poetic and virtuosic pianism, Taiwan native Jung Lin conducted her own orchestral works at age 12, won numerous competitions in her native country, and was featured on Taiwan’s major news program “90 minutes.” At sixteen her symphonic poem, “The Black Wedding” was given its premiere by The Juilliard Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. In addition to numerousall-Chopin recitals played all over the world, Jung’s fervent and highly acclaimed championing of Nicolas Medtner’s resulted in a forthcoming recording for Naxos. In addition to three New York Botanical Garden recitals broadcast on WQXR, other recent appearances include Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bargemusic, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Aug 11
6:00PM  LADYBITS COMEDY
Jen Dziura and Abbi Crutch, hosts

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Kickoff Show and Preview : "Boobs and Booze!"

All-female comedy.

Ladybits is a brand-spankin'-new all female comedy show, starring today's and tomorrow's lady comedy stars -- and with the goal of building community among lovers of women's comedy. At the kickoff and press preview, the comics of Ladybits will wax hysterical for a panel of top lady bloggers and intrepid girl reporters, and all the lucky audience members who can fit in the room. Doors (and celebratory cupcakes!) at 6pm

show will begin promptly at 6:30.

Hosted by founders Jen Dziura (Oprah Winfrey Network, SciFi Channel, VH1) and Abbi Crutchfield (Tyra Banks, MTV, NBC Stand Up for Diversity finalist).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.ladybitscomedy.com

8:30PM  FOUR HANDED FANTASIES WITH JED DISTLER
Jed Distler, piano;  Simon Mulligan, piano
Three of today’s most forceful yet utterly distinct piano personalities preside over the Cornelia Street Café’s Yamaha grand (loaned by Jed, by the way) over two evenings.

Jed Distler and Simon Mulligan dust off the old piano bench in search of long-forgotten arrangements of popular classics and justly obscure opera potpourris, take audience requests, improvise a little, and serve up Satie’s four-handed Parade.

Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon Mulligan has more than 20 CDs to his credit, including Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Yehudi Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, Chopin’s Nocturnes, Ned Rorem’s Second Piano Concerto, and solo works by legendary pianist Alexis Weissenberg. He has premiered works by Hans Werner Henze, James MacMillan, Tobias Picker, Mark Anthony Turnage and Paul Moravec. In 2007, Simon was one of the youngest recipients to be awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music for his musical achievements.

Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by Michael Redmond in the Newark Star-Ledger, Jed Distler has premiered works by Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Curran, Virgil Thomson, Simeon ten Holt, Andrew Thomas, Lois V Vierk, Wendy Mae Chambers, Richard Rodney Bennett, Virko Baley and other luminaries. Jed has given solo concerts in Italy, Switzerland, England, and all across the US, and his work can be found on the Bridge, Decca, Nonesuch,Point, CRI and New World labels. A new solo CD Meditate with the Masters features his own soothing, relaxing piano renditions of classical music’s greatest hits. As ComposersCollaborative’s artistic director, Jed founded the Cornelia Street Café’s long-running Serial Underground series, and is hosting Hammered, a New York Public Radio show devoted to all genres of keyboard music. He also writes CD reviews for Gramophone and Classicstoday.com.an be found on the is also a passionate composer and arranger, writing for film, television and his own jazz quartet. He also writes CD reviews for Gramophone and www.Classicstoday.com.
 Cover $10

Thursday
Aug 12
6:00PM  EVIE IVY'S DANCE OF THE WORD
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Evie Ivy's Dance of the Word: "The Poetry in Dance and the Dance in Poetry"

with Brenda Gannam, Brant Lyon, Cynthia Toronto, Jack Tricarico, Cindy Hochman, Idi Monroy & others


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  THE ZOZIMOS COLLECTIVE - QUARTET
Ben Stapp, tuba;  Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Alex Terrier, saxophones;  Danny Fischer, drums
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The Zozimos Collective expands and contrasts in personnel depending on the program and tonight it will feature the group as a quartet. Weaving Messiaen inspired rhythmic drones, 4D - Faux Harmony, aleatoric techniques, and more, Zozimos searches for a musical tincture that will touch even the most hardened New York soul.

Mr. Stapp's most recent release, and debut CD "Ecstasis," has received a critic's pic from the NY Times, Honorable Mention in the Village Voice, and was described as a "fresh new voice," and "most certainly to watch" by All About Jazz. Since then he has spent his time developing his language as a composer and tubist with his group the Zozimos Collective.
 Cover $10   www.benstapp.com

10:00PM  KENNY WARREN HALA HALA
Kenny Warren, trumpet, compositions;  Phil Rowan , bass;  Devin Gray, drums;  JP Schegelmilch, piano
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Denver born, Brooklyn based trumpeter Kenny Warren has been gaining some notoriety in New York recently for his work with Slavic Soul Party, Tony Malaby's Novela, and NOOK. His new quartet, Hala Hala, features all original music inspired by his eclectic jazz roots. He will be supported by old and new friends J.P Schelgelmilch on Piano, Phil Rowan on Bass, and Devin Gray on Drums.

"Hala Hala stretches the music to it’s primitive, creative, most transcendent essence" Curtis Macdonald

"Kenny Warren is a New York based young and hungry trumpeter whose tone is as rough and tumble as you'll find" jazzreveiw.com

photo by Peter Gannushkin
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/kennywarren www.downtownmusic.net

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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