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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

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Friday
Sep 18
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kathi Georges, host

Edwin Torres
Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight we feature the powerful Edwin Torres.

Edwin Torres is a highly respected New York-based spoken word poet known best for creating a movement which he called "Interactive Eclectrcism", which combines movement, audience participation, music and songs. Torres also created the "Poets Neurotica", where dancers and musicians performed alongside two to four poets. Torres has represented New York in the 1992 National Poetry Slam, and he has won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe First Annual Prize for Poetry with his poem "Po-Mo Griot". He has also appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and the Charlie Rose Show and been featured on Newsweek, in Rolling Stone Magazine and in New York Magazine. His poem, "I Saw Your Empire State Building" was included in the book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam in the chapter which dealt with the poetry slam community's response to 9/11.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  THE RORY STUART QUARTET
Rory Stuart, guitar & compositions;  Will Vinson, tenor saxophone;  Chris Smith, bass;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
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Described by JAZZ TIMES as “perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead jazz guitarist to emerge in years,” Rory Stuart brings his quartet with saxophonist Will Vinson, acoustic bassist Chris Smith, and drummer Marcus Gilmore to the Cornelia Street Café on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Rory Stuart has performed as a sideman with a remarkable range of jazz artists, from Charlie Rouse to Errol Parker, Steve Coleman’s Five Elements with Cassandra Wilson and Geri Allen to the Cadence All Stars, and has led highly-praised Quartets of his own. For his complete bio, album reviews and photos, please visit www.rorystuart.com.

Check out also “So Rise Up,” the new release on SmartCatMusic. “rhythmic acrobats … tricky unison lines and extended, explorative solos… Combining the old and the new, and mixing it up just right” – Mark F. Turner “All About Jazz” (2008). Please join us!

cover $12/$9 w/ student ID   www.rorystuart.com

Saturday
Sep 19
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host

Nikos Alexiou Lisette Martinez Jackie Morfesis Sylvia Mouzourou
Our great & good friend Dean Kostos kicks off another season at the cafe with a quartet of poets 7 writers.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN O'GALLAGHER TRIO: CD RELEASE FOR DIRTY HANDS
John O'Gallagher, saxophone;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Jeff Williams, drums
John O'Gallagher Trio: CD Release for <i>Dirty Hands</i> image
You always get your hands dirty with hard work and indeed the John O'Gallagher Trio does just that.

The music played by the alto saxophonist, with Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Jeff Williams on drums, is one of effortless beauty as a result of years of working together. For O'Gallagher, a composition is much more than a vehicle to improvise on; it is the source of the improvisation. Whether playing free improvisations or original compositions, the truth is that everything here is meticulously structured.
So, we have a composer in the good-old Duke Ellington way: he writes for the musicians who play with him, partly knowing by anticipation what to expect, and partly challenging them (and himself) to always go further. Very influenced by contemporary classical music, its solutions and ideas are used by the leader of this trio with a nod to the past in a genre known for its assimilation of elements coming from other musical languages. O'Gallagher speaks of 'opening new doors', and that's something jazz always did. Another particularity of this music is its visual character - the pieces function audibly like moving abstract images. The sense of space, line, color and density we find in painting is what this band translates to the art of sounds. "There definitely are parallels in painting and playing. When I improvise and compose, I'm influenced by a visual sense of trying to create objects and color," John O'Gallagher said in an interview to All About Jazz. "Dirty Hands" is the clear confirmation of that statement and is a recording not to be missed.
 Cover $10   www.johnogallagher.com

Sunday
Sep 20
6:00PM  POETS
Wayne Miller Mario Bibbins
Mark Bibbins is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon, 2009) and the Lambda Award-winning Sky Lounge. A former New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, his work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, Boston Review, New England Review, Legitmate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and two editions of The Best American Poetry. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University.

Wayne Miller is the author of two poetry collections, The Book of Props (Milkweed, 2009) and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006), and the forthcoming chapbook O City (Cinematheque, 2009). He is also coeditor of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and translator of Moikom Zeqo's I Don't Believe in Ghosts (BOA, 2007). He lives in Kansas City and edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  ANDREW GREEN SEXTET: CD RELEASE FOR NARROW MARGIN
Andrew Green, guitar;  Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  JC Sandford, trombone;  Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  Mike Sarin, drums
ANdrew Green sextet: CD Release for <i>Narrow MArgin</i> image
Narrow Margin is the title of a 1952 B-movie noir, and film noir is used as a loosely unifying thread for the group. The music is not based on noir soundtracks however; it is a diverse group of compositions that draw from lyrical jazz, free jazz, bebop, a smattering of rock, cop show themes and the lone cover tune "Taxi Driver" by Bernard Herrmann. The writing and the solos are woven into a unified whole designed to keep the listener engaged and surprised.

the compositional skill displayed by the sonic brush Green paints the tunes with will make you soon realize that your ears are in the presence of a master! ...this is high talent playing that will be enjoyed by jazz listeners of all stripes on through the next couple of decades! I give this one a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
- Dick Metcalf- zzaj.freehostia

Narrow Margin is hard-edged music about hard-edged cinema and, like the best noir characters, the music packs a wallop. ...Green's compositions have got all the stopping power of a blazing Tommy Gun.
- J Hunter - all about jazz.com
 Cover $10   www.agjazz.com www.chopsfactory.com

Monday
Sep 21
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Kristin Bock Angelo Verga Fred Yannanuono
New York Quarterly image
Back from a summer break the editors present three stalwarts from the pages of a leading American magazine devoted to the craft of poetry.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  RYAN BLOTNICK: CD RELEASE FOR EVERYTHING FORGETS
Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone;  Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Simon Jermyn, bass, effects;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Jeff Williams, drums;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone
Ryan Blotnick: cd release for <i>Everything Forgets</i>  image
8:30PM Ryan Blotnick "Everything Forgets" CD Release Party

...Blotnick's thoughtful compositions and warm-toned improvisations are showcased on this superb debut....graceful, evocative..."
- Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

Since the release of his widely acclaimed Songlines CD Music Needs You in 2007, the New York based guitarist Ryan Blotnick has been performing with Michael Blake Band, Pete Robbins & Centric, and gigging in England and Europe. While there he met the Belgian reed player Joachim Badenhorst, Irish electric bassist Simon Jermyn, and NY drummer Jeff Williams. The impromptu quartet made a mostly free-form demo ("it had this kind of 70s rock vibe mixed with a more modern 'Icelandic' soundscape kind of thing," says Blotnick). When Badenhorst moved to New York last fall, Jermyn came over as well and the quartet did a tour and recording session, focusing on improvs as well as new pieces Blotnick had composed for his NY trio. In early 2009, on tour in Spain with 3/5 of the Music Needs You band (Barcelona-based US drummer Joe Smith and NY bassist Perry Wortman), the trio re-recorded those tunes. This CD selects the best takes from the two sessions and sequences them into two album sides. The lighter, groovier post-jazz trio tracks foreground Ryan's improvising on his compositions, while the quartet often has a heavier, freer avantrock/new music feel. The alternation sets up a series of contrasts and complementarities that make this a more provocatively organized and musically/emotionally diverse record than Music Needs You.

What one especially takes away from Everything Forgets is an appreciation for Blotnick's melodic gift (both in the writing and improvising), and how this music indeed evokes a range of feelings with grace and humanity. In the Songlines interview Ryan acknowledges his indebtedness in different pieces to Sonny Rollins, Benoît Delbecq, Skúli Sverrisson, and friends/colleagues Michael Blake, Bill McHenry, and Eivind Opsvik among others, but his music makes a true statement of its own.

-more info: www.ryanblotnick.com

10:00pm Ben Monder & Bill McHenry Duo

Monder and McHenry are united for their first duo set since the recording of "Bloom" ten years ago. These two widely-acclaimed musicians have worked together in Bill's quartet with Paul Motian and numerous other projects over the years.

"Broad 21st century jazz style expressions meet open sound landscapes on these soothing moods. The music takes you to a relaxed world, whether getting away from the daily reality or just enjoying art at its highest"
-All About Jazz

"...McHenry possesses a gift for unspooling elliptical melodies that nonetheless linger in the mind's ear, which are then wrapped in Monder's dense chords or caressed by his throaty lines."
-by Steve Smith, Music Editor Time Out NY

More info: www.benmonder.com
/www.billmchenry.com
 Cover $10

Tuesday
Sep 22
6:00PM  GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Autumn Giles & Martin Rock, host

Cathy Che, NYU;  Eugenia Chung, SLC;  Adam Fitzgerald, Columbia;  Simone Kearney, Hunter
New semester, new hosts, same tried and true program, fledgling poets from many of the area MFA departments fly on our stage.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  TYLER BLANTON TRIO +1
Tyler Blanton, vibraphone, compositions;  Aidan Carroll, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums;  + special guest; Seamus Blake, saxophone
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Lead by vibraphonist and composer Tyler Blanton, and supported by a prodigious rhythm section of percussionist Richie Barshay and bassist Aidan Carroll, this acoustic jazz trio effortlessly weaves their way through imaginative compositions. Blanton's original material runs the gamut from swinging and visceral, to intricate and modern, all of which is executed with a sense of comfort and fluidity. On this night, the trio will be joined by saxophone powerhouse Seamus Blake for a what promises to be a remarkable night of music.

"Blanton's music is sophisticated, swinging, and modern in the right ways, yet gutsy"
-Josef Woodard
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/tylersvibes www.seamusblake.com

Wednesday Sep 23 6:00PM  FLASH FICTION
Nancy Kline Kate Hill Cantrill
We like prose, especially when it's swift and crafted.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES
Jon Sobel, host

Willie McBlind Jeff Norwood The Freeloaders

8:30 - Willie McBlind The band Willie McBlind plays "an unorthodox style of psychedelic blues-rock that is surprisingly artsy and quirky but still shows plenty of blues grit. Drawing on influences ranging from Robert Johnson to John Lee Hooker to Jimi Hendrix, they have no problem being both rootsy and artsy...well worth exploring if one is seeking something fresh and unconventional from blues-rock." ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

9:15 - Jeff Norwood This young South Carolina solo artist plays in the authentic Mississippi Delta blues style, singing about the Devil and everyone else interesting.

10 - The Freeloaders Raw Zeppelin power mixed with cool Motown swagger.


 Cover $10   http://www.souloftheblues.com

Thursday
Sep 24
6:00PM  FRENCH NIGHT
Lucinda Karter, host


Is that contemporary French literature we're hearing or the Rhone Valley wine singing in our ears?
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  GNU VOX: MIKE & RUTHY
David Devoe, host

Mike Merenda, vocals, guitar;  Ruth Ungar Merenda, vocals, fiddle, ukulele
Gnu Vox: Mike & Ruthy image
An americana songwriting duo with a growing following on the acoustic folk scene, Mike & Ruthy are focused on recording and touring clubs and festivals. With a repertoire of old-timey twang, topical folk, and just plain love songs, their heartfelt vocal duets intertwine with lively fiddle & banjo.

When Mike met Ruthy he'd already written a hundred songs - some of which he no longer remembers. When Ruthy met Mike she'd already decided against being a musician like her parents - a rebellious stance that quickly faded in the musical excitement.

A mutual friend had the bright idea that they should sing together, and one very late evening, down in the tiniest factory/apartment building in New York City's looming financial district, they first combined their talents over cheap beer and not much else. The results were magic.

Since that first night in 1998, their writing, singing, and musicianship have grown to match their enthusiasm. And some of Mike's very old songs are working their way back into the setlist - along side Ruth's sparkling versions of soul and folk classics, and their new and original creations that hint at love, pain, and beauty.


 Cover $10   www.mikeandruthy.com

Friday
Sep 25
9:00PM & 10:30PM  JOHN HÉBERT'S BYZANTINE MONKEY: CD RELEASE
John Hébert, bass;  Tony Malaby, soprano & tenor saxophone;  Michäel Attias, alto & barrytone saxophone;  Adam Kolker, flute & bass clarinet;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion;  Mike Sarin, drums
John Hébert's Byzantine Monkey: CD release image
Byzantine Monkey, bassist/composer John Hébert’s long-awaited debut recording as a bandleader, documents his New York-based sextet of the same name featuring frequent collaborators Michaël Attias, Tony Malaby, Adam Kolker, Nasheet Waits and Satoshi Takeishi.

Hébert’s original compositions for the group take their inspiration from a variety of sources, including his interest in Cajun music, his travels to different parts of the world and his gratitude and respect

New Orleans native John Hébert is one of the busiest bassists in New York and a regular in the Rising Star Acoustic Bass category of DownBeat’s annual Critics Poll for the past three years. His discography features more than 45 recordings since 2000, including titles by Dave Ballou, Uri Caine, Steve Lehman, Andrew Rathbun, Dave Scott and Gebhard Ullmann. He’s also the bassist on Andrew Hill’s final recording for Blue Note, 2006’s Time Lines.

Learn more at www.johnhebert.com for his mentor, legendary pianist/composer Andrew Hill, with whom Hébert worked from 2001 until his death in 2007. The musicians bringing that music to life in Byzantine Monkey have all worked extensively with Hébert in other ensembles, including Attias, Kolker and Malaby’s own groups and Hill’s trio and quintet. “Byzantine Monkey is me, and Byzantine Monkey is the band,” writes Hébert in the liner notes. “All of our voices together, telling one story.” Firehouse 12 Records FH12-04-01-010
 Cover $10   www.johnhebert.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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