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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Sep 19
Stanley Richardson, host

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Amir Bey, costumes, masks, set design;  Saco Yasuma, compositions, reeds, percussion;  Lou Grassi, drums;  Ras Moshe, reeds;  Chris Sullivan, bass;  Dave Ross, guitar
Synergy is a high-energy free-style Jazz band, the innovative collaboration between sculptor/designer Amir Bey and musician/composer Saco Yasuma. The musicians wear masks and original prints on costumes designed by Bey. Bey's set design often combines long sheets of silkscreen prints on fabric, and suspended mobile-like percussive instruments. Yasuma's unique compositions range from the forceful to the contemplative. Synergy's personnel includes Ras Moshe, Dave Ross, Chris Sullivan, and Lou Grassi. This formidable ensemble is known for its power and fearless approach to music. Synergy's concept is based on weaving the visual and audio arts; the sounds and movements of the musicians are visually enhanced, and the audio uses of visual art are explored.

"Avant - Jazz altoist Saco Yasuma has a theatrical bent - her group Synergy often appears wearing festive robes and masks courtesy of Amir Bey. But she's not hiding anything; she's got a killer sound and soulful compositions."
Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York

"If you dig the jazz theatrics of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and Sun Ra, then Amir's "Synergy" is your show. Great musicians in outrageous attire, musical notes that move around the stage as the music propels them, some kind of art utopia setting and jazz that will have your conciousness spinning... "Synergy" is a world apart, where music is language and the stage is a playground for the imagination."
Bob Holman, Artistic Director, Study Abroad on the Bowery

"A vibrant construct of sight and sound. SYNERGY is the right word to describe this "happening". While powerful on their own, the aural and visual elements seem to play off each other, creating a sum sensation that is greater than the individual parts." Rob Blumenthal,
Artistic Director, Harlem Meer Performance Festival
 Cover $10

Wednesday Sep 20 6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga, host

Karin de Weille David Cooper Tim Sinclair
Poetry from far away places: Hawaii, Israel, Australia.

Karin returns from Hawaii to dazzle us with new poems, David translates a contempoary poet from Israel. And we are happy to southern hemisphere our itinery with a poet recently arrived from Australia. Tim Sinclair has spent a lot of his life living in small town Australia, interspersed with time spent living in Malaysia, Scotland and Japan. He moved to New York about one year ago, and is currently working at Poets House.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Valerie Ghent, host

Shelly Bushan db leonard Andrew Zapanta August Moon
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 6th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York’s most popular acoustic songwriter’s series, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter’s Beat features top up-and-coming songwriters. Each month four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 200 (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan!) and keeps growing!

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so if you are planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!
 Cover $5

Sep 21
6:00PM  PO' JAZZ
Golda Solomon, host

Joseph Lennon, poet;  Saco Yasuma, sax;  Ila Cantor, guitar
The original medicine woman of spoken word and jazz, with friends. This month's program is the 3rd Annual Manhattan Magazine/ Manhattan College ReadFeast.

Faculty including: Joseph Lennon

Musicians: Saco Yasuma, sax & Ila Cantor, guitar

Admission 15$ , Students with ID and Seniors 10$
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Keith Ganz, guitar;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Sean Smith, bass;  Vito Lesczak , drums
Keith Ganz/Steve Cardenas image
You may have heard Steve Cardenas (Charlie Haden, Paul Motian) and Keith Ganz together before with vocalist Kate McGarry where each demonstrated an uncanny ability to extend rather than obscure the other's contributions. Here the guitarists will be the focus, exploring originals and standards with a quartet.

“Keith Ganz is hands down one of my favorite guitar players on the planet.”
– The Hook, Charlottesville, VA Weekly Arts Paper www.keithganz
 Cover $8

Sep 22
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's feature is Helen Gregory.

Helen is a performance poet and academic, which means that she not only lives in an ivory tower, but can describe it using vivid imagery and interesting metaphors. She's in town for three weeks researching and performing poetry before flying back home to England to spend the next six months typing it all up.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM 

Hillard (HILL) Greene, bass;  Aaron Graves, piano;  T.K. Blue, saxophones & flute;  Dwayne , drums
<br>Hill Greene <br>& The Jazz Expressions image
The Jazz Expressions (TJE) Jimmy Scott’s swinging back-up quartet and Hilliard (HILL) Greene Solo bass

With legendary singer Jimmy Scott’s blessing, The Jazz Expressions (TJE), his swinging hard-bop back-up quartet, will perform excerpts from their new instrumental CD, “On The Road”.

1st set Hill Greene solo bass performance
2nd set ,b>The Jazz Expressions

Hilliard Greene has been acclaimed for composing and performing solo contrabass music since 1984 throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. He is currently musical director for jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott and his supporting group, The Jazz Expressions. Formally bassist and Concert Master for Cecil Taylor.

“…Greene can keep the listener interested – very interested – for upwards of an hour, all by himself. His new album, “Alone,” is a riveting hour plus of material, mostly originals, that stand up well as melodic compositions played with passionate dedication. There is a wide range of styles and forms, and there is no risk of boredom among the eight tunes.”
-Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

“Besides the exciting moving music, there is the amazement of the man’s technique. He is a real virtuoso. Hearing this album, we can all say we could just never have imagined the bass as a solo instrument that is wholly absorbing...”
- James Forte, Wildflower Publishers

The Jazz Expressions

“It would be hard to find more committed or more brilliant musicians. With T.K. Blue on saxophone and flute, Aaron Graves on piano, Dwayne Broadnax on drums and Hilliard Greene on bass, this quartet deserves wider recognition and a place on the Jazz at Lincoln Center series roster. Their improvisations and progressive unions are flawless.”
- John Hoglund, Bagstage

“The Jazz Expressions are as sensual and tight as a leather glove.”
Marc O’Sullivan, Hot Press
 Cover $10

Sep 23
Johnny "Chance" Acevedo, host

 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
John McNeil, trumpet;  Michael Bates, bass;  J.C. Sanford, trombone;  Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone & clarinet;  Mike Sarin, drums
John McNeil's Insomnia Band image
Much of the Insomnia music is free, but held together with ensemble writing and thematic unity. john McNeil gets the most out of the instrumentation of trumpet, tenor sax, trombone, bass and drums, and his writing continually finds new color combinations and surprising twists and turns. The real key to Insomnia's success, however, is that the band members have an overall compositional sense and a willingness to harness their own creativity to further the ends of the ensemble. Finding people willing to check their egos at the door can be difficult, but bands like Insomnia prove it can be done.

McNeil renders anthem style choruses amid vocal-like phrasings to complement a robust tone, awash with razor sharp lines.
 Cover $10

Sep 24
Wesley Brown will introduce Mervyn Taylor

Mervyn Taylor
poems from "Gone Away" (newly released by Junction Press). Special guest Nicholas Johnson.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Tony Malaby, saxophones
SUNDAY DUOs: <br>Angelica Sanchez/Tony Malaby image
Malaby & Sanchez now rate as the most intriguing music-making couple since Paul and Carla Bley.
- JazzTimes/ Bill Milkowski
Sep 25
Gene Albertelli & Teresa Giordano, hosts

John Brehm J. Mae Barizo Lesley Dormen Leslie Findlen
Three poets and one writer of fiction.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Kirk Nurock, piano;  Rob Thomas, violin;  Jack Walrath, trumpet;  Bruce Arnold, guitar;  Tony Moreno, percussion;  Ratzo Harris, six-string bass
21 Century Schizoid Music presents Ratzo B. Harris image
Ratzo B. Harris leads a group of some of the finest musical minds and talents of today. One set will focus on a jazz- based repertoire steeped in a tradition of strophic song-forms and blues. The other set will present through-composed and aleatoric works by Mr. Harris.

A one-time Thelonious Monk Competition Semi-finalist, National Endowment for the Arts recipient, and contributing columnist for Bass Player magazine, Ratzo B. Haris has worked with some of the greatest musicians of our time. Kenny Werner, Judi Silvano, Joey Lovano, Jon Hendricks, Ted Curson, Judy Niemack, Charles Lloyd, John Handy, Betty Carter, Les Paul, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Henderson, Jim Pepper and Betty Buckley are just a few of the artists who have repeatedly called on his services for concerts, tours and collaborations. His compositions have been used for dance, television, film and videos. Vocalist Tom Buckner, trombonists Bob Brookmeyer and Ed Neumeister, and guitarists Bruce Arnold and Royce Campbell are some of the artists who have recorded his music.
 Cover $10

Sep 26
Alissa Heyman & Sylvia Lee, hosts

Holly Clark , Sarah Lawrence College;  John Ebersole , Columbia University;  Lani Scozzari , Sarah Lawrence College
Our popular series featuring poets from local graduate writing programs returns with new hosts.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Bill Stevens, trumpet;  Charlie Gushee, saxophone;  Elliot Honig, piano;  Colin Campbell, bass;  Eric Peters, drums
Drum kit donated by

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
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