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ART ON THE WALLS

Wednesday Sep 19
6:00PM  THE PEN AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS
Hostess: Madeline Millán

The Pen American Women Writers image
The Pen American Women Writers are celebrating their 20th Anniversary and giving tribute to Ilsa Gilbert, coordinator of the monthly meetings.

$ 8 includes a drink

8:30PM  JIM BLACK TRIO
Teddy Klausner, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Jim Black, drums
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Playing original music from their recently released cd "Somatic" on the Winter & Winter label. They recently started adding compositions by Paul Motian and remixes of jazz standards to their live repertoire.

After 12 years leading post-rock improv band AlasNoAxis, Jim Black goes in the absolute opposite direction, forming a new piano trio. "I wanted to have a band that could 'do anything, go anywhere.' Something very tactile, interactive, and could play music ranging from melodic songs to complicated forms to jazz standards, in our own way."

"Black’s new trio, debuting on Somatic, might surprise those familiar with his recent history, in that it forsakes electricity for his swinging take on the piano tradition. Black’s all original program retains his simple understated melodies, which here launch more lyrical jazz improvisations." --John Sharpe, The New York City Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday
Sep 20
6:00PM  POETRY
Norbert Hirschhorn Michael Tyrell
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$ 8 includes a drink
8:30PM  JULIAN SHORE
Julian Shore, piano;  Sasha Dobson, voice;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Shelly Tzarafi, voice;  Alexa Barchini, voice;  Phil Donkin, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
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Julian Shore’s compositions are based around the expansion and development of the beautifully simple. Memorable, honest and effortless, the songs flow with the organic freedom found in jazz, but with the clarity of intent one might find in a lullaby. With two dextrous singers carrying the melodic duties, the music glides and skips whether the songs feature lyrics or ephemeral vocalese. Teaming up with acclaimed guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, Shore’s new record “Filaments” depicts moments, memories and ideas in vivid imagery, while remaining unpredictable and full of humor. He will be celebrating the album’s release at Cornelia Street Cafe with a showcase of the music featured on the record as well as some new previously unperformed compositions.

“Gorgeous vocals float atop the rhythmic palette laid down by Shore [and the rhythm section]. He’s an extremely precocious [and] serious musician.” --JAZZIZ magazine

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  http://www.julianshore.com

Friday
Sep 21
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Zev Torres, Featured Poet;  TK, Guest Poet
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Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 8 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  BEN WALTZER TRIO
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Dwayne Burno, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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Brilliantly performed…very impressive. – Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of “100 Dreams Ago.” This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. – NY TIMES

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.Benwaltzer.com

Saturday
Sep 22
6:00PM  NACHO ARIMANY WORLD-JAZZ QUARTET
Nacho Arimany, percussion
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Rooted in the Mediterranean flavors of Flamenco, West Africa and South india, world-percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany engages the jazzy forms of Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz , the great taste and sensitivity of argentinean saxophonist Julio Botti along with Michael O'Brian's emotive bass lines in a colorful dialogue that brings an authentic approach to today's avant-garde music.

"Jazz and Flamenco may have crossed paths before, but Nacho Arimany brings a fresh approach with ideas that have yet to be discovered" ---- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Nacho Arimany’s rich music career began at the age of six as a classical piano student and singer with RTVE Choir and National Orchestra of Spain. He has toured globally, and collaborated with artists from myriad musical traditions over the past 15 years. His debut Album Silence-Light, with his World-Flamenco Septet, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, was considered by All About Jazz one of the Top ten Jazz Albums of 2007, and has gained great reviews in France and Spain.

His performances as a flamenco percussionist have also been awarded and highly acclaimed in Spain and throughout Europe, alongside dancers Joaquin Cortés, Rafaela Carrasco, and Rocío Molina, among others. In 2010 he premiered with success an original duet in the US with Flamenco dancer Rafaela Carrasco at New York City Center's Fall For Dance Festival.

Nacho Arimany currently lives in New York City where he teaches principles of Healing with Sound & Music at the New York Open Center Music Institute, and Flamenco percussion master classes at NYU Steinhardt. He is recording and writing with artists such as Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo, and collaborating with La Mama Theatre in one of their newest productions: Nacho Arimany-Landscapes of the Soul, a multimedia show created and directed by Arimany that will premiere next October at La Mama-The Club Theatre.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

9:00PM & 10:30PM  NASHEET WAITS' EQUALITY BAND
Logan Richardson, alto sax;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Nasheet Waits’ Equality is a band whose position and philosophy are revealed in the name. All members contribute material and have an equal responsibility for the execution of its content. The group’s first eponymous recording Equality was released in 2009 on the Fresh Sound label. The group included Jason Moran, Logan Richardson and Tarus Mateen. Equality has also been graced with the presence of Stanley Cowell, piano and John Hebert, bass. Whatever the personnel, a seamless nature exists. The goal simply is to offer creative music with energy and integrity.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  http://nasheetwaits.com

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Sunday
Sep 23
6:00PM  MATTHEW AUCOIN: RECITAL AND READING
Matthew Aucoin, piano, poetry
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Composer, poet, conductor, and pianist Matthew Aucoin will perform a recital/reading including -- but not limited to! -- his own compositions, his poetry, and his piano arrangements of everything from Verdi to Radiohead.

Matthew Aucoin is a composer, conductor, poet, and pianist. He is currently an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera (The Tempest) and music director/composer-in-residence at the Peabody Essex Museum. A recent graduate of Harvard College, Matt's opera Hart Crane premiered this past spring at the Loeb Drama Center under his baton, and his opera From Sandover has been performed at Cornelia St. through the New York Composers' Collaborative; he is continuing his composition study at Juilliard. His poetry and prose has appeared in The Harvard Advocate, The Boston Globe, Plain China, and The Gamut. He recently made his symphonic debut with Boston's Longwood Symphony, and has served as music director of the Dunster House Opera and Opera Boston Underground as well as an assistant conductor/repetiteur at the Spoleto Festival, the Berliner Staatsoper, the Caramoor Festival, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

8:30PM  CARNATIC SUNDAYS: NAMASKAR BY SAMEER GUPTA
Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Neel Murgai, sitar;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Sameer Gupta, drums, tabla
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NAMASKAR is a fresh and innovative approach towards Indian, jazz and soul music, embodying the integrative spirit of our time. The ensemble combines well known compositions from the Indian Golden Era of Bollywood with North and South Indian ragas, and modern American jazz in all its diversity, to craft an irresistibly beautiful artistic statement. Percussionist Sameer Gupta, known as one of the few percussionists representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian Classical music on tabla, leads a world-class ensemble featuring pianist Marc Cary, who adds an urban inflection with his vibrant acoustic piano and fender rhodes gliding effortlessly between jazz and Indian themes. Rounding out the ensemble are Carnatic violinist Arun Ramamurthy, sitarist Neel Murgai, and bassist Rashaan Carter.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday
Sep 24
6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman, host

Kathleen Ossip Catherine Barnett Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 8 includes a drink

8:30PM  CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: EARLY WORKS
Charlotte Mundy, soprano;  Christopher Goddard, piano
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Soprano Charlotte Mundy and pianist Christopher Goddard perform Berg's Seven Early Songs and Piano Sonata Op.1, along with arrangements of early songs by Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth. Berg's early works, written at the turn of the twentieth century, straddle the boundary between romantic and modern music, and Longstreth's songs, written 100 years later, spring from the cracks between art and pop music.

Soprano Charlotte Mundy is a skilled interpreter of modern masterpieces and has premiered dozens of new compositions, many of them written specifically for her. Hailed by The New York Times as a "solid soprano soloist" for her performance of Stravinsky songs with the Tactus Ensemble, she has sung in forests, abandoned warehouses, and a hot tub/balnophone hybrid instrument on the bank of the frozen Rideau River. She recently performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music with Judd Greenstein's The Yehudim and at Joe's Pub with Howard Fishman. Her operatic credits include creating the title role in Ondine by Izzy Gliksberg, and appearances with the Music with a View Festival, Luminato Festival, Toronto Masque Theatre and Opera York. She recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program, where she studied with Lucy Shelton.

Christopher Goddard is a Canadian pianist and composer currently based in New York City. As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, he has performed in dozens of premieres by his colleagues; his recent credits include collaborations with Columbia Composers and the 2012 Avant Music Festival, in addition to performances at Symphony Space, the Italian Academy of Columbia University, and other venues across New York. He performed with TACTUS, the contemporary music ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying with pianists Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare. Previous piano studies took place with Nicole Presentey and Kyoko Hashimoto.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday
Sep 25
6:00PM  GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Alissa Fleck and Peter Longofono, hosts

Sarah Stetson, Queens College;  Johnny Chinnici, New School;  Sophia Starmack, Sarah Lawrence;  Christine Reilly, Sarah Lawrence;  Joshua Daniel Edwin, Columbia

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, new hosts Alissa Fleck and Peter Longofono showcase a group of promising poets selected from New York City MFA programs. Each month's readers are carefully chosen to strike a balance between experimental and traditional form; exploratory and interior character; and declarative and intuitive voice. The series functions as a dialogue between programs, a welcoming venue for developing talent, and a means for new alumni to establish their connections and craft beyond the MFA. Come hear NYC's next poetic generation in a uniquely generative peer environment!

$8.00 includes a drink

8:30PM  CONTINUOUS BREAK - THE LEIF ARNTZEN BAND
Leif Arntzen, trumpet;  Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Landon Knoblock, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
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The Leif Arntzen Band is pleased to announce the pre-release of their new record “Continuous Break” (Gwendoline). The record features recordings from the band’s Cornelia Street NYC studio sessions, and the band will be re-visiting the compositions live at the Cornelia Street Cafe NYC.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  http://www.leifarntzen.com

Wednesday Sep 26 8:30PM  BILLY DRUMMOND’S FREEDOM OF IDEAS
Billy Drummond, drums;  Dezron Douglas, bass;  Don Vega, piano;  Marcus Strickland, saxophones
Critically acclaimed Billy Drummond, a powerful and highly musical drummer, has been heralded as “one of the hippest bandleaders now at work” (Downbeat), whose thrilling capacity to spur on each soloist has earned him a reputation as one of the most exciting drummers in the world. He has recorded over 300 CDs as a sideman, six as a co-leader and three as a band leader, including his cult hit Dubai, which won the Number 1 spot on the New York Times best releases of the year.

"Fertile, exciting music, textural changes and charged improvisations"-- New York Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  http://www.billydrummonddrums.com/

BILLY DRUMMOND’S FREEDOM OF IDEAS image
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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