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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
Tyler Blanton Trio +1 image
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

Saturday
Sep 26
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

ROB GORDEN, Spike TV;  SHERRI ELDIN, Osbornes: Reloaded; The Moth;  MATT BRESLER, Theater Arts teacher, NYC;  MELANIE HAMLETT, Moth GrandSlam;
The Liar Show image
Part game show, part storytelling, all good fun, with a T-shirt giveaway.

THE LIAR SHOW : Seek Truth. Get A T-Shirt.

Four writers and comics tell extremely personal stories, but one is a complete fabrication. Interrogate the cast. Expose the fraud. Win a T-Shirt. Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times, Thomas Beller's "Lost And Found: Stories From New York")


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

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

Sunday
Sep 27
6:00PM  LEAP
Elizabeth Haukaas Idris Anderson
Poet reads from her most recent collection, "Leap." As we say in The Bronx, if you're felling froggy......

Elizabeth Haukaas poetry collection, Leap, was published by Texas Tech University Press in February 2009 and won the Walt McDonald Poetry Award 2008. She received the MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in 2006. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including Crab Orchard Review, The New England Review, North American Review, William and Mary Review, and others. She lives in Manhattan.

And Ms Haukaas will be joined ny Idris Anderson, whose collection of poems, Mrs. Ramsay's Knee, was chosen by Harold Bloom for the May Swenson Poetry Award 2008. Anderson earned the MFA in poetry from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers in 2006. She has published poems in The Hudson Review, Ontario Review, Paris Review, The Nation, ZYZZYVA and other journals and has won a Pushcart Prize. She lives in San Francisco.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  KAREN BACH TRIO FEAT. IAN FROMAN
Karen Bach (DK), piano;  Erik Olevik (S), bass;  Ian Froman (US), drums
Karen Bach Trio feat. Ian Froman  image
Last summer this special trio went on a Scandinavian tour, which was a result of many years of cooperation over seas, and the first time for the three musicians to meet on stage in Europe. And so began a Nordic journey through open musical landscapes, with Karen Bach’s original compositions, and formed on stage as intense dialogue between piano, bass and drums. And now, it is time for them to meet again – this time in the heart of New York.

Since 2001, pianist Karen Bach has visited the US several times each year to play and develop her music with one of New York’s busiest drummers, Ian Froman. Bach is known as one of the new promising pianists in Danish Jazz. She has played the scenes and festivals of Scandinavia and Germany with her Danish Karen Bach Trio, and received grants and prices from various Jazz and Composer’s Unions. Since the beginning, Swedish bassplayer Olevik has been her musical companion. Karen Bach met Froman in 2001, where she was the first piano student to attend classes at The Collective School of Music in New York. Over the years they went from teacher-student to equal professional companions, as they continued to play and develop new music together.

Finally in 2008, the three met on the Scandinavian summer stages to play a tour of concerts, based on the musical conversation between three nationalities, and with the purpose of opening the traditional jazz format, and make it more attractive to a wider audience, no matter age or cultural background. And so, the trio is now moving on to the rest of the world.

All music is based on compositions by Karen Bach. Inspired by her annual trips to New York as well as a natural relation to the Scandinavia where she grew up, she has developed a music that combines elements from: the traditional European classical music, the energetic and freely improvised modern jazz, the melodic and singable pop, and the steady beats and forms of rock. This is a colourful extension and a bold interpretation of the European jazz tradition, combined with Fromans well-known New York intensity, and with roots burried deep in the Nordic ground.   www.myspace.com/karenbachtrio www.karenbachtrio.dk

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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