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Sep 21
Ice, host

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"Poetry taken to the edge and back round again"

Uphook Press celebrates the publication of its latest anthology hell strung and crooked. Based in New York City, Uphook Press specializes in work by poets and spoken word artists who love both the ink and the mike.

Featuring Joseph Fritsch, Christian Georgescu, Robert Gibbons, Deborah Hauser, Bob Quatrone, Francesca Sphynx, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, John J. Trause, Geoffrey Kagan Trenchard, Stephanie Valente, Jacob Victorine.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Julie Hardy, Host

Sara Serpa, vocals;  André Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Ben Street, bass;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
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Born in Lisbon, Sara Serpa is currently living in New York, this being her 5th year in the United States. Her reputation as an innovative vocalist, improviser, and composer, has been growing for the past couple of years, since she initiated a collaboration with alto-saxophonist Greg Osby, with whom she recorded his latest album “Nine Levels” and performed at the Village Vanguard. Sara Serpa has recently recorded with Danilo Perez for his new release "Providencia" and, a duo album with Ran Blake "Camera Obscura". Serpa has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe. Serpa has performed in such venues as The Village Vanguard, The Jazz Standard, The Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Panama Jazz Festival, Hot Clube de Portugal, Centro Cultural de Belem Teatro S Luiz, Casa das Mudas ,Regatta Bar, Ryles Jazz Club, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall ,Kennedy Center, Blues Alley.

Among her collaborations are Ran Blake, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, John Hebert, Thomas Morgan, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, John Lockwood, André Matos, Jesse Chandler, Ferenc Nemeth, Matt Pavolka, Pete Rende, Kris Davis, Logan Richarson, Nick Falk, Peter Slavov, Aruan Ortiz, Leo Genovese, Albert Sanz, Masa Kamaguchi, Vardan Ovsepian and Greg Osby. The press describes her as “Unique beyond words” Boston Globe, “the freshest voice on the scene” All About Jazz, and “a bright young Portuguese singer” New York Times.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Sep 22 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Fine poets perfectly presented by generous hosts.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jefferson Hamer Nina Violet Rusty Belle
Mike & Ruthy's Folk City image
Mike + Ruthy's Folk City, the new 4th-Wednesday series at Cornelia Street Cafe, will debut with a festival-style evening of new talent! Rusty Belle, from Northampton, MA, will be bringing their backporch-slash-granny's-attic-inspired hootenanny, Brooklyn balladeer Jefferson Hamer will alternately shred and wail, and Nina Violet "a modern, funky Edith Piaf" will draw you into her beautiful world of indie folk. In a grand finale, they'll all join Mike + Ruthy on the cafe's small stage for what promises to be an epic jam. more info:// :// // //

reservations reccommended
 Cover $10

Sep 23
Madeline Millán, host

Students of Creative Writing programs, both NYU and City College (CUNY).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Michael Blake, tenor saxophone;  Landon Knoblock, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
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Michael Blake has been performing his music Internationally for over two decades and is a major creative force in contemporary jazz music. His distinctive saxophone playing has been documented with The Lounge Lizards, Steven Bernstein and Ben Allison. A consistently fearless and lyrical improviser, Blake’s original voice has earned him praise in Downbeat, The NY Times, Time Out NY and the Village Voice. A critically acclaimed composer with over 10 CD's under his own name, Blake isn't one to repeat him self and this new quartet continues a tradition of excellent ensembles. Fellow Canadians Michael Bates and Greg Ritchie and Floridian Landon Knoblock are rising stars themselves and bring a new light and excitement to Blake’s infectious arrangements.

"Mr. Blake, on tenor especially, is an endlessly engaging improviser, and an inquisitive one." Nate Chinen NY Times
 Cover $10

Sep 24
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

featured poet : Tony Gloeggler

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Jochen Rueckert, drums;  Matt Penman, bass
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The John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet is celebrating the release of "Chill Morn He Climb Jenny," their second CD on the Sunnyside label. Their first CD, "Rediscovery," remains extremely popular, so the boys decided to create a marketing bonanza by hitting the public right between the eyes with another bang-up recording. The cover of their new CD even has a nude woman, historically a sure guarantee of platinum at the very least. John and Bill retain their eerie ESP-like ability to play together, and have fitted drummer Jochen Rueckert with a special electronic helmet so they can control him with their thoughts. The results are mind-blowing. (Bassist Matt Penman was born south of the equator and therefore cannot be controlled.)
 Cover $10
Sep 25
Andy Christie

PETER HYMAN, N.Y. Times; Author of The Reluctant Metrosexual;  LESLIE GOSHKO, Manhattan Monologue Champion;  COLIN DEMPSEY, ComedyLand;  STEVE ZIMMER, Moth Mainstage & GrandSlam Champion
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.

$15 includes a drink
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Russ Lossing, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Paul Motian, drums
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New York based pianist, composer and improviser Russell Lossing has eight critically acclaimed albums as leader on HatHut Records, CleanFeed Records, Fresh Sound Records, Omnitone Records and Double Time Records. His Solo HatHut album “All Things Arise” was awarded top ten best album of the year in the Village Voice in 2006. His HatHut Cd 'As It Grows', with paul Motian, received 'Choc'(5 stars) in JazzMan Magazine and his "Change of Time" album (improvisations on Bartok's Mikrokosmos) was named Album Of The Decade by DownBeat Magazine(Dec. '09). Lossing's trio album 'Phrase Six' has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his CleanFeed disc ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser has been hailed a masterpiece by critics and musicians. Russ Lossing has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada in jazz festivals, jazz clubs and universities, composed over 300 compositions and 21 film scores and has done live radio interviews and performances worldwide.

"The interaction between Russ Lossing (New York pianist, composer and music theorist) and legendary drummer Paul Motian, on Lossing's disc 'Dreamer', is an absorbing case study in two intellectual musicians with very different musical styles. Lossing approaches his piano solos by developing a single motive into a chorus-long tangling and untangling session (à la Rollins). While this style can often fall predictably short, Lossing's refined talents lead to some staggering improvised discoveries. Motian's drum theory, on the other hand, often aims to free itself from consistent motives and common phrases – to the invigorating delight of some and the "just-swing-already!" frustration of others. The combination of sophisticated motivic development from the pianist and playful unpredictability from the drummer leads to a clashing of improvisational styles. Lucky for us, it works. Eric Novod,

"As It Grows (Hat Hut Records) is the work of a gemcutter – brilliant and precise, all facets, angles and elegant internal symmetries. Most of the tracks are brief, and even on the two longer tracks (“Nagual” and “Verse”) one senses Lossing’s instinct for sculpted brevity. The key relationship here is between pianist and drummer: Motian is as always marvellous, at once brash and delicate." - Signal to Noise

"Russ Lossing is expert at using space, and in some ways is a step beyond Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett, although he is not particularly derivative of any earlier pianist. Lossing is influenced by modern classical music to an extent but his playing is not unremittingly atonal. Instead, he leaves his impressionistic music open to all possibilities, mostly emphasizing dramatic ideas and unexpected silences." All Music Guide
 Cover $15

Sep 26
Beth Bosworth, host

Anna Ziegler Anne Pierson Wiese Marc Jaffee
Anne Pierson Wiese’s first collection, Floating City, published by Louisiana State University Press, received the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award. Honors include a Fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a “Discovery”/The Nation poetry prize. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Literary Imagination, Raritan, Epoch, Hotel Amerika, Image, and The Hopkins Review. Her poems have been featured by Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, and Poetry Daily.

Anna Ziegler is a playwright and poet who graduated from St. Ann’s in 1997. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry 2003, The Threepenny Review, Arts & Letters, The Mississippi Review, The Saint Ann’s Review and many other venues. Her play Photograph 51 will be produced this October and November in NY at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other of her plays have been or will be produced at theaters in London, Los Angeles, the Berkshires and Washington DC.

Marc Jaffee recently received his MFA from Washington University. His work has been published in The Best American Poetry, Hanging Loose, The Brown Literary Review, Storyscape, and The Saint Ann’s Review.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Kevin Norton, vibraphone, percussion;  Connie Crothers, piano
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Tradition and Revolution …Grounded and Expansive …Decades of Experience and totally open to infinite spontaneity … “About the only predictable elements in the work of pianist/composer Crothers are honesty and originality.” Lois Moody, Jazz News.

Kevin Norton is one of the most valuable moving parts of downtown jazz.” The New York Times
 Cover $10

Sep 27
Roberta Allen

New School writing program students.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Frank J Oteri, host

Dana Hanchard , vocals, piano, bamboo flute;  Willard Dyson, drums;  Jimmy Cruiz, bamboo flute, percussion;  Tony Cedras, accordion, guitar
We're pleased to invite singer/composer Dana Hanchard back to the 21st Century Schizoid Music series. Dana is likely to show up anywhere in a myriad of musical constellations. Music has brought her to serve on several continents, appearing at concert halls, nightclubs, opera houses and jazz festivals alike. Dana began her career in music in baroque and contemporary classical music as a soprano soloist. Throughout the 1990s, She performed and recorded operas of Handel, Monteverdi and Meredith Monk and Cantatas of J.S.Bach and Music of the Mexican and South-American baroque period. When the invitation came to start up a voice program in Japan, it was an opportunity that allowed her to focus her efforts more in song writing and in musical projects of her own. Her band, the Dana Hanchard Group has been performing in Japan since 2003 playing her originals at Jazz clubs in Tokyo and Yokohama. She has done concert performances of her music around the U.S, Japan and the Middle East. Her latest recording, of all original music, Fool Tale Spinning was released in 2009 on her own Fertile Ground Music label (FGM/Aodoa).
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
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Sep 28
Jennifer Nelson & Jimin Seo

Stephen Weiss , NYU;  Anwyn Crawford, Columbia;  Patricia Kim, columbia;  Corina Copp, Brooklyn College
New season, new hosts.

Stephen Weiss is an MFA student in poetry at NYU. His poetry and prose have appeared in 42Opus,, Gourmet, BlackBook,, the Yale Literary Magazine, Out and He is the co-author of Digital Hustlers: Living Large and Falling Hard in Silicon Alley (HarperCollins, 2001), and is a former editor of the Yale Literary Magazine.

Anywn Crawford drinks rosemary tea and lives on the Brooklyn waterfront. She and it dream of Marlon Brando.

Patricia Kim is is currently working on a novel about incest. She insists it's not your ordinary incest story. Tonight, she's pretending to be a poet. Please humor her. She also loves her mini dapple long-haired dachshund. His name is Felix." She's enrolled as a fiction MFA student, but also a very fine poet. She studied with Mark Strand before her studies at Columbia.

Corina Copp recently completed her MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College and currently lives in Brooklyn. Recent work has appeared in Wild Orchids, Supermachine, Brooklyn Rail, and Aufgabe. Her play, WALTZ, was produced at the East 13th Street Theater this July, and a new chapbook is forthcoming from MinutesBOOKS. She currently serves as the editor of The Poetry Project Newsletter, and is co-curator and host, with THE PLAYWRITING FIRM, of The Twenty-Five Cent Opera of San Francisco.

Lainie Cooke, vocals;  Tedd Firth, piano;  Martin Wind, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
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No hype or attitude just the pure emotion that only true life experience can endow in an artist. That’s what Harlemwood Records recording artist Lainie Cooke brings to each and every performance. Lainie has been singing in jazz clubs in New York and LA for two decades, but you probably know her best for her voice-over work on some of your very favorite commercials. She has graced the café with her sophisticated style and warm personality many times. This time around she'll be singing some of hers and your favorites and some new songs she'll be performing for the first time. She is joined by Tedd Firth www.myspace.comteddfirth on piano, Martin Wind on bass and Matt Wilson on drums…their combined artistry makes more than good music – it’s quite simply a good time. Check out her two Harlemwood CD’s “Here’s To Life” and “It’s Always You” both available on her website and, ITunes, CDbaby, Amazon and other digital media." You can also find Lainie of Facebook and Twitter.

"This lady can sing the Blues. And ballads, and...well just about anything." Jazz Improv Magazine, June 2008

“…her unique brand of steel-lined warm-an enticing style that suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O’Day…” Jazz Times, March 2009
 Cover $15

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