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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
John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet image
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
Connie Crothers & Kevin Norton image
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)
21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC:The Yin Yang of Dana Hanchard image
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
Lainie Cooke  image
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

Wednesday Sep 29 6:00PM  POETRY & PROSE
Angelo Verga, host

Neil Intraub Alan Feldman Jessica Greenbaum
Alan Feldman has been a New York writer in exile for 40 years. The Happy Genius (SUN) won the 1978 George Elliston Book Award for the best small press collection in the U.S.; a more recent collection, A Sail to Great Island (2004), won the Pollak Poetry Prize from the University of Wisconsin. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Kenyon Review, Southern Review, upstreet, and elsewhere. He teaches a free drop-in workshop at the Wellfleet Public Library (along with Tony Hoagland) each summer, and during the rest of the year at the Framingham Public Library.

Neil Intraub is a writer, performer and lifelong Yankee fan. As co-director of TheatreMoves Inc., a not-for-profit theater company, he helps hundreds of public school students annually write, analyze and interpret short stories and personal narrative for the stage. His short story, "Coffee Shop", received first prize and publication in Beginnings Magazine. He is currently a reader for Boulevard Literary Journal.

Jessica Greenbaum is a poet living in Brooklyn. She was a winner of The Nation’s “Discovery” Prize and PEN’s New Writer awards. Her book, Inventing Difficulty, was awarded the Gerald Cable Prize. Poems from her second manuscript have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary, and the mighty Salamander, and elsewhere.

Alexandra Grimal, tenor, soprano saxophone;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Todd Neufeld, guitar;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
This quartet plays the music of Alexandra Grimal. The compositions are long and short structures, based on complex harmony and poly-rhythm. It explores very structured improvisations as well as open forms.

Born in Cairo in 1980, Alexandra Grimal started music at the age of 5 with classical piano. At 13, in Paris, she was introduced to the saxophone. She received her master’s degree at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague (the Netherlands) in 2005 under the direction of John Ruocco. She has also been a student in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris (CNSM) and in the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki (Finland), with the Socrates Exchange Programme.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Alexandra Grimal Quartet image
Sep 30
Brant Lyon, host

The Ne'er Do Wells Thomas Fucaloro Karl Rousl
Poetry-Music Reading Series with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

Featured poets, Thomas Fucaloro and Karl Rouslton

Thomas will read from his just-published collection of poetry, "Inheriting Craziness is Like a Soft Halo of Light" (Three Rooms Press 2010).

And Karl Roulston will be blowing a mean blues harp to the tune of his own neo-Beat poetry.

Chris Dingman , vibes, compositions;  Loren Stillman, saxophones;  Fabian Almazan, piano;  Aidan Carroll, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams image
Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise for his “poignant work” David Sprague, Variety, his “adaptive humility” Nate Chinen, NY Times, and as “downright hypnotic” John Barron, All About Jazz.

His recent work as a sideman on Steve Lehman’s "Travail, Transformation, and Flow," and Ambrose Akinmusire’s "Prelude to Cora" has garnered the accolades of critics, audiences, and musicians alike. For each of the past two years, Downbeat Magazine has acknowledged Chris as a Rising Star on Vibraphone in the annual Critics Poll. A graduate of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, he has performed with many of the world’s greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Marcus Miller, and Terence Blanchard.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Oct 01
Kat Georges, host

Pamela Sneed
Mike Baggetta , guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Mike Baggetta Quartet image
Seeking to reinterpret the state of the American Song through a 21st century filter, The Mike Baggetta Quartet performs Baggetta's award-winning original pieces with an intense focus on melody, group interaction and fearless improvisation. This ensemble features saxophonist Jason Rigby, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer George Schuller. Mike's compositions for this ensemble draw inspiration from sources as varied as Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet", Leonard Cohen, Edward Hopper and Ornette Coleman. Small Spaces, the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet, is out now on Fresh Sound New Talent records.

Join the Mike Baggetta Quartet as they prepare for their 2nd recording to be released on Fresh Sound New Talent records.

"Mike is one of the best young improvisors on the NY scene!" Vic Juris, Jazz Guitarist

"This is a superb band...outstanding, and the performances are totally compelling." -Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal (UK)

"Blessed with a refined approach and solid technique...Mike Baggetta has the potential to break the mold of post-John Scofield plectrists." Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"Guitarist/composer Baggetta is one of those subtle players. He does not overwhelm you with volume or seek to impress with fleet-fingered improvisations. Instead, each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities...utilizing approaches from many different genres but never sounding derivative of any one person or school." Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

"...his melodic sense is truly beautiful." Tom Chandler,

photography ©2009 by Scott Friedlander
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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