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ART ON THE WALLS

Monday
Sep 06
8:30PM  AMRAM AND COMPANY
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  Joe Pacheco, poet
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10   http://www.davidamram.com
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Tuesday
Sep 07
8:30PM  DEATHBLOW
Amanda Monaco, guitar;  Michaël Attias, alto, baritone saxophones;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi , drums
A group that doesn't have anything to do with its name, Deathblow is a jazz and improvisational music quartet that combines free-bop sensibilities with through-composed pieces equal parts textural, adventurous, and whimsical. Deathblow performs a mix of Monaco's original compositions and modern twists on classic and obscure jazz repertoire. Their latest CD, I Think I’ll Keep You, was released by LateSet Records.

“Amanda Monaco's compositions take some time to absorb; consider them to be a multi-course gourmet meal for a jazz fan's ears, rather than the all-too-common bland, empty calorie fast food that attempts to pass for creative improvised music.” All Music Guide

Photo by Scott Friedlander
 Cover $10   http://www.amandamonaco.com http://www.twostools.com

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10:00PM  RYAN BLOTNICK TRIO + SAM BARSH
Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Sam Barsh, piano, keyboards;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Aaron McLendon, drums
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Guitarist Ryan Blotnick has been called "a vital contemporary voice"by Time Out New York, "an authentic, compelling player" by CadenceMagazine, and has garnered praise from guitarists John Abercrombie,Steve Cardenas and Ben Monder. Tuesday's concert will feature some of his oldest musical cohorts playing his newest and grooviest compositions to date. When Ryan was sixteen he left Maine to attend William Paterson's jazz program and was lucky to enough to be in afreshman class with Aaron McLendon and Sam Barsh. He recalls when McLendon broke his arm and had to relearn drums with only his lefthand and play a one-armed Dialogue Day concert. Afterwards legendary pianist Harold Mabern exclamed "that drummer swings so hard I would hire him with one arm!" Meanwhile Barsh (then Bar-Sheshet) was shedding constantly in his room, which had become sort of a hang outspot. He would be running scales with the sound turned off while simultaneously holding conversation, inventing his own slang, and cracking everybody up. While Blotnick's music can often be on the introspective side, we can expect a particularlyhigh-energy set from this new group featuring the "pianist with the gift of groove" Nate Chinen, New York Times and a dynamite rhythm section.

Sam Barsh has been based in New York City since 2001, but has traveled all over the world sharing his music and the music of others. His own group, the Sam Barsh Band, performs his funky blend of jazz, r&b and slick ambient grooves. The band has 2 albums, 2008's "I Forgot WhatYou Taught Me" and 2007's "Live." From 2003 through 2006, Barsh was a member of the renowned Avishai Cohen Trio. With Cohen, Barsh recorded 3 albums and a live DVD, performed at many of the world's biggest jazz festivals and received much international acclaim. Barsh has had the good fortune to perform with a diverse group of artists throughout his career, including Avishai Cohen, Cassandra Wilson, Jeff Parker, Boyz II Men, Bobby McFerrin, The Brand New Heavies, Robin Eubanks, Debbie Friedman, Branford Marsalis, Lonnie Plaxico, Christophe Schweizer, Dave Samuels (of Spyro Gyra), Ku'umba Frank Lacy, Rez Abbasi, Kenny Wollessen, Nguyen Le, and Ben Monder.
 Cover $10   www.ryanblotnick.com/sound.html www.ryanblotnick.com

Wednesday Sep 08
6:00PM  THE GEORGE WALLACE POETRY EXPLOSION
Host Russ Green

Mike Jurcovic Meghan Blalock Moira Smith
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George Wallace returns to host his monthly Wednesday evening series at Cornelia Street Café, with co-host Russ Green. This month’s featured readers include Mike Jurcovic, Meghan Blalock and Moira Smith. Sign up for open mic!
8:30PM  ROGERIO SOUZA
Rogerio Souza, 7 string guitar;  Billy Newman, guitar;  Joao Hermeto, pandeiro;  Kiko de Acordeon, accordion
Rogerio Souza, one of the leading exponents of Choro and Samba music from Rio de Janeiro will give a performance of original compositions and famous Brazilian Instrumental Standards. He will be accompanied by some of the finest musicians from Rio and Billy Newman Guitarist/Composer from NYC.

Rogerio's guitar playing and composing is informed by a language and aesthetic rarely heard in New York City. His swing and virtuosity has contributed to the groups of Paulinho de Viola, Epoca de Ouro, No em Pinga de Agua and Ivan Lins amongst others.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   http://www.myspace.com/rogeriosouzaviolao

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Thursday
Sep 09
6:00PM  WRITERS READ
Gene Albertelli, host

Gene Albertelli Michelle Herrera Mulligan Mark O'Donnell Sheila Welch

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  JEFF DAVIS BAND
Jeff Davis, drums, compositions;  Kirk Knuffke, trumpet;  Oscar Noriega, alto sax, clarinet;  Jon Goldberger, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass
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Jeff Davis is known as the “propulsive force" behind a host New York mainstays, including bassist Michael Bates, multireedist Oscar Noriega, pianists Jesse Stacken and Landon Knoblock. On his debut album, We Sleep Outside, Jeff Davis showcases his command of a deeply focused and distinctly improvisational style. Davis guides his band just to the edge of chaos while at the same time exercising focus and restraint. Davis’ band has been working together since 2006, and features some of New York’s great improvisers, including Oscar Noriega, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, and Eivind Opsvik. Together, the group blurs the line between composition and improvisation, with equal focus on collective improvisation and the individual soloist. It is just this approach that results in a sound both minimalist in construction and intensely complex in approach.

The New York Times Jazz Listings by Nate ChinenJEFF DAVIS BAND “We Sleep Outside” (Loyal Label) is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience in left-of-center jazz circles.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.jeffdavisdrums.com www.myspace.com/jeffspacedavis

Friday
Sep 10
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Jackie Sheeler, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Elizabeth Harrington book launch

9:00PM & 10:30PM  THE CLAUDIA QUINTET
Chris Speed , clarinet, tenor saxophone;  Matt Moran , vibraphone;  Ted Reichman, accordian;  Drew Gress, acoustic bass ;  John Hollenbeck, drums;  Special Guest - Matt Mitchell, piano
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This brilliant New York band led by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck - a leader of a new generation of musicians who have brought together many disparate threads of contemporary music to create a new sound - recasts jazz in shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock.

The Claudia Quintet embraces the textural freedom of electronic sounds and improvisation, the structural ambition of contemporary classical music, and most importantly, the joy of bodacious grooves and unapologetically gorgeous melodies. For this ensemble, Hollenbeck has assembled a group of the foremost innovators in this new sound to create a powerhouse band. The quintet’s one-of-a-kind “jazz and beyond” sound, with massive emotional depth, comes organically from the uncanny interplay of its virtuosos: Drew Gress (John Surman, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane), Matt Moran (Slavic Soul Party, Mat Maneri, Theo Bleckmann), Ted Reichman (Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Paul Simon), and Chris Speed (Human Feel, Bloodcount, AlasNoAxis), accompanied by guest pianist Gary Versace, best known for his work with John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Maria Schneider. Their beautifully seductive work features propulsive grooves, catchy melodies and improvisation that is nothing short of telepathic.

"This is a true ensemble from top to bottom, a sonic equivalent to a hand-woven tapestry...Impressive.” DownBeat

more info: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0j0PxAw1kk
 Cover $15   www.JOHNHOLLENBECK.COM www.myspace.com/theclaudiaquintet

Saturday
Sep 11
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.   http://www.iawa.net
9:00PM & 10:30PM  THE CLAUDIA QUINTET
Chris Speed, clarinet,tenor saxophone;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Ted Reichman, accordion ;  Drew Gress , acoustic bass ;  John Hollenbeck, drums;  Special Guest - Matt Mitchell, piano
THE CLAUDIA QUINTET image
This brilliant New York band led by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck - a leader of a new generation of musicians who have brought together many disparate threads of contemporary music to create a new sound - recasts jazz in shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock.

The Claudia Quintet embraces the textural freedom of electronic sounds and improvisation, the structural ambition of contemporary classical music, and most importantly, the joy of bodacious grooves and unapologetically gorgeous melodies. For this ensemble, Hollenbeck has assembled a group of the foremost innovators in this new sound to create a powerhouse band. The quintet’s one-of-a-kind “jazz and beyond” sound, with massive emotional depth, comes organically from the uncanny interplay of its virtuosos: Drew Gress (John Surman, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane), Matt Moran (Slavic Soul Party, Mat Maneri, Theo Bleckmann), Ted Reichman (Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Paul Simon), and Chris Speed (Human Feel, Bloodcount, AlasNoAxis), accompanied by guest pianist Gary Versace, best known for his work with John Scofield, John Abercrombie and Maria Schneider. Their beautifully seductive work features propulsive grooves, catchy melodies and improvisation that is nothing short of telepathic.

"This is a true ensemble from top to bottom, a sonic equivalent to a hand-woven tapestry...Impressive.” DownBeat

more info: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0j0PxAw1kk
 Cover $15   www.JOHNHOLLENBECK.COM www.myspace.com/theclaudiaquintet

Sunday
Sep 12
6:00PM  INKWELL'S FALL ISSUE
Host: Richard R. Binkele, Editor-in-chief

Maury Feinsilber Karen Gormandy Patricia Polak Jack Powers
Inkwell celebrates it's Fall issue with a line-up of talent from its 2010 issues.

Maury Feinsilber's fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review. He has written a novel, A Cosmology of Ink, and is currently revising a second novel along with compiling a short story collection.

Karen Gormandy was born in Trinidad and grew up in New York City where she attended the High School of Art & Design. A former literary agent, she is one of the founders of The New Writers Forum and a board member for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. An excerpt of her memoir will be published by the University of Missouri Press.

Patricia Polak's work has appeared or is forthcoming in Baby Boomer Birthright, The Great American Poetry Show, Karamu, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Poet Lore, RiverSedge, The South Carolina Review, The Southern Humanities Review, and Wisconsin Review. A native New Yorker, she resides in Manhattan with her husband, a historian.

Jack Powers has taught special education, English and math at Joel Barlow High School for 29 years and lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife and three children. His poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, The Ledge, Cortland Review, SNReview, The Naugatuck River Review and The Connecticut River Review.

8:30PM  SLEEPTHIEF
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone;  Liam Noble, piano;  Tom Rainey, drums
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Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's acclaimed trio Sleepthief will play a rare performance in New York. Her collaborators of many years, inventive UK pianist Liam Noble (Moondog,Kenny Wheeler) and one of New York's finest drummers, Tom Rainey (Tim Berne, Kenny Werner, Mark Helias etc) join her for an exciting brand of new improvised music. Expect a wide spectrum of sound, rhythm, space and colour.

Press: [...] Noble almost trips across the same ready reckoner of easy descriptors when he produces something like zither effects on the same track, not inside the sound-box either but on the keys. Rainey, who’s titanic throughout, alternates abstract shapes with no obvious line and patterns that seem to fall a half-beat ahead of or behind any familiar count, only to hammer out a Black Rod motto about four minutes in, switch to Pik-Up-Stix, then full scale assault as Laubrock launches into her fiercest playing of the album and Noble plays nursery rhymes and big, blocky kids-fist clusters behind. Then he does something like an accelerated stride. And we’re still not twenty minutes into the album. Brian Morton/Point Of Departure.
 Cover $10   www.ingridlaubrock.com www.myspace.com/ingridlaubrock

Monday
Sep 13
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

Come celebrate our New Season with Performers and Writers: Trish Alexandro, Leah Bachar, Ralph Badagliacca, France-Luce Benson, Wendy Charles, Martha Garvey, Holli Harms, Elizabeth Harper, Taffy Jaffe, Jennifer Jamula, Carl Kissin, Jack Levin, Jim Maxson, Tulis McCall, Sharon Pinney, Lulu Roche, Flash Rosenberg, Dee Sposito, Mike Trupiano, and Michael Zettler

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.monologuesandmadness.com

8:30PM  TRAVELS WITH MA OWN SELF
Deborah Latz, Writer, performer;  Don Flagg, director;  Daniela Schachter, piano;  Oleg Osenkov, bass, guitar
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Deborah Latz , writer, performer; Don Flagg, director; Daniela Schachter, piano, keyboard; Oleg Osenkov, bass, guitar

In ‘Travels With Ma Own Self’, Deborah Latz takes us on a whacky and wonderful odyssey through the Mideast and Europe told in story and song. From the mud baths in El Chama, to a wise old woman in Kalamata, to an insanely jealous opera singer in Rome, to nude modeling in Arles, and to finding herself plastered all over le Metro de Paris… Deborah leads us through a madcap journey while discovering that the three muses of her life have actually been guiding her way.

“A brilliant performance!”

“You will leave the theater, grab a taxi and head straight to JFK!”

Deborah is a renowned jazz vocalist, who has performed numerous times at Cornelia Street Cafe and has recently returned from a European tour promoting her sophomore jazz vocal album, ‘Lifeline’. Ms. Latz has had an award-winning career in dramatic and musical theater, where she garnered a “Best Actress Award” at the Jerzy Grotowski Theatre Festival in Poland for her one-woman performance of ‘Juliet’. She studied at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England and with avant-garde theatre director Anne Bogart in New York City.


 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.deborahlatz.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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