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Saturday,  Oct 29 - 6:00PM 
Patricia Brody & Nancy Eldredge

Please bring your memories and poems to celebrate our beloved poet and friend, Philip Miller, the gravel- voiced poet, teacher, critic, publisher of The Same and author of the new collection, The Ghost of Every Day-- whose passing last February 14th left such a big hole in our hearts.

Participants may choose to read one of his/her own poems inspired,published or appreciated by Phil, along with one of Phil's poems.

We promise Phil's spirit will be lively and lyric, in keeping with the "ghosts of Halloweens past" when Phil and Gloria Vando hosted readings for the Chance of a Ghost anthology.

Come celebrate the spirit of the man and his new book. All proceeds from its sale will go to the Philip W. Miller Scholarship Fund.

$7 includes a drink

Saturday,  Oct 29 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
John O’Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jeff Williams, drums
With credits ranging from Stan Getz, Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano to Paul Bley, Ethan Iverson and Tony Malaby, Jeff Williams has lately returned to leadership with the quartet that appears on his new CD, Another Time. Tonight's program will feature Jeff's compositions from the album, along with contributions from Duane Eubanks and John O'Gallagher. Special guest Joe Martin joins the group for this occasion in John Hébert's absence. Another Time balances cutting-edge sensibility with melodic accessibility.

"A maelstrom with taste...uniformly excellent" --Downbeat

The Jeff Williams Qt., CD Release:Another Time image
Sunday,  Oct 30 - 6:00PM 
Hamilton Berry, cello;  David Madden, accordion;  Brett Umlauf, soprano;  Kem Walker, MC
Morningside Opera:  MYSTERIEN image
Directed by Minou Arjomand

“I hear a barber sliced a customer’s throat. Again.”

Join us for a pre-Halloween screening of the Weimar-era silent film "Mysteries of a Hair Salon" accompanied by a live soundtrack of klezmer, grunge, blues, and the occasional aria.

Praised by The New York Times for its “bold imagination and musical diligence,” Morningside Opera challenges the conventions of opera through inventive, experimental, and multimedia performances. MYSTERIEN is the second production in a season series that explores the relationship between opera and other artistic genres. For more information about Morningside Opera and to purchase tickets, visit;

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 30 - 8:30PM 
Brian Landrus , baritone sax, bass clarinet, bass flute;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Frank Carlberg, piano;  Lonnie Plaxico, bass;  Warren Smith, drums
Brian Landrus, CD Release:Capsule image
The Landrus Kaleidoscope was formed in 2009. The band plays music composed by Brian Landrus and features elastic grooves that give the band plenty of room to stretch. The band is composed of brilliant musicians who come from incredibly diverse backgrounds which makes for unexpected, powerful, & beautiful music. This special performance is the CD release party for their first recording entitled "Capsule" on BlueLand Records.

Brian Landrus has been voted Baritone Saxophone Rising Star in Downbeat Magazine's International Critics Poll for the last two years.

Monday,  Oct 31 - 6:00PM 
Evie Ivy, host

Evie Ivy & Dancers Robert Gibbons Robin Small-McCarthy Bob Heman Eugene Ring Jack Tricarico
Halloween Party : Belly Dancing & Poetry image
Dance of the Word - Dance (Belly Dancing) & Poetry Halloween Fest

$12.00 at door includes a drink

the wearing of masks & costumes is encouraged

Monday,  Oct 31 - 8:30PM 
Trina Basu, violin;  Amali Premawardhana, cello;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Avi Shah, tabla
KARAVIKA is a New York City based ensemble led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. As two artists with roots in India, Sri Lanka and North America, Trina and Amali aspire to discover and bring to light the music of their own cultural backgrounds as well as music from other parts of the world that has deeply inspired them. Drawing upon influences of nature, beauty, simple folk melodies and complex classical compositions, Karavika seeks to blend creative improvisations and arrangements with authentic traditions. They are joined by jazz bassist, Perry Wortman, and Avi Shah on tabla.
Tuesday,  Nov 01 - 6:00PM 
A One Woman Show Written and Performed by Michelle Myers Berg

Blue Collar Diaries image

Called “alternately hysterical and heartbreaking,” BLUE COLLAR DIARIES grew from a series of humorous monologues about people in Michelle’s neighborhood.

Portraying some 20 different characters, she spins tales of her childhood years in a performance evocative of Lily Tomlin’s best solo work. Michelle reminds us in hilariously vivid terms that the true wealth of her neighborhood wasn’t in a bank or a beautiful home, but in an understanding about the inherent worth of a human being. This tribute refreshes and reminds us about the soul of any great community.


Tuesday,  Nov 01 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy: host

Camila Meza, vocals;  Mika Hary, vocals, composition;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Nate Wood, drums;  Joris Roelofs, bass clarinet;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar

Camila Meza, has found a unique way of blending jazz with her wide musical world including latinamerican, brazilian, folk and pop elements. With a deep understanding of jazz tradition and a unique way of approaching songs, she creates musical landscapes that are full of color, interesting rhythms, deep melodies and felt improvisations. An intuitive and inventive singer and a captivating guitarist, she forms part of a reduced group of jazz musicians that perform their instrument with great dexterity while maintaining a strong vocal presence. "Jazz has been called 'The Sound of Surprise' and Camila Meza surprises with her unexpected conceptions of the beautiful songs she sings, the freshness of her improvisations, her bold rhythmic sense, and the interaction of her voice and guitar with the musicians of her band" - Martin Joseph, El Mercurio

The Mika Hary Group embraces the genres of Folk, Rock and Jazz with a touch of the Middle Eastern unique colors that Mika has been immersed in, growing up in Israel. Together with the acclaimed musicians in her band, she explores song-form infused with musical freedom, through improvisation alongside lyrical melodies. All these create the unique and modern sound of her band. "Mika’s writing is superb and her music grabs the listener with fascination. Her interpretation for lyrics, whether hers or others, is alluring, and her voice is simply fantastic." Naomi Gangi, Tapuz News, Israel.


Wednesday,  Nov 02 - 6:00PM 
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Yusef Komunyakaa Austin LaGrone and M.A. Vizsolyi
The White Swallow Reading Series image
The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan's West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers.


Yusef Komunyakaa (born April 29, 1947) is an American poet who currently teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world. His subject matter ranges from the black general experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights time period and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War.

Austin LaGrone was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His poems have appeared in Black Warrior Review, Brilliant Corners, Fourteen Hills, Hayden's Ferry Review, Many Mountains Moving, Spoon River Poetry Review and New York Quarterly. He holds degrees from St. John's College and New York University and teaches at John Jay College in Manhattan. His first book, Oyster Perpetual, was selected by Thomas Lux for the 2010 Idaho Prize for Poetry.

M. A. Vizsolyi holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and New York University, where he was a Starworks Fellow. He has taught poetry at New York University and to pedi-atric patients at the NYU Medical Center. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Margie, 6x6, Slice magazine, and Sixth Finch. He teaches skating and ice hockey in Central Park and lives in New York City with his wife, the poet Margarita Delcheva. His first book, The Lamp with Wings, was selected by Ilya Kaminsky for the 2010 National Poetry Series Prize

$7 cover includes a house drink

Wednesday,  Nov 02 - 8:30PM 
Mike Baggetta, guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Mike Baggetta Qt., CD Release:'Source Material' image Scott Friedlander
In performing the award-winning compositions of its guitarist-leader, the Mike Baggetta Quartet displays an intense focus on group interaction, fearless improvisation and a too-seldom-heard patience in their interpretation of each song. “Source Material” follows up the group’s debut album on Fresh Sound New Talent, “Small Spaces,” with a deeper view into Baggetta’s compositional aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from sources as varied as Ornette Coleman, Neil Young, Edward Hopper and Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet", this is truly new music full of original voices and beautifully heartfelt performances.

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

Thursday,  Nov 03 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
Thursday,  Nov 03 - 8:30PM 
Robin Verheyen, saxophones;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Drew Gress, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Robin Verheyen NY Quartet image
The International Jazz Festival organization(IJFO) gathers 16 leading jazz festivals worldwide. Synergies, tours, projects are discussed and developed during four annual meetings.

For the first time, member festivals present new talent to each other by the way of showcases. Gent Jazz Festival(Belgium) presents the highly talented Robin Verheyen who performs with his NY-based quartet. North Sea Jazz Festival(The Netherlands) presents Joris Roelofs Trio feat. Matt Penman and Ted Poor.

The concert is supported by Buma Cultuur, founded by the Dutch collecting society Buma.

Thursday,  Nov 03 - 10:00PM 
Joris Roelofs, bass clarinet, alto sax;  Matt Penman , bass;  Ted Poor, drums
The International Jazz Festival organization(IJFO) gathers 16 leading jazz festivals worldwide. Synergies, tours, projects are discussed and developed during four annual meetings.

For the first time, member festivals present new talent to each other by the way of showcases. Gent Jazz Festival(Belgium) presents the highly talented Robin Verheyen who performs with his NY-based quartet. North Sea Jazz Festival(The Netherlands) presents Joris Roelofs Trio feat. Matt Penman and Ted Poor.

Joris Roelofs Trio image
Friday,  Nov 04 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Featured Poet: Valerie Laws
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Kat Georges continues her generous indeed saintly work among poets

Featured poet: Valerie Laws

PLUS NYC's Electrifying Open POETRY Mike

Valerie Laws is a UK poet and sci-art specialist. Her new book All That Lives arises from Residencies at a London Pathology Museum, and at Newcastle University's Institute for Ageing and Health, working with scientists to write poetry about the brain, its bizarre beauty and life cycle. Her ten books include poetry collections, crime fiction, and drama. She has written 12 commissioned plays for stage and BBC radio. Many prizes, including Wellcome Trust Arts Award, twice prize winner in National Poetry competition. Invents new forms of poetry and devises science-themed poetry installations and commissions including the infamous Quantum Sheep, an Arts Council funded project spray-painting random haiku onto live sheep. She featured in BBC2 TV's Why Poetry Matters, with Griff Rhys Jones. Poetry AV installations have featured in public exhibitions in London and Newcastle. Many residencies, including in Egypt.

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Nov 04 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Marilyn Crispell, piano;  Mark Helias, bass
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Among her peers, critics and the listening public,pianist Marilyn Crispell is considered to be one of the leading figures in Jazz and contemporary improvised music. She is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied classical piano and composition, and has been a resident of Woodstock, New York since 1977 when she came to study and teach at the Creative Music Studio. She discovered jazz through the music of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor and other contemporary jazz players and composers. For ten years she was a member of the Anthony Braxton Quartet and the Reggie Workman Ensemble and has been a member of the Barry Guy New Orchestra and guest with his London Jazz Composers Orchestra. In recent years she has released a series of solo,duo and trio recordings for the illustrious ECM label.

Tonight she performs solo and for the second set,in duo with the acclaimed double bassist,Mark Helias.

"Hearing Marilyn Crispell play solo piano is like monitoring an active volcano. She is one of a very few pianists who rise to the challenge of free jazz."--The New York Times

Saturday,  Nov 05 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

David Dickerson Lisa Kirchner Joey Novick Robin Gelenbein
The Liar Show image

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.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes David Dickerson (NPR's This American Life), Lisa Kirchner (The Washington Post;, Joey Novick (Politics Unusual). Robin Gelenbein (Sirius Radio's Raw Dog)

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

$15.00 includes a drink

 $15.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Nov 05 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Ralph Alessi’s Modular Theatre is a band seemingly capable of reaching almost any musical territory. An underlying "jazz" sensibility is infused with any and everything from Hip Hop (texts ancient and spontaneous) to chamber music. The band just released it’s 2nd CD called "Open Season" on the RKMmusic label.
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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times