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Wednesday,  Nov 30 - 6:00PM 
Brant Lyon, host

The Ne’erdowells Steve Dalachinsky
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HYDROGEN JUKEBOX explodes POEMusic on the tongue with our ever-rockin’house improv band THE NE’ERDOWELLS and YOU at NYC’s hottest musically-infused Open Mic! This month’s featured act: downtown legend STEVE DALACHINSKY, working his unique POEMusical style with the band.

STEVE DALACHINSKY was born after the last Big War and has managed to survive lots of little wars. His poems have appeared extensively in journals, on and off line, including Big Bridge, Milk, Unlikely Stories, Xpressed, Evergreen Review, Long Shot, plus such anthologies as Beat Indeed, The Haiku Moment and the esteemed Outlaw Bible of American Poetry. His books include A Superintendent's Eyes (Hozomeen Press, 2000) and the Pen award-winning The Final Nite (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2005). His latest books are Long Play E.P. (Corrupt Press - 2011) and The Mantis (Iniquity Press, 2010/11). His latest CD is Massive Liquidity, a collaboration with French experimental rockers The Snobs (Bambalam Records, 2011.) He has read his work extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

…And, as ever, your turn to step up to the Open Mic!

$7.00 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Nov 30 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, Host

Catarina dos Santos, vocals, compositions;  Marcos Vigio, guitar;  Leco Reis , bass;  Robert di Pietro, drums
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Catarina dos Santos’s music is a unique new sound coming out of what Lisbon is today – a visible melting pot of Africa, Southern Europe, and Brazil. This innovative singer/composer draws her inspiration from the links between rhythms originating in countries that have a story in common - the story of Portuguese culture and language spreading from Africa to Brazil, and how the Portuguese influence permanently wove its way into these cultures, and was transformed by them. Growing up in the suburbs of Lisbon, in the midst of Angolans, Cape Verdeans, and traveling to Northeast Brazil, the music Catarina writes belongs to all these places, for it is a synthesis of these common roots. Stories of migration, of the ocean, of life in the big cities, of women’s experiences and rites that connect Africa to its Diaspora, all inspire the music of Catarina, and are the theme for her debut cd, “No Balanço do Mar” (“In the Swing of the Ocean”).
Thursday,  Dec 01 - 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,  Dec 01 - 8:30PM 
Shane Endsley, trumpet, compositions;  Uri Caine, piano;  Harish Raghavan, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
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Shane Endsley resides in Brooklyn, NY, where he is steadily building his reputation as one of the most unique voices on the trumpet today. DownBeat Magazine named him as one of the "Top 25" trumpeters of his generation in 2007, and he is a founding member of the Grammy-nominated band Kneebody (for their Twelve Songs By Charles Ives – on the Winter & Winter label, with Theo Bleckmann), also recently nominated for Best Jazz Group in the 2010 DownBeat Reader’s Poll. Over the past year Endsley has been working heavily with Chris Speed, Charlie Hunter and Ben Allison (Endsley is featured on Allison’s recording, Think Free, on Palmetto). A truly modern and dynamic musician, he can be found on recordings ranging from modern instrumentalists Steve Coleman, Dave Binney, and Donny McCaslin, to folk and rock icons like Ani DiFranco, Erin McKeown, and Pearl Jam. Shane is also an accomplished drummer and composer who is constantly expanding his musical vocabulary with the rich experiences offered by New York City. He dove into the intricate ornamental style of the Balkan brass bands with the powerhouse 10 piece group, Slavic Soul Party and has ventured into the lilting rhythms of Brazilian Forro and Maracatu with Scott Kettner of Nation Beat and Maracatu NY.

“an excellent new quartet that will have its first album out next month. The band played through irregular grooves beautifully. . . . strong and controlled . . .” – The New York Times (on The Music Band’s performance at The 2011 Winter Jazzfest)

Friday,  Dec 02 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Gary Indiana, featured reader;  Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, spotlight poet
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Kat Georges continues her generous indeed saintly work for among and with poets

GARY INDIANA is the author of several plays, poetry books, and novels, the most recent of which is The Shanghai Gesture. His collaboration with Louise Bourgeois, To Whom It May Concern, was published in 2011 by Robert Violette Editions.

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Dec 02 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Ben Waltzer, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  RJ Miller, drums
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Saturday,  Dec 03 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Tracy Rowland James Flames John Flynn Jim O'Grady
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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 TRACY ROWLAND (TV writer, producer), JAMES FLAMES (Fiat, Alternate Routes), JOHN FLYNN (Upright Citizens Brigade), and JIM O'GRADY (WNYC Radio)

Hosted by ANDY CHRISTIE (NY Times; WFUV)

$15.00 includes a drink

 $15.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Dec 03 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Fabian Almazan, piano, compositions;  Linda Oh, bass;  Henry Cole, drums
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Born in Cuba, raised in Miami and based in New York City, the 27-year-old pianist and composer Fabian Almazan has a penchant for musical storytelling, often writing compositions inspired by family memories and personal meditations. His debut album, Personalities, was released in October of this year to wide critical acclaim. The album features Almazan’s core trio with Linda Oh (bass) and Henry Cole (drums), as well as Meg Okura, Megan Gould, Karen Waltuch and Noah Hoffeld on strings. Almazan has been the pianist in Terence Blanchard’s band for the last four years, and has also shared the stage with Gretchen Parlato, Paquito D'Rivera, Christian Scott, Chris Dingman, David Sanchez, Stefon Harris, Kendrick Scott and Ambrose Akinmusire among others. He has also been a recipient of the Cintas Foundation 2010/11 Brandon Fradd Award in Music Composition, and earlier this year was selected as a fellow as part of the Sundance Composer’s Lab.

"...pretty ballads, rapid and quickly turning pieces with rhythm and dynamics that could only come from this moment.'' Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Sunday,  Dec 04 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host

Ana Milosavljevic Demetrius Spaneas
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Doors open at 5:45 PM

Featuring Double Trouble: Composer/violinist Ana Milosavljevic and Composer/saxophonist Demetrius Spaneas.

I first met Ana Milosavljelic and Demetrius Spaneas in 2007, when both composer/performers played Terry Riley’s In C along with 150 others for the first Make Music New York Festival on June 21 2007 right outside on Cornelia Street. Their enthusiasm and energy resonated like crazy. More importantly, each has become a close friend and colleague, and it seems fitting for them share a double bill on this season’s second Serial Underground show. I’m also happy to be playing piano with them tonight as well. - Jed Distler

$10 music charge at the door, plus drink/food minimum


Sunday,  Dec 04 - 8:30PM 
Bobby Avey, piano;  Miguel Zenon, alto saxophone;  Thomson Kneeland, bass;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
Praised by the New Yorker magazine as, “A young pianist of invention and refinement,” Bobby Avey has established himself as an emerging star in the jazz community. Avey recently won the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition for composition. Additionally he was awarded the 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development grant funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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Monday,  Dec 05 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

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$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )
 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!) 

Monday,  Dec 05 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
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.
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Tuesday,  Dec 06 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Timothy Liu, featured poet;  J. Mae Barizo, Jan. '13;  Willa Carroll, June '11;  Albert Abonado, Jan '10

Liu is theauthor of such books as Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse, ForDust Thou Art, Of Thee I Sing, Hard Evidence, Say Goodnight, Burnt Offerings and Vox Angelica. He edited Word of Mouth: An Anthology ofGay American Poetry. In addition to beingtranslated into ten languages, his poems have appeared in AmericanLetters & Commentary, Bomb, Grand Street, Kenyon Review, The Nation, NewAmerican Writing, Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Virginia Quarterly Review. Liu is an English professor at William PatersonUniversity and a Core Faculty member at the Bennington College Graduate WritingSeminars.

$7 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Dec 06 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Sara Serpa, vocals;  André Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums

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 has recently recorded with pianist Danilo Perez: his latest album "Providencia" and, also with the Noir pianist Ran Blake. She has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe.

Ben Rattliff from The NY Times describes Sara as " cool all over, from concept to execution. She has a halting, careful, nearly affectless soprano that prowls a narrow pitch range in mostly wordless lines, perching naturally around the E above a piano’s middle C, then surprises you when it gradually swells in volume or suddenly jumps up an octave, without breaking stride".


Wednesday,  Dec 07 - 6:00PM 
Emmanuelle Ertel, host

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The best of contemporary French writing in a bilingual edition.

$ 7 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Dec 07 - 8:30PM 
Dan Blake, tenor sax;  Jason Palmer, trumpet;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums
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Dan Blake’s The Aquarian Suite, (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) is a recipe for a wildly successful jazz recording; eight new jazz compositions for “chordless quartet” that stretch the boundaries of modern jazz while staying true to the forms set by the masters; a “Mingus meets Monk” quality of blues-inflection, compositional unity, and ever-present melodicism; and an incredible band comprised of Blake on tenor saxophone, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Jorge Roeder on bass and the ubiquitous Richie Barshay on drums and percussion. The Aquarian Suite connects to the tumultuous and fertile energy of the bebop revolution in an effort to revitalize the tradition and how it relates to life in the twenty-first century. By connecting to a rich musical heritage, The Aquarian Suite becomes a ‘water bearer’; a sonic body through which a hopeful transition between tradition and the potential for a greater future can flow easefully and with great joy.

"Ornette Coleman's 'The Shape of Jazz to Come,' fast forward fifty-two years and The Aquarian Suite can stand proudly alongside Coleman's as a piano-less quartet that walks the free jazz tightrope while remaining surprisingly accessible with an infectious undercurrent of swing that simmers to a slow boil." - Brent Black (digital jazz news)

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