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Sunday,  Nov 06 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host

Kate Light Masatora Goya
Serial Underground: New York¹s Premier New Music Variety Show image
Doors open at 5:45 PM

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

Words and Music: an evening with poet, lyricist and librettist Kate Light,

featuring composer Masatora Goya and surprise guests.

Kate Light is the author of three volumes of poetry, Gravity¹s Dream, Donald Justice Award), Open Slowly, and The Laws of Falling Bodies (Nicholas Roerich Prize), and of the texts of two works for narrator and chamber ensemble, The World Beneath the Waves (originally Oceanophony), and Einstein¹s Mozart: Two Geniuses. She is also the librettist of The Life and Love of Joe Coogan (an opera based on ³The Dick Van Dyke Show²), and her lyrics to the song ³Here Beside Me² are heard in Disney¹s Mulan II. Her poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Hudson Review, Washington Post Book World, Feminist Studies, Carolina Quarterly, The Formalist, The Dark Horse, New York Sun, the anthologies Western Wind, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, Garrison Keillor¹s Good Poems for Hard Times, and four times on his program ³The Writer¹s Almanac,² among many other publications. She has been visiting professor at Cornell University and at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo, and is a professional violinist.

Sunday,  Nov 06 - 8:30PM 
Peter Evans, trumpet, piccolo trumpet, composition;  Carlos Homs, piano;  Tom Blancarte, bass;  Jim Black, drums;  Special Guest-John Butcher, tenor, alto sax
The Peter Evans Quartet image
The Peter Evans Quartet has existed in various incarnations since 2005. Tonight's concert will feature an exploration of composed material which violently reworks standard Jazz songs. The second set will add British saxophonist John Butcher for a series of improvisations with subgroups of the quartet and a final quintet.

Butcher is one of the most acclaimed and advanced improvisers currently working, and has been honing a refined and exploratory approach to the saxophone since the 1980's. He was a member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and has additionally worked with improvisers as varied as Toshimaru Nakamura, Derek Bailey and Gerry Hemingway.

Monday,  Nov 07 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image

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

Monday,  Nov 07 - 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.
AMRAM & CO image
Tuesday,  Nov 08 - 6:00PM 
hosts Gene Albertelli • Joel Hinman • Andrée Lockwood • Sarah McElwain

$ 7 includes a drink
Tuesday,  Nov 08 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, Host

Pete Smith, guitar;  Paul Carlon, sax;  David Ambrosio, bass;  William Bausch, drums
Latin Jazz NYC:Grupo Los Santos image
Formed in 1998 to explore the blending of Afro-Cuban and South American traditions with jazz, Grupo Los Santos has performed throughout the United States and in Havana, Cuba. They have released two CDs (with a third to be released very soon), the second of which was chosen as one of top 5 Latin Jazz Releases of 2008 by All About Jazz NY. Los Santos served as the backing band for the late Cuban trombone legend Juan Pablo Torres, and have been featured in several films.

Their latest explorations include the use of batá drums, odd meter clave, classical flute, and their ongoing collaboration with Rumba Tap dance pioneer Max Pollak.


Wednesday,  Nov 09 - 6:00PM 
Jim Tolan, host

Roger Sedarat Jason Schneiderman
$ 7 includes a drink
Wednesday,  Nov 09 - 8:30PM 
Alan Hampton, host

Reggie Quinerly, drums;  Alan Hampton, bass;  Aaron Goldberg, piano

Drummer/composer Reggie Quinerly has been involved in a wide variety of professional musical settings since relocating to New York from Houston, Texas in 1999. While attending the New School, and later receiving a graduate degree from Juilliard, he has gone on to perform with the likes of Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Greg Osby, Wynton Marsalis, and Joe Lovano. He has also shared the bandstand with contemporaries such as saxophonists Walter Smith III, guitarist Mike Moreno, and vibraphonist Warren Wolfe. This performance marks his first appearance at Cornelia Street Café as a leader, and will debut original compositions from a forth coming recording project.


Thursday,  Nov 10 - 6:00PM 
Assembled by Paul Hecht

Hayden de Witt , Mezzo Soprano;  Cathy Venable, Pianist;  Tanya Kalmanovitch , viola;  Mazz Swift, violin ;  Marika Hughes, cello
Gustav Mahler, On the Occasion of the Centenary of His Death image
Celebrating the centenary of his death. Gustav Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer plus songs by Alma Mahler

Improvisations and recompositions of Alma and Gustav Mahler performed by HOME, a string trio

Hayden DeWitt, a native of Daytona Beach, divides her time and artistic activities between New York and Florida. She made her debut with First Coast Opera in the role of Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In Central Florida, she continues to enjoy a long standing relationship with the Walt Disney Comapny as mezzo-soprano soloist in the Italian Pavilion at Disney's internationally-themed EPCOT Center

Cathy Venable has been a pianist on Broadway for The Light in the Piazza, Curtains, Sondheim on Sondheim, Wonderful Town, Beauty and the Beast, The Apple Tree, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Anything Goes, The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and Where’s Charley? at Encores. Cathy is an accompanist at NYU and New Jersey City University, and made her Carnegie/Weill Hall debut in 2008 accompanying tenor Brian Cheney. In 2012, she will perform again at Weill Hall with pianist Steven Ryan in the American premiere of Robin Halloway’s Gilded Goldbergs for two pianos. Cathy was a staff pianist for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and the Institute for Vocal Studies in Paris. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and her Master's Degree in Accompanying from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

Home is a new collective trio with violinist Mazz Swift (Matana Roberts' Coin Coin, Burnt Sugar), violist Tanya Kalmanovitch (Myra Melford, Turtle Island String Quartet) and cellist Marika Hughes (Charming Hostess, 2 Foot Yard). The three string players first met as students at the Juilliard School in the early 1990s, but each followed a very different path to their reunion in New York City some 15 years later. Tonight's performance will trace some of those pathways, while blurring old lines between chamber music, experimental music, popular music and jazz.

Mazz Swift, is a singer and Juilliard-trained violinist who brings her passion for creating true compositions in the spur of the moment to audiences around the world. She has recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists including Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, the great Irish balladeer Paddy Reilly, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, William Parker, Butch Morris, Kanye West and Budapest Bár and recently was Musical Director and co-Curator for the Hungarian gypsy/Black American collaboration Fire + Fire (Gypsy Meets Black) in Budapest, Hungary. She lives in Jersey City, NJ where she splits her time between her solo project MazzMuse and her international improvisational trio HEAR in NOW.

Violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch was born in Northern Alberta. She trained at the Juilliard School, but established her reputation as an improviser straddling the worlds of classical music, jazz and experimental music. Her last recording "Heart Mountain" with pianist Myra Melford was released in 2007 and topped many jazz critics' lists of the year. Kalmanovitch joined the faculty of Boston's New England Conservatory in 2006, and currently serves as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology where her work focused on exoticism and jazz. This summer, she'll return to Kabul where she is developing a collaborative program with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music.

Marika Hughes, granddaughter of the great cellist Emanuel Feuermann, was born and raised in NYC. She was a regular on Sesame Street long before receiving a Political Science degree from Barnard College. After training at The Juilliard School she moved into a musical hybrid world, blurring and joining the lines between classical and jazz, experimental and pop music. A former member of acclaimed chamber groups, 2 Foot Yard and Charming Hostess, Marika has also lent her cello skills to countless scores, commercials and artists including Whitney Houston, Lou Reed and David Byrne. In 2011 Marika released her first recordings as a band leader with "The Simplest Thing" and "Afterlife Music Radio - 11 New Pieces for Solo Cello".

$10 cover + a one drink minimum


Thursday,  Nov 10 - 8:30PM 
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Kris Davis, piano;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Paradoxical Frog image
Paradoxical Frog is a group that sees Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, pianist Kris Davis and reedist Ingrid Laubrock, all extremely thoughtful and engaging composer-improvisers, join forces.All three musicians contribute their own unmistakable compositions to the group's sound which are woven together by improvisations using a wide range of dynamics, density and expression. The music is spontaneous yet deliberate, thought provoking yet trance- inducing.

[…] a wowingly sensitive encounter with mostly-free but sometimes creatively structured music of the moment, and one of the most memorable sets of the festival.-- Joseph Woodard , Jazz Times (about a performance at the 2010 Moers Jazz Festival)

Friday,  Nov 11 - 6:00PM 
Editors Kurt Brown and Harold Schechter, hosts

NYC Book Launch for Killer Verse: Poems about Murder and Mayhem image
Readers: Ryan Black, Mark Doty, Cornelius Eady

Melissa Fadul, Rigoberto González, Andrey Gritsman

Kimiko Hahn, Marie Howe, Jan Heller Levi, Donna Reis

Virginia Slachman, Maria Terrone,

Michael Waters, Estha Weiner, Philip Dacey.

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Nov 11 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mark Shim, tenor sax;  Luis Perdomo, piano;  Burniss Earl Travis, bass;  Damion Reid, drums
Mark Shim Quartet image
A native of Jamaica who came to the U.S. with his parents when he was five, Mark Shim began playing the saxophone at an early age and studied music in high school and college before moving to Brooklyn in 1994 and plunging into the New York jazz scene. Since his arrival in New York, Shim has toured and recorded with many influential and legendary musicians, including Betty Carter, Elvin Jones, David Murray, and Terence Blanchard to name a few.

“To his credit, the young tenor saxophonist has wasted no time finding his own voice. Shim is already a powerful player, with a resonant low register, a commanding improvisational vision, and a strong rhythmic drive.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

Saturday,  Nov 12 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Jessica Femiani Dr. Susan Marc Lawley
the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) presents emerging writer and IAWA Board member, Jessica Femiani and Dr. Susan Marc Lawley, a leadership and life coach with a penchant for nurturing young female writers.

Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

$7.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Nov 12 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Chris Speed, sax, clarinet;  Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Michael Bates Quintet, CD Release:Acrobat image
Join us on November 12th as Sunnyside Records celebrates the release of double bassist/composer Michael Bates' new cd "Acrobat: Music for, and by, Dmitri Shostakovich"!

Few can listen to the musical spectacle of composer Dmitri Shostakovich and expect to forget it. Everything is a paradox in his world. The grotesque mixing with elegance and dissonance, anger and humor, serenity and sarcasm. It is often vicious or quietly raging music that contains beauty, poise and compassion as if there was some insight into the listener's deepest thoughts. The same can be said of this fine new release on Sunnyside.

Joining Michael Bates is a quintet featuring some New York's finest. Chris Speed-saxophone/clarinet, Russ Johnson-trumpet, Russ Lossing-piano/fender rhodes and Tom Rainey-drums and here they filter pieces by one of the great Russian composers through a fender rhodes driven band with 7 other compositions by a charismatic and emerging innovator in tribute to one of his musical heroes…and don't be mistaken, this is no timid foray into a dusty world of the old guard. This is a group that plays with fire and a jazz sensibility that can be linked in many ways to the great Miles Davis 60's and 70's quintets. Always searching and committed making music that grooves.

Sunday,  Nov 13 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Katie Down Matt Darriau Solomon Endlich

Primal sounds are never boring. They are often the foundation, both of musics and of the universe. In tonight’s program two superlative musicians, masters of dozens of instruments both familiar and strange, Katie Down and Matt Darriau, will demonstrate the importance of drones in world music. And reflect on the centrality of this harmonic effect. They will be joined by Solomon Endlich, who works on the ripples through the fabric of the universe – gravitational waves. Just like we can close our eyes, listen to the sound that fills the room and try to figure out what those sounds tell us about the instruments that made them, so too can astronomers/physicists "listen" to gravitational waves and try to learn about some of the most cataclysmic (and not easily visited!) events in the universe -- black hole collisions, the big bang. Those waves may just be the drones of cosmic music. You will be there to feel them.

$10.00 cover plus one drink minimum


Sunday,  Nov 13 - 8:30PM 
Loren Stillman, alto saxophone, compositions;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Joey Baron, drums
Loren Stillman Trio Featuring Joey Baron image
The music of Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer, Loren Stillman, has found acclaimed reviews in such publications as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz, Jazz Times, and National Public Radio, marking him as an innovative voice of modern jazz. Stillman has performed, recorded, and educated throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. Alongside an impressive record of performances, recordings, and masterclasses with his own ensembles, Stillman has performed alongside Charlie Haden, Paul Motian Trio 2000+2, Carla Bley, John Abercrombie, Andy Milne’s DAPP Theory, Michele Rosewoman Quintessence, Joe Lovano, Eivind Opsvik, John McNeil, Brad Shepik, Russ Lossing, Vic Juris, and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

“Loren Stillman is one of New York best alto saxophonists, and has gained that distinction well before reaching age 30.” David Adler, Jazz Times Magazine

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