See the previous week's performances.   December 16-December 23, 2011  See the next week's performances.
Friday,  Dec 16 - 6:00PM 
SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Featured Poet: Stephen Caratza Spotlight : Henrikje Stanze
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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

Banking poems encouraged

$ 7 includes a drink
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Friday,  Dec 16 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
CLAUDIA QUINTET + 1 W/ KURT ELLING
John Hollenbeck, drums, composition;  Drew Gress, bass;  Matt Moran , vibraphone;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Chris Speed , clarinet, tenor saxophone;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Kurt Elling, vocals
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Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2012, 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. Led by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck, this ensemble features some of the foremost innovators of new sounds in “jazz and beyond.” Their beautifully seductive work recasts jazz in shimmering new shapes with inflections of classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock.

The Claudia Quintet's latest release, What Is The Beautiful?, featuring special guest vocalists Kurt Elling & Theo Bleckmann, is a tribute to the late beat poet and visual artist Kenneth Patchen, commissioned by the University of Rochester on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum


 $15 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.johnhollenbeck.com http://johnhollenbeck.bandcamp.com

Saturday,  Dec 17 - 6:00PM 
GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host

Stacy Rubis Steven Cordova & Cori L. Gabbard
Intrepid & generous Dean delivers fine poets, one of our favorite series.

$ 7 includes a drink
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Saturday,  Dec 17 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
CLAUDIA QUINTET +1 W/ KURT ELLING
John Hollenbeck, drums, composition;  Drew Gress, bass;  Matt Moran , vibraphone;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Chris Speed , clarinet, tenor saxophone;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Kurt Elling, vocals
Claudia Quintet +1 w/ Kurt Elling image
Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2012, 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. Led by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck, this ensemble features some of the foremost innovators of new sounds in “jazz and beyond.” Their beautifully seductive work recasts jazz in shimmering new shapes with inflections of classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock.

The Claudia Quintet's latest release, What Is The Beautiful?, featuring special guest vocalists Kurt Elling & Theo Bleckmann, is a tribute to the late beat poet and visual artist Kenneth Patchen, commissioned by the University of Rochester on the occasion of his 100th birthday.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum


 $15 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.johnhollenbeck.com http://johnhollenbeck.bandcamp.com

Sunday,  Dec 18 - 6:00PM 
BARRY WALLENSTEIN & FRIENDS
Angelo Verga, host

Barry Wallenstein, poet;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Vincent Chancey, French horn;  Neal Haiduck, clarinet;  Mike Richmond, bass;  Lawrence, Erik , sax;  Nick Johnson, special guest poet
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Back from a well deserved respite Professor Wallenstein delivers new poems.

$ 12 includes a drink
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Sunday,  Dec 18 - 8:30PM 
ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO
Eri Yamamoto, piano, compositions;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
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Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers. The Eri Yamamoto Trio, featuring bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a strong following in New York and abroad. Recent tours include performances in the U. S., Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals in Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/Derry, Ireland; Time Zones in Bari, Italy; and Shiga, Japan.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.eriyamamoto.com

Monday,  Dec 19 - 6:00PM 
NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Austin Allen Sanford Fraser Francesca Maxime
Fine poets, great journal.

We celebrate our ongoing partnership with the late William Packard's magazine under the able leadership of Raymond Hammond.

$ 7 includes a drink
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Monday,  Dec 19 - 8:30PM 
MORRISON MOTEL: 8TH ANNIVERSARY GALA!
John Morrison, host

John Oliver Hannibal Buress Myq Kaplan Carmen Lynch Lee Camp Liz Miele Steve Rosso
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Celebrating Morrison Motel's 8th Anniversary, John Morrison hosts John Oliver, Hannibal Buress, Myq Kaplan, Carmen Lynch, Lee Camp, Liz Miele & Steve Rosso.

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows." – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.


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Tuesday,  Dec 20 - 6:00PM 
ABE OVADIA GROUP
Abe Ovadia, guitar;  Tom Gershwin, trumpet;  Evan Crane, bass;  Noel Brennan, drums

Abe Ovadia is a guitarist & composer within the straight-ahead and modern jazz idioms. Originally from New Jersey, he studied at the Berklee College of Music, earning a BM in Guitar Performance. While in Boston, he performed in a variety of musical styles as both a leader and a sideman at venues such as the Chianti Jazz Lounge, Les Zygomates, & The Lily Pad. He earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at New York University, studying under musicians such as Peter Bernstein & Chris Potter. Abe was also on NYU's adjunct faculty as a private guitar instructor for two years. Since arriving in New York, Abe has had the honor of performing at venues including Smalls Jazz Club, The Blue Note, & Trumpets Jazz Club. In 2010, he was selected by Half Notes Records Producer Jeff Levenson to tour Costa Rica as part of the "Promising Artists of the 21st Century" Jazz Festival. Ovadia recently recorded his first album The Jem which features pianist Benito Gonzalez.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum



 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.abeovadia.com

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Tuesday,  Dec 20 - 8:30PM 
MARY HALVORSON’S REVERSE BLUE
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Chris Speed, saxophone, clarinet;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
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Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Crackleknob, MAP and The Thirteenth Assembly.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum



 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Dec 21 - 6:00PM 
PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman, host

Polina Barskova Irina Mashinski Eugene Ostashevsky

Tonight's Perfect Sense will be a joint reading with The St. Petersburg Review. The poets are: Polina Barskova, Irina Mashinski, and Eugene Ostashevsky.

$ 7 includes a drink


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Wednesday,  Dec 21 - 8:30PM 
GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO CD RELEASE, LIVING FOR THE CITY
George Colligan, piano, trumpet, melodica;  Linda Oh, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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This performance will be one of the first in New York since George Colligan has moved to Portland, Oregon. A New Yorker for almost 15 years, Colligan was the winner of a search for a new faculty member at Portland State University. This will also be a CD release; his 22nd CD as a leader, "Living For The City"(Steeplechase) will be available for purchase. This will be the first time that Colligan, Linda Oh, and Ted Poor have played as a trio, so it should be a very exciting night!

$10 cover plus $10 minimum



 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.georgecolligan.com http://www.jazztruth.blogspot.com

Thursday,  Dec 22 - 6:00PM 
HYDROGEN JUKEBOX
Brant Lyon, host

The Ne’erdowells Larissa Shmailo,
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HYDROGEN JUKEBOX: Brant Lyon, host: The Ne’erdowells; Larissa Shmailo + Open Mic

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 LARRISA SHMAILO brings her quirky-classy style of POEMusic to jam with the band (Davey Patterson, guitar; Matt Riganese, piano; Dave McKeon, bass; Ry Pilla, drums; with Brant Lyon joining the set on synth).

Winner of the 2009 New Century Music Awards for her spoken word/music CD Exorcism, multi-media artist and poet LARRISA SHMAILO has most recently received honorable mention in the international translators’ competition for the 2011 Compass Award sponsored by Princeton University; translated the libretto of the Russian ‘zaum’ opera Victory over the Sun performed at BAM (and now archived in The Smithsonian and MOMA), and enjoys frequent online and radio airplay of her first CD The No-Net World. Her books of poetry are In Paran (BlazeVox 2009), A Cure for Suicide (Cervena Barva 2008), and Fib Sequence (Argotist Ebooks 2011). Past and forthcoming publications include poetry in Barrow Street, Fulcrum, Drunken Boat, Gargoyle, Cardinal Points, About: Poetry, The Unbearables Big Book of Sex, and The Penguin anthology Words for the Wedding.

$7.00 includes a drink


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Thursday,  Dec 22 - 8:30PM 
MATT WILSON’S CHRISTMAS TREE-O
Matt Wilson, drums;  Jeff Lederer, saxophone, clarinet, piccolo, toy piano;  Paul Sikivie, bass
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"If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would most definitely be Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O!” - The Three Wisemen

It was a snowy day in May when Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer and Paul Sikivie gathered to spread Christmas cheer. The result of that gathering is Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O, a collection of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes that’s destined to be added to holiday music collections all over the globe.

“The group...takes fond liberties with a well-balanced holiday songbook...and manages to please without pandering.” - The New York Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.npr.org/2011/01/04/132118091/matt-wilsons-christmas-tree-o-tiny-desk-concert

Friday,  Dec 23 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
DUANE EUBANKS QUINTET
Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Abraham Burton, tenor sax;  Anthony Wonsey, piano;  Derzon Douglas, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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As a collective we are trying to grow from what we learned from our mentors that include Elvin Jones, Art Taylor, and Jackie Mclean, to name a few. We perform mostly original music that is inspired by straight ahead jazz with the focus of keeping it modern in sound and concept.

"He plays straight-ahead jazz with the necessary mixture of scorch and sensitivity to keep it interesting." - The New York Times

"The sound that Eubanks projects is personal, warm, and sonorous." - JazzTimes
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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times