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Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

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Jun 08
Donald Kollisch Diane Simmons Mitch Levenberg
$ 7 includes a drink
Colin Stranahan, drums;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass
Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato Trio image
Formed in 2010 for a special performance in Montreal (Rosato’s hometown), the chemistry within this collaborative trio was one not to be ignored. Shortly thereafter, the trio traveled to Denver (Stranahan’s hometown) to perform and record their debut album, “Anticipation” (Capri 2011). Fall of 2011 will see the trio’s European debut, featuring performances in Spain,Poland, France, and England.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax;  Pascal Le Boeuf, piano;  Greg Ritchie, drums
By fusing their firm jazz roots with a fresh and forward-thinking blend of indie-rock, classical, and electronica, the Le Boeuf Brothers have developed an energetic sound that is intelligent, hip, and relevant to today's audiences. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, identical twin brothers Remy & Pascal Le Boeuf—saxophone & piano respectively—moved to New York in 2004 where they established their prominent musical voices as performers and composers.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Jun 09
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Rosalie Contino, from Stage to Page;  Mike Graves, Poet /Host of Phoenix Reading Series
Italian heritage celebrated, American experience featured.

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

While most forty-year-old professionals are busy building upon the foundation that several years of hard work produced, Rosalie H. Contino, Ph.D decided to quench her burning desire within to pursue the passion to create. A teacher, motivator, author, playwright, costumer and co-founder of the U.F.T. Players, Contino was a Teaching Fellow for the Program in Educational Theatre at NYU.

Michael Graves is the author of two full-length collections of poems, Adam and Cain (Black Buzzard, 2006) and In Fragility (Black Buzzard, 2011) and two chapbooks, Illegal Border Crosser (Cervana Barva, 2008) and Outside St. Jude’s (R. E. M. Press, 1990).

$7.00 includes a drink

David Liebman, soprano saxophone;  Sam Newsome, soprano saxophone;  Tony Marino, bass;  Jim Black, drums
David Liebman, Sam Newsome Quartet image
"This will be a second time meeting between the 2011 Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic's Poll winner on soprano saxophone, Dave Liebman and one of the most innovative new voices on the horn, Sam Newsome. The group will play classics by all time soprano master Steve Lacy as well as Thelonius Monk. "

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

Jun 10
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Michael E. Goldberg, ;  Ellen K. Levy,
Even your brain doesn’t have the capacity to process everything in the environment simultaneously! The brain’s solution to this problem is to select from the environment things to process, and to filter out other things, so as not to waste brain energy on them. This filtering process is called attention.

Michael E. Goldberg, David Mahoney Professor of Brain and Behavior at Columbia University, and Ellen K. Levy, an artist and educator at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts who has long visualized interconnections between art and scientific investigations, will describe the art and science of attention – how the brain organizes attention and how the artist uses it to shape what the viewer looks at and thinks about.

Goldberg will explore the trajectory of his original experiments on the cerebral cortex demonstrating how the brain creates a priority map of the world by integrating topdown and bottom up signals. Levy will expand on their collaboration, which led her to conduct a mischievous experiment, involving inattention blindness and 3-Card Monte in several galleries that functioned as atypical ‘laboratories’ for exploring the realm of human behavior.

$10.00 cover plus one drink minimum

Dan Weiss, drums, compositions;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
Dan Weiss has proved indispensable to a number of groundbreaking bands, including David Binney's Balance, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition and Quartet, Miles Okazaki's Generations group, Ohad Talmor's Newsreel, Rez Abbasi's ensembles and many more.

"Dan Weiss is a drummer of adaptable flow and microscopic focus, as he has shown in a range of instrumental settings. His own working trio, with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Thomas Morgan, just released its first album, “Timshel” (Sunnyside), proof that Mr. Weiss is on equally sound footing as a bandleader." - New York Times Jazz Listings

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Jun 11
Paul Hecht, presenter

Daniel Neer, singing actor;  Ellen Mandel, composer/pianist;  Dee Nelson, actor;  Sandra Shipley , actor;  Paul O'Brien, actor
Paul Hecht presents: actors reading poems by Thomas Hardy and the World Premiere of five Thomas Hardy songs by Ellen Mandel.

Daniel Neer is a singing actor and writer enjoying a diverse career the performing arts. Concert appearances: Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Miller Theater, The Apollo, Guggenheim Museum, Chicago Art Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Radio City Music Hall and in concert with Metropolis Ensemble, Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Vox Vocal Ensemble and Mark Morris Dance Group. Broadway: Baz Luhrmann's 'La Bohème', and 'Coram Boy' directed by Melly Still.

Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep. She has scored four films, and released four CDs: a wind has blown the rainaway, her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all my dreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats,and others, Every Play's an Opera, theatre music,and Pamela Bob Sings the Mandel and Lydon Songbook, Mandel's settings of Wallace Stevens and Cummings, and her own lyrics,plus songs by Michael Lydon.

Dee Nelson made her New York debut this fall in playwright Stephen Karam's acclaimed Sons of the Prophet at the Roundabout Theatre Company, directed by Peter DuBois. Most recently, she understudied Jane Alexander, Laila Robbins et al. in The Lady from Dubuque at Signature Theatre. Regional roles include Hesione in Heartbreak House, Amanda in Private Lives, Flo in Picnic, Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Elvira in Blithe Spirit (Elliot Norton Award), and Maggie in The Man Who Came to Dinner (starring the much-missed James Whitmore). Film: State and Main, Blown Away, Moonlight Mile, others. TV: Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy, Judging Amy, Summerland, Joan of Arcadia, and The Sopranos.

Paul O'Brien - Broadway: On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, The Importance of Being Ernest, Equus, Cymbeline, Democracy, King Lear, The Crucible, Twelfth Night. Off-Broadway: Man and Superman (current), Is Life Worth Living? Hamlet, Death Defying Acts, Three Birds Alighting on a Field, Widow's Blind Date, A Moon for the Misbegotten. Regional: Playmakers Rep, Guthrie Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, Geffen, South Coast Rep, Actors Theater of Louisville, Long Whart, Trinity Rep, Huntington Theater. Film: Fairhaven, Henry's Crime, Redacted, What's the Worst That Could Happen? The Devil's Own. TV: Law and Order (CI), The Sopranos, The Practice, Providence, ER, Star Trek Voyager, Case of Deadly Force, Angel, Conan O'Brien, One Life to Live.

Sandra Shipley most recently appeared in the Encore series Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at City Center. Earlier this year she was in the Mint Theater's Rutherford and Son. Her Broadway productions include: The Importance of Being Earnest, Blithe Spirit, Equus, Pygmalion, Retreat from Moscow, Vincent in Brixton, Indiscretions. Off Broadway appearances : Suddenly Last Summer, Arms and the Man, The Deep Blue Sea ( Roundabout), Stuff Happens, Venus (Public), Kindertransport (MTC), Phaedre In Delirium (CSC), Once Around the City (Second Stage), The Clearing (Blue Light), Extensive regional credits in the US and UK. Also appeared in England with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Court and in the West End. Her TV and Film work includes various Law and Orders, Lipstick Jungle,Third Watch, All My Children, Monument Ave.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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Gregg Kallor, piano;  Dave Eggar, cello;  Joyce Hamman, violin;  Ben Kono, clarinets/saxophone
Classical At The Cornelia: GREGG KALLOR - CHAMBER MUSIC PROJECT image

Composer-pianist Gregg Kallor premieres an evening's worth of new music that fuses composition and improvisation.

Gregg Kallor's most recent Carnegie Hall concert featured the world premiere of his nine-movement suite for solo piano, A SINGLE NOON – a musical tableau of New York life told through composition and improvisation. Five-time Grammy nominee Fred Hersch calls A SINGLE NOON "the work of an extraordinary pianist, a composer of great distinction and a true conceptualist... this ambitious and unique suite really takes us somewhere that is very deeply heartfelt and dazzlingly executed. This is 21st-century music that has clearly absorbed the past and looks to a bright and borderless musical future." Kallor is the recipient of a 2011 Aaron Copland Award for composition.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Jun 12
Thomas Pryor, host

Barbara Aliprantis Robin Bady Mike Fornatale Leslie Goshko Joy Kelly and The Tall Pines
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image
The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Barbara Aliprantis embraces “universal themes” as she tells stories about her Greek-American immigrant childhood played out on the sidewalks and stoops of Brooklyn and The New Riverside Hotel on the Jersey Shore, bringing her full circle to her adult life in the bustling multi-ethnic NYC borough of Queens. A high-energy storyteller and special events producer, Barbara shares her stories with humor, insight and an open heart.

Robin Bady, the 2012 recipient of the J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Grant from the National Storytelling Network, is a “strong talent with a unique voice who tells every story with passion, conviction, and in-your-face urban flair.” She is founder of Shirazad’s Children (a multicultural storytelling ensemble), member of Bash the Trash Environmental Arts, and past president of the Storytelling Center of New York City. She performs in venues and festivals across the US and Europe.

Mike Fornatale grew up in the Northeastern corner of New Jersey. So whatever pictures just popped into your head, they're incorrect. But never mind that. Mike has played and/or sung with The Monks, Mark Lindsay, Arthur Lee and Love, and The Losers' Lounge. He's currently the lead singer in the newly-reformed Left Banke.

Leslie Goshko is a Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, recipient of the NY Fringe Excellence Award, and host of the monthly storytelling series, “Sideshow Goshko” (Time Out NY "Critics' Pick"). Her stories and comedy writing have been featured on Sirius XM, WNYC, NY Metro "Funny Page", and her one-woman show, Vodka Shoes, played to rave reviews as part of the NY Frigid Festival. She’s also pretty proud to have performed in “Hairspray” on Broadway.

A native of Tennessee and the daughter of a Baptist preacher, Joy Kelly grew up with storytelling all around her. She began telling her own stories at the tender age of 10. The traditional tale “The Golden Arm” became a much-requested family favorite! Since then Joy has branched out performing in museums, schools and libraries in the New York City area as well as being a featured teller in the Clearwater Festival, Mohegan Festival and the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, New York Press, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” and has columns in & He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story.

The Tall Pines are a shack shakin’ Country /Soul band featuring Canadian singer Connie Lynn Petruk and her song writing partner Christmas Davis. Taking cues from the ruckus Nashville and Memphis scenes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Tall Pines debut album was featured as one of NPR’s Top Ten Best Albums of 2007. Campfire Songs album received praise from The New York Times, Vintage Guitar Magazine, The Village Voice and was featured on the iTunes Store’s “New and Noteworthy” front page for nearly the entire summer of 2009. Connie Lynn has performed and recorded with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Ronnie Spector, Joan Jett, and many more folks you know. The Tall Pines new EP “Hell Hounds” is out now on iTunes!

$7.00 includes a drink

Nicky Schrire, host

Maria Christina , voice, songs;  Matt Davis, guitar;  James Shipp, vibraphone;  Sam Anning, bass;  Sean Hutchinson , drums
Revoice: Maria Christina image Anouk Deweerdt
Maria Christina is an Austrian-born, New York-based singer, composer and lyricist. She came to New York in 2009 on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music under her mentor Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge and Dave Liebman. No wonder her musical perspective soon began to shift and expand: the rich, diverse music and art of the City crept into her imagination and she started experimenting with new compositional ideas. Her band features multiple harmony instruments with similar ranges and colors, creating one giant pillow of sound for her tales and poetry. As a singer Maria is interested in the complete spectrum of the voice, with all its capabilities, timbres, and the vast range of emotion it can convey. She likes good food, interesting people and the smell of rain in the air.

"Maria Christina is a vocalist who creates intelligent and thoughtful music with heartfelt story-telling. Her songs are of poetry and musical landscapes that capture an audience from the very first note, bringing awareness to the capabilities of her voice. A night not to be missed!!" -- Dena DeRose

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Nicky Schrire, host

Nate Wood, guitar, vocals;  Jesske Hume, bass;  Sean Wayland, rhodes;  Arthur Hnatek, drums
Nate Wood is a multi-instrumentalist who draws his inspiration equally from both rock and jazz. His 2 albums Reliving and Fall are entirely self made, and are a result of his experience as a supporting musician across many genres of music. The music fuses often dense harmony and simple pop melodies. Nate is backed up live by a virtuosic band, featuring Sean Wayland, Jesske Hume and Arthur Hnatek.

"No doubt, Wood is a wildly endowed and original musician." -- Steve Krugman,

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Revoice: Nate Wood image
Hosted by Andrey Gritsman

Irina Mashinski Julia Trubikhina Alexey Tsevtkov Anya Komar

Russian-American Poets Reading in English

$ 7 includes a drink

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Joe Fiedler, trombone;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums
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Fiedler's intensely expressive trio will be playing music from their 2011 release Sacred Chrome Orb (Yellow Sound Music), which has been hailed as “Excellent" and (Boston Globe) and “a thoroughly enjoyable album that will appeal to fans of mainstream, bluesy jazz." (All Music Guide)

"You will be hard pressed to find more adventurous and imaginative use of the trombone as an instrument of musical expression."—International Trombone Association Journal

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Michael Dessen, trombone, electronics;  Christopher Tordini, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
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Though outside the New York spotlight, California-based trombonist Michael Dessen has crafted a unique body of music, garnering a steady stream of acclaim for his work as a leader and for his collaborations with some of the best musicians on the scene today. Critics have praised his two trio releases on Clean Feed for their compositional range, creative use of electronics, and above all the musicians' extraordinary playing. Featuring drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Chris Tordini, two of the most in-demand players on the NYC scene today, the trio revels in a unique mix of adventurous improvisation, intricate compositions, abstract soundscapes, and polyrhythmic flow.

"Dessen switches between voluptuous lyricism and digitally distorted splatter, and his shifts between those poles never feel forced or arbitrary. This is the trio's second album, and it sounds like the work of a gigging band.... These guys don't just play together-they're playing. This playfulness, as much as their fluid negotiations of Dessen's jagged rhythms and elaborate melodies, is the spoonful of sugar that make these rigorous improvisations go down easy." - DOWNBEAT (Oct. 2011), Bill Meyer

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Jun 14
Maryam Habibian Roger Sedarat

An evening of music, spoken word, and film in tribute to Forugh Farrokhzad (1935-1967), a poet who was attacked for her sexual openness, feminism, and earthy, militant poetry. Written and Directed by Maryam Habibian

Maryam Habibian (Playwright, Filmmaker, Artistic Director, Translator, Writer & Scholar): Maryam Habibian’s latest work is a feature documentary, The Mist, which follows her on a journey of discovery in the land of her birth, Iran. She has had an NEH-grant to study the iconic Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad and her relationship to the city of Tehran. The resulting documentary short, Forugh Farrokhzad: Young Revolutionary Poetess of Tehran, has been screened at the Library of Congress and many other venues. Other directorial credits include her multimedia play Forugh’s Reflecting Pool, which was subsequently published in the anthology, Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out (Olive Branch Press: Massachusetts, 2005).

Roger Sedarat is the author of Dear Regime: Letters to the Islamic Republic, which won Ohio UP's 2007 Hollis Summers' Prize, and Ghazal Games (Ohio UP, 2011). Under the pseudonym "Haji," he performs political poetry as well as translation. He teaches poetry and literary translation in the MFA Program at Queens College, CUNY.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Steve Swallow, electric bass;  Ohad Talmor, tenor sax;  Adam Nussbaum, drums
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Under the leadership of legendary bassist Steve Swallow but with a shared repertoire penned by all three members, the trio released their first record: "Playing in Traffic" on Auand Records in 2010.

This is a wonderful contemporary jazz record. Bass guitarist Steve Swallow, drummer Adam Nussbaum and saxophonist Ohad Talmor combine slyly swinging jazz references with all kinds of eclectic inflections – notably through the tonal eloquence and sophistication of Talmor, who was born in Israel, raised in Switzerland and lives in Brooklyn. He studies the Indian bamboo flute, runs a nine-piece devoted to the music of Bruckner and often works with Lee Konitz. On the title track, Talmor’s Joe Lovano-like staccato phrasing turns into Konitz/Warne Marsh-like long-line figures, but some pieces are such slow, smoky swingers they almost stop, while others are curling note-texture examinations cushioned by Swallow’s purr. On Days of Old, Talmor’s tenor sounds as diaphanous as an alto, and there are haunted-house tiptoeings and a funky finale in which the saxophonist sounds as muscular as Michael Brecker. ***** 5 stars !-- John Fordham, UK Guardian

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jun 15
Kat Georges, host

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Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 7 includes a drink

Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
This will be Davis's first time performing with bassist Michael Formanek and Drummer Nasheet Waits in a trio format. "Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis." --Ben Ratliff, NY Times

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Kris Davis Trio image Peter Gannushkin
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