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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Jun 30
Barbara Sfraga, voicist;  Christopher Dean Sullivan, bass artisan;  Michael T.A. Thompson, soundrhythium
Center Search Quest image
Voicist Barbara Sfraga
Bass Artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan
Soundrhythium Michael T.A. Thompson

Also, Barbara will read from Skoot Larson’s new jazz mystery novel, The Real Gone Horn Gone Blues

On stage at the Cornelia Street Cafe, that intimate haunt in the heart of Greenwich Village that has fostered a vital alternative jazz scene in New York City, voicist Barbara Sfraga is lost in another song. Closing her eyes tightly while holding the microphone gingerly by the fingertips of both hands, she bobs and weaves to the surging flow generated by the telepathic rhythm tandem of bassist Chris Sullivan and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson (collectively known as Center Search Quest). Bending at the waist when digging for a low note, throwing her head back in rapture when chasing after a high note, she communes with the groove. Immersed in the moment, her fingers begin depressing invisible valves on the microphone as she freestyles her way through another wordless verse like a trumpeter riding the peak of a scorching solo. It’s Sfraga in full stream-of-consciousness stride, going out on a limb...again.
~ Bill Milkowski
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe

Sara Leib, voice;  Mark Shilansky, piano;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
One of the most inventive young jazz vocalists around, Sara Leib is proving herself an integral key to the modern jazz scene. Her harmonic approach to scatting, charismatic personality, and endearingly thoughtful stage presence have echoed through the jazz communities of her native Los Angeles and the New England jazz scene.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Sara Leib has been honing her vocal and performance skills from a young age. In 1999 she participated in the GRAMMY High Scholl Jazz Ensembles, where she performed at various GRAMMY functions, and won a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music. In 2001, she continued her studies in jazz at the New England Conservatory. In 2002, Leib performed with renowned saxophonist Dave Liebman, and won the Downbeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance by a College Jazz Vocalist, her second honor in the acclaimed publication. In 2003 Sara had the honor of participating in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy in Aspen CO where she worked with artists like Christian McBride, Allan Harris, and Cyrus Chestnut. She has performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference, at the famed Jazz Bakery and Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, CA and toured Japan in 2003 with Jim Stinnett an Bob Kaufman.

At the age of 26, Sara has studied and worked with such notable figures as Art Lande, Tierney Sutton, Kevin Mahogany, and innumerable others. She has performed at various clubs and concert halls nationwide and internationally, and her skill, charisma and passion are undeniable. Heralded as someone who offers a fresh "approach to jazz vocal classicism" (Boston Herald) and as "one of those touch of genious phenomenons...reinterprets the template of the standard into something that seasoned jazz enthusiasts and crossover fans from the Norah Jones camp will both be blown away by..." (Performer Magazine), Leib is making a name for herself in the modern jazz scene.
 Cover $10

Jul 01
Mira Ptacin, host

Free Range Readings image
Ella Biggadike

Kathryn Higgins

Illana Garon

Adrienne Meloni

Peter Maguire has taught the law and theory of war and oral history at Bard College and Columbia University. He is author of Law and War; Facing Death in Cambodia; and the forthcoming Thai Stick.

and our lovely host, Mira Ptacin.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Justin Rothberg, guitar;  Matsu, drums;  Gil Smuskowitz, bass;  Plus Special Guests
Justin Rothberg - CD Release image
The Justin Rothberg Trio plays original jazz music taking inspiration from a variety of different styles, the trio's focus is always on improvisation.

"We try to explore a variety of different styles of music. While the trio is firmly dedicated to jazz, we try to stay as open minded as possible. Songs are influenced by hiphop, funk, dub reggae, Latin, world music, and anything else the band has been listening to. To keep the music from sounding stiff, everyone tries to trust each other's musical taste. Even though I write all of the tunes, it's still a very open vibe on stage. No matter what song the band is playing, we're always open to experimentation.
 Cover $10


Wednesday Jul 02
Bob Stewart, tuba;  Jerome Harris, guitar;  Eddie Allen, trumpet;  Joe Fiedler, trombone;  Steve Williams, drums
Bob Stewart's First Line Band image “Steal Away” - Jeff Schlanger

 Cover $10
Jul 04
6:00PM  HAPPY JULY 4TH !!!!

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series will take the holiday off and return next week.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jul 07
Nicholas Jahr, host

The Crumpled Press celebrates its third anniversary, as well as two current publications, Professor Anthony Grafton's Codex in Crisis and Chris Moses' 'Tis of Thee: Reflections, a last ditch celebration of the 4th of July weekend, an evening of poetry, politics, and prose featuring:

Derek McGee who served two tours with the Marines in Iraq. His book, When I Wished I Was Here: Dispatches from Fallujah, has nearly surpassed 1000 copies, and remains a penetrating look at the day-to-day life of a soldier on and off the battlefield.

J. Nealin Parker, an aid worker with experience in South Africa, Indonesia, and Haiti, and recent graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School for Public Affairs at Princeton, will read from her powerful first-hand account of the recent elections in Liberia, Take a Right at the Tank & Other Ways to Get Home.

Jordan McIntyre, one of the founding editors of the Crumpled Press, will read from his collections of poetry, Still Leaves and 13 Poems.

Chris Moses, a PhD candidate in the History Department of Princeton University, will read from his new pamphlet, 'Tis of Thee: Reflections on the Fourth of July, a meditation on love of country in a country that can be difficult to love.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image

David Amram Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John Dewitt, Adam Amram , actor John Ventimiglia and surprise guests celebrating the publication of amram's new book, "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" classics of jazz, world music, spoken word and amram's compositions.

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.
 Cover $10

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