* Cover is given where known
* There is a one-drinkminimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:212-989-9319
Photographs by JAMES KWITNY
All art is for sale. Please inquire
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
(includes one house drink)
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
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.
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.
(includes one house drink)
"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.
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.
(includes one house drink)
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 is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times