* 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
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More chords! More harmony! More funny-sounding stuff!
Tired of going out to hear bands that have no chordal
instrument and rely on one lousy sad-ass bass player who
doesn't know any tunes to provide all the harmonic color?
Well, now's your chance to cancel out those experiences
with a tsunami of tone poems, a plethora of progressions,
a virtual vat of voicings -- all produced by not one but TWO (2)
chordal instruments! Plus a bass player who knows everything!
Rafiq Bhatia is an East-African Indian American guitarist/composer seeking to synthesize a genre-bending musical lexicon informed by the traditions of his transmigratory heritage. A first-generation American, Bhatia is currently completing an interdisciplinary honors degree in economics and cognitive science at Oberlin College. He is also associated with the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory, where his concept quickly caught the attention of prolific drummer Billy Hart (Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis). Besides apprenticing under Hart and Cleveland-based drummer Paul Samuels (Greg Osby), Bhatia is the artist-in-residence at The Feve, an Oberlin mainstay, where his group has attracted a loyal fan-base and critical acclaim for their weekly performances. He also frequently returns to New York, performing with the Rafiq Bhatia Collective and studying with Downbeat magazine's "Rising Star Jazz Pianist/Composer" Vijay Iyer.
"A contemporary mind with the true potential of the future, Rafiq Bhatia is definitely an artist to look forward to hearing."
--Billy Hart, legendary jazz drummer
cover: $13/$7 for students
PAUL HECHT has assembled many literary events for the cafe. He has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith. He received a Tony nomination for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and an Obie for Pirandello's Henry IV.
QUENTIN MARE was most recently seen on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's "Rock N Roll", "Coram Boy", "Julius Caesar" with Denzel Washington, "King Lear" with Christopher Plummer and "A Little Night Music" at the New York State Theatre. He'd like to dedicate his participation in this evening to the memory of actor and friend John Seitz, whose poetry readings in this venue were Mr. Maré's first introduction to Cornelia Street Café.
SONIA MANZANO has played Maria on Sesame Street for over thirty-five years. She has earned fifteen Emmys as a writer for that show and is now writing children's books. Visit her at www.soniamanzano.com.
CHARLOTTE PARRY has performed in a wide range of theater in New York including 'The Real Thing' and 'Coram Boy' on Broadway, 'Howard Katz' at the Roundabout, two seasons with the Sir Peter Hall Company at BAM and, most recently, 'Rainbow Kiss' at 59E59 and the world premiere of Albee's 'Me Myself and I'. Extensive West End and regional theater and TV in the UK, and a wide variety of audio book narrations.
CRISTIAN AMIGO is an award-winning composer (Guggenheim fellowship, Meet the Composer, among others) and guitarist living in New York City. His new CD Kingdom of Jones is on the innova Recordings label. For more information and sounds, please go to cristianamigo.com.
Diane Lockward's second collection, What Feeds Us (Wind Publications),
2006 Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize. Her poems appear in Garrison
Poems for Hard Times and in such journals as Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry
Journal, Seattle Review, and Prairie Schooner. A former high school
English teacher, Diane now works as a poet-in-the-schools.
(includes one house drink)
music by Steve Elmer.
“...Even if Samuel Blaser has obviously assimilated the language of the contemporary jazz trombone player, he has his own way to play the
“....The perfect occasion to penetrate into the beautiful and lyrical musical universe of the trombone player. This music reminds me of the sound of
trumpet player Thomas Stanko...”
Alexandre Caldara, l’Express 2005
Moving beyond conventional roles, the members of this ensemble take part in the true jazz tradition in which each player assumes equal responsibility as supporter and soloist: the drummer plays a melody from a Bach cello suite, the bassist taps on his instrument like a drum, the poet creates an underlying pulse for the saxophonist’s vocal line.
Winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award, as well as the Larry Levis Poetry Award, the Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the Kestral Poetry Prize, and the New Jersey Skyland Writers and Artists Association Award, Jeffrey Levine is the Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press in Dorset, Vermont.
"Merge is an exciting and highly creative new collaboration between the intimate and innovative poetry of Cassandra Cleghorn and the brilliant supportive music created on the spot by Erik Lawrence and members of his band Hipmotism. In an era when Spoken Word has finally come to fruition, the spirit of ensemble and spontaneity that Jack Kerouac and I pioneered in NYC’s first-ever jazz poetry reading in 1957 is now reaching new plateaus. Merge is another step forward in celebrating the marriage of poetry and music." ~ David Amram
(includes one house drink)
"This lady can sing the Blues. And ballads, and...well just about anything."
Bob Gish, Jazz Improv Magazine, June 2008
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Featured : AURAL Heather
AURAL Heather is Heather Haley, Roderick Shoolbraid and "a unique, sublime fusion of song and spoken word."
Shoolbraid is a dazzling guitarist, composer, sound designer and DJ. Old School and proud of it, Haley is a maverick poet, singer, author and media artist often found pushing boundaries and always on the vanguard.
"A Canadian national treasure," Haley started writing verse in high school influenced by poets like bp Nichol, ee cummings and Susan Musgrave. Her life as a bona fide artist began on the stage of the infamous Smilin’ Buddha fronting the all-girl punk band the Zellots. She was a member of The 45s with Randy Rampage and Brad Kent of DOA and the Avengers. Later she formed HHZ-Heather Haley & the Zellots-praised by LA Weekly music critic Craig Lee as one of the city’s "Ten Great Bands".
(includes one house drink)
5) press quote: "With a player like Chuck MacKinnon on trumpet, who puts fuel into the tank with his power playing, the results are first rate."
- Michael Handler (Downbeat, jazzwest.com)
"James Shipp delivers pure instrumental eloquence..."
-John Harding, Columbia Flier
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