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Aug 02
Steve Dalachinsky, words;  Matt Shipp, music
Piano to Steve Dalachinsky's lyrics provided by Matt Shipp, in concert for their new book, Logos & Language.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

9-9:45 - Kings County Blues Band
10-10:45 - Breakaway
11-12 - Speedo's Billy Rose Band
Aug 03
David Devoe, host

Becca Stevens, voice, guitar;  Amanda Baisinger, voice, piano;  Keith Ganz, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Massimo Biolcati, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
Gnu Vox Festival: Becca Stevens and Amanda Baisinger image
Becca grew up in North Carolina where she majored in classical guitar in high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She came to New York to attend New School University where she graduated with high honors and a degree in jazz voice and composition. Since then she has established herself as a solo performer in New York and a leader of the Becca Stevens Band (also known as BSB). Becca collaborates with other musicians in the city and is the singer of Travis Sullivan's Bjorkestra. She has written lyrics for and recorded with Frank LoCrasto on his debut record "When You're There" (Max Jazz, '06), and for the album "Shock Value Live at Smoke" by Jeremy Pelt's band Wired (Max Jazz, '07). Becca also recorded with Sam Sadigursky's Words Project (New Amsterdam 2007), Andy Milne on Dapp Theory's "Layers of Chance" (Concord Records '08), the Bjorkestra's debut album "Enjoy" (Koch Records '08), and on The Solos Unit's "Electric City" (Independent release '07). Becca sings with other groups such as Bing & Ruth, the Elan Mehler Group, Monocle, and Apology Task Force. Festivals and other feature performances include the San Francisco Jazz Festival ('08), NYC Winter Jazz Fest ('08), featured soloist at the Roanoke Island Festival in Manteo, NC with the NCSA Big Band ('07), IAJE ('06), Jazz Improv LIVE! Convention & Festival ('07) with Jane Ira Bloom's Ornette Coleman Ensemble, and singing with the Sicilian Jazz Orchestra at the Golden Theatre in Sicily. Becca teaches Suzuki guitar and Music-in-the-Box, a music readiness program for very young children, at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy in Connecticut.

Amanda Baisinger has cultivated a distinct style that is based in jazz, folk and pop. She has collaborated with people such as the formidable pianist, producer and arranger Vadim Neselovskyi, who is currently the pianist for Grammy Award winning Vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Amanda has been performing and teaching music in New England and New York. Most recently she has recorded an album of original music with an all-star cast of young emerging jazz musicians in New York. This concert will feature music from her new recording as well as other material.
 Cover $10

Aug 04
Tulis McCall, host

Actors speak well and are very often attractive.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Aug 05
LouAnn Shepard Muhm

Mendi Lewis Obadike LouAnn Shepard Muhm Amy Lemmon Tim Suermondt
Mendi Lewis Obadike is the author of Armor and Flesh and The Sour Thunder. Her poetry and text-based new media art have been exhibited internationally. She often works collaboratively with her husband, Keith Obadike. Their work has been commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Yale University, and the NY African Film Festival / Electronic Arts Intermix. They are currently developing Four Electric Ghosts (songs and stories based on Amos Tutuola's novel My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and the video game Pac Man). Mendi is a Cotsen postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University.

Amy Lemmon is the author of the poetry collections Fine Motor (Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Press, 2008) and Saint Nobody (Red Hen Press, 2009). Her poems and essays have appeared in Rolling Stone, Verse, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Barrow Street, Cincinnati Review, and other magazines. Selections from ABBA: The Poems, a sequence written in collaboration with Denise Duhamel, appear in several literary magazines and online at

LouAnn Shepard Muhm is a poet and teacher from Park Rapids, Minnesota. Her poems have appeared in Dust & Fire, The Talking Stick, North Coast Review, Alba, Red River Review, Eclectica, Poems Niederngasse, Creekwalker and CALYX, and she is a recipient of the 2006 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in Poetry and an Individual Artist Grant from Region 2 Arts Council (2007). Her chapbook, Dear Immovable, was published in 2006 by Pudding House Press, and her full-length poetry collection, Breaking the Glass, is forthcoming in 2008 from Loonfeather Press.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Suzanne Pittson, voice;  Jeff Pittson, piano;  Phil Palombi, bass;  Nadav Snir-Zelniker, drums
Gnu Vox Festival: Suzanne PIttson image
Suzanne Pittson lives in New York and is Assistant Professor of Jazz Vocal Studies at The City College of New York, located in Harlem on 138th & Convent. Called a "true jazz singer" by Cadence magazine and a "true musician" by JazzTimes, she is rapidly gaining the respect of the jazz world because of her scatting and technical accuracy, her creativity and musicianship, and her broad improvisational vocabulary.

Suzanne’s approach to scat singing reveals a deep awareness of the origin and development of the jazz instrumentalist. Jazz Improv says "her scatting alone is so good that had she been the forerunner and not Ella Fitzgerald, Suzanne would have become the Ella." And All About Jazz says “Pittson is like an additional horn in the ensemble. Her ‘scatting’ drives the rhythm section and they respond to her urgings.”

Suzanne Pittson has performed at many of the country's foremost jazz venues including Birdland and Sweet Rhythm in New York, Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA, and The Jazz Bakery and Catalina’s in Los Angeles, CA. She has performed/recorded with such musicians as Mike Clark, John Patitucci, Dave Liebman, Steve Wilson, Mark Soskin, Harvie S, Jack Walrath and Jeff Pittson.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Aug 06 6:00PM  EVERY SONG EVER WRITTEN
Bill Zinsser, piano;  Arnie Roth, sax
Two of our favorite musicians with day jobs delight us with show tunes and the hits of every era.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, host

Fay Victor, voice;  Michael Attias, alto & baritone saxes;  Anders Nilsson, guitar;  Jose Davila , tuba;  Yoon-Sun Choi, voice;  Kyoko Kitamura, voice;  Jen Shyu, voice
Fay Victor is the rare singer who can instill silence and focused attention into an audience, as well as command infectious joy and occasionally raucous energy whenever she performs. Her new release Cartwheels through the Cosmos is easily the most consummate outing of her career, bringing everything together in one concise package: the vocal jazz tradition as a basis for improvising in the sense of Ornette Coleman/late Coltrane and beyond, held in check by a healthy earthy soulfulness expressed through a focused set of originals that offer taut construction and witty lyrics.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Yoon has been in the New York City jazz scene since 2000. More than merely the sum product of a degree in classical piano, theory and composition, another in vocal jazz performance, and a lifetime listening to pop and rock, in her music Yoon has created a sound unclassifiable and fresh, and yet solidly rooted in a jazz improvising tradition. Yoon has worked with notable musicians such as Mark Dresser, D.D. Jackson, Mat Maneri, Ben Monder, Kenny Werner and Kenny Wheeler.

Kyoko Kitamura has developed a highly personal style of vocal improvisation which includes multi-lingual spoken words, electronics, as well as hints of different types of music she has heard in various countries. She quickly found work as a side-person vocalist, and honed her craft by performing and/or recording with bassist Reggie Workman, saxophonist Steve Coleman, Argentinean composer Laura Andel, vocalist Jay Clayton, and pianist Art Lande, among others. Her style has been described as "outrageous", "forward-looking", "fu*%ed up!", "nightmarish", "one of downtown's finest singers." Most recently, she performed in Antwerp's deSingel Theater and in Amsterdam's Bimhuis with cornet player Taylor Ho Bynum's ensemble. In New York City, she frequently appears in downtown venues such as Roulette, the Downtown Music Gallery, the 55 Bar and the Stone. She co-leads the group ok|ok with Mike McGinnis on woodwind, and Khabu Doug Young on ukulele and guitar. ok|ok has a CD coming out in September 2008 from RKM Music.

Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, from immigrant parents of East Timor and Taiwan, Jen Shyu is a musician, dancer, composer, and band leader living in New York City. She also records and tours with saxophonist Steve Coleman and Five Elements (, since appearing on his latest albums Lucidarium (Label Bleu 2005) and Weaving Symbolics (Label Bleu 2006). Having studied dance from age 6, piano from age 7, and violin from age 8, she performed as piano soloist at age 13 the Finale of Tchaikovskys Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and placed 6th at age 9 at the Stravinsky International Piano Competition. Jen studied opera at Stanford University (B.A. 2000), Oxford University in England, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and the Lake Placid Institute in New York. During her three years living in the Bay Area, Jen worked extensively with Asian Improv and Bay Area artists such as Francis Wong and Jon Jang. During this time, she also produced her debut album For Now (4am Music). Since 2001, Jen has traveled to Taiwan twice to research Taiwanese folk and aboriginal music, to Cuba both to study Afro-Cuban music and dance and to investigate the history of the Chinese-Cubans, and to Brazil to study dance with Rosangela Silvestre and Vera Passos. While cultivating her Jade Tongue Project, Jen has worked with actress/performance artist Soomi Kim, the late great poet Sekou Sundiata, and dancer Lenora Lee.
 Cover $10


Aug 07
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
David Devoe, host

Abigail Riccards, voice;  Randy Ingram, piano;  Marianne Solivan, voice;  Dan Kaufman, piano;  Dmitry Ishenko, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
Gnu Vox Festival: Abigail Riccards and Marianne Solivan image
Since coming to New York in 2003, Abigail Riccards is already making a name for herself. Last summer, she toured the middle-east, playing a week tour in Yemen for the United States State Department. In 2004 Abigail was selected to be a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, where she competed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. She has also won two Downbeat awards; the first for outstanding collegiate vocalist in 2002, the most recent for outstanding collegiate vocal jazz group (lead singer, 2004). In 2000, she was also selected to participate in the Jazz in July workshop at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and competed in the 2006 Fish Middleton Competition. Abigail has played with renowned talents such as David Berkman, Dena DeRose, Carl Allen, Lonnie Plaxico, George Duke, Adam Kolker, Doug Weiss, Peter Martin, Steve LaSpina, Steve Cardenas, Matt Wilson and Mulgrew Miller. Last spring, she was the opening act for several jazz greats including Kenny Werner, Jean "Toots" Thielemans and Joe Lovano. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), she has studied privately or participated in workshops with Catherine Jensen-Hole, Adam Kolker, Maggie Scott, Dianne Reeves, David Berkman, Nancy Marano, Regina Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Steve LaSpina, Don Braden, Bill Goodwin, Nancy Marano, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Dena DeRose. Abigail sings in and around New York City, at such familiar venues that include Sweet Rhythm, Detour, Marie's Jazz Bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, Kavehaz, the Blue Water Grill and Trumpets in Montclair. She recently recorded her debut album with David Berkman, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Adam Kolker, Ron Horton, Lage Lund, Rogerio Boccato and produced by Dena DeRose. Abigail currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She recently completed the graduate studies program at William Paterson University, studying jazz vocal performance.
 Cover $10
Aug 08
Roxanne Hoffman, host

Sharon Lynn Griffith
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Our features for this session of the world's best open mic are Sharon Lynn Griffith & Linda Lerner.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

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Gretchen Parlato, voice;  Julie Hardy, voice;  Jo Lawry, voice;  Wendy Gilles, voice;  David Devoe, voice;  Jo Lawry, voice
Gnu Vox: Gretchen Parlato, Julie Hardy, Jo Lawry, Wendy Gilles, David Devoe image
Come see the premiere performance of this collective, comprised of some of the best emerging talent in the vocal world!

They will be performing original material, arrangements of other people's originals, and spontaneous originals.
 Cover $10

Aug 09
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Julia Lisella, contributor, and Rosemary Starace, co-editor, read from Letters to the World. Plus an open mic, 5 minute limit.

Julia Lisella is the author of Terrain (WordTech Editions, 2007) and Love Song Hiroshima (Finishing Line Press, 2004), a chapbook. She has taught literature and writing at Tufts, MIT, Harvard, and now at Regis College where she is Assistant Professor of American Literature. A scholar of American modernism, she has written pieces on Mina Loy, Lola Ridge, Genevieve Taggard and others. She grew up in Queens, New York, attended Barnard for her BA and NYU for her MA in creative writing and her PhD from Tufts University. While attending grad school, Julia made her living freelancing for the Village Voice, Fodor's Travel Guides and other publications. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, Crab Orchard Review, VIA: Voices in Italian Americana, Paterson Literary Review, Many Mountains Moving, and Solo and online at Literary Mama, Pebble Lake Review, The Pedestal, and Mystic River Review. Her poems have been anthologized, most recently in the Wompo (that's Women Poets) listserv's new collection soon out from Red Hen Press, Letters to the World. She has received residencies from the Millay, Dorset and MacDowell Colonies for the arts and has held several grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Rosemary Starace was born Michela Sullivan in New York City and grew up in Asotria and Brant Lake, NY. She has been teacher of art, curator, publisher, and community organizer for art and other civic issues, as well as artist and writer. She completed her M.A. in “The Creative Process in the Arts,” from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. In the early 1990s she turned her own artistic focus from painting and drawing to writing, especially poetry. Most recently, she co-edited, with Moira Richards and Lesley Wheeler, the newly published Letters to the World: Poems from the Wom-po Listserv (Red Hen Press, 2008). The book is the first anthology of its kind--a feminist collaboration born from The Discussion of Women's Poetry Listserv, a vibrant, inclusive electronic community founded in 1997 by poet and scholar Annie Finch. This book presents "perhaps the most complete cross section currently available of women writing poetry in English today." (From the preface by Finch).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Heather Masse, vocals
Gnu Vox Festival: Heather Masse  image
Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. She completed her Bachelors degree in Jazz Vocal Performance with a Distinction in Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Although her singing is deeply influenced by jazz, she is equally comfortable singing folk, country, blues, and pop. Heather is the latest addition to the critically acclaimed group The Wailin Jennys, and will be performing on their world tour through 2008. She also performs with the world-renown band The Wayfaring Strangers at venues including NPR's World Cafe, Somerville Theater, and Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops. Heather also sings with the up and coming Boston based band Joy Kills Sorrow, a modern string band that finds its home in the cracks between bluegrass, jazz, old-time, and pop styles. In 2006, she recorded with her own project, Heather and the Barbarians, a 6 piece band including 2 clarinets/sax, bass, drums, and guitar that plays orignal songs influenced by jazz, country-blues, and folk styles. Their debut CD, "Tell Me Tonight" is now available!
 Cover $10


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