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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by MATT EASTON

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Wednesday Aug 20 6:00PM  A MYSPACE POETRY EVENING
George Wallace, host


Our man from Nassau county, GEORGE WALLACE hosts RUBY PUMA, GLORIA ESTER, ROBERT SAVINO, LARISSA SCHMAILO and surprise guests, plus an open mic.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  LUIZ SIMAS TRIO
Luiz Simas , piano, vocals;  Adriano Santos, drums;  Itaiguara, bass
Luiz Simas Trio image
Luiz Simas, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and living in New York since 1989, combines his talents as a composer, singer and pianist. His style of composition and performance is influenced by classical, jazz and bossa nova, along with Brazilian popular, traditional and modern music. Mr. Simas has given sold out performances in several venues such as the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall and Oslo Jazz Festival in Norway, and in jazz clubs such as Mistura Fina in Rio de Janeiro and Birdland in New York City.

"Luiz Simas is not only a wonderful musician, singer and composer, he is an engaging performer who draws his audience into his witty, joyful, sensuous musical world. Simas epitomizes the fantasies we non-Brazilians have about that wonderful country, and with him, we all get to be Brazilian, at least for the a couple hours!"
-Judy Carmichael, pianist
 Cover $10   www.luizsimas.com www.luizsimas.com/pages/Framesetmovies.html

Thursday
Aug 21
6:00PM  PO'JAZZ
Barbara Sfarga


Golda takes the summer off, but divine diva Barbara ably fills in.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  FRANSISCO MELA TRIO
Fransisco Mela, drums;  Greg Osby , alto saxophone;  Petar Slavov, bass
Fransisco Mela trio image
Fransisco Mela presents a new trio with an old collaborator, bassist Petar Slavov and a newer one: alto saxophonist and composer Greg Osby.

Although Fransisco Mela been in the U.S. for less than a decade and has become one of the most talked about and in-demand Cuban musicians of his generation.

He has performed with many great jazz musicians including Paquito D'Rivera, George Garzone, John Patittucci, John Scofield, Jane Bunett, Kenny Werner, Larry Grenadier, Jason Moran, Mark Turner, Stefon Harris, Regina Carter, Lionel Loueke, Esperanza Spalding among others...

Recently he recorded his second album Live at The Blue Note "Cirio" with Half Note Records and also, Kenny Barron album "The Traveler".

Today he is part of Kenny Barron Trio and Joe Lovano Quartet and faculty member of Berklee College of Music   www.franciscomela.com www.gregosby.com

Friday
Aug 22
6:00PM  SON OF A PONY
Brant Lyon, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Brother Brant's featured reader is Charles J. Butler, a Nuyorican poet, who has published his work in Abestos, The Brownstone Poets 2007 Anthology, Rogue Scholars, amongst others. He hosts the Park Slope Poetry Project and is the Associate Editor of its publication, Erato. He hosts a new open mic series “Your Word,” at the Brooklyn Lyceum.

"Charles' quietly reflective words and voice, delivered in a basso profundo, speak of those soulful moments that betray a heart tempered as much by compassion as the courage to tell it like it is."
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  CAMERON BROWN & UNCLE DANNY'S CALYPSO
Cameron Brown, bass;  Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Jason Rigby, saxophones;  Tony Jefferson, drums
Cameron Brown & Uncle Danny's Calypso image
"Brown exhibited a very individual melodic mind and superb technique in his delightful solo. He was so impressive that the bulk of the audience (a group usually indifferent to bass solos) literally cried for more."
—Michael Cuscuna, Down Beat

"…Brown, a bassist of stunning tone, exemplary time and taste..."
— Richard Sudhalter, New York Post   www.cameronbrownmusic.com

Saturday
Aug 23
6:00PM  FROM VIETNAM TO VEGAS TO NEVER NEVER LAND
THEO COATES PETE DOLACK BOB HART ICE BRANT LYON JANE ORMEROD
BOOK LAUNCH UPHOOK PRESS PRESENTS AN EVENING OF WORDS RHYMES & STORIES.

"An invitation to share in the interactive lives and poetry of a community of artists who have voiced their experiences from the stage. Off-stage, these poems still recreate the vitality of live performance on the page." - Barry Wallenstein, author of Europa Ripens
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.uphookpress.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MARIO PAVONE'S DOUBLE TENOR QUINTET
Mario Pavone, bass, compositions;  Tony Malaby, tenor & soprano saxophones;  Jimmy Greene, tenor & soprano saxophones;  Michael Musillami, guitar;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Mario Pavone's Double Tenor Quintet image
On Saturday, August 23rd, veteran bassist/composer Mario Pavone's newest ensemble, his Double Tenor Quintet, will make its New York debut at Cornelia Street Café. Joining Pavone in this working incarnation of the group will be saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene, guitarist Michael Musillami and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The band will be previewing music from its forthcoming November release, Ancestors (Playscape Recordings).

The bassist Mario Pavone works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite. The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.
— The New Yorker
 Cover $10   www.mariopavone.com

Sunday
Aug 24
6:00PM  GUITAR & PEN
Chris Belden


Chris Belden continues his long-running series, GUITAR & PEN, reading a chapter from his novel /The Writer/, then plays tunes from his brand new album /Camouflage/.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  PETE ROBBINS & SILENT Z
Pete Robbins, alto saxophone, compositions;  Jesse Neuman, cornet, electronics;  Mike Gamble , guitar, electronics;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
PETE ROBBINS & SILENT Z image

Alto Saxophonist/Composer Pete Robbins + sILENT Z
Recording Live at The Cornelia Street Cafe

This recorded performance will also mark the beginning of Robbins offering mp3s of live shows for sale through his website.

"What do you get when an aspiring horn player grows up listening to guitar rock, sampled hip-hop and probably a fair bit of Miles Davis' electric jazzphase? You get a fresh new sound from rising jazz saxophonist Pete Robbbins."
- Virginia Prescott, Word of Mouth on New Hampshire Public Radio

"The alto saxophonist Pete Robbins favors a species of fusionesque post-bop that's complex but welcoming, and ultimately light on its feet. His third album, "Do the Hate Laugh Shimmy" (Fresh Sound/New Talent), borrows its title from E. E. Cummings, and it earns that whimsical association through tangles of intertwining melody and stutter-step rhythm." (
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times
 Cover $10   www.peterobbins.com www.myspace.com/peterobbins

Monday
Aug 25
8:30PM  THE BROOKLYN PROJECT
Peter Drinan, tenor saxophone, clarinet;  Ben Cohen, guitar;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Brett Chalfin, drums
  http://www.myspace.com/thebrooklynproject
Tuesday
Aug 26
8:30PM  MEM3
Ernesto Cervini, drums;  Michael Cabe, piano;  Mark Lau, bass
MEM3 image
MEM3 is the culmination of 4 years of close musical and personal friendship between three musicians from three different parts of the globe. The trio consists of Michael Cabe on piano from Seattle, Washington, Mark Lau on bass from Sydney, Australia and Ernesto Cervini on drums from Toronto, Canada. Their debut album is made up of original compositions from all three musicians as well as one traditional hymn. The group’s sound is influenced by the trio sounds of the great Oscar Peterson, Peter Erskine and EST.

MEM3's Pennsylvania Grey is exceptionally intelligent music, without being dryly intellectual. Deliciously textured and complex as the trio functions as a unit throughout. The interplay among the three instruments and between the composed and improvised music is seamless. The music is rich, luminous, and arresting. Ernesto's orchestral, melodic approach to the kit keeps things fluid. Mark's tone on the bass is beautiful and full, and Michael's sound is harmonically innovative and compelling. This is great stuff!
Don Seybold - Radio Host of Inside Jazz on WBAA fm
 Cover $8   www.myspace.com/mem3mem3 www.ernestocervini.com/mem3

Wednesday Aug 27
8:30PM  ROBIN VERHEYEN QUARTET
Robin Verheyen, saxophones;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Thomas Morgan:, bass;  Flin van Hemmen, drums
Robin Verheyen Quartet image
Robin Verheyen Quartet is the newest project of Belgian saxophonist and winner of the 2008 Django D'Or Prize Robin Verheyen. His latest record 'Painting Space' with pianist Bill Carrothers got great reviews all around the world and now for this new quartet he will work together with acclaimed trumpeter Ralph Alessi, bassist Thomas Morgan and Dutch drummer Flin van Hemmen. They will perform new music by Robin Verheyen especially for this band. Collectively they have performed with Steve Coleman, Fred Hersch, Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Ravi Coltrane, Uri Caine, Sam Rivers, Jason Moran, David Binney,...

'You didn't hear the name of Robin Verheyen yet? That will change... Since the maturity of his sound and the virtuosity of his phrasing on soprano as well as tenor, will be much talked about, as well as the daring architecture of his compositions.'
-Gwen Cathelin Jazzman France
 Cover $10   www.robinverheyen.be www.myspace.com/robinverheyen

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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