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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by NATHALIE SCHMIDT

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Aug 23
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

HR Britton Juliet Wayne
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!


 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  MARIO PAVONE'S QUARTET ARC
Mario Pavone , bass/compositions;  Tony Malaby, saxophone;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Tom Rainey, drums
Mario Pavone's Quartet Arc image
"On his day," declared veteran jazz reviewer Brian Morton in Point of Departure, "Mario Pavone is one of the very best—and when on his game, by far the best—small-group composer/leaders working on the East Coast." Critics have called him "a smart composer" (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and "a protean bassist" (Paul Blair, Hot House) who "never fails to implant an effective hook" (Bill Shoemaker, DownBeat) and "continues to move the tradition forward with every record" (John Kelman, AllAboutJazz.com). His music has been described as "exciting and stimulating" (Jay Collins, Cadence), "sensitive and probing" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant) and "full of smart angular swagger" (Michael Rosenstein, Signal to Noise).

Pavone has spent the past four decades defining the cutting edge of jazz, both as a sideman to legendary innovators and the leader of groups featuring some of today’s most respected young improvisers. As busy as ever at nearly 70 years old, he released two notable records in 2008: Trio Arc, featuring Paul Bley and Matt Wilson, and Ancestors, featuring his Double Tenor Quintet with Malaby and Jimmy Greene. So far this year he's also performed with groups such as the Connecticut Improvising Composers Project and his intergenerational trio with Sorey and saxophonist Pete Robbins, which will perform at The Stone on August 21st. He was also awarded a 2009 New Jazz Works Grant from Chamber Music America.
Learn more at www.mariopavone.com
 Cover $10

Monday
Aug 24
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Robin Hirsch
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
Our Minister of Culture is delighted to participate in this mini-festival with a number of pieces from his unfolding collection, THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: STORIES FROM THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE.

What happens when a wandering Jew stops wandering? At the end of his acclaimed memoir,LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, Robin Hirsch had found a measure of peace, had even, for want of a better word, settled down. He had married, produced two children, and however tentatively, begun to explore the notion of home.

But the notion of home, for a Wandering Jew, is a complex one. For Robin, it includes most tenderly, the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, which he opened in 1977 together with two other artists, an Irish-American actor and an Argentinean-Italian-Canadian painter and sculptor. Over the last thirty-two years it has been a home not just for three starving artists, as they then appeared to themselves to be, but for a whole host of performers, from Suzanne Vega and The Songwriters Exchange to Eve Ensler and the Vagina Monologues, from Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann to Poet Laureate Billy Collins, from Senator Eugene McCarthy reading his poetry to neurologist Oliver Sacks reading his prose, from members of Monty Python to members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, from comedians to cellists, from stiltwalkers to ventriloquists. And for all kinds of civilians and celebrities.

Amid the turmoil of this passing throng, however, the sheer act of standing still after half a lifetime of wandering allows our hero, an exile from his native country, in which his parents were themselves exiles, to sift the nuances of arrivals and departures, of family and community, of longing and fulfillment, of exile and homecoming. And all this in a city where to stand still at all is at once an achievement and an act of betrayal.

In 1987, on its 10th anniversary, New York's Mayor Koch proclaimed the Cornelia Street Café "a culinary as well as a cultural landmark."

In THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH, Robin Hirsch picks up the personal history begun in Last Dance and finds in the midst of a myriad of other people's stories the continuation of his own.
 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  DRUMS FESTIVAL: DAN WEISS DUO
Dan Weiss, drums;  Miles Okazaki, guitar
Drums Festival: Dan Weiss duo image
  www.danweiss.net www.milesokazaki.com
Tuesday
Aug 25
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Elna Baker Martin Dockery
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!


 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  GUITAR FESTIVAL: NIR FELDER QUARTET
Nir Felder, guitar;  Greg Osby, alto saxophone;  Doug Weiss, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
GUITAR FESTIVAL: Nir Felder Quartet image
"Astoundingly talented...an incredible soloist...with beautifully meandering lines and incredible time." - The Montreal Gazette

Rising star guitarist Nir Felder heads a group featuring bandleader and saxophonist Greg Osby, whose 9 Levels project documents the rapport between the two musicians - young guitarist and elder statesman. Not to be missed!   www.myspace.com/nirfelder

Wednesday Aug 26
6:00PM  SPEAKEASY: STORIES FROM THE BACKROOM
Sherry Weaver, host

Comedians Telling Stories
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!


 Cover $10   www.speakeasystories.com

8:30PM  DRUMS FESTIVAL: MARTIN URBACH - CD RELEASE
Martin Urbach, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Nir Felder, guitar;  J.P. Schlegelmilch, piano, keys;  Kenny Warren, trumpet;  Scott Bourgeois, alto & soprano saxohone;  Javier Moreno, bass;  Special Guest: Sonia Szjanberg, voice
DRUMS FESTIVAL: Martin Urbach - CD RELEASE image
Drummer Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach juxtaposes his Bolivian and Jewish roots with his experience as an immigrant in the United States, to add color to his sophisticated jazz grooves.

Most of the songs that the ensemble performs are Martin's original compositions, which are a gumbo of heart-warming melodies and adventurous grooves! The remaining are an anthology of songs written by my friends and classics from the ''Standard American Songbook.'' The repertoire is based on songs that I find gorgeous and that move me. I love melodies that make a statement and can transport us to heaven (or hell if we so desire).

As far as what to expect from a performance by the Martin Urbach Group, the audience will experience a set of music filled with songs that make us smile, reflect, dance and rejoice. Above all, the audience will see and hear a group of friends doing what they love to do most.

- "Terrific listening experience" All About Jazz

- "From quietly poetic to jagged and explosive, the music reflects an interesting mix of sounds and ideas". Jazz Improv NY

- "Good, straight-forward Jazz, well played and full of ideas and great melodies, something every Jazz lover should enjoy". Jazzis.com

cover $10 includes a CD   www.martinurbach.com

Thursday
Aug 27
6:00PM  FRENCH NIGHTS
Alice Tassel hosts for Lucinda Karter


"Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue" by Patrick Modiano, Translated by Benjamin Korones

"L’élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barbery, Translated by Alison Anderson

"Mari et femme" by Régis de Sa Moreira, Translated by Jeff Rubenstein


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX FESTIVAL: HEATHER MASSE & ELAM BLACKMAN
David Devoe, host

Heather Masse, voice;  Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Carmen Staaf, piano/accordian;  Mike Savino, bass;  Joel Arnow, drums;  Elam Blackman, voice and guitar
Gnu Vox Festival: Heather Masse & Elam Blackman image
New York-based singer song-maker Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Having taken a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing music of all sorts. She is a member of the acclaimed Juno-award winning Canadian band “The Wailin' Jennys,” and has performed at 100s of venues across Europe, Canada, and the states. She has appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, where she was privileged to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, and Tom Rush. She has performed with the bluegrass band "The Wayfaring Strangers” on NPR's World Cafe, and at Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Heather also performs locally with a Brooklyn-based collaboration, “Heather & the Barbarians.” She recently released “Many Moons” an E.P. of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. Heather’s rich, soulful, voice elegantly moves through numerous styles organically and with sincerity- a quality learned from some of her early influences disparate as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, and Chet Baker. Heather’s newest project, The Heather Masse Band plans to release a full-length album of Heather’s original songs and music this coming fall.

Elam Blackman is a gifted singer-songwriter firmly planted in the folk tradition, whose songs delight and touch the listener. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes melancholy, often longing, he invites his listeners to journey with him. His easy going manner and warm stage presence draw people in and establishes an easy rapport with his audience.
 Cover $10   www.heathermasse.com www.elamblackman.com

Friday
Aug 28
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Miriam Stanley, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poets Ron Bass & Farid Bitar.

And a very special bon voyage/swan song appearance of bartender/musician/tri-athelete Dan McCarthy who will make his debut as a spoken word poet.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX FESTIVAL: REBECCA MARTIN
David Devoe, host

Rebecca Martin, voice, guitar;  Larry Grenadier, bass
Gnu Vox Festival: Rebecca Martin image
"I met Rebecca about ten years ago, sitting upstairs at a club with guitarist John Scofield and bass player Larry Grenadier. She and Larry were just married, or about to be...they couldn't stop looking at each other. No one mentioned that Rebecca was a singer. They didn't have to. It wasn't just the soft lilt of her voice, but the way she held onto words for an extra beat and then let them tumble out in a rush of soft exclamations. Even when she was in the background, it was hard not to see her as being centerstage.

I found out more later. She had come down to New York from rural Maine and had a band called ONCE BLUE with singer guitarist Jesse Harris. Their album on EMI still sounds playful and timeless, as if Blossom Dearie had recorded with Steely Dan. But the confines of a band, even a casual one, was out of character for Rebecca, just as it would be out of character for Georgia O'Keefe, Amelia Earheart or Joni Mitchell. She moved out of the band the way you'd move out of an apartment that was too small or too noisy and moved into a new space."


 Cover $10   www.rebeccamartin.com

Saturday
Aug 29
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

Adam Wade Peter Aguero Dina Pearlman Juliet Wayne , The Moth
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick


 Cover $10   http://www.TheLiarShow.com

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9:00PM & 10:30PM  GNU VOX FESTIVAL: SHEILA JORDAN & JAY CLAYTON
David Devoe, host

Sheila Jordan, voice;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Jay Clayton, voice;  Jack Wilkins, guitar
Gnu Vox Festival: Sheila Jordan & Jay Clayton image
One of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers, Sheila Jordan has a relatively small voice, but has done the maximum with her instrument. She is one of the few vocalists who can improvise logical lyrics (which often rhyme), she is a superb scat singer, and is also an emotional interpreter of ballads. During her formative years spent in Detroit, she performed with a bebop vocal trio Skeeter, Mitch and Jean. Jordan moved to New York in the 1950s, was married to Duke Jordan (1952-62), studied with Lennie Tristano, and worked in New York clubs. George Russell used her on an unusual recording of "You Are My Sunshine" and she became one of the few singers to lead her own Blue Note album, Portrait Of Sheila (1962). However, it would be a decade before she appeared on records again, working with Carla Bley, Roswell Rudd, and co-leading a group with Steve Kuhn in the late '70s. Jordan recorded a memorable duet album, Sheila with bassist Arild Andersen for SteepleChase in 1977, and then teamed up with bassist Harvie Swartz for several recordings. By the 1980s, Sheila Jordan was finally performing jazz on a full-time basis and gaining the recognition she deserved 20 years earlier. She recorded as a leader (in addition to the Blue Note session) for East Wind, Grapevine, SteepleChase, Palo Alto, Blackhawk, and Muse. Her preference to the bass and voice set led to another remarkable collaboration with bassist Cameron Brown, whom she has been performing with all over the world for more than ten years so far and they have released the live albums “I’ve Grown Accustomed to the Bass” and “Celebration”. Entirely non-derivative, Jordan is one of only a tiny handful of jazz singers who fully deserve the appellation and for whom no other term will do.

Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. Clayton's pioneering vocal explorations placed her at the forefront of the free jazz movement and loft scene in the 1970s, where she counted among the first singers to incorporate poetry and electronics into her improvisations. She formed a long-term association with renowned minimalist composer Steve Reich. Clayton's versatility would also lead her to make some of the first recordings of composer John Cage's vocal music. With more than 40 recordings to her credit, Clayton has appeared alongside such formidable artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Julian Priester, George Cables, Lee Konitz, Gary Bartz, and Kirk Nurock, as well as fellow vocalists Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone, Urszula Dudziak, and Bobby McFerrin. Her many accomplishments include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, CAPS and Chamber Music America (2004). Her book, Sing Your Story: A Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing, was published by Advance Music in 2001. Jack Wilkins is considered "A superior, slightly underrated improviser" (Scott Yanow - All Music Guide) who has recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Phil Woods, Harvie Swartz and the Brecker Brothers. This concert will celebrate over 20 years of collaboration between Clayton and Wilkins, being one of the first ensembles Clayton assembled in New York City. The repertoire for the evening will include standards, originals and some poetry "along the way."

  www.sheilajordanjazz.com www.jayclayton.com

Sunday
Aug 30
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

Jim O'Grady, NY Times;  Jeff Simmermon , The Moth;  Mike Albo, author;  Nancy Balbirer , author
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick


 Cover $10   http://www.The LiarShow.com

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8:30PM  TWILIGHT TIME
Mark Crispin Miller
Twilight Time image
At this moment of amazing "change," Mark Crispin Miller takes a careful look around, and tells us how we got where we are now (wherever that is).

An evening of strong laughs, some fresh perceptions, and a lot of news about as hard as you can stand it.

Mark Crispin Miller is a media critic and pro-democratic activist, renowned throughout the nation and the world (against all odds). His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, The Bush Dyslexicon, Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He wrote and performed A Patriot Act at the New York Theater Workshop in the summer of 2004, and since then has appeared on that stage and others, doing stand-up that, he hopes, may help to bring democracy to the United States. He lives in Manhattan, where he works as a professor of media studies at New York University.
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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