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* There is a one-drink
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Friday,  Mar 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

Mags Treanor
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

The feature tonight is Irish poet Mags Treanor.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Friday,  Mar 13
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Saturday,  Mar 14
Maria Lisella, host

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Saturday,  Mar 14
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Drummund, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling living voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
 Cover $10

Sunday,  Mar 15
Carole Stone, host

BJ Ward Adele Kennedy Carole Stone Martin Jude Farawell,
Please join us for a reading by Tiferet Journal poets, including Martin Jude Farawell, Associate Poetry Director for the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Program. The author of Genesis: A Sequence of Poems, his poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. His plays have been performed off-off-Broadway at a variety of regional, college, community and international theaters, including The George Street Playhouse and as part of the AmFest Theater Festival in South Africa.

Adele Kenny is the author of 23 books (poetry & nonfiction). Her poems, reviews, and articles have been widely published in the US and abroad, and her poems have appeared in books and anthologies published by Crown, Tuttle, Shambhala, and McGraw-Hill. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her poetry, including two NJ State Arts Council poetry fellowships. She is the founding director of the Carriage House Poetry Series, and poetry editor of Tiferet.

Carole Stone's latest poetry collections are Traveling with the Dead (Backwaters Press) and the two chapbooks Paris Etudes and More Sweet, More Salt (Finishing Line Press). Her poems have appeared in the e-zines Umbrella, Poemeleon, Switched-on-Gutenberg, Muse Apprentice Guild, and Beard of Bees. Journals and anthologies include Xanadu, Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, and many others.

BJ Ward is the author of Gravedigger’s Birthday and Landing in New Jersey with Soft Hands (collections of poetry from North Atlantic Books). His work has been featured on National Public Radio, New Jersey Network’s State of the Arts, and the web site, Poetry Daily, as well as in publications such as Poetry, TriQuarterly, The New York Times, and the Pushcart Prize Anthology. He is the recipient of two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sunday,  Mar 15
Robin Hirsch
KINDERSZENEN: SCENES FROM CHILDHOOD is Part I of Robin Hirsch's 7-part one-man performance cycle, MOSAIC: FRAGMENTS OF A JEWISH LIFE

It started out here hundreds of years ago, it has traveled all over the US and to various parts of Europe (London, Berlin, Vienna) and has been filmed by Robert Frye in front of a live audience in New York (the film awaits editing).

A couple of months ago, Robin performed Part II of MOSAIC--THE MAN WHO DANCED WITH MARLENE DIETRICH--with Frank London of the Klezmatics backing him up on trumpet and Ken Filiano on bass. MARLENE DIETRICH is a full-length show (i.e., with an intermission, necessary for the selling of drinks).

After the warm reception of DIETRICH, it seemed that KINDERSZENEN could benefit from being turned into a full-length show. So, tonight, for the first time in more than twenty years, KINDERSZENEN will be performed with an intermission. It allows for the addition of one of Hirsch's most requested stories, "Bar Mitzvah Boy." (and of course the selling of drinks)

MOSAIC is the performed version of Robin Hirsch's award-winning memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, which Jewish Book News named "One of the best books ever written on the long arm of the Holocaust."

It has also been called

"MARVELOUS" (Boston Globe)
"MESMERIZING" (Jewish Week)

 Cover $10

Monday,  Mar 16
Ted Jonathan, host

April Puciata Michael Quattrone Matthew Yeager
For our money (what's left of it) this series showcases the contributors to one of our best and lively literary journals. All praise to Raymond Hammond and others who keep NYQ kicking.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Monday,  Mar 16
Mark Mommaas, saxophones;  Federico Lechner, piano;  Pablo Aslan, bass ;  Tony Moreno, drums
“Beboponga” is the second CD from the Federico Lechner Tango&Jazz Trío, a group that was formed around 2003 with the idea of combining jazz music and tango by means of using jazz “standards”, songs of the classical tango repetoir and new original compositions with the feeling and groove of this new tango/jazz fusion.

The trio has a long history of live gigs in festivals, clubs and theaters throughout all of Spain, Argentina, and Benelux. In 2009, they will begin a tour in the US. The group was also the principal artist on two national televison programs in Spain: “Fusión Sonora” from Telecinco and “Noites de Jazz” from TVG.
 Cover $10

Tuesday,  Mar 17
Andy Zeffer, host

Lisa Montanarelli Mauria Laurino Elizabeth Flock
New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

This month Jeff's featured readers include Lisa Montanarelli, Mauria Laurino, and Elizabeth Flock.

Lisa will read an excerpt from a short story titled "The Missing Ear."

Lisa Montanarelli writes on too many subjects for her own good. Her fiction has appeared in Best American Erotica 2004 and Best American Erotica 2005. She has co-authored three nonfiction books, including The First Year – Hepatitis C: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed, which she revised and updated in 2007. She also holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from U.C. Berkeley. Her URL is

Maria will be reading from her forthcoming memoir Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom.

Maria Laurino is the author of Were You Always an Italian?, a national best-selling memoir about ethnic identity, as well as the forthcoming memoir Old World Daughter, New World Mother: An Education in Love and Freedom (W.W. Norton, 2009). A former chief speechwriter to NYC Mayor David Dinkins and a staff writer for the Village Voice, Laurino's work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, the Nation,, and numerous publications. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in the Norton Reader.

Elizabeth will read from her just-released book Sleepwalking in Daylight.

Former print journalist Elizabeth Flock reported for Time and People magazines before becoming an on-air correspondent for CBS News. Her acclaimed debut novel, But Inside I'm Screaming, chronically the psychological struggles of a young woman in New York, was released in 2003. Her second novel, Me & Emma, became a New York Times bestseller and was a Booksense Notable Book of 2005. Everything Must Go, Elizabeth's third novel, loosely based on a men's clothing store in Connecticut, was published in 2007. Elizabeth's books have been published in nine countries. Her fourth novel, Sleepwalking in Daylight, will be released on March 1, 2009, and has been chosen as an Indie Next List (formerly Booksense) title for March. Elizabeth Flock lives in New York City.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tuesday,  Mar 17
Sherry Weaver, host

Faye Lane Steve Zimmer Tracy Rowland Peter Lubell Martin Dockery Jennifer Demeritt
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

Wednesday,  Mar 18
Angelo Verga, host

Thomas Pryor , prose;  Susan Lewis, poetry
Prose & Poetry image Rocky Colavito circa 1968
Thomas Pryor's stories prowl Manhattan's Yorkville neighborhood in the 1960s. Thomas was thrown off the altar, escorted out of Woolworths, and invited into taverns by barkeeps to shoot the breeze. His work has appeared in the New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Underground Voices Magazine and Ducts. The New York Times City Room section picked up his story blog, Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts. It can be found under their People & Neighborhoods category. His column appears in the Upper Eastside NYC Informer.

Susan Lewis is the author of “Animal Husbandry” (Finishing Line Press, 2008). She has taught creative writing at SUNY, Purchase and served as an editor at Global City Review. Her poetry has appeared on Verse Daily and in such journals as Raritan, The New Orleans Review, Seneca Review, The Journal, and Cimarron Review. Her Speech Quartet (music by Jonathan Golove) has been widely performed in the US and Canada, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington. Imaginary Songs II, another collaboration with Mr. Golove, had its world premier at Carnegie’s Weill Hall.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday,  Mar 18
Valerie Ghent, host

Emily Zuzik ArleneWow! Rupert Wates Susan D.
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 250 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

 Cover $10

Thursday,  Mar 19
Golda Solomon, host

Jay Clayton , vocals ;  Saco Yasuma , sax ;  Golda Solomon , words ;  E.J. Antonio , poet;  JazzJam, led by Daniel Bailen
Po'Jazz Celebrates WOMEN’S “HERSTORY” MONTH  image
$15 ($10 students with ID) includes one drink


Jay Clayton: “Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles…her musicianship is impeccable.” — Francis Davis, Downbeat

Saco Yasuma: “Ms. Yasuma’s hallmark is taking the audience on a journey that is stimulated by surprising touches that keep the listener perked and alert for what is coming up next.” — The New Times Holler!

E.J. Antonio: "E.J. Antonio poetry speaks in rhythm to the blues and jazz with fierce grace.” — LOGOchrysalis Productions

Golda Solomon: “Poet Solomon...think of it as Jack Kerouac revisiting the mile high city and grabbing a sandwich at the New York Deli while in town.” — Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News

Po’Jazz hosted by Golda Solomon. This ongoing innovative series partners poetry / spoken word and jazz and celebrates diversity presenting artists of all ages, perspectives and ethnic backgrounds.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Thursday,  Mar 19
David Devoe, host

Sean Wood, voice, piano;  Pat Hay , guitar;  Colin Killalae, guitar;  Bennett Miller, bass;  Joel Arnow, drums
Gnu Vox: Sean Wood --
A California native, Sean Wood was born and raised in San Francisco. He later moved to Folsom, California-home to the state maximum security Folsom Prison. This is where his family still calls home and from where he draws majority of his musical inspiration. Wood received a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music in 2005. Wood's music is definitely his own, predominantly drawing on his exposure to folk, soul, bluegrass and jazz. This performance will be in celebration of his first release of recorded material titled, "The Cannonball EP". Wood currently resides in Brooklyn.

Friday,  Mar 20
Kathi Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

DaDa Poetry Salon: Open reading plus special DaDa performance poets

Featured guest poets will include DaDa superstars including boxer/poet Arthur Cravan and dada manifesto creator Tristan Tzara, brought back to life for this special event. Plus: new videos, book giveaways and more. The first 50 people will receive a free copy of the inaugural and only issue of Maintenant Trois (inspired by Arthur Cravan's 1915 Maintenant magazine.

ATTENTION POETS: You can contribute to the magazine! Send up to three of your best DaDa poems to TRP.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Friday,  Mar 20
John Hollenbeck, composition/drums/percussion;  Drew Gress, bass;  Ted Reichman, accordion;  Chris Speed, clarinet/tenor sax;  Matt Moran, vibraphone
John Hollenbeck's CLAUDIA QUINTET image

Since Hollenbeck first presented the band in an internet cafe on Avenue A in Manhattan in 1997, the Claudia Quintet has amazed audiences from Alabama to the Amazon. Their unique sound has inspired dancing hippie girls at a New Mexico noise festival, the avant-garde cognoscenti in the concert halls of Vienna and Sao Paolo, and a generation of young musicians worldwide. In the course of the thousands of miles they have traveled together and hundreds of concerts they've played, the Claudia Quintet has evolved and grown, developing a dynamic live sound based on trust and spontaneity. They bring this powerful energy into the studio, where they record the old-fashioned way, live, playing as a band. The legions of people who have been won over by the music of the Claudia Quintet live and on CD attest to the fact that genre-defying new music need not be "inaccessible." "For" is for everyone.

Building on the popular and critical success of their previous CD's, "The Claudia Quintet" (CRI, 2001), "I, Claudia" (Cuneiform, 2004), and "Semi-Formal" (Cuneiform, 2005), "For" continues Hollenbeck's startling development as a composer. John Hollenbeck is a leader of a new generation of musicians who have brought together many disparate threads of contemporary music to create a new sound. They embrace the textural freedom of electronic sounds and improvisation, the structural ambition of contemporary classical music, and most importantly, the joy of bodacious grooves and unapologetically gorgeous melodies. In the Claudia Quintet, Hollenbeck has assembled a group of the foremost innovators in this new sound to create a powerhouse band. They are: Drew Gress - bass (Tim Berne, Uri Caine, Ravi Coltrane), Matt Moran - vibraphone (Slavic Soul Party, Mat Maneri, Theo Bleckmann), Ted Reichman - accordion (Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Paul Simon), and Chris Speed - clarinet and tenor saxophone (Human Feel, Bloodcount, Alas No Axis).

CUNEIFORM RECORDS is honored to announce that THE CLAUDIA QUINTET, a jazz ensemble led by composer/percussionist JOHN HOLLENBECK, has been named the RISING STAR JAZZ GROUP by DOWNBEAT 56th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CRITICS POLL. In addition, John Hollenbeck is named as both the RISING STAR COMPOSER of the year and the RISING STAR ARRANGER of the year in the poll. Indeed, The Claudia Quintet and its members won a staggering number of awards and nominations in this year's Downbeat's International Critics poll. Other Claudia bandmembers nominated for awards by Downbeat include CHRIS SPEED, nominated for RISING STAR CLARINET; DREW GRESS,nominated for RISING STAR ACOUSTIC BASS and RISING STAR ELECTRIC BASS, MATT MORAN, nominated for both VIBES and RISING STAR VIBES; TED REICHMAN (accordion), nominated for RISING STAR MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUMENT.

DownBeat's International Critics Poll is the most prestigious jazz poll in the world, and is compiled from votes submitted by many of the world's best jazz journalists.

“Innovative jazz does not have to be harsh, angry, loud, shrill, or grating; it can be delicate, witty, ethereal, and radiantly lyric, as the Claudia Quintet pointed out...”
[Chicago Tribune]

“...a band with the hippest groove in music today.”
Mark Corroto,

“The Claudia Quintet creates a fresh, distinctive sound while it obliterates barriers between jazz, classical and progressive rock.”
 Cover $10

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