See the previous week's performances.   November 29-December 06, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Nov 29 - 6:00PM 
KAREN TENNISON QUINTET
Karen Tennison, vocals;  Chris McCarthy, piano;  Daan Kleijn, guitar;  Richard Mikel, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
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Karen and her power house of a band perform vocal jazz like you've always and never heard, with her stunning original arrangements of classic standards along side thought-provoking arrangements of Dolly Parton, Tears For Fears, and not-so-standard standards. She loves singing non-lyric based melodies with other instruments and breaking through the stigma that a vocalist always has to sing words.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.karentennison.com http://www.facebook.com/karentennisonjazz

Thursday,  Nov 29 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
IGOR LUMPERT QUARTET
Igor Lumpert, tenor sax, comp.;  Russ Losing, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums

Igor Lumpert absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) great city of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. The way he plays Bop makes you feel like you're in a fight for your life. The folk music of the Balkans is in his blood and bones, and he weaves extended lines over 11/8 like it’s a two-beat polka. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.igorlumpert.com

STREAMING LINK: /www.youtube.com/watch?v=52icvpUjgO4&t=2s

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Friday,  Nov 30 - 6:00PM 
THREE POETS: FASANO, MONTILLA, CERPA
Three Poets:  Fasano, Montilla, Cerpa image

Acclaimed poets Joseph Fasano, Yesenia Montilla, and Andres Cerpa read their poetry.



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Nov 30 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
DAVID AMRAM/ROBIN HIRSCH BELATED BIRTHDAY BASH
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, compositions, & surprises;  Robin Hirsch, café stories, reminiscences;  René Hart, bass;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspeiel;  Elliot Peper, bongos;  Adam Amram, percussion;  + surprise guests
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Happy Belated 164th Birthday, David and Robin! The legendary David Amram, composer, conductor, author, Beat legend and American icon, celebrated his somethingth birthday on November 17th. As usual there will be music, readings, tributes and bibulation.

By a synchronous fluke, the cafe's founder and Minister of Culture, Robin Hirsch, celebrated a slightly less venerable birthday the following day and joins the festivities as MC and junior celebrant. He will doubtless read cafe stories from the last 41+ years He has promised his children he will refrain from singing . . .


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http:// http://www.davidamram.com

Saturday,  Dec 01 - 2:00PM 
UNDERGROUND CINEMA
Michael Jacobsohn, host and curator

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 $10.00 includes a drink 
Saturday,  Dec 01 - 6:00PM 
THE LIAR SHOW
Tracy Rowland, host

Jim O'Grady Christian Finnegan Adrien Behn Colin Wilhm
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Jim O'Grady (WNYC, The Moth), Christian Finnegan (The Chapelle Show, RISK!), Adrien Behn (Storytelling at Halyards, The Moth), and Colin Wilhm (Catfish, The Jinx)

Host: Tracy Rowland (Story Collider, RISK!)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.theliarshow.com

Saturday,  Dec 01 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
JOE MORRIS TRIO
Joe Morris , guitar;  Dezron Douglas, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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“If Ornette Coleman were Jim Hall, he’d be Joe Morris.” - Gary Giddins, The Village Voice

The legendary master improviser Joe Morris teams up with longtime collaborator Gerald Cleaver and, for the first time, the great young bassist, Dezron Douglas.

The three will improvise their way through the night and offer a unique perspective of the guitar trio.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Dec 02 - 6:00PM 
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: POLYPHONIC MINDS: NEUROSCIENCE AND CUBIST JAZZ
Dave Soldier, host

Peter Pesic, author;  Denman Maroney, piano;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Bob Meyer, drums;  Lisa Karrer, vocalist;  Wally Glickman, poet
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Many voices sounding together: how do musicians intertwine them? how does the mind make sense of them? Peter Pesic, author of Polyphonic Minds: Music of the Hemispheres and Music and the Making of Modern Science (both from MIT Press) will speak about the ways we can understand the mind as functioning through a kind of neural polyphony performed by our hundred billion neurons. To explore this, we'll experience the cubist jazz of alt.timers, a trio of distinguished old timers—Denman Maroney (piano), Ratzo Harris (bass), Bob Meyer (drums), joined by vocalist Lisa Karrer and poet Wally Glickman.



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Dec 02 - 8:30PM 
DJANGO FEST: ANOUMAN
Peter Sparacino, saxophones;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass
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A band of like minded stalwarts of the NYC gypsy jazz scene, Anouman takes the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt as its jumping off point but by no means final destination. Consisting of Peter Sparacino (saxophone and woodwinds), Koran Agan (lead guitar), Eduardo Belo (bass), and Josh Kaye (rhythm guitar), Anouman is equipped to realize any spontaneous musical vision and performs their virtuosic and exciting originals to packed houses and foot-stomping, glasses-raised acclaim.

Anouman has most recently performed at the Winter JazzFest in NYC, Charm City DjangoFest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival, and Cornelia St. Django Fest while its members have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Quebec International Jazz Festival among many others as well as across Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://anoumanmusic.com

STREAMING LINK: https://youtu.be/wx8v2WbzxFk

Monday,  Dec 03 - 6:00PM 
MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!


 $15.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Dec 03 - 8:30PM 
CORNELIA WINTER WONDERLAND!
Jennifer Rawlings Ellen Mandel Michael Lydon Robin Hirsch Jessica Crandall
Cornelia Winter Wonderland! image

Join us for an early celebration of winter! Some of our favorite musicians and spoken word artists take the stage for an evening of songs, stories, and laughs!


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Dec 04 - 6:00PM 
JIM STORY & MATTHEW LANSBURGH: A READING
JIM STORY & MATTHEW LANSBURGH: A Reading image

A delightful evening of current fiction! Jim Story and Matthew Lansburgh will read from their new and recent work.



 $10.00 includes a drink    http://jimcstory.com http://matthewlansburgh.com

Tuesday,  Dec 04 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
COLIN MCGRATH DUO
Colin McGrath, guitar, voice;  Justin Hines, percussion, drum
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New York Native Colin McGrath mines the crossroads of American music from the Appalachian Mountains to Tin Pan Alley.

He has a knack for penning tales of freewheeling characters with a natural tone that is both whimsical and heartbreaking. NPR Music has described him as an "Itinerant folk orchestrator,” who writes “songs that are steeped in storytelling, with characters and images drawn from old Americana.” Colin has a Bruce Springsteen/Tom Waits skill for authentic character sketches that cleverly tuck in social commentary, while musically he draws more frequent comparisons to Paul Simon. His songs have won awards at The Wildflower! Songwriting Competition, The Listening Room Retreat Competition and The Belfast Nashville Song-writing Festival Competition.

"Colin McGrath… has a way of crafting songs that pull you in one level at a time (rather than hitting you over the head with the beginning of a song), and crafts his emotional build with a most tender and yet forthright touch.”--Tamara Turner, CD Baby


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.colinmcgrath.com,

Wednesday,  Dec 05 - 6:00PM 
NICK BRUST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Nick Brust, sax;  Katya, vocals;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" -Will Vinson


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.nickbrustjazz.com http://www.facebook.com/nickbrustjazz/

Wednesday,  Dec 05 - 8:00PM 
CANCELLED SHOW
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Thursday,  Dec 06 - 6:00PM 
ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Tom, and Josh, hosts

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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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Thursday,  Dec 06 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
DAN WEISS & MILES OKAZAKI
Dan Weiss, curator

Dan Weiss, drums;  Miles Okazaki, guitar
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Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki have a long history playing together. Their repertoire is highly varied and developed and should make for an exciting evening of music.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.danweiss.net

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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