See the previous week's performances.   December 15-December 22, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Saturday,  Dec 15 - 6:00PM 
Barry Wallenstein, poetry;  Alan Rosenthal, piano;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Robert Silverman, trumpet;  Jeremy Carlstedt, drums;  Vincent Chancey, french horn;  Kaori Yamada, hand drum;  and Jeffery Cyphers Wright, guest poet
An Evening of Song, Poetry, and Music image

 10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum; $10.00 total for students 
Saturday,  Dec 15 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Bill Stewart, drums

Celebrating the release of his latest cd “Character Study."

Andrew Rathbun, saxophonist, composer, bandleader and Toronto native, has achieved a rare depth of lyricism and compositional intelligence in 20 years as a recording artist.

Voted as a “rising star” in the 2018 Downbeat Critics Poll, he has documented his stirring original music with an array of extraordinary lineups over the last 20 years.

“Rathbun’s lines dance and glide,” writes David Whiteis of Jazztimes, “reflecting both childlike wonder and well-honed artistry.”

“Atwood Suites”, Rathbun’s recent jazz-orchestra project, was summarized in Jazziz magazine; “on the basis of this cd alone, Rathbun deserves to be ranked among today’s top arranger- composers.”

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Andrew Rathbun Quintet, CD Release: Character Study image
Sunday,  Dec 16 - 6:00PM 
Seth Boustead, piano;  Talia Dicker, cello;  Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry , violin;  Miles Massicotte, piano;  Gene Pritsker, electric guitar;  Roger Tréfousse, piano
Concept Lab Volume IV image

Composers: Seth Boustead, Max Grafe, Gene Pritsker, William Jason Raynovich, Will Rowe, Roger Tréfousse

PROGRAM: Adrift by Seth Boustead, Ephemeroptera Studies: Book I by Max Grafe, Concept By Gene Pritsker, Commercial Etudes: Installment One and Tryptych by Will Rowe

Concept Lab is an exciting new exploratory music series featuring finished works, works in progress, improvised works and collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects in all stages of completion.

Created by composers Seth Boustead and Will Rowe and run as a collective, Concept Lab is a showcase of the newest of the new and an exciting sneak preview of mainstays on the upcoming New York performance scene.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Dec 16 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Edward Perez, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Helio Alves Quartet image

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few. Helio has also released four albums under his own name: "Trios" (1998), "Portrait in Black & White" (2004), "It's Clear" (2009) and, "Musica" featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. He is one of the most sought after Brazilian Jazz pianists in the world.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://https://

Monday,  Dec 17 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Michael Ahn Dan McDermott Marcelo Castro Salinas Miriam Camitta Kelly Tanner
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Fiction image

Tonight's lineup features five fearless fiction writers - Michael Ahn, Dan McDermott, Marcelo Castro Salinas, Miriam Camitta, and Kelly Tanner.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Dec 17 - 8:30PM 
Village of Crickets, hosts

Michelle Bermudez Chris Eder Sara Sherr
Gracious Imbibing 5: Adelphi MFA Alumni Reading & Holiday Party image

It's time to get M E R R Y !

The festivities will begin with a toast to all of our hard-working writers, and our amazing literary community.

Readings by Michelle Bermudez, Chris Eder, Sara Sherr and a special guest.

We will also continue in our traditional Secret Santa Book Swap. Please bring a gift-wrapped book of any genre (one that you love) for some special person to choose from the pile. Leave a note inside if you wish.

As always, we welcome you to invite friends or significant others to join in the celebration. Readings will begin promptly at 9pm. Gift giving will commence at 10ish. This will be a wine & spirit event, so grab dinner beforehand. We are looking forward to seeing all of your smiling faces, and celebrating all of your hard work!

Free & Open to the public.

 No cover 

Tuesday,  Dec 18 - 6:00PM 
Adam Fisher, cello, vocals, compositions;  Ethan Mann, guitar;  Rex Benincasa, drums, percussion
Animals In My Ear image

Cellist, composer, and vocalist Adam Fisher presents ANIMALS IN MY EAR, an evening of his hilarious and poetic animal songs, in the songwriting tradition of Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, and Tom Lehrer. Each animal gets its own musical and lyrical voice, from the rockabilly "Feed the Kitty", to the Latin-tinged "Tango in the Deep", to the Brazilian "Blue-Toed Rhinoceros". A virtuoso classically trained at Juilliard, Fisher revels in the lush bowed sound of his chosen instrument. But here he builds improvised solos more like a jazz horn player, or strums, plucks, and slaps his cello like an oversized Gypsy guitar, as he winds his way through clever metaphorical lyrics, with catchy melodies that just may get caught in your ear.

With special guests TBA.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Dec 18 - 8:00PM 
Cynthia Sol, vocals;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Alex Wyatt, drums;  Richard Padron, guitar;  tba, bass
Cynthia Sol image

Cynthia Sol is fast becoming the premier female artist in Latin music.

Her Latin side gives her music incredible passion and emotion, while her American side gives her the freedom to develop her natural talent and pursue her artistic dreams. Cynthia’s debut EP was produced by renowned Grammy winning composer and producer David Kahne.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Dec 18 - 9:30PM 
Joe Pino, trumpet/flugelhorn;  Philip Weberndorfer, guitar;  Santiago Liebson, piano;  Emiliano Lasansky, bass;  Andrew Kushnir, drums
Joe Pino Quintet image

High energy straight-ahead jazz featuring Joe’s original compositions and arrangements. Influenced by the music of Freddie Hubbard, and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.

“Joe Pino is a great young player. A fresh new voice on the scene!” - International Jazz Trumpet Artist, Jim Rotondi

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Dec 19 - 6:00PM 
with Michèle LaRue

Tales Well Told: A Christmas Stocking image Arthur Cohen

TALES WELL TOLD—Vibrant performances capturing America's Gilded Age!

Actress Michèle LaRue gifts the Café with a potpourri of holiday Tales Well Told: Famous and forgotten stories from America’s Gilded Age:

The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

The Christmas Sing in Our Village, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Their Dear Little Ghost, by Elia W. Peattie

plus . . . a surprise, from Louisa May Alcott

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Dec 19 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Kyle Nasser, tenor, soprano sax;  Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Ethan Iverson, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums

Nasser brings some of NYCs finest improvisers to play the music they recently recorded for his sophomore album as a leader. “superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader…ardent creativity and urbane artistic composure” – All About Jazz

"cerebral without being pretentious, gnarly but far from ever-evolving terrain of advanced harmony and raw emotion." - Ed Enright, DownBeat

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Kyle Nasser Quintet image
Thursday,  Dec 20 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, host and curator

The Imperfect Perfect Show image

The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producer Terry Moore. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Thursday,  Dec 20 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

Praised by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as a saxophonist who is “…making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light–toned players,” Alex LoRe is one of the most in-demand saxophonist/composers on the current New York scene. With a strong upbringing in classical music, men­tored by such masters as Lee Konitz and James Moody, LoRe’s playing and compositions reflect a myri­ad of influences ranging from the European classical repertoire to post–bop jazz to 21st century pop music. In 2016, he released his second album entitled More Figs and Blue Things on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label.

Alex LoRe, says saxophonist and educator Bunky Green, “will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.”-–Downbeat Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Alex LoRe Quartet image
Friday,  Dec 21 - 6:00PM 
K, emcee

Kathryn Adisman Ron Kolm Ptr Kozlowski Mindy Matijasevic Eve Packer Susan Weiman Fred Simpson Su Polo
GHOST CITY CABARET: Winter Solstice Open image

In this final show of the series … as the hate crimes are mounting in Trump’s America and the city is disappearing under our feet … a variety of Downtown artists – poets, musicians, comedians, story tellers -- gather on the darkest day of the year to celebrate the fact: We are still here, on Earth!

Join us for the festivities – which include a Birthday Party (and cake!) – to mark the turning toward the light.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Dec 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Joel Ross, vibraphone
Gilad Hekselman & Friends image

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Dec 22 - 6:00PM 
Alan Baxter, M.C.

DANCE OF THE WORD Ringing in the Holidays image

Ringing in the Holidays, with poetry, music and song, special dance #s.

With poets- Gordon Gilbert, Zev Shanken, Philip DePinto, Evelyn Katz, Peggy Fitzgerald, Paul Knopf (piano), Rick Eckerley (guitar and song), The Elegant Ivory Duo (piano and song), Mindy Levokove, Cleopatra Amaris, and Evie Ivy, dancing.

Cleopatra Amaris will perform a holiday “candle dance,” and Mindy Levokove dances outfitted in “garbage,” as “unfettered commerce." Evie, will do a holiday dance and traditional belly dance. And other surprises.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Dec 22 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Gilad Hekselman & Friends image

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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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