See the previous week's performances.   April 19-April 26, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Apr 19 - 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,  Apr 19 - 8:00PM 
Matt Marantz, saxophone;  Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Peter Slavov Quartet image

Better known as a sideman with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Alfredo Rodriguez and others, bassist Peter Slavov has been writing music since his early days as a professional musician. He and his quartet will be performing some of this music, as well as new music written for the occasion.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 19 - 9:30PM 
Tom Guarna, guitar;  Jon Cowherd , piano;  Orlando Le Fleming, bass;  Nate Smith, drums
Tom Guarna image

Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer, bandleader and arranger Tom Guarna creates plush compositions with memorable melodies by combining modern jazz with a touch of modern classical influence. His natural ability to play and compose with phrasing reminiscent of his idols, paired with a relentless drive to refine and invent a unique guitar style has made him a desired commodity in the music industry, performing and recording with such artist as Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Mulgrew Miller, George Cables, Aaron Goldberg, Mark Turner, Randy Brecker. His work with pianist Manuel Valera earned him a Grammy Nomination in 2012. Guarna will be recording a new CD in May of 2016. The group features bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd.

"An unequivocally modern record that focuses on both his compositional acumen and a broader textural palette . . . it's about time that the secret already known amongst musicians finally becomes public knowledge."-- John Kelman, All About

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Apr 20 - 6:00PM 
Sarah Carrier, flute;  Ashleé Miller, clarinet;  Nolan Tsang, trumpet;  Jillian Blythe, cello
The Parhelion Trio Presents: Orbits and Trumpet/Cello image

Trumpetcello, a contemporary classical duo featuring Nolan Tsang and Jillian Blythe will join Orbits, a flute/clarinet duo featuring Sarah Carrier and Ashleé Miller of The Parhelion Trio for an evening of electroacoustic works, improvisations, and projections. Featuring compositions by Andrew May, JacobTV, and Gregory Hoffman.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Apr 20 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dave Kikoski, piano;  Alex Claffy, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Dave Kikoski Trio image

The amazing Dave Kikoski has put together a very exciting new trio. Kikoski has been one of the most in demand pianist in the world for over 25 years. Come hear some very exciting new music.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 21 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host; Brad Lawrence, guest host

Erin Barker Richard Cardillo Andy Ross Craig Mangum
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 Erin Barker (TedMed; Producer/host The Story Collider), Richard Cardillo (5-time Moth StorySlam Champion), Andy Ross (The Onion News Network), and Craig Mangum (Moth GrandSlam Champion).

With guest host Brad Lawrence (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)

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

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Greg Ward, alto sax;  Igor Lumpert, tenor sax;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Igor Lumpert & Innertextures image

"Igor 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.

That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living."--Billy F

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 22 - 6:00PM 
Charles Isherwood, moderator

John Guare Robert Heide Jean Claude Van Itallie Magie Dominic John Gilman
Magic Times: A Village Trip Event: Caffe Cino image

Caffe Cino and the Birth of Off-Off Broadway and Off Broadway today. An evening of live music and memories celebrating the marriage of social justice and theater in Greenwich Village.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 22 - 8:00PM 
Matt Davis, guitar;  Paul Jones, saxophone;  Leon Boykins, bass;  Peter Kronrief, drums
Matt Davis Quartet image

Guitarist and composer Matt Davis has developed an uncommonly unique and personal musical voice on his instrument. He'll be joined this evening by a group of rising stars in NYC, performing original music inspired by conversations with humans.

"Breathtaking" - New York Jazz Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Apr 22 - 9:30PM 
David Bixler, alto sax;  Robert Rodriguez, piano;  Luke Selick, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Bixler, Rodriguez, Selick, Boccato image

Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler continues to establish himself as a multi-faceted artist. David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, among others. His collaboration with pianist Arturo O’Farrill has resulted in many fruitful offerings, including a Latin GRAMMY for Final Night at Birdland and a GRAMMY nomination for 40 Acres and a Mule.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Apr 23 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Mark Wunderlich, featured reader;  Winsome Minott Anna Evans Christopher Frizelle

Please join tonight’s featured reader, Mark Wunderlich, and three estimable writers, Winsome Minott, Anna Evans, and Christopher Frizelle.

Poet Mark Wunderlich was appointed as Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars in August 2017. His most recent volume, The Earth Avails, was published by Graywolf in 2014, receiving the 2015 Rilke Prize. Voluntary Servitude, his second book, came out in 2004 also through Graywolf. His first, The Anchorage, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 1999, earning the Lambda Literary Award. His poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared widely. Wunderlich has taught at Stanford and Barnard College and in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and Sarah Lawrence. As an arts administrator, he has worked at the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. He lives in the Hudson River Valley and has taught at Bennington College since 2004.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Apr 23 - 8:30PM 
Hitomi Honda, host, curator

Thollem McDonas, piano;  Laura Ortman, violin;  Miah Artola, visuals
Sound Traffic image

The improvisation and Visuals night: Thollem McDonas, Laura Ortman, Miah Artola, Hitomi Honda. Four artists bring solid improvisation performance into one space.

Thollem McDonas Piano solo + Visuals: Hitomi and Miah Virtuoso + Violin Solo: Laura Ortman

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Apr 24 - 6:00PM 
Alicia Ostriker Mimi Schwartz

Join Alicia Ostriker and Mimi Schwartz, two prizewinning writers reading from their new books—essays and poems set in New York, Brooklyn, Germany, Afghanistan, Vermont, Israel…

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Apr 24 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Kinan Azmeh , clarinet;  Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Josh Myers, bass;  John Hadfield, percussion
Kinan Azmeh City Band  image

Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performance, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike. With this New York ensemble, Azmeh strives to reach a balance between classical music, jazz, and the music of his homeland, Syria. Azmeh's expressive clarinet meets Kyle Sanna’s rustic guitar, soaring at times over the dynamic and volatile backdrop of John Hadfield’s percussion and Josh Myers’ double bass. Each band member has come from varied backgrounds to add their personal flair to this ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly exciting and rewarding listening experience.

Their recent album "Elastic City" has toured the US,Canada, France, England, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Lebanon,and Turkey.

"Spell Binding" by the New Yorker, "Intensely soulful"--NY Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 25 - 6:00PM 
Andrea Wolper, voice;  John DiMartino, piano;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Michael TA Thompson, soundrhythium
Andrea Wolper Quartet: The Weaving image

An "audacious artist who flouts genre limitations, singing songs for the love of it and delivering an inventive, thrilling, appealing musical vision" (Blogcritics). Singer, songwriter, poet Andrea Wolper's New York credits include Dizzy's, the Blue Note, JVC Jazz Festival, and she tours nationally and internationally. Embracing Cornelia Street Cafe's history as a home for lovers of jazz, cabaret, experimental music, and poetry, this "utterly refreshing" (JazzTimes), "highly original" (Contra Costa Times)" performer weaves together music, texts, and improvisations. With creative veterans John DiMartino, Ken Filiano, and Michael TA Thompson.

She fills torch songs with sensual longing, then makes abstract vocal improvisations feel intimate as meaningful conversation...highly recommended for anyone who believes in the timeless essence of cool. - Graham, Tucson Citizen

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 25 - 8:00PM 
Michaël Attias, alto sax;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeish, drums
Sean Conly Trio image Bart Babinski

Bassist/composer Sean Conly will be performing music from his upcoming May 2018 Cleanfeed release “Hard Knocks“. In a trio setting with Satoshi Takeishi (drums) and Michaël Attias (alto saxophone), Sean sets out on a musical adventure with his longtime friends and collaborators of roughly 20 years. These stalwart improvisors fill every moment with surprise, energy and artistry as they navigate a new series of compositions Mr. Conly wrote for them. Past present and future are engaged and mixed together in this trio to produce a strong emotional content and compelling musical vision.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 25 - 9:30PM 
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Uri Caine, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Ben Perowsky, drums
Michael Bates Quartet  image

Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. A quartet of New York’s finest jazz musicians: Uri Caine, Jon Irabagon, Ben Perowsky and Michael Bates play music where everything is an option. Their rough-and-tumble interplay is organic, soulful and it veers happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. A band teeming with beauty, intensity and fire; they take the blues and manhandle it into unexpected musical shapes.

-"a bassist with [a] deep-twang, broad-shouldered sound”–Nate Chinen, New York Times

“One of my favorite jazz records…..A deeply interactive band effort in which the rhythm section carries as much weight and generates as much interest as the saxophonist….A terrific effort…..”–Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Apr 26 - 6:00PM 
Poems in Conversation & a Conversation Chapbook Launch in NYC

Kimiko Hahn Tamiko Beyer
Slapering Hol Press Presents: Dovetail image

Kimiko Hahn, author of nine books of poetry, including Brood (Sarabande, 2018) is the President of the Poetry Society of America. Tamiko Beyer is the author of the award-winning collection, We Come Elemental (Alice James Books), and the chapbook Bough Breaks.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Apr 26 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Song Yi Jeon, voice, comp.;  Julian Shore, piano;  Kenji Herbert, guitar;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Jongkuk Kim, drums
Song Yi Jeon Quintet image

Composer and vocalist Song Yi Jeon is releasing her new album . This concert will be a part of her CD release series and as well as last concert before she relocate herself to Europe.

 $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