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Monday,  May 19 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Ruth Crocker, featured writer;  Nathan Duell Robert Moulthrop Jo Pitkin
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Tonight, four writers with recent books to their credit will read – Ruth Crocker, Nathan Duell, Robert Moulthrop, and Jo Pitkin.

Ruth W. Crocker's essays and other nonfiction writing have been recognized in Best American Essays and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the author of several magazine and journal articles that have been featured in The Gettyburg Review, Grace Magazine, 0-Dark-Thirty, T.A.P.S. Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post. Crocker’s memoir, Those Who Remain: Remembrance and Reunion After War, will be published in 2014. She lives in Mystic, Connecticut and, on the web, can be contacted at

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  May 19 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host; Liam McEneaney, guest host

Colin Quinn Seth Herzog Frank Vignola Robin Fox Kevin Flynn
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Tonight, Liam McEneaney guest hosts Colin Quinn, Seth Herzog, Frank Vignola, Robin Fox & Kevin Flynn

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!!” – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

 $25 cover, includes one drink. (cash only) 

Tuesday,  May 20 - 6:00PM 
Kevin Harris, piano;  Richie Barshay, drums
The Kevin Harris Project presents

“Etude” = A musical composition built on a technical motive but played for its artistic value When the unmistakable musical influences of Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker intersect with J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin, and the folkloric rhythms of Cuba, could one possibly conceptualize the celebration that occurs at that intersection? New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris plays a distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary music that seeks to explore such a crossroad. In his most recent endeavor, "Bird Etudes", Harris seeks to courageously explore the exceptionally high standards of Charlie Parker’s music from a perspective that is not only challenging to his pianistic ability but also the audience’s listening expectations.

"Harris' compositions deal with themes of strength, love, courage and self-awareness. It's a heavy task he's set up for himself, and he meets the challenge gracefully." -Downbeat Magazine

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  May 20 - 8:30PM 
Yoed Nir , cello;  Bred Whiteley, piano;  Mathias Kunzli, drums
Yoed Nir,
Israeli born cellist Yoed Nir has worked with Grammy-winning artists, toured with pop sensations, and performed at an Emmy-nominated live concert for PBS. This May, he takes the stage for a solo performance of original work. Nir’s unique musical background has granted him the ability to explore a mixture of genres from pop to jazz to rock; having performed on over 600 albums with renowned performers. These include Shawn Colvin, Yael Naim, Of Montreal, The Mountain Goats, Kishibashi and Regina Spektor. Nir has toured extensively with Spektor, most notably on her latest tour with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. At Cornelia Street Cafe on May 20th, Nir will perform selections from his debut album, Suspended Hours, as well as his forthcoming sophomore album, The Next Dream; both direct reflections of Nir’s own musical experiences and worldly influences.

"An Israeli cellist of striking gifts and eclectic tastes, Yoed Nir has toured the world alongside a truly disparate range of artists, including Judy Collins, Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright, Of Montreal and Mountain Goats. Now, harking back to his classical roots, he plays material from a recent CD, Suspended Hours, which deftly mixes classical decorum and pop-song charm."--Time Out NY

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  May 21 - 6:00PM 
Aaron Friedman, host

Make Music Monthly presents Alex Skolnick  image

Join Make Music New York Founder Aaron Friedman and Alex Skolnick, named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time by Guitar World Magazine, for an analysis (and performance!) of innovative heavy metal guitar solos by Eddie Van Halen (Eruption), Randy Rhoads (Mr Crowley), and his own work with Testament.

Make Music New York Inc. is a NYC-based nonprofit that organizes two annual, participatory musical celebrations: Make Music New York on June 21st, the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice. Since its founding in 2006, MMNY has partnered with more than 1,000 community organizations and local businesses to present over 6,500 free concerts for audiences of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, giving countless musicians the opportunity to perform for friends, neighbors, and strangers on streets, parks, and plazas throughout the five boroughs.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  May 21 - 8:30PM 
Chris Speed, saxophone;  Kris Davis, piano;  Chris Tordini , bass;  Devin Gray, drums
RelativE ResonancE is New York City based drummer and composer Devin Gray's latest musical offering. This quartet has been playing together around town for over three years and has finally announced a studio date to capture their experiences. Gray has been hard at work composing a set of new compositions for the record. The pieces are often Jagged feeling and the core of the compositional project is a suite of etudes based pieces for each instrument, all reflecting Gray's newest compositional and artistic conclusions. Come be apart of the experience and help celebrate with the band before they record the music four days later.

“A well-rounded instrumentalist, Gray’s approach to directing a band from behind a trap-set avoids the typical pitfalls that hamper many similar drummer-led efforts. Devoid of pyrotechnic flash, Gray’s sensitivity to tone, texture and nuance is one of his greatest assets" -Troy Collins, Point of Departure

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Devin Gray's RelativE ResonancE image
Thursday,  May 22 - 6:00PM 
Sharon Kaufman, film maker

Two Short Films by Sharon Kaufman image
"Ze'eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance."

Also interviews with 4 former students of hers - each of whom is a choreographer and has a dance company.

 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Thursday,  May 22 - 8:30PM 
Blanca Cecila González, violin;  Jeremy Viner, tenor sax, clarinet;  Ryan Ferreira, guitar;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Steve Whipple, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
The ELDERCHILD Ensemble, Source Material image
Source Material is an essence that is capable of spawning creative energy from out of itself in so many known and as of yet unimaginable ways, hence the title. The piece, which is 30+ min in length, has been guided as much by the solitary act of composition as by the communal ritual of gathering as an ensemble. Each musician has shaped the experience in incredible ways which can only be described by the music itself. The piece was composed specifically for the six musicians who will be performing. They've been meeting regularly for a year to gain mastery of the work and are now ready to unfold a world within a world for anyone who desires to take the journey.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  May 23 - 6:00PM 
A One-Woman Show by Polly Frost

Polly Frost has written humor, criticism, fiction and plays. She has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers including The New Yorker and The New York Times. Her last play was selected for "Best American Short Plays" published by Applause.

Her books include the humor collection "With One Eye Open" and the erotica collection "Deep Inside. Since 2011, Polly has only been giving live performances of her one-woman shows. She is currently touring her first two shows "How to Survive Your Adult Relationship with Your Family" and "Bad Role Models and What I Learned from Them" around the country to acclaim, including this review in the Huffington Post by Jaime Lubin: "Wedged snugly into a corner table this Tuesday at the Cornelia Street Cafe, I watched in amazement as Polly Frost worked magic on her audience. The landmark venue has often showcased strong ubertalented women (it's where The Vagina Monologues premiered), but for sheer stage presence Ms. Frost is in a class by herself. Armed only with memories and a microphone, she held the crowd spellbound for an hour and a half -- a powerful reminder that simplicity can triumph over spectacle."

 $15.00 includes a drink

Friday,  May 23 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Joe Sanders, bass;  Taylor Eigsti, piano
Joe Sanders, Taylor Eigsti Duo image
Two of New York's finest young jazz artists come together for an intimate duo presentation. This evening of music will include the artists' well-known compositions, as well as new works exploring unique soundscapes and textures that have been composed to examine the senses.
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.JoeSandersBass.Com http://www.TalyorEigsti.Com

Saturday,  May 24 - 6:00PM 
Brendan Speltz, violin;  Celia Hatton, viola;  Benjamin Larsen, cello;  Kyungmi Nam, piano
Soirées Musicales; Piano Quartet image

An evening of Piano Quartet program including works by Mozart and Schumann.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimumées-musicales-piano-quartet-524-6pm-8pm

Saturday,  May 24 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Lage Lund, guitar;  Danyna Stephens, tenor sax;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Clarence Penn Quartet image
Clarence Penn is widely acknowledged as one of the most sensitive and versatile accomplished drummers in modern music, performing on Grammy award winning albums by Maria Schneider and Randy Brecker. Penn has performed with countless jazz icons including Betty Carter, Sonny Rollins, Diana Krall and the late saxophone genius Michael Brecker. In 2013 Penn stepped out from behind the drums and into the leader position which seems to be quite a natural fit.

Tonight with a fantastic slew of sidemen in tow, Penn will be premiering all new music from an forthcoming project tentatively entitled "the iPhone Diaries".

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  May 25 - 6:00PM 
Azusa Ueno, piano;  Rina Haruki, soprano
Music in the Key of Life image

Pianist Azusa Ueno and soprano Rina Haruki share some of their favorite selections about love, optimism, drama, and darkness. Works by Puccini, Dvorak, Mozart, Weill, Bach-Busoni, and Ravel, among others.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  May 25 - 8:30PM 
Riley Mulherkar, trumpet;  Zubin Hensler, trumpet;  Andy Clausen , trombone;  Willem de Koch, trombone
THE WESTERLIES play Horvitz, CD Release image
The Westerlies are a New York based brass quartet comprised of four friends from Seattle. Avid explorers of cross-genre territory, The Westerlies are a collectively run ensemble dedicated to the cultivation of a new brass quartet repertoire that exists in the ever-narrowing gap between American folk music, jazz, classical, and indie rock. The Westerlies music exudes the warmth of their longstanding friendships, and reflects the broad interests of its members. Their 2012 - 13 season included engagements at The Festival of New Trumpet Music, The Stone,​ Juilliard in Aiken Festival, The Juilliard School, ​ Manhattan School of Music,​ Shapeshifter Lab, and The Earshot Jazz Festival, and collaborations with Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell and Juilliard Dance.

For their debut CD, ​The Westerlies interpret chamber pieces, jazz tunes, and film music composed by their mentor Wayne Horvitz. An intimate view of one of America’s most engaging genre-bending artists, the album’s combination of folk, classical, and improvisational approaches will appeal far beyond jazz circles.

“The Westerlies are super great! Wow. Swinging, grooving, clean and tricky playing. This is the group that, once you've heard them, you'll realize they always needed to exist. Unique, original, exciting. And simply killing in the best sense.” –- Dave Douglas

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  May 26 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Alice Mattison, featured reader;  Julia Lichtblau Jessica Weisberg Camille Renshaw
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Alice Mattison will be Monday’s featured reader. Joining her are Julia Lichtblau, Jessica Weisberg, and Camille Renshaw.

Alice Mattison’s new novel, When We Argued All Night, was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. Her collection of connected stories, In Case We’re Separated, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Connecticut book Award for Fiction. Mattison’s earlier novels include Nothing Is Quite Forgotten in Brooklyn, The Wedding of the Two-headed Woman, The Book Borrower (a NY Times Notable Book), and Hilda and Pearl. She is the author of three earlier collections of stories, including Men Giving Money, Women Yelling (also a NY Times Notable Book), and a collection of poems, Animals. Her stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Ploughshares, The Threepenny Review, Ecotone, and have been reprinted in The Pushcart Prize, Best American Short Stories, and PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and a PhD in English Literature from Harvard. She lives in New Haven, Conn.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  May 26 - 8:30PM 
Emily Wolf, vocals, composition;  Jason Yeager, piano;  Dorota Piotrovska, drums;  Lauren Falls, bass;  Leah Gough-Cooper, alto sax;  Satish Robertson, trumpet
Emily Wolf image

A Jazz-Funk-Soul Crossover "Deserving of the One-to-watch- Tag" (JazzInside Magazine) From London to New York, Emily Wolf has honed her sound like a Musical Pilgramage. Merging Jazz, Motown, Calypso, Blues and More, her writing fuses the influences that inspire her. Described by the Guardian as 'Langorious' and 'Melodically ambitious', Wolf's Soulful and Dynamic Band leave audiences buzzing every time.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

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