Gerald Cleaver & Violet Hour

December 18, 2009 § 1 Comment

Friday and Saturday night Drummer-composer Gerald Cleaver leads a special two-tenor version of Violet Hour as they play new music and selections from their latest Fresh Sound New Talent release, “Gerald Cleaver’s Detroit”. This music is inspired by the soulful power and grandeur of The American Industrial City, where Cleaver was born and raised. Cleaver’s  2001 recording “Adjust” (Fresh Sound New Talent) was a Best Debut Recording nominee by the Jazz Journalists Association. This version of VH features Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone on Friday, and JD Allen playing tenor saxophone Saturday. 9 & 10:30pm both nights. Cover’s just $10.

Watch Cleaver + crew in action :


Composers Collaborative: Serial Underground // George Wallace

December 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

New Music propagators extraordinaires Composers Collaborative Inc. bring to the Cafe the latest installment of their monthly Serial Underground event. Serial Underground showcases brand-spanking multidisciplinary works by writers, composers and performers of all trades. Tonight’s show begins with solo pianist Jenny Lin, recognized by David Hurwitz of ClassicsToday for her “intelligence, technique, imagination, curiosity, expressive intensity, and a willingness to take risks.” She’s followed by Word-Beat, composed of singer-actor Charles Williams and global-jazz percussionist Tom Teasly, a spoken-word-and-Jazz duo said by Mike Joyce of the Washington Post to “transcend form and culture, radiating a universal power and hope.” Show’s tonight at 8:30 and costs just $10 for students, $15 for the citizenry at large.

Wednesday at 6pm finds the George Wallace Poetry Explosion detonating downstairs. George Wallace, poet-MC, brings us fellow wordsmiths Martha Arboleda, Karen Blomain and Andrew Kaufman, followed by a spirited open-mic for the vets and the n00bs both. Cover’s just $7.

We leave you with a lovely sampling of Jenny Lin at the piano to whet your appetite:

Ron Singer: A Reading in 3 Parts

December 12, 2009 § Leave a comment

Ron Singer, poet, novelist, dramatist, librettist and journalist, came to the Cafe on December 1st to read from his book, The Second Kingdom. Apart from a storied career in words, Singer was a teacher of English at Friends Seminary for over thirty years. His work treats the intersection of pedagogy, poetry, and documented humanity. Check out his reading from the 1st:

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