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BeanRunner Cafe
Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Acoustic & Classical musicians from NYC & the region

Located in the Artists District in Peekskill, just 45 minutes north of NYC, The BeanRunner Café, is a celebration of food, family, music and art. The menu is eclectic and funky, ranging from humus or Caribbean chicken sandwiches to fruit smoothies and specialty soups and imported desserts. The cafe also serves fine wines and imported beers.

Bring the kid's as there is a menu just for them, including a grilled cheese panini, PB&J, and BLTs.

The Cafe includes a performance stage, art gallery, lounge area, dining room, and outdoor patio. It also has a special Kids Room adjacent to the main dining area.

Featuring major Jazz, Blues, Rock, Reggae, Acoustic and Classical musicians, the BeanRunner has become a gathering place for art & music lovers and for artists and musicians to meet, listen and perform in a casual and comfortable setting. Features have included jazz greats Clifton Anderson, Bertha Hope, Premik Russell Tubbs, Fred Smith, Bertha Hope, Craig Haynes, Hayes Greenfield, Burton Greene, Ed Schuller; Classical Rock Violinist Daisy Jopling; Peter Calo, Rob Morsberger, the Two Guitars and many others. The nights are full of surprise guests who add to the music festivities.

BeanRunner's "Drop in Jazz" audience has included David Amram, opera diva Audry Babcock, Ibrahim Sidiq & Cheryl Wilson (poets), and Marcus Carl Franklin (tap dancer), and others.

For information, call the BeanRunner Café at (914) 737-1701 or e-mail rtedb@optonline.net. The BeanRunner Café is located at 201 S. Division Street @ Esther, Peekskill, NY. Log onto www.beanrunnercafe.com for directions and the BeanRunner menu which is available before and throughout the performance.

The BeanRunner Café is located at 201 S Division Street @ Esther in Peekskill NY. The BeanRunner Café and Gallery hours are: Mon-Thurs, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Fri-Sat, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. & Sun 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. For information, contact Ted Bitter at (914) 737-1701 or email rtedb@optonline.net. Website: www.beanrunnercafe.com

More about BeanRunner Cafe
Food: The menu is eclectic and funky, ranging from humus or Caribbean chicken sandwiches to fruit smoothies and soup and imported desserts, as well as a kid's menu that includes a grilled cheese panini.
Beverages: fine wines and imported beers, as well as an assortment of coffees, teas, smoothies, imported sodas, juices and other beverages.
Capacity: 100

Contact and Location Info

Location:  201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY
See Map
Website: www.beanrunnercafe.com
Calendar: www.beanrunnercafe.com
Email
Phone: (914) 737-1701
Musician Booking: call Ted Bitter, owner at 914 737 1701

Calendar for BeanRunner Cafe
Friday
September 29
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Todd Londagin Band, with Pete Smith (guitar), Jennifer Vincent (bass), David Berger (drums), Matt Ray (piano)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
For anyone who loves joyful, unpretentious, but highly creative and spontaneous jazz, Todd Londagin’s new album Look Out For Love will be a delightful discovery. In the company of four longstanding musical cohorts, Todd has assembled a repertoire of 10 songs, culled from the Great American Songbook and popular songs. Bassist Jennifer Vincent and drummer David Berger have been playing with Todd since the early 1990s (all three were original members of the successful ‘90s band, The Flying Neutrinos); while pianist Matt Ray and guitarist Pete Smith have been performing with Todd since 2000. Together, they artfully and lovingly developed each piece like an assortment of delicious dishes combined together for a cohesive feast. As Todd explains, "each tune is an exercise in doing things in a different way." Unabashed swing is definitely a consistent mood throughout the CD.

$15 admission
See Todd performing at Birdland!
Saturday
September 30
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Wali Ali, with Bob Baldwin (piano), Kevin Hill (bass), Tony Lewis (drums)
Jazz, Folk/Traditional
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S Division St
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Wali Ali plays standards from a generation of creative jazz. His guitar unites the cool of Miles and Trane with the heat of Hendrix and Santana. Come celebrate the release of his new CD which invites the listener to explore new interpretations of classic melodies.

Wali Ali has played guitar with various musical artists including Taj Mahal, Norman Connors, Donny Hathaway, Bobbi Humphrey, Melvin Van Peebles, Noel Pointer, Lonnie Liston Smith, Peter Tosh, and Stanley Turrentine. He has scored for television, and he was bandleader for the Broadway musical Mule Bone. Wali is also the recipient of the ASCAP Songwriters Award.

$15 admission. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
October 6
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Salsa Night with Cuboricua !
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Inspired by the music of Cuba and Puerto Rico, Conjunto Sazon rocks the rhythms of the Caribbean; Salsa, Son, Rumba, Bomba, Plena, as well as Merengue.

These veteran musicians, to their credit, have performed and recorded with world renowned artists such as Celia Cruz, Pete "El Conde" Rodriquez, Eddie Palmieri, Monguito "el unico", Los Kimbos, and the New Swing Sextet to name a few.

This conjunto creates a traditional/modern energetic sound by placing the interlocking rhythmic figures of percussion and Cuban Tres under a smoothly swinging melody to create a ".... new sound Cuboricua.”

Great food, fine wine, the best in live music.

For reservations, call 914-737-1701. Reservations held until 8 p.m.

Admission $15
Saturday
October 7
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Winard Harper & the Jeli Posse
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"Winard Harper is one of his generation's greatest standards bearers." Downbeat Magazine

Winard Harper has performed with some of the greatest names in jazz. At 20, he was playing the drums first with Dexter Gordon, and then Johnny Griffin, and honed his chops for the next four years under the tutelage of the late, great Betty Carter.

With his brother Philip Harper on trumpet, Winard led The Harper Brothers, one of the hottest groups of the post-bop era and produced the chart topping Remembrance: Live at the Village Vanguard.

Winard has released four CD's to his credit: Be Yourself (1994), Trap Dancer (1998), Winard (1999), and Faith with Carrie Smith (2000). He is one of the most sough-after sidemen on the jazz circuit; has been exploring African rhythms that influence his work, and is noted for his abilities on the cymbals, which under his hand become an outstanding solo instrument all their own.
$15 adm. Call for reservations 914-737-1701.
Monday
October 9
6:00 pm
to
9:00 pm
Studio II Open Mic for Music and Vocals, with Host Andy Phillips
Acoustic
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
All types of music, instruments and vocals are welcome! Sign-ups start at 6:00 pm that night and music starts at 6:30 pm going until 9:00 pm. Each performer or group will get 2 songs or 10 minutes. Bring your instruments and voices! Come to play or come to listen. Bring your friends for sure!! You will also now have a great selection of beverages and foods to purchase!

Contacts: Andy Phillips will continue as your MC for the night, as well as the FB / MeetUp Admin and General Contact: Scarlett Antonia - Director of Antonia Arts / Studio Two

A $5 admission is requested for all attendees (performers and listeners). Proceeds will continue to go to Antonia Arts, the non-profit performing arts center where Studio Two is located.



Friday
October 13
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
The Dmitri Matheny Group's CD Release Celebration
with Dmitri Matheny (flugelhorn), Richard Johnson (piano), Harvie S (bass), Joe Strasser (drums)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"Dmitri Matheny is a jazz treasure. The lyrical Matheny has impressive chops, but it's his warmth and soulfulness that win you over." All Music Guide

Join us for an all-star jazz party celebrating the international release of Sagebrush Rebellion, Dmitri Matheny's tenth album as a leader, on the Papillon/BluePort jazz label.

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, Matheny was first introduced to jazz audiences in the 1990s as the protégé of legendary flugelhornist Art Farmer. Matheny has since matured into "one of the jazz world's most talented horn players." SF Chronicle

Sagebrush Rebellion showcases new originals, jazz classics by Johnny Burke and Duke Ellington, and favorite compositions by Charlie Haden, Steve Swallow and Nat Adderley.

“Their music is a fertile landscape without boundaries, earning Matheny and his cohorts a reputation as one of the most eclectic and daring ensembles on today's jazz scene." Oakland Tribune
$10 adm. Call for reservations 914-737-1701.
Saturday
October 14
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Italiana Fresca
with Vanessa Racci
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Vanessa Racci is an Italian American Jazz singer who recently released her album "Italiana Fresca", which revives the music of the Italian American songbook with fresh jazz arrangements and a modern female perspective.

Dubbed the "Mob-Hits compilation for Hipsters" by the Midwest Record.

"She has taken songs treasured for generations and completely redefined them" – Jane Monheit, Jazz Sensation

"Highly Recommended!" – Mark Morganelli, Executive Director of Jazz Forum Arts

"A full plate of Neopolitan flavors" – George Harris, Jazz Weekly Her CD release party this June was at Birdland Jazz Club in NYC where she also performs.



Admission $10. For reservations call 914-737-1701.
Click here for the making of Italiana Fresca video
Friday
October 20
8:00 pm
to
10:00 pm
Jacqui Naylor Quartet
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around." - JazzTimes

"Naylor excels as a sensitive song interpreter with unerring intonation." - DownBeat

"Jacqui has a sumptuous voice, knack for scratchiness, and an ability to sweeten those bluesy bent notes." - Village Voice

This velvet-toned vocalist and songwriter is equally at ease singing music by Cole Porter and David Byrne as she is her own original music. Far from a straight-laced jazz purist, Naylor has made the mixing (and sometimes "smashing") of genres and eras her stock-in-trade, gaining fans and notoriety for singing the lyrics and melody of jazz standards over the grooves of well-known pop and rock songs and vice versa. "Naylor has brought new twists to the notion of melding jazz and pop tunes - without high-tech assistance," claims NPR.

Admission $10

For reservations call, 914-737-1701. Reservations held until 8 p.m.
And it's Ted's Birthday!!!
Saturday
October 21
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Ted's Birthday Bash & Reggae
with Ayaaso
Roots Music
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
AYAASO is a Roots Reggae Band that has performed at Africa House and numerous other venues in and around New York City and upstate New York. The band can be seen on BRIC TV on TradingPhotos.com in Brooklyn. NY

AYAASO started in the fall of 2003 with Asante Blue on keyboards and vocals, Fes Williams on bass, Bill Bojangles on vocals. A year or so later came Steady Demmings on drums and now also includes Eric Toussaint on keyboards and Andrea Green on guitar.

AYASSO debut CD, A Brighter Day gets airplay in New York, Nevada, Florida, Jamaica, St. Kitts/Nevis, the Eastern Caribbean and on internet radio. The album has fifteen songs including the fans favorites Golden Sun, Blessed Is The Man, Marcus Garvey, Welcome To New York and the Ska instrumental Crush Pepper.

Donations for the event/cash gifts for Ted are greatly appreciated. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Saturday
October 28
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Valerie Capers Quartet
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Dr. Capers has performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Slide Hampton, Max Roach, and Paquito D'Rivera, among others; has recorded 5 albums: Portrait of Soul (Atlantic), Affirmation (KMA Arts), Come On Home (Columbia/Sony), Wagner Takes the 'A' Train (Elysium), and Limited Edition (VALCAP Records); and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs. She plays regularly at the Knickerbocker in Greenwich Village and Lenox Lounge in Harlem.

Her most noted compositions are Sing About Love, a critically acclaimed Christmas cantata produced by George Wein at Carnegie Hall; Sojourner, an operatorio based on the life of Sojourner Truth, performed by the Opera Ebony Company of NY; and Song of the Seasons, commissioned by the Smithsonian.

Admission $15 For reservations, call 914-737-1701 Reservations held to 8 p.m.

Come early: Great Food, Fine Wine & Beer.
Sunday
October 29
5:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Rob Scheps/Francesca Tanskley Quartet, Eliot Zigmund, and David Kingsnorth
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Saxophonist Rob Scheps studied at the New England Conservatory, led his own groups while living in Boston; most notably the True Colors Big Band and, in 1988, moved to New York, formed the Rob Scheps Core-tet and Bartokking Heads, establishing himself as a formidable force on the jazz scene.

$10 Admission. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
November 3
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Salsa with Grammy Award Winner Willy Torres!
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, William Maisonet-Torres was influenced by his father, renowned percussionist William Maisonet Figueroa (a/k/a Papo Conga) and his mother Doris who sang and recorded a few Boleros. Willy quickly developed a keen ear, a natural affinity for percussion, and a deep love for the music of Puerto Rico.

Willy is a regular on the New York Latin session scene and has recorded vocals for Rey Ruiz, Tito Nieves, Alexandre Pires, Ricardo Montaner, Christian Castro, Gilberto Santarosa, Ricky Martin, to name a few.

He has released 3 albums "Willy's NYC Salsa Project" (2008), "Hardcore" (2011), and "On Another Path" (2015); has received 9 Grammy nominations; and is a 4 time Grammy awardee: 2004 (The Spanish Harlem Orchestra "Across 110 Street"), 2006 (Best Tropical Album Producer), 2010 (The Spanish Harlem Orchestra "Viva La Tradicion"), and 2013 (for collaboration & as guest artist for The Pacific Mambo Orchestra). Willy was nominated again in 2014/15.
$15 admission. For reservations 914-737-1701.
Friday
November 10
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Sundad
Acoustic, World
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Sundad is a World Fusion, New Age and acoustic Jam-Band, including father and son guitarists, John Eurell Sr. and John Eurell Jr. and other great musicians, whose original repertoire consists mainly of finger-style acoustic guitar instrumentals. Sundad's 1st CD, Journey To Eternity, received a first round Grammy Nomination for 2005 Best Contemporary World Album. Their 2nd CD, The Journey Continues, was released in June of 2008 and immediately hit the World / New Age radio spin charts at Number 3. The CD also received a 2008 1st Round Grammy Nomination for Best POP Instrumental Album.

Sundad's music has aired on the nationally syndicated "Echoes" radio show with host John Diliberto and the first track on the CD, "Open Sesame", was featured on NPR's "All Songs Considered: Open Mic" and was voted All-Time Best Guitars in the World Fusion category by . GarageBand.com.

$10 Cover. For reservations call 914-737-1701.
Monday
November 13
6:00 pm
to
9:00 pm
Studio II Open Mic for Music and Vocals, with Host Andy Phillips
Acoustic
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
All types of music, instruments and vocals are welcome! Sign-ups start at 6:00 pm that night and music starts at 6:30 pm going until 9:00 pm. Each performer or group will get 2 songs or 10 minutes. Bring your instruments and voices! Come to play or come to listen. Bring your friends for sure!! You will also now have a great selection of beverages and foods to purchase!

Contacts: Andy Phillips will continue as your MC for the night, as well as the FB / MeetUp Admin and General Contact: Scarlett Antonia - Director of Antonia Arts / Studio Two

A $5 admission is requested for all attendees (performers and listeners). Proceeds will continue to go to Antonia Arts, the non-profit performing arts center where Studio Two is located.



Friday
November 17
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Wali Ali & the Tambourine Band, with Porter Carroll
Jazz, Folk/Traditional
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S Division St
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Wali Ali unites the intimacy of folk music with the improvisation of jazz and the irresistible rhythms of R&B, and he invites the listener to explore new interpretations of contemporary melodies.

Wali has played guitar with various musical artists including Taj Mahal, Norman Connors, Donny Hathaway, Bobbi Humphrey, Melvin Van Peebles, Noel Pointer, Lonnie Liston Smith, Peter Tosh, and Stanley Turrentine. He has scored for television, and he was bandleader for the Broadway musical "Mule Bone". Wali is also the recipient of the ASCAP Songwriters Award.

Porter Carroll is of Atlantic Starr fame and contributed to classic hits like Circles, Am I Dreaming, Let's Get Closer, Touch a Four Leaf Clover and others. He's also a vocalist for Spyro Gyra, Melba Moore, and Michael Bolton, and most recently has toured with Earth Wind and Fire.

$20 admission. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Saturday
November 25
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Tony Jefferson & Groovocity, Derrick James (alto sax) , Jay Azzolina (guitar), Rusty Holloway (bass)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Tony Jefferson (Drums and Vocals), Derrick James (alto sax), Jay Azzolina (guitar), and Rusty Holloway (bass).

Tony Jefferson, a New York native, is a versatile, accomplished drummer and has been a fixture on the New York jazz scene for many years. He has toured around the globe playing both festivals and clubs with world class musicians. Tony has performed and recorded with many jazz artists and groups including: Eddie Harris, Kenny Drew Jr., Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Don Byron, John Abercrombie, Joey Calderazzo and many others.

Groovocity's eclectic mix of styles combines Funk, Jazz, Soul, Gospel, Calypso and Reggae. The funky, grooving mix of dance-able rhythms cook up an exciting gumbo of sound.

See what happens when a group of great musicians stretch out and have some serious FUN!

Admission $10. For reservations call 914-737-1701.

Come early! Great food, fine wine & beer.
Monday
December 11
6:00 pm
to
9:00 pm
Studio II Open Mic for Music and Vocals, with Host Andy Phillips
Acoustic
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
All types of music, instruments and vocals are welcome! Sign-ups start at 6:00 pm that night and music starts at 6:30 pm going until 9:00 pm. Each performer or group will get 2 songs or 10 minutes. Bring your instruments and voices! Come to play or come to listen. Bring your friends for sure!! You will also now have a great selection of beverages and foods to purchase!

Contacts: Andy Phillips will continue as your MC for the night, as well as the FB / MeetUp Admin and General Contact: Scarlett Antonia - Director of Antonia Arts / Studio Two

A $5 admission is requested for all attendees (performers and listeners). Proceeds will continue to go to Antonia Arts, the non-profit performing arts center where Studio Two is located.



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