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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 21
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Base Camp
Soul
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Base Camp brings you the #1 R&B experience brining back the GREAT soulful sounds of the 70s, 80s, 90’s and the R&B music of today.

This is one R&B group that you won’t want to miss!

Admission $15
Saturday
September 22
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Gerry Malkin Quintet, Chris Morrison (guitar), Mike McGuirk (bass), Bobby Leonard (drums), and Rob Aries (piano)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Leader and tenor saxophonist Gerry Malkin has performed with Tito Puente, Lew Soloff, Adam Nussbaum,George Colligan, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Ray Vega and Dave Weckl.

Gerry is joined by:

-guitarist Chris Morrison who has performed with Richie Cole, John Pattitucci, Brian Torff;

- Rob Aries has played with Liza Minnelli, John Scofield, Donald Harrison and the Average White Band ;

-bassist Mike McGuirk who has performed with Billy Drummond and Rob Scheps; and

-drummer Bobby Leonard who has played with Dave Liebman and The Woody Herman Orchestra.

These great musicians will be swinging hard in the tradition.

Admission $15
Friday
September 28
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
The Stevie Wonder Project, Ty Stephens (vocals), Alva Nelson (keys), Gene Torres (bass), Greg Bufford (drums), Miho Nobuzane
Motown/R&B
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Originally, a concept of Drummer Greg Bufford, this tribute to Stevie Wonder is a presentation of some of His greatest songs. Since the 1960's, Stevie Wonder has had 30 number 1 hit songs, and he is still writing & performing. This group of seasoned performers offers wonderfully crafted arrangements of already great compositions. Vocalist Ty Stephens, Pianist Alva Nelson, Bassist Gene Torres, Drummer Greg Bufford, & Keyboardist Miho Nobuzane make up this high-powered musical aggregation. Come and join us, singalong, dance, & enjoy this most celebrated American Artist, Stevie Wonder!

Adm. $15

Reservations suggested. Call 914-737-1701.
Come early! Great food, fine wine & beer.
Saturday
September 29
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Wali, with Paul Conners (organ), Ira Coleman (bass), and Abe Speller (drums)
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.

$15 admission. For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
October 5
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.
$20 admission. For reservations 914-737-1701.
Saturday
October 6
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
It's a Reunion!
with Ray Blue (sax)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division St
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"Ray Blue has a majestic presence...when playing, his sense of purpose is obvious. It's one thing to be a good composer it's another to be a great performer. Ray Blue's got the whole package." -Jean Szlamowicz, Jazz Hot, Down Beat.

Award winning, New York bred saxophonist, Ray Blue, brings his quartet to stage to create a deep, rich fusion of straight ahead jazz and African groove.

Ray has performed and recorded with Bernard Purdie, Patience Higgins, Steve Turre, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Cotton Club All Stars, Harlem Blues and Jazz Band and many others. He has toured as a cast member of the "Ray Charles Show"; performed at international jazz festivals including the Zanzibar International Film Festival; North Sea Jazz Festival-Cape Town, South Africa; Audi Jazz Festival-Brussels, Belgium; and the Foix Jazz Festival, France among others; and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, 2013.

Admission: $15
For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
October 12
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Soul Projekt
Funk, Jazz, and Motown/R&B
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The Soul Projekt is the vision of four musicians eager to come together to re-create the Steely Dan Aja album and morphed into a funk, jazz and R&B flavored band focusing on the music of David Sandborn, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Sade, Jeff Lorber and The Crusaders, to name a few.

The Soul Projekt has now expanded to six members, including Kendall Buchanan (bass guitar and vocals), Dominick Cafarelli (keyboards), Joe Galgano (alto and soprano sax), Franklin Jackson, Jr. (drums and percussion), Rob Mele (guitar) and Jorge Ramos (percussion and vocals).

Adm. $15.

Come early. Eat, drink and be merry !
Saturday
October 13
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!
Friday
October 19
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Wali Ali & the Tambourine Band, featuring 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
October 20
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Come Celebrate Ted's Birthday! 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.

For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
October 26
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Lisa & Friends
with Lisa Andrea Project
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Lisa & Friends are a group of phenomenal musicians coming together to play JAZZ!

Adm. $15
Saturday
October 27
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Jacqui Naylor Quartet, Art Khu (piano & guitar), Sam Bevan (bass), Ele Howell (drums)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
"Naylor remains one of the most superbly arresting vocalists around." JazzTimes

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

Jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor has sold-out shows in the US, Europe and Canada in support of her current release, Q&A. Her albums have made the “top-ten” lists of USA Today, Jazziz and The Washington Post.

Recognized for her wide vocal range and ability to mix and “smash” multiple genres and generations of music, Naylor will play songs from Q&A, featuring multi-instrumentalist and composer, Art Khu, as well as new music from her upcoming album, with genre-bending arrangements of original music and songs from Kurt Weill, Maroon 5, The Temptations and more.

Naylor has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Women in Jazz Germany, SFJAZZ, Ronnie Scott's London, Jazz Standard NY, Jazz Alley Seattle, Blues Alley DC, Snug Harbor New Orleans, and the Blue Note clubs in NY, Milan and Tokyo.
Adm $15
Friday
November 2
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Chico Alvarez & Mauricio Smith with RAN KAN KAN, Check out their Video!
Latin
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
From Summer Stage in Central Park to SOB's, multi-talented Afro-Cuban musician, radio host, and Latin Jazz USA lifetime achievement awardee Chico Alvarez and renowned flutist Mauricio Smith will grace the stage with their latin dance band, Ran Kan Kan!

Ernesto "Chico" Alvarez Peraza was born in Brooklyn, grew up in Cuba, has performed as a singer throughout the New York tri-state area for the last four decades; and has directed several bands and orchestras including his 10-piece conjunto, Mafímba. He is also the radio host of the New World Gallery, which airs on Sunday afternoons on WBAI Pacifica Radio (99.5 FM).

Mauricio Smith, Jr. was born in Panama and resides in NYC. At age 15 he was already a sensational flutist. He studied music at the National Conservatory of Panama, and with such great musicians/composers as Eduardo Charpentier, Roberto Pitre, Mauricio Smith Sr., among others. Mauricio is also a member of the Charanga band Tipica Novel.
$15 admission
Saturday
November 3
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Valerie Capers Quartet, John Robinson (bass), Alan Givens (sax), Doug Richardson (drums), and special guest, Pito Castillo (congas)
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.
Friday
November 9
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Tony Garnier - Rob Scheps Quartet, Nate Radley (guitar), and Tony Jefferson (drums)
Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
Tony Garnier is an American bassist (both double bass and bass guitar), best known as an accompanist to Bob Dylan, with whom he has played since 1989. He is Dylan's longest-running sideman, and has sometimes been characterized as his "musical director" as well. Garnier has also recorded with Tom Waits, Loudon Wainwright III, Paul Simon, Marc Ribot, Eric Andersen, Asleep at the Wheel, The Lounge Lizards, and Robert Gordon. Garnier worked with Michelle Branch on her 3rd album, Everything Comes and Goes, released in 2010.

Tenor/soprano saxophonist Rob Scheps has performed with Gil Evans Band, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Scofield, George Russell, Bob Moses, Terumasa Hino, Al Grey, Clark Terry, Sam Rivers, Julius Hemphill, Duffy Jackson, Cecil Taylor, Joey Calderazzo Quartet..He leads his own bands; Magnets! with Kim Clarke; The Rob Scheps Big Band in Portland, Oregon; and the Rob Scheps Core-tet in NYC; which has a new CD entitled Live at Smalls on the way.

$15 Admission.
Garnier photo by Hreinn Gudlaugsson
Saturday
November 10
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
Hot House Latin Jazz Ensemble
Latin, Jazz
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
The New York based Cuban jazz ensemble "Hot House", produced and directed by trumpeter Steven Gluzband, juxtaposes traditional Cuban dance forms with the jazz idiom, young musicians with veteran players, and Cuban émigrés with first and second generation Americans. The result of this remarkable collaboration is a fresh mix that can only be Latin jazz from NYC. Hot House debuted their 2008 release, "Cuban Tribute to Charlie Parker" which was included in five categories in the Grammy awards.

Gluzband has played with Latin superstars Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaría, Héctor Lavoe, Machito, Celia Cruz, Sonora Matancera, Orlando Contreras, Vicentico Valdez, Ray de la Paz, Larry Harlow, the Alegre All Stars; recorded 18 albums with the Haitian group Mini All-Stars; was a member of the Ray Barretto Orchestra, appearing on over 250 recordings including the Grammy-winning Ritmo en el Corazon and Naked; and has been a member of Johnny Pacheco's band since 2006.

Admission $10.
Make your reservations early, call 914-737-1701.
Friday
November 16
8:00 pm
to
10:30 pm
The Peter Calo Band
Americana, Singer-Songwriter
BeanRunner Cafe
201 S. Division Street @ Esther
Peekskill, NY   See Map
“Heroes: Gone But Not Forgotten” wth Peter Calo - Lauren Fox – Jeff Eyrick – Chris Marshak

Peter Calo brings together this formidable foursome to celebrate the lives and art of Prince, Tom Petty, Walter Becker (of Steely Dan) David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, George Michael, Glenn Frye, John Lennon, George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry, Greg Alman, Leon Russell and others in this tribute to music innovators who created the soundtrack of a generation.

$15 adm
For reservations, call 914-737-1701.
Saturday
November 17
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.

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