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Tuesday,  Apr 10 - 6:00PM 
Tommy Pryor, host

Slash Coleman Kurt Gerstmann Dave Lester, ;  Sherryl Marshall, ;  Susan Neuffer, ; 
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image
The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Slash Coleman is a professional storyteller best known for his award winning PBS special and off-Broadway production, “The Neon Man and Me.” He was recently featured at The International Storytelling Center, The National Storytelling Festival, and Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Festival. He is personal perspectives blogger for Psychology Today (His column is called “The Bohemian Love Diaries”) and a regular contributor to Storytelling Magazine.

Kurt Gerstmann had what the Chinese call an "interesting" life. A refugee at the age of one (Nazi Germany) he was smuggled out of Germany by nuns and spent time as a young boy in the Israeli Underground and Army. He ended up in Switzerland in a Medical school. A professional lifetime in Pathology (he's retired but volunteers time in NYU and Bellevue) provides the background to his stories some of which he told previously at the Cornelia Street Cafe.

Dave Lester is a Brooklyn-based kick-ass comedian and storyteller

Sherryl Marshall is a New York singer who has worn many musical hats in her career. She has recorded or performed live with everyone from Gloria Gaynor, Leslie Gore, Darlene Love, Chubby Checker to Peter Wolf, Southside Johnny, Johnny Rivers, Lou Gramm of Foreigner to Black 47, RuPaul, Al Kooper, Albert Collins to Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Valerie Simpson, Ashford & Simpson, The Klezmatics and a host of others. She was a regular member of the Buster Poindexter show for ten years. She has sung her original compositions with many different New York bands over the years and her show "The Life and Times of Sherita Marshone the Argentine Bombshelter" was performed at the famous Bottom Line and the fabulous BAM cafe.

Susan Neuffer’s sordid past includes late nights singing and playing bass at CBGB’s with original rock bands, and graduate school at Harvard. She will be appearing as sweet Auntie Julia in Hedda Gabler later this month. She has appeared in independent films, web projects, musicals, and plays. Susan's also presented many solo cabaret shows. She made a respectable showing on Jeopardy! in 2010. Films include Work it Out, Red Tape, No Direction, and 8:46.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” and has columns in & He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.”

$7.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Apr 10 - 8:30PM 
Eri Yamamoto, piano;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
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Eri Yamamoto celebrates her seventh trio recording, The Next Page, on AUM Fidelity. This trio has been together for many years, and they will be playing Eri's original music evoking a wide range of colors and mood.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Wednesday,  Apr 11 - 6:00PM 
Lynn Emanuel Robin Behn Chard deNiord
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Robin Behn is a professor in the MFA Programs at both the University of Alabama and Vermont College for the Arts.

Lynn Emanuel's latest book, NOOSE AND HOOK, is published by the University of Pittsburgh Press Poetry Series.

Chard deNiord's last two books, Night Mowin (2005) and The Double Truth (2011) were published by U of Pittsburgh Press. He is a professor of English at Providence College and the co- founder of the New England College MFA program in poetry.

$ 7 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Apr 11 - 8:30PM 
Gerard Edery, guitar, vocals
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"Singer, guitarist, composer and multi-linguist Gerard Edery interprets the sublime poetry and music of the late Atahualpa Yupanqui. He reveals the cultural and emotional depth of his repertoire with reverent sensitivity, his vocal and instrumental virtuosity and innovative arrangements doing poetic justice to one of the major authors of South American folk music."

$20 (includes a drink)


Thursday,  Apr 12 - 6:00PM 
Ellen Mandel, piano/vocals;  Bridget Beirne, vocals;  Dave Hofstra, bass
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MICHAEL LYDON, a rock writer with roots in the 60s, and an NYC singer-songwriter for decades, will bring both his writing and music to Cornelia Street, accompanied by pianist Ellen Mandel, singer Bridget Beirne, and bassist Dave Hofstra.

Lydon will read from his reporting on the Rolling Stones tour in 1969, his definitive biography of Ray Charles, and his essays on literature, and he'll play, sing, and whistle his own easy-going pop-jazztunes.

A founding editor of Rolling Stone, Lydon has many films on YouTube, and is "TheHandsomest Man in the World!!

$10 includes a drink

Thursday,  Apr 12 - 8:30PM 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Devin Gray, drums, compositions
Brooklyn based drummer/composer Devin Gray leads an all star NYC line up through compositions written specifically for the band. Crafted around the individual strengths of these musical veterans, each composition unearths new possibilities exposing the members continuous contributions to America's original art form. Gray's style is often compared to Dutch master drummer HAN BENNINK, with traces of JOHN HOLLENBECK'S compositional chops. Dirigo Rataplan uniquely represents three musical generations experience with emphasis on Gray’s as the leader of the quartet. The debut recording from Brooklyn based drummer and composer Devin Gray offers a strong introduction to the future output of his artistic vision.

$20 (includes a drink)


Spotlight on New Talent: Devin Gray's Dirigo Rataplan, CD Release image Peter Gannushkin
Friday,  Apr 13 - 6:00PM 
Bill Carrasco, vocals, guitar;  James Guastaferro, vocals, guitar, bass;  Mark Katsaounis, percussion

A sampler platter of original works by Bill Carrasco, featuring songs from his new solo LPs, Breathe and Laughing Together (to be released in summer 2012,) and from Agua Trip’s LPs Genetics (2008) and Breakfast Translations (2005).

$20.00 includes a drink


Friday,  Apr 13 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Dan Peck, tuba;  John Hollenbeck, drums
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$25 cover (includes a drink)


Saturday,  Apr 14 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

MaryAnn Miller Phyllis Capello
Italian heritage celebrated, American experience featured.

Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

MaryAnn Miller, artist and author of Locus Mentis, published by PS Books, the small press division of Philadelphia Stories magazine

and Phyllis Capello, musician and writer, known as the Uke Lady

$10.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Apr 14 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Kris Davis, piano;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  John Hollenbeck, drums
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Kermit Driscoll is a veteran bass player who has recorded and performed with many noted musicians including Chet Baker, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, Mel Torme, Kenny Werner and John Zorn. Earlier this year, at age 55, Driscoll released his debut album as a leader, Reveille, a program of kaleidoscopic funk, experimental abstractions, and fetching intricacies. The album features an all-star lineup, including Driscoll’s longtime collaborators Bill Frisell (guitar) and Vinnie Coliaiuta (drums), and rising star pianist Kris Davis. Reveille’s star-studded quartet united for only a day, but it performs like a group that’s worked together for ages. Driscoll appears at Cornelia Street with two out of three of the personnel from Reveille, marking the group’s first live appearance as an ensemble.

“The feel of [Reveille] is loose and flowing, with edgy guitaristic elements but also tightly composed and chamberlike thematic statements .” David R. Adler, Jazztimes, April 2011

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Apr 15 - 6:00PM 
Marjorie Tesser

The Mom Egg Spring Reading & Launch Party image

Celebrating the release of The Mom Egg 2012 Vol. 10

The Mom Egg is an annual collection of sharp, articulate, inventive poetry, prose, fiction and art by mothers about everything and by everyone about mothers and motherhood.

Contributors will read from the new issue.

$7 admission includes food or drink credit

Sunday,  Apr 15 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Gilson Schachnik, piano;  Mauricio Zottarelli , drums, percussion;  Fernando Huergo, bass;  Yulia Musayelyan , flute;  Gustavo Assis-Brasil, guitar
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While pianist Gilson Schachnik and drummer Mauricio Zottarelli were both born in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil it wasn’t until they landed in Boston that Brazilian music seized their imagination. Now their captivating new album MOZIK reflects their deep engagement with Brazilian rhythms and forms, filtered through their love of Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. The album features Brazilian guitarist Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Russian flutist Yulia Musayelyan and Argentine bassist Fernando Huergo. The quintet navigates effortlessly Afoxé beats to Maracatú grooves, baião, samba, folkloric melodies, and bossa-nova and jazz inspired harmonies.

$20 cover (includes one drink)


Monday,  Apr 16 - 6:00PM 
Ted Jonathan, host

John Amen Barbara Blatner Eileen B. Hennessy
$ 7 includes yoiur first drink
Monday,  Apr 16 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host

Todd Barry Victor Varnado Andy Pitz Mike Trainor Sue Funke Tony Kelly
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"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!" – The NY Post

"Critics' Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

Tonight, John Morrison hosts Todd Barry, Victor Varnado, Andy Pitz, Mike Trainor, Tony Kelly and Sue Funke.

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.


Tuesday,  Apr 17 - 6:00PM 
P J Escobio, host

Brooke Haney Ren Jackson Joseph Langham Michele Vazquez
The Shakespeare Anyone? Players : High class, Low class, No class image
High class, Low class, No class

The Shakespeare anyone? players will be looking at the age old battle of the classes with royalty (King John), clowns (Two Gentleman of Verona and Henry VI pt1), bawds (Pericles), murderers (Macbeth), and a working man or two (Much ado About Nothing).

Tonight's performance rings in the 7th year of these young players' high jinx!

Directed by James Knight & Shad Ramsey

$ 10 includes your first drink

Tuesday,  Apr 17 - 8:30PM 
Lainie Cooke, vocals;  Tedd Firth, piano;  Martin Wind, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums;  Joel Frahm, sax

No hype. No attitude. Just the pure emotion that only true life experience can endow in an artist. Lainie Cooke returns to the Café with songs celebrating the season. Spring has sprung and all the flowers and the rain and the beauty of – well you get the idea. Known for her very successful career as a voice over actor on some of your very favorite commercials, she has graced the Café and other jazz clubs in New York and Los Angeles with her sophisticated and very swinging jazz style many times over. Always accompanied by world class musicians, tonight is no exception. Join Lainie and the amazingly talented Tedd Firth on piano, Martin Wind on bass, Matt Wilson on drums and Joel Frahm on sax. This will be a musical evening to remember.

Check out her two Harlemwood Records CD’s, Here’s To Life, and It’s Always You, both available on her website,, and at

“…her unique brand of steel-lined warm - an enticing style that suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O’Day…” - Jazz Times

$25.00 includes a drink


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