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Thursday,  Apr 12 - 6:00PM 
Ellen Mandel, piano/vocals;  Bridget Beirne, vocals;  Dave Hofstra, bass
Michael Lydon: Words & Music image
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
TONY MALABY Tuba Trio image

$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
Kermit Driscoll Qt.  image
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
New Brazilian Perspectives: Mozik image
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
Morrison Motel image


"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


Wednesday,  Apr 18 - 6:00PM 
Gil Fagiani, host

Sal Ala Phyllis Cappello Delia De Santis Venera Fazio Maria Lisella
$ 7 includes a drink
Wednesday,  Apr 18 - 8:30PM 
Daniel Levin, cello;  Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Peter Bitenc, bass
Daniel Levin Quartet image Peter Gannushkin
Cellist Daniel Levin’s drummerless quartet occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them. Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in the band’s unique sound. But as critic Chris Mays observes in All About Jazz, “Like all the most successful post-modern creative ventures, Levin’s quartet positions its antecedents in plain sight, but rises above them to create something novel, fascinating and unmistakably of its own time.” Levin and his quartet with trumpeter Nate Wooley, vibraphonist Matt Moran, and bassist Peter Bitenc, is “a provocatively assembled group of adventurous musicians,” that makes music with “the wild chaos of nature somehow centered in a sense of harmonious majesty,” according to critic Donald Elfman.

$20 (includes a drink)


Thursday,  Apr 19 - 6:00PM 
Carole Stone Maria Terrone Deena Linett
Poetry image
Carole Stone is the author of two books of poetry and seven chapbooks as well as many critical essays on writers, among them George Eliot, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sylvia Plath. A recipient of fellowships from The NJ State Council on the Arts and residencies at Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland and Chateau de Lavigny inSwitzerland, she is Professor of English Emerita, Montclair State University. She divides her time between New Jersey and East Hampton, N.Y.

Born in Boston, Linett grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida. She lived for many years in northern New Jersey (where from her windows she could see New York, and the smoke when the Towers fell), and taught at Montclair State University. She lives now in Indiana.

A lifelong resident of New York City, poet Maria Terrone is the author of two books of poetry: The Bodies We Were Loaned (2002) and A Secret Room in Fall (2006). She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has received the Individual Artists Initiative Award from the Queens Council on the Arts.

$ 7 includes a drink

Thursday,  Apr 19 - 8:30PM 
Mark Shim , tenor sax, wind controller;  James Hurt, piano;  Carlo De Rosa, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
Carlo DeRosa's Cross-Fade image
De Rosa is quite a revelation. Best known as a sideman on records with the likes of Ralph Alessi and Rudresh Mahanthappa, he is a virtuoso bassist with a technique recalling that of Jaco Pastorius or Scott LaFaro from the past and maybe Drew Gress from the present. As a composer, he is equally formidable. His seven tunes here are all of a different hue, covering almost every genre from post-bop to rock and fusion to funk. Some with jagged-edged complex themes like the opening 'Circular Waves' through the Monkish 'For Otto' to the tender romantic 'Maja'. Thankfully the grooving 'Headbangers Bawl', with an extended tenor solo, isn't nearly as frightening as its title. The centerpiece of the CD is the 13-minutes-plus 'Terrane / A Phrase', which builds into a sort of clash of the Titans, with an aggressively dissonant avant-garde climax. And finally, the heavy funk-based 'Route 17'. But however involved the arrangements become, everything is completely accessible and this is an exceptional album. As for the musicians, Mark Shim (one-time Blue Note artist and Terence Blanchard sideman and now a Mingus Big band member) is one of the most original of all the current tenor stylists. His urgent gruff, dog-harrying-a-bone tone has early roots in the Hawkins - Don Byas era but, of his contemporaries, is occasionally reminiscent of the also underrated Gary Thomas. His solos come in short, sharp bursts and always leave one wanting more. Vijay Iyer, heard here on Rhodes more often than usual, is now unquestionably the ground breaking pianist in jazz, really gets into De Rosa's conception, adding his own idiosyncratic interpretations and also inspires all the solo sections. As for Justin Brown, his playing with Ambrose Akinmusire's current group will certainly give exposure to his outstanding talent. All in all, a super strongly individual stylists playing deep, dark, muscular music with a remarkably wide appeal.--Jazzwise Magazine

$20 (includes a drink)


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