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Sunday,  Jan 01 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host


Serial Underground Celebrates John Cage at 100: featuring the Cornelia Street Café All-Stars: Rebecca Applebaum, Robin Hirsch, Joshua Rebell, and Angelo Verga

with Special Guest Pianist, Margaret Leng Tan

90 of John Cage’s unique stories, each read within 60 seconds by the Cornelia Street Café All-Stars, together with selections from Cage’s piano works played by his foremost interpreter, Margaret Leng Tan

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 food/drink credit


Monday,  Jan 02 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
An Evening of Original Monologues.

No slamming, no judges,

just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )
 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!) 

Monday,  Jan 02 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
David Amram & Co. 6th Anniversary Celebration at Cornelia image
Tuesday,  Jan 03 - 6:00PM 
Erika Dagnino, poet;  Sarah Bernstein, violin;  Jean Carla Rodea, vocals
Signs: A Meeting of Italian Poetry and American Music image
The smart sound of Jean Carla Rodea’s voice and of Sarah Bernstein’s brilliant violin develop a narration together with and over the intense spoken lines of Erika Dagnino. SIGNS represents the natural connection between poetry and music.

Featuring The ESJ TRIO: ERIKA DAGNINO, Italian poet, writer, performer, with SARAH BERNSTEIN (violinist) and JEAN CARLA RODEA (vocalist).

..".wonderful performer, Erika Dagnino keeps strong relationships with the music world." - A. Leonardi, All About Jazz

"The poetry is often fascinating and somewhat difficult to comprehend, but I find it fits well with the equally fascinating/difficult music." - Downtown Music Gallery (USA)

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Jan 03 - 8:30PM 
Brett Chalfin, drums;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Mike Malis, piano;  Danny Fisher-Lochhead, saxophone
Brett Chalfin's
Brett Chalfin's "Brooklyn Project" has been around now for almost 5 years. Brett started the group with the help of bassist/composer Jeff Koch briefly after the two graduated from Adam Bernstein's High School Jazz Program at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY. The collective of interchangeable musicians serves as a launching platform for new, improvised and experimental music. This show will feature New York City native Danny Fisher-Lochhead on saxophone and Detroit pianist, Mike Malis, both graduates of the University of Michigan Jazz program where they studied privately with saxophonist Andrew Bishop and pianist Geri Allen, respectively.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Jan 04 - 8:30PM 
Andy Hunter, trombone;  Justin Wood, alto saxophone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Danny Fischer , drums
Spoke, CD Release:Succinct image
Brooklyn, NY-based ensemble SPOKE has recently returned from a fall US tour in support of their new Envoi Records release, Succinct. Their travels took them from Brooklyn to the far reaches of Wyoming and most of the places in between! During the past six years of performing together, Spoke has electrified audiences everywhere they have traveled to, and earned critical praise for their 2009 debut release, Spoke.

Comprised of bassist Dan Loomis, saxophonist Justin Wood, trombonist Andy Hunter, and drummer Danny Fischer, Spoke draws strength and integrity from the point where its members unite. The formative philosophy for Spoke lies in the union of musicians distinguished not merely by their virtuosity and musical experience, but by a unique emphasis on composition and group interplay. Through years of performing together, the ensemble has arrived at a deep level of anticipation and musical synergy on stage. To be present at one of their performances is to embark upon a truly captivating musical journey. And most of all, they impart and share the joy and fun woven integrally into their music and friendship.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jan 05 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
Thursday,  Jan 05 - 8:30PM 
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Jason Moran, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Ralph Alessi Quartet image
Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi will bring his quartet to Cornelia Street Café on Jan 5 and 6, 2012. The band features some of New York’s finest improvisers including pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits. Repertoire for this performance will include selections from the band’s critically acclaimed release “Cognitive Dissonance” as well as brand new material the group will record for a 2012 CD.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 06 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Son of Pony : Annual Bukowski Tribute Reading image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Charles Bukowski Tribute Reading

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Kat Georges continues her generous indeed saintly work for among and with poets

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Jan 06 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Jason Moran, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Ralph Alessi Quartet image
Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi will bring his quartet to Cornelia Street Café on Jan 5 and 6, 2012. The band features some of New York’s finest improvisers including pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits. Repertoire for this performance will include selections from the band’s critically acclaimed release “Cognitive Dissonance” as well as brand new material the group will record for a 2012 CD.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 07 - 8:00PM 
John Hollenbeck, drums, composition;  Drew Gress, bass;  Matt Moran , vibraphone;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Chris Speed , clarinet, tenor saxophone
Claudia Quintet  image
Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2012, The Claudia Quintet embraces the textural freedom of electronic sounds and improvisation, the structural ambition of contemporary classical music, and most importantly, the joy of bodacious grooves and unapologetically gorgeous melodies. Led by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck, this ensemble features some of the foremost innovators of new sounds in “jazz and beyond.” Their beautifully seductive work recasts jazz in shimmering new shapes with inflections of classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 07 - 9:30PM 
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, guitar;  François Moutin, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
After tremendously acclaimed collaborations with Bunky Green (Apex) and Kadri Gopalanth (Kinsmen) as well as leading the Indo-Pak Coalition trio, Mahanthappa returns to his quartet setting previously put forth on albums such as Black Water, Mother Tongue, and Codebook. The major transformation now is the shift from piano to electric guitar with the inclusion of the great David Fiuczynski, Rudresh’s partner in crime in Jack DeJohnette’s current group.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum 

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak image
Saturday,  Jan 07 - 11:00PM 
Ben Allison , bass;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Brandon Seabrook, banjo;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Ben Allison Band image
Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves and inspired arrangements, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

With his new lineup of Steve Cardenas (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (guitar, banjo) and Rogerio Bocatto (percussion) Ben pushes the envelop once again. His latest album, Action-Refraction plays like an other-wordly mix-tape featuring mashups of tunes by PJ Harvey, Donny Hathaway, Neil Young and more - what Time Out New York calls an "an ingeniously curated gallery exhibit. One of the Ten Best CDs of 2011."

$15 cover plus $10 minimum
 $15 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Jan 08 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffmann

Entertaining Science: SILENT GENES AND GENTLE SONGS image
In 1955, physicist Richard Feynman complained that “the value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it.” What a difference a half a century makes!

Biochemist and classical guitarist John Olson will both talk of his research and perform music about science. John’s work at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is on RNA interference, a recently-discovered means of silencing genes that has become a powerful new method for studying gene function — and shown promise as a new type of medicine.

The music, performed with John’s wife, actress, soprano and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari, writer and performer of the hit solo show Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, will be taken from their Science/Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to explore and celebrate science through song.

The selections will include a set entitled “Men, Women, and Molecules” by composer Frank Wallace, based on the poetry of Roald Hoffmann. Selections by other composers will feature the writings of Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, Marie Curie — and yes, Richard Feynman.

Join us for an evening of science, both spoken and sung

$10 cover, $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jan 08 - 8:30PM 
Jean Rohe, host

Rob Curto, accordion, vocals;  Clay Ross, guitar, vocals;  Richie Barshay, drums;  Rob Hecht, violin;  Zé Mauricio, percussion;  Skip Ward, bass
Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where exotic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, tunes. Now, imagine these sounds in the hands of some of NYC’s finest young improvisers as they light up club and festival stages worldwide. Through the unorthodox blend of Afro-Brazilian Percussion and American Roots Music, Matuto has created an organic, animated new sound. PRESS QUOTE: “spanning continents with a down-home sensibility and an explorer’s curiosity.” – All About Jazz
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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times