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Tuesday,  Jan 17 - 6:00PM 
Elizabeth Eiel, soprano;  Melissa Gerstein, mezzo-soprano;  Christina Rosas, mezzo-soprano;  Courtenay Schowalter, soprano
Voices Of Women Quartet:

The Voices of Women (VOW) quartet is comprised of four classically trained, professionally diverse singers: Elizabeth Eiel (Soprano), Melissa Gerstein (Mezzo-Soprano), Christina Rosas (Mezzo-Soprano) and Courtenay Schowalter (Soprano). They are making their debut at the cafe, featuring a variety of favorite love songs to keep you warm this winter.

The group will featuring quartets, trios, duets and solos of composers such as Sondheim, Bernstein, Flaherty, Weill, Porter and more!

VOW’s most recent recital program centered on taking the recital out of the recital by presenting a cabaret review at the Singers Forum in Manhattan. The recital titled Loss & Find is comprised of American Art songs by well-known composers such as Lee Hoiby, Ricky Ian Gordon, Ned Rorem and Aaron Copland, along with the works of some not so well known composers, Richard Hageman and Amy Beach. The recital explored the path that each singer has taken in her musical journey and how the paths of music and life often intersect with one another. VOW also performed two quartets commissioned by contemporary composer Richard Pearson Thomas, and also featured local New York City composers Joseph Turrin and Lori Laitman.

The Voices of Women (VOW) have performed with many noted American opera companies and orchestras including Opera Colorado, American Singers Opera Project, Chelsea Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Garden State Opera, Bronx Opera, Amato Opera, New Jersey Symphony, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, and Opera Boston. The artists hold advanced degrees from such esteemed institutions as Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, and S.U.N.Y. Purchase.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Jan 17 - 8:30PM 
Peter Evans, trumpet, piccolo trumpet, composition;  Carlos Homs, piano;  Tom Blancarte, bass;  Jim Black, drums
The Peter Evans Quartet image
The Peter Evans Quartet has existed in various incarnations since 2005. Tonight's configuration has been working together since 2010 and recorded "Ghosts" as a quintet with Sam Pluta on electronics. This evening's concert will feature an exploration of composed material which violently reworks standard 20th century song structures, including Mel Torme's "The Christmas Song" and Strayhorn's "Take the A Train".

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Jan 18 - 6:00PM 
Daniel Cainer
JEWFEST: Jewish Chronicles image Gary Daniell
Stories in song written and performed by the "Comic Bard of Anglo Jewry"

Daniel Cainer is a London-based composer, songwriter and broadcaster of topical songs. Having paid very little attention to his cultural heritage until now, his show Jewish Chronicles is a genuine reflection of his current mid-life kosher-crisis.

Jewish Chronicles has sold out theatres in London's West End, the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne and Sydney. His acutely observed songs are full of wry humour and he is not afraid of controversy. His journey through Jewish culture covers true tales of feuding tailors, a young woman who elopes with the leader of a fundamentalist Christian cult, a coke-dealing rabbi, a drive through the West Bank courtesy of a faulty GPS system, and the hilarious, adulterous adventures of his own parents . . .

"With his stories within stories, Cainer reminds me of Buńuel . . . if Buńuel had been Jewish and born in England . . ." Alan Bennett

"Brilliant and Brave" Australia Stage

"Very funny, very moving" UK Daily Mail

$15 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Jan 18 - 8:30PM 
Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano
Loren Stillman/Russ Lossing Duo image
Saxophonist and composer from Brooklyn, Loren Stillman is hailed as a writer and a stylist that has found a previously unoccupied slot in the jazz spectrum. He's been recognized as one of today's truly original creative voices by publications such as The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, Jazziz and Jazz Times as well as by National Public Radio. A former student of Lee Konitz and David Liebman, Stillman has performed and recorded throughout the United States and Europe and Japan with his own ensembles, and with those led by Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, John Abercrombie, Andy Milnes DAPP Theory, Eivind Opsviks Overseas, Tyshawn Soreys Obliquity, Vic Juris Quartet and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Russ Lossing is a provocative, fresh leader in creating alternatives to long held conceptions in music. His individual voice, as a pianist, teacher and composer, is sought out as an authority in the jazz and avant-garde fields emerging in music today. He's has composed over 300 works and is in special demand as a world class jazz pianist and improviser. Lossing has seven CDs as leader and is featured on over 30 other CDs as sideman and collaborator with world acclaimed musicians such as Paul Motian, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser. He has composed 21 film scores from avant-garde shorts to full length documentaries for PBS, BBC and world broadcast performances, as well as dramatic features both foreign and domestic. He has numerous television and live radio performances and interviews in the U.S.A. and Europe relative to his distinction as a performer and composer.

Tonight's performance promises to be an adventure into musical territory both expansive and introspective, not to be missed by those with a cutting-edge sensibility.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Thursday,  Jan 19 - 6:00PM 
Yehuda Hyman
JEWFEST: The Mad Seven Part I image
Yehuda Hyman's one-man show explores the intersection of theater, dance, poetry, myth and mysticism.

THE MAD SEVEN--A MYSTICAL COMEDY WITH ECSTATIC DANCE is a modern-day riff on a 19th century Hasidic tale. Playwright, actor and choreographer Yehuda Hyman tells the epic tale of Elliott Green, San Francisco office drone turned reluctant hero who embarks on a strange and mystical quest. In a virtuosic performance, Hyman uses music and dance as he becomes the many characters of this playful, off-beat and moving story of spirituality and self-discovery.

Inspired by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s “The Seven Beggars,” The Mad 7 is a wild tour of the mysteries of the universe and the ecstasy of the soul. The Jerusalem Post says, "Hyman's one-man performance piece transports the Orthodoxy of that Hasidic tale to secular America...his transformations reveal the essence of character in simple choreographic strokes...If Madonna can take charge in Kabbaladom, surely there must be a fiefdom for Yehuda Hyman."

$15 includes a drink

Thursday,  Jan 19 - 8:30PM 
Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Sam Harris, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
Chris Dingman's Waking Dreams image
Hailed by the New York Times as a "dazzling" soloist and composer with a "fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism," Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. His new album, Waking Dreams, has been called "gorgeous" (Time Out NY), "enthralling" (BBC Radio 3), "brilliant" (All About Jazz) , and "deeply lyrical" (NY Times). Stereophile calls it "a very big, pleasant surprise" and the Los Angeles Times commends: "rich and full of unexpected twists but never less than approachable, Waking Dreams casts an atmospheric spell true to its name." Hear this spellbinding band in one of its rare NYC appearances of the year.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 20 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Featured reader: Linda Lerner, ;  Spotlight : Andrew Boston,
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Jan 20 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ray Anderson, trombone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums
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BASSDRUMBONE - the trio of Mark Helias on bass, Gerry Hemingway on drums and Ray Anderson on trombone romps through it's music, artfully pulling compositions in three directions at once. Like the trio Air and a very few other jazz ensembles, BassDrumBone's collective improvisations can be bluesy or ethereal, pensive or raucous in the space of a few seconds. In the early set Thursday, the compositions touched on free-bop, calypso, blues and a ballad, but they were volatile the players would easily shift into double time, toss around cross-rhythms or fall into a hush as if on a single impulse.

"BassDrumBone is so precise that they sometimes feel like a percussion trio, everything in its place." --Kurt Gottschalk

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 21 - 6:00PM 
Dean Kostos, host

Hilary Sideris, poet;  Melinda Thomsen, poet;  & Michael T. Young, poet;  ,
Another installment of one our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

$7 includes a drink

Saturday,  Jan 21 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Jamie Oehlers, tenor saxophone;  Graham Wood, piano;  Sam Anning, bass
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George Garzone and Jamie Oehlers have met several times both in Australia and in US. Now they are together sharing the stage with a young and dynamic rhythm section.

Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Jamie Oehlers, was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards, as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category and is now coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jan 22 - 6:00PM 
Olga Humphrey, host

Kate Baldwin Eng Rita Marchelya Andrea Lepcio Gretchen M. Michelfeld Christen Clifford Saviana Stanescu and Susan Bernfield
New Georges' TRUNK SHOW image

The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome back one of New York's most innovative and exciting theatre companies, New Georges, for a new cycle of performances.

New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!

This installment of TRUNK SHOW kicks off our 20th year and features the work of New Georges affiliated artists...Katie Baldwin Eng, a playwright and librettist, shares a monologue written specifically for actress Rita Marchelya. Andrea Lepcio, a playwright and librettist living in Harlem and Maine, explores the character Ozone Hole as an Aussie named Oz. Gretchen M. Michelfeld, an alumna of Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama, believes political theatre can and should be funny. She’ll be sharing her short play entitled EAT IT performed by Christen Clifford and friends. Saviana Stanescu, New York’s favorite Romanian playwright, will read from her monologue collection, NEW YORK WITH AN ACCENT. And once again, New Georges’ very own Artistic Director Susan Bernfield will serenade us with an original song on her uke! Olga Humphrey, who writes plays, screenplays, and children’s TV about characters such as fire-eaters, volcanologists, murderous mothers, and other stay-at-home types, will be our host. Collaborating artists include: Damion Clark, Christen Clifford, Chad Hoeppner, Gabriel Shanks and Brian Shoaf.

New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).

$15.00 cover (includes your first drink!)


Sunday,  Jan 22 - 8:30PM 
Trina Basu, violin;  Amali Premawardhana, cello;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Avi Shah, tabla
Carnatic Sundays:Karavika image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music’s intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it. Featured in India's most respected newspaper, The Hindu, this series is reaching newer and more diverse audiences each month.

KARAVIKA is a New York City based chamber ensemble comprising violinist Trina Basu, cellist Amali Premawardhana, bassist Perry Wortman and tabla player Avi Shah. With members of the group coming from distinct musical backgrounds, Karavika’s aim is to explore the simple, complex, beautiful and sometimes dissonant musical threads that intersect as a result of their unique combination. Their repertoire is influenced largely by the rich musical languages of South Asian folk and classical genres as well Americana’s blues and folk genres. Karavika's debut album Sunrise is set to be released in winter 2012.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jan 22 - 10:00PM 
Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Sameer Gupta, drums
Arun Ramamurthy Quartet is an exciting new group bringing classic Carnatic compositions & improvisations to new light. Rooted in style of the virtuoso violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Arun brings fresh arrangements to age-old compositions of Carnatic's great composers. Collaborating with innovative musicians like jazz drummer Sameer Gupta, bassist Perry Wortman, and mridangist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, the Arun Ramamurthy Quartet stays true to South Indian music's rhythmic texture and rich sound.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Carnatic Sundays:Arun Ramumurthy Qt. image
Monday,  Jan 23 - 6:00PM 
Larry Josephson
JEWFEST: An Inconvenient Jew: my life in radio image Dana Ullman
Larry Josephson has been making trouble on the radio since 1966, starting as WBAI’s infamous grumpy morning man. When the competition, John Gambling and his ilk, were pushing oleaginous treacle, Larry’s program became the morning switchboard of the “revolution.” He never prepared, just opened the mic and spoke his mind, connecting his id and his heart directly to the transmitter. Larry read from the Times over music of his favorite composers, John Philip Sousa and Ravi Shankar; took calls from students telling tales out of school; announced demonstrations while mocking causes dear to his lefty listeners. Katie, a four-year-old going on 40, and Lisa, age 14, called in every morning to tell Larry what was happening in their lives.

Larry explains how a nice Jewish boy from 1950’s Los Angeles came to be a cynical iconoclast. “I owe everything to Dwight David Eisenhower, who gave his name to an era of smug self-satisfaction and conformity. I worked against that zeitgeist. “ “When I graduated from Junior High School, the principal handed me my diploma and said, ‘Good luck, Josephson. You’ll need it.’ “

“After five years of math and physics at Berkeley, I knew almost nothing about life, the life of the mind, or sex (I was a virgin when I walked into WBAI). During the six years the program lasted, I got a real education in politics, literature, music, love, death and sex--and the dark side of the left. I’ve seen the left with its pants down. Not a pretty sight.”

The program came to an abrupt end when an infant daughter he had with his first wife, died. “I was too grief stricken to continue doing confessional radio.” The marriage died with the child. Larry eventually returned to radio after a year of rehab in Berkeley. Sixteen years after he entered as a freshman he finally graduated with a degree in Linguistics. Governor Ronald Reagan awarded Larry the title “punning linguist” at a special ceremony held in the third subbasement of Sproul Hall.

Larry Josephson’s debut monologue is dedicated to the memory of his dear friend, mentor and model, Spalding Gray.

$15 includes a drink

Monday,  Jan 23 - 8:30PM 
Alexandra Honigsberg, viola;  Demetrius Spaneas, clarinet;  Jed Distler, piano
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Tonight, Classical At The Cornelia welcomes co-curator Jed Distler with "Wolf's Gang": Alexandra Honigsberg, viola; Demetrius Spaneas, clarinet; Jed Distler, piano...performing Alvin Currans’ “For Cornelius” (1982) for solo piano, then Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Trio VII in Eb Major K. 498, “Kegelstatt” (1786)

Written for his friends, the Jacquin family, for their intimate house concerts in Vienna (with Mozart on viola), this piece is the first of its kind scored for these instruments, breaks many standard musical conventions of tempi and forms (including a 7-part, multi-rondo finale with piano intermezzi), and helped raise the clarinet, a new instrument, to prominence. Its instrumentation is often swapped around to suit the musicians available on a particular occasion, as Mozart did, but this is the original. It is said to be all about delicacy, dialogue, and intimacy (“Kegelstatt,” “Skittle Alley,” added by others after the fact due to improbable tales of Mozart’s gaming during its composition).

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jan 24 - 6:00PM 
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Jay Deshpande, Columbia;  Amy Meng, NYU;  Chris Slaughter, Hunter;  Amanda Smeltz, The New School

Join us for this month's installment of The Graduate Poets Series, featuring fine poets who have emerged from metropolitan area MFA programs

Jay Deshpande's poems and reviews have been published in Washington Square, Boston Review, Upstairs at Duroc, and the Argos Books anthology Why I Am Not A Painter. He curates the Metro Rhythm Reading Series in Williamsburg (, and is the former poetry editor of AGNI. He currently teaches writing at Columbia University.

Amy Meng is an MFA candidate at New York University. She has been published in the North Dakota Quarterly, Conte, and the inaugural issue of Literary Laundry. She is trying to drink more apple cider and less whiskey, but is not married to that plan. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Chris Slaughter graduated from Medgar Evers College with a degree in English. Currently, Chris is doing an MFA in poetry at Hunter College and received a fellowship from Cave Canem. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he implements his know how and experience to the youth, helping them articulate the pain and strife of inner city suffering. At the age of 21, Chris wrote and self published a book entitled Hear My Cries: The Street jazz and ghetto blues of an only child. He’s been interviewed and published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. He is now working at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hill Queens, while chipping away at his new manuscript.

Amanda Smeltz is the author of Imperial Bender, a full-length poetry collection from Typecast Press, out in early 2013. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, H_NGM_N, Pax Americana, and The Lumberyard. She balls out of control as the assistant poetry editor for Forklift, Ohio. She serves wine, oysters and baby pigs in some Manhattan restaurants; Brooklyn is her stomping grounds. Buy her a drink.

$7.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Jan 24 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Tammy Scheffer, vocals, compositions;  Andrew Urbina, alto sax;  Dan Pratt, tenor saxophone;  Chris Ziemba, piano;  Dan Foose, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Blue Tuesdays:Tammy Scheffer Sextet image
A forward thinking vocalist and composer, Tammy Scheffer’s music makes an imaginative use of her voice and her group's instrumentation to create new textures and a personal, fresh sound. Her music caught the attention of renowned saxophonist Greg Osby, who hand-picked Scheffer’s album for his own label, Inner Circle Music. Tonight the sextet will perform compositions from their album, “Wake Up, Fall."

“Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation”-- Andrea Canter,

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Tuesday,  Jan 24 - 10:00PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Seung-Hee, vocals, compositions;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, bass clarinet;  Toru Dodo, piano;  Daniel Foose, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Blue Tuesdays:Seung-Hee Quintet image
The Boston Globe called her “a unique voice” and a renowned Korean jazz magazine, MMJAZZ interviewed her as “a Pioneer in jazz voice”, Seung-Hee is a Korean-born, NYC based vocalist and composer. Her latest CD, ‘Waiting’ has received notable reviews including, “On the title track, where the singer's voice is a finely tuned instrument, singing a stunning wordless melody followed by verses in Korean, as her quintet performs sumptuous music..." by Mark F. Turner [All About Jazz NY], "Her voice ricochets off the snapping bop beat like light bouncing off of a prism... She uses her native language to aural effect on the brooding 'Snow Day', while her take of Stevie Wonder's 'Blame it on the Sun'...has folk nuances, like gentle shades allowing sun to gleam through." by George Harris [All About Jazz, Bay Area/Chicago]. A new recording “Winter and then” which is scheduled to be released. Seung-Hee Quintet tonight will be performing her intriguing original compositions with texts in Korean and English as well as wordless music infused with modern jazz and her Korean heritage at Cornelia Street Cafe.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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