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Friday,  Nov 22 - 6:00PM 
Peter Carlaftes, host

Grant Hart Charles Plymell Exene Cervenka Legs McNeil Peter Hale Peter Carlaftes
The Monthly: JFK/NYC/OMG image

Three Rooms Press presents The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe

JFK/NYC/OMG Feat. Grant Hart, Charles Plymell, Exene Cervenka, Legs McNeil, Peter Hale & Peter Carlaftes Examining Conspiracies on the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK

On the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of JFK, Three Rooms Press presents "JFK/NYC/OMG," an examination of conspiracies on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. Speakers include poet-novelist-publisher Charles Plymell, musician-philosopher Grant Hart, musician-writer-conspiracy therapist Exene Cervenka, Allen Ginsberg archivist Peter Hale, writer and Punk magazine co-founder Legs McNeil, and actor-writer Peter Carlaftes (channeling the spirit of Lenny Bruce).

Additional information:

Oliver Stone will love this show.

 $20.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Nov 22 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Frank Kimbrough, piano;  Ben Allison, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
World Time Zone image
Michael Blake and Ben Allison have a long history of making great music together. Whether on their respective CD's (combined they've appeared on over a dozen of each others discs), working as part of the Jazz Composers Collective or performing live, the duo has built an impressive body of work. Hearing them in a trio shifts the spotlight from their signature ensemble arrangements and instead highlights their unique musical camaraderie. Add to this recipe a well-regarded drummer of international repute like Rudy Royston and things are bound to come alive. World Time Zone has recorded a stunning new CD for A-Beat Records called 'Union Square' that features original compositions by all the members. For this engagement Michael will begin to unveil a new work in the making entitled: Contrasts in Individualism. Joining the trio will be special guest pianist Frank Kimbrough.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Nov 23 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, vocals
The Flame: Jazz-Flamenco image
Flamenco in intimate performance

From Madrid, Spain, Rebeca Vallejo, a versatile and innovative vocalist, known for combining her ancestral flamenco roots, her deep love and understanding of Brazilian music, with the language of jazz, creating a sound that is truly unique. Although Rebeca has been based in NYC during the last decade, her two albums have taken her to stages in Brazil, Cuba, Germany, Belgium, Great Britain and Spain. Produced by Grammy Award winning John Seymour (Santana, Dave Matthews Band) Rebeca’s third album, entitled “Azúcar, Canela”, will be release in the US, Europe, Asia and South America.

"Hailing from Spain, using her own body to incorporate percussive accents, she is an earthy grounding rod for some powerfully streaming wattage" ~ Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record

" ...A brave and growing creator, daughter of Andalusians who reinvents herself in the big apple, soaked in funk, bossa-nova, soul, jazz and flamenco sounds" / "... Her songs have been recorded with vitality, fluency and the real truth of live music" ~ Santiago Alcanda, El Mundo (Spain)

" Transcending such conventional labels as Jazz, Latin and World, the Rebeca Vallejo Project is the product of an ever-evolving sound; relentless in its pursuit of creative Nirvana and with an awareness and understanding of a multitude of cultures" ~ Claudia Norman for the "Latino Cultural Arts program" (NY, US)

 $10 cover + $10 minimum (food or drink)

Saturday,  Nov 23 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Susan Alcorn, pedal steel guitar;  Michael Formanek, bass
"…the veteran saxophonist displays his perpetually intriguing sound of experimental music with a deep lyricism. For this recording, it’s a trio of Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax), Michael Formanek (double bass) and Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), and the resulting music is an intoxicating, moody type of avant-garde…" (

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Ellery Eskelin Trio, CD Release: Mirage image
Sunday,  Nov 24 - 6:00PM 
Melissa Fogarty, vocals;  Debra Kreisberg, alto sax;  Steve Newman, piano;  Adam Kahan, bass;  Tommy Mattioli, drums
The Highliners: Jazz Quintet image

The Highliners is a new jazz quintet dedicated to exploring a wide range of material, from the American Song Book to deep-cut classic jazz, and innovative spins on classic rock. The band’s creative direction reflects its members’ individual roots in Latin, klezmer, funk, rock, opera and beyond, cultivating an original perspective on vintage repertoire, while also dissolving traditional boundaries. With Melissa Fogarty, vocals; Debra Kreisberg, alto saxophone; Steve Newman, piano; Adam Kahan, bass; and Tommy Mattioli, drums.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Nov 24 - 8:30PM 
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet, alto saxophone;  Pam Fleming, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Melissa Fogarty, vocals;  Rachelle Garniez, accordion, piano;  Eve Sicular, drums;  Brian Glassman, upright bass
Metropolitan Klezmer: Pre-Thanksgivukkah Show! image Steve Toya

Hailed as “one of the finest American klezmer bands” by Songlines Magazine (UK), Metropolitan Klezmer performs an exhilarating range of musical treasure, bringing astonishing agility and refreshing depth to music from all over the far-flung Yiddish map (folkloric, swing, tango, lesser-known Soviet-era gems, and beyond: genre-expanding originals too!)

“Metropolitan Klezmer takes a scholarly approach to the genre’s history, yet never skimps on the exuberance at its core.” - Time Out New York "With influences that range from old school Arabic music to Latin jazz to Motown, Metropolitan Klezmer interprets aged Yiddish favorites with a mixture of tradition and irreverence. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of the accordion-rich, Eastern European genre of klezmer. Led by percussionist Eve Sicular, the NYC-based eight-piece produces a sound that is not only exuberantly eclectic but also very danceable. Expect an eccentric cultural lesson from these modern-day purveyors of time-honored traditions." - Jen Bachman, Flavorpill

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Nov 25 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Alden Jones , tonight’s featured reader
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Boston Night image
Joining her will be Steven LaFond, 6/11; Kate Robinson, 1/12; and Ken Harvey 6/12.

Alden Jones is the author of the recently published book, The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler’s Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2013) and the story collection Unaccompanied Minors (New American Press, forthcoming in 2014), winner of the New American Fiction Prize. She holds degrees from Brown University, New York University, and the Bennington Writing Seminars, and now teaches creative writing and cultural studies at Emerson College.

 $8 cover includes a drink

Monday,  Nov 25 - 8:30PM 
Ken Filiano, bass;  Anders Nilsson, guitar
Classical At The Cornelia (Contemporary): Ken Filiano and Anders Nilsson Duo image
Bassist Ken Filiano and guitarist Anders Nilsson first met in 2000 at a jam session in New York City. Ever since, a musical and personal friendship has been forged based upon trust and intuition. This intuitive bond comes in handy when they embark into the magic of in-the-moment improvisation or dissecting composed structures. They treat music as a rollercoaster of dynamic expression over-riding stylistic constraints, weaving in and out of free improvisations and original compositions with a sense of drama, seamlessness and humor.

Over the years they have performed numerous concerts, both in the US and Europe, as joint members of several groups – with Fulminate Trio (together with percussionist Michael Evans), Fay Victor Ensemble, Anders Nilsson's AORTA Ensemble, with California poet Bonnie Barnett, and occasionally as a duo.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Nov 26 - 6:00PM 
Cat Richardson, Chelsea Whitton, hosts

Farryl Last, Hunter College;  Liz Axelrod, The New School;  Sara Fetherolf, Hunter College;  Sam Ross, Columbia
Graduate Poets Series image

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, hosts Chelsea Whitton and Cat Richardson present a selection of emerging poets from New York's MFA programs. Continuing the excellent tradition of the Graduate Poets Series, this monthly selection of readers is designed to showcase fresh voices in contemporary poetry, to stimulate a dialogue between MFA programs, and to offer alumni and area poets the opportunity to mingle and riff off of one another. For years, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a New York hub for literature and the arts. Join us this season for cocktails, camaraderie, and as always, great poetry!

Farryl Last is a Brooklyn-based writer just back from teaching English in Italy. Her poetry has appeared in A Clean, Well-Lighted Place and is forthcoming in Word Riot. She is an MFA candidate at Hunter College. Her last name really is Last.

Liz Axelrod is a web editor and poetry reader for LIT, the literary journal of The New School’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program where she completed her MFA (May 2013). She received her bachelor’s degree from the Riggio Writing and Democracy Honors Program and was Managing Editor of two award-winning editions of 12th Street. She has been both reader and judge at the Bowery College Poetry Slam, a featured poet at the Yippie Museum's Monday Night Poet's Café, The Phoenix Reading Series, The New York City Poetry Festival at Governors Island, The Southern Writer's Series, Smalls Jazz Poetry Series, The Renegade Reading Series, Couplet, The Living Room's Stories & Songs Residency and more. Liz is also a reviewer for Publisher's Weekly. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Cat Oars Fiction Collective, Lyre Lyre, 12th Street, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Rail, Electric Literature, Yes Poetry, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and Nap Magazine. She is currently working on her first collection of poems.

Sara Fetherolf was born in California, raised in the Midwest, and came of age in the backwoods of New Jersey. She lives in Brooklyn now, with her partner and 2 cats. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s in English in 2013, and currently pursuing an MFA degree at Hunter College. Her poetry has appeared in Room, Inkwell Journal, Arsenic Lobster, The Pedestal, Gertrude Journal, OVS, and Switched-On Gutenberg, among others. She has a detailed memory, overactive imagination, and a dark sense of humor—all of which tend to emerge in her writing.

Sam Ross's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, Tin House, and others. He has taught at Columbia University, where he was a Teaching Fellow, and the College of Staten Island. He currently serves as the managing editor of Circumference, a journal of poetry in translation.

 $8.00 includes a drink Great food at reasonable prices.

Tuesday,  Nov 26 - 8:30PM 
Nicky Schrire, host

Nicky Schrire, vocals;  Desmond White, bass;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Ross Pederson, drums
Voxify: Nicky Schrire image

Nicky Schrire is a London-born, South African-raised vocalist and composer based in New York City. Praised by All About Jazz for her “warm and supple instrument that serves as a dispensary of emotional power,” her debut album Freedom Flight was released to critical acclaim. Her 2013 sophomore album Space And Time features duets with pianists Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein and Fabian Almazan. Journalists have called the album “breathtaking, stop-you-in-your-tracks stuff…an intimate stunner” (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz), and “fifty minutes of emotionally eventful, richly crafted music” (Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen).

“Though her approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial. Like Parlato, she’s an assured technician with a whole bag of impressive tricks. Like Stevens and, for that matter, Esperanza Spalding, she has an affinity for folk. But…she’s got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.” -Jon Garelick, Arts Fuse (USA)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Nov 26 - 10:00PM 
Nicky Schrire, host

Mika Hary , voice;  TBC, piano;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Sam Minnai, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
Voxify: Mika Hary image

The Mika Hary Group embraces the genres of folk, rock and jazz with a touch of the Middle Eastern unique colors that Mika was immersed in growing up in Israel. Together with the acclaimed musicians in her band, she explores song-form infused with musical freedom, through improvisation alongside lyrical melodies. All of these elements create the unique and modern sound of her band.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Nov 27 - 8:30PM 
Dan Rufolo, piano;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Billy Drummond, drums
Dan Rufolo Trio image
Dan Rufolo teams up with drum legend Billy Drummond and bassist Marty Kenney in a performance presenting new material. Rufolo’s trio has built a reputation of creating a musical environment where all ideas are valuable. The ensemble works with open minds, and a "group above self" attitude, which continues to produce music that is both stimulating and memorable. Rufolo’s compositions feature an array of diverse material infused with the jazz tradition, classical, and the avant-garde.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Nov 28 - 6:00PM 
Chef Dan & our fabulous kitchen crew

Friday,  Nov 29 - 6:00PM 
Gabriel Cabezas, cello;  Stanislav Chernyshev, clarinet;  Jordan Dodson, guitar
Marcel: Classical Trio image

This NYC/Philly based trio returns to Cornelia to play works by Philip Glass, Alex Burtzos, Katerina Kramarchuk, and others.

Marcel plays recently-composed music for guitar, clarinet, and cello. The trio formed at the Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, and since graduating, have extended their reach to NYC.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Nov 29 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
John McNeil, trumpet;  Jeremy Udden, alto sax;  Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Hush Point image
More and more people are suffering from tryptophan poisoning after Thanksgiving, and until now there has been no treatment or cure.

There's good news, however --- HUSH PONT is playing at Cornelia Street Café the Friday after Thanksgiving. Spend an evening taking in some white-hot contrapuntal jazz and you'll forget you ever had tryptophan sluggishness and vomitorium nightmares.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 


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