See the previous week's performances.   December 30-January 06, 2012  See the next week's performances.
Friday,  Dec 30 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone;  Tom Rainey, drums
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock has been living in the UK since 1989 and has recently moved to Brooklyn. She performed and recorded with: Kenny Wheeler, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Norma Winstone, Veryan Weston, Luc Ex,Django Bates’ Human Chain, Evan Parker, The Continuum Ensemble and others.

Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. Since 2000 she has been performing regularly in New York with numerous groups and has toured Europe and the U.S. with Anthony Braxton and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant. Additionally, Halvorson has performed alongside and interpreted the music of Joe Morris, Nels Cline, John Tchicai, Taylor Ho Bynum, Matana Roberts, Tony Malaby, Elliott Sharp, Myra Melford, Andrea Parkins, Tyshawn Sorey, Marc Ribot and Jason Moran.

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O'Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Tom Varner, Ken Werner, Denny Zeitlin.
 Cover $15

Saturday,  Dec 31 - 5:30PM 
Andy Christie, host

Leslie Goshko Andy Ross Ed Gavagan

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

For this special New Year's Eve edition, The Liar Show welcomes LESLIE GOSHKO (Manhattan Monologue Champion), ANDY ROSS (Mad Magazine), ANDY CHRISTIE (NY Times; WFUV), ED GAVAGAN (The Moth Radio Hour)

Hosted by Andy Christie

$25.00 includes a glass of champagne

Saturday,  Dec 31 - 8:00PM 
Adam O, trumpet;  Livio Almeida, tenor sax;  Mike Saks, bass;  Zaccai Curtis, piano;  Zack O, drums
The O'Farrill Brothers Quintet image
As the sons of GRAMMY award-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill, Adam and Zachary O'Farrill have performed in some of the most prominent jazz settings, including the Carefusion Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Marian's Jazz Room, and the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival. They are now stepping forward with their own band, and their own debut album, Giant Peach, which Wall Street Journal says, "bristles with confidence and creativity." The band provides an eclectic mix of styles in jazz, with innovative, original compositions. Ever since their formation in2009, the O'Farrill Brothers Band has performed in some of the most exciting venues in NYC, such as Birdland Jazz Club, The Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Café, and more. The band members have performed with the likes of Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Esperanza Spalding, Arturo O'Farrill, DJ Logic, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, and Slide Hampton.

$25 cover (includes glass of champagne)
$15 students (no champagne)

Saturday,  Dec 31 - 10:30PM 
Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Bill Ware, vibes;  Alex Blake, bass;  Jaime Affoumado, drums
ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, educator, and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2006 and the Orchestra’s second album, Song for Chico, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. In February 2011, Mr. O’Farrill and the ALJO released their third and newest album, 40 Acres and a Burro.

cover $75 (includes glass of champagne)

Arturo O'Farrill Quartet image
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! )

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.
 Cover $10
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

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

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

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

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

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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