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Thursday,  Feb 02 - 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,  Feb 02 - 8:30PM 
Jerome Sabbagh, saxophone, compositions;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Gary Wang, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
Jerome Sabbagh Qt. Featuring Ben Monder image
The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet plays modern, organic music that can appeal to listeners beyond the traditional jazz audience as well as regular jazz fans. Jerome Sabbagh seeks directness above all in his writing and likes his compositions to sound like actual songs. The quartet has recorded two critically acclaimed albums, "North" (Fresh Sound New Talent) and "Pogo" (Sunnyside). The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet has been together for eight years and is getting ready to record again.

“Memorable tunes with assured performances […] "Pogo" sounds contemporary and vital, and the band delivers one of the year’s strongest ensemble performance.”-– Down Beat, 4 stars

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Feb 03 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Andy Clausen, Featured Poet;  Pamela Twining, Spotlight Poet
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

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

In 1968, Andy Clausen signalled the intensity of his energetic spoken word recital for which he would become known and would affect the generation of latter-day beats as well as many writers of Generation X when he performed naked save for an American flag tie at the Conference Of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers in Berkeley. The following month, when Allen Ginsberg caught a glimpse of Clausen at the Rolling Renaissance readings in San Francisco, he thought he was seeing the young Neal Cassady. Allen Ginsberg not only called him the "Future of American Poetry" but in the introduction to Without Doubt, said he would take a chance on a "President Clausen." Clausen has taught at Naropa University and given readings and lectures at many universities, prisons, poetry conferences, and cafes at home and around the world. He has worked for poetry in the schools agencies in California, New Jersey, Colorado and New York. He is presently working on memoirs of his friendship and adventures with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and many others of the Beat Generation. Author of "40th Century Man," "The Merciless Chill," "Without Doubt," "The Iron Curtain of Love" and many others.

"Andy, I may give your life structure, but you are the Miracle Worker of this team." ~ Janine Pommy Vega

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Feb 03 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ben Monder, guitar;  Theo Bleckman, voice
Ben Monder, Theo Bleckman Duo image
For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo has been touring the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Film fans will note that Bleckmann created the alien language used in the film Men In Black. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder, a regular with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Paul Motian’s band, has developed a compositional style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. The duo’s continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation” and “Oceana” have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.

“ virtuosic and inventive a pair...the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole...Rarely have such individual musicians sounded so single-minded.” Shaun Brady, Downbeat USA

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 04 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Ryan Britt Faye Lane Robert Hurst Mark Katz
The Liar Show image

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.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Ryan Britt (, Faye Lane (The Moth Radio Hour), Robert Hurst: (The Moth Slam Champion), and Mark Katz (former Bill Clinton speechwriter).

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

$15.00 includes a drink

 $15.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Feb 04 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Matt Penman, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Ben Waltzer Trio image
Brilliantly performed…very impressive. – Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of “100 Dreams Ago.” This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. – NY TIMES

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 05 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host

Frederic Rzewski, composer, pianist
Serial Underground: New Music image

Serial Underground : New York's Premiere New Music Variety Show, 25th anniversary season

An Evening with Frederic Rzewski

The legendary composer/pianist Frederic Rzewski makes a rare New York appearance in a solo program encompassing his own virtuosic, passionate and uncompromising works, along with music by friends and colleagues Christian Wolff, Yuji Takahashi, Steve Lacy and John Cage.

Jed Distler, Host

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


Sunday,  Feb 05 - 8:30PM 
Charlie Rauh, guitar;  Concetta Abbate, violin
Classical At The Cornelia: Charlie Rauh and Concetta Abbate image

Spontaneous duet compositions drawing from plainchant, baroque, folk, and 20th century influences.

Composer/guitarist Charlie Rauh has been awarded grants from such organizations as Meet The Composer, The Fractured Atlas Group, The Klaustrid Foundation, The Untitled Artists Group, The Herndon Arts Council, and The International Studios at Denkalschmiede Hofgen. Often marked by an interest in delicate tone and melodic complexity, his improvisatory style emerges as a singular voice as well as a steadfast harmonic foundation. He served as composer in residence at Skriduklaustur in East Iceland in 2010, and is an active teacher, session player, performer, and improviser in the NYC new music scene.

Concetta Abbate began to learn baroque and classical violin at age four. As a child and young adult she studied primarily with Long Island based violinist Irene Lawton. She has performed in various orchestras and chamber ensembles in the Long Island/New York City area her whole life. She graduated from Smith College in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Anthropology, with a specific focus in Ethnomusicology. Her research focus was the music of Latin America. She is known for her ability to cross genres while still maintaining a trademark style. She plays with groups in such diverse genres as Latin, Jazz, Classical, Baroque and Folk.

$10.00 cover plus a $10.00 minimum


Monday,  Feb 06 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

Ralph Badagliaccca, Gordon Gilbert, Todd Greenwood, Mark Hoffmaier,

Chelsea Holland, Taffy Jaffe, Carl Kissin, Katie Kopajtic, Mark Mangan,

Tulis McCall, Francesca Rizzo, Flash Rosenberg,

John Sarno, Dorothea Scher, Mike Zettler

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

Monday,  Feb 06 - 8:30PM 

Classical At The Cornelia Presents: RACHEL PETERS: ALL OVER THE PLACE

Composer/lyricist Rachel Peters returns to Cornelia Street Café for an evening of eclectic and darkly humorous excerpts from the worlds of musical theatre, opera, art song, and cabaret. Rachel’s music and words have been featured at Galapagos Art Space, Metropolis Opera Project, Public Theater Shakespeare Lab, Lincoln Center Library, Tenri Cultural Institute, Asolo Rep, NYC Fringe Festival, The Living Theatre, and Laurie Beechman Theatre among many other places. Projects in progress include an operatic adaptation of Arthur Phillips’s Companionship--about a homicidal baguette--and Canon I for soprano, piano, electric guitar, and photocopier. She is currently a fellow with American Opera Projects. Her work has repeatedly been described as “jarring” and “inventive” by the press.

Additional lyrics by Susan Bernfield, Michael R. Jackson, Jon Kern, Robert Maddock, and Royce Vavrek

Featuring Christopher Berg, Lynsey Buckelew, Sarah Corey, Molly Hager, Lauren Worsham Jarrow, Joelle Lurie, Colter McCorkindale, John-Andrew Morrison, Brandon Snook, Laura Stelman-Jaeger, and Jorell Williams

$20.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Feb 07 - 6:00PM 
Joe Alterman, piano;  James Cammack, bass
Joe Alterman Trio featuring James Cammack image

Joe Alterman and his trio like to swing. The group draws from a unique repertoire of not-often played selections from The Great American Songbook. The mixture not only rekindles memories of why you got into jazz in the first place, but gets your feet tapping as well.

Only 23 years old, Joe Alterman was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has been playing piano since the age of five. Ever since getting booted out of classical music school at the age of 12 (for performing boogie-woogie music at a recital), Joe has been exploring his deep love for jazz. While in high school, he attended Jazz In July, a summer music program at UMass Amherst where he was able to study with Dr. Billy Taylor and Geri Allen. As a student at New York University, of which Joe is a recent graduate, he had the opportunity to study with greats including Don Friedman, Brian Lynch, John Scofield, Billy Drummond, Mike Richmond, Kenny Werner, Ron McClure, Jean Michel-Pilc, and Martin Wind. Besides performing frequently with his trio (which includes extraordinary bassist James Cammack) Joe has also been fortunate enough to have performed with Houston Person and Ralph Lalama, among others. He has performed at venues around the world including the Blue Note Jazz Club in Milan, Churchiil Grounds in Atlanta, and Preservation Hall in New Orleans. He's led groups at venues in New York City including the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Iridium Jazz Club, and Cornelia Street, and was recently selected by famed pianist Bill Charlap to be a participant in Charlap's "Jazz Piano Masterclass", which is held yearly at New York's 92nd Street Y. Joe’s upcoming record, produced by legendary producer Todd Barkan, features James Cammack, Herlin Riley and Houston Person, and is expected to be released in March 2012.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Feb 07 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Sunny Kim, vocals;  Bob Lanzetti, guitar;  Nathan Goheen, bass;  Brian Adler, drums

Prana is a Sanskrit word translating into breath, vital energy, or life force. It also refers to the primary energy of the universe. Prana Trio, was established to transfer this universal idea of breath into a format based around musical freedom. Since 2003, the group has been dedicated to exploring original works and improvisations based on the texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kukai, Shankarcarya, Kabir, Issa as well as others. They have toured throughout the United States and Europe and have had the honor of playing with Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Dave Fiuczynski, Ben Monder and Stomu Takeishi. Described as "beautiful... magical..." by pianist Marilyn Crispell, the trio has released three albums on Circavision Productions: The Singing Image of Fire (2010), Pranam (2006) and After Dark (2004).

"This collection of deeply meditative music strikes interior chords, where the heart and the mind's inner ear intersect, bringing the whole body alive." ~Raul d'Gama Rose, All About Jazz.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 07 - 10:00PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Maria Neckam, vocals;  Aaron Parks, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums;  Lars Dietrich, alto sax;  Samir Zarif, tenor sax;  Mariel Roberts, cello

Hailed as a “valiant trailblazer” by JazzTimes and “a natural wonder” by Le Monde, Maria Neckam is emerging as one of the most original and innovative musicians on the East Coast, since moving to New York from Europe.

“It's not often that a singer like Maria Neckam comes along. Blessed with a voice that she can set free as it flutters and streaks into stellar regions of music, Neckam is still able to keep it in control. She has a natural ability for heartbreaking emotion, in much the same way that Billie Holiday did." - AllAboutJazz

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Feb 08 - 6:00PM 
Andrey Gritsman, host

Presentation of the International Russian Poetry Magazine INTERPOEZIA

Poets: Bakhyt Kenzheev, Irina Mashinskaya, Alexander Stessin, Alexander Veytsman, Alexey Tsvetkov

$ 7 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Feb 08 - 8:30PM 
Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
This ensemble represents tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby's most recent work as improviser-composer-bandleader. Having garnered much attention from his previous efforts as both sideman and leader, Rigby's newest creative direction pays energy, excitement, creativity and cohesive elasticity in spades.

CLEVELAND-DETROIT TRIO combines the creative powers of Detroit natives bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Gerald Cleaver, with Cleveland native tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby. Hailed as "a truly lyrical musician" and "New York's rising star of tenor sax" with a "pioneering voice that deftly combines many influences," Rigby has performed with Mark Guiliana's HEERNT, John Scofield, John Patitucci, Eivind Opsvik and Dan Wall. Cameron Brown is one of the greatest living bass veterans, a driving and creative constant and has worked with the likes of Don Cherry, Art Blakey, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, as well as with Dannie Richmond as a member of the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. Gerald Cleaver is an unstoppable modern drummer who consistently dazzles with his creative depth, having performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Craig Taborn, Mat Maneri, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, to name a few.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 09 - 6:00PM 
Emmanuelle Ertel, Isabelle Milkoff, hosts

French Nights image
The best of contemporary French writing in a bilingual edition.

Tonight's theme : American stars in French fiction, three novels about American "royalty," were published last fall.

The first star is Jayne Mansfield, in "Jayne Mansfield 1967" by Simon Liberati. It relates the last hours of the actress as its first pages retrace the accident in which she lost her life.

The second star is Britney Spears about whom Jean Rolin wrote a very satirical novel - Le ravissement de Britney Spears/The Rapture of Britney Spears. His main character is supposed to keep her from being abducted. In order to do so, he lives the life of a paparrazzi who tracks the singer and other stars in LA. But, he has no car...

Last but not least, our French night focuses on Jimi Hendrix. In Hymne/Anthem, Lydie Salvayre emphasizes the moment when he played the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock on the 18th of August 1969 and relates his life from his difficult childhood to his terrible death at the hotel Samarkand in London in 1970.

Join us for this star-studded new French night

$ 7 includes a drink

Thursday,  Feb 09 - 8:30PM 
Tomas Fujiwara , drums, composition;  Trevor Dunn, bass;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Brian Settles, tenor sax;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up image Peter Gannushkin
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up's 2010 debut, Actionspeak (482 Music), was called "insightful, invigorating, hard to put a finger with a history, smartly informed and firmly moored" (New York Times) and "head-turning...postbop elegance...propulsive groove and subtle abstraction" (Time Out New York). Actionspeak was voted best debut of 2010 by The New York Jazz Record. Featuring Mary Halvorson, Trevor Dunn, Jonathan Finlayson, and Brian Settles, The Hook Up is a band "adept at influencing emotion with shifts of tempo and style" (All About Jazz). Their second album,The Air is Different (482 Music), will be released in April 2012.

"Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting...His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint... a conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope." -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://WWW.TOMASFUJIWARA.COM

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