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Monday,  Feb 23 - 6:00PM 
BENNINGTON WRITERS - FICTION
V. Hansmann, host

Jen Acker, featured reader;  Chantal Corcoran Leigh Jackson Parker Blaney
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Fiction image

Jen Acker will be Monday’s featured reader. Joining her are Chantal Corcoran, Leigh Jackson, and Parker Blaney.

Jennifer Acker is founder and Editor in Chief of The Common. Her short stories have been published in n+1, Guernica, The Literary Review, and Sonora Review, among other places; essays and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Slate, VQR, Harper’s, Ploughshares, The Millions, and The New Inquiry. She has an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and teaches at Amherst College.


 $8.00 includes a drink    http://vleecker.com

Monday,  Feb 23 - 8:30PM 
CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: SOUNDS OF BEING
Jessica Meyer, viola;  featuring Florent Ghys, bass
Classical At The Cornelia: Sounds of Being  image

From her "intriguingly vivid" CD of works for viola and loop pedal, Jessica Meyer evokes a vibrant and visceral energy - turning her viola into "a one-woman orchestra" of emotion to embody a different state of being for each piece: joy, anxiety, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness and passion. Opening set is composer and bassist Florent Ghys, who "writes pieces that blend elements of minimalism, pop music and a dose of extravagant wit".



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://jessicameyermusic.com/sounds-of-being http://www.florentghys.com/

Tuesday,  Feb 24 - 6:00PM 
DRAMATIC ADVENTURE THEATER'S TRAVELOGUE
Claire Edmonds and Lacy Allen, hosts

Erika Anderson Tzena Nicole Christen Madrazo Mary K. Baxter Bryant Vance Isabella Sazak Jonathan David Kathleen Amshoff Jason Williamson
Dramatic Adventure Theater's Travelogue image

Travelogue is a travel writing reading series at which artists of all types share their travel narratives through scenes, monologues, essays, photographs, songs, and more. This special Travelogue at Cornelia St. Cafe will feature a carefully curated line-up of Travelogue's "Best of the best." Hand-picked from our past events, Tuesday night's show will feature our most well-received narratives and monologues, award winning essayists, and even sneak-peak new scenes developed on the ground in Slovak Roma "Gypsy" settlements by our resident playwright, Jason Williamson, whose new play explores the devastating effects of human trafficking on the Roma.

Selected scene from Jason Williamson's The Rebel Bird directed by Kathleen Amshoff and featuring Isabella Sazak and Jonathan David.



 $8.00 includes a drink    http://www.dramaticadventure.com

Tuesday,  Feb 24 - 8:30PM 
FLIP CITY
David Aaron, tenor sax;  Will McEvoy, bass;  Dave Gould, drums
Flip City image

David Aaron brings his latest project, Flip City, to the CSC, in advance of their latest LP, "Mimico". A hard-steamin', obtuse jazz unit, inspired by insurance underwriters, record stores and lobsters. Lots of confusion and disregard for instruction, but with clear intention.

"Bold and fearless with a highly original melodic sense"--Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.shortmemory.org

Wednesday,  Feb 25 - 6:00PM 
FRENCH NIGHTS:
Isabelle and Emmanuelle, hosts

French Nights:  image
Celebrating Patrick Modiano The 2014 Nobel Prize of Literature

$ 8 includes a drink, food menu available
 $8 includes a drink    http://www.frenchliteraturenights.blogspot.com/

Wednesday,  Feb 25 - 8:30PM 
DAVE AMBROSIO TRIO
Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Russ Meissner, drums
Dave Ambrosio Trio image

Based on musical relationships more than 15 years in the making, bassist David Ambrosio presents his trio featuring Loren Stillman and Russ Meissner. Featuring original compositions by each member, this ensemble explores musical conversation and spontaneity with an open sensibility while still keeping much of the essence and tradition of classic jazz trio playing.

"These three men are gifted improvisers with big ears; a refreshing alternative to the hyper-particular constructive ideals that are pervasive in jazz today" - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.davidambrosio.com

Thursday,  Feb 26 - 6:00PM 
MARTA SANCHEZ SEXTET FEATURING KAVITA SHAH
Marta Sanchez, piano;  Kavita Shah, voice, keys;  Charlotte Greve, alto sax;  Patricia Franceschy, vibes;  Petros Kamplanis, bass;  Mark Schilders, drums
Marta Sanchez Sextet featuring Kavita Shah image

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta's tunes are rhytmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tells stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz.

She'll be performing with a band that features a number of top-flight New York-based musicians, including Kavita Shah on vocals, Patricia Franceschy on vibes, Charlotte Greve on sax and Petros Kamplanis on bass.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.martasanchezmusic.com

Thursday,  Feb 26 - 8:30PM 
PRIMAVERA
Sara Serpa, voice;  André Matos, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano, keyboards;  Thomas Morgan, bass
Primavera image

Primavera is the debut and progeny of a ten year collaboration between singer Sara Serpa (recently voted as Rising Star Vocalist by Downbeat Critics Poll) and guitarist André Matos. The duo departs from their usual bare-bones voice-guitar setting while retaining the deep core of their collective musical identity. Serpa and Matos were born and raised in Portugal, Lisboa and Sintra, respectively, but met and connected in Boston, Massachusetts. They have been playing music together ever since. After completing their formal education at New England Conservatory, the two moved to New York City, where through observing, learning, experimenting and developing together, they produced several releases under their own names. Throughout the years, interacting with some of the most inspiring musicians in the city proved paramount to the development of their musical ideas as a duo. In these endeavors, several fruitful collaborations were born with such luminaries as influential saxophonist Greg Osby and Film Noir pianist Ran Blake, Danilo Perez, Guillermo Klein, among many others. Tonight, a celebration of Sara's birthday, they invite Pete Rende and Thomas Morgan to play old and new tunes.

" Ms. Serpa, a vocalist, and Mr. Matos, a guitarist, recently made a calmly stunning duo album, “Primavera,” that capitalizes on their many affinities:as limber improvisers, as thoughtful composers, as selfless ensemble players, and as internationalists hailing originally from Portugal (by way of Boston and New York)." Nate Chinen, NY Times


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.saraserpa.com http://www.serpamatos.com

Friday,  Feb 27 - 6:00PM 
FROM WHITMAN TO GINSBERG: POEMS THAT CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Bernard Block, host

Luis Bernard Maria Chisolm Diane Block Erica Mapp
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 10th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series



 $8.00 includes a drink    http://https://www.youtube.com/user/AntiTeaPoetry

Friday,  Feb 27 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
CHRIS LIGHTCAP'S BIGMOUTH, CD RELEASE: EPICENTER
Chris Lightcap, bass;  Andrew Bishop, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth, CD Release: Epicenter image

When Chris Lightcap first assembled his own group over ten years ago, he had no idea it would develop into a viable entity. Four CDs and countless sold-out shows later, Bigmouth has evolved into one of today’s most accomplished groups, led by one of the leading bassists and composers of his generation. On March 5, 2015, Clean Feed Records will release Epicenter, the much anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Deluxe, a critically-acclaimed recording that was on 20 of the year’s “best of” lists (including the New York Times, NPR, and JazzTimes). Lightcap was recently awarded a prestigious Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, which commissioned the original compositions featured on Epicenter. He wrote pieces inspired by various touchstones and cultural landmarks of his adopted home, New York City. Appropriately capping off the CD is Lightcap’s raucous take on , Lou Reed’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” Originally heard on the groundbreaking “Velvet Underground & Nico” album of 1967, Bigmouth’s rendition of this song was one of the most written about highlights of the 2014 New York Winter Jazz Fest. As Evan Haga wrote in his Jazztimes review, the song “hit the spot for this festival. It was jazz, it was bohemian pop and it was New York City to the bone.” Bigmouth features two profoundly original tenor saxophonists, Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, the multifaceted genius of keyboardist Craig Taborn, and the creative powerhouse drumming of Gerald Cleaver. Lightcap has lent his huge sound, propulsive groove and creative vision to an impressively wide-ranging array of artists including Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Tomasz Stanko, Joe Morris and Matt Wilson. The band is, in effect, a “supergroup” within the contemporary world of creative music. Despite each member’s outsize musical personality, together they create a cohesive whole, resulting in grand collective statements of driving, ethereal beauty.

"Righteous… this is a steady band, and it shows emphatically in the music….The songs are suffused with locomotion and informed by choice aspects of West African music…it just works.” – Nate Chinen, NY Times


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.chrislightcap.com

Saturday,  Feb 28 - 6:00PM 
SHOSHANA BUSH
Shoshana Bush, vocals;  Aki Ishiguro, guitar;  Jim Robertson, bass;  Joel Mateo, drums
Shoshana Bush image

Join Shoshana Bush as she graces the Cornelia Street Cafe stage once more alongside Isamu McGregor (piano), Brian Holtz (bass), and Joel Mateo (drums). "She possesses a brilliant voice, with an unfailing power and terrific vibrato...[The] blues tunes she performs…not only bring down the house but nearly transform her into a newfangled Janis Joplin or similar artist,” Andrew Martin, Nitelife Exchange.

Bi-coastal vocalist Shoshana Bush grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Columbia University, NY, with a degree in jazz studies. She has commanded the stage of New York's Blue Note Jazz Club & Birdland Jazz Club and proudly opened for Jane Monheit at New York's esteemed Blue Note Jazz Club. Uniquely influenced by Nina Simone, Blossom Dearie, Ernestine Anderson and Esther Phillips, Shoshana enjoys melding the worlds blue and jazz together.“ Shoshana is a confident, poised, self-assured young lady who more than established herself as a serious contender on the New York jazz club scene.” -- Lynn DiMenna, Cabaret Scenes


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://shoshanabushmusic.com

Saturday,  Feb 28 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
CHRIS LIGHTCAP
Chris Lightcap, bass;  Andrew Bishop, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Chris Lightcap image

When Chris Lightcap first assembled his own group over ten years ago, he had no idea it would develop into a viable entity. Four CDs and countless sold-out shows later, Bigmouth has evolved into one of today’s most accomplished groups, led by one of the leading bassists and composers of his generation. On March 5, 2015, Clean Feed Records will release Epicenter, the much anticipated follow-up to 2010’s Deluxe, a critically-acclaimed recording that was on 20 of the year’s “best of” lists (including the New York Times, NPR, and JazzTimes). Lightcap was recently awarded a prestigious Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant, which commissioned the original compositions featured on Epicenter. He wrote pieces inspired by various touchstones and cultural landmarks of his adopted home, New York City. Appropriately capping off the CD is Lightcap’s raucous take on , Lou Reed’s “All Tomorrow’s Parties.” Originally heard on the groundbreaking “Velvet Underground & Nico” album of 1967, Bigmouth’s rendition of this song was one of the most written about highlights of the 2014 New York Winter Jazz Fest. As Evan Haga wrote in his Jazztimes review, the song “hit the spot for this festival. It was jazz, it was bohemian pop and it was New York City to the bone.” Bigmouth features two profoundly original tenor saxophonists, Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, the multifaceted genius of keyboardist Craig Taborn, and the creative powerhouse drumming of Gerald Cleaver. Lightcap has lent his huge sound, propulsive groove and creative vision to an impressively wide-ranging array of artists including Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Tomasz Stanko, Joe Morris and Matt Wilson. The band is, in effect, a “supergroup” within the contemporary world of creative music. Despite each member’s outsize musical personality, together they create a cohesive whole, resulting in grand collective statements of driving, ethereal beauty.

"Righteous… this is a steady band, and it shows emphatically in the music….The songs are suffused with locomotion and informed by choice aspects of West African music…it just works.” – Nate Chinen, NY Times


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.chrislightcap.com

Sunday,  Mar 01 - 6:00PM 
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: PLUTO AND THE ICE PRINCESS, TOGETHER AT LAST
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Jason Kendall, astronomer;  Nadia Roden, visual artist
Entertaining Science: Pluto and the Ice Princess, Together at Last image

Jason Kendall is an urban astronomer who’s held star parties in the Bronx where tattooed gang members, homeless men in plastic bags and fur-wearing women walking Afghan hounds, all stood next to each other and looked at Saturn in a telescope. He’s shamed NYC Parks into turning off park lights for the International Year of Astronomy, and recently started a stint on a Weather Channel show, telling viewers what to see in the sky. When he’s not taking his 15” Obsession telescope into the wilds of Inwood Hill Park, he stealth-teaches astronomy at William Paterson University to mostly-unsuspecting undergraduates.

Tonight Pluto is his beat, and he teams up with Nadia Roden, a visual artist who crosses the realm into ice wizardry. She has published two award winning books on the subject of shaved ice and creative ice pops and has taken her polka dot Ice mobile cart onto the Highline where she has enchanted people with her imaginative flavors. Oprah Magazine named her the ‘Ice Princess’. Tonight Nadia will share her creative process and then take a trip to Pluto and its 5 moons. Be prepared to have your taste buds frozen in delight as the voyage returns to earth bringing flavors from that remote cold space directly to your table at Cornelia Street cafe’s basement.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.moonbeam.net/InwoodAstronomy/jasonkendall.shtml http://www.nadiaroden.com

Sunday,  Mar 01 - 8:30PM 
SPLIT CYCLE, CD RELEASE
Samuel Blais, sax;  Aki Ishiguro, guitar;  Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Split Cycle, CD Release image

First formed in 2010, Split Cycle co-leaders Blais, Letman-Burtinovic, and Ishiguro composed and developed the band through multiple tours in the United States and Canada. The band blends the intensity of New York contemporary music with lyrical aestheticism. With the addition of Jeff Davis on drums, Split Cycle is pleased to celebrate its debut CD release concert at Cornelia Street Cafe.

"The band played music they are passionate about, music that was intense harmonically, melodically, and especially rhythmically...Go out and see them!"- Justin Duhaime- OttawaJazzScene.ca


 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum    http://akiishiguro.com

Monday,  Mar 02 - 6:00PM 
MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
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!!!


 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!)    http://www.monologuesandmadness.com

Monday,  Mar 02 - 8:30PM 
MELODY FADER PLAYS PIANO MUSIC OF CHOPIN AND DEBUSSY
Melody Fader, piano
Melody Fader Plays piano music of Chopin and Debussy image

Melody will present an evening of charming and beautiful solo piano music of Chopin and Debussy. Highlights of the program include Chopin's gorgeous and monumental Ballade no. 4 in f minor, as well some lighter fair by Debussy including Golliwog's Cake Walk and a favorite to many, Clair de Lune.



 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.melodyfader.com

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