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Sunday,  Apr 12 - 6:00PM 
Megan Doyle Stella-Rose Sklias-Gahan Daniel and Noelani Wing Alejandro Vilarrasa Corriero Civics and Bailey Jones
CSS Presents: Church School Singers! image

Star students of the Church Street School for Music and Art perform original material and cover songs.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Apr 12 - 8:30PM 
Jo-Yu Chen, piano, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Jo-Yu Chen Quartet  image

Jo-Yu Chen's third album, "Stranger" featuring guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, has been released internationally on Okeh Records with Sony Music in 2014. She is the first Taiwanese jazz artist to be signed to a major record label, and has also joined the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists.

A native of Taiwan, New York-based pianist and composer Jo-Yu Chen will present her original compositions from newly released album "Stranger" tonight featuring the great Ben Monder, Thomas Morgan, and Tyshawn Sorey. Chen has been featured in jazz magazines internationally. Her new Album "Stranger" was voted "25 best albums of the year" in French weekly magazine "L'Express".

"Jo-Yu Chen, with her inspired pianism and her originality—as a tune-smith and an instrumentalist—is poised to rise above the dozens of very talented young players into the ranks of the elite group of piano trio artists." - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Apr 13 - 6:00PM 
Paul Hecht, presenter

Paul Hecht, actor;  Barbara Feldon, actor;  Roberta Maxwell, actor;  Jack Wetherall, actor;  Hank Heijink, lute;  Hayden DeWitt, soprano
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Paul Hecht has been an actor for quite some time, and has done just about everything in the business there is.He received a Nomination for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and an Obie for Pirandellos Henry IV at the old Roundabout. He has recorded dozens of audio books. He reads to elementary students at PS 261 in Brooklyn as part of Screen Actors Guilds Bookpals program, and was the SAG branch president. He convenes these literary musical events on a regular basis on this tiny stage at his oldest friends café in Greenwich Village.

Roberta Maxwell: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: McCarter Theatre Center, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves, (CBS Series), "What Makes A Family," Warehouse 13." Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Willager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (Lettuce and Lovage).

Barbara Feldon is best known as “99” -- the secret Agent on the TV series, Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, variety shows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to recall: the Michael Richie film Smile).

On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of Past Tense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one woman show, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a number of poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in His Own Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf.

Her book of essays, Living alone -- and Loving it! was published in 2003 by Simon and Schuster.

Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times).

Jack Wetherall has been an actor for over forty years. Directed by some of the best including Robin Phillips (Canada's Stratford Festival). Blessed with inspiring colleagues, playing "Orlando" in AS YOU LIKE IT opposite Dame Maggie Smith and "Konstantin" in THE SEAGULL and "Orestes" in THE GREEKS (Williamstown) opposite Roberta Maxwell. Informed by playing challenging roles including the title role in THE ELEPHANT MAN (original Broadway production), "Cyrano" (Guthrie Theatre), "Macbeth", "Henry V", "Pericles", "Berowne", "Richard II", "Prospero" etc. Upcoming: "Lyman" in OTHER DESERT CITIES. Jack teaches and coaches and leads The Shakespeare Lab in NYC.

Hayden DeWitt is very pleased to return to the Cornelia Street Cafe` which is, by far, the hippest venue she has ever played! She has appeared as part of Paul Hecht's menagerie here twice before. Her debut was in 2011's Mahler program singing "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" as well as songs by Mahler's wife, Alma. Last November she was a part of "Songs of Travel," an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, performing the oponymous song cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a cast that included Paul, the lovely Barbara Feldon and soprano Judith Barnes.

$ 15 includes a drink
 $15 includes a drink

Monday,  Apr 13 - 8:30PM 
Lisa Daehlin, voice;  Richard Pearson Thomas, piano;  Flash Rosenberg Sven Trygve Haabeth Hilde Skappel
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SWING BUCKLE THE BARD with the honey-tongued, operatic chanteuse LISA DAEHLIN and pianist nonpariel RICHARD PEARSON THOMAS. Using Shakespeare’s verse as anything but a roadmap, we will wag our way through an alternate Paradise of songs, snippets and abominations. Carouse with Ophelia, the Macbeths, Juliet, Romeo, la tęte d’Anne Boleyn, and a fairie-dusting of sass from the churlishly anachronistic Dorothy Parker. Contemporary sprites adding to the merriment include the feisty doodle dame FLASH ROSENBERG, and those spicy Norwegians: the melodic thespian SVEN TRYGVE HAABETH and that sorceress of a triple-threat…HILDE SKAPPEL. Verily! You’ll hear serenades, jigs and cynically celestial music by Stefania de Kenessey, Ellen Mandel, Cole Porter, Christian Stahr, and Giuseppe Verdi.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Apr 14 - 5:30PM 
Photographs 4/1/2015 - 5/31/2015


RECEPTION 5:30:00 PM-7:00 PM

 No Cover 

Tuesday,  Apr 14 - 6:00PM 
Jeff Rose, host

Elaine Flores Dean Dacian Meliora Dockery
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New York STORY Exchange Returns!

New York, “the city that never sleeps,” where everyone has a story to tell…

New York STORY Exchange: New format, rotating hosts, featured tellers followed by: Open Telling: 3 for 5 (3 volunteer tellers, 5 minutes each); sign-up by 6:10 PM

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Apr 14 - 8:30PM 
Roy Zimmerman, voice, guitar

What can one person do about climate change, torture, racism, gun violence, fracking, Congressional ineptitude, ignorance, war and greed? Write funny songs, says Roy Zimmerman. “The Faucet’s on Fire!” is ninety minutes of Zimmerman’s hilarious, rhyme-intensive original songs. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 


Wednesday,  Apr 15 - 6:00PM 
Eugene Schlanger Angelo Verga
A dialog of Poets : Eugene Schlanger & Angelo Verga image
Eugene Schlanger, the Wall Street Poet, is the author of September 11 Wall Street Sonnets. He also practices law on Wall Street. Most recently, his essay on the award of the 2012 T.S. Eliot Prize to Sharon Olds was republished in a collection of critical literary essays in the UK.

Angelo Verga is the author of six poetry collections. His poems have appeared in Rattle, Manhattan Review, Massachusetts Review, New Orleans Poetry Forum, Blue Mesa Review, Saint Ann’s Review, Paterson Literary Review, New York Quarterly, The Temple, Connecticut Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Heliotrope, and numerous other journals. Among his books are A Hurricane Is (Jane Street Press, 2003); 33 New York City Poems (Booklyn, 2005); and Praise for What Remains (Three Rooms Press, 2010). He curates literary readings and other cultural events at the seminal Cornelia Street Cafe. Saltonstall Foundation Poet in Residence (2001), Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO award winner (1999).
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Wednesday,  Apr 15 - 8:30PM 
Andrew Rathbun Taylor Haskins Matt Pavolka Tom Rainey
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Long time collaborators Andrew Rathbun and Taylor Haskins debut their new project at Cornelia Street Cafe. Combining their love of chamber music, free jazz, film scores and electronica, join them as they present an evening of bold new compositions that will engage and stimulate the imagination. Rathbun and Haskins have been working together for over 15 years, appearing on each other's projects as sidemen or producers. Their shared esthetic allows for an unparalleled musical synergy, with unified synchronous lines and the spontaneous completion of each other's musical thoughts. Matt Pavolka's hefty bass sound and musical intensity serve both the rhythmic drive and harmonic foundation, while master musician/magician Tom Rainey adds layers of both groove as well as abstraction that consistently leave jaws dropping.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 16 - 8:30PM 
Kirk Knuffke, cornet, comp.;  Bill Goodwin, drums;  Mark Helias, bass
Kirk Knuffke Trio, CD Release: On Arms & Hands image

Cornetist and composer Kirk Knuffke is one of modern jazz's most skilled navigators of the divide between inside and outside, freedom and swing. On Arms & Hands, to be released April 7 on Royal Potato Family, he assembles the ideal trio to bridge that divide. Joined by bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bill Goodwin, along with special guests Brian Drye(trombone), Daniel Carter (alto saxophone) and Jeff Lederer (soprano/tenor saxophone), Knuffke creates a set of music that is both engaging and inventive.

The pairing of veterans Helias and Goodwin would seem at first glance to be a stylistic mismatch. Helias is best known for his with jazz experimentalists like Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Marilyn Crispell and Gerry Hemingway, along with his band BassDrumBone with Hemingway and Ray Anderson and his trio Open Loose with Tony Malaby and Tom Rainey. Goodwin, on the other hand, is recognized as a premiere straight-ahead drummer, through his decades-long relationship with saxophonist Phil Woods and credits that include such giants as Bill Evans, Tony Bennett, Dexter Gordon, Jim Hall, Gary Burton and Art Pepper.

"Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene." - Peter Margasak Downbeat Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Apr 17 - 6:00PM 
Matthew Hupert, host

Neuronautic Institute presents image

Poetry. With Poets. Music, Meaning, and Sound, Change your brain chemistry with words.

Poets reading: Jess Cording, Billy Cancel, Jane Ormerod, Jane LeCroy, Matthew Hupert, Peter Carlaftes, Kat Georges, and Mitch Corber.

 $8.00 includes a drink, food available 

Friday,  Apr 17 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mary Halvorson, guitar, comp.;  Stephan Crump, bass, comp.
Secret Keeper, CD Release: Emerge image

After years of circling one another among mutual friends and colleagues on the New York creative music scene, Halvorson and Crump met in 2011 and immediately made plans to collaborate. From the very first notes, it has been a magical connection. All those notes can be heard on their Intakt debut, Super Eight, which arrived in March of 2013. They now celebrate the release of their second album, Emerge, for which the duo approached their collaboration from a new angle... Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002, following jazz studies at Wesleyan University and the New School. Critics have called Ms. Halvorson “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson also co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew, Reverse Blue and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Marc Ribot, Tom Rainey and Matthew Welch among others.

Memphis-bred, Grammy-nominated bassist/composer Stephan Crump is a rising light on the New York music scene. As a longtime collaborator with adventurous jazz composers (since 1999 with Vijay Iyer) as well as guitar wizard Jim Campilongo and singer-songwriter Jen Chapin, he has become known for the elegance and purposeful groove of his acoustic and electric bass playing, and for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with magnetic pull on audiences. As a composer, Crump is emerging as a singular voice, one who “avoids obvious routes but manages never to lose his way” (NY Times). His music can be heard in numerous films and on his eight critically acclaimed albums as leader, the latest of which, Thwirl, by his all- string Rosetta Trio, has been lauded by The New Yorker for its “ingenious originals”, named one of the year’s best by NPR and declared “a low-key marvel” by JazzTimes. Crump launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference and has since released two recordings documenting his duo collaborations with both alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney.

“almost unbelievable magical and breathtaking that a patient and open-eared listener should find it…irresistible” - PopMatters

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 18 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host

Juan Pérez Rodríguez, flamenco pianist
The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz: Juan Pérez Rodríguez image
World Music Boutique Productions presents 'The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz' monthly concert series. Curated and hosted by Rebeca Vallejo, showcasing the work of Juan Pérez Rodríguez

Juan Pérez Rodríguez is a flamenco pianist from Andalucía, Spain. Coming from a family of gypsy flamenco musicians, his father is the singer and composer Juan Sombra, and his uncle is the legend of flamenco guitar Nińo Miguel. Juan has studied classical piano since the age of eight in Spain, and did his master in French Impressionism at Boulogne Billancourt Conservatoire (Paris). He was awarded with a full scholarship from Berklee College of Music (Boston) and moved there in 2010 where he specialized in Jazz performance and Big Band composition and arrangement. Juan’s music addresses the most rooted flamenco with the colors and shapes of the different music styles he has being discovering and learning in his journey as a musician. His first album “Fabulare” was released in 2010 and his second album will be ready in May this year. Adding computer loops and singing to his performance, Juan brings the sounds of traditional Flamenco into the technological era.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Apr 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tomas Fujiwara, drums, comp.;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Brian Settles, tenor sax;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, CD Release: After All is Said 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 City Jazz Record. Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up is a band "adept at influencing emotion with shifts of tempo and style" (All About Jazz). On their second album,The Air is Different (482 Music), released in May 2012, "The drummer/composer bristled with a melange of modern jazz that accentuated his propulsive, mulitdirectional drumming...finely etched compositions; haunting, silvery, enchanting."(Downbeat) Tonight, the band will be celebrating the release of and playing music from their new album "After All is Said" (482 Music).

"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    http://WWW.TOMASFUJIWARA.COM

Sunday,  Apr 19 - 6:00PM 
Liz Stretch, host

Marion Nestle, presenter;  Judith Lit, film maker ;  Dan Latham , our very own celebrity chef
Fork it Over : Our Food Talk/Taste Series: AFTER WINTER SPRING image
The Cornelia Street Café presents its third Fork it Over food talk as part of an ongoing series.

Renowned author and food politics expert Marion Nestle along with documentary filmmaker, Judith Lit, join host Liz Stretch for an evening of conversation, food intimacy and story telling as she engages Marion and Judith on their personal engagement to food and life.

Known for their ground breaking work: Marion is a consumer activist working in food politics and author of Eat Drink Vote, and Judith is a filmmaker elevating the conversation about the future of farming through her film After Winter, Spring. Come have sneak peak of the film which kicks off on a national screening tour in May. Join us in sharing the personal, very human tale of their relationship with their subject matter: it’s a food love affair Cornelia Street's very own awesome chef, Dan Latham, will do a blindfolded food tasting that marries the spoken word. Tickets available on the door. Don't forget to arrive early!

Marion Nestle is Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley

Seen through the eyes of family farmers in southwest France, AFTER WINTER, SPRING is an intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture.

This is food intimacy. It will inspire and entertain. Share the passion.

Chef Dan Latham will offer food pairings.
 $ 15 includes a taste

Sunday,  Apr 19 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Sergio Krakowski, pandeiro;  Vitor Gonsalves, piano;  Todd Neufeld, guitar
New Brazilian Perspectives: Sergio Krakowski Trio image

Sergio Krakowski is considered one the best pandeiro players in the world. Born in 1979, he has dedicated himself to this percussion instrument, the very symbol of brazilian music, since 15. Crossing national and cultural barriers, Sergio has played Choro, Jazz e Contemporary Music. He has played with artists such as Maria Bethânia, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lenine, David Linx, Maria Joăo, Mario Laginha, Nelson Veras, Yamandú Costa e Hamilton de Holanda.

He developed his own pandeiro technique, which has been taught in workshops in all over the world: New York, Paris, London, Berlis, Stockholm, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Toulouse, Montpellier, Perpignan, Brighton, Dublin, Rome, Milan, Bolonha, Genova, Kolm, Montevidéu, Săo Paulo e Recife. Mr. Krakowski is a mathematician as well, with a BA and MSc in UFRJ Rio de Janeiro Brazil and a PhD in musical computation in IMPA.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 19 - 10:00PM 
Alex Kautz, drums;  Edward Perez, bass;  Alex Brown, piano;  Magos Herrera, voice
New Brazilian Perspectives: Alex Kautz Group image

Known for his modern aproach, musicality and touch, Alex Kautz has found a unique musical voice as a result of his passion for jazz, world music and brazilian music influence. Born in Sao Paulo Brazil, Alex first went to Boston and them moved to NY to study. Since his arrival in NY Alex has had the opportunity to work with many great musicians such as Tim Ries, John Patitucci, Tim Hagans, Adam Rogers, Aaron Goldberg, Helio Alves, Nilson Matta, Hans Glawischnig, Claudio Roditi, Lionel Loueke, Magos Herrera, Robert Rodriguez, Mike Rodriguez, Paul Bollenback, Romero Lubambo, Phil Dwyer, Ben Monder, Ingrid Jensen and Mike Moreno among others.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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