See the previous week's performances.   April 04-April 11, 2015  See the next week's performances.
Saturday,  Apr 04 - 3:00PM 
Cheryl Moskowitz, poet;  Alastair Gavin, piano, composition

Poet Cheryl Moskowitz and pianist composer Alastair Gavin return to Cornelia St to perform their captivating show of words and music - a unique blend of poetry, grand piano and electronic textures.

 $15.00 includes a drink 

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

Leslie Goshko Andy Ross Tracy Rowland Jeff Simmermon
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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!

Hosted by Andy Christie (The N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post; Sideshow Goshko), Andy Ross (Mad Magazine; Real Characters), Tracy Rowland (Moth GrandSlam Finalist; Al Jazeera America), and Jeff Simmermon (NPR's This American Life).

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 04 - 8:30PM 
Sara Serpa, voice;  Sofia Rei, voice;  Aubrey Johnson, voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Sara Serpa, City Fragments image

Led by the composer and vocalist Sara Serpa, the ensemble City Fragments features three vocalists and three instrumentalists (guitar, bass and drums). This project was born from a desire to bring together jazz vocalists, who typically perform as solo artists, and to create a communal relationship between their voices and the instruments. The primary objective of this ensemble is to explore the sonorities of a mini choir and a jazz oriented instrumental trio, establishing a platform in which vocalists and instrumentalists can contribute to the performance in equal roles, as improvisers and interpreters. The Portuguese, Argentine and American vocalists bring a unique combination of sounds and influences, and the music performed by this ensemble is all original music by Serpa, highlighting wordless compositions, Portuguese poetry, vocal harmonies and counterpoint.

"“(…) one of the most original and innovative musicians to emerge since the turn of the century. Her unique style of vocalese allows her to utilize the full range of her exquisite and clear voice with the agility of an instrumentalist and stand out of the crowd as a sublime interpreter and a bold improviser" All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Saturday,  Apr 04 - 10:15PM 
Sofia Ribeiro, voice;  Juan Andrés Ospina, piano;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, drums
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Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from the country of fado, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a very deep connection to Portuguese traditional music, and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her warm and powerful sound.

Blending elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian and Portuguese music, the album "Ar" is the result of the powerful combination of this exceptional singer's talent as a vocalist and composer with the brilliant arrangements of Colombian pianist Juan Andrés Ospina. A journey where emotions, images and poetry interact through Sofia's splendid voice and a superb ensemble of international top musicians living in New York.

“Sofia is an exceptionally talented musician who is stylistically diverse and technically proficient, with a remarkable ear and articulation technique. Her stylistic interpretation is seasoned, sophisticated and extremely expressive. She is one of the bestscat singers that I have ever worked with!” (Bob Stoloff)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 05 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Andrew Lawler, writer;  Dan Latham, chef
Entertaining Science: EGGSTRAVAGANZA (AND CHICKENS TOO) image

It’s Easter Sunday at Entertaining Science. We won’t solve the chicken and egg problem, but we are going to have fun and good food too. Andrew Lawler, a superlative science writer, the author a thousand articles and more to the point, of “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?” will introduce us to our favorite fowl. Let's face it, chickens get a bum rap. The very word chicken is associated with being clueless or a coward, and birdbrain is no compliment. But the animal that provides the world with its single biggest source of protein is no intellectual slouch. Right out of the egg, a chick can count and think logically. The ancients held the chicken to be sacred and wise, as well as a virtual walking medicine chest.

And don't underestimate the common egg. It’s Easter, so Cornelia Street Café’s master chef, Dan Latham (who has two Rhode Island Reds in his backyard) has carte blanche to take us way past Eggs Benedict. Perhaps not as far as Philippine hard boiled Fertilized Duck Egg. Learn what holds together our quiches, custards and souffles. And bring your taste buds too!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 05 - 8:30PM 
Adam Schneit, tenor sax, clarinet;  JP Schlegelmilch, accordion, piano;  Phil Rowan, bass;  Max Goldman, drums, melodica
Old Time Musketry, CD Release: Drifter image

On their new album “Drifter” (NCM East Records) Old Time Musketry continue their pursuit of a distinctly American music that draws on the exuberant spirit of jazz, the poignant melodies and soulful grooves of rock and folk music, and the energy and spontaneity of free improvisation. The new album both extends the group’s compositional scope and brings a more refined focus to its unique sound and instrumentation. The music ranges from brooding rock ballads and hypnotic grooves to off-kilter marches and barnyard waltzes, all the while maintaining a strong and personal musical vision.

“4 stars”…”Old Time Musketry weaves through a variety of musical styles, never binding themselves to a single idea while asserting their own identity.”--Jon Ross, Downbeat Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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

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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,  Apr 06 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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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.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Apr 07 - 6:00PM 
Hosted by John McCaffrey and Patrick Gough

Nancy Mendez-Booth Burt Weissbourd Jack Gwaltney Harry Dreizen
End of the Line: Stories, Stanzas and Scenes Inspired by Fishing image
The world's wettest profession.

  $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Tuesday,  Apr 07 - 8:30PM 
Peter Brendler, bass, comp.;  Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Peter Evans, trumpet;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
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"Outside the Line" provides a masterful clinic on inside-out jazz, embracing the music's fundamentals while frequently leaving its conventions and cliches in a dusty pile in the corner. -Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Peter Brendler has created quite the gem of a CD - I'd put his release right alongside Eric Revis's smashing new CD as two of the best recordings by a bassist of the past several years. -Richard Kamins, Steptempest

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 08 - 6:00PM 
Shelley Stenhouse Angelo Verga
A Dialog of Poets : Stenhouse & Verga image
Shelley Stenhouse won the Pavement Saw Press Award for her collection, PANTS; was a finalist for the 2009 National Poetry Series; received a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship; an Allen Ginsberg Award; two Pushcart Prize nominations, and three residencies at Yaddo Art Colony. Her poem, "AIDS," has been quoted in Poet's Market. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Margie, and New York Quarterly (among others), and in Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets. Shelley has read on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and on several television networks: NY1, Oxygen and Manhattan Cable's Poetry Thin Air. She lives in Greenwich Village with her daughter, Daisygreen, and works one-on-one with writers.

Angelo Verga has been very widely published in the Americas & Europe. His six collections of poems include 33 NYC Poems (Booklyn, 2005), and A Hurricane Is (Jane Street, 2003). Verga promotes poetry in public spaces, notably The Cornelia Street Cafe where he curates an insane number of events per year. He lives & writes in a high rise above the western edge of Manhattan with the Statue of Liberty as his night light.

 $ 8 inkadrink, our fine food available 

Wednesday,  Apr 08 - 8:30PM 
Andrew Bishop, woodwinds;  Tim Flood, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Bishop/Cleaver/Flood, CD Release: De Profundis image

Bishop/Cleaver/Flood will celebrate the release of their sophomore recording De Profundis (Envoi Recordings). Founded in 1996, the trio includes Andrew Bishop on woodwinds, Gerald Cleaver on Drums, and Tim Flood on Bass and draws its aesthetic through the use of diverse methods to find a balance of composition and improvisational forms along with a search for a cohesive equilibrium of musical ideas.

"A composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber music, Bishop combines a jazzman's fire and flow with a rigorous compositional sensibility, resulting in a potent and highly satisfying blend. --Dave Lynch, All Music Guide

"[O]n his new Album Time and Imaginary Time (envoi), the saxophonist Andrew Bishop engages in a communicative exchange with drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Tim Flood, exploring open space and expanding compositional frames.”--Nate Chinen, New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 09 - 6:00PM 
Ellen Kaye Sings Tom Waits

Ellen Kaye, vocals;  Jed Distler, piano;  Cleve Douglass, back up vocals;  Jordan Pettay, saxophone;  Benjamin Franklin, bass;  Ron Tierno, drums
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Ellen Kaye, entertainer/entrepreneur and composer/pianist Jed Distler reunite on stage again after many years to share their deep and abiding love for the music and lyrics of Tom Waits.

Jed Distler and Ellen Kaye's Tom Waits' history stretches back three decades. On Ellen¹s Coney Island Records CD release 2 AM they included two classic Waits standards, Nighthawks at the Diner and Muriel.

Over the years Distler and Kaye have brought their singular take on Waits to legendary venues like the Monkey Bar, the Russian Tea Room, the Algonquin, Town Hall, the Angry Squire, and now the landmark Cornelia Street Café.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Thursday,  Apr 09 - 8:30PM 
Sam Yahel, piano;  Or Bareket, bass;  Ziv Ravitz, drums
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One of the more distinctive voices among a new breed of Hammond B-3 organ players on the jazz scene, Sam Yahel has earned the top spot in Down Beat's annual International Critics Poll as a Talent Deserving Of Recognition for the past four consecutive years. Since moving to New York in 1990, Yahel has worked with a string of notable jazz artists including tenor saxophonists Joshua Redman and Eric Alexander, former James Brown sideman and alto sax great Maceo Parker, guitarists Peter Bernstein and Bill Frisell, trumpeters Ryan Kisor and Jim Rotondi as well as having played on Norah Jones' Grammy-winning Come Away With Me as well as on recordings vocalists Lizz Wright and Madeleine Peyroux. But it has been as a solo artist in his own right that Yahel has made his most personal statements as both composer and player.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Apr 10 - 6:00PM 
Bob Quatrone, host

invited readers plus open mic
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tonight's poets include Steve Dalachinski, Sherida Yoder, Priscilla Galligan

Jack Tricarico, Ron Kolm, Boni Joi, Eve Packer, Evie Ivie, Linda Lerner

Robert Gibbons, Mindy Matijasevic, Mitch Corber, and Jack Cooper

 $8 includes a drink 

Friday,  Apr 10 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Dayna Stephens, ewi;  Mark Turner, tenor sax;  Henry Cole, drums
Gilad Hekselman's ZuperOctave image

"ZuperOctave is an exploration of sound and space. After establishing his sound in the classic jazz trio and quartet, Hekselman goes exploring with a bass-less semi-electronic band employing some of his old songs and adding some especially written ones to the repertoire."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 11 - 6:00PM 
Jimmy Schatz, vocals;  Katy Pfaffl, keys
Life Lesson with Jimmy!  image

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Saturday,  Apr 11 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Mark Turner, tenor sax;  Joe Martin, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
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"The Gilad Hekselman 4tet has been active for the past 8 years, developing a sound that is uniquely its own. High interaction, deep groove, and exploration of the delicate balance between complexity and communication in melody is what this band is all about."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Many spoken words events are free
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