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Monday,  Jun 01 - 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,  Jun 01 - 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,  Jun 02 - 6:00PM 
Jill Hoffman Anna Halberstadt Stephanie Dickinson Robert Steward
Mudfish 18 Reading image

The name “Mudfish” derives from the storyteller’s stool in Nigerian art, composed of two interlocking mudfish. A book of poetry and art, Mudfish now includes fiction.

Mudfish 18 is a great read and the four readers representing Mudfish 18, one poet and three fiction writers, are all poets in the best sense: that is, storytellers.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jun 02 - 8:00PM 
Michael Attias, alto sax;  Jon Davis, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
The Peter Brendler/Vinnie Sperrazza group image

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 
Tuesday,  Jun 02 - 9:30PM 
John Yao, trombone, comp.;  Jon Irabagon, tenor, alto sax;  Randy Ingram, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Shawn Baltazor, drums
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Experimental, melodic and unpredictable.  The John Yao Quintet features the unique compositions of Trombonist John Yao which are firmly rooted in the jazz tradition but not afraid to step out into the free-rider zone at times.  Yao’s music gives the players free rein to let loose all the while exploring the concepts of opposing forces—of chaos and order, together and apart, individual and group.  Following their 2013 release, In the Now  (Innova), the Quintet returns to Cornelia with a new group of compositions before they step into the studio in the beginning of June.

“Freedom and streamlined focus don’t often get along on jazz recordings, but when they do, it can make for an inspired outing. Trombonist John Yao managed to merge these divergent pathways into a single direction on his debut album, creating a flavorful feast for the senses. Yao’s music is teeming with danger and uncertainty.” Dan Bilawasky, All About Jazz
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 03 - 6:00PM 
Angelo Verga, host

Amy Barone Cindy Hochman Jeff Wright
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A trio of New York City-based poets goes offline to read from their new books: Amy Barone, with Kamikaze Dance, from Finishing Line Press; Cindy Hochman, with Habeas Corpus, from Glass Lyre Press; and Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, with Party Everywhere, from Xanadu Press.

The poets, along with co-host Angelo Verga, belong to brevitas, an online poetry community that celebrates the short poem. Twice a month, they share 1 or 2 poems and offer critiques.

 $ 8 inkadrink, our fine food available

Wednesday,  Jun 03 - 8:30PM 
Jason Yeager, piano;  Danny Weller, bass;  Matt Rousseau, drums

The Jason Yeager Trio presents original compositions featuring elements of modern jazz, European classical, and Afro-latin styles. Featuring music from their acclaimed second release on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label, "Affirmation," as well as new compositions, the group celebrates their departure on a 7-city West Coast Tour following this appearance at Cornelia Street Cafe. " incredible composer and musician....[who] surprises you like a thunderbolt..." -Ran Blake, pianist/composer and MacArthur Fellow

“…[Jason] always impressed me with his talent, his curiosity and his desire to create his own music while really investigating the jazz piano tradition.” -Fred Hersch, pianist/composer

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

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Thursday,  Jun 04 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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June: brides, grads, fathers' day, and our early summer salon

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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.
 food on us, drinks on you 

Thursday,  Jun 04 - 8:00PM 
Jacob Sacks, piano;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums

One of the finest piano trios in existence today, Vinnie Sperrazza, Jacob Sacks, and Masa Kamaguchi return for one night only to Cornelia Street Cafe to explore the standard jazz repertoire and original compositions.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Vinnie Sperrazza Trio image
Thursday,  Jun 04 - 9:30PM 
Jesse Stacken, piano, comp.;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Sean Conly, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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The Jesse Stacken Quartet performs music from Helleborus, his latest record that features tunes written as part of a weekly composition project from 2012 and 2013.

"At every turn on “Helleborus,” the ensemble plays with gusto, coherence and license, heeding the framework without ever sounding hemmed in." -Nate Chinen, New York Times

"I can't quite put my finger on it but I felt that this disc was somehow magical in its own way. Perhaps, this is what the title refers to: hellerorus? Hmmmm. Quite special somehow." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jun 05 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

The Monthly : NYC DOES DADA image
A madcap night of wild DADA performance and art as we celebrate the release of MAINTENANT 9: A JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY DADA WRITING AND ART (now in Color!!). Costumes recommended . . . come as you aren’t!

The event features live reading & performances by contributors to the journal, including Yurly Tarnawsky, Valery Oisteanu, Steve Dalachinsky, Billy Cancel, Jane Ormerod, Ann Firestone Ungar, David Lawton, Craig Kite, Anoek Van Praag, Bradley Rubenstein, Jane LeCroy, Jeff Farr, Adeena Karasick, Diana Manister, Gil Fagiani, Robert Gibbons, Matthew Hupert, John S. Paul, & Dada provocateur Patrice Lerochereuil. Plus hosts Peter Carlaftes & Kat Georges.

This year’s theme, “Techno-Prisoners,” features art and writing illustrating the increasing dependence on technology taken to its most dystopian and absurd extremes. The new journal includes work by a wide range in internationally renowned contemporary dada artists and writers such as punk rock legends Grant Hart, Mike Watt, Exene Cervenka and Alice Bag, poet and Zapp comix founder Charles Plymell, world-renowned contemporary artists Raymond Pettibon and Mark Kostabi, provocative outsider artists Claude Pélieu and Mary Beach, Fluxus luminary John M. Bennett, controversial Japanese artist Rokudenashiko (Megumi Igarashi), and many more

Copies of MAINTENANT 9 will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Plus we’ll be giving away prizes throughout the evening.
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Friday,  Jun 05 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Nate Wood, drums
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This newly formed quartet will play new compositions as well from Tom Chang's debut CD Tongue & Groove.

"Flawlessly executed yet effortless and natural, Chang's compositions are boldly orchestrated and never cease to surprise. This is telepathic ensemble playing from and incredible group of musicians, not to mention beautifully inventive and nuanced guitar work"--Mary Halvorson

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jun 06 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Richard Greene Brad Lawrence Catie Lazarus Gail Thomas
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!

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

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Richard Greene (Author, Inside the Dream: The Personal Story of Walt Disney), Brad Lawrence (2-time Moth GrandSlam Champion), Catie Lazarus (Creator & host of Employee Of The Month), and Gail Thomas (Voice-over artist: David Letterman, Beavis & Butthead).

"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,  Jun 06 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Kris Davis, piano;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Sylvaine Helary, flute;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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"Over the last couple of years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis." — The New York Times

As part of Kris Davis’s on going residency at Cornelia Street, she assembles a group of long time collaborators and master improvisers for this rare performance. You don’t want to miss it !

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 07 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Clint Goss, computer scientist and flute scholar;  Sylvain Leroux, flute
Entertaining Science: Turning Breath Into Music image
Turning Breath Into Music

For at least 2,000 generations, we have used flutes to convert our breath into vibrating columns of air that get inside each other’s heads, and please us. How does that happen?

Computer scientist and flute scholar Clint Goss will get *inside* those instruments - their physics, psycho-acoustics, and the ethereal musical connection that carries the emotional content. We'll hear the direct descendants of early flutes, from tiny bone flutes to three-meter behemoths that reach for the bottom of what can be heard. Among the newest members of the flute family is the “chromatic tambin”, recently developed by New York jazz musician Sylvain Leroux while crafting traditional tambins (a.k.a. the “Fula flute”) the national flute of Guinea, West Africa. He returned to Guinea to teach the new instrument to children, and will show films of their performances. Sylvain will explain how this new version of a classic instrument provides new means for musical expression within a traditional context.

Clinton F. Goss, Ph.D. is a computer scientist and music facilitator. He has worked as a consultant in software development and Internet technologies for 36 years. Since 1998, he and his wife, Vera, have engaged in technical assistance projects in developing communities, visiting 84 countries. He is a musician on an array of world instruments, primarily ethnic flutes. His areas of publication include compiler optimization, graph theory, quantitative metrics of physiology, and music facilitation, as well as more than 20 CDs under his Manifest Spirit label. He holds an FAA flight instructor certificate, a certificate in music facilitation from the Music for People organization, and a Ph.D. in computer science from NYU.

Sylvain Leroux, 2012 and 2013 Downbeat Magazine "Rising Flute Star,” studied classical flute at Vincent d'Indy – improvisation, composition and World music at the Creative Music Studio – and Fula flute in Guinea. He is a noted bandleader and player on New York City's African and improvised music scene with many recordings including a new CD, titled "Quatuor Creole". He is the inventor of the chromatic tambin and, in Guinea in 2014, conducted a successful music literacy pilot program using his invention.

$20 includes a drink
 $20 includes a drink

Sunday,  Jun 07 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Laura Dreyer, alto, soprano sax, flute;  Klaus Mueller, piano;  Itaiguara, bass;  Mauricio Zotarelli, drums

Saxophonist, flutist, and composer Laura Dreyer is a vibrant, creative voice in the New York jazz scene. Her catchy original compositions combine lyrical melodies with jazz, and Brazilian rhythms, resulting in an exciting, contemporary palette of sound with a strong rhythmic twist.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Sunday,  Jun 07 - 10:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Benji Kaplan, guitar, voice, comp.;  Anne Drummond, flute;  Jason Ennis, guitar
Benji Kaplan CD Release Show for

"Benji's Latest album entitled "Reveries em Som" Featuring: Anne Drummond, is a deep conversation between the flute and Brazilian guitar weaving melodies and harmonies together that are both lyrical and unpredictable. The work contains 14 of Benji's latest compositions and arrangements. Lush Brazilian Jazz mixed with classical and World music elements, equally suitable for the old soul or the contemporary listeners ears!"

"A guitar player with impeccable technique and fluency...poetic and refined compositions, played with a perfect balance of intellect and emotion".--Jazz Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jun 08 - 6:00PM 
Karen Neuberg Soraya Shalforoosh Lissa Kiernan
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Karen Neuberg, Soraya Shalforoosh, and Lissa Kiernan team-up in an emerging poets triple-threat. Neuberg's poems in Myself Taking Stage exhibit “an alluring scent of the surreal” (Molly Peacock), Kiernan's Two Faint Lines in the Violet “merges the personal and the political in zany and utterly moving ways,” (Ted Deppe) and Shalforoosh's This Version of Earth (Barrow Street Press) is as “bracing as any New York novel." (Kathleen Ossip).

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jun 08 - 8:30PM 
Rachel Peters, piano, composition, musical direction

Scott Ethier, musical direction;  Cyrilla Baer Lorinda Lisitza Noelle Nordstrom Onyie Nwachukwu Hansel Tan Shavanna Calder
Rachel Peters and Friends Return image

Otherwise Unsung series curator Rachel Peters is back at the Café with her own all-new program of wildly eclectic, darkly humorous selections from her musicals, operas, and song cycles. Musical direction by Scott Ethier and Rachel Peters. Featuring Cyrilla Baer, Lorinda Lisitza, Noelle Nordstrom, Onyie Nwachukwu, Hansel Tan, and Shavanna Calder! ​

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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