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Tuesday,  Jul 29 - 6:00PM 
SATIE A' LA CARTE
Moira Lo Bianco, piano
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Inspired by the eccentric pianist’s approach to life and music, Moira Lo Bianco plays Erik Satie’s best-known pieces in a concert that is less a recital than a translation – and celebration – of Satie’s eccentric approach to music and life. A longtime admirer of his sparseness, repetition and connectedness to spirituality, Moira presents Satie her way. There will be music, umbrellas, bubbles and special guests for a show that you can't miss!


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

Tuesday,  Jul 29 - 8:30PM 
RED REITER
Olli Hirvonen, guitar;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bel, drums

Brooklyn-based post-jazz power trio led by the enigmatic Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen. They make music inspired by modern jazz, alternative rock and avant-garde.


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

STREAMING LINK: http://youtu.be/MBiEOq1xVAo

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Wednesday,  Jul 30 - 6:00PM 
AVIDYA AND THE KLESHAS
Stephanie Carlin, vox/guitar;  Carey Clayton, guitar;  Javi Santiago, piano;  Stephen Harms, bass;  Wes Reid, drums
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Like their namesake, Avidya & The Kleshas' music is shrouded in mystery and cannot be confined to one box. Their latest release "Tree Of Series" is a record for refined tastes, fraught with ever-changing shapes and carefully crafted lyrics. Buddhist texts describe Avidya and four other Kleshas as the fog in our consciousness, the mental states that cloud the mind, i.e why we suffer. Translated from Sanskrit, this incapacity to see reality for what it is defines “avidya,” which is the root klesha in all of us; it is the source of our other mental states of discomfort.


 $8.00 includes a drink    http://www.avidyaandthekleshas.com http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-avidya-and-kleshas-730-6pm-8pm

Wednesday,  Jul 30 - 8:30PM 
RICKY RODRIGUEZ QUINTET
Ricky Rodriguez, bass, comp.;  Myron Walden, alto sax;  Luis Perdomo, piano;  Rudy Royston, drums;  Tom Guarna, guitar
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" Ricky Rodriguez's music displays a mix in some of the Puertorrican;s rhythm with a combination of Classical music, Rock music and modern Jazz sound's.

" This band performing for South Florida JAZZ is very special because all of the players are absolutely top-tier. Venezuelan-born pianist Edward Simon is among the most highly regarded pianists, especially in the modern Latin idiom. Bassist Ricky Rodriguez has a big, aggressive sound and perfect intonation, and drummer Adam Cruz, also known for his long association with pianists Danilo Perez and Edward Simon as well as the Mingus Big Band, is at the forefront of a growing wave of jazz innovation and 21st century cross-cultural rhythm. A special guest is vibist Stefon Harris, Jazz Journalists Association Mallet Player of the Year, who is among the top three on his instrument. This band will be en fuego! "--allaboutjazz


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.reverbnation.com/rickyrodriguezquintet http://www.facebook.com/search/more/?q=Ricky+Rodriguez&init=public

Thursday,  Jul 31 - 6:00PM 
CREATIVE COLLECT PRESENTS: IN PERFORMANCE
Karl Leone, poet;  Bryan Meador, painter
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Create Collect: In Performance features multi-genre writers who put their text in motion. We are dedicated to the interconectedness of poetry/the written word and performance (of language/sound/text, of the body, of material(s), of ritual, of somatics). This installment at The Cornelia St. Cafe will feature a collaboration between poet Karl C. Leone and painter Bryan Meador. The paintings will be on site to view! The evening will also feature two other readings by the actress/ performance artist Trae Harris as well as the writer/performer REZM ORAH. Music by Angelus.


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

Thursday,  Jul 31 - 8:30PM 
MICHAEL BLANCO QUINTET
Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
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Bassist and composer Michael Blanco returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe, bringing a new batch of compositions written especially for this stellar line up of top-notch musicians: veteran tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, guitarist Lage Lund, pianist Adam Birnbaum, and master drummer Clarence Penn. In addition to the new material, the group will present music from Michael's most recent album: No Time Like the Present (Nineteen-Eight Records).

"Michael Blanco is an imaginative bandleader, an emerging composer and a damn fine bassist." -- Fred Hersch

"Michael Blanco is a resourceful young bassist with two albums to his name, and a reputation confirmed by the caliber of his partners."-- Nate Chinen, The New York Times


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

Friday,  Aug 01 - 6:00PM 
THE MONTHLY: 2ND ANNUAL DOG DAYS OF SUMMER PET WRITING PROJECT
Kat Georges, host

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Hot enough for ya? Duh! The Dog Days of Summer are here. Cool off as Three Rooms Press celebrate the Dog Daze, a literary salon with stories and poems by and about NYC’s favorite pets (don’t worry — we’ll cover cats too!).

Our featured lineup includes award-winning author and poet VICTORIA REDEL (Loverboy, Make Me Do Things); New York Times health & science writer PAM BELLUCK (Island Practice); professor, writer, pundit and political satirist JULIANNA FORIANO (host of TV’s Absurdity Today); poet, editor, astrologer T.C. GARDSTEIN (Circuit) plus the debut performance of short story writer TIA LEWIS. Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat (not Cat!) Georges will co-host the event.

The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe, a unique series curated by Three Rooms Press that brings together leading poets, intellectuals, performers and budding rebels on a different topic each month.

Food & drink available during the performance or upstairs after the show


 $8.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Aug 01 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
MARY HALVORSON FEST. : MARY HALVORSON TRIO
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Jim Black, drums
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Mary Halvorson, Chris Lightcap, and Jim Black will perform in a trio formation for the first time.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) 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 co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

Bassist Chris Lightcap has performed across 5 continents with such artists as Marc Ribot, Tomasz Stanko, The Swell Season, Mark Turner, Ed Blackwell, Chris Potter, John Scofield, Glen Hansard, Sheila Jordan, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, James Carter, Diane Reeves, Butch Morris, Siunny Murray, Ben Monder, Tom Harrell and others. He currently plays in over a dozen performing ensembles including bands led by Regina Carter, Matt Wilson, Craig Taborn, Chad Taylor and Joe Morris, and his playing is featured on over 60 albums. In addition to his work as a sideman he has led a variety of bands since 2000 and has produced three critically acclaimed albums of original music. His latest, “Deluxe” on Clean Feed Records was called “superb” by The Wall Street Journal and was named one of the best releases of 2010 by the New York Times, NPR, the Village Voice, and Jazz Times, among other publications. The CD features his group Bigmouth which also includes Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek on tenor saxophones, Craig Taborn on keyboards and Gerald Cleaver on drums. In 2011 he received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America. Bigmouth premiered Lightcap's resulting work, Lost and Found at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 28, 2012 in Seattle, WA. The work was subsequently broadcast on NPR. This music will soon be released on Lightcap’s forthcoming Bigmouth CD on Clean Feed Records.

Born in 1967 and raised in Seattle, WA, Jim Black moved to Brooklyn in 1991 and has since been traveling and touring almost non-stop in Europe, Asia, and the US. He plays drums and composes for of the collective bands Human Feel, Pachora, Endangered Blood, and BB&C (Tim Berne, Jim Black, & Nels Cline.) He has recorded 6 albums as a leader with his band “AlasNoAxis” for the Winter & Winter label. Jim has recorded and toured with many bands such as Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Liebman/Ellery Eskelin Quartet, Uri Caine's various ensembles, Laurie Anderson, as well as recordings and tours with Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Ray Anderson, and Steve Coleman. He appears on over 150 professionally released recordings. In addition to performing and recording, he also teach regularly in workshops around the world as well as programming and performing on his own laptop based sampler instrument.

Photos of Mary Halvorson and Jim Black by Peter Gannushkin. Photo of Chris Lightcap by Petra Cvelalbar.


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

Saturday,  Aug 02 - 6:00PM 
DANCE OF THE WORD: CELEBRATING SUMMER
Alan Baxter, MC

David Elsasser Mindy Matijasevic Peggy Fitzgerald Patricia Carragon Eugene Ring Madeline Artenberg Paul Knopf, jazz piano;  Cleopatra Amaris, sword dancer;  and Evie Ivy, dancer
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Dance, Poetry and Music

Paul Knopf legendary jazz pianist will collaborate with Evie Ivy in a belly dance/Spanish fan dance fusion of “Granada.”

The poem to be danced will be “Memories of a Summer” by Mary Askin-Jencsik, from “The Venetian Hour” poetry anthology.


 $15.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Aug 02 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
MARY HALVORSON FEST.: INGRID LAUBROCK’S ANTI-HOUSE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano saxophone;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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Ingrid Laubrock’s superb quintet delivers a quicksilver mixture of composition and improvisation. The range of approaches, textures, densities, and movement heard, sometimes within each single piece, is one of the most satisfying qualities of Laubrock’s music. Her sponge-like imagination seems boundless.

“An intriguing confluence of strong players.” Michael Rosenstein/Signal to Noise

$20 cover includes a drink



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Sunday,  Aug 03 - 6:00PM 
PERCEIVER OF SOUND LEAGUE
Gary Heidt Kyungmi Lee and guests
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NO SONG IS SAD: REALITY IS CONTRADICTION

What is more real, the letter "A" or vinyl siding? Gary Heidt conducts a guided tour of the contradictory nature of our experience of reality in-between tragic songs of doomed love. Along the way we'll consider Gertrude Stein's masterpiece TENDER BUTTONS, the tax status of arts organizations, and a transgender bodhisattva.



 $8.00 includes a drink    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Heidt

Sunday,  Aug 03 - 8:30PM 
MARY HALVORSON FEST.: MARY HALVORSON AND JON IRABAGON- SOLOS AND DUOS
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Jon Irabagon, tenor sax
Mary Halvorson Fest.: Mary Halvorson and Jon Irabagon- Solos and Duos image Peter Gannushkin

Guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Jon Irabagon will present an evening of solo and duo performances.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, NPR.org) 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 co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others. www.maryhalvorson.com

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and is a founding member of the terrorist bebop band Mostly Other People do the Killing. He also plays in the bands of Mary Halvorson, Mike Pride, Dave Douglas and the Hot Club of Detroit, along with his own projects. Jon launched his own label in November, Irabbagast Records, with the release of two albums: "I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze" with Mike Pride and Mick Barr, and "Outright! Unhinged" with Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey, which received a rare 5-star masterpiece rating from Downbeat Magazine. www.jonirabagon.com
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.maryhalvorson.com http://www.jonirabagon.com

Monday,  Aug 04 - 6:00PM 
MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
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!)    http://www.monologuesandmadness.com

Monday,  Aug 04 - 8:30PM 
AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos;  Robbie Winterhawk, congas
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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.

Tonight with special guest poet Frank Messina reading his NY Mets poetry. The show will be filmed for a movie on the 1986 Mets, directed by Heather Quinlan.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.davidamram.com http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-david-co-55-830pm-1030pm

Tuesday,  Aug 05 - 6:00PM 
JENNIFER RAWLINGS: "I ONLY SMOKE IN WAR ZONES"
Jennifer Rawlings:


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/The-Courage-to-Forgive-Jennifer
Tuesday,  Aug 05 - 8:30PM 
CARNATIC FESTIVAL: AWAZ QUINTET
Aakash Mittal, sax;  Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Anjna Swaminathan, violin;  Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
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Stemming from Indian and American improvisation, the Awaz Quintet employs colorful dissonances, meditative silences, and angular rhythms to express global identity. The sounds of West Bengal collide with Carnatic ragas and New York City beats to create music that is at once steeped in tradition and distinctly modern.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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