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Friday,  Aug 30 - 6:00PM 
THE MONTHLY : LABOR DAY EDITION
Kat Georges, host

Amanda Boekelheide Ryan C. Daley Laura McCullough Danielle Trussoni Tana Wojczuk
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LABOR PAINS, a celebration of the Labor Movement, Labors of Love and the joy of giving birth.

A Labor Day Weekend Literary Feast

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. —Victor Hugo

Kick off your Labor Day Weekend like never before as Three Rooms Press presents "Fruits of Labor: A Labor Day Weekend Literary Feast of Labor Movements, Labor Pains and Labors of Love," the latest installment of The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe, Friday, August 30, 6pm. The event features a wide ranging group of literary artists and cultural icons, including New York Times best selling novelist Danielle Trussoni (Angelopolis, Angelology, Falling Through the Earth: A Memoir), poet/editor Laura McCullough (Rigger Death & Hoist Another, What Men Want), poet/essayist Tana Wojczuk (published in The New York Times, The Believer, Tin House), award-winning actor and movement choreographer Amanda Boekelheide, and cultural critic Ryan C. Daley. Additional special guest to be announced. Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host.

Featured guests will provce that L-A-B-O-R is NOT a four-letter word! In a perfect world the fruits of labor are sweet indeed, from the beauty of birth following labor pains, to the beauty of fairness resulting from a successful labor movement. And a labor of love, in a perfect world, would always infer success.

$ 8 includes a drink



 $8 includes a drink    http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-monthly-labor-day-edition-830-6pm-8pm

Friday,  Aug 30 - 9:00PM 
BRAZIL FEST: AMANDA RUZZA GROUP
Amanda Ruzza, bass;  Mamiko Watanabe, piano;  Alex Nolan, guitar;  Ben Flocks, sax;  Kenny Grotowski, drums
Amanda Ruzza is an electric bass player and composer based in New York City. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Ruzza developed an eclectic musical ear at an early age. By age 13, she was already gigging professionally. While in Brazil, she worked with distinguished Brazilian producers and arrangers, including Grammy Award-winner Moogie Canazio, Maestro Jobam and Sony Music Japan's Osny Mello. Currently, she performs with groups in a variety of styles, such as Global Noize, Jill Sobule, and Chris Stover’s Caetano Veloso Project, as well as with her own band, the Amanda Ruzza Group – Amanda’s multicultural background has influenced her passion for composing music that incorporates elements of funk, jazz and South American rhythms, which can be heard on her debut album This Is What Happened.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


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

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Friday,  Aug 30 - 10:30PM 
BRAZIL FEST: ROGÉRIO BOCCATO'S AFTER BOSSA-NOVA QT.
Dan Blake, sax;  Nando Michelin, piano;  Gary Wang, bass;  Rogério Boccato, drums, percussion
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Featured on two Grammy-nominated albums, Brazilian percussionist Rogério Boccato plays in projects led by some of today’s leading jazz players, among them Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Edward Simon, and David Binney. He has also collaborated with top-ranking Brazilian artists, such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos, and Vinicius Cantuária.

Here with the 'After Bossa-Nova' project, Rogerio leads a stellar quartet through some of the lesser-known pieces by the greatest among the post-Bossa Nova generation of composers, such as Toninho Horta, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascinento, Edu Lobo. This group gives these songs a unique treatment, infused with improvisation. The idea revolves around openness and interaction, using the motifs of each song as a springboard for instant group compositions. It is a fresh and ever-changing approach to Post-Bossa Nova music. 

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


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

Saturday,  Aug 31 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
BOBBY AVEY GROUP
Bobby Avey, piano;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
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Praised by the New Yorker magazine as, “A young pianist of invention and refinement,” Bobby Avey has established himself as an emerging star in the jazz community.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://bobbyavey.com

Sunday,  Sep 01 - 6:00PM 
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: CIAO BELLA! WHAT MAKES AN ARIA OR AN ALCOHOL BEAUTIFUL?
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Stephanie McGuire, mezzo-soprano;  Noby Ishida, pianist;  Roald Hoffmann, chemist
WHAT MAKES AN ARIA OR AN ALCOHOL BEAUTIFUL?

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire and pianist Noby Ishida will explore beauty in music, through art songs set to poems of Langston Hughes, and some arias from rarely performed operas of Handel and Tchaikovsky. Of music and art, we rightly expect beauty, but could chemists aspire to loveliness in molecules? Chemist Roald Hoffmann will reflect on the native aesthetics of his tribe. Join us for a contemplation of beauty in music and science.

$15.00 includes a drink

For reservations call 212 989 9319.
 $15.00 includes a drink    http://www.mcguiremezzo.com
http://www.roaldhoffmann.com

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Sunday,  Sep 01 - 8:30PM 
KAORU WATANABE & SATOSHI TAKEISHI
Dan Weiss, host

Kaoru Watanabe, flute;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
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KAORU WATANABE is a New York based practitioner of various Japanese traverse bamboo flute or flutes, the taiko drum as well as the Western flute. His music can be best described as an ever-shifting blend of the folk and classical traditions of Japan with contemporary improvisational and experimental music. Kaoru has performed with such artists as jazz pianist Jason Moran and Kabuki actor Bando Tamasaburo, and was a member and artistic director of Japanese taiko ensemble Kodo.

Satoshi Takeishi, drummer, percussionist, and arranger is a native of Mito Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He spent four years there and forged many musical and personal relationships. One of the projects he worked on while in Colombia was "Macumbia" with composer/arranger Francisco Zumaque in which traditional, jazz and classical music were combined. With this group he performed with the Bogota symphony orchestra to do a series of concerts honoring the music of the most popular composer in Colombia, Lucho Bermudes. In 1986 he returned to the U.S. in Miami where he began work as an arranger. In 1987 he produced "Morning Ride" for jazz flutist Nestor Torres on Polygram Records. His interest expanded to the rhythms and melodies of the middle east where he studied and performed with Armenian-American oud master Joe Zeytoonian. Since moving to New York in 1991 he has performed and recorded with many musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Erik Friedlander and Pablo Ziegler to name a few. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.watanabekaoru.com http://www.taikonyc.com

Monday,  Sep 02 - 8:30PM 
AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
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


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

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Tuesday,  Sep 03 - 8:30PM 
40TWENTY
Jacob Garchik, trombone;  Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
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Announcing 40twenty: an updated take on the Mad Men-era house band. In the spirit of jazz club engagements of long ago, this Brooklyn quartet booked two weeks of nightly gigs before recording their debut record.

40twenty is a throwback to the age when a band could find its own sound through night after night of experimentation and interaction. In January 2011, amidst a world of “one-nighters”, 40twenty sought out a New York City space where they could set up camp and forge their identity. After 10 nights and 20 sets at Brooklyn’s Ibeam, they headed to the studio to capture the energy they created.     Released in November 2012, the group's debut album is available now at 40twenty.bandcamp.com, and from the band at their 2013 Winter Jazz Fest performance.   "Loose and assured, it [40twenty's eponymous debut] sounds like the casually sturdy product of a steady-working band"- Nate Chinen, the New York Times  "The music, like the name, has a vintage sound, an homage to the period of highball glasses and cigarette cases that is neither rote recreation nor snide irony" -Sean Fitzell, New York City Jazz Record "Dry, controlled radicalism...a smeary version of chamber jazz"-- Ben Ratliff, NY Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Sep 04 - 8:30PM 
CONTAGIOUS SOUNDS: IKTUS PERCUSSION
Vicky Chow, host

Chris Graham, percussion;  Justin Wolf, percusssion;  Josh Perry, percussion;  Piero Guirmaraes, percussion;  Cory Bracken, percussion
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Contagious Sounds fosters a community where new music, works, and ideas are heard and exchanged. It’s a place where artists can fully explore their creative beliefs without limitation. The series focuses on adventurous and experimental performers and composers who push the boundaries and expectations of the audience.

Curated by Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow, Contagious Sounds is a monthly series launched in 2010 at the Gershwin Hotel. It has presented premieres by composers such as Lukas Ligeti, Tristan Perich, and Sean Friar, and performers including Florent Ghys, Concert Black, Ashley Bathgate, Del Sol String Quartet, BUILD, Andy Akiho, and TIGUE, among many others. For its inaugural concert at Cornelia Street Café on September 4, Contagious Sounds will present two sets featuring many titans of the New York new music scene. Iktus Percussion (Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Josh Perry, Piero Guirmaraes and Cory Bracken) will perform a program of works by Cory Bracken, Ron Ford Cole, Elliot Cooper, Levy Lorenzo, and Steart Saunders Smith at the 9pm set; t8ts

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Sep 04 - 10:00PM 
CONTAGIOUS SOUNDS: T8TS
Vicky Chow, host

Vicky Chow, piano;  Lisa Dowling, bass, voice, electronics;  Domenica Fossati, flute;  Andie Springer, violin
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Contagious Sounds fosters a community where new music, works, and ideas are heard and exchanged. It’s a place where artists can fully explore their creative beliefs without limitation. The series focuses on adventurous and experimental performers and composers who push the boundaries and expectations of the audience.

Curated by Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow, Contagious Sounds is a monthly series launched in 2010 at the Gershwin Hotel. It has presented premieres by composers such as Lukas Ligeti, Tristan Perich, and Sean Friar, and performers including Florent Ghys, Concert Black, Ashley Bathgate, Del Sol String Quartet, BUILD, Andy Akiho, and TIGUE, among many others.

For its inaugural concert at Cornelia Street Café on September 4, Contagious Sounds will present two sets featuring many titans of the New York new music scene. Iktus Percussion will perform a program of works by Cory Bracken, Ron Ford Cole, Elliot Cooper, Levy Lorenzo, and Steart Saunders Smith at the 9pm set; t8ts will present works by John Luther Adams, Dan Cooper, Stephen Feigenbaum, Brooks Frederickson, David Lang, and Liza White at 10pm. Lisa Dowling will also perform two of her own compositions for bass, voice and electronics.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Sep 05 - 6:00PM 
ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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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.
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Thursday,  Sep 05 - 8:30PM 
GREG WARD'S PHONIC JUGGERNAUT
Greg Ward , alto sax;  Joe Sanders, bass;  Damion Reid, drums
Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut, which features the incredible rhythm section of Damion Reid and Joe Sanders, daringly explores the stripped-down instrumentation of the trio. Don't miss the exciting night of original music as the trio returns to Cornelia Street Cafe, where this ensemble had it's debut in 2011.

“I’m thinking of Greg Ward, whose long and searching alto saxophone solo in ‘Third Option’ is one of the best things I’ve heard on record this year.”-- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.gregward.org http://www.joesandersbass.com

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Friday,  Sep 06 - 6:00PM 
POETRY, MONOLOGUES AND SONGS : PERSONAL REMEMBRANCES OF 9/11
Gordon A. Gilbert Jr., host


No rants, diatribes or gratuitous political statements, this is personal.

$ 8 includes a drink
 $8 includes a drink    http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-personal-remembrances-911-96-6pm-8pm

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Friday,  Sep 06 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
CHRIS LIGHTCAP - BIGMOUTH
Chris Lightcap, bass;  Chris Cheek, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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For two nights Bigmouth will perform a new batch of music by Chris Lightcap, commissioned by Chamber Music America and premiered at the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival. They will also play music from their acclaimed CD, "Deluxe" which was named one of the best CDs of 2010 by the New York Times, NPR, Jazz Times and the Village Voice.

"Righteous" ...NY Times "Superb"...Wall Street Journal

"****1/2"...Downbeat

$10 cover plus $10 minimum


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

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