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ART ON THE WALLS

Collage by SARAH WHITE

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Wednesday Mar 02 6:00PM  FLASH FICTION
host: Carol Novack

Texas Boy Ben Cunningham Debbie Ann Ice
An evening of wits: Blue Satirists from Red States, Debbie Ann Ice and Texas Boy Ben Cunningham featured after an open mic from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm (please sign up before 6pm). $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  TANYA KALMANOVITCH: MAJOR OVER MINOR & HUT FIVE
MAJOR OVER MINOR: Rob Thomas, violin;  Tanya Kalmanovitch, violin & viola;  Lindsey Horner, acoustic bass;  HUT FIVE: Tanya Kalmanovitch, violin & viola;  Pete McCann, guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Owen Howard, drums
Tanya Kalmanovitch: Major over Minor & Hut Five image
A formidable classical performer, Kalmanovitch is fast developing a reputation in the international jazz and creative music community as an innovator on her primary instrument, the viola. She explores the viola’s dark, warm terrain, uncovering its rich, vocal qualities in the context of jazz and free improvisation. Unabashedly expressive and a fierce technician, Kalmanovitch’s breathtaking performances have garnered rave reviews in DownBeat, Coda, the Montreal Gazette, and the Irish Times.

On March 2, Kalmanovitch will be showcasing her range in two separate projects. At 8:30 PM she will be performing with Major Over Minor, a collaborative acoustic string trio with violinist Rob Thomas and bassist Lindsey Horner. In this performance, the trio will be improvising over Bela Bartok’s 44 Duos for Violin, exploring the unique harmonic and melodic soundscapes in the composer’s miniatures.

For the second set at 10:00 PM, Kalmanovitch will feature her electric quartet Hut Five. Joined by guitarist Pete McCann, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Owen Howard, she will perform original compositions blending her primary musical influences: contemporary jazz, 20th Century classical music, rock and free improvisation. Central to the group’s aesthetic is the idea of expressive contrasts. The original compositions span the poles of extended composition and free improvisation, and Kalmanovitch’s rich viola and sweet violin float over the astringent chromaticism and rhythmic complexity of her compositions. The group has released two records on Perspicacity.
 Cover $10   www.tanyakalmanovitch.com

Thursday
Mar 03
8:30PM  ALL ABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK PRESENTS 1S & 2S: MUSIC FOR SOLO & DUO
Ken Peplowski, clarinet, tenor saxophone;  Greg Cohen, bass
ALL ABOUTJAZZ-NEW YORK PRESENTS 1S & 2S: MUSIC FOR SOLO & DUO  image
AllAboutJazz-New York, the city’s number one resource for the most complete and in-depth information and coverage of what’s happening in the city each and every month, will be presenting a regular monthly series – “AllAboutJazz-New York Presents 1s & 2s: Music for Solo & Duo” at Cornelia Street Café on the first Thursday of every month.
*For more information contact Laurence Donohue-Greene at ldgreene@allaboutjazz.com or 212-568-9628

KEN PEPLOWSKI
One of the top clarinetists of the ‘90s, Peplowski is also an amazing tenor player with roots in yesteryear’s legends such as Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. In 1987 he recorded his
 Cover $12   www.allaboutjazz.com/newyork/index.htm

Friday
Mar 04
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler


Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series with featured reader Faith Vicinanza. arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)   http://www.poetz.com
8:30PM  JAZZ ITALIANO--BISEO/SANJUST QUARTET+1
Ricardo Biseo, piano;  Gianni Sanjust, clarinet;  Giorgio Rosciglione, bass;  Gege Munari, drums;  Marcello Rosa, trombone
JAZZ ITALIANO--BISEO/SANJUST QUARTET+1 image
March 4-6 Cornelia Street is part of Jazz Italiano New York, a citywide celebration of the best in Italian jazz

Biseo/Sanjust Quartet, with its 15 years of activity, is one of the most appreciated of the Capital. Its main feature is the solo clarinet usually used in groups such as “Dixieland”. The repertoire is taken by the best of the so called evergreens of the jazz history, from the 20s till today.

Authors such as Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington - among others - are thus revisited with new arrangements always characterised by simplicity and good taste.

Riccardo Biseo   www.jazzitaliano.com

Saturday
Mar 05
6:00PM  ZIRYAB: THE ARAB-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Nada Taib & Ramzi Moufarez, hosts


Arab-American writers & friends gather monthly with featured readers and open mike. With the incomparable Tarik Benbrahim on oud. This month's authors are Moheb Soliman, Amir Tehrani-Irani, and Aida Zehlian.
 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  JAZZ ITALIANO--BISEO/SANJUST QUARTET+1
Riccardo Biseo, piano;  Gianni Sanjust, clarinet;  Giorgio Rosciglione, bass;  Gege Munari, drums;  Marcello Rosa, trombone
JAZZ ITALIANO--BISEO/SANJUST QUARTET+1 image
March 4-6 Cornelia Street is part of Jazz Italiano New York, a citywide celebration of the best in Italian jazz

Biseo/Sanjust Quartet, with its 15 years of activity, is one of the most appreciated of the Capital. Its main feature is the solo clarinet usually used in groups such as “Dixieland”. The repertoire is taken by the best of the so called evergreens of the jazz history, from the 20s till today.

Authors such as Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington - among others - are thus revisited with new arrangements always characterised by simplicity and good taste.

Riccardo Biseo   www.jazzitaliano.com

Sunday
Mar 06
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL

Indeed, we must, in time. And there's something to learn about life through death. In "Dreadful Sorry, Guys," performance artist Claudia Stevens's eerie vocalizations, interlocking monologues and fierce piano playing combine in a haunting, bittersweet and sardonic one-act inspired by the murder of a childhood friend by hate criminals. And the audience gets to sing and recite as well! Shai Shaham is a brilliant young biologist at Rockefeller University, who will tell us of his work on programmed cell death, apoptosis. From undead cells in the nervous system of an unusual research organism, the worm C. elegans (another coil), we learn how apoptosis might be controlled.
 Cover $10
8:30PM  JAZZ ITALIANO--BISEO/SANJUST QUARTET+1
Riccardo Biseo, piano;  Gianni Sanjust, clarinet;  Giorgio Rosciglione, bass;  Gege Munari, drums;  Marcello Rosa, trombone
JAZZ ITALIANO--BISEO/SANJUST QUARTET+1 image
March 4-6 Cornelia Street is part of Jazz Italiano New York, a citywide celebration of the best in Italian jazz

Biseo/Sanjust Quartet, with its 15 years of activity, is one of the most appreciated of the Capital. Its main feature is the solo clarinet usually used in groups such as “Dixieland”. The repertoire is taken by the best of the so called evergreens of the jazz history, from the 20s till today.

Authors such as Berlin, Gershwin, Porter, Ellington - among others - are thus revisited with new arrangements always characterised by simplicity and good taste.

Riccardo Biseo   www.jazzitaliano.com

Monday
Mar 07
6:00PM  THE NEW SHUL DOWNTOWN SALON

The New Shul invites you to join moderator Esther Perel for a season of provocative guest presentations, roundtable discussions and open debates. Perel, who moderated the celebrated Ideas Café, now brings her talents downtown to the Cornelia Street Café, where we gather around small tables for conversation, wine and community building. Swap thoughts and insights with old and new friends on issues in (or behind) the headlines. Monday, March 7, 6-8pm What Are We Watching: The devil in the mirror. Former chairman and CEO of HBO, Michael Fuchs, takes the pulse of current entertainment and reveals what our screens say about American Society Admission $10 $5 for New Shul Members Esther Perel is a Manhattan based psychologist and social commentator whose cross-cultural pulse and playful intellect break with convention. The New Shul is a new, progressive Jewish congregation located in downtown New York City. For more information, please call 212-284-6773 or visit www.newshul.org.
 Cover $10
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO

FROM CHENGDU CHINA TO CHARLES STREET: AT HOME AROUND THE WORLD
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.
 Cover $10   http://www.davidamram.com
Tuesday
Mar 08
6:00PM  STORYTELLING
Barbara Aliprantis

Rose Fontanella Tom Lisenbee
ROSE FONTANELLA, a proud Italian-American daughter, community activist, wife, mother, friend, tenant, graphic artist, entrepreneur, writer, standup comedian, improvisationalist and STORYTELLER – not necessarily in that order – tells stories that make us laugh at ourselves, the world at large, and the human condition!

TOM LISENBEE, musician, poet, storyteller: From symphony orchestra pits to center stage, Tom loves to tell stories. A published poet, and seasoned "spoken word slammer"- most recently at the Bowery Poetry Club and Smokinwordz Poetry Slam - Tom returns to Cornelia Street Cafe to share a tale or two about his life's journey - a work-in-progress. His stories and narrative poems will have us laughing and listening with open hearts.
8:30PM  ARTURO O'FARRILL Y RIZA NEGRA
Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Rafi Torn, percussion;  Rafi Malakiel, trombone;  Emilio Valdez, drums;  Peter Brainin, tenor sax
Arturo O'Farrill Y Riza Negra image

Arturo O'Farrill y Riza Negra - Explorations in Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban composer/bandleader Chico O'Farrill and musical director of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

Arturo is currently on tour w/ the Lincolin Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra throughout the United States and recently had a premiere performance in Shanghai, China, yet he is still making time for his Y Riza Negra performances at Cornelia Street.

One of the highlights of this incredible musical opportunity, for both listeners and younger musicians: Arturo, the consummate teacher, is offering both a student discount rate and the opportunity for jazz students to sit in with his band during the second set.

This performance is a rare opportunity to see this high-energy, exceptionally gifted artist perform with his trio in the intimate setting of The Cornelia Street Cafe's 60-seat downstairs lounge.


 Cover $10

Wednesday Mar 09 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Andrey Gritsman


Intercultural Poetry, host Andrey Gritsman, featured readers Bruce Weigl, Meg Kearny, Melinda Thomsen.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  RIBS & BRISKET REVUE
Paul Shaprio, saxophone, vocals;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums;  Brian Mitchell, piano
Ribs & Brisket Revue image

Back in the 30’s and 40’s bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music. You had Slim Gaillard singing "Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording "A Bee Gezindt", and Calloway’s hysterical yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to "Ot Azoy" (That's the Way).

Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40’s hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Café. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the saxophonist/composer features Babi Floyd, (of Keith Richard's Expensive Winos et al) and Cilla Owens (one of New York’s best kept secrets). They will be backed by musicians from Paul’s CD ”Midnight Minyan”, on Tzadik Records, which was released lastyear.
*Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket
 Cover $8

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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Many spoken words events are free
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