See the previous week's performances.   March 19-March 26, 2012  See the next week's performances.
Monday,  Mar 19 - 6:00PM 
Ted Jonathan, host

Laurel Blossom Neil Cain Eric Weinstein
The great state of South Carolina casts all its poetry votes for Laurel Blossom. We're happy she comes north to see us once in awhile.

$ 7 includes a drink

Monday,  Mar 19 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host

Ross Bennett Maureen Langan Jeff Kreisler Mark Normand Angry Bob Chris Doucette
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"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!" – The NY Post

"Critics' Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

Tonight, John Morrison hosts Ross Bennett, Maureen Langan, Jeff Kreisler, Mark Normand, Angry Bob and Chris Doucette.

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.


Tuesday,  Mar 20 - 6:00PM 
Rhian Edwards Djelloul Marbrook Alyssa Pelish
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Rhian Edwards is a poet and musician, who recently won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry 2011 and 2012, which makes her Wales's best performance poet. She has delivered over 300 stage, radio and festival performances world-wide. Her first collection, Clueless Dogs is due to be published by Seren in May 2012, while her pamphlet of poems, Parade the Fib (tall-Lighthouse), was awarded the Poetry Book Society Choice for autumn 2008. Rhian’s poems have also appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, Arete, Stand Magazine, the Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Wales, the London Magazine, Planet Magazine and Borderlines.

Djelloul Marbrook is the author of two books of poetry, Far from Algiers (2008, Kent State University Press, winner of 2007 Wick Prize and 2010 Internationa Book Award in poetry), and Brushstrokes and glances (2011, Deerbrook Editions) and three novellas: Saraceno (2012, Bliss Plot Press), Artemisia’s Wolf (2011, Prakash Books), and Alice Miller’s Room (1999, OnlineOriginals). Guest Boy, the first volume of his fiction trilogy, Light Piercing Water, is forthcoming in April 2012 by Mira Publishing House (UK). His short fiction has been published in Orbis (UK), Breakfast All Day (UK), Potomac Review (Maryland) and Prima Materia (New York). Recent poems were published by American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, From the Fishouse, Oberon, Northport Journal, Meadowland Review, The Same, Reed, The Ledge, Poemeleon, Poets Against War, Fledgling Rag, Daylight Burglary, Le Zaporogue, Atticus Review, Long Island Quarterly, ReDactions, Istanbul Literary Review, Arabesques Literary and Cultural Review, Damazine, Perpetuum Mobile, Attic, and Chronogram. A retired newspaper editor and Navy veteran, he lives in Manhattan and the mid-Hudson Valley with his wife, Marilyn. His literary and cultural blog is at

Alyssa Pelish writes and edits in New York. She's a regular contributor to 3 Quarks Daily and PopMatters, has reviewed literature for Rain Taxi and books for Science Magazine, and is Director of Publications at a New York based non-profit. Her current fiction project is part YA novel, part paranormal tale, part environmental disaster, all sympathy, and otherwise known as Uncanny Valley High.

$7.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Mar 20 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, curator

JD Walter, voice;  Misha Tsiganov, piano;  Boris Kozlov, bass;  Alex Sipiagin, trumpet;  Donald Edwards, drums

Vocalist JD Walter will be performing with 4 members of the Criss Cross All Star ensemble, “Opus 5”, performing original music from both his and their repertoire, as well as Standard arrangements.

“Walter is reshaping what jazz singing is all about. He is opening up familiar material to the most adventurous kinds of interpretation, while continuing to engage and entertain his audiences…he is an original in an art overpopulated with copycats.” – Don Heckman, LA Times – Live Jazz review from the Jazz Bakery April-2008

$25.00 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Mar 21 - 6:00PM 
Ben Bryden, tenor sax;  Ben Wendel, tenor sax;  Tim Basom, guitar;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Dustin Kaufman, drums
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Led by Scotsman Ben Bryden, Bright Noise is part of a growing scene characterized by alternative rock influences and odd time signatures. Featuring original music that ranges from euphoric grooves to melancholy atmospheric melodies intertwined with high octane improvisation, tonight sees the launch of the band's self-titled EP. They will be joined by special guests Ben Wendel (Kneebody, Tigran Hamasyan, Snoop Dogg) and Chris Lightcap (Regina Carter, Mark Turner, Paul Motian).

Praised for his ‘well-defined, tightly executed compositions’ (Glasgow Herald), New York saxophonist and composer Ben Bryden is a rising star in improvised music whose work is recognized in Europe and the US. After honing his skills at Manhattan School of Music, as well as venues such as Zinc, The Iridium and Le Poisson Rouge, Ben has appeared with Kenny Wollesen’s ‘Wollesonics’ and ‘Himalayas’ as well as guesting with the Dan Weiss Trio and Les Paul.

"Quite a talent...One of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene" - BBC Radio Scotland

$20.00 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Mar 21 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Paul Lieberman, tenor sax, flute;  Duduka da Fonseca, drums;  Nilson Matta, bass;  Joel Martin, piano;  Fernando Saci, percussion
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"After two years of touring the US with Airto & Flora Purim in an (otherwise) all-Brazilian band, Paul was invited by Mutantes co-founder Sergio Dias to move to Brazil, where he lived and worked for four years as a first-call musician, and recorded with Djavan, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, Alcione and dozens of other stars, and recorded or performed with most of Brazil's greatest instrumentalists. He became so fully assimilated into the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture that he was routinely assumed to be a native.

$20 (includes a drink)


Thursday,  Mar 22 - 6:00PM 
Taffy Jaffe, host

Taffy Jaffe Trish Alexandro Gordon Gilbert Raphael Badagliacca Carl Kissin Jess Korman

$10 includes your first drink

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Thursday,  Mar 22 - 8:30PM 
John Raymond, trumpet;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Javier Santiago, piano;  Joe Martin, bass;  Otis Brown III, drums
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A finalist in the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, rising star trumpeter John Raymond kickstarts the "Spotlight on New Talent" series at the Cornelia St. Cafe with the official CD Release for his debut album "Strength & Song." Produced by legendary trumpeter/educator Jon Faddis, the album features Raymond's original compositions that draw on jazz, rock, hip-hop and pop influences to produce emotionally engaging music with affecting, memorable melodies. Accompanying Raymond is a cast of New York’s finest rising star musicians, and their world-class interplay on Raymond's original compositions makes for a night of powerful, expressive music.

“A dynamic and soulful musician, both as a trumpet player and a composer. John Raymond uses his knowledge of the jazz tradition to forge a style that honors the masters of our music as well as being creative, unpredictable and compelling. John has a unique voice, and he is definitely saying something that is worth listening to." --Jon Faddis, World-Renown Trumpeter & Educator

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Friday,  Mar 23 - 6:00PM 
Jaye Maynard, vocals;  Jon Delfin, piano;  Leon Lee Dorsey, bass
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Singer Jaye Maynard pays homage to (but doesn't try to imitate) the wised-up jazz-babydoll stylings of the late Blossom Dearie - with Jon Delfin accompanying her on Dearie's own piano. Leon Lee Dorsey plays bass, as Maynard interprets “Blossom Dearie’s First Songbook” containing songs written exclusively for or by Dearie by, among others, Bob Dorough, Johnny Mercer, and Dave Frishberg.

Dearie was a unique and inimitable singer whose legacy of material is fresh, hip, smart, and sassy. Maynard styles her show in a mid-Century modern cabaret to inform and entertain.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Mar 23 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mark Helias, bass;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Tom Rainey, drums
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Open Loose, an archetypal improvising band will be celebrating the release of their brilliant new CD “Explicit”. The album, recorded in one night at the Sunset Club in Paris, comprises nine new compositions by composer Mark Helias. Recorded in the middle of a two week tour this recording captures the live intensity of new music being explored and turned inside out by master improvisers. Come here the group live and take home an artifact in the form of their new CD.

$25 (includes a drink)


Saturday,  Mar 24 - 6:00PM 
Mary Armstrong Susana H. Case Barbara Fischer Merv Taylor Margo Stever Meredith Trede
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SHP (Slapering Hol Press) Poets in NYC. Featuring:

Mary Armstrong, winner of the 2011 SHP Chapbook Competition, reading from her prizewinning collection, Burn Pit.

Susana H. Case, SHP author and professor at the New York Institute of Technology, reading from her latest chapbook, The Guide of Practical Sexual Advice.

Barbara Fischer, SHP Advisory Committee Member and winner of the 2011 T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry for her novel-in-verse, Mutiny Gallery.

Merv Taylor, professor at The New School, reading from his latest collection, No Back Door.

Margo Stever Editor of Slapering Hol Press, reading from her new chapbook The Hudson Line.

Meredith Trede, Editor of Toadlilly Press reading from her recent book, Field Theory.

$7.00 includes a drink


Saturday,  Mar 24 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ricardo Gallo, piano;  Dan Blake, saxophones;  Reut Regev, trombone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
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Ricardo Gallo’s “Tierra de Nadie” performs original music conceived as a sort of imaginary musical folklore, a “No man’s land” which is the intriguing basis for exploratory improvisations. The compositions picture a landscape devoid of flags, providing space for the contributing musicians. On this occasion featuring Mark Helias on Bass, Satoshi Takeishi on drums, Dan Blake on saxophones, Reut Regev on trombone, and Ricardo Gallo on piano and compositions. Its debut recording titled “The Great Fine Line”, enjoying as well the contribution of Ray Anderson and Pheeroan akLaff was released in November 2010 by Clean Feed Records.

”While everyone is accorded solo space, this is genuine ensemble music, with the arrangements for Gallo’s original compositions emphasizing alert interplay, multi-linear improvisation and rapid shifts in density and tone.”-- Peter Margasak, Downbeat.

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Mar 25 - 6:00PM 
Brinda Manickavasakam, violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam
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Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music's intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it. Featured in India's most respected newspaper, The Hindu, this series is reaching newer and more diverse audiences each month.

This month features vocalist Brinda Manickavasakam, a top disciple of the respected and celebrated vocalist, Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Brinda is blessed with a sweet voice and is adept at expressing herself with refined classicism. She has performed in many of the major sabhas (venues) in India as well as in the US. This is a concert not to be missed, as Brinda is based in Washington DC and will only be performing one concert in the NYC area. She will be accompanied on violin by a newcomer to Cornelia Street, Smitha Krishnan. Our very own, Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, will accompany on mridangam.

$20 (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Mar 25 - 8:30PM 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Petros Klampanis, bass
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Bassist Petros Klampanis invites two of the finest musicians in the NY scene for that Sunday night at Cornelia Street Cafe.

The CONTEXTUAL trio, with the drummer extraordinaire Ari Hoenig and young luminary Gilad Hekselman, will allure the audience with powerful compositions and tasteful improvisations.

Petros Klampanis debut album CONTEXTUAL was released by Inner Circle Music label last April and has received rave reviews.

"A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis, now a member of Greg Osby’s stable at Inner Circle, makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual"-Jazztimes Magazine/Bill Milkowski.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Monday,  Mar 26 - 6:00PM 
Emily Elizabeth, vocals;  Teriver Cheung, guitar;  Hannes Fankhauser, bass;  Francesco Alessi, drums
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Emily Elizabeth Quartet: An evening of originals and jazz arrangements.

Emily Elizabeth, vocalist from the heart of the United States was immersed in music from childhood. She studied classical piano and voice throughout her upbringing and was drawn to jazz after hearing Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band live in Chapman, Kansas.

In the fall of 2009 Emily moved to New York City jazz scene to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has studied with Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson and Amy London as well as worked with Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin. Some of Emily Elizabeth's appearances include the Garage Restaurant, NY, NY The Cornelia Street Cafe NY, NY and Miles' Cafe, NY, NY.

$20.00 inkadrink


Monday,  Mar 26 - 8:30PM 
Daisy Jopling, violin;  Daniel Mintseris, piano, keyboards;  Ben Zwerin, bass;  Doug Yowell, drums
Classical At The Cornelia: Daisy Jopling's World On A String image

The Daisy Jopling band perform their own modern arrangements of the great classics, world music, pop and rock songs, and originals.

Daisy began her solo career performing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14. Since then she has toured the world, recorded the music for the Hollywood Films Spanglish and The Road to El Dorado, signed to BMG RCA Victor, and recorded six albums. After opening the Vienna Festival twice before 30,000 people, she is currently on tour with the Daisy Jopling Band playing modern arrangements of great classical pieces.

"Daisy Jopling plays classical music with the energy and spontaneity of a rock musician. She has a lyrical intensity that seems to reach inside you with each stroke of the bow." - Tom Morris, Tony Award Winner 2011 for Best Director of War Horse

$25.00 includes a drink


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