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Sunday,  Mar 25 - 6:00PM 
Brinda Manickavasakam, violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam
Carnatic Sundays: Brinda Manickavasakam image
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
Petros Klampanis Contextual Trio image
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
Emily Elizabeth Quartet image
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


Tuesday,  Mar 27 - 6:00PM 
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Kyla Marshell, Sarah Lawrence College;  Jennifer Nelson, NYU;  Dave McNamara, New School;  Sean Edgley, City College

Join us for this month's installment of The Graduate Poets Series. What is The Graduate Poets Series? Over the course of the season, hosts Seth Graves and Emily Brandt welcome the diverse talent of New York City's MFA community. Once each month, you'll have the chance to see and hear four of the city's most stunning young poets before they start racking up six-figure advances. Hundreds of poets have made their stage debut in this supportive peer environment, discovering their toilers in the field and forming collegial relationships.

Kyla Marshell is an alumna of Spelman College. She is the winner of the Edith A. Hambie Poetry Award, given at Spelman through the Academy of American Poets, and the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes Award, endowed by Alice Walker. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center artists colony, and is a Cave Canem fellow. Her poetry and prose appear in Mythium, The November 3rd Club, Zora & Alice,, and The Revivalist, and poems are forthcoming in PMS poemmemoirstory and CALYX Journal. She lives in Brooklyn, and attends the MFA program in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Jennifer Nelson lives in Flushing, where she writes a dissertation in art history and serves as the poetry editor of Epiphany magazine ( Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Volt, Handsome, Action, Yes, 6x6, Forget Magazine, RealPoetik, and elsewhere. She formerly curated this very series.

A native of Chicago, IL, Dave McNamara received his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an MFA in Poetry at The New School. His poems have appeared on The Best American Poetry Blog, Flying Fish, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. Dave is also the author of a blog devoted to the Black Mountain, Beat and New York School poets. Dave is a member of Actor’s Equity and lives in Crown Heights with his wife.

Sean Edgley is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area currently getting his MFA at City College. He has spent several years working and traveling in Europe and Asia. He has poetry forthcoming in the spring issue of Literary Bohemian and is working on translations of contemporary Korean poetry, as well as a futurist screenplay set in China, inspired by Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading.

$7.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Mar 27 - 8:30PM 
Dave Allen, guitar;  Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress , bass;  EJ Strickland, drums
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With two critically acclaimed CDs behind him, guitarist and composer Dave Allen pushes on with this stellar group of forward-thinking improvisers. The group features the inimitable rhythmic team of Drew Gress and EJ Strickland along with the great alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw. Allen's compositions draw from a wealth of modern composers as well as poets, painters, and filmmakers, pushing the envelope between highly structured, complex forms and spontaneous improvisation.

$20 (includes a drink)


Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 6:00PM 
Alissa Heyman, host

Margaret Diehl Victoria Lynn McCoy Niina Pollari and Kadija Sesay, featured poet
Perfect Sense image

Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 7 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 8:30PM 
Davy Mooney , guitar, vocals;  Jon Cowherd, piano;  John Ellis, tenor sax;  Matt Clohesy , bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
Davy Mooney, CD Release: Perrier St. image
Davy Mooney is a guitarist, composer, and sometime vocalist from New Orleans who lives in Brooklyn. His latest CD release, 'Perrier St', on Sunnyside Records, is his attempt to synthesize his modern jazz leanings with a singer-songwriter aesthetic. Mooney has performed with Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Brian Blade, John Pizzarelli and many others. In addition to Mooney on guitar and vocals, the record features Brian Blade on drums, Jon Cowherd on piano (and producer duties), John Ellis on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Gordon Au on trumpet, Johnaye Kendrick on vocals, and Matt Clohesy on bass. To promote the release of the record, Mooney has been touring with a quintet featuring Cowherd, Ellis, Clohesy, and Greg Ritchie on drums. The group is excited to have its CD release party at Cornelia St Cafe.

A soulful and harmonically savvy guitarist from New Orlean. --Nate Chinen, New York Times

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Thursday,  Mar 29 - 6:00PM 
Deborah Latz, vox;  Joel Frahm, tenor sax
Duo Series, Deborah+1! image

Critics have called New York-based jazz vocalist Deborah Latz “one of the finest balladeers” (Jazz Society Of Oregon), “undeniably unique” (, “Latz has one of the BEST new voices... Her phrasing and unique style is simply elegant and versatile and spunky!” (Jazz Now) and Dan Singer, columnist for England's In Tune International Magazine asks "Deborah, just where have you been all my life?" In Fall 2012 Deborah's third album, Fig Tree will be released featuring Jon Davis, piano; John Hart, guitars; Ray Parker, bass; Willard Dyson, drums and special guest: Peter Apfelbaum, saxes, flutes, percussion.

Joel Frahm, DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone. He has released three highly regarded albums on Palmetto, The Navigator, Don't Explain, and Sorry No Decaf. Having made a name for himself through his associations with singer Jane Monheit and boyhood friend, pianist Brad Mehldau, Frahm continues to hone his own voice. Joel has also worked with a vast array of musical peers and jazz legends including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill, Ben Allison, Pat Martino, and Ingrid Jensen.

Joel and Deborah will perform in duo exploring jazz classics, world music and originals.

Deborah+1! continues June 30 with Ray Parker, acoustic bass

cover $10, (minimum $10)


Thursday,  Mar 29 - 8:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar & compositions;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
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NY Jazz Guitarist Tom Chang has performed and or recorded with Greg Osby, Joey Calderazzo, Rich Perry, as well as pop icons the Supremes, Luther Vandross and Southern Indian Percussion Master Subash Chandran.

His newly formed unit will perform original contemporary jazz compositions influenced by Southern Indian Carnatic concepts as well as contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Friday,  Mar 30 - 6:00PM 
Andrea Lepcio, host

LaShea Delaney Pirronne Yousefzadeh Mary Elizabeth Hamilton Judith Greentree
New Georges' TRUNK SHOW image

The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome back one of New York's most innovative and exciting theatre companies, New Georges, in the series that began in early 2011.

New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!

This installment of TRUNK SHOW celebrates New Georges turning 20th and features the work of affiliated artists and friends: LaShea Delaney and Pirronne Yousefzadeh, a playwright/director team who are part of New Georges' Jam - our group for awesome emerging theater makers - will present some perspectives on Condeleeza Rice. Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, a playwright who's also part of The Jam tests out some new material. One of our all time favorite actresses who played the Tooth Fairy in our production of GOD'S EAR, Judith Greentree, will entertain us silly with excerpts from WHAT DOES NOT KILL ME MAKES ME STRANGER. Our host will be the spirited Andrea Lepcio, a playwright and librettist who splits her time between New York and Maine!

New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).

$15.00 cover (includes your first drink!)


Friday,  Mar 30 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Jeff Williams, drums;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  John O'Gallagher, alto sax;  John Hébert, bass
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Veteran drummer Jeff Williams has worked with such jazz greats as Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and many more in a career spanning over forty years. For the last several years he has been leading a quartet featuring Duane Eubanks-trumpet, John O'Gallagher-alto saxophone, and John Hébert-bass. The group's new CD--Another Time, an top 10 CDs of 2011 selection, offers original compositions from each band member. As the group prepares for a tour of the UK tonight's performance will include material from the CD, as well as brand new offerings.

"Jeff Williams has honed a sound that seamlessly blends a sinewy, propulsive rhythmic sense with a masterful appreciation of space and atmosphere. On Another Time, Williams leads a remarkable group through a series of original compositions that are prefect vehicles for the veteran drummer's singular approach, as well as the quartet's consistently inspired improvisations." --Matthew Miller, The New York City Jazz Record

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Saturday,  Mar 31 - 6:00PM 
with Despina Sarafeidou Written by Sergio Blanco

Kassandra, the Greek tragedy’s figure, as a modern day transsexual immigrant, reveals her Odyssey, in a one woman tour-de-force. Tears, laughter, sarcasm and humour, Euripides and Bugs Bunny. A real stand-up tragedy!

Actress Despina Sarafeidou has interpreted several roles from both the classical and contemporary repertoire in Greece and abroad. As an actress and assistant director she has worked with Lee Breuer and Roula Pateraki. Some of her work on film includes A Touch of Spice, Jaguar, and The Wedding List. She has collaborated with composers/musicians such as Ross Daly, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, and Eve Beglarian in multicultural performances in Greece, the UK, and the United States. She has also translated theatre and has written plays and adaptations, produced in Greece and at La MaMa N.Y. With Kassandra she travelled to various theater festivals in Greece and Europe; she received the Leading Female Role Award in the Apollon 2011 International Theatre Festival.

Playwright Sergio Blanco was born in Uruguay. He studied theatre and classical literature, and has been acclaimed as an innovative director. Since 2000 he has turned to playwriting, producing works both rich and diverse. His plays have been translated and staged in Uruguay, France, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and elsewhere. He has been honoured with several Dramaturgy Awards. He gives lectures and workshops at theatres and universities throughout Latin America and Europe. He currently lives in Paris.

$20.00 includes a drink


Saturday,  Mar 31 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ben Allison, bass;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Brandon Seabrook, banjo, guitar;  Rudy Royston, drums
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Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves and inspired arrangements, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. The Ben Allison Band has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, South America and Europe, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

Whenever some fool goes on about the death of jazz, play that misguided soul some music by Ben Allison. — LA TIMES

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Apr 01 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host/piano

Demetrius Spaneas , saxophone;  Paul Hecht Roberta Maxwell
Barred Music--Shakespeare's Fools Day image
Serial Underground: New York's Premier New Music Variety Show

Jed Distler, host

Doors open at 5:45 PM

"Barred Music" Shakespeare's Fools Day

Readings by Paul Hecht and Roberta Maxwell. With composer/performer Demetrius Spaneas and pianist Jed Distler

ROBERTA MAXWELL: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves, (CBS Series), "What Makes A Family," Warehouse 13." Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Willager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (Lettuce and Lovage).

PAUL HECHT has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith, was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an OBIE for the title role in Pirandello's Henry IV. He has a long and varied career in film and television and has directed and appeared in many literary events in NYC, including at least a dozen at Cornelia Street. including last year's Shakespeare celebration and, in an inspired stroke of typecasting, God in Milton's Paradise Lost.

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 drink/food credit


Sunday,  Apr 01 - 8:30PM 
Sara Serpa, vocals;  André Matos, guitar;  Aryeh Kobrinski, bass;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ted Poor, drums

Born in Lisbon, Sara Serpa is currently living in New York, this being her 5th year in the United States. Her reputation as an innovative vocalist, improviser, and composer, has been growing for the past couple of years, since she initiated a collaboration with alto-saxophonist Greg Osby, with whom she recorded his latest album “Nine Levels” and performed at the Village Vanguard. Sara has recently recorded with pianist Danilo Perez: his latest album "Providencia" and, also with the Noir pianist Ran Blake. She has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe.

Ben Rattliff from The NY Times describes Sara as " cool all over, from concept to execution. She has a halting, careful, nearly affectless soprano that prowls a narrow pitch range in mostly wordless lines, perching naturally around the E above a piano’s middle C, then surprises you when it gradually swells in volume or suddenly jumps up an octave, without breaking stride".

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Apr 01 - 10:00PM 
André Matos , guitar;  Jacob Sacks , piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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The distance between modern post-bop sounds and free jazz suffused with high-tech experimentalism narrows significantly on the 2010 album Quare from André Matos, guitarist and Portuguese native now living in New York. Released on Inner Circle Music, Quare is Matos’s third album as a leader, and it features his spectral playing in various musical settings with accompaniment from some of the top young jazz artists on the scene today.

Matos has been performing and recording with Sara Serpa, Greg Osby, Thomas Morgan, Noah Preminger, George Garzone, Mikado Lab and João Lencastre among many other artists.

¨Mr. Matos advances a pointedly contemporary air¨-- The New York Times

$20 cover (includes a drink)


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