See the previous week's performances.   April 17-April 24, 2014  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Apr 17 - 6:00PM 
Steven Payne, actor;  Carl Riehl, piano
Bukowski from Beyond image
Steve Payne is back for one night only at the Cornelia Street Cafe in the critically acclaimed Bukowski from Beyond.

Payne masterfully portrays the late Charles Bukowski "with an expressive mix of pleasure and sadness"-The New York Times and "acerbic intelligence and fond humor"-The New Yorker.

Named one of the top ten off-Broadway plays of 2005 by the Washington Square News, "this theatrical masterpiece promises any audience member a unique and cherished experience in theater"

For fans of Bukowski's poetry, this is a must see event!

 $15 includes a drink, food available

Thursday,  Apr 17 - 8:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar;  Greg Ward, alto sax;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
Water Sign image
Long time musical collaborators Tom Chang and Sam Trapchak return to Cornelia St. Cafe with two sets of exciting, original music. They will perform excerpts from their respective upcoming albums and pay homage to the briny deep with a new suite by Sam Trapchak- Water Sign.

"Equally accessible and stimulating. Replete with infectious melodies, risk-taking compositions, and cohesive variety" - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Apr 18 - 6:00PM 
Susana H. Case Julie Danho Peggy Ellsberg Mervyn Taylor
Annual Slapering Hol Press Poetry Showcase image

Four poets from the talented community of writers involved in Westchester's oldest small press, Slapering Hol Press, will be gathering to read from their latest publications. This event is always a highlight of the year and we are especially looking forward to hearing from the newest member of the SHP family, Julie Danho. Julie won SHP’s 2013 Chapbook Competition and is sure to be a rising star in the poetry world. This is the place to be for an evening of exciting and innovative poetry from one of the nation's oldest chapbook publishers.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Apr 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Matt Mitchell, piano;  Kirk Knuffke, cornet;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Allison Miller, drums;  Rachel Friedman, voice
"No Morphine, No Lilies, the third album by drummer Allison Miller’s Boom tic boom, reveals her exemplary chops and stylistic breadth.” Ted Panken, Downbeat

“No Morphine No Lillies is by turns a dazzling, delightful, and challenging exercise led by not only one of the finest drummers on the scene, but also one of the most innovative compositional voices.” – Tom Jurek,All Music

“Allison is a refreshingly honest player. She plays as she is, which is great because she is such an open-hearted, humble, graceful person.” – Ani DiFranco

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Saturday,  Apr 19 - 6:00PM 
Alan Baxter, MC

Poetry, Dance, Music and Song

Poets: David Lawton, Mireya Perez, Cynthia Toronto, Robert Gibbons, Jack Tricarico, Bob Heman

The art of belly dancing: Evie Ivy, dance and poetry and Cleopatra Amaris (with the wings of spring)

Legendary jazz pianist Paul Knopf and Evie Ivy will collaborate in a special rendition of "Jealousie."

$ 15 includes a drink, food menu will be available

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Saturday,  Apr 19 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums;  Dan Weiss, drums

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 
Sunday,  Apr 20 - 6:00PM 
John Hudson
John Hudson's book SHAKESPEARE'S DARK LADY has just been published by Amberley Publishing. It shows that the major author of those plays was a dark-skinned, Marrano Jewish woman, the experimental poet Amelia Bassano Lanier--the first woman to publish a book of original poetry. She was in all the right places at the right times to gain the rare knowledge in the plays. And there are parallels between her poetry and the Shakespearean Romances. John will talk informally in between giving readings from the book. Unless you can stop him, he will probably also talk about Othello which his company the Dark Lady Players is staging in midtown 11-13 April at New Perspectives Theater to show that the play is a black Jewish comedy and that author wrote herself into it.
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available
Sunday,  Apr 20 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Scott Feiner, pandeiro;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Sam Yahel, piano
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Few musicians can be credited with creating their own genre but that’s precisely what Scott Feiner has done with his Pandeiro Jazz project. Upon the release of Feiner’s first album in 2006 the celebrated pianist Brad Melhdau wrote, "Scott Feiner has created a unique sonic world ... full of subtlety and surprise." A View From Below, his fourth album, marks an exciting turning point for Feiner, as it's his first recording to consist solely of his engaging original compositions. It’s also a stylistic departure due to the unique format featuring pandeiro, guitar and keyboards - a surprising new take on the concept of a “power trio.” A native of New York City, Feiner has been spending most of his time in Rio de Janeiro over the last decade, so this is a rare opportunity to see this group live.

"Mr. Feiner treats the pandeiro as an expressive jazz instrument."— The New York Times

"The creative freedom this trio displays while shifting between jazz and Brazilian music is amazing."--Folha de São Paulo

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Apr 21 - 6:00PM 
Paul Hecht, presenter

Paul Hecht Barbara Feldon Roberta Maxwell Richard Easton Hank Heijink, lute;  Hayden DeWitt, soprano
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Paul Hecht has been an actor for quite some time, and has done just about everything in the business there is.He received a Nomination for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and an Obie for Pirandellos Henry IV at the old Roundabout. He has recorded dozens of audio books. He reads to elementary students at PS 261 in Brooklyn as part of Screen Actors Guilds Bookpals program, and was the SAG branch president. He convenes these literary musical events on a regular basis on this tiny stage at his oldest friends café in Greenwich Village.

Roberta Maxwell: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: McCarter Theatre Center, 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).

Richard Easton has appeared in 26 of the plays - all over the world - 76 productions - at Stratford- on-Avon, Stratford Canada and Stratford Conn., in London, New York, San Diego, plus tours of Europe, the US, and the rest of the world. He is proudest of having played Edgar to John Gielgud's last Lear.

Barbara Feldon is best known as “99” -- the secret Agent on the TV series, Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, variety shows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to recall: the Michael Richie film Smile).

On stage Barbara performed in the Circle in the Square production of Past Tense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one woman show, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a number of poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in His Own Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf.

Her book of essays, Living alone -- and Loving it! was published in 2003 by Simon and Schuster.

Lutenist Hank Heijink (pronounced Hey-ink) has played all over the world with leading ensembles such as the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestre d’Auvergne, TENET, Mark Morris Dance Group and the Wooster Group, among others. He is in high demand as an accompanist on theorbo, lute and guitar, and his playing has been described as “eloquent” (Wall Street Journal) and “deft and sensitive” (New York Times).

Hayden DeWitt is very pleased to return to the Cornelia Street Cafe` which is, by far, the hippest venue she has ever played! She has appeared as part of Paul Hecht's menagerie here twice before. Her debut was in 2011's Mahler program singing "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" as well as songs by Mahler's wife, Alma. Last November she was a part of "Songs of Travel," an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, performing the oponymous song cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a cast that included Paul, the lovely Barbara Feldon and soprano Judith Barnes.

$ 15 includes a drink
 $15 includes a drink

Monday,  Apr 21 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host; Liam McEneaney, guest host

Todd Barry Chelsea White Lane Moore Christian Finnegan
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Tonight, Liam McEneaney guest hosts Todd Barry, Christian Finnegan, Lane Moore & Chelsea White.

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!!” – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

 $25.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Apr 22 - 6:00PM 
Devon Glover, actor;  Ellen Mandel, composer, piano;  Jessica Crandall, singer
Sonnet Man and Ellen Mandel meet The Bard! image

Sonnet Man Devon Glover and Composer/Pianist Ellen Mandel and Singer Jessica Crandall share an evening of rapping sonnets and singing songs from Shakespeare's plays.

The Sonnet Man sets Shakespeare’s love sonnets to Hip Hop and features brilliant rap artist Devon Glover. Mr. Glover’s flow embodies the richness of Shakespeare’s language (uncut), and his passionate, yet natural delivery offers an inspiring, creative experience audiences love. The Sonnet Man was a big hit in England at Stratford Upon Avon, and will be performing this July at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario. Devon was recently chosen as the winner of The L.A.Times Book Festival "Inspire Us Poetry" award. Devon is returning to the venue where he made his debut performance.

Cornelia St fans know Ellen's songs to poems by WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy, and e.e. cummings. She's also written music for over 60 plays, as Resident Composer at the Jean Cocteau Rep, the Mint Theater, and beyond. For this show, Jessica and Ellen will perform her sassy, jazzy, and lyrical songs from 12th Night, Love's Labours Lost, Othello and others.

Jessica Crandall played Kassandra in Agamemnon at La MaMa (Innovative Theatre Award nomination), and Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath at Trinity Rep, and has sung many of Ellen's songs at Cornelia St Café, the Wild Project and other venues.

Critics rave about Ellen's music: NPR: " I was enthralled by a striking collaboration: the playful poetry of e.e. cummings set to music by New York composer Ellen Mandel"

 $15.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Apr 22 - 8:30PM 
Roy Zimmerman, vocals, guitar

“Roy Zimmerman simultaneously inspires me and makes me laugh my ass off,” says comedian/author Paul Krassner. Roy tours almost constantly, taking his funny songs about fracking, creationism, marijuana laws, government shutdown, same-sex marriage, guns, taxes and abstinence across the country, often playing in some of the least Progressive places in America for the most Progressive people there - the “Blue Dots” he calls them.

In thirteen albums over twenty years, Roy Zimmerman has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. Zimmerman’s YouTube videos have amassed over seven million views. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and he’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 23 - 6:00PM 
Alissa Heyman, host

Anne-Marie Fyfe Kathleen Ossip BK Fischer
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Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

 $8 includes a drink    http://

Wednesday,  Apr 23 - 8:30PM 
Lainie Cooke, voice;  Peter Zak, piano;  Martin Wind, bass;  Neal Smith, drums
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April 30th is International Jazz Day - April 23, 2014 will be Lainie Cooke at Cornelia Street Cafe Day with three musically gifted, sensitive and swinging musicians - Peter Zak (piano), Martin Wind (bass) and Neal Smith (drums). A lot of new material. Much of it in anticipation of Lainie’s new CD. No hype. No attitude - Just the pure emotion that only true life experience can endow in an artist. Lainie and the trio will turn up the heat and fill the room with songs of life, love, and spring – truly a musical evening to remember.

Her Harlemwood CD’s “Here’s To Life” and “It’s Always You,” are available on her website,, and also at

"… her passionate performances should be heard at every opportunity." Don Heckman, International Review of Music, “…her unique brand of steel-lined warm - an enticing style that suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O’Day…”--Jazz Times

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 24 - 6:00PM 
KT Sullivan, vocals;  Jed Distler, piano, musical direction;  Eric Yves Garcia, special guest
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KT SULLIVAN salutes “The Singer’s Singer” Mabel Mercer with songs introduced by Mercer - including “Love for Sale,” “Fly Me to the Moon.”, “It Was Worth It”, and “While We’re Young.”

"Everything I learned I owe to Mabel Mercer." -- Frank Sinatra

 $25.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Apr 24 - 8:30PM 
Jeff Miles, guitar;  Carlos Vera, vibraphone;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
Novas Trio, CD Release: Borderfall image
Novas Trio is Carlos Vera L. on Vibraphone, Jeff Miles on Guitar and Rodrigo Recabarren on drums. This baseless trio has a distinct and unique sound. Their debut album “Borderfall” has been cataloged as one of the best releases of 2012 by Trio started in 2011 when Rodrigo and Carlos decided to perform without bass and investigate the possibilities this strange marriage of instruments might deliver. Jeff joined a year later, just before the recording of “Borderfall” in February 2012. Recorded at Mighty Toad Studios in Brooklyn, NYC, NY, “Borderfall” (Discos Pendiente DP17) was released worldwide in 2013 during a summer tour of Chile, where the band collaborated in a live performance with illustrator Frannerd (who imagined the artwork for the album), and later in New York City, where the press received the album with praise.

I am not keen on labels (anymore) however as a necessary evil, “sounds like?” is certainly a fair question. There is an open ended abstraction of a John Abercrombie/ Gary Burton/ Paul Motion vibe going on. Harmonically and lyrically there is that distinct gift of playing with purpose that is infectious. Vera is a virtuoso on vibes. Miles is a beast on guitar, as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. Recabarren owns the pocket while providing the sonic nuances that bring this trio together as one voice. Atari Blues and Crystal Spire open the set and are two personal favorites with controlled sonic fury and instrumental prowess rarely seen. (…) Easily one of the best of the year. It is like Stan Getz and Latin vibe master Cal Tjader never really left, they just took their sound up a notch!” – Brent Black

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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