See the previous week's performances.   April 09-April 16, 2014  See the next week's performances.
Wednesday,  Apr 09 - 6:00PM 
Carol Matos, poetry;  Joanne Polk, piano;  Lucy Avery Brooke, poetry;  Kim Sykes, director
Ms Polk will perform works by Francis Poulenc, Domenico Scarlatti and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Lucy Brooke will perform "Ekphrasis : A Few Words About Art"
 $ 15 includes a drink, food menu available

Wednesday,  Apr 09 - 8:30PM 
Bob Arthurs, trumpet, voice;  Steve LaMattina, guitar;  Joe Solomon, bass
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This unique group plays standards and originals and loves to improvise. Bob Arthurs sings as well. The trio has been performing regularly in the New York area for over two years. Bob Arthurs and Steve LaMattina have recently released a duo CD entitled Jazz for Svetlana, which has been well received by critics and the public alike: “The joy they trade is palpable.” Downbeat “It’s not a matter of chops here, but telling a story, and these guys tell them like Hans Christian Andersen. This (CD) will make you fall in love with music again.” Jazz Weekly

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum http:///

Thursday,  Apr 10 - 6:00PM 
Laurie Stone Catherine Wing Gordon Beeferman, piano
Stone, Wing and Beeferman: A Jazzy Splice of Words & Music image
Catherine Wing's second collection of poems, Gin & Bleach, won the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature from Sarabande Books in 2012. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic, featured on The Writer's Almanac, and included in Best American Erotic Poems and Best American Poetry 2010. She teaches English and poetry at Kent State University and serves as the General Editor for the Wick Poetry Center’s Ohio Chapbook Series.

Composer/pianist GORDON BEEFERMAN has created and performed work spanning opera, orchestral, solo and chamber music, improvisation, and collaborations with dance, literary and visual arts. His “complex and daringly modern” compositions (NY Times) have been performed internationally. He leads Other Life Forms, an avant-jazz quartet that performs his music. His opera collaborations with librettist Charlotte Jackson include The Rat Land, to be premiered next season in Los Angeles, and The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera.

Author Laurie Stone frequently collaborates with writers, musicians, and artists, and her flash fiction is widely published. In 2005, in the Flux Factory project "Novel," she lived and wrote in a house built for her by an architecture team and installed in an art gallery.

 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available

Thursday,  Apr 10 - 8:30PM 
John Hollenbeck , drums, composition;  Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Drew Gress, bass
Claudia Quintet image Signe Maehler
The Claudia Quintet Led by composer, drummer and four-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet have quietly but definitively recast jazz into shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. They are one of the most influential stylists on other musicians in cutting-edge jazz today. The sound of jazz and what jazz can be in our time has changed because of their sound and stance. Celebrating 15 years of work together with the release of September, this NYC ensemble’s sound continues to explore the edge without alienating the mainstream, proving that genre-defying music can be for everyone.

“Rich with ambition and empathetic interplay...the Claudia Quintet doesn’t...sound like anybody else. Which is exactly what makes them worth seeking out.” — Los Angeles Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Apr 11 - 6:00PM 
Stephanie Carlin, guitar, vocals
Avidya And The Kleshas - Solo Set image

Vocalist/guitarist Stephanie Carlin performs an intimate solo set. Buddhist texts describe Avidya and four other Kleshas as the fog in our consciousness, the mental states that cloud the mind, i.e why we suffer. Translated from Sanskrit, this incapacity to see reality for what it is defines “avidya,” which is the root klesha in all of us; it is the source of our other mental states of discomfort.

Stephanie Carlin is the bandleader of folk/jazz quintet Avidya And The Kleshas and the founder/creative director of Free Spirits Music, a mobile songwriting program. She believes artists hold a responsibility to serve as catalysts for evolution, social justice, and inner peace.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Apr 11 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  John Hébert, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin presents an evening of improvisation in a classic setting of tenor saxophone, bass and drums. Bassist John Hébert’s robust tone and drummer Billy Mintz's agile swing promise to propel the music into surprising directions.

"…a rugged tenor saxophonist with a romantic streak that runs parallel to his experimental leanings…" The New Yorker

"An imaginative, daring improvisor...The tenor saxophonist favors long sinuous phrases with enough twists and turns to keep his solos in a state of surprise, and his edgy tone lets you know it's all animated by a cagey authority" (The Village Voice)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Ellery Eskelin Trio image
Saturday,  Apr 12 - 6:00PM 
Penelope Karageorge, host

The Greek-American Writers Association invites you to get in touch with your literary kefi (gusto).

 $8 admission includes a glass of wine, beer or soft drink.    http:///

Saturday,  Apr 12 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Eivind Opsvik, bass, electronics;  Kenny Wollesen, drums
Eivind Opsvik Overseas Trio image
Norwegian expatriate Eivind Opsvik's band “Overseas” has been together for over ten years, have released 4 records and continue to play both underground rock clubs and jazz venues in New York City as well as festivals in the US and abroad.

Eivind writes and arranges all the music with a focus on mood and simplicity with impact, perhaps a breather from the over-intellectualization of muchof todays jazz

In the spring of 2012 they released their fourth album, aptly called “Overseas IV”.

Downbeat chimed in: "Eivind Opsvik's new opus belongs to a unique musical universe”

"The depth and almost feverish strangeness of the new Overseas IV still comes as a pleasant shock. Part harpsichord-accented chamber jazz and part snarly postprog rock, it's some of the freshest work we've heard this year.." --Time Out NY

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 13 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host

Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi, piano, composer;  Jed Distler, piano
Serial Underground : New York¹s Premier New Music Variety Show image

Schubert: Fantasie in F Minor for Piano Duet

Bianchi: Fantasia on Schubert

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, transcribed for piano solo by Liszt

Massimo Giuseppe Bianchi studied piano with Bruno Canino and composition with composition Vittorio Fellegara, Bruno Zanolini, and György Ligeti. His concerts often embrace large-scale works ranging from Bach’s Goldberg Variations and the legendary Jean Barraqué Sonata, to the complete series of Franz Liszt piano transcriptions of Beethoven’s Nine Symphonies, as well as many contemporary works dedicated to him. Bianchi is also a versatile improviser, and frequently collaborates with the great Italian jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and with Paolo Damiani and the French clarinetist Louis Sclavis. In 2011 he took part, on the invitation of Michele Campanella, in the prestigious “Liszt Marathon” at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. His Naxos CD releases include Giorgio Federico Ghedini's complete solo piano music, plus the complete Ghedini and Respighi violin and piano music in a duo with violinist Emy Bernecoli. Bianchi's opera Il Rossini Perduto (The Lost Rossini) with libretto by Luigi Ballerini and set design by Marco Gastini previewed in November 2012 at the Palazzo Reale in Milan, and is being prepared for New York.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 13 - 8:30PM 
Bambam Rodriguez

Sofía Rei, voice;  JC Maillard, guitar, saz bass
Jazz Latido: Sofía Rei image Darial Snead
Argentine vocalist, songwriter and arranger Sofia Rei combines in her music stylistic codes drawn from multiple sources, ranging from South American folkloric styles to jazz, contemporary music and electronic sounds. Building on the success of her second release Sube Azul (World Village-Harmonia Mundi), Sofia returns with the spellbinding De Tierra y Oro (of earth and gold), described as a series of “philosophical wanderings”. The album received two independent Music Awards in the World Beat category for Best Album and Best Song in 2013. Her work as a leader and as part of projects of John Zorn, Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Frank London, Myra Melford and others has taken her all around the world and earned her critical acclaim. She continues to set herself apart with a bold new vision in the global music scene.

"As the Argentine singer Sofía Rei led her multinational band, the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts."
 -The New York Times

"Deep passion and a full spectrum of emotions." - Downbeat Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Apr 14 - 6:00PM 
Isabelle and Emmanuelle, hosts

Herve Blutsch, playwright
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Herve Blutsch likes cruel situations and has invented new genre of plays. In Gzion, a « space drama » and the first play we read in May 2012, at The Cornelia Street Cafe, he put together three main characters in a spaceship, Gzion, somewhere in the outer space. As they don't have any chance to survive, they become so delusional until one of them suddenly appears dressed as a bear. Then the comical farce changes into a cruel tragedy.

Anatole Felde, the short play we are going to read tonight, has the same farcical and tragic feeling.

The story takes place in an office with three characters. They share the same office. One of them is so tired that he is about to quit and leave not only the office, but life in general. His colleagues realize very quickly that he is much more interesting dead than alive.

The play was published in a collection of short plays by the Editions Théâtrales in 2010. Hervé Blutsch is also an author supported by Theatre Ouvert in Paris, a theater dedicated to contemporary French theater.

Join us for a comical yet cruel night, laughter at the sharp edge of satire.

$ 8 includes a drink, food menu available

Monday,  Apr 14 - 8:30PM 
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Tim Berne, alto sax;  Ben Gerstein, trombone;  Dan Peck, tuba;  Tom Rainey, drums
Ingrid Laubrock Quintet image
This new group performs Ingrid Laubrock's latest compositions, written for saxophones/brass + drums. The compositions are taylor-made for this cast of had-picked musicians who are all great improvisers and interpreters of creative new music alike. Featuring Ingrid Laubrock, Tim Berne, Ben Gerstein, Dan Peck and Tom Rainey.

"Laubrock's compositional sensibility balances impulsive spontaneity with a structural cohesiveness that occasionally sounds surreal; each of her sophisticated pieces embodies its own distinctive sound world. Although angular themes, oblique harmonies and fractious rhythms dominate her idiosyncratic writing."--Troy Collins/Point Of Departure

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Apr 15 - 6:00PM 
John Beal, bass;  Ed Bettinelli, drums;  Howie Tichler, sax
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 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Tuesday,  Apr 15 - 8:30PM 
Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Peter Evans, trumpet;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Peter Brendler Quartet, CD Release image
The Peter Brendler Quartet celebrates the release of its debut CD on Positone records. The quartet brings together the seemingly disparate worlds of straight-ahead and free jazz into a seamless, cohesive whole. With a strong focus on melodicism, spontaneity and groove, this group can switch directions on a dime and has already garnered its fair share of critical praise.

Peter Brendler’s masterstroke is his choice of frontline: trumpeter Peter Evans and saxophonist Rich Perry are both hot stuff in their respective ‘worlds’ but also versatile and responsive, the former a piquant foil to the latter’s creamier playing. But it’s not enough to bring people together. Brendler also wrote all the tunes, a heady mix of bop, whether the be-, post- or free varieties, delivered with a looseness resulting from a nice hookup with drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.--Andrey Henkin, "NYC Jazz Record"

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 16 - 6:00PM 
Norbert Hirschhorn, poetry;  Robin Hirsch, story, memoir, and God help us, maybe even poetry;  Angelo Verga, poetry
Both Sides of the Pond: Poetry & Other Lyric Utterance image
Norbert Hirschhorn is a public health physician, commended by President Bill Clinton as an “American Health Hero.” He lives in London and Beirut. He has published seven collections of poetry. The most recent is To Sing Away the Darkest Days: Poems Re-imagined from Yiddish Folksongs.

Robin Hirsch, our Minister of Cutlure, does not normally commit poetry. However, there are exceptions to every rule, and tonight may prove to be one of them . . .

Angelo Verga is a poet. (Actually not any old poet, the Poet Laureate of Cornelia Street, the longest standing Poet Laureate in the universe).

"Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor." - Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916)

 $ 8 includes a drink. and menus are available.    http://

Wednesday,  Apr 16 - 8:30PM 
Evan Shinners, piano
Classical At The Cornelia: evan shinners bach technology image

Selections from Bach's well tempered clavier with accompanying video from the alan watts archives.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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