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Thursday,  Jun 12 - 6:00PM 
Ria Curley, vocals;  Chuck Lamb, piano
Chuck Lamb, Ria Curley & Friends image

Join this exciting & passionate duo as they perform their original music in the arena of jazz, jazz fusion & groove-oriented jazzy R&B/pop! With the amazing Chuck Lamb (pianist/composer with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet) on piano & Ria Curley (songwriter/singer for Warner/Chappell Music) on vocals! Not to be missed!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Jun 12 - 8:30PM 
Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Ches Smith , drums
Michael Formanek's Elusion Trio is new group in which Formanek combines forces with two of New York's finest improvisers, composers, and bandleaders, Kris Davis on piano, and Ches Smith on drums and percussion.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Michael Formanek's Elusion Trio image
Friday,  Jun 13 - 6:00PM 
Karen D. Taylor, vocals;  Onaje Alan Gumbs, piano;  Eric Lemon, bass;  Russell Carter, traps
Karen D. Taylor: Love Songs I Love to Sing (Plus Some) image
Karen is a vocalist, writer, performer, and playwright. She has appeared at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Women In Jazz Festival, as well as at various venues in the northeast that include the Bethlehem Musikfest, Minton’s, and Sistas Place. Karen is happy to have the opportunity to perform at Cornelia Street once again. Her play, Riffs on Race, Love, and War, will be shown in the International Fringe Festival in August of 2014.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Jun 13 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tim Berne, alto sax;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
The Michael Formanek Quartet has, since 2010, received numerous accolades including consecutive Five Star reviews in Downbeat for their ECM releases The Rub and Spare Change (2010) and Small Places (2012). The great drummer and composer, Dan Weiss will be joining us for this special concert.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

The Michael Formanek Quartet  image
Saturday,  Jun 14 - 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. 

Saturday,  Jun 14 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Loren Stillman, alto sax, soprano sax;  Andrew Bishop, tenor saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute;  Kirk Knuffke, cornet;  Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey , drums
Michael Formanek's Resonator Sextet is an expanded version of Resonator that premiered at the Cornelia Street Cafe in August of 2013. This assortment of amazing musical personalities should provide the basis for a truly unique and engaging evening of music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Michael Formanek's Resonator Sextet image
Sunday,  Jun 15 - 6:00PM 
Alissa Joseph Peter Crow Tina Dolen Nicole Roberts and Richard Hoffman
The Writers Hotel image

 $8.00 includes a drink
Sunday,  Jun 15 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Dan Blake, tenor sax;  Nando Michelin, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Rogério Boccato, drums, percussion
New Brazilian Perspectives: Rogério Boccato Quarteto  image

Here with the 'After Bossa-Nova' project, Rogerio leads a stellar quartet through some of the lesser-known pieces by the greatest among the post-Bossa Nova generation of composers, such as Toninho Horta, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascinento, Edu Lobo. This group gives these songs a unique treatment, infused with improvisation. The idea revolves around openness and interaction, using the motifs of each song as a springboard for instant group compositions. It is a fresh and ever-changing approach to Post-Bossa Nova music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jun 16 - 6:00PM 
Paul Hecht, Bernadette Quigley, actors;  Robin Hirsch, Angelo Verga, poetry renderers;  Rogue Diplomats, musicians
Bloomsday: Dubliners, Pomes Penyeach & Chamber Music image
The cafe does its part to commemorate the day in June on which James Joyce's hero, Leopold Bloom, circumnavigates Dublin in the course of Joyce's novel Ulysses.

Bernadette Quigley is an American actress of Irish and French descent. Her many film & t.v. credits include The Suspect, Dream House, starring Daniel Craig, Holger Ernst's The House Is Burning, Jim Sheridan's Oscar-nominated In America, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Third Watch, Unforgettable and Kings. Quigley has worked extensively in regional theatres across the U.S.

The ROGUE DIPLOMATS are an Irish/Folk traditional music group composed of Matthew Breiner, Brian Donnelly, and Patrick Marran. They entertain with their blend of a capella harmonies, song history and storytelling. Using classic instruments, including Irish Bouzouki and Bodhran, the gentlemen create acoustic spins on the music they grew up on. The Rogue Diplomats have played up and down the East Coast and in 2013 the Rogues appeared Off- Broadway at Symphony Space's BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY, an annual live-streaming event celebrating James Joyce's works. Find out more about The Rogue Diplomats and upcoming performances on Twitter @RogueDiplomats or email them at

Paul Hecht is our resident presenter of special literary events at the cafe.

Both Robin Hirsch & Angelo Verga commit literature in public.
 $ 15 includes a drink, food menu available

Monday,  Jun 16 - 8:30PM 
Debra Ehrhardt Robin Hirsch
Cocktails and Cafe Stories image
Debra Ehrhardt was born in Kingston, Jamaica, but from the age of seven knew her destiny lay in America. Her hazardous and hilarious trip at the age of eighteen to Miami is the subject of her electrifying one-woman show JAMAICA, FAREWELL, with which she has toured the US, Canada and the UK. In 2010 she received a Proclamation from the City of New York for her "Outstanding Contribution to the Jamaican Community." Her earlier award-winning one-woman shows include MANGO, MANGO and INVISIBLE CHAIRS; she will be reading from her current work-in-progress, COCK TALES (a title too brazen for our delicate ears . . . see above!)

Robin Hirsch, our Minister of Culture, is the author of the award-winning memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, and the related seven-part solo performance cycle, MOSAIC: FRAGMENTS OF A JEWISH LIFE, every word of which was written to be read here. He will be reading from his current work-in-progress, THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: STORIES FROM THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE, a sort of sequel to KEMPINSKI, i.e., what happens to a Wandering Jew when he finally stands still and opens the doors . . . and glorious people like Debra Ehrhardt walk in . . .

$20 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Jun 17 - 6:00PM 
Robin Hirsch, host

Cheryl Moskowitz Alastair Gavin Anja Konig
THOUGHTS AND TONES: poetry & music image

A feast of delights for the head and heart… Award winning poet Cheryl Moskowitz returns to Cornelia St with Alastair Gavin, pianist/composer and musical director in London’s West End, to perform their new collaboration, a radical and unique marriage of poetry and music.

Their special guest will be Switzerland-based poet and physicist Anja Konig who will read her minimal and sharply evocative poetry.

'The poetic voice of Cheryl Moskowitz resonates with intimacy; it is tender, as well as vivid... subtle and quite particular. Her voice is uniquely clear - more universal than Jewish, more worldly than American...' (Judith Robinson, Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle). Cheryl is a US born prize-winning poet, translator and novelist who lives in the UK. Her poems have been published in several literary journals including UK publications Poetry Review, Magma, and Artemis and US magazines Drunken Boat and World Literature Today. Her debut collection The Girl is Smiling was published by Circle Time Press in 2012.

Alastair Gavin is a pianist and composer based in London, UK. He is currently assistant musical director for the London production of Mamma Mia! and also works as an orchestral arranger and dance and theatre composer. He was recently featured keyboardist in a large scale staging of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels performed at the Royal Festival Hall and broadcast on BBC Radio.

Anja Konig was raised in the German language and now writes in English. Anja’s work has appeared in magazines in the US and the UK including Washington Square Review and Manhattan Review here in the city. Her first pamphlet "Advice for an Only Child" will be published by Flipped Eye Publishing in the UK later this year. Anja is a physicist by training. She currently lives in Zurich but New York City is her one true love.
 $ 15 includes a drink, food menu available 

Tuesday,  Jun 17 - 8:30PM 
Tom Beckham, vibraphone;  Brad Shepik, guitar
Vibed Out: Brad Shepik/Tom Beckham Duo image
Tonight the Cornelia Street Cafe features the vibraphone in two very special configurations.

Brad Shepik/Tom Beckham Duo followed by the Matt Moran Trio:

Tom Beckham (vibes) and Brad Shepik (guitar) have been writing and performing material that explore the wide range of stylistic nuances and high-wire delicacy available in the guitar/vibes duo format. Shepik has been called "one of the most consistently creative and stimulating guitarist-composers on the scene today", while Beckham has been referred to as "someone who makes the vibraphone sound like one of the most grand of jazz instruments."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Jun 17 - 10:00PM 
Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Gary Versace, organ;  Tom Rainey, drums
Tonight the Cornelia Street Cafe features the vibraphone in two very special configurations.

A final, farewell performance of vibraphonist Matt Moran's organ trio with Gary Versace (organ) and Tom Rainey (drums).

Matt Moran "plays the vibraphone like a speed-chess master." —The Village Voice

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Vibed Out: Matt Moran Trio image
Wednesday,  Jun 18 - 6:00PM 
Kelly Ann Jacobson Dario DiBattista Elyse Moody Scott Laudati Shenan Prestwich Marie Abate
Two Cities: A Literary Reading with DC and NYC Writers image

Kelly Ann Jacobson, author of Cairo in White and The Zaniyah Trilogy, brings together writers from DC and New York for the six person literary reading, Two Cities: A Literary Reading with DC and NYC Writers. Other readers include nonfiction writers Dario DiBattista and Elyse Moody; fiction writer Scott Laudati (Pool Boys, Red Orchid Publishing); and poets Shenan Prestwich (In The Wake, White Violet Press) and Marie Abate (The April Sonnets, Aldrich Press).

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Jun 18 - 8:30PM 
Alon Nechushtan, piano;  Donny McCaslin, tenor sax;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Alon Nechushtan, CD Release: Venture Bound image

" A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold, two-fisted sense of Architecture" -(Down Beat magazine 2011)- Pianist and composer Alon Nechushtan will be bringing to Cornelia Street Cafe a Quartet of fantastic improvisers with "a loose-tight chemistry placing a premium on group interplay and at the same time encouraging individual solo expression, playing music from the upcoming album Venture Bound" --Bill Milkowski

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jun 19 - 6:00PM 
Marc Ostrow, piano, vocals, songs;  Jerry DeVore , bass;  Zachary Eldridge , drums;  Cathy Thorpe, vocals;  Joanna Wallfisch , special guest artist
Marc returns to Cornelia Street with some new tunes and old favorites that feature his unique humor, harmonies and insights. Whether witty, wistful, or downright weird, Marc puts his stamp on various styles, ranging from jazz, pop, musical theater, cabaret and more. Joining Marc's usual co-conspirators is the multi-talented singer-songwriter, Joanna Wallfisch.
 Cover $10 plus a $ 10 minimum     http://www.joannawallfischmusic.com0pm-8pm
Thursday,  Jun 19 - 8:30PM 
Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  Joe Martin, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
ROB GARCIA 4, CD Release: The Passion of Color image

Formed in 2009, The Rob Garcia 4 is a working group "among the vanguard of modern jazz" (NYC Jazz Record). They have performed at such important venues as Smalls Jazz Club, The Iridium, Kitano, Cornelia Street Cafe, Firehouse 12, Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, The Rex, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Kingston Jazz Festival (Canada) and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. On June 19th they will be celebrating and perform music from their 3rd release on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records called "The Passion Of Color". It features music inspired by impressionist paintings, impressionist music and the passion that is evoked from all the different colors and flavors of life. The music is loose and tight at the same time. Rhythms that create the illusion of a fluctuating tempo or no tempo while tightly orchestrated musical events happen in tandem. Strong melodies supported by pastoral harmonies and flowing rhythm lead the listener through the music.

“Thoughtful original music delivered with rare conviction.” - Jazz Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times