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Wednesday,  Jun 04 - 6:00PM 
KT Sullivan, host

Mary Foster Conklin Karen Oberlin Carly Ozard Steven Ray Watkins
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Showcasing cabaret's songwriters of today, the Mabel Mercer Foundation presents The New Wave featuring works by Jeff Blumenkrantz (Murder For Two), Doug Cohen (The Big Time, book by Douglas Carter Beene), Jed Distler, David Hajdu (Bad Idea, with Jill Sobule), Marcy Heissler & Zina Goldrich (The Latte Boy), Ritt Henn, Larry Kerchner (Winter in Manhattan), Christine Lavin, Andrew David Sotomayor (Cuba 1961: A Love Story), Amy Wolk (Divine Madness), and Bill Zeffiro. Singers bringing the compositions to life will include Mary Foster Conklin, Tanya Moberly, Karen Oberlin, Carly Ozard, Steven Ray Watkins and host KT Sullivan.

 $25.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Jun 04 - 8:30PM 
Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Roy Nathanson, alto, soprano sax;  Orrin Evans, piano;  Brad Jones , bass;  George Schuller, drums
Russ Johnson's Still Out To Lunch image

Out to Lunch is considered Eric Dolphy’s recorded masterpiece, a work of brilliant complexity that pulls the listener into its ceaseless flow, famously described as “too out to be in, too in to be out.” Fundamental to the foundation of free jazz, Dolphy was hailed by Charles Mingus as the most perceptive interpreter of his music, and Coltrane thought of him as his only musical equal.

50 years later since that ground-breaking Blue Note recording and Dolphy's untimely passing, Russ Johnson’s Still Out To Lunch offers a fresh examination into these classic compositions as well as other little known Dolphy related works found in Gunther Schuller’s ‘attic.’ With messengers Russ Johnson on trumpet, Orrin Evans on piano, Brad Jones on bass, George Schuller on drums and Roy Nathanson on reeds, these artists are uniquely qualified to re-interpret this music — each of them pursuing an aesthetic very similar to Dolphy’s in their use of written forms approached from their many stylistic angles.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Thursday,  Jun 05 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists’ Salon image
What's all this fuss about "The Salon?"

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.
 food on us, drinks on you 

Thursday,  Jun 05 - 8:30PM 
Ben Kono, woodwinds, comp.;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Henry Hey, piano;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums, percusssion
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The Ben Kono Group returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe and presents a new body of work commissioned by Chamber Music America New Jazz Works/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Project "Don't Blink" is an extended suite written for woodwinds and jazz quintet tracing the composer's personal account of humanity's sometimes comical, often destructive, relationship with the environment. The Group's CD "Crossing" garnered some well-earned praise, placing it in the top ten of the Jazz Journalists Association's debut albums of 2011, and the new work capitalizes on the extraordinary breadth of color and imaginative improvising these world class musicians are capable of sharing.

"Mr. Kono, a versatile woodwinds specialist — he’ll play tenor saxophone, clarinets, flutes and oboe here, along with English horn — has a gleaming new album, “Crossing” (Nineteen-Eight), that establishes his style as a bandleader-composer: cosmopolitan and unflappable, with a feel for rallying his sidemen."--Nate Chinen, The New York Times, Feb.17, 2011

"An overpoweringly great record!"--Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jun 06 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

The Monthly: HAVE A NYC 3 image

HAVE A NYC 3: New York Short Stories

Launch Party for the thrilling New York-based short story anthology with readings by select authors in this year’s edition

Join the fun as we celebrate the launch of HAVE A NYC 3: New York Short Stories, the third installment of the thrilling anthology of provocative short stories based in New York City. This version includes work by renowned crime/thriller author Lawrence Block (Hit Me, Eight Million Ways to Die), Richard Vetere (The Writers Afterlife, The Third Miracle), Kirpal Gordon (New York at Twilight: Selected Tales of Gotham's Weird & Eerie), Paul Sohar (True Tales of a Fictitious Spy), Ron Kolm (Divine Comedy), Bonny Finberg (Kali’s Day) along with Liz Axelrod, Gil Fagiani, Michael Gatlin, Peter Marra, J. Anthony Roman, Angela Sloan, Chera Thompson, Nina Zivancevic and Joanie Hieger Zosike.

The book is edited by Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes (I Fold With the Hand I Was Dealt, A Year on Facebook) and Kat Georges (Our Lady of the Hunger).

The book is part of the Three Rooms Press Modern Noir Anthology series and will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Have a NYC 3 is the part of The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe, a unique series curated by Three Rooms Press that brings together leading poets, intellectuals, performers and budding rebels on a different topic each month.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Jun 06 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Greg Tardy, saxophone;  Bobby Avey, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons, drums
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Take one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. This quartet’s rough-and-tumble interplay meets in a place where everything is a option. They veer happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. A group of long time New Yorkers who play with intensity and fire; they take the blues and manhandle it into unexpected musical shapes.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Saturday,  Jun 07 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Meliora Dockery Jim O’Grady Steve Zimmer
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times, WNYC'S The Moth's Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Meliora Dockery (Moth GrandSlam Finalist), Jim O’Grady (NPR’s This American Life), Steve Zimmer (The Moth Radio Hour), and a story from host Andy Christie.

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Jun 07 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar & compositions;  Greg Ward, alto sax;  Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Tom Chang Quintet, CD Release: Tongue & Groove image

Tonight, the Tom Chang Quintet will celebrate the CD Release of Tongue & Groove on Raw Toast Records. The night features some of New York's finest improvisers in the contemporary New York Jazz scene drawing upon a wide berth of musical influences ranging from Southern Carnatic music to modern jazz, rock and contemporary classical.

"Flawlessly executed yet effortless and natural, Chang's compositions are boldly orchestrated and never cease to surprise. This is telepathic ensemble playing from and incredible group of musicians, not to mention beautifully inventive and nuanced guitar work"--Mary Halvorson.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 08 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host

PUBLIQuartet plus Theodore Mook, cello;  Margaret Kampmeier, piano;  Ed Schmidt, writer/actor
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New York’s Premier New Music Variety Show

“Words Fail Me….the last Serial Underground show!”

Jessie Montgomery's "Breakaway," played by PUBLIQuartet

"So Long" with writer/actor Ed Schmidt

Lois V Vierk's "Words Fail Me," played by Theodore Mook, cello; Margaret Kampmeier, piano

After ten years, ComposersCollaborative, Inc. brings its long-running Serial Underground series to a rousing close with contemporary chamber classics by two of today's most original composers, Lois V Vierk and Jessie Montgomery, with a new piece by a true New York theater legend, Ed Schmidt.

 $20 door, includes a drink

Sunday,  Jun 08 - 8:30PM 
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax;  Dominic Fallacaro, piano;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
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2014 Jazz Journalists Association Award winner for Soprano Sax of the Year, Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Street Café with her quartet for an evening of ballads from her 2014 Grammy nominated CD Sixteen Sunsets. Longtime band-mates Matt Wilson (drums), Cameron Brown (bass), and Dominic Fallacaro (piano) join Bloom for a night of long lines and deep edges playing songs from the American songbook and beyond. Don’t miss this special one time event.

“Bloom has achieved something many more-famous players never find: an instantly identifiable sound based in intense lyricism and striking melodies.”-- Steve Smith, Time Out NY

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Jun 09 - 6:00PM 
Carol Hollenbeck Maureen Brady John Amadeo Chocolate Waters

Hells Kitchen Writers Group will present short readings from their own work of Fiction and Prose. The Writers consist of Carol Hollenbeck, John Amadeo, Chocolate Waters, and Maureen Brady.

Carol Hollenbeck, is a writer and playwright. She was nominated in the Samuel French One Act Play Contest Three Times. She is the author of the novel TRUE BLONDES, which is currently on She also produced and wrote a short film titled: THE LIFTERS, which was selected to be in the NewFilmmakers Short Film Series in the fllm archives building downtown. She is currently working on a new novel. She is on

Maureen Brady is the author of 7 books, including the novels, Folly and Ginger’s Fire, Maureen’s recently published short stories are ”Bllly’s Mark,” Bellevue Literary Review; “Five ‘n Dime,” Just Like A Girl; and “Joy Suit,” Sinister Wisdom (nominated for a 2012 Pushcart Prize). Her agent is currently circulating her novel, Getaway. Maureen teaches creative writing at The New York Writers Workshop, NYU and The Peripatetic Writing Workshop. She has received grants from Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, NYSCA Writer in Residence, and NYFA, among others.

John Amodeo is a Manhattan Plaza resident and will read from his historical novel, The Captain's Coin. He will read from chapter 17, which gives insight into the Battle of Antietam in Maryland during the Civil War. The main character is a Hell's Kitchen Irish immigrant named Michael Brady. John is currently working on a history of McManus Club in Hell's Kitchen and hopes to have the work, entitled, District Leader, completed by year's end.

Chocolate Waters: Currently hailed as the "Poet Laureate of Hell’s Kitchen," Chocolate Waters has been a pioneer in the art of performance poetry since 1974. She has toured throughout the United States, but makes her home in Manhattan where she teaches poetry workshops, runs a submission service for poets, tutors individual clients and is often a participant in the New York City poetry circuit. Waters' latest venture, the woman who wouldn't shake hands, was released by Poets Wear Prada (Hoboken, NJ) in Nov. 2011 and is available from her or from

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jun 09 - 8:30PM 
written and performed by Aja Nisenson

directed by Michael Aman Gary Schreiner, piano
My Life Is A Woody Allen Film:  a solo show image

One 20-something female. A shrink the name of male genitalia. 12 therapists of her past and present. A comedic and honest look at why I believe in the power of therapy… for other people.

AJA NISENSON: is an actor/ singer/ playwright. She earned a B.A. in Theater Arts with a Capstone in Playwriting at Brown University. A trained pop, jazz and opera singer, Aja has sung with renowned musicians in venues all around Italy. Aja’s one-woman show, Piccola Cosi, about her experience as a jazz singer in Bologna, Italy, received critical acclaim and had sold out runs in the 2009 soloNOVA Arts Festival and the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. Her solo show, Daja Vu, had sold-out runs in the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. Aja was a 2009 Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Fellow and 2011 guest artist. She is currently seeking representation.

GARY SCHREINER: is a multi instrumentalist and Emmy Award-winning composer for TV & Film. He has scored hundreds of TV commercials and contributed music to countless TV shows and movies. He was a featured guest artist at Sting's benefit concert for the Rainforest Fund, playing the chromatic harmonica with Rosanne Cash on a couple of songs, and then shared the stage with Elton John on a duet of “Moon River" in front of a full orchestra. Gary recently produced, arranged and performed on the recently released CD "My Mother's Brisket" by actor/comedian/musician, Rick Moranis. As if all this wasn't enough, Gary has authored a number of popular instructional books such as "Slow Way to Get Rich Quick", "Fast Track to Speaking Slowly" and "101 Ways To Be Indifferent". He is also an avid inventor and curator of his own food museum, currently developing a one-way Ziploc bag for people on diets.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jun 10 - 6:00PM 
Thomas Pryor, host; Barbara Aliprantis, guest host

Arif Choudhury Karen Levy Angel Yau
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Barbara Aliprantis, our guest host tonight, is the recipient of an NSN Oracle Service Award and Founder of the New York STORY Exchange, is a nationally acclaimed Greek-American Storyteller/ Mentor/Producer of Special Events. She founded the longest running evening storytelling series for adults in the heart of NYC's Greenwich Village, here at the famed Cornelia Street Café - and the show, “City Stories: Stoops to Nuts.” continues to this day with Thomas Pryor as curator.

Arif Choudhury, CPA, a professional storyteller, filmmaker, theater artist, and stand-up comic, is currently working as the post-production supervisor on a documentary film about folk storytellers in a remote village in China and completing a short film entitled “Coloring.” Arif performs "More in Common than You Think" his one-person program of stories for schools, libraries, conferences, and festivals around the country and abroad. Arif also tours the country in “More Alike than Not: Stories from Three Americans—Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim.” He recently recorded a CD of stories entitled, “Where Are You From? And Other Difficult Questions” and has written his first children’s book “The Only Brown-Skinned Boy in the Neighborhood.” He recently contributed a story about his dating woes for “Salaam, Love: Muslim Men on Love, Sex, and Intimacy.

Karen Levy is a writer, storyteller and New York City Public High School English teacher. Born in Japan and raised in New York City, she has participated in storytelling festivals in Tennessee and reading series in Queens, honing her craft in her inner-city classrooms. In the Dominican Republic Karen discovered the town of Sosua, the site of a Jewish diaspora during WWII; this town inspired her research and the writing of her novel, The Story You Choose to Tell.

Thomas Pryor's work is published in The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, and other periodicals. His blog: "Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts," is listed in The New York Times Blog Roll. Thomas appeared on PBS's TV series: "Baseball: A New York Love Story," NBC TV’s “New York Nonstop,” and Radio’s “This American Life.” His book, "River to River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle," was published in 2012 (YBK). Last year, the Café hosted his photography exhibition. NBC TV, New York Press and NY1 TV praised the exhibit and the book. Pryor’s book, “I Hate the Dallas Cowboys – tales of a scrappy New York boyhood,” will be published in October 2014 (YBK).

Angel Yau, a NYC based solo sketch comedian, storyteller and filmmaker. She started her comedy career unintentionally when she ran for her high school election because she didn't know how else to get attention. Her performances were apart of the Seattle Sketchfest, NYC Underground Comedy Festival, Philly Sketchfest, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and more! She is on the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre video team She is still a very shy girl who will awkwardly ask if you can let her use your laptop charger because her laptop constantly is out of battery.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Jun 10 - 8:30PM 
Rhys Tivey, trumpet, voice;  Jake Pinto, piano;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Ross Pederson, drums
Rhys Tivey Quartet image

The group will play new compositions and improvise new interpretations of music from the recently released album, No Voice No More. They will summon melodies of exceptional imagination and emotion with the momentum and uncanny intercommunication of a seasoned dog-sledding team. Prepare to be carried away.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 11 - 6:00PM 
David Lopato, composer, piano;  Lucas Pino, saxophones, clarinet;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
The David Lopato Quartet image
Pianist/composer David Lopato’s music is an eclectic romp through genres as diverse as stride piano, bebop, avant-garde jazz, performance art and Indonesian gamelan. This, his third performance at Cornelia St. Cafe, expands from trio to quartet and features long-time collaborator Ratzo Harris on bass and two of the most exciting young musicians in jazz, Lucas Pino (reeds) and Colin Stranahan (drums), in a program of all original compositions.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 11 - 8:30PM 
Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Phil Markowitz, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Bill Stewart, drums
Andrew Rathbun QT., NUMBERS & LETTERS image
The many shades of Canadian composer and saxophonist Andrew Rathbun’s discography are uniquely varied, which prompted JazzTimes to declare “The development of Brooklyn-based tenorman Andrew Rathbun has been a story of successive revelations.” Highlights include a CD of an album length song-cycle (Jade, with Luciana Souza), a duo recording focusing on the music of Maurice Ravel and Federico Mompou (Renderings, with George Colligan), and a recording with Kenny Wheeler as a featured guest (Sculptures). His last CD was a tenor-trio exploration, incorporating electronics and woodwind overdubs (Shadow Forms II).

The latest revelation is Rathbun’s 13th release as a leader, NUMBERS & LETTERS. Inspired by parenting his two young children, Rathbun engages the listener in musical moods ranging from the raucous “Bad Call,” and “Crawl Out”, to more contemplative, even classically influenced numbers such as “Tears & Fears” and “Counterpoint.” The aesthetic of the ensemble is at times melancholy and romantic, as well as bold and voracious. And the themes on this album, built on unusual and independent-flowing har- monies, merely enhance the appeal and unity of the band. A well-suited cast of players interprets the compositions on Numbers & Letters. Drumming ace Bill Stewart contributes to a creative rhythmic engine, along with the dancing bass lines of Jay Anderson. Phil Markowitz is the perfect har- monic companion for this project due to his complete understanding of Rathbun’s extended harmonic language.

Produced by Taylor Haskins in cooperation with Rathbun, and pristinely recorded by Michael Marciano at Systems II in Brooklyn, this latest release is a superb addition to Rathbun’s collection.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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