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Jun 27
Michael Pedicin, tenor sax;  Dean Schneider, piano;  Vince Cherico, drums;  Andy Lalasis, bass
The Michael Pedicin Quartet   image

The Michael Pedicin Quartet will be playing music of the jazz saxophone masters John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Hank Mobley, Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker, and Joshua Redman along with some Brubeck favorites. These musicians’ music and virtuosic playing have inspired Michael for a lifetime, and he is thrilled to be able to share it for the first time, with his quartet, at the Cornelia St. Cafe.

Michael Pedicin began his career as a young saxophonist in Philadelphia, being mentioned in Downbeat as “the most exciting soloist in the entire three day jazz festival.” Following his early college years, Michael continued a ten year stint with Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International Records as a busy studio musician and touring saxophonist with The O’Jays, David Bowie, Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, MFSB, and many other acts that felt compelled to record at the famous Sigma Sound Studios.

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Frank J Oteri, host

Ratzo B. Harris, bassist/composer;  Hayes Greenfield, saxophones/composer/producer;  Todd Turkisher, percussion/composer
21st Century Schizoid Music Presents: Ratzo B. Harris and The H.G.T. Project image

The Ratzo B. Harris-Hayes Greenfield-Todd Turkisher Project

The H.G.T. Project has been playing as a trio for a solid year, making music with electronically-altered and acoustic instruments. They combine their disparate backgrounds into a trio that, while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, points to new avenues of artistic expression and excellence. Their sets will alternate between acoustic and electronic soundscapes.

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jun 28
Paul Hecht, presenter

Jennifer Van Dyck; Maria Tucci, actors;  Tanya Kalmanovitch, viola, violin, musical director;  Borey Shin, accordion, piano
Tribute to Akhmatova image
Jennifer Van Dyck has recently completed an 8 month run of Charles Busch’s The Divine Sister at the Soho Playhouse. She also created a role in his last play, The Third Story at MCC. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Secret Rapture. Film/TV: Too Big to Fail, Step Up 3D, Across the Universe, Michael Clayton, Stealing Martin Lane, numerous Law & Order episodes, Fringe, New Amsterdam. And narration of many audiobooks. Jennifer & Maria (see below) appeared in a production of The Crucible at the Williamstown Theater Festival directed by Nikos Psacharopoulos.

Maria Tucci has worked extensively on and off b'way : Athol Fugard's A Lesson from Aloes, Tennsssee Williams' Night of the iguana, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo ( tony nomination) Substance of Fire by John Robin Baitz. The Three Sisters, The Seagull, The Winter's Tale, Collected Stories etc...

The musical component for this performance is organized around songs Akhmatova herself would have known. Russian folk and popular songs and works by Dmitri Shostakovich will be re-imagined on violin and accordion, as springboards for improvisation. Shostakovich's tragic Soviet history mirrored Akhmatova's, and the poet followed the composer ardently, as historian Orlando Figes recounts:

“Akhmatova rarely missed a Shostakovich premiere. After the first performance of his Eleventh Symphony in 1957, she compared its hopeful revolutionary songs, which the critics dismissed as devoid of interest, to “white birds flying against a terrible black sky.” The next year she dedicated the Soviet Edition of her Poems: ‘To Dmitry Dmitrievich Shostakovich, in whose epoch I lived on earth’. The two eventually met in 1961. ‘We sat in silence for twenty minutes. It was wonderful,’ recalled Akhmatova” - from Orlando Figes’ Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia

Kalmanovitch joined the faculty of Boston's New England Conservatory in 2006, and currently serves as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. In addition to her work at NEC, she teaches regularly at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK and the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague, NL, and frequently presents workshops on improvisation for jazz and classical musicians internationally. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology from the University of Alberta, where her work focused on exoticism and jazz.

Borey Shin presents a new voice as an improviser and composer coming from the Downtown New York scene. Trained as a jazz pianist, he plays accordion and analog synthesizers in varied musical contexts. Borey Shin has performed and collaborated with a diverse range of musicians.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Angelo Di Loreto , piano;  Dan Wilkins, tenor saxophone;  Benny Benack III, trumpet;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Joe Peri, drums
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COLONY is a collective jazz project comprised of 5 outstanding jazz musicians at the Manhattan School of Music, formed by junior pianist Angelo Di Loreto, in the hopes of creating a fantastic band that could be used as a vehicle for original composition and finding a sound in today’s jazz world. All the band members were born in one of the country’s original 13 colonial states, hence the name COLONY. The group has performed extensively throughout New York City since April 2010 and has drawn the attention of many fellow peers and professionals alike. They embarked on a summer tour, which took them to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, and Buffalo. They made their debut at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club in August 2010.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Adam O'Farrill, trumpet;  Livio Almeida, tenor saxophone;  Christian Sands, piano;  Michael Sacks , bass;  Zachary O'Farrill, drums
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Adam O’Farrill and Zack O’Farrill (trumpet and drums, respectively) started the O’Farrill Brothers Band back in September 2009. As the members of the band stayed consistent, they’ve created a musical chemistry that’s full of musical knowledge, abilities, and technique, and honesty and friendship. Their musical views are “border-less”, where they aren’t confined to one particular approach, genre, etc.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Wednesday Jun 29
Michele Baptiste Lawrence Joseph Angelo Verga
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Lawrence Joseph was among the first poets to read in the Cornelia Street Cafe's downstairs performance space in the early '90s, and he has read at the Cafe many times since. The author of seven books, his most recent books are Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and, forthcoming in October, The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose (University of Michigan Press).

Angelo Verga is the author of six collections of poetry and has been published widely here & abroad. Verga resides in lower Manhattan.

Michele Battiste's first full-length collection, Ink for an Odd Cartography, was a finalist for the St. Lawrence Book Award and published in 2009 by Black Lawrence Press. She is also the author of three chapbooks, the most recent of which is Slow the Appetite Down (Spire Press). Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, Mid-American Review, Women's Studies Quarterly and Verse Daily among other journals. She lives in Boulder, Colorado where she teaches and studies and wades in the creek.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Alan Hampton, host

Chris Morrisey, bass;  Pete Rende, keys;  Nir Felder , guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor sax

The Cafe is proud to debut a new music series tonight, "The Family Tree", from musician/host Alan Hampton. Tonight, "The Family Tree" welcomes Chris Morrisey.

Raised in Minnesota and transplanted to Brooklyn, Chris Morrissey has largely been known as an indie rock and alt-folk bassist. But his debut release as a leader this year is a powerful statement and, at times, a fresh slice of Americana. The singsong melodies you might expect from a regular associate of Andrew Bird, Mason Jennings and Ben Kweller are mostly absent here, making way for more unsettling lines.

The Morning World (sunnyside) received high praise from NPR's A Blog Supreme placing it at #3 on a list of "5 jazz records you should play for people who think they don't like jazz". It also appeared on the Village Voice's year end Jazz Consumer's List, earning an A- and Brenton Plourde from Jazz Times called it "the shape of things to come for bassists and bandleaders".

In his 2 years as a New Yorker he's enlisted the help of some of the city's finest young musicians including Mark Guiliana, Aaron Parks, Ben Wendel, Pete Rende, and Nir Felder.

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jun 30
Nina-Marie Gardner, host

Gabrielle Selz Adelaide Mestre Nina-Marie Gardner
Rufi Loves Lulu: Readings & Performance image
Nina-Marie Gardner was born in New York City. Her debut novel, Sherry & Narcotics was published in May 2011 (Future Fiction London) and her fiction has appeared in 3AM Magazine and the anthologies Bedford Square and 3AM London, New York, Paris. A graduate of Yale University and the creative writing program at the University of London, Royal Holloway, she has lived and traveled extensively abroad. Currently she lives with her dog Lulu in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Gabrielle Selz is an award winning writer and storyteller. She has published in The New York Times, Newsday, More Magazine and writes regularly about art for The Huffington Post. She has just finished a memoir that chronicles her coming of age in the art world among the extremely eccentric over-the-top personalities of the 60s and 70s. Ms. Selz lives with her skaterat son, Theo, and their feisty little dog, surrounded on three sides by water.

Adelaide Mestre is an actress, singer, writer and solo show performer. In her work, she mines the autobiographic material of her childhood and family history chronicling the trails and tribulations of growing up in an eccentric family, among artists and over the top personalities. Adelaide began her career at The Public Theatre where at 14 she had her first job as an actress in a musical, and worked with Joseph Papp. Since then, she has performed in numerous theatrical productions, musicals, cabarets and films including Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives. Adelaide has written and performed several solo shows including: Dead Mosquito at Emerging Artists Theatre's One Woman Standing Festival and Out of Step at Where Eagles Dare Theatre. Most recently, her musical memoir Top Drawer was presented at the Midtown International Theatre Festival as a work in progress.

$7.00 includes a drink

Sara Serpa , voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
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Vocalist-composer-bandleader Sara Serpa is “the magical voice” according to pianist Ran Blake, who knows a thing or two about singers. Her unadorned, vibratoless delivery has been described as “smooth as glass” and her ability to sing complex vocalese lines on an equal footing with instrumentalists marks her as one of the most innovative singers of recent years. Praised by All About Jazz as “the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment,” the 31-year-old Serpa has risen from the Hot Clube Jazz of her native Lisbon to New York’s Village Vanguard in a surprisingly short time.

“My role is the one of a musician,” Serpa says, “I don't have to be soloing all the time or just interpreting songs. Basically I want to be able to do with my voice what instrumentalists do with their instruments—to use it, to sing, to be part of an ensemble. Every instrument has its own challenges or limitations, but the main goal is to be a complete musician, with good ears and a sense of rhythm, melody, and harmony. I just want to contribute what feels better for each tune and for the message I want to transmit with it.

“Sara Serpa is cool all over, from conception to execution. She’s got a style just about locked down.” New York Times
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

André Matos, guitar;  Loren Stillman , alto saxophone;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Colin Stranahan, 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 exciting artists.

¨Matos is a free thinker¨ All About Jazz

¨(In "Quare")Mr. Matos advances a pointedly contemporary air¨. The New York Times
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jul 01
Kat Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Meyer Lansky Tribute

All open reading with a special focus on poems associated with criminal activity

(or poems so good it's a crime they're not in print!)

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

$ 7 includes adrink

JD Allen, tenor sax;  Michael Bates, double bass;  Jeff Davis, drums;  Ross Lossing, piano
Canada Day:Michael Bates Quartet image
Come celebrate Canada Day at Cornelia Street with two Canadian-led bands! Both Michael Bates and Owen Howard are yet two more important composers continuing the lineage of excellent musicians from the Great White North: Paul Bley, Kenny Wheeler, Michael Blake, Oscar Peterson, Gil Evans, Seamus Blake and many more...

J.D. Allen, Michael Bates, Jeff Davis, Ross Lossing form a new quartet that plays with inarguable charisma and groove. The quartet showcases rising star Michael Bates' musical identity...and he has assembled without question, much more than just three virtuoso musicians. Taking equal inspiration from jazz and modern music like the Bad Brains, Stravinsky and Ornette Coleman, this quartet is a perfect band for enthusiasts of cutting-edge composition. They blur the line between written music and improvisation and leave the listener in a incredible space where musical tradition meets a modern zest for experiment.

"Michael Bates serves up contrapuntal elegance and melodic modernism. Fans of Dave Douglas and Ornette Coleman will likely approve"—Time Out, New York

"Simply put, Michael Bates had the goods to seriously affect the face of modern jazz"—Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review/Downbeat
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Owen Howard , drums;  Andrew Rathbun, saxes;  Dave Smith, trumpet;  Aidan O’Donnell, bass
Canada Day:The Expat Ensemble image
If you were thinking about celebrating Canada Day (I mean, who isn’t), this would be a good way to do so. In addition to a few originals, the band will pay homage to some Canadian icons and include music by Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and Kenny Wheeler. So come on down and enjoy the music, eh.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
Jul 02
Robin Verheyen , tenor sax;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Jeff Davis, drums;  Dan Loomis, bass
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A fresh presence on the New York music scene, Dan Loomis has quickly become one the most in-demand bassists of his generation. Called “a forceful and creative bass player” (Cadence) “double-teaming you with style and substance” (All About Jazz), Dan has created a stir with both his powerful bass playing and his vision as a composer/bandleader. Dan’s first album ‘I Love Paris’ marked Dan’s arrival in New York, and it earned him quite a welcome, called ‘one the top new releases..’ by the noted jazz historian Scott Yanow. Dan recently reformed his quartet with a hand-picked cast of New York’s most exciting young improvisers. Together they delve into a new crop of soulful, forward-leaning compositions from the young bassist.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
10:30PM  SPOKE
Justin Wood , alto saxophone;  Andy Hunter, trombone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Danny Fischer, drums
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A talented, exciting quartet featuring some of the most inspired, adventurous improvisers of the new generation of jazz. A collection of young stars that together create a sound that is truly greater than the sum of its parts. True to their name, Spoke draws strength and integrity from the point where its members unite. The formative philosophy for Spoke lies in bringing together musicians distinguished not merely by their virtuosity, but by a unique primary emphasis on composition and group interplay. With their debut release, Spoke created a truly post-modern yet beautifully melodic album incorporating diverse influences from 1960s free-bop, contemporary classical, funk and Chinese pop music. Paul Blair from Hot House Magazine gives special praise to Spoke’s debut, calling it ‘one of the most inventive records I’ve heard all year’.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
Jul 03
Eri Yamamoto, piano;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
The Eri Yamamoto Trio image
Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers. The Eri Yamamoto Trio, featuring bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a strong following in New York and abroad. Recent tours include performances in the U. S., Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals in Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/Derry, Ireland; Time Zones in Bari, Italy; and Shiga, Japan.

"Pianist Eri Yamamoto is one of jazz's most dynamic talents. Her compositional style augments her deft, inventive playing" -All About Jazz New York-
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jul 04
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
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