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Monday,  Jun 23 - 6:00PM 
Daniel Cainer, piano, vocals
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Tales of feuding tailors, a Jewess who joins a 1950s Christian cult, a cocaine addicted rabbi and many more, this award-winning and ever-evolving 5 Star show is a joyous and hilarious collection of stories-in-song, written and performed by a master songwriter. A rich tapestry of family legend and musical folklore to make you both laugh and cry in a heartbeat.

‘An extraordinary performer. His songs are at times heartbreakingly poignant, at other times laugh out loud funny. Utterly charming, thoroughly recommended.’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.

‘Shaggy dog story telling...lovingly detailed’ **** Time Out.

'With his stories within stories, Cainer reminds me of Buñuel. If Buñuel had been Jewish, born in Leeds and been an admirer of Jake Thackray, this is what he might have sounded like' - Alan Bennett

 $15.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jun 23 - 8:30PM 
Rachel Peters, curator and host

Dave Christensen Sarah Corey Lorinda Lisitza Hannah Jane McMurray Ariel Tyler Page Lexi Rhoades Fred Sauter Eileen Frances Stevens Anne Wechsler, performers
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No fake rock. No adorable twentysomethings finding love in the big city. No meta-musicals that make fun of musicals. No style without substance. Just fresh, original work from honest, fearless, accomplished music theatre writers giving you their best. Come hear what you’re missing uptown.

Our series returns with Salute Our Shorts, an evening of seven unique and innovative short musicals in concert. We’re navigating in a brand new direction every ten minutes or so! We’ve got a secret love affair centered around a Russian statue, letters of complaint to various mayors of New York, a comedy about bulimia, a rock romance on a whaling ship, philosophizing construction workers, grueling competition for a spot in a posh kindergarten, and (of course) contraband cupcakes. It’s the craziest combination of mayhem, pathos, and poignancy we’ve ever packed into an Otherwise Unsung evening. Featuring work by Scotty Arnold, Doug Brandt, Brett Macias and Christina Quintana, David Reiffel and Michael Wartofsky, Fred Sauter, Katya Stanislavskaya, and Jeff Tang and Matt Boresi.

Performances by Joe Cassidy, Dave Christensen, Sarah Corey, Brandon Ellis, Jamie Kolnick, Lorinda Lisitza, Jaygee Macapugay, Michael Roberts McKee, Hannah Jane McMurray, Ariel Tyler Page, Lexi Rhoades, Fred Sauter, Eileen Frances Stevens, and Anne Wechsler.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jun 24 - 6:00PM 
Cat Richardson, Chelsea Whitton, hosts

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On the fourth Tuesday of every month, hosts Chelsea Whitton and Cat Richardson present a selection of emerging poets from New York's MFA programs. Continuing the excellent tradition of the Graduate Poets Series, this monthly selection of readers is designed to showcase fresh voices in contemporary poetry, to stimulate a dialogue between MFA programs, and to offer alumni and area poets the opportunity to mingle and riff off of one another. For years, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a New York hub for literature and the arts. Join us this season for cocktails, camaraderie, and as always, great poetry!

Season Finale:

The Graduate Poetry Series Flash Reading

Join hosts Cat Richardson and Chelsea Whitton for a very special finale reading featuring... pretty much everybody!

We've invited featured poets from throughout this season to return to the Cornelia St Graduate Reading Series and read for us ONE LAST TIME and ALL AT ONCE.

This is destined to be a night to remember. Need proof? Take a look at our lineup:

Isaac Pritzker, Liz Axelrod, J. Scott Brownlee, Jess Novak, Eric Conroe, Virginia McLure, Robert Balun, Jessica Ankeny, William Brewer, Marina Weiss, Philip F. Clark, Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein, William Brewer, Sara Fetherolf, Carla Carlson, J.B. Fredkin, Iva Ticic, Micah Zevin, Austin Givens, Farryl Last, Emma Hine

As always, $8 gets you a drink and all the poetry you can possibly handle. Come out and support emerging poets!

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jun 24 - 8:30PM 
Emilie Weibel, voice

With her solo voice project Omoo, Weibel has created a confection of sound, where the invention and accessibility of the best art-pop mixes with the improvisational fluidity of jazz. Born and bred in Lausanne, Switzerland, but now resident in Brooklyn, Weibel sings in English and French, with her expressive vocals atop loops, beats and soundscapes of her own devising. Along with her winsome originals, she interprets jazz great Wayne Shorter’s classic “Footprints,” adding her own lyrics to the infectious melody. Weibel also covers the lullaby-like “L’heure exquise” by early 20th Reynaldo Hahn, a favorite of Proust.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 


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Tuesday,  Jun 24 - 10:00PM 
Rachel Brotman, voice
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Rachel Brotman is a Brooklyn based vocalist, composer and pianist, born and raised in NYC, educated in New Orleans, who draws from soul and electronic influences amidst roots in jazz and improvisation. She has performed on national stages from Lincoln Center to The Blue Note to The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and has been featured by BMI, NPR, Revive Music Group and Giant Step.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 25 - 6:00PM 
Alissa Heyman, host

Jacob Scheier Rocco de Giacomo Jaime Warburton Nicole Cooley
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Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

 $8 includes a drink    http://

Wednesday,  Jun 25 - 8:30PM 
Sara Serpa, voice, piano;  André Matos, guitar;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums;  Guillermo Klein, piano
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Primavera is the debut and progeny of a ten year collaboration between singer Sara Serpa and guitarist André Matos. The duo departs from their usual bare-bones voice-guitar setting while retaining the deep core of their collective musical identity. Serpa and Matos were born and raised in Portugal, Lisboa and Sintra, respectively, but met and connected in Boston, Massachusetts. They have been playing music together ever since. After completing their formal education at New England Conservatory, the two moved to New York City, where through observing, learning, experimenting and developing together, they produced several releases under their own names. Throughout the years, interacting with some of the most inspiring musicians in the city proved paramount to the development of their musical ideas as a duo. In these endeavors, several fruitful collaborations were born with such luminaries as influential saxophonist Greg Osby and Film Noir pianist Ran Blake.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jun 26 - 6:00PM 
Co-hosts: John J. Trause and Gordon Gilbert.

John Trause Gordon Gilbert
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A Celebration of William Carlos Williams, modernist poet and mentor to Allen Ginsberg.

Williams was a significant influence on many of the American literary movements of the 1950s, including the Beat movement, the San Francisco Renaissance, the Black Mountain school, and the New York School. There will be readings from his selected works by a number of present-day writers.

 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Thursday,  Jun 26 - 8:30PM 
Haggai Cohen-Milo, bass;  Ben Van Gelder, alto sax;  Nadav Remez, guitar;  Ziv Ravitz, drums
Haggai Cohen-Milo, CD Release: Penguin image

Hailing from Israel and currently living in Brooklyn, Haggai Cohen-Milo is a gifted bassist and composer exploring the nexus of Jazz and Jewish music. His Tzadik debut features a tight and exciting band of young virtuosos who passionately perform Haggai's beautiful and lyrical compositions. Brilliant improvisations, poignant melodies and driving rhythms all come together in this exciting program of New Jewish music at its best.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jun 27 - 6:00PM 
Shoshana Bush, vocals;  Isamu McGregor, piano, musical direction;  Brian Holtz, bass
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Vocalist Shoshana Bush is “a developing artist with a bright future as a jazz singer," Les Traub, Cabaret Scenes. She has performed at New York’s Blue Note (opening up for Jane Monheit last fall) and Birdland (on four separate occasions), and will now be gracing the stage of Cornelia St. Café alongside Isamu McGregor (piano/musical director), Brian Holtz (bass).

“Shoshana is a confident, poised, self-assured young lady who more than established herself as a serious contender on the New York jazz club scene.” -- Lynn DiMenna, Cabaret Scenes

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://

Friday,  Jun 27 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Adam Kolker, sax, bass clarinet;  Drew Gress, bass;  Billy Hart, drums;  Steve Cardenas, guitar
Adam Kolker Quartet:

Four consumate contemporary improvisers explore the enduring music of the iconic master, Thelonious Monk.


Want to know what jazz is really about? Listen to Billy Hart. -Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press

"Drew Gress is world-class, and a supremely interesting bassist-both sublime and rock-solid." -The Guardian (London)....

"The scope of the jazz guitar tradition is vast. From Charlie Christian to Pat Metheny…distilled best perhaps by its finest emissary, the remarkable Steve Cardenas"

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jun 28 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host

Lara Bello, vocalist
The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz: Lara Bello image

Lara Bello was named Spanish World Music Artist of the Year in 2010 for her debut, Niña pez (2009). In 2012 her second recording, Primero amarillo después malva, earned raves in the United States and Latin America from People en español magazine to a “Global Hit” on the public radio show BBC The World. 2013 saw her third recording, Garnatiyya, and now Por el agua de Granada: Cancionero lorquiano. Her art draws on classical music and jazz, overtone singing, Buddhist chant, flamenco dance and song, and Arab dance. A psychologist and writer, she has worked on a variety of crossculture collaborations for peace and cultural dialogue, conducting music projects with female prison inmates, children and music therapy initiatives around the world.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Jun 28 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Matt Pavolka, bass, trombone;  Kirk Knuffke, cornet;  Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Jacob Garchik, trombone;  Mark Ferber, drums
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Tonight Matt Pavolka’s Horns Band celebrates the release of their eponymous debut CD for the Fresh Sounds, New Talent record label. This newest project is a departure from the electric mayhem of The Matt Pavolka Band and features a more classic acoustic jazz sound but with a 21st century sensibility as the quintet explores topics ranging from the American West to the nature of time and memory to the perils of a fiber-free diet. It also marks Pavolka’s first public appearance as a trombonist (on a few tunes) in many a year.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 29 - 6:00PM 
Susana Case James Tolan Anthony DiMatteo
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Susana H. Case is a Professor and Program Coordinator at the New York Institute of Technology. Her photos have appeared in Blue Hour Magazine, pacificREVIEW, and San Pedro River Review, among others. Author of several chapbooks, her Slapering Hol Press chapbook, The Scottish Café, was published in a dual-language version, Kawiarnia Szkocka, by Poland’s Opole University Press. She is the author of four full-length collections, including Elvis Presley’s Hips & Mick Jagger’s Lips (Anaphora Literary Press), and, most recently, 4 Rms w Vu (Mayapple Press).

Anthony DiMatteo's poems, essays and reviews regularly turn up in scholarly and literary journals. Recent work has been or will be spotted in Avatar Poetry Review, College Literature, Cortland Review, Smartish Pace, Tar River Poetry, and Waccamaw. A new book Beautiful Problems: Poems is available from David Robert Books. He defends the mysteries of writing and art against corporate encroachment at the New York Institute of Technology where he’s a professor of English. A somewhat competent sailor of the Great South Bay, he’s also an avid hiker occasionally lost on solo wilderness trips. Feel free to leave a trace at his e-tent:

James Tolan is author of Mass of the Forgotten (Autumn House Press) and the chapbooks Red Walls (Dos Madres Press) and Fresh Fruit and Gravity (Far Gone Books). He is co-editor with Holly Messitt of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society. Originally from Chicago, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, worked for years as a poet in the New York City public schools with Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and is now an associate professor at the City University of New York/BMCC.
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Sunday,  Jun 29 - 8:30PM 
Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Russ Meissner, drums
Dave Ambrosio Trio, CD Release: Gone image
Based on musical relationships more than 15 years in the making, David Ambrosio, Loren Stillman and Russ Meissner present their first recording together entitled GONE, released on Fresh Sound New Talent. Featuring original compositions by each member, this ensemble explores musical conversation and spontaneity with an open sensibility while still keeping much of the essence and tradition of classic jazz trio playing.

"Ambrosio has sensitivity to dynamic concerns and an ability to react instantly"- Chris Kelsey, Jazz Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jun 30 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

V. Hansmann Aimee Anderson Alex Dawson Willa Carroll
BENNINGTON WRITERS  - June Elevens, a classmates reading image
BENNINGTON WRITERS - June Elevens, a classmates reading

Tonight's four readers are June 2011 graduates of the Bennington Writing Seminars - Aimee Anderson, Alex Dawson, Willa Carroll, and V. Hansmann

V. Hansmann was raised by wealthy people in suburban New Jersey; growing up to be neurotic, alcoholic, homosexual, and old. In June 2011, he completed a MFA in creative writing at Bennington College, concentrating in nonfiction and poetry. His publishing credits consist of an anecdote in the Metropolitan Diary section of The New York Times and an essay in The Common online. A poem of his recently appeared in the British journal, Structo, and another has been accepted for publication in Subtropics. Since August 2011, Hansmann has hosted a monthly reading series, Bennington Writers, at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village.

 $8 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jun 30 - 8:30PM 
Anat Fort, piano;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Matt Wilson, drums

Pianist Anat Fort, guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Matt Wilson meet as a trio for the first time to celebrate the music of the late drummer Paul Motian. Having played a major part in each of their lives, the band features Motian's tunes, some well-known as well as some hidden gems.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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