See the previous week's performances.   June 07-June 14, 2014  See the next week's performances.
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
Jane Ira Bloom Quartet image

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
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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
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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
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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 

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

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