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Feb 16
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's legendary open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured reader is Jack Wiler.
 Cover $6

Mark Feldman, violin;  Lucian Ban, piano;  Hilliard Hill Greene, bass;  Barry Altschul , drums
Cornelia Street Cafe proudly presents HIEROGLYPHICS featuring a rare NY appearance by legendary drummer Barry Altschul in a trio setting and quartet with master violinist Mark Feldman. Spanning different generations of musicians the ensembles will perform original music that traverses spontaneous improvisation, contemporary classical and today’s jazz idiom.

Twice nominated in 2005 and 2006 for ‘The Best European Jazz Musician’ by the Hans Koller Foundation in Austria, Romanian expat pianist Lucian Ban has released to critical acclaim 5 albums as a leader in Europe and US including the TUBA Project feat Bob Stewart, Asymmetry feat Jorge Sylvester, and 3 albums with the great Alex Harding.

Terrell Holmes of All About Jazz NY says
“ Ban plays with a fluency and sensibility that recalls Vladimir Horowitz as much as McCoy Tyner”
For more info visit

Legendary drummer Barry Altschul was an original member in the super group CIRCLE featuring Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton and Dave Holland, recorded the seminal album ‘Conference of the Birds” and was a key member of Paul Bley’s trios, Sam Rivers groups, Andrew Hill, etc. He’s considered one of the true masters of modern drumming.

Mark Feldman is widely considered a master violinist equally at home in classical, jazz and avantgarde settings. He has toured and recorded extensively with Pharoah Sanders, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, John Abercombie, etc. He has appeared on more than 200 recordings ranging from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to John Zorn, Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas. For more info visit

Hilliard Hill Greene is one of the great veterans bassists of American jazz with a 40 years career behind him and collaborations with the great masters from Cecil Taylor, Don Pullen, Greg Osby to Charles Gayle, Rashied Ali, Bobby Watson and many more. For the past 10 years he’s the musical director for legendary singer Jimmy Scott. For more info visit
 Cover $10

Feb 17
Dean Kostos, host

Featured readers are Anna Angelakis and Michelle Battiste.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  MY BAND FOOT FOOT,

John McNeil, trumpet;  JC Sanford, trombone;  Meg Okura, violin;  Andrew Green, guitar;  Ben Rubin, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
My Band Foot Foot, <br>a Shaggs Revue image
My Band Foot Foot reinterprets the music of The Shaggs, a self-taught family "rock" band from the late 60's has become a cult fascination. Rather than attempt to imitate the Shaggs, the group has drawn on the original tunes as inspiration and arranged the tunes in a wide variety of musical genres, including, jazz, blues, musical theatre, string trio, rock, gospel, and more.
 Cover $10 www,
Feb 18
Angelo Verga, host

Kira Henehan Lytton Smith Daniel Tobin Cynthia Lowen

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Jack Hardy, voice/guitar/compositions;  Mike Laureanno, bass;  Tom Duval, guitar
Jack Hardy in concert image Gianluigi Bresciani
Jack Hardy has been called the leader of the folk revival in new york. His music includes influences from western, celtic, & political with a concentration in love songs. His songs have been covered by Suzanne Vega, Dave Van Ronk, Cindy Mangsen, Anne Hills, Lui Collins among others. He tours Europe often and is working on his 15th album.

"Jack Hardy is so at home in the role of celtic bard it is hard to believe he is home- grown."
- Rolling Stone
 Cover $10

Feb 19
Ted Jonathan, host

Andrea Lockett Marc Tretin Matthew Zapruder
Another great trio of poets selected by the editors of one of America's leading poetry journals.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Daniel Binelli, bandoneon;  GUstavo Moterro, piano;  Martin Moretto, guitar;  Pedro Giraudo, bass;  Chris Eddleton, drums
"Gustavo Moretto Quintet" Playing the music of Alas
Feb 20
Stan Richardson, host

Seeing Shadows, Taking Chances: Romancing

The Queen of Cups, excerpt from a novel by Mina Samuels

Problem Fish, excerpt from a novel by Lauren Velevis

Paris Under the Skin a monologue by Marlene Nichols

MINA SAMUELS is a freelance writer and editor. Her work includes a diverse range of projects from biography, to business, sports, and human rights. The Queen of Cups is her first novel.

LAUREN VELEVIS is a writer and a fiction editor at HarperCollins. She has been published in the Square Table Journal and the Gutenburg Litegraphic press. Problem Fish is her second novel.

MARLENE NICHOLS is a writer/performer and at any given time at least one of her multiple personalities is appearing around town. She's played The Kraine Theatre, EST, Stage Left Studios, Mo Pitkins House of Satisfaction, and read at Cafe Universel and Shakespeare & Company in Paris. Her past one-woman shows include "A Southern Girl's Tireswing Blues" and "Pretty" with her latest show STAND ME UP AND DRESS ME to be workshopped at Stage Left Studios in May. The Winter Harbor Theater in Portland, Maine commissioned two monologues for their "Letters to Katrina" in 2005, and she performed the piece HUMANE from that show at the Culture Project's Impact Festival this past fall. In July, she received a grant from the Fantasy Fountain Fund to spend a month writing in Paris around the corner from Gertrude Stein's apartment.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)


Nathan Eklund, trumpet & flugelhorn;  Craig Yaremko, saxophones;  Joe Elefante, piano;  Brian Kileen, bass;  Josh Dion, drums
Nathan Eklund group<br>CD Release Party for  image
The ,b>Nathan Eklund Group is a distinct jazz combo that released their first album, "The View From Afar", in 2006. Their second album, "The Crooked Line", is set to be released on January 23, 2007 through the Jazz Excursion Records label. The repertoire of the group is based on Eklund's original music and his unique arrangemants of other's material. Although there is form and structure to every composition, the music is intended to give a great deal of interpretive responsibility and freedom to each member of the group. Through this approach, each of Eklund's works become a group arrangement, utilizing the creative energy and talents of the entire group.

"One thing that's distinctive about the music on this CD is the care and craftsmanship that have gone into it. The music is accessible but never trite; Nathan's full of unusual and often subtle touches that will delight any sensitive listener."
--Bill Kirchner, liner notes
 Cover $10

Wednesday Feb 21 6:00PM  TRANSLATION
Madeline Millan, host

Sultan Catto is a bilingual poet writing in Turkish and English and is a professor and executive officer of the PhD program in physics at CUNY Graduate School , and professor at Center for Theoretical Physics at the Rockefeller University . He was a panel member on Hollywood and Science at the International Hamptons Film Festival sponsored by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and gave poetry readings in NY in recent months including at the UN. He is an author of more than a hundred scientific articles and is an editor of the Journal of Generalized Lie Theory and Applications.

Stanley H. Barkan is the editor/publisher of the Cross-Cultural Review Series of World Literature and Art, that has, to date, produced some 350 titles in 50 different languages. His own work has been published in 13 collections, several of them bilingual (Bulgarian, Italian, Polish, Russian). He was the 1991 New York City’s Poetry Teacher of the Year (awarded by Poets House and the Board of Education) and the 1996 winner of the Poor Richard’s Award, “The Best of the Small Presses” (awarded by the Small Press Center), for “25 years of high quality publishing.” Last May 2006, he was invited by Peter Thabit Jones, editor of The Seventh Quarry, to be the solo featured poet at the Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea, Wales.

Born in Peru, in 1945, Isaac Goldemberg is a renowned poet, playwright, and fiction writer. He has lived in New York since 1964 and is Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Eugenio María de Hostos Community, CUNY, where he is also the Director of the Latin American Writers Institute and the Editor of Hostos Review, an international journal of culture. He is the author of three novels. His ground breaking novel The Fragmented Life of Don Jacobo Lerner, already in its 7th English edition, in 2001 was selected as one of the 100 greatest Jewish books of the last 150 years. He is also the author of a collection of short fiction, eleven books of poems, and three plays. His work has been translated into several languages. His most recent publications are Tierra de nadie (a collection of short stories, 2006), La vida son los ríos (a collection of fiction and poetry, 2005; recipient of the P.E.N. Club of Peru Literature Award), Los Cementerios Reales (a collection of poems, 2004), Golpe de gracia (a play, 2003; recipient of Venezuela’s Estival Theater Award), Los autorretratos y las máscaras/Self-Portraits and Masks (a collection of poems, 2002), El nombre del padre (a novel, 2001), and Peruvian blues (a collection of poems, 2001; recipient of the P.E.N. Club of Peru Poetry Award).
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Valerie Ghent

Jon Albrink Sarah Loveland Randi Driscoll Betty & the Belrays
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 7th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York’s most popular acoustic songwriter’s series, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

This month's Songwriter's Beat features:

Jon Albrink

Sarah Loveland

Randi Driscoll

and a preview of songs from the new musical
Betty & the Belrays

Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter’s Beat features top up-and-coming songwriters. Each month four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 220 songwriters (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan) and keeps growing!

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!
 Cover $5

Feb 22
David Devoe, curator

Monika Heidemann, Vocals;  Erik Deutsch , Keyboard;  Brandon Seabrook , Guitar;  Jonti Simon, Bass;  Rudy Royston, Drums;  Maria Neckam, Vocals;  Dave Binney, Saxophone;  Fabien Almazan, Piano;  Thomas Morgan, Bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza , Drums
Gnu Vox: Monika Heidemann and Maria Neckam image
Monika Heidemann twists together jazz sensibility, improvisation, catchy pop melodies, the grind of rock n’ roll and enough subconscious creativity to still question where her music could have come from. Reaching above and beyond the standard, these modern day art-songs are truly a breath of fresh air. Her off-beat humor and smart, avant-garde arrangements, though not at all esoteric, betray her background as an intuitive musician, well-balanced between the technical and the spontaneous. These virtues, key to every great musician, are equally true of her vocal approach. Monika Heidemann’s warm, dark, voice and fluid phrasing, envelop strong melodies and remarkable musical vocabularies. With a captivating band of brilliant musicians and improvisors, this music leaves one simultaneously entranced with mystery and revelation, joy and sadness. It is this dance with contradiction that makes the dreamlike poetry of her songs resonate for all who hear them.

Maria Neckam can sound like Flora Purim to Franz von Chossy's Chick Corea, but she's working on many other levels, from Björk and Urszula Dudziak to Astrud Gilberto, Basia and any number of classically-trained vocalists. Her supple, reedy voice hits the notes clearly and has that wonderful quality of articulating syllables as notes rather than words, turning even standards into wordless vocals. Neckam, part of the Austrian-American Outreach Jazz Collective, writes impressively in English and her native tongue. Her album "Crossing and Blending" is an ambitious debut that ranges through the breadth of her stylistic tropes and suggests that she's going to be a special voice. (John Swenson, OFF BEAT Magazine)

 Cover $10

Feb 23
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's legendary open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
 Cover $6
Tony Malaby , tenor saxophone;  Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Tom Rainey, drums; 
+ guests: Ron Horton
, trumpet; 
Eivind Opsvik, bass
Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey trio + guests image
Even without settling into typical rhythmic patterns or harmonic frameworks, the trio manages to insinuate forward momentum with a linear logic that reveals abstract lyricism. Working collectively, Malaby's horn stands on equal footing with Sanchez's electric piano, and Rainey's drums provide as much harmonic color and texture as they do fluctuating rhythm. Conversational in the extreme, this is one trio that listens as well as it plays.

Troy Collins on Malaby,Sanchez,Rainey

Playing new music for quintet by Angelica Sanchez ,they will be joined by the trumpeter Ron Horton and bassist Eivind Opsvik.
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

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