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Mar 04
Roald Hoffmann

Entertaining Science -- ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS image
Reservations can be made, but need to be reconfirmed in week before show, i.e Feb. 26-March 3.

ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS: BENCH TO BEDSIDE TO BAND No, not the denizens of the Cornelia Street Café, but life-saving and controversial drugs.

Herb Meltzer will describe his own journey from the chemistry lab to treating and studying schizophrenia, ground-breaking studies which revolutionized the treatment of this disorder. He’ll give us his views of the current critique of antipsychotic drugs, where schizophrenia research is headed, and also what listening to music and schizophrenia have in common, at least with regard to brain chemistry.

Which brings us to the other component of this evening, the Amygdaloids. The rock band that really gets into your head is made up of four NYU scientists: the son of a Louisiana butcher (neurobiologist Joseph LeDoux), a former Israeli army soldier (cognitive neuroscientist Daniela Schiller), a dome builder (environmental scientist Tyler Volk), and a philosophy major (cognitive neuroscience researcher Nina Galbraith Curley). As Newsday says, “Heavy Mental.”
 Cover $10

Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Sebastian Nolle, guitar;  Thomson Kneeland, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
Mar 05
Tulis McCall

You have a monologue you always wanted to write. It's there on the tip of your brain, but you haven't gotten around to it because how would you get an actor, and where would you present it, and and who would listen?


You are an actor looking for a new monologue to replace those tired old things you drag into one audition after another and watch the person on the lowest rung of the casting ladder fall asleep with her eyes open.


You have a monologuethat you have written and want to perform yourself, just to see how it works. And get that agent of yours to see you do something besides the tired old monologue mentioned above.

Join Tulis at the Cornelia Street Cafe. It's a sort of open mike situation 6-7:30 PM. Time is limited so slots are limited.

Monologues/songs should be 2-8 minutes.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprices;  Kevin Twiig, drums, glockenspiel;  John Dewitt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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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
Mar 06
Jim Story David Friedman
David Joel Friedman was born & raised in Washigton, D.C., and educated at Cornell and Columbia. He lives in NYC and works as an instructor in an adult education program. Friedman was a winner of the National Poetry Series 2004, selected by Stephen Dunn, and David’s book The Welcome was published by University of Illinois Press in 2006.

Jim Story is a novelist, short-story writer and poet. An Oklahoman by birth, a Californian by upbringing, and a New Yorker by choice and longevity, he has published short stories, creative nonfiction, reviews and poetry in a variety of literary publications, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won a Best New Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and held a residency at the Edward Albee Center in Montauk, Long Island.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Mike Daisey Reno Jason Wachtelhausen Gautum James Monohan Joe Limone, storytellers
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
Sherry Weaver brings life's travails and humor to the stage with NY's best storytellers
 Cover $8
Madeline Millán, host

Linda María Rodríguez Guglielmoni was Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Has lived in England, Washington, D.C., Michigan, and California. Her collection of experimental bilingual poetry, Metropolitan Fantasies –textos errantes–, was published in 2001. She edited Enlaces: Transnacionalidad –El Caribe y su Diáspora– Lengua, Literatura y Cultura en los Albores del Siglo XXI (2000), proceedings of the Seventh International Conference of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars, a project she directed and for which she received a National Endowment for the Humanities. Her creative prose and poetry, critical work, and translations have appeared in the anthologies From Totems to Hip-Hop, Erotique Caribbean and in the magazines The Caribbean Writer, Sargasso, Mango Season, and Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century. In 2002 she was awarded an Associate Artist position at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida where she worked with Ishmael Reed, in 2004 she completed a Residence with Arab-American writer Elmaz Abinader at the Voices of Nations Arts Foundation in San Francisco, in 2006 she won the Raymond Carver Best Story Award by a Non-North American Author, and was awarded third place by judge Clark Blaise for her story “The Galician” at the 9th International Conference on the Short Story in English which took place in Lisbon, Portugal from June 21-25, 2006.

Ylonka Nacidit-Perdomo Ylonka Nacidit-Perdomo is a poet, essayist, and editor. She was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and studied law and political sciences at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD). Her poems have been published in Common Threads Afro-Hispanic, Women’s Literature, Supplement 14 International Poetry, Y vamos haciendo camino, Revista Mairena, and Confluencia. In addition, she has published the poetry books: Contacto de una mirada (1989), Arrebatos (1993), Luna Barroca (1996), Papeles de la noche (1998), Octubre (1998), Triángulo en trébol (1999), Triángulo en trébol /Triangle in trefoil (2001, translation: Linda M. Rodríguez Guglielmoni), and Hacia el sur (2001). She held the position of Literary Research Center Director at the National Library in Santo Domingo. She now holds the position of president of the Association of Dominican Literary Criticism of Hispanic American Women Writers (CDLEH), and directs the collection entitled “Cotidianas de Estival”. Moreover, she directs the Founding Committee of Women’s Festivals and directs the collection “Ventana” of the Solidarity Center for the Development of Women (Ce-Mujer) in Santo Domingo. In 2002 she directed the XIII Conferencia de la Asociación Internacional de Literatura Femenina Hispánica (AILFH) and in 2004 she directed the 9th International Conference of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars.

Meena Alexander was born in India and grew up there and in Sudan. When she was eighteen she went to study in England. She lives in New York City, where she is a Distinguished Professor of English at Hunter College and the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her work has been widely anthologized and translated. Her volumes of poetry include the collections,*River and Bridge* (1995); *Illiterate Heart* (2002), which won a PEN Open Book Award, and *Raw Silk* (2004). She is the author of a volume of poems and essays *The Shock of Arrival: Reflections on Postcolonial Experience* (1996) and editor of *Indian Love Poems* (2005). Her autobiography, *Fault Lines *(1993), was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 1993. It was reissued in 2003 with a section entitled `Lyric in a Time of Violence.' She is currently at work on a new collection of poems and a volume of notes and essays on poetry, migration and memory. ---
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Glenn White, tenor saxophone;  Jeremy Udden, alto saxophone;  Roberta Picket, piano;  Ann Lieberworth, bass;  Chriss Benham, drums
Glenn White Quintet image
Described as "a brilliant gem," Glenn White's modern jazz compositions and highly skilled, interactive playing have been called "a thoughtful, remarkable style," which is "original and at the same time well-grounded in the jazz tradition."

"The saxophone looks like an extension of his hands, easily connecting to mouth, mind and body. His is a thoughtful, remarkable style."
-GoGo Magazine
 Cover $10

Mar 08
Roxanne Hoffman, host

Brandt Lyon Iris Berman others
Launch Party for Poet Wear Prada, a new small press based in Hoboken New Jersey devoted to introducing new authors through limited edition, high quality chaplets primarily poetry. Editors and Authors will be present to celebrating the release of: Brant Lyon's "Your Infidel Eyes",

Ricki Stuart's "Freak Show",

Alex O Bleeker's "Found in a Cord",

Iris Berman's "The Little Book of Fairy Tales & Love Poems"

and other titles to TBA. Reading and Signing.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Alexis Cole, Vocals;  Abigail Riccards, Vocals;  David Berkman, Piano;  Andy McKee, Bass
Gnu Vox: Alexis Cole and Abigail Riccards image
Alexis Cole is a creative upcoming vocalist on the New York scene. She's Vice President of the NYC Chapter of the Jazz Vocal Coalition, and has played many clubs, concerts and other venues in the city. She has toured in the US, Caribbean, Europe and Asia, and has recorded two full length CD’s as a leader. Before coming to NY in 2001, she participated in the Jazz India Vocal Institute in Bombay, lived in Chapel Hill, NC, and worked a long stint with her jazz quartet on a cruise ship. Last summer, Alexis took 3rd prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival/ Shure Vocal Competition. Alexis grew up in Ft. Lauderdale FL, has a B.M. in Jazz Voice from William Paterson University, and a M.M. from Queens College.

Since coming to New York in 2003, Abigail Riccards is already making a name for herself. Last summer, she toured the middle-east, playing a week tour in Yemen for the United States State Department. In 2004 Abigail was selected to be a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, where she competed at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. She has also won two Downbeat awards; the first for outstanding collegiate vocalist in 2002, the most recent for outstanding collegiate vocal jazz group (lead singer, 2004). In 2000, she was also selected to participate in the Jazz in July workshop at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and competed in the 2006 Fish Middleton Competition. Abigail has played with renowned talents such as David Berkman, Dena DeRose, Carl Allen, Lonnie Plaxico, George Duke, Adam Kolker, Doug Weiss, Peter Martin, Steve LaSpina, Steve Cardenas, Matt Wilson and Mulgrew Miller. Last spring, she was the opening act for several jazz greats including Kenny Werner, Jean "Toots" Thielemans and Joe Lovano. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), she has studied privately or participated in workshops with Catherine Jensen-Hole, Adam Kolker, Maggie Scott, Dianne Reeves, David Berkman, Nancy Marano, Regina Carter, Mulgrew Miller, Steve LaSpina, Don Braden, Bill Goodwin, Nancy Marano, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton and Dena DeRose. Abigail sings in and around New York City, at such familiar venues that include Sweet Rhythm, Detour, Marie's Jazz Bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, Kavehaz, the Blue Water Grill and Trumpets in Montclair. She recently recorded her debut album with David Berkman, Ben Allison, Matt Wilson, Adam Kolker, Ron Horton, Lage Lund, Rogerio Boccato and produced by Dena DeRose. Abigail currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. She recently completed the graduate studies program at William Paterson University, studying jazz vocal performance.
 Cover $10

Mar 09
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's superb open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
 Cover $6
Jeremy Steig, flute;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12
Mar 10
Jeanne Dickey, Gil Fagiani & Maria Lisella, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Joel Allegretti & Maria Terrone, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Rez Abbasi , guitar and compositions;  Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Carlo Derosa, bass;  Sunny Jain, drums
Rez Abbasi's Bazaar image
"Abbasi’s phrasing is chain-motific in the manner of, say, Ornette; he makes unusual connections and resolutions at the termini of his lines, occasionally launching into scorching hyperdrive."
All About Jazz
 Cover $10
Mar 11
Eve Packer, words;  Rick Pernod, words;  Daniel Carter, wind & reeds;  Micah Gaugh, alto sax;  Warren Smith, percussion

EVE PACKER: Bronx-born, poet/performer, 2 books, skulls head samba & playland poems 1994-2004 (Fly By Night Press), & 3 CD's w/jazz. From Donald Hall: "I salute her as the Weegee poet", & from Dennis Duggan: "...smokey & sexy in a way that makes you think of love."

WARREN SMITH: Chicago-born, dynamic leader of a vibrant musical ensemble, ...many CD's in his discography, performs internationally, & is an essential element in the development of African-American music.

MICAH GAUGH: out of Panama & Texas, "avant-pop is the ruling between the old meets the new school."

DANIEL CARTER: phenomenal avant multi-instrumentalist of wind & reeds, has performed internationally, many CD's, performances including w/Other Dimensions in Music & Ya Lo Tengo, Cecil Taylor, Gunter Hampel, Madeski, Martin, & Wood, & many others. N.Y. he calls our 'cosmic cauldron.'

RICK PERNOD: versatile & noted poet-performer; founder & director of Exoterica, a Bx-based lit organization; teaches at CCNY, many awards & publications, was leader & vocalist of spoken word band, House of Pernod.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)


Joel Frahm, tenor & soprano saxophone;  Kristjan Randalu, piano;  Joe Martin, bass;  Ernesto Cervini, drums
Ernesto Cervini Quartet <br>CD RElease image
Ernesto Cervini's album, Here is a wonderful debut that showcases Cervini’s monster chops and compositional abilities” writes Budd Kopman, for All About Jazz. Drummer Ernesto Cervini has quickly become in demand as a sideman and also as a bandleader in New York City because of his unique and deep musicality. Joining Ernesto to celebrate the release of this wonderful CD is Joel Frahm on saxophones, Kristjan Randalu on piano, and Joe Martin on bass.

Prodigiously talented multi-instrumentalist, Ernesto Cervini has written and arranged all of the material on this exceptional debut CD. (Here is) is a symbiotic musical landscape that purposefully features each talented member of the quartet. Cervini – who shines on the drums – is a composer of profound complexity and emotion. “Here” is certainly one of the most interesting jazz recordings of 2007, and Cervini is one of our most intriguing emerging young artists.
Lesley Mitchell-Clarke - The Wholenote Magazine

Full of energy, Ernesto Cervini pushes the entire band with razor-sharp cymbal work and light but incisive drums. His energy is electrifying, but he does not overpower the proceedings, managing to be extremely tight without being loud. "Here" is a wonderful debut that showcases Cervini's monster chops and compositional abilities.
Budd Kopman - All About Jazz
 Cover $10

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