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Jan 01
Kat Georges, host

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Our annual Bukowski night. Bring one of his or one of his that you wrote.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Heather Masse, voice;  Jed Wilson, piano;  Karl Doty, bass;  Joel Arnow, drums
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New York-based singer song-maker Heather Masse, is a member of the acclaimed Juno-award winning Canadian band The Wailin' Jennys, and has performed at 100s of venues across Europe, Canada, and the states. She has appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, where she was privileged to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Arlo Guthrie, and Tom Rush. She has performed with the bluegrass band "The Wayfaring Strangers" on NPR's World Cafe, and at Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Heather also performs locally with a Brooklyn-based collaboration, Heather & the Barbarians. She recently released "Many Moons" an E.P. of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. Heather grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Having taken a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing music of all sorts. Heather's rich, soulful, voice elegantly moves through numerous styles organically and with sincerity - a quality learned from some of her early influences disparate as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, and Chet Baker. Heather's newest project, The Heather Masse Band will release a full-length album on November 10th, 2009 of Heather's original songs and music on Red House Records
 Cover $10
Jan 02
Andy Christie

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.

"Whom For The Holidays?"

Four performers tell holiday chestnuts. Three are true, but one is a complete fabrication. Interrogate the cast, uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

With stories by

MARTIN DOCKERY - "Fantastic." N.Y. Times

OPHIRA EISENBERG - Comedy Central; "Marvelous." The Scotsman

TRACY ROWLAND - Moth GrandSlam Storyteller

PETER LUBELL - TV Editor/Producer


Cover $12 (includes one house drink)
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Tony Moreno, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Marc Mommaas, saxophone;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Gary Varsace, piano
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This Quintet is composed around a very special group of musicians. Everyone is both a wonderful performer and composer and bandleader in their own right. The repertoire is based on originals contributed from various band members. In addition, adding some compositions from Paul Motian, Gordon Parish and perhaps some standards.

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 Cover $10

Jan 03
Roald Hoffmann

Lukas Ligeti Elliott Sharp
Entertaining Science -- EXTREMES image

Life explores every condition -- imagine organisms flourishing in water near boiling and acid enough to hurt you and me. And microorganisms are not the only extremophiles -- scientists love to subject matter to extreme conditions. Roald Hoffmann will talk about extremophiles and the strange things that happen to molecules squeezed to pressure like those at the center of earth. And why scientists would be interested.

Both Lukas Ligeti and Elliott Sharp traffic in extremes: purest acoustic sounds to electronics and heavy computer processing, molto pianissimo to triple forte, amorphous clouds of sound to deep grooving, hypercomplex notated composition to totally free improvising. Any of these elements may turn up in their playing together and as a result, their concerts – they will join Roald -- are reliably unpredictable and filled with surprise.

 Cover $10


Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Rafiq Bhatia, guitar/loops;  Jackson Hill, bass;  Kassa Overall, drums;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone
NINA MOFFITT, an independent young vocalist from Brooklyn, NY, uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. Nina learned to integrate diverse musical influences at an early age through collaborations with her father, pianist Peter Moffitt, and through studying the music of such influences as Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, and Wayne Shorter. These influences led Nina to develop herself as both a storyteller and an instrumentalist alike, bridging the gap between lyrical delivery and collective improvisation. Nina recently received her B.A. with honors in cultural anthropology at Oberlin College, where she also studied at the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory with mezzo soprano Lorraine Manz and jazz professors Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, Robert Ferazza, Peter Dominguez and Paul Samuels. On January 3rd, 2010, Nina will release her new EP Where I Have Been (2010), a collection of recent arrangements by the quintet, featuring Nina Moffitt, vocals; Tim Bennett, alto saxophone; Rafiq Bhatia, guitar & loops; Jackson Hill, bass; and Alex Morris, drums; with a guest appearance from Jordan Goldstein on alto saxophone. The EP features four 10-minute tracks, including "I Loves You Porgy," by George & Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (from Porgy & Bess), "6&7," by Ravi Coltrane (BMI), "Lush Life," by Billy Strayhorn, and "Emily," by Joanna Newsom (BMI). Join us at the Cornelia Street Cafe to raise a glass and celebrate the completion of this EP with a special performance by the Nina Moffitt Quintet!

cover $10/$5 for students

Jan 04
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, 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
Jan 05
Brant Lyon, host

HYDROGEN JUKEBOX comes to Cornelia Street !!!

Popular Poetry-Music Reading Series comes to Cornelia in 2010!

Kicking off the new season, featured poets, David Avendano and Moira T. Smith, jamming with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

David Avendano, from Mexico City, started writing poetry at 11 years of age, when a tsunami of feelings brought irreversible change to his life, the use of words giving light to his nascent soul made easier to feel, su aliento, la voz gritan al mundo mil palabras y demas, utilizando letras con sentido, dejenos en paz...

Moira T. Smith is a poet/singer-songwriter/artist who grew up listening to her father's inspired collection of 78s: blues, jazz and traditional music of the 1920's and '30's. She is, despite this, a thoroughly modern girl on a mission to wholeheartedly embody the fullness of her mythos--and do it in a cool-ass pair of boots, as she flashes her darkly glittering musical gems and preaches the Victrola blues in a ring-tone world gone screwy.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Tracy Rowland John Grady Melanie Hamlett Kurt Gerstmann Margot Leitman Faye Lane
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SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Wednesday Jan 06
Mira Ptacin, host

Ilana Garon Maris James Mike Stutzman Deenah Vollmer Ben Yagoda, featured reader
Creative Nonfiction, a marriage of sorts.

Ben Yagoda, author of the recent book "Memoir--A History." Ben is author, coauthor or editor of nine books, including "The Art of Fact," "The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing" and "About Town: The New Yorker and the World It Made." He has written about language, writing and other topics for, the New York Times Book Review and Magazine, the American Scholar, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and many other publications. He teaches at the University of Delaware and lives in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

Twitter: @miraptacin, @freerangereads

Facebook: Mira Ptacin, Freerange Nonfiction Reading Series

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it is too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

George Garzone, saxophone;  Rachel Z, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
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Mr. Garzone, a tenor saxophonist with a headlong but intelligent approach to free improvisation, presides over a tribute to the pianist Charlie Banacos, an influential jazz educator who traveled in the same Boston circles as Mr. Garzone (and who died just last month). The ensemble gathered for the task is worthy, with Rachel Z on piano, Peter Slavov on bass and Pete Zimmer on drums.
- Nate Chenin, NYT
 Cover $10
Jan 07
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
Tigran hamasyan, piano;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Orlando LeFleming , bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
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"he attacks his kit like a child does pots and pans, with limbs flailing, face contorted in delight. From this physical "...mayhem comes music of unsurpassed depth and control.”
- Philadelphia Weekly

"He's got Rhythm of every variety" " trickles of rhythm seeping into all the cracks and at regular intervals he changes the rhythm, pouring it out or stoppering it, turning its emphasis around, subdividing or refocusing it and making it follow the melody."
---Ben Ratliff New York Times
 Cover $15

Jan 08
Jackie Sheeler, host

Ted Jonathan
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Feature: Ted Jonathan will read from Bones & Jokes.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)


2nd Annual Company of Heaven Jazz Festival: Jan. 8-10
$10 cover charge for each individual set • $25 cover charge for the entire night (3 sets)
APAP Conference attendees w/official badges: free admission for entire Jazz Festival.
$7 food/drink minimum per set

8:30PM Reut Regev's "R*Time" w/special guest Judith Insell (viola)
Reut Regev, trombone; David Phelps, electric guitar; Sean Conly, bass; Igal Foni, drums

Reut Regev, born and raised in Israel, has been living in New York City area since 1998. A master of the Trombone and the Flugabone, Ms. Regev showcases her in versatility in many style: Jazz, Salsa, Rock, Funk, Brazilian, Blues, Classical, Contemporary, Jewish and Caribbean music. She has collaborated with many outstanding jazz artists: Butch Morris, Anthony Braxton, Groove Collective, Frank London, Eddie Bobé, Eric Revis, Billy Bang, Michael Attias, Ras Moshe, Reggie Nicholson, just to name a few.

“The joyful, undogmatic Freefunk thunderstorm of Israeli born and New York based trombonist Reut Regev was one of the pleasant surprises of the JazzFest Berlin 2009”
-Rainer Balcerowiak, Junge Welt Berlin, Nov 10th, 2009

Troy Collins (All About Jazz) proclaims that R*Time is "Seasoned interplay, that is laser-tight!”
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Judith Insell, a New York native, is a versatile viola player who is at ease in a large rage of styles: Jazz, Classical, Avant Garde, R&B, Hip Hop, Pop & Rock. As an active member of the New York jazz scene since the mid nineties, she has recorded & performed with Lee Konitz, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Antonio Hart, Miguel Zenon, Elliott Sharp & Sojourner. Her "pop" music career includes performances with: Beyonce Knowles, India.Arie, Jessica Simpson, “Joe,” and the legendary John Cale. &n bsp; Her debut CD, "Dark Wood Explorations," a duo project with acclaimed jazz bassist Joe Fonda, has received international recognition & high praise:

"Insell can swing in an almost Stuff Smith way"- Elliott Simon, All About Jazz-NY

"The dominating dark string instruments of the New York duo of Judith Insell and Joe Fonda focuses more on the hidden subtleties of jazz and improvisation."
-Ottmar Klammer (Stockwerk Jazz-Graz,Austria)
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9:45PM Ohad Talmor's "The Other Quartet"
Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Pete McCann, guitar; Mark Ferbe, drums, percussion

Ohad Talmor was born in 1970, in Lyon, France of Israeli parents. He grew up in Geneva Switzerland, in a house with classical music on at all times. At age five, he started studying piano at the Geneva conservatory._Upon moving to Florida in 1987 as an exchange student , Ohad took up the saxophone after falling in love with the little jazz he had heard before leaving Switzerland. Following his return to Europe, he moved along a musical path which led him first to study musicology at the University in parallel to gigging around town. Eventually, performing took over studying as Ohad immersed himself into the European jazz scene. Parallel to his activities as a performer on the saxophones/clarinet, Ohad took on a growing passion for composing and arranging which eventually led him in 1995 to the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship. He received his Diploma in Composition in 1997 (now deeply buried in his basement) and since then is continuing to live in Brooklyn, NY, performing, composing, arranging - and sometimes acting - in a wealth of different projects.

“Equal parts complex polyphony, gentle atmospherics, quirky funk and rearranged classical pieces...”
- JazzTimes

“The mood is serious, the pieces are challenging, and the musicianship is strong...” - Down Beat Magazine
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11PM Mario Pavone's "Totem"
Mario Pavone, bass; Peter Madsen, piano; Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn; Gerald Cleaver , drums

Bassist/composer Mario Pavone has collaborated with both legendary innovators and today's most respected young musicians to consistently define the cutting edge of jazz for the past 40 years. He has anchored the trios of Paul Bley (1968-72), Bill Dixon (1980's), and the late Thomas Chapin (1990-97), and co-led a variety of notable ensembles with Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich, and Michael Musillami. His list of sidemen past and present includes Steven Bernstein, Gerald Cleaver, Dave Douglas, Peter Madsen, Tony Malaby, Joshua Redman, George Schuller, Michael Sarin, Craig Taborn, and Matt Wilson among many others. And, unlike most artists whose careers span five decades, his most recent recordings are his most widely acclaimed, appearing on best-of-the-year lists from,, AllAboutJazz-New York, Coda, the Village Voice, and the New York Times among others.
In addition to his ongoing activities as a bandleader, Pavone's artwork and photography have graced the covers of dozens of recordings since the mid 90's, and he currently serves as an educator, administrator and board member for the Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Summer Jazz Camp in Litchfield, Connecticut.
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Company of Heaven NYC: Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it's first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its' modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz: NEA 2009 Jazz Master, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone),the late jazz drummer Rashied Ali, & avant garde genius Charles Gayle(saxophones/piano), just to name a few. Company of Heaven is also proud to present the best of the "new breed" of jazz musicians on the scene: Taylor Ho Bynum(trumpet), Dana Leong (cello/trombone), Mary Halvorson(guitar), Dan Tepfer(piano), with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually.

Drum kit donated by

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