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Jan 21
Dean Kostos, host

poets Mary Golias, Marina Stenos & Tod Thileman.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Lina Orfanos, voice;  Martin Neron, piano;  Corey James Crawford, vocals;  Barbara Waxenberg, vocals
Lina Orfanos: Under the Greek Moon image

Under the Greek Moon: Lina Orfanos sings Manos Hadjidakis

with guest vocalists Corey James Crawford and Barbara Waxenberg

An evening of sublime songs based on the cinema and theater music of Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. Featuring selections from City Blues, Great Eros, Lorca’s Blood Wedding, Mythologia, Never on Sunday and the Romaic Agora.

Jan 22
Miss Slow Shot, host


Slideshow and Tales by Miss SLOW Shot photographer & pop artist

Pictures and Stories about Paris In April presented by Miss SLOW Shot,

with Dan McCarthy’s vibraphonic jazz.

cover: $10 (that will get you a house drink+11x17 poster/canvas bag)

Miss SLOW Shot’s web:

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 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dave Stryker, guitar;  Steve Slagle, saxophone;  Ed Howard, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
The Stryker / Slagle Band image
New CD Out: The Stryker / Slagle Band "Live at the Jazz Standard" (ZOHO)

"Live at the Jazz Standard is a field report from one of today's most inspired two-man teams."
David Adler - JazzTimes 9/05

"The co-leaders, having played together for nearly two decades, have achieved an empathy that results in several passages of remarkable collective improvisation."
Will Smith - Downbeat 9/05

Voted a Rising Star Acoustic Jazz Group in the 2004 Downbeat Critics Poll

Guitarist Dave Stryker and Saxophonist Steve Slagle have been developing a group sound for over 17 years. Recent gigs have included a packed week at the Jazz Bakery in LA where Don Heckman in the the LA Times called them "first-rate jazz talents", and a SRO show at the 2002 Monterey Jazz Festival. The group's most recent recording is the self-titled The Stryker/Slagle Band (Khaeon World Music). It has received great reviews including a feature story in the Dec. 2003 issue of Downbeat, and was picked as one of the Top Ten CD's of 2003 in the New Jersey Star Ledger and Jazzreview.

Dave and Steve consider this band their main focus after years as sidemen with many of the greats. Dave spent over 13 years with Stanley Turrentine, and also worked with Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany, and has over 15 CD's out as a leader, (most featuring Slagle.) He's also been a sideman on over 25 others. Stryker was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in both the Critics and Readers Poll of Downbeat Magazine in 2001, and his latest CD, Blue to the Bone III (SteepleChase Music), was picked as one of the top CD's of 2002 by jazz station WBGO and by Jazzreview. Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls Dave "one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years." ,p> Saxophonist Steve Slagle also has released 10 CD's as a leader, and performed as a sideman on countless others. He has played with Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento, and Carla Bley to name a few. Steve was musical director of the Mingus Big Band for many years. His most recent CD New New York (OmniTone), features Stryker and Joe Lovano. He is also on Joe Lovano's Grammy winning CD "52nd St. Themes" on Blue Note. Jazz Times says "Slagle ranks in the upper echelon of alto sax players on the scene today."
 Cover $10

Jan 23
Jonathan Escobio, host

Hosted by P. Jonathan Escobio, Shakespeare Anyone? is our recurring look at scenes and soliloquies from the Bard.

The performers are all veterans of the Classical stage, and have performed at such venues as The Pearl Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Guthrie, and many other regional and New York Theatres.

This evening will have performances representing all facets of Shakespeares genres. The Comedies; with the poor poetry of Orlando and the clowning of Touchstone and Corin, both from As you like it, as well as Viola and Olivia's first meeting in Twelth Night. The Histories; a look at Richard the second's untimely end, and from Henry IV pt 1 the relationship of Henry Percy (Hotspur) and his wife, Lady Percy. The Pastorals; Hermione's trial from The Winters Tale. And finally the Tragedies; Ceasar's words for his betrayers. Plus a few surprises along the way!
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Blarvuster: Marry Halvorsen, guitar;  Karen Waltuch, viola;  Ian Riggs, bass;  Mike Pride, drums;  Leah Paul, flutes;  Matthew Welch, composer, bagpipes, soprano sax, vocals;  Flux Quartet: Tom Chiu, violin;  Conrad Harris, violin;  Max Mandel, viola;  Dave Eggar, cello
21 Century Schizoid Music presents Matthew Welch  image
Matthew Welch
"a composer possessed of both rich imagination and the skill to bring his fancies to life, leaps vast geographical distances, imagining statistically implausible musical melting pots that sound utterly natural."
TimeOut NYC

Inspired by Celtic and South East Asian ensemble traditions placed in an underground jazz and rock context, the ecstatic and exuberant music of Blarvuster combines punk/march drumming, syncopated dub-esque bass and guitar lines, dervish saxophone, Irish whistle-like flutes, fiddle style viola and florid bagpipes.

Flux Quartet plays Welch "Composed for conventional string quartet, Matthew Welch's Siubhal Turnlar mixes aspects of Celtic bagpipe music and southeast Asian gamelan. It's a seemingly unlikely combination, perhaps, but Welch uncovers unsuspected commonalities in the two idioms, weaving them into a rich tapestry of modal melodies and dancing rhythms. The Flux Quartet brings an ideal mix of bravura and charm to a piece that deserves to be widely performed and heard."
TimeOut NYC
 Cover $10

Jan 24

Book launch for LIARS! CHEATERS! EVILDOERS! Demonization and the End of Civil Debate in America by Tom DeLuca and John Buell.

"After reading and hearing so many epitaphs to political discourse in a polarized nation in the wake of 9/11, I take heart from Tom De Luca's and John Buell's realistic but hopeful argument for one last mighty effort to pull democracy back from the brink." Bill Moyers

Tanya Kalmanovitch, violin & viola;  Pete McCann, guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Owen Howard, drums
Tanya Kalmanovitch: Hut Five image
A formidable classical performer, Kalmanovitch is fast developing a reputation in the international jazz and creative music community as an innovator on her primary instrument, the viola. She explores the viola’s dark, warm terrain, uncovering its rich, vocal qualities in the context of jazz and free improvisation. Unabashedly expressive and a fierce technician, Kalmanovitch’s breathtaking performances have garnered rave reviews in DownBeat, Coda, the Montreal Gazette, and the Irish Times.

Kalmanovitch will feature her electric quartet Hut Five. Joined by guitarist Pete McCann, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Owen Howard, she will perform original compositions blending her primary musical influences: contemporary jazz, 20th Century classical music, rock and free improvisation. Central to the group’s aesthetic is the idea of expressive contrasts. The original compositions span the poles of extended composition and free improvisation, and Kalmanovitch’s rich viola and sweet violin float over the astringent chromaticism and rhythmic complexity of her compositions. The group has released two records on Perspicacity.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jan 25 6:00PM  ON THE VERGE
Alexandra Grace, host

This month's readers are Chris Prentice, Ciaran Berry, Kathleen Graber. Post grad school/ pre-frist book, some the best poets nearly no one has read yet. One of them may employ a slide projector as well as linebreaks.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Jon Sobel, host

Melissa Mulligan Adam Payne Whisperado
Soul of the Blues image

This special edition of Soul of the Blues features.....Melissa Mulligan, Adam Payne and Whisperado.

for more information on the artists, please visit:

Melissa Mulligan

Adam Payne


SOUL OF THE BLUES, NYC's premiere *inexpensive* live blues and soul music series, happens the fourth Wednesday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe.

 Cover $10

Jan 26
Angelo Verga, host

Bill Zissner, piano;  Arnie Roth, sax
Two musicians who have day jobs: Zinsser the seminal writing coach, Roth wonderful cartoonist for The New Yorker.
David Devoe, curator

Frank Carlberg, piano;  Christine Correa, vocals;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  John Herbert, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
GNU VOX : Frank Carlberg Quintet with Christine Correa  image
On Thursday, January 26th Frank Carlberg Quartet With Christine Correa will be performing at Cornelia Street Cafe. For the past 10 years pianist/ composer Carlberg and vocalist Correa have been exploring 20th century poetry by writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Anselm Hollo etc and setting some of it to music. Their latest CD, "In The Land Of Art" on Fresh Sound, was well received in the press. In the pages of All About Jazz, Elliot Simon wrote:
"..... with its on-the-mark musical, vocal and piano interpretations, adventurous rhythm section explorations and expressive sax playing, Carlberg has shown that s*it can flow uphill In The Land Of Art".

For this performance the group, which also includes Bill McHenry on tenor sax, John Hebert on bass and Mark Ferber on drums, will also perform new music from their upcoming release "Red Piano" also on Fresh Sound.

This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists.  The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz.  The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price!
 Cover $10

Jan 27
Jackie Sheeler

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

the featured poet this week is Mary Elizabeth Clark.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Vitaly Golovnev, trumpet;  Joel Frahm, tenor sax;  Toru Dodo, piano;  Joseph Lepore, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
Pete Zimmer Quintet image
"New York drummer Pete Zimmer, an engaging mainstream modernist, leads a like-minded qintet featuring a big book of swinging originals, most of them by Zimmer. The highest profile in the band belongs to tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, who turned heads recently with a subtle, harmonically sophisticated duet recording with pianist Brad Mehldau."
Detroit Free Press - Mark Stryker 10/7/2005
 Cover $10
Jan 28
Johnny "Chance" Acevedo

Martine Dominque's vibrant series is the 4th Saturday of each month. Part party, party literary event, be prepared to visit the Caribbean by way of Brooklyn and The Bronx.
 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
George Garzone, saxophone;  John Lockwood, bass;  Bob Gulloti, drums
The Fringe  image

The Fringe are one of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene. Originally formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe have entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 30 years. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.

Along with their impressive tenure with The Fringe, Gullotti, Garzone, and Lockwood are in great demand as session players and have played with many of the greats of contemporary jazz. Along with keeping up with a busy performance schedule, each of them are well-respected educators helping to inspire the jazz musicians of tomorrow.
 Cover $10

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