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Jan 21
Dean Kostos, host

Hilary Sideris, poet;  Melinda Thomsen, poet;  & Michael T. Young, poet;  ,
Another installment of one our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

$7 includes a drink

George Garzone, tenor saxophone;  Jamie Oehlers, tenor saxophone;  Graham Wood, piano;  Sam Anning, bass
George Garzone and the Australian Connection image
George Garzone and Jamie Oehlers have met several times both in Australia and in US. Now they are together sharing the stage with a young and dynamic rhythm section.

Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Jamie Oehlers, was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards, as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category and is now coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 22
Olga Humphrey, host

Kate Baldwin Eng Rita Marchelya Andrea Lepcio Gretchen M. Michelfeld Christen Clifford Saviana Stanescu and Susan Bernfield
New Georges' TRUNK SHOW image

The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome back one of New York's most innovative and exciting theatre companies, New Georges, for a new cycle of performances.

New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!

This installment of TRUNK SHOW kicks off our 20th year and features the work of New Georges affiliated artists...Katie Baldwin Eng, a playwright and librettist, shares a monologue written specifically for actress Rita Marchelya. Andrea Lepcio, a playwright and librettist living in Harlem and Maine, explores the character Ozone Hole as an Aussie named Oz. Gretchen M. Michelfeld, an alumna of Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama, believes political theatre can and should be funny. She’ll be sharing her short play entitled EAT IT performed by Christen Clifford and friends. Saviana Stanescu, New York’s favorite Romanian playwright, will read from her monologue collection, NEW YORK WITH AN ACCENT. And once again, New Georges’ very own Artistic Director Susan Bernfield will serenade us with an original song on her uke! Olga Humphrey, who writes plays, screenplays, and children’s TV about characters such as fire-eaters, volcanologists, murderous mothers, and other stay-at-home types, will be our host. Collaborating artists include: Damion Clark, Christen Clifford, Chad Hoeppner, Gabriel Shanks and Brian Shoaf.

New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).

$15.00 cover (includes your first drink!)

Trina Basu, violin;  Amali Premawardhana, cello;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Avi Shah, tabla
Carnatic Sundays:Karavika image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music’s intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it. Featured in India's most respected newspaper, The Hindu, this series is reaching newer and more diverse audiences each month.

KARAVIKA is a New York City based chamber ensemble comprising violinist Trina Basu, cellist Amali Premawardhana, bassist Perry Wortman and tabla player Avi Shah. With members of the group coming from distinct musical backgrounds, Karavika’s aim is to explore the simple, complex, beautiful and sometimes dissonant musical threads that intersect as a result of their unique combination. Their repertoire is influenced largely by the rich musical languages of South Asian folk and classical genres as well Americana’s blues and folk genres. Karavika's debut album Sunrise is set to be released in winter 2012.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Sameer Gupta, drums
Arun Ramamurthy Quartet is an exciting new group bringing classic Carnatic compositions & improvisations to new light. Rooted in style of the virtuoso violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Arun brings fresh arrangements to age-old compositions of Carnatic's great composers. Collaborating with innovative musicians like jazz drummer Sameer Gupta, bassist Perry Wortman, and mridangist Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, the Arun Ramamurthy Quartet stays true to South Indian music's rhythmic texture and rich sound.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Carnatic Sundays:Arun Ramumurthy Qt. image
Jan 23
Larry Josephson
JEWFEST: An Inconvenient Jew: my life in radio image Dana Ullman
Larry Josephson has been making trouble on the radio since 1966, starting as WBAI’s infamous grumpy morning man. When the competition, John Gambling and his ilk, were pushing oleaginous treacle, Larry’s program became the morning switchboard of the “revolution.” He never prepared, just opened the mic and spoke his mind, connecting his id and his heart directly to the transmitter. Larry read from the Times over music of his favorite composers, John Philip Sousa and Ravi Shankar; took calls from students telling tales out of school; announced demonstrations while mocking causes dear to his lefty listeners. Katie, a four-year-old going on 40, and Lisa, age 14, called in every morning to tell Larry what was happening in their lives.

Larry explains how a nice Jewish boy from 1950’s Los Angeles came to be a cynical iconoclast. “I owe everything to Dwight David Eisenhower, who gave his name to an era of smug self-satisfaction and conformity. I worked against that zeitgeist. “ “When I graduated from Junior High School, the principal handed me my diploma and said, ‘Good luck, Josephson. You’ll need it.’ “

“After five years of math and physics at Berkeley, I knew almost nothing about life, the life of the mind, or sex (I was a virgin when I walked into WBAI). During the six years the program lasted, I got a real education in politics, literature, music, love, death and sex--and the dark side of the left. I’ve seen the left with its pants down. Not a pretty sight.”

The program came to an abrupt end when an infant daughter he had with his first wife, died. “I was too grief stricken to continue doing confessional radio.” The marriage died with the child. Larry eventually returned to radio after a year of rehab in Berkeley. Sixteen years after he entered as a freshman he finally graduated with a degree in Linguistics. Governor Ronald Reagan awarded Larry the title “punning linguist” at a special ceremony held in the third subbasement of Sproul Hall.

Larry Josephson’s debut monologue is dedicated to the memory of his dear friend, mentor and model, Spalding Gray.

$15 includes a drink

Alexandra Honigsberg, viola;  Demetrius Spaneas, clarinet;  Jed Distler, piano
Classical At The Cornelia: Wolf's Gang! image
Tonight, Classical At The Cornelia welcomes co-curator Jed Distler with "Wolf's Gang": Alexandra Honigsberg, viola; Demetrius Spaneas, clarinet; Jed Distler, piano...performing Alvin Currans’ “For Cornelius” (1982) for solo piano, then Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Trio VII in Eb Major K. 498, “Kegelstatt” (1786)

Written for his friends, the Jacquin family, for their intimate house concerts in Vienna (with Mozart on viola), this piece is the first of its kind scored for these instruments, breaks many standard musical conventions of tempi and forms (including a 7-part, multi-rondo finale with piano intermezzi), and helped raise the clarinet, a new instrument, to prominence. Its instrumentation is often swapped around to suit the musicians available on a particular occasion, as Mozart did, but this is the original. It is said to be all about delicacy, dialogue, and intimacy (“Kegelstatt,” “Skittle Alley,” added by others after the fact due to improbable tales of Mozart’s gaming during its composition).

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Jan 24
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Jay Deshpande, Columbia;  Amy Meng, NYU;  Chris Slaughter, Hunter;  Amanda Smeltz, The New School

Join us for this month's installment of The Graduate Poets Series, featuring fine poets who have emerged from metropolitan area MFA programs

Jay Deshpande's poems and reviews have been published in Washington Square, Boston Review, Upstairs at Duroc, and the Argos Books anthology Why I Am Not A Painter. He curates the Metro Rhythm Reading Series in Williamsburg (, and is the former poetry editor of AGNI. He currently teaches writing at Columbia University.

Amy Meng is an MFA candidate at New York University. She has been published in the North Dakota Quarterly, Conte, and the inaugural issue of Literary Laundry. She is trying to drink more apple cider and less whiskey, but is not married to that plan. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

Chris Slaughter graduated from Medgar Evers College with a degree in English. Currently, Chris is doing an MFA in poetry at Hunter College and received a fellowship from Cave Canem. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he implements his know how and experience to the youth, helping them articulate the pain and strife of inner city suffering. At the age of 21, Chris wrote and self published a book entitled Hear My Cries: The Street jazz and ghetto blues of an only child. He’s been interviewed and published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. He is now working at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hill Queens, while chipping away at his new manuscript.

Amanda Smeltz is the author of Imperial Bender, a full-length poetry collection from Typecast Press, out in early 2013. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, H_NGM_N, Pax Americana, and The Lumberyard. She balls out of control as the assistant poetry editor for Forklift, Ohio. She serves wine, oysters and baby pigs in some Manhattan restaurants; Brooklyn is her stomping grounds. Buy her a drink.

$7.00 includes a drink

Julie Hardy, host

Tammy Scheffer, vocals, compositions;  Andrew Urbina, alto sax;  Dan Pratt, tenor saxophone;  Chris Ziemba, piano;  Dan Foose, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Blue Tuesdays:Tammy Scheffer Sextet image
A forward thinking vocalist and composer, Tammy Scheffer’s music makes an imaginative use of her voice and her group's instrumentation to create new textures and a personal, fresh sound. Her music caught the attention of renowned saxophonist Greg Osby, who hand-picked Scheffer’s album for his own label, Inner Circle Music. Tonight the sextet will perform compositions from their album, “Wake Up, Fall."

“Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation”-- Andrea Canter,

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Julie Hardy, host

Seung-Hee, vocals, compositions;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, bass clarinet;  Toru Dodo, piano;  Daniel Foose, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Blue Tuesdays:Seung-Hee Quintet image
The Boston Globe called her “a unique voice” and a renowned Korean jazz magazine, MMJAZZ interviewed her as “a Pioneer in jazz voice”, Seung-Hee is a Korean-born, NYC based vocalist and composer. Her latest CD, ‘Waiting’ has received notable reviews including, “On the title track, where the singer's voice is a finely tuned instrument, singing a stunning wordless melody followed by verses in Korean, as her quintet performs sumptuous music..." by Mark F. Turner [All About Jazz NY], "Her voice ricochets off the snapping bop beat like light bouncing off of a prism... She uses her native language to aural effect on the brooding 'Snow Day', while her take of Stevie Wonder's 'Blame it on the Sun'...has folk nuances, like gentle shades allowing sun to gleam through." by George Harris [All About Jazz, Bay Area/Chicago]. A new recording “Winter and then” which is scheduled to be released. Seung-Hee Quintet tonight will be performing her intriguing original compositions with texts in Korean and English as well as wordless music infused with modern jazz and her Korean heritage at Cornelia Street Cafe.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday Jan 25 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman, host

Saskia Hamilton Elana Bell Ethan J. Hon
Poetry curated by fearless Alissa

Readers tonight include Saskia Hamilton, Elana Bell, and Ethan J. Hon

$ 7 includes a drink

Ben Holmes, trumpet;  Michael Attias , alto sax;  Eric Schugren, tenor sax;  Billy Newman, acoustic guitar, compositions;  Leco Reis, bass;  Conor Meehan, drums
Billy Newman Sextet, CD Release image
Billy Newman has been performing his expressions of many Brazilian genres (Choro, Samba, Valsa, Baiao) for over 10 years. Billy's music explores the parallels between Brazilian Instrumental and American Jazz in linearity, rhythmic motion and improvisatory language. His compositions have been performed in Brazil, Europe and here in the States. He is a recipient of numerous composers residencies from Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. The Sextet will celebrate the release of a new CD with this show at Cornelia.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 26
Brant Lyon, host

The Ne’erdowells Amber Atiya
Hydrogen Jukebox image

HYDROGEN JUKEBOX explodes POEMusic on the tongue with our ever-rockin’ house improv band THE NE’ERDOWELLS and YOU at NYC’s hottest musically-infused Open Mic!

This month’s featured act is the poignantly insightful and delightfully engaging Amber Atiya, jamming with the band (Davey Patterson, guitar; Matt Riganese, piano; Dave McKeon, bass; and Ry Pilla, drums).

AMBER ATIYA’s electrifying presence in the New York poetry scene brings an intense body of work that slices fresh emotional grooves on both stage and page. She has performed at Theater for the New City, Fashion Institute of Technology, Lehman College, Nuyorican Poets Café, and many elsewheres. Her poetry, which often speaks to the joys and sorrows of queerness, has been published in Tribes Magazine, Word Riot, Cartier Street Review, and Drunken Boat, and she is co-founder of a weekly women's writing group, currently celebrating its nine-year anniversary.

… And of course, we also look forward this evening to your turn to step up to the Open Mic! Sign-up begins at 5:45PM.

$7.00 includes a drink

Owen Howard, drums, arr., compositions;  John O’Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, sop. sax, bass clarinet;  Frank Carlberg, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass
I believe the saying goes, “Give the drummer some”. Owen Howard brings his Juno Award Nominated “Drum Lore” project to Cornelia St. for an evening of music dedicated to exploring compositions by jazz drummers of the past and present. “Drum Lore” has received much international acclaim by critics and fans alike.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Owen Howard’s “Drum Lore” image
Jan 27
Lynn Stein, vocals;  Jon Burr, bass, arrangements;  Matt Ray, piano;  Warren Vaché, trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet
An Evening with Lynn Stein image
Mainstream jazz standards re-interpreted by vocalist Lynn Stein - with bassist//arranger Jon Burr and pianist Matt Ray - and special guest Warren Vaché!

"Lynn Stein's singing combines a love for the process of making music with personal honesty and an exciting sense of freedom of expression. Her interpretations of standards are as equally surprising and heartfelt as her explorations of other genres. She is a musician's singer, and a delight to her audience." -Warren Vache

"A great singer with a great sound, Lynn Stein is a truly gifted and unique interpetrer of lyrics. A vocal stylist that can swing hard and break hearts. Lynn Stein is the real deal." -Houston Person

" coy, ironic, sweeping, and rich.." - Michael Steinman for Jazz LIVES

$15 includes a drink

Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Barry Altschul, drums
Jon Irabagon Trio image
Building off the success and kinship found on their trio record with bassist Peter Brendler (Foxy, 2010, Hot Cup Records), Jon Irabagon and Barry Altschul continue and deepen their search for highly interactive, swinging, and expressive improvisation. Mixing standards, originals, and completely improvised pieces, this duo equally explores frenetic and delicate musical soundscapes.

"Jon Irabagon with Barry Altschul, was for me-- along with Ornette Coleman's performance-- the highlight of the festival." --Karl Lippegaus

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 28

Bobby Avey, piano;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
Praised by the New Yorker magazine as, “A young pianist of invention and refinement,” Bobby Avey has established himself as an emerging star in the jazz community. Avey recently won the 2011 Thelonious Monk Competition for composition. Additionally he was awarded the 2011 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development grant funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Bobby Avey Quartet Featuring Ben Monder image
Drum kit donated by

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