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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

All art is for sale. Please inquire

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.

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Bobby Avey Quartet Featuring Ben Monder image
Jan 29
Wythe Marschall and Ted Enik, hosts

Amy Herzog
Cornelia Street Observatory: BODY AS FUNHOUSE MIRROR image
Cornelia Street Cafe and Observatory present a new series: CORNELIA STREET OBSERVATORY: Illustrated lectures produced by Wythe Marschall and Ted Enik. (Originally produced at Observatory by Morbid Anatomy Library's Joanna Ebenstein).

Tonight: BODY AS FUNHOUSE MIRROR: Cultural Reflections On The Human Form - with Amy Herzog ( presenting the first in a series of three lectures: The Pornographic Arcades Project: Adaptation, Automation, and the Evolution of Times Square (1965-1975).

Amy Herzog is associate professor of media studies and coordinator of the film studies program at Queens College, CUNY. She is the author of Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film (Minnesota, 2010). She recently curated "Peeps," an exhibition at The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center, on the dialogue between pornographic peep loops and contemporary art practices.

Observatory is an art and events space in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Founded in February 2009 by a group of seven artists and writers, the space seeks to present programming inspired by the eighteenth-century notion of "rational amusement." Observatory is especially interested in topics residing at the interstices of art and science, history and curiosity, and magic and nature. Part of the Proteus Gowanus arts complex, Observatory hosts frequent screenings, lectures, classes, and exhibitions.

$10.00 includes a drink

Jane Ira Bloom , soprano saxophone;  Dominic Fallacaro, piano;  Dean Johnson , bass;  Gerard Feroux, drums
Jane Ira Bloom, Rubato image
Soprano saxophonist/composer Jane Ira Bloom likes to stretch the tempo especially when it comes to ballads. She returns to Cornelia St Café with bandmates Dominic Fallacaro piano, Dean Johnson bass, and drummer Gerard Faroux to perform American songbook standards and Bloom originals. Long known for the intense lyricism, breath and allure of her saxophone sound, Bloom has put together an evening that showcases what she does best - playing slow

$15 cover plus $10 minimum


Jan 30
Angelo Verga, host

Ted Jonathan Marina Rubin Shelley Stenhouse
Fiction Night image couldn't resist this photo
$ 7 includes a drink
Jed Distler, host

Olga Vinokur, piano;  Dave Eggar, cello;  Chuck Palmer, percussion;  Pauline Kim, violin;  David Kalhous, piano
Classical At The Cornelia: Olga Vinokur image
Tonight, Classical At The Cornelia welcomes Olga Vinokur on piano, joined by Dave Eggar on cello, Chuck Palmer on percussion, Pauline Kim on violin, and David Kalhous on piano, performing works by George Gershwin, Fred Hersch, Marc Mellits, Earl Wild, Shostakovich, Scott Wheeler, Wolfgang Rihm, and Bach/Deoro.

Olga Vinokur is a dynamic pianist who is gaining recognition for her impassioned performances and elegant musicianship. Her career has taken her across the North America, Israel, Russia, England, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, China, Czech Republic and Canada where she has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra. Ms. Vinokur has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, New York’s Town Hall and is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York. She has been heard on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer in New York, Israeli “Voice of Music” radio station, Russian National Public Radio, Czech National Radio, CKWR radio station in Canada among others. Olga Vinokur began her studies in Russia. Moving to Israel, she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma from the Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University. She pursued her Master and Doctor of Musical Art Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Grammy Nominated Artist, Dave Eggar has performed throughout the world as a cello soloist including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Barbican Center London, the Hollywood Bowl, and many others. A virtuoso in many styles, he has performed and recorded with artists such as the Who, Josh Groban, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Bell, Dave Sanborn, Evanescence, Patti Smith, Roberta Flack, Donna Summers, Coldplay and many others. Dave holds a doctorate from the prestigious Julliard School and has won awards from Time Magazine, the Leonard Bernstein Foundation, ASCAP, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Jan 31
Deborah Latz, vox;  Jon Davis, piano and electric bass
Duo Series, Deborah+1! image

Critics have called New York-based jazz vocalist Deborah Latz “one of the finest balladeers” (Jazz Society Of Oregon), “undeniably unique” (, “Latz has one of the BEST new voices... Her phrasing and unique style is simply elegant and versatile and spunky!” (Jazz Now) and Dan Singer, columnist for England's, In Tune International Magazine asks "Deborah, just where have you been all my life?" In Fall 2012 Deborah's third album, Fig Tree will be released featuring Jon Davis, piano; John Hart, guitars; Ray Parker, bass; Willard Dyson, drums and special guest: Peter Apfelbaum, saxes, flutes, percussion.

Jon Davis, a veteran jazz pianist who is best known for his association with the legendary bassist, Jaco Pastorious, has recorded with Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Mike Stern, Nora Jones, Stanley Turrentine, Greg Hutchinson, Sonny Fortune and many others. "Davis is a technical monster whose often percussive approach to both electric and acoustic pianos abounds in rhythmic and harmonic surprise." - San Francisco Chronicle

Jon and Deborah will perform in duo exploring jazz classics, world music and originals. We invite you to our laboratory of experiments in music!

Deborah+1! continues March 29 with Joel Frahm, tenor sax, and June 30 with Ray Parker, acoustic bass.

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Seamus Blake, tenor sax;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Can Olgun, piano;  Trevor Falls, drums;  Lauren Falls, bass
Lauren Falls Quintet image
Canadian bassist Lauren Falls is a fresh new face on the New York jazz scene. Primarily a performer with an unexpectedly strong command of the bass, Ms Falls is also an accomplished composer. Playing original compositions that draw from swing, folk, rock and modern jazz she aspires to write music for every listener to enjoy. Joining her on the bandstand are some of New York's most prominent jazz musicians.

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Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Jennifer L. Knox Amy Lawless Marion Wrenn
We love women who can make us laugh

Jennifer L. Knox’s new book of poems, The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway, is available fromBloof Books. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and four times in The Best American Poetryseries, including the 2011 edition. She is currently at work on her first novel.

Amy Lawless is the author of Noctis Licentia (Black Maze Books), a four poem pamphlet from Greying GhostPress, and the forthcoming chapbook Elephants in Mourning (Detroit). She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. She is from Boston but lives in Brooklyn.

Marion Wrenn is Co-Editor of the Painted Bride Quarterly. She is a media critic and cultural historian who earned her PhD from NYU’s Department of Culture and Communication. Her essays have appeared in Practicing Culture, Patronizing the Public, and American Poetry Review.She teaches writing at Princeton University where she is on the faculty of the undergraduate writing program.

$ 7 includes a drink

Scott Lee, bass, compositions;  Billy Drewes, reeds, compositions;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Cloning Americana, CD Release:For Which It Stands image
Cloning Americana explores the range of modern improvisational music in the context of the current political and cultural landscape. The group expresses their lament at how far we have moved away from the American values of respect, compassion, and tolerance.

" With the tactful touch of classic jazz, these established musicians craft an album at once effortlessly charming and heavy with nostalgia for the America of decades past. " " Such elegance and understatement maybe more revolutionary than wildly flaring saxophones and blaring drum rhythms. " --Sharon Mizrahi,NYC Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Feb 02
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, 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.
Jerome Sabbagh, saxophone, compositions;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Gary Wang, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
Jerome Sabbagh Qt. Featuring Ben Monder image
The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet plays modern, organic music that can appeal to listeners beyond the traditional jazz audience as well as regular jazz fans. Jerome Sabbagh seeks directness above all in his writing and likes his compositions to sound like actual songs. The quartet has recorded two critically acclaimed albums, "North" (Fresh Sound New Talent) and "Pogo" (Sunnyside). The Jerome Sabbagh Quartet has been together for eight years and is getting ready to record again.

“Memorable tunes with assured performances […] "Pogo" sounds contemporary and vital, and the band delivers one of the year’s strongest ensemble performance.”-– Down Beat, 4 stars

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Feb 03
Kat Georges, host

Andy Clausen, Featured Poet;  Pamela Twining, Spotlight Poet
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Kat Georges continues her generous indeed saintly work for, among, and with poets

In 1968, Andy Clausen signalled the intensity of his energetic spoken word recital for which he would become known and would affect the generation of latter-day beats as well as many writers of Generation X when he performed naked save for an American flag tie at the Conference Of Small Magazine Editors and Publishers in Berkeley. The following month, when Allen Ginsberg caught a glimpse of Clausen at the Rolling Renaissance readings in San Francisco, he thought he was seeing the young Neal Cassady. Allen Ginsberg not only called him the "Future of American Poetry" but in the introduction to Without Doubt, said he would take a chance on a "President Clausen." Clausen has taught at Naropa University and given readings and lectures at many universities, prisons, poetry conferences, and cafes at home and around the world. He has worked for poetry in the schools agencies in California, New Jersey, Colorado and New York. He is presently working on memoirs of his friendship and adventures with Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso and many others of the Beat Generation. Author of "40th Century Man," "The Merciless Chill," "Without Doubt," "The Iron Curtain of Love" and many others.

"Andy, I may give your life structure, but you are the Miracle Worker of this team." ~ Janine Pommy Vega

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Ben Monder, guitar;  Theo Bleckman, voice
Ben Monder, Theo Bleckman Duo image
For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo has been touring the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Film fans will note that Bleckmann created the alien language used in the film Men In Black. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder, a regular with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Paul Motian’s band, has developed a compositional style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. The duo’s continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation” and “Oceana” have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.

“ virtuosic and inventive a pair...the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole...Rarely have such individual musicians sounded so single-minded.” Shaun Brady, Downbeat USA

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