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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by DANIEL JAY BERTNER

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Sunday
Jan 28
6:00PM  RAGGED SKY PRESS LAUNCHES GO DEEP
Steve Nolan, poetry;  NJ DeVico, visual artist;  Marion Beckenstein, vocals, autoharp, keyboard;  Bryan Brown, vocals, guitar, keyboard
RAGGED SKY PRESS LAUNCHES <i>GO DEEP</i> image

The musical duo Beckenstein-Brown help us launch Go Deep, a book of poetry and pastels by poet Steve Nolan and artist NJ DeVico.

Steve Nolan has been writing poetry for 40 years, has spent time in Afghanistan, and as a social worker in the US Army and Air Force. NJ DeVico fell in love with Crayola crayons 56 years ago, but has since moved up to oil pastels.

Marion Beckenstein has sung extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Music Before 1800 and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, among others. Bryan Brown plays in the post-Nuggetist Shanghai Love Motel of New York City. The pair come by their repertoire via Appalachia, Hibernia, NYC, Saskatchewan, and too many other places to mention. Both reside near the top of the Manhattan Island.

  www.raggedsky.com/books www.facebook.com/raggedskypress/

8:01PM  DJANGO FEST: DAN LEVINSON
Koran Agan, host

Dan Levinson, clarinet;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Josh Allen, bass

To commemorate the birthday of Django Reinhardt, Cornelia Street Café will extend the monthly Django At Cornelia concert series to three nights.

Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan Levinson’s roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program.

Django Fest: Dan Levinson image
Monday
Jan 29
6:00PM  JIM STORY & LESLEY DORMEN: A LITERARY EVENING
JIM STORY & LESLEY DORMEN: A Literary Evening image

A delightful evening of current fiction! Jim Story and Lesley Dormen will read from their new and recent work.

  www.jimcstory.com www.lesleydormen.com

8:01PM  DJANGO FEST: ANOUMAN
Peter Sparacino, saxophones;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass
DJANGO Fest: ANOUMAN  image

To commemorate the birthday of Django Reinhardt, Cornelia Street Café will extend the monthly Django At Cornelia concert series to three nights.

A band of like minded stalwarts of the NYC jazz scene, Anouman takes the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt as its jumping off point but by no means final destination. Consisting of Peter Sparacino (saxophone and woodwinds), Koran Agan (lead guitar), Eduardo Belo (bass), and Josh Kaye (rhythm guitar), Anouman is equipped to realize any spontaneous musical vision and performs their virtuosic and exciting originals to packed houses and foot-stomping, glasses-raised acclaim.

Anouman has most recently performed at the Winter JazzFest in NYC, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City DjangoFest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival and many more.

  http://anoumanmusic.com

STREAMING LINK: https://youtu.be/wx8v2WbzxFk

Tuesday
Jan 30
6:00PM  CODJOE, FASANO, FRANCIS, STOCKMAN
Codjoe, Fasano, Francis, Stockman image

Poetry Reading - New work and old from Joseph Fasano, Ama Codjoe, Soren Stockman, and Brian Francis!

8:01PM  DJANGO FEST: ULTRAFAUX
Sami Arefin, guitar;  Michael Joseph Harris, guitar;  Eddie Hrybyk, bass
Django Fest: UltraFaux image

Baltimore based UltraFaux performs original acoustic music with Romani, Manouche, swing, funk, blues, and musette influences. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy ­inspired melodies.The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group. The musicians of Ultrafaux are also the core trio of Hot Club of Baltimore, a larger ensemble which features vocalist Alexis Tantau, specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt and early French Jazz.

  www.UltraFauxMusic.com

Wednesday Jan 31
6:00PM  KRISTINA KOLLER “PERCEPTION” ALBUM RELEASE
Kristina Koller, vocals;  Fima Chupakhin, piano;  Chris Talio, bass;  Joe Spinelli, drums
Kristina Koller “Perception” Album Release image
Progressive jazz vocalist, Kristina Koller infuses jazz with r&b and rock elements into her original takes on jazz standards, pop tunes, as well as her own compositions. She will be celebrating the release of her debut album “Perception”.

  kristinakoller.net facebook.com/kristinakollermusic

8:01PM  IGOR LUMPERT & INNERTEXTURES, CD RELEASE: ELEVEN
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Igor Lumpert, tenor sax;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Igor Lumpert & Innertextures, CD Release: Eleven image

"Igor absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) Great City of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. The way he plays Bop makes you feel like you're in a fight for your life. The folk music of the Balkans is in his blood and bones, and he weaves extended lines over 11/8 like it’s a two-beat polka. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed.

That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living."--Billy F

  www.igorlumpert.com

Thursday
Feb 01
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists Salon image

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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

8:01PM  ZACK FOLEY QUARTET, CD RELEASE
Zack Foley, voice;  Jesse Elder , piano;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Devin Gray, drums
Zack Foley Quartet, CD Release image

One of the most sublime and delightful finds on New York City’s youth-infused jazz scene is the Zack Foley Quartet. The combo can shift in mode or mood with felicity, from beguilingly relaxed to heavy improv… Foley’s attitude is ironic, defying romantic convention. He strips away the neat sentiments we associate with jazz standards and exposes the bare meaning—even artifice—at their root. The result is to reveal songs as small treasures, often tinged with the acknowledgment and acceptance of loss, songs that sparkle amid the otherwise cynical cacophony of the age. There is a depth of spiritual wisdom, psychic insight and struggle, and meditative practice that inform the music, throughout. - Vanity Fair

"The band summons a melancholy undertow that inevitably evolves, resolves, transcends."--David Friend, Vanity Fair

  http://www.zackfoley.com

Friday
Feb 02
6:00PM  THE MONTHLY: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS TRIBUTE
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

Anne Waldman Steven Taylor Devin Brahja Waldman Ambrose Bye Steve Dalachinsky
The Monthly: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Tribute image

Three Rooms Press presents a birthday tribute to legendary Beat icon and postmodern trailblazer William S. Burroughs. The event will be highlighted by work from internationally-acclaimed feminist/activist and performance artist Anne Waldman, author and editor Steven Taylor, with fast-speaking music with Devin Brahja Waldman and Ambrose Bye, Burroughs excerpts by poet Steve Dalachinsky, plus a very special preview of DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS: Burroughs & Ginsberg in Conversation (forthcoming from Three Rooms Press). Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host.

William S. Burroughs was a Beat Generation writer known for his startling, nontraditional accounts of underground culture, most famously in the book Naked Lunch. Born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, Burroughs is frequently cited as a major influence on countercultural figures in the world of music, art, and literature.

  threeroomspress.com

8:35PM  DUANE EUBANKS QUARTET
Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  James Hurt, piano;  Tarus Mateen, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums

Duane Eubanks assembles a forward thinking rhythm section for a night of originals and on-the-spot improvised compositions. This group of open minded creative musicians is sure to break ground and go unexpected places musically.

“Duane is one of my all-time favorite brass men. One of the most honest musicians I've come across. He plays from the heart, coming from such a rich musical family tree.” Roy Hargrove - Grammy Award winning trumpeter

  http://www.duaneeubanks.com

Duane Eubanks Quartet image
Saturday
Feb 03
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

Kevin Allison Gastor Almonte Sandi Marx Joey Novick
The Liar Show image

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!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Kevin Allison (creator of the RISK!! podcast and book), Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening), Sandi Marx (7-time Moth Story Slam Champion), and Joey Novick (Comedy Central)

with host ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

  www.theliarshow.com

8:35PM  LAGE LUND, PETER BERNSTEIN DUO
Lage Lund, guitar;  Peter Bernstein, guitar
Lage Lund, Peter Bernstein Duo image

A rare duo performance by two of the most evocative and swinging guitarists in contemporary jazz.

"Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He's a wonderful player. Scary actually!" - Kurt Rosenwinkel

  www.lage-lund.com

Sunday
Feb 04
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: FROM NUCLEAR MEMBRANES TO AGING...
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Howard Worman, biologist;  William Hooker, musician;  Brad Garton, musician
Entertaining Science: From Nuclear Membranes to Aging... image

From Nuclear Membranes to Aging – What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been!

Columbia University internist and cell biologist Howard Worman –once a student in Roland Hoffmann’s physical chemistry course – will tell us about his studies of the membranes that surround the cell nucleus. Scientists long thought defects in the nuclear membrane would be incompatible with life, but it turns out that mutations in genes encoding its proteins cause organ-selective disorders as well as a premature aging syndrome, and provides clues to how we all grow old.

Moving to another membrane – the one that produces the sound of the drum –will be a duo of the great “jazz” drummer, bandleader and poet William Hooker, who has recorded over 70 CDs of wide ranging work (the latest, avant garde improvisations on classic Italian songs) and Brad Garton, chair of Columbia’s Computer Music Center. Brad and William have been exploring brainwave triggers of sound during improvisation, and may feature in their set.

8:30PM  JANE IRA BLOOM EARLY AMERICANS
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte , drums
Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans image

Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with her trio to perform songs from their critically acclaimed release “Early Americans” and beyond. “Early Americans” (Sono Luminus) was recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy for best surround sound album. Longtime band-mates Mark Helias (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums) join Bloom for an evening of high wire improvisation over the groove. Don’t miss these fearless American originals.

  www.janeirabloom.com https://www.facebook.com/JaneIraBloom

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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