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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

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Tuesday
Jan 03
6:00PM  SIGNS: A MEETING OF ITALIAN POETRY AND AMERICAN MUSIC
Erika Dagnino, poet;  Sarah Bernstein, violin;  Jean Carla Rodea, vocals
Signs: A Meeting of Italian Poetry and American Music image
The smart sound of Jean Carla Rodea’s voice and of Sarah Bernstein’s brilliant violin develop a narration together with and over the intense spoken lines of Erika Dagnino. SIGNS represents the natural connection between poetry and music.

Featuring The ESJ TRIO: ERIKA DAGNINO, Italian poet, writer, performer, with SARAH BERNSTEIN (violinist) and JEAN CARLA RODEA (vocalist).

..".wonderful performer, Erika Dagnino keeps strong relationships with the music world." - A. Leonardi, All About Jazz

"The poetry is often fascinating and somewhat difficult to comprehend, but I find it fits well with the equally fascinating/difficult music." - Downtown Music Gallery (USA)

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.erikadagnino.it www.sarahbernstein.com

8:30PM  BRETT CHALFIN'S "BROOKLYN PROJECT"
Brett Chalfin, drums;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Mike Malis, piano;  Danny Fisher-Lochhead, saxophone
Brett Chalfin's
Brett Chalfin's "Brooklyn Project" has been around now for almost 5 years. Brett started the group with the help of bassist/composer Jeff Koch briefly after the two graduated from Adam Bernstein's High School Jazz Program at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY. The collective of interchangeable musicians serves as a launching platform for new, improvised and experimental music. This show will feature New York City native Danny Fisher-Lochhead on saxophone and Detroit pianist, Mike Malis, both graduates of the University of Michigan Jazz program where they studied privately with saxophonist Andrew Bishop and pianist Geri Allen, respectively.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday Jan 04
8:30PM  SPOKE, CD RELEASE:SUCCINCT
Andy Hunter, trombone;  Justin Wood, alto saxophone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Danny Fischer , drums
Spoke, CD Release:Succinct image
Brooklyn, NY-based ensemble SPOKE has recently returned from a fall US tour in support of their new Envoi Records release, Succinct. Their travels took them from Brooklyn to the far reaches of Wyoming and most of the places in between! During the past six years of performing together, Spoke has electrified audiences everywhere they have traveled to, and earned critical praise for their 2009 debut release, Spoke.

Comprised of bassist Dan Loomis, saxophonist Justin Wood, trombonist Andy Hunter, and drummer Danny Fischer, Spoke draws strength and integrity from the point where its members unite. The formative philosophy for Spoke lies in the union of musicians distinguished not merely by their virtuosity and musical experience, but by a unique emphasis on composition and group interplay. Through years of performing together, the ensemble has arrived at a deep level of anticipation and musical synergy on stage. To be present at one of their performances is to embark upon a truly captivating musical journey. And most of all, they impart and share the joy and fun woven integrally into their music and friendship.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.thisisspoke.com

Thursday
Jan 05
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
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.
8:30PM  RALPH ALESSI QUARTET
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Jason Moran, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Ralph Alessi Quartet image
Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi will bring his quartet to Cornelia Street Café on Jan 5 and 6, 2012. The band features some of New York’s finest improvisers including pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits. Repertoire for this performance will include selections from the band’s critically acclaimed release “Cognitive Dissonance” as well as brand new material the group will record for a 2012 CD.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.ralphalessi.com

Friday
Jan 06
6:00PM  SON OF PONY : ANNUAL BUKOWSKI TRIBUTE READING
Kat Georges, host

Son of Pony : Annual Bukowski Tribute Reading image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Charles Bukowski Tribute Reading

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

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

$ 7 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  RALPH ALESSI QUARTET
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Jason Moran, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Ralph Alessi Quartet image
Trumpeter/Composer Ralph Alessi will bring his quartet to Cornelia Street Café on Jan 5 and 6, 2012. The band features some of New York’s finest improvisers including pianist Jason Moran, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits. Repertoire for this performance will include selections from the band’s critically acclaimed release “Cognitive Dissonance” as well as brand new material the group will record for a 2012 CD.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.ralphalessi.com

Saturday
Jan 07
8:00PM  CLAUDIA QUINTET
John Hollenbeck, drums, composition;  Drew Gress, bass;  Matt Moran , vibraphone;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Chris Speed , clarinet, tenor saxophone
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Celebrating their 15th anniversary in 2012, The Claudia Quintet embraces the textural freedom of electronic sounds and improvisation, the structural ambition of contemporary classical music, and most importantly, the joy of bodacious grooves and unapologetically gorgeous melodies. Led by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck, this ensemble features some of the foremost innovators of new sounds in “jazz and beyond.” Their beautifully seductive work recasts jazz in shimmering new shapes with inflections of classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.johnhollenbeck.com http://johnhollenbeck.bandcamp.com

9:30PM  RUDRESH MAHANTHAPPA'S GAMAK
Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  David "Fuze" Fiuczynski, guitar;  François Moutin, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
After tremendously acclaimed collaborations with Bunky Green (Apex) and Kadri Gopalanth (Kinsmen) as well as leading the Indo-Pak Coalition trio, Mahanthappa returns to his quartet setting previously put forth on albums such as Black Water, Mother Tongue, and Codebook. The major transformation now is the shift from piano to electric guitar with the inclusion of the great David Fiuczynski, Rudresh’s partner in crime in Jack DeJohnette’s current group.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak image
11:00PM  BEN ALLISON BAND
Ben Allison , bass;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Brandon Seabrook, banjo;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Ben Allison Band image
Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves and inspired arrangements, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole.

With his new lineup of Steve Cardenas (guitar), Brandon Seabrook (guitar, banjo) and Rogerio Bocatto (percussion) Ben pushes the envelop once again. His latest album, Action-Refraction plays like an other-wordly mix-tape featuring mashups of tunes by PJ Harvey, Donny Hathaway, Neil Young and more - what Time Out New York calls an "an ingeniously curated gallery exhibit. One of the Ten Best CDs of 2011."

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday
Jan 08
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: SILENT GENES AND GENTLE SONGS
Roald Hoffmann

Entertaining Science: SILENT GENES AND GENTLE SONGS image
In 1955, physicist Richard Feynman complained that “the value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it.” What a difference a half a century makes!

Biochemist and classical guitarist John Olson will both talk of his research and perform music about science. John’s work at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is on RNA interference, a recently-discovered means of silencing genes that has become a powerful new method for studying gene function — and shown promise as a new type of medicine.

The music, performed with John’s wife, actress, soprano and “recovering mathematician” Gioia De Cari, writer and performer of the hit solo show Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze, will be taken from their Science/Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to explore and celebrate science through song.

The selections will include a set entitled “Men, Women, and Molecules” by composer Frank Wallace, based on the poetry of Roald Hoffmann. Selections by other composers will feature the writings of Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, Marie Curie — and yes, Richard Feynman.

Join us for an evening of science, both spoken and sung

$10 cover, $10 minimum
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GLOBAL LIVING ROOM:MATUTO
Jean Rohe, host

Rob Curto, accordion, vocals;  Clay Ross, guitar, vocals;  Richie Barshay, drums;  Rob Hecht, violin;  Zé Mauricio, percussion;  Skip Ward, bass
Imagine the sound of a Brazilian Carnaval in the Appalachian Mountains. A sound where exotic percussion instruments rumble beneath blues drenched vocals, tunes. Now, imagine these sounds in the hands of some of NYC’s finest young improvisers as they light up club and festival stages worldwide. Through the unorthodox blend of Afro-Brazilian Percussion and American Roots Music, Matuto has created an organic, animated new sound. PRESS QUOTE: “spanning continents with a down-home sensibility and an explorer’s curiosity.” – All About Jazz
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://WWW.MATUTOMUSIC.COM
Monday
Jan 09
6:00PM  LET'S TALK DIRTY
TAFFY JAFFE FRANCESCA RIZZO GORDON GILBERT RAPHAEL BADAGLIACCA
WHO DOESN'T LIKE A GOOD DIRTY STORY? WELL, MAYBE SARAH PALIN.

$10 includes your first drink

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8:30PM  QUINSIN NACHOFF'S FLUX
Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  David Binney, alto sax;  Matt Mitchell, fender rhodes;  Kenny Wollesen, drums
Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff has been described as 'an impressive display of sizzling, post-Coltrane inventiveness.' (LA Times) and as a composer his work has been heralded as 'one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years.' --AllAboutJazz

His latest project, Flux, brings together the unique voices and prolific talents of New Yorkers David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Kenny Wollesen. The music can be described as 'a world that spans jazz and pop inflection to create something at once familiar and “wondrous strange”' (Wholenote Magazine)

'a fascinating mind…exquisite, forlorn tenor.' --Downbeat Magazine

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  http://www.quinsin.com

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux image
10:00PM  MICHAËL ATTIAS
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
MICHAËL ATTIAS  image
Combining the personnel of his ensembles Renku and Spun Tree, Michaël Attias presents a special concert of music composed in the past two years celebrating the ever-modern special clarion sonority of the alto/trumpet frontline. Weaving sun light and green cells to make a tree rise and dance in the ear! Molecular maze, dance of the atoms, reed brass wood metal...

After migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, saxophonist Michaël Attias settled in New York City in 1994 where he currently enjoys rich activity as leader, sideman, composer, and improviser. Exposing himself to a wide range of situations and collaborations, he has created a supple, passionate and uncompromising language in which to render the diversity of his imagination and commitments. All About Jazz has called him "a significant new voice on the alto saxophone"; All Music Guide has described his playing as "both lyrical and explorative."

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday
Jan 10
6:00PM  CITY STORIES: STOOPS TO NUTS
Tommy Pryor, host

Lisa Burns Nicole Ferraro Julia Joseph Francesca Rizzo Adam Wade
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image
The neighborhood’s awake, and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Lisa Burns ~ Mary Weiss (Shangri-las) said about Lisa's recent recording: "Lisa Burns is a gutsy, sensitive and honest singer. The songs on Channeling Mary are written and sung straight from the street, heart and her gut. She is the real deal, and I admire her talent." Blue-eyed girl group soul said-Joe Vig blogspot. Lisa has recorded for MCA and Atlantic Records. Yes vinyl. Splendid ~ described her voice as sounding like a little girl who has spent too much time in nightclubs.

Nicole Ferraro’s non-fiction essays have appeared in various publications including The New York Times, Our Town, New York Press, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. She’s just completed her memoir on the subject of repressed grief and, in accord with the subject matter, is hiding it under her bed. By day she is the Executive Editor of InternetEvolution.com, where she writes a column about the future of the Internet.

Julia Joseph is one of the finest performers of song out there today. She lets you know in every note that soul, swing, heart and intelligence can never go out of style. She has strong roots in classic soul, jazz, Latin and rhythm & blues, but her music is timeless. It allows you to leave your contemporary moment and float in its world. In Julia's world, dreams come alive and the human heart speaks clearly for all. http://www.juliajoseph.com/

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, PHC. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” & has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.”

Francesca Rizzo is an award-winning trans-media storyteller creating in film, theater, print and the web. Her first popular solo show, The Cherry Sisters: True Stories from the Kitchen Table got its start at Cornelia Street and her newest show, the hilarious (Never Underestimate) Dames Like Her will return to Cornelia Street soon. www.francescarizzo.com www.dameslikeher.com

Adam Wade is a record 16-time StorySLAM winner, and a 2-time GrandSLAM Champion at The Moth. He's written for The NY Times and Glamour Magazine and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central. You can find him online at adamwade.com

$7.00 includes a drink

  www.yorkvillestoopstonuts.blogspot.com/

8:30PM  NATE RADLEY GROUP, CD RELEASE:THE BIG EYES
Nate Radley, guitar, compositions;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Pete Rende, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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The Nate Radley group comes to Cornelia Street to celebrate the release of their first cd "The Big Eyes" on Fresh Sound/New Talent.

Brooklyn-based Nate Radley has performed in the United States and Europe and with bands such as Bad Touch, Marc Mommaas' Landmarc, the Alan Ferber Nonet, Jon Gordon, the Maria Schnieder Orchestra, Dave Smith, Akiko Pavolka, John McNeil, Andrew Rathbun, and others. Nate Radley's playing has been described as "intuitive", "abstract", and "compositional."

"There are guitarists who live on the edge and guitarists who play pretty. Few, like Radley, do both." Thomas Conrad, AllAboutJazz-New York (now known as The New York City Jazz Record)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.nateradley.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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