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Jan 05

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.
Javier Vercher, saxophone;  Massimo Biolcati, bass;  Ferenc Nemeth, drums;  Greg Lamy, guitar
Greg Lamy Quartet image
Check out this young and original guitar player with his new quartet. They will be playing their own compositions and some arranged standards.
 Cover $7
Jan 06
Jackie Sheeler

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

This week's featured poet Bruce Weber.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Mark Turner, tenor saxophone;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass & compositions;  Greald Cleaver, drums
Chris Lightcap group image
Having released 2 critically acclaimed releases with his two-tenor quartet, bassist and composer Chris Lightcap brings another configuration of new music to Cornelia Street Cafe. Lightcap has been featured in the bands of Craig Taborn, Joe Morris, Mark Turner and Regina Carter, and tonight he will lead a band featuring his longtime collaborators Tony Malaby, Mark Turner ,Gerald Cleaver as well as Craig Taborn on piano.

"One of the bright lights of New York's younger players, the bassist has been fashioning a group sound around a pair of tenor saxophonists for years. His writing can be simultaneously demonstrative and reflective, an accomplishment that gives his music emotional breadth."
-Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"A bassist-bandleader who's made some excellent records with two tenor saxophones out front."
- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"Bassist Chris Lightcap has worked alongside avant-minded mavericks such as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, and Joe Morris, but he's also right at home in more mellifluous units led by Regina Carter and Craig Taborn. perhaps that explains the infectious swagger and fat grooves he brings to bear on Bigmouth (Fresh Sound New Talent), a playful bag of tunes featuring saxists Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry and drummer Gerald Cleaver"
-Time Out New York
 Cover $10

Jan 07


Jan 08
Rigoberto Gonzalez, host

The Quetzal Quill hosts Asian American Writers Sarah Gambito, Paolo Javier, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Jennifer Tseng.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Pekka Pylkkanen, reeds;  Mika pohjola, piano;  Steve Doyle, bass;  Roland Schneider, drums
Pekka Pylkkanen's Tube Factory image

To be expected until midnight: Fairly strong Nordic breeze with some local snowfalls. Occasionally the northernly wind turns South and gets warmer especially when the sun comes out. The suddenly risen warmth can also cause thunder and storm and other minor inconvenience.These rapid climate, temperature and atmosphere changes may be felt as raising heart-beat, sweatening hands, sudden flushing and stomping feet, but usually these symptoms last only for several hours so there is no immediate need for a doctor visit. If in any case you still wish to see a doctor, please make sure that the doctor you are intending to visit is not a real jazz fan, since he might prove to be totally unrelievable in these matters. The rumor says that a doctor once, while having a patient, started listening to music from a CD at the same moment when the patient had told the doctor the reason for his visit. So he left the poor patient all by himself getting totally immersed in this music and forgot about his patient.


"Pekka Pylkkanen is among the jazz elite in his native Finland. A stalwart member of the fabled UMO Jazz Orchestra, Pylkkanen shows his crafty wares on his solo debut for Naxos Jazz. On Pekka's Tube Factory, the multi-reedman display a fine compositional pen, expresssive, accomplished techenical skills and a keen ear for arranging."
Glenn Astarita - All About Jazz
 Cover $8

Jan 09

poets Geoffrey Jacques, E.J. Antonio, Alexandra Van de Camp, and JoAnne McFarland. And for good measure prose writer Anna Steegmann.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Riccarda Caflisch, flute;  Justine F. Chen, composer;  Jed Distler, piano & composer;  Ed Schmidt, playwright;  David Sonton-Caflisch, violin/composer;  Matt sullivan, oboe, english horn, electronics, composer;  Arnold Barkus, director;  David Lovett, lighting drssign
ComposersCollaborative presents Serial Underground the 2nd Monday of the month image
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes SERIAL UNDERGROUND, CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “Informal performances of concert works were part of the musical ecology, and to some extent part of the ecology of urban night life as well. That tradition lasted into the 20th century, when ... “serious music” reserved the concert hall as its home, and jazz (and later other popular forms) took its place at street level. ... Composers Collaborative and its inventive artistic director, the composer and pianist Jed Distler, have decided that this [lost] intimacy [between listeners and performers] is worth recapturing.”

SERIAL #13 presents us with the family history of our disgruntled protagonist in The Gold Standard (excerpt) by Jed Distler and Ed Schmidt (The Last Supper); the first NY appearance by David Sonton-Caflisch and Riccarda Caflisch of Switzerland’s Konzertreihe o! playing the music of John Cage, Justine F. Chen, Debussy and more; and the irrepressible oboe genius, Matt Sullivan.

Box office: 212-663-1967
Advance sale tickets (AMEX, MC, Visa): $15
Tickets purchased on day of event: $20
One house drink included with admission

Jan 10
Barbara Aliprantis, host

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Back 1997, my beloved friend and mentor Dr. John Kallas and I, with the help of a handful of story lovers and tonight's featured tellers Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe, launched this "2nd Tuesday of the Month" series.

The series was billed as "Storytellers from Around the World: Unite!” And, indeed, over the years we've united and featured over 125 tellers - from as near as our own backyard - Greenwich Village - and as faraway as, China, Ireland, Israil, Japan, Scotland, etc., etc. And, of course, countless others have stepped up to the Mic and "swapped" a story. Hmm...and some folks said it “wouldn’t last...”

Ten years later we're going strong and welcome back to our stage, Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe who started the storytelling ball rolling - so to speak! - Barbara A.

JIM HAWKINS, Irish-American Storyteller/Actor/Musician/Teacher, spins humorous and poignant tales from his memories of growing in Ireland and in and around THE BIG APPLE!

ELIZABETH ROWE, Storyteller/Actor/Writer/Teacher, is delighted to return to help us celebrate this special anniversary! Her repertoire includes a rich blend of family stories, world folktales, myths, legends and literary tales, which she performs in English and French!

Format: Featured Teller(s)/Open Mic - 6 - 8 minute limit Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Laurie Kilmartin Julie Goldman Liam McEneaney Chris Mata Shecky Beagleman Mike Cotayo Luchia Mike Payne, stand up
Morrison Motel has been called "a comedy powerhouse" by Comedy Central. John Morrison hosts some of the most intelligent, established and emerging, comics, satirists, and vocal acrobats in New York.
 Cover $5
Wednesday Jan 11
Coung Vu, trumpet;  Jesper Zeuthen, Ned Ferm Chris Speed, reeds;  Peter Dahlgren, trombone;  Jacob Anderskov, rhodes/piano;  Jeppe Skovbakke, bass;  Rune Kielsgaard, drums
Anderskov Accident image
Please note show time: 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Anderskov Accident has released their second CD, UNITY OF ACTION. "Unity of Action" is the follow-up to their debut album "Anderskov Accident" (scr/ILK), which received the Danish Music Award Jazz 2003 as “Jazz Discovery of the Year”.

The music of Anderskov Accident is about unifying opposites. Edgy innovation meets and unites with the straight down beautiful. Groovy meets melodious, and high expressiveness is placed in a natural forward flow. Short and longer stories are told with raw energy, heart and soul along with mania and melancholy. Odd meters and mysterious rhythms are played hairily groovy – with a lot of personal freedom.

This music is visionary and warm-blooded. It is liquid, sparkling and intuitive yet subtly structured. Unconventional compositions and grooves are mixed with great musical reserve, giving the music an inner balance and a true spontaneity.

The result is honest, unpolished - and an emotionally powerful experience. This truly being the album to elevate ANDERSKOV ACCIDENT up the ladder. Accommodating both the open-minded listener and the wild at heart.

Double Danish Music Award winner Jacob Anderskov received in 2004 the Danish Government Art Foundation’s prestigious 3-year Composers Working Grant, as one of the youngest rhythmic composers ever.

" I dare to promise the open-minded listener that the respect for Anderskov's musical universe will grow for every minute. It is deeply original and is really pulling nails out. In my ears, Anderskov's music is like an ancient Nordic fairytale flower that slowly opens up and takes new colours, while you are at first gaping and amazed, later moved by its richness and satisfying beauty. So now I just can't get enough of this redefined Nordic sound, and must hear the records over and over again."
- Peter Rahbek, Jazz Special, February 2003.,/i>

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

John McNeil, trumpet;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Allison Miller, drums;  Mike McGuirk, bass
John McNeil image
A new quartet – new music!

McNeil renders anthem style choruses amid vocal-like phrasings to complement a robust tone, awash with razor sharp lines.

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

Jan 12
David Devoe, curator

Please note show time: 6:00PM - 11:30PM

- FEATURE PERFORMANCE: Rachel Caswell, David Devoe, Julia Dollison, Sara Leib

For more info on feature performers:

Critically acclaimed vocalist and composer Julia Dollison returns to New York this week to celebrate the release her new self-arranged and produced debut CD, "Observatory." Julia will also be appearing at this week's 2006 IAJE Annual Conference as a guest with the Grammy-winning jazz orchestra conducted by Maria Schneider, who testifies, "I am blown away by her fluidity, beautiful clear sound, her masterful musicianship and her impeccable absolute joy!" Influenced by American modern composers like Mose Allison and Rufus Wainwright, Dollison continues to evolve into a deeply compelling vocal musician, breathing new interpretive life into jazz standards and original compositions with a fresh and dynamic perspective.

"Julia Dollison has a fluid voice, a wide range and great technique, but you can he her heart in this music and that's what's so impressive."
- Hartford Courant, January 200

Rachel Caswell is an award-winning jazz vocalist with a unique style combining extraordinary scatting ability and sensitive song interpretation. Rachel has appeared at colleges and festivals nationwide and continues to gig in support of her debut CD Some Other Time (July 2003) that features pianist, Lynne Arriale, drummer, Steve Davis, bassist, Kelly Sill and violinist, Sara Caswell. In addition to her solo work, she co-leads the Caswell Sisters Quintet with her sister, jazz violinist, Sara Caswell, and frequently performs in duo with bassist, Jeremy Allen, a duo that was selected to perform at the 2006 International Association for Jazz Education’s Annual Conference in New York. A graduate of Indiana University and the New England Conservatory, she has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, John Blake, Jr., Ingrid Jensen, the Billy Taylor Trio and Curtis Fuller and was selected as one of two vocalists for the 1997 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony at Jazz Aspen/Snowmass.

One of the most inventive young vocalists and improvisers around, Sara Leib is proving herself an integral key to the modern jazz scene. Her harmonic approach to scatting, charismatic personality, and endearingly thoughtful stage presence have echoed through the jazz communities of her native Los Angeles and the New England jazz scene.

"Leib displays an attractive voice and inventive phrasing...Sara Leib has great potential for the future and It's Not the Moon is an important first step"
-Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

"She's got a beautiful, natural voice, and she improvises with aplomb, scatting with ease.
-Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

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!

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

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