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Jan 07
Kat Georges, host

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

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Charles Bukowski Tribute

With Featured Performers including Peter Carlaftes, Angelo Verga, Kat Georges, George Wallace, Thomas Fucaloro & Ryan Buynak

For the first Son of a Pony reading of 2011 at Cornelia Street Cafe, we’re once again celebrating with a tribute reading to Charles Bukowski. Poet Charles Bukowski was truly one of the few and far between: a champion of the outsider, the lost and lonely, the outcasts from society. Especially during this ongoing period of economic uncertainty and working class adversity, his work resonates like none other, revealing the naked human soul.

At this tribute reading, anyone is welcome to bring their favorite Bukowski poem, or read an original poem that was inspired by Bukowski. We’ll be showing videos of Bukowski, plus giving away his books and other prizes.

Doors open at 5:45. Admission is $7 which includes (naturally) a free drink!

Arrive early to sign up on the reading list, or just come and enjoy the fun.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Company of Heaven Jazz Festival image
Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it's first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its' modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz: NEA 2009 Jazz Master, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone),the late jazz drummer Rashied Ali, & avant garde genius Charles Gayle(saxophones/piano), just to name a few. Company of Heaven is also proud to present the best of the "new breed" of jazz musicians on the scene: Mary Halvorson(guitar), Dana Leong (cello/trombone), Dan Tepfer(piano), with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually.

8:30 pm – Matt Darriau’s Ballin’ the Jack
9:45 pm – Refuge Trio – Theo Bleckmann/Gary Versace/John Hollenbeck
11:00pm – Michael Musillami Trio – Old Tea
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jan 08
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Paola Corso & Maria Mazziotti Gillan, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

This month's open will be focused on the theme of Work.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Company of Heaven Jazz Festival image
Company of Heaven was founded by Andreas Scherrer in 2000 in Linz, Austria, upon signing it's first artist, Amina Claudine Myers(piano/vocals). Since its' modest beginnings, Company of Heaven has gone on to represent some of the finest established names in jazz: NEA 2009 Jazz Master, Lee Konitz (alto saxophone),the late jazz drummer Rashied Ali, & avant garde genius Charles Gayle(saxophones/piano), just to name a few. Company of Heaven is also proud to present the best of the "new breed" of jazz musicians on the scene: Mary Halvorson(guitar), Dana Leong (cello/trombone), Dan Tepfer(piano), with an ever growing list of talent signing on continually.

8:30 pm – Jon Irabagon & Mike Pride – I Don’t Hear Nothin’ but the Blues
9:45 pm – Jay Clayton Trio – In & Out of Love
11:00 pm – Mario Pavone’s Totem Quartet
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jan 09
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, Brad Garton

Entertaining Science: Abstraction and Passion: The Brainwave Music Project image
Entertaining Science is back! With that eclectic mix of science and performance you've longed for!

Tonight chemist and writer Roald Hoffmann, who is back to host the series with musician and neuroscientist Dave Soldier, will take off from the music you will hear to ask “Is there such a thing as abstract science?” But he may digress... Dave teams up with computer music specialist Brad Garton, who runs the Columbia Electronic Music Studio, and the CNS Philharmonic Orchestra (in their Café debut) in a demonstration of how brain waves (EEGs) can trigger music.
 Cover $10

Dan Tepfer / Julian Lage Duo image
Pianist Dan Tepfer invites exciting young guitarist Julian Lage to join him for an evening of duos. 21-year-old Lage has been hailed as a musical prodigy ever since he appeared on the L.A. scene, aged 13. He is currently touring with both the New Gary Burton Quartet and his own critically acclaimed group. His 2009 debut album, Sounding Point, was nominated for a Grammy Award. 29-year-old Dan Tepfer has been called "an exceptional young player who has made an indelible impact on the scene" by Time Out; he has achieved recognition for his voracious appetite, encompassing everything from notated music to free improvisation in contexts ranging from solo to full orchestra. Tepfer and Lage have known each other for a while, but this will be their very first public performance together.

"Brilliant… Dan Tepfer is a sharp young talent, rugged and emphatic... A young pianist of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody." -- New York Times

"Julian Lage conveys a radiance of tone and subtlety of voicing that must be heard in person." -- Chicago Tribune
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jan 10
Kathleen Frazier
Kathleen Frazier, 2010 Norman Mailer Fellow, reads from her current project, SOMNILOQUIES, A MEMOIR OF SLEEPWALKING, in which Kathleen explores her twenty-year history of sleepwalking and sleep terrors (from age 11-30) including the origins and history of somnambulism in her Irish American family, dangerous episodes she nearly didn’t survive, attempts to ‘self medicate’, the severe accident during sleepwalking that finally brought her into recovery and her varied roads to healthy sleep including, eventually, taking responsibility for her creative and intuitive gifts.

$ 7 includes a drink

 Cover $7

Dan Weiss, drums, compositions;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
Dan Weiss has proved indispensable to a number of groundbreaking bands, including David Binney's Balance, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Indo-Pak Coalition and Quartet, Miles Okazaki's Generations group, Ohad Talmor's Newsreel, Rez Abbasi's ensembles and many more.

"Dan Weiss is a drummer of adaptable flow and microscopic focus, as he has shown in a range of instrumental settings. His own working trio, with the pianist Jacob Sacks and the bassist Thomas Morgan, just released its first album, “Timshel” (Sunnyside), proof that Mr. Weiss is on equally sound footing as a bandleader." - New York Times Jazz Listings
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dan Weiss Trio image
Jan 11
Barbara Aliprantis

Jim Hawkins Elizabeth Rowe Barbara Aliprantis
BARBARA ALIPRANTIS, Curator/Host of this series since January 1997 is an award-winning nationally acclaimed storyteller, honored at New York City Hall in the year 2000 for "her distinguished body of work...for her commitment to sharing immigrant's experiences and multicultural folklore for both hearing and non-hearing audiences around the country." She is also the recipient of an Oracle Service Award from the National Storytelling Network "for exemplary service and significant contributions to her community through storytelling." Tonight she debuts a snippet from a new cycle of family stories about “The Jersey Shore – BACK IN THE DAY – Greek-style!”

JIM HAWKINS, beloved Irish-American Storyteller/Actor/Musician charms audiences and lifts our spirits with his stories and songs, including memories of his childhood spent in the Midlands of Ireland and on the stoops and concrete sidewalks of Astoria, Queens.

ELIZABETH ROWE, storyteller/actor/writer and teacher, performs in English and French! Her repertoire includes a rich blend of family stories, world folktales, myths, legends and literary stories.

NOTE: This series was launched in January 1997 by Dr. John Kallas and Barbara Aliprantis, with Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe the first featured tellers. Since then storytellers and story listeners have been coming to the Café each month for the "love of story!" Close to 300 professional tellers have been featured (some as far away as Australia, New Zealand, everywhere in between and from our own backyard). Countless others have stepped up to the OPEN MIC to swap a story! There is never a theme, no judging, no contest, just great fun! Barbara's motto: “Let Serendipity Reign” and it always does!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ari Hoenig, drums;  Gilad Hekselman , guitar;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass
Ari Hoenig Quartet image
Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.

Ari is widely noted particularly for his drumming not being relegated to just keeping tempo, or being a side issue to the music he plays in, but rather for elevating drumming as an indispensable part of the performance. Hoenig is also known for his unique ability to modify the pitch of a drum by using drum sticks, mallets, and even parts of his body (such as his hands and elbows). Using this technique, he can play any note in the chromatic scale, virtually any melody, and even improvise on a chord structure in the same way as any other instrumentalist would. Hoenig was born into a family of classically trained musicians. His father being a choral conductor and mother a violinist, he was exposed to classical and folk music at an early age. He played both piano and violin as a child, then rock and metal drums as a teen before settling into jazz and improvised music. Ari has recorded 6 cds as a leader including 2 solo drums cd’s and is currently a Dreyfus Records performing artist. Currently, his group Ari Hoenig and Punk Bop tours worldwide and performs weekly at the legendary New York jazz club Smalls. He is also the co-leader of Hoenig Pilc Project, together with long time musical partner Jean Michel Pilc. Other artists Hoenig has performed or recorded with as a sideman include Shirley Scott, Gerry Mulligan, Jean Michel Pilc, Mike Stern, Kenny Werner, Joshua Redman, Wayne Krantz, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Richard Bona, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Toots Thielemans, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Ivan Linz and the Jazz Mandolin Project.

"expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes. Ari Hoenig approaches jazz drumming with manic glee, and yet he's exacting with texture and pulse, an irrepressibly kinetic drummer ." Nate Chinen, NY Times

"Ari Hoenig is one of the most maniacally obsessive, spasmodic and musical drummers in jazz." JAZZ TIMES
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday Jan 12
Dagmar Spain Maxine Steinman Iorgo Papoutsas Leandra Ramm
Dance: Melting and other new stories... image
An evening of many facades and impressions: dance, spoken words, video imagery and live music. A performance that reaches right to the heart of the audience and encourages the path lesser walked. Or as Kafka would say: "Paths appear because we walk them".

created and directed by Dagmar Spain

with dancer/actor: Maxine Steinman & Iorgo Papoutsas;

singer: Leandra Ramm

composers: Fernando Otero and Adrienne Ramm

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jon Irabagon, saxophones;  Toru Dodo, piano;  Jostein Gulbrandsen, guitar;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Nathaniel Smith, drums, compositions
Nathaniel Smith Quintet - CD Release
Nathaniel Smith joins the growing roster of drummers releasing records as composers and leaders with "Quartet", his debut offering on Fresh Sound New Talent. Happy to inhabit a niche between those who see themselves as defenders of the music "as it was" and those conspicuously seeking to redefine it, Smith, like many of his peers, uses the vocabulary of jazz as a vehicle for his ideas, culled whimsically from everything from Miles Davis to Radiohead. Smith's drumming is at once open and angular, exhibiting vocabulary from the bebop, ECM, and gospel traditions. For this outing Smith is joined by Thelonious Monk Competition winner and former classmate Jon Irabagon, who non-chalantly bestrides the worlds of the mainstream and the avant-garde with such ease as to belie his uniqueness, Toru Dodo, economics graduate, witty iconoclast, and veteran of the bands of Kenny Garret, Benny Golson,Curtis Fuller, and Wayne Escoffrey, Jostein Gulbrandsen, whose own unique sound was recently showcased on his Fresh Sound record, "Twelve", and Peter Brendler, best known for his collaborations with Irabagon and guitarist-par-excellence John Abercrombie.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Uri Gurvich, saxophone;  Oz Noy, guitar;  Aaron Goldberg, piano;  Ziv Ravitz, drums;  Daniel Ori, bass, compositions
Originally from Kfar Saba, Israel, bassist and composer Daniel Ori is a prominent young voice in the New York contemporary Jazz scene. An ASCAP composers award winner, Daniel released his debut album, So It Goes, with the Art of Life Jazz label in late 2009. In his music, Ori introduces a fresh mix of modern jazz with a World flavor, drawing influences from Middle Eastern, African and Latin roots. A blend of deep grooves and soulful melodies. Daniel Ori quintet will be performing newly written compositions, soon to be released on Ori's next album.

“Have one hand on your equalizer and the other on your heart. Daniel’s music will move you, you will feel this music. In your soul and in your gut…” - Chuck Vecoli,
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Daniel Ori Quintet image
Jan 13
Arthur Yorinks

Jenny Langsam and special guest, Les Stoller
The Elevator Ride image
Take a wild ride with Jane --

lost on an more ways than one...

an audio comedy with a twist
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jeff Davis, drums, compositions;  Tony Malaby, tenor, soprano saxophone;  Kirk Knuffke , cornet;  Jon Goldberger, guitar;  Matt Pavolka, bass
Jeff Davis Band - 35th Birthday Concert image
Drummer/composer Jeff Davis is known as the “propulsive force” behind a host of New York mainstays, including bassist Michael Bates, multi-reedist Oscar Noriega, pianists Jesse Stacken and Landon Knoblock. Tonight, for his 35th Birthday Concert, Davis brings together New York improvising greats Tony Malaby, Kirk Knuffke, Jon Goldberger, and Matt Pavolka. On his debut album, We Sleep Outside, Jeff Davis showcases his command of a deeply focused and distinctly improvisational style. Davis guides his band just to the edge of chaos while at the same time exercising focus and restraint. It is this approach that results in a sound both minimalist in construction and intensely complex in approach.

“We Sleep Outside” (Loyal Label) is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience in left-of-center jazz circles. -Nate Chinen, NY Times

“Like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.” -All About Jazz , Troy Collins
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jan 14
John McWhorter, host and musical director

Diana Bertolini, vocals;  Micah Freedman, vocals;  Ivis Fundichely, vocals;  Sarah Goldberg, vocals;  Jillian Hemann, vocals;  Ashley Herron, vocals;  Holly McWhorter, vocals;  Martha Sparks, vocals
NEW FACES OF 2011 Take an evening off with John McWhorter and friends for an hour of pieces from the American Songbook. These are songs you may not have heard lately, but songs you will undoubtedly be glad you're hearing now!

John will be on piano (usually) serving up songs stretching from 1923 to last week, including a few virtually unperformed in fifty years plus.

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, American Studies and Western Civilization at Columbia University, is Contributing Editor at The New Republic, and writes regularly for The Root and The Daily. In his spare time he is a great aficionado of musical theatre songs, and has performed or played piano for various cabaret shows in New York.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone;  Nikolaj Hess, piano;  Tony Moreno, drums;  Jay Anderson, bass
Global Motion, founded in 1997 in New York City by Dutch tenor saxophonist MARC MOMMAAS and Danish pianist NIKOLAJ HESS has become a major force in todays music scene. Together they have co-lead Global Motion through the years touring Europe, the U.S., Canadan and Scandinavia with their various projects. Mommaas is a Sunnyside recording artist and received critical acclaim with the release of Global Motion Trio (1999), Global Motion (2003) Balance (2005) and Landmarc (2010). Co-leader Nikolaj Hess, cum laude graduate of the Rhythmic Conservatory in Denmark, winner of the Berlingske Tidendes competition for Rhythmic Music in ’87 and finalist in the European Young Artist competition in Leverkussen in ’88, has numerous recordings as a leader, co-leader and sideman and has been awarded many grants from the Danish government as well as from private foundations. While living in Africa, Nikolaj studied African rhythms and Composition principles in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and South Africa. He divides his time between New York City and Copenhagen. Global Motion includes a stellar rhythm-section, TONY MORENO on drums and JAY ANDERSON on bass. GMplus, released in the fall of 2009 featuring compositions of Nikolaj Hess, includes special guests Ben Monder (electrical/acoustic guitar) and Jeff Ballard (percussion). and got nominated best album release of 2010 in Denmark. Mommaas’ newest release ‘Landmarc’ includes Tony Moreno, Nate Radley, Vic Juris and Rez Abbasi; compositions for Saxophone, Percussion and Guitar. ‘Landmarc’ got noted as best jazz release of 2010 in the Netherlands.

“Global motion is part of the cutting edge jazz scene of New York City, portraying a fluid and dynamic sound brought forward by four world class musicians. The music has a fast pacing, energetic, strong and poetic power. Be ready for an unforgettable journey through a landscape of sounds and colors.”
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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