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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Oct 01
Kat Georges, host

Pamela Sneed
Mike Baggetta , guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Mike Baggetta Quartet image
Seeking to reinterpret the state of the American Song through a 21st century filter, The Mike Baggetta Quartet performs Baggetta's award-winning original pieces with an intense focus on melody, group interaction and fearless improvisation. This ensemble features saxophonist Jason Rigby, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer George Schuller. Mike's compositions for this ensemble draw inspiration from sources as varied as Keith Jarrett's "American Quartet", Leonard Cohen, Edward Hopper and Ornette Coleman. Small Spaces, the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet, is out now on Fresh Sound New Talent records.

Join the Mike Baggetta Quartet as they prepare for their 2nd recording to be released on Fresh Sound New Talent records.

"Mike is one of the best young improvisors on the NY scene!" Vic Juris, Jazz Guitarist

"This is a superb band...outstanding, and the performances are totally compelling." -Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal (UK)

"Blessed with a refined approach and solid technique...Mike Baggetta has the potential to break the mold of post-John Scofield plectrists." Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide

"Guitarist/composer Baggetta is one of those subtle players. He does not overwhelm you with volume or seek to impress with fleet-fingered improvisations. Instead, each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities...utilizing approaches from many different genres but never sounding derivative of any one person or school." Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

"...his melodic sense is truly beautiful." Tom Chandler,

photography ©2009 by Scott Friedlander
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Oct 02
Paul Frazier Dave Soldier
Vince Bell image
Legendary Texas Songwriter VINCE BELL: His songs have been performed and recorded by such diverse talents as Little Feat, Lyle Lovett and Nanci Griffith, and he has had a ballet set to his work. He has released five critically acclaimed CDs, and is the author of an autobiography, One Man's Music: The Life and Times of Texas Songwriter Vince Bell, chronicling his amazing comeback after a devastating car accident in 1982. Referring to Bell's fellow Texas songwriters (Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett and herself) Nanci Griffith said, 'From all of us who were beating the paths around Texas in the 70s, I always felt Vince was the best of us.'

'Vince is a poet,' said the late Townes Van Zandt. He is one of those rare artists who transcend category: its a little rock 'n' roll, a little folk, a little country, some blues and jazz, some singer-songwriter. What kind of music? Vince Bell music.'

 Cover $8

Michael Adkins, tenor saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Todd Neufeld, guitar;  John Hébert, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Michael Adkins Quintet image
Michael Adkins returns to Cornelia Street this October, joined by band members well known to New York’s modern jazz scene. This group’s work together is characterized by a sense of anticipation – each artist explores ideas developed by the entire quintet, with the saxophonist both modulating and amplifying refrains, taking them unexpectedly in new directions, or returning them to an understated simplicity. Russ Lossing’s magnificent sense of play and eloquence find a particularly strong context in the band’s interactions, as do the discerning vitality and sensitivity of Billy Mintz on drums, and John Hébert’s dynamic alteration of working distinctions between inventiveness and groove. The young guitarist Todd Neufeld brings a fresh integrity to the music as well, playing to the moment by turns with intelligent clarity or introspection among veterans. Adkins’ sound works as both provocateur and coherence, holding the music to its exploratory possibilities, without letting its lyrical potential be lost. An evening of improvisation at its keenest edge for those for whom the music matters most.

“Here is a magnificent saxophonist.” Serge Baudot, JAZZHOT

“Adkins deep and penetrating tenor lines provide a near flawless vehicle for group-centric improvisation.” Glenn Astarita, JAZZ REVIEW

“An important new voice has arrived.” Chris May, ALLABOUTJAZZ
 Cover $10

Oct 03
David Pratt, novelist
A 3 Hots and A Cot reunion of sorts, celebrating a new novel by Pratt, joined by friends. His lovely book will be for sale.
Bill Ware, electric vibraphone;  Matt King, piano;  Carlo De Rosa, bass;  Jaime Aff, drums
Bill Ware's Vibes Quartet,post hardbop/funky jazz rock new old originals and beyond.

"Never one to swoop into the limelight or blithely steal the show, vibraphonist Bill Ware has built a model résumé that weaves silently and inscrutably through the best of most modern genres." Gordon Marshall, All About Jazz
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Bill Ware's Vibe Quartet image
Oct 04
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Oct 05
Arje Shaw, presenter

Devon Glover
Shakespeare Hip Hop image
The Sonnet Man Band features brilliant rap artist Devon Glover,who sets Shakespeare Sonnets to Hip Hop. The beat is strong, the music's alive as Shakespeare is heard as never before. Mr Glover a modern day Sonnet Man, delivers the sonnets in a, smooth, passionate, flowing style which embodies the richness of Shakespeare's language, then "breaks" it down into rap and spoken word.

This is The Sonnet Man Band debut and future performances will take place throughout New York City.

For more information, contact: Arje Shaw/Jones Street Productions /
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Julie Hardy, Host

Doug Wamble , guitar, vocals
"Doug Wamble is an artist who blurs the boundaries between all forms of American music. From his work with Wynton Marsalis and Cassandra Wilson, to his three critically acclaimed solo releases, Wamble covers the full continuum of history that runs from jazz, blues, gospel to Americana and popular song. A singer, a songwriter, a guitarist with much on his mind and heart, he brings a unique perspective to the music he makes and ties it together with his deep-roots guitar playing and honey-toned voice."

"...this guitarist, singer, and composer is a one-man compendium of avant Americana." New Yorker
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Blue Tuesdays:Doug Wamble  image
Wednesday Oct 06 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

A monthly nonfiction reading series that brings together up-and-coming and established writers to share their work with the rest of the world. Freerange practices the method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being constrained by traditional categories or labels of their genre. This principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat.

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Arun Ramamurthy with Akshay Anantapadmanabhan image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Like its counterpart in the North, Carnatic music is based on raga & tala. An emphasis on rhythm in Carnatic compositions and improvisations lead to lively interactions between the musicians, an exciting and spontaneous element of the Carnatic tradition. Tonight will feature four Carnatic musicians from NYC and their musical interpretations. ARUN RAMAMURTHY is an exciting violinist who is making his mark in the Indian Classical and World Music scene. Born and raised in the United States, Arun hopes to bring his musical culture to the mainstream with traditional yet new improvisations. Arun performs with innovative jazz/Indian groups, Namaskar and Lotus 5 and also leads Banyan Trees, an acoustic rock/Indian classical blend. He is privileged to study under one of India's leading violinists, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, a virtuosic and fresh breath for Carnatic music. AKSHAY ANANTAPADMANABHAN is a talented mridangist (South Indian drum) and student of the world renown T.H. Subash Chandran (ghatam artist). His virtuosic yet musical approach has made him a popular artist for musicians touring from India. He has collaborated with Latin jazz, rock and Brazilian musicians in unique showcases on Indian percussion. ROOPA MAHADEVAN is a Carnatic vocalist born and raised in San Jose, California. She is a student of Smt. Asha Ramesh, disciple of the legendary vocalist D.K. Jayaraman. In 2007, she received the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship to receive advanced training in Chennai, India under Smt. Suguna Varadachari. This year, she was fortunate to receive the 'Kala Ratna' award from the well-known Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana for her pursuit of Carnatic music as a South Asian American. MITHUN RADHAKRISHNAN has been playing the Mandolin since the age of 11. Inspired and initiated to the instrument by the pioneer of Carnatic mandolin, Mandolin Srinivas, Mithun began performing in venues in India. The mandolin he plays has only 5 strings unlike the traditional 8 stringed Mandolin.
 Cover $10
Oct 07
Robin Hirsch, Minister of Culture

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.
Jesse Stacken , piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Jesse Stacken Trio image
Formed in 2005, the Jesse Stacken Trio has developed into an ensemble that explores the depths of the piano trio format. The instrument roles, improvisation, and form structures have been re-examined, reconstructed and expanded. The result is music that is fresh, exciting, and free. The trio released it’s critically acclaimed debut That That on Fresh Sound records in 2008. Now they are celebrating their second release on the same label, Magnolia. This trio has been Stacken's main compositional vehicle for several years, and the improvisational elements have become interwoven with the written. Tonight the trio will perform selections from That That and Magnolia, as well as a new extended composition Bagatelles for Trio.

"There is something magical and/or dreamlike about this music, an elegant vibe that I find touching." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

photo:Brian Murray
 Cover $10

Oct 08
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight JOEL ALLEGRETTI rides the Pink Pony
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar;  Bill Ware, vibraphone;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet (RAAQ) CD Release image
After last years rave response to Rez Abbasi's recording, Things To Come (Sunnyside), the NY guitarist has a new recording with a new group. RAAQ was formed to serve as an outlet to showcase Abbasi's playing on acoustic guitar. The chamber- like group captures a fresh sound that is unique in jazz. With the acoustic guitar and vibraphone cascading into each other over the hard interactive grooves of bass and drums, RAAQ creates a driving and open textural experience for the listener. The group is comprised of vibraphonist, Bill Ware (Steely Dan), bassist, Stephan Crump (Vijay Iyer Trio) and drummer, Eric McPherson (Andrew Hill). RAAQ performs Abbasi's complex yet earthy compositions as well as rarely heard gems from other composers. In 2010, by invitation from jazz impresario George Wein, they performed at the famed Newport Jazz Fest. The group now celebrates their inspired debut recording with a weekend at the Cornelia St. Cafe.

"An amazing guitarist...unique and beautiful music - and best of all - very original...I'm really impressed." Pat Metheny

“Abbasi creates a sinuous, sometimes haunting and always evocative blend of contemporary jazz and Asian influences.” Time Out New York

"As jazz increasingly admits sounds from around the globe, Abbasi's efforts rank among the freshest and most compelling. Compositions that stand alone in today's jazz." Ottawa Citizen

Partial proceeds will be donated to the flood victims in Pakistan. This event is part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Drum kit donated by

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times