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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
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Oct 16
Ted Jonathan, host

Joanna Fuhrman Kevin Pilkington Nicole Andonov
Three poets read work for and from our favorite poetry journal.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Emilio Teubal, piano & composer;  Kobi Solomon, clarinet & soprano sax;  Moto Fukushima, bass;  Franco Pinna, drums;  Xavier Perez, tenor saxophone, flute
LA BALTEUBAND - argentine jazz image
La Balteuband is an instrumental ensemble lead by Emilio Teubal. His compositions are a blend of jazz and elements of Argentine music, such as rhythms like chacarera and zamba along with the lyricism of tango melodies.

La Balteuband's music consists of rhythmically and harmonically rich pre-composed structures and improvised sections that highlight the musicality of each member of the band. This is what makes each performance of the group so fresh and special.

The compositional influences of Emilio Teubal include Astor Piazolla, Hermeto Pascual, Egberto Gismonti, and great masters of the jazz tradition such as Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, and Charles Mingus. La Balteuband has performed in New York venues such as the Knitting Factory, Cornelia Street Cafe, Nublu, Bowery Poetry Club, Galapagos Arts Space, and was included in the Argentine Jazz series at El Taller Latinoamericano during the summer of 2005. La Balteuband recorded its first album to be released in Spring 2007.


Oct 17
Stan Richardson, host

Augusto César Mendoza Espino Ivan Rios Gascon Pailo Heitz
The Writers Room presents Mexican poetry in a bilingual format.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
John Morrison, host

How many trumpets does it take to push a motel one week...?

John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .
 Cover $10

Wednesday Oct 18 6:00PM  MEMOIR
Alice Denham
Alice will launch her latest book SLEEPING WITH BAD BOYS.

She will sign copies of and read from this romp through literary New York, and most especially Greenwich Village.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Valerie Ghent, host

Audrey Martell Gretchen Witt Rebecca Hart Jesse du Bey
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 6th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York’s most popular acoustic songwriter’s series, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter’s Beat features top up-and-coming songwriters. Each month four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 200 (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan!) and keeps growing!

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!
 Cover $5

Oct 19
6:00PM  PO' JAZZ
Golda Solomon, host

Mount Saint Vincent Students Dilcia Arroyo Kathleen Aguero Meg Kearney
Po' Jazz image
The medicine woman of jazz and spoken word with Meg Kearney and Kathleen Aguero (Pine Manor College MFA Program), College of Mount Saint Vincent Student Readers plus Dilcia Arroyo.

Admission 15$; Students with ID and Seniors 10$
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Melissa Stylianou, Vocals;  Deadra Hart, Vocals;  Jamie Reynolds, Piano;  Chris Lightcap, Bass;  Fred Kennedy, Drums
Gnu Vox: Melissa Stylianou and Deadra Hart image
The sort of warm, open and secure singer for whom 'style' is a means not an end." - Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail
Originally from Toronto, Melissa now lives in New York City where she is quickly establishing herself as a formidable talent. Over the past 8 years, she has become one of the most in demand vocalists in Canada, playing regularly in the top jazz clubs and major jazz festivals. Melissa has independently produced 3 albums and has frequently been featured on the CBC. Her critically acclaimed recent album, "sliding down" consists of original pieces, arrangements of pop songs and jazz standards and features an incredible lineup of Canadian musicians including Kevin Breit, Alan Hetherington, Kim Ratcliffe, Rob Piltch and Jamie Reynolds.

Regarded by fellow jazz singers as “a dynamic improviser who interprets a lyric with sincerity and a beautiful sense of style,” Deadra Hart’s unique, crystal-clear voice breathes new life into music. This New York City –based vocalist has lived and performed all over the world, from Los Angeles to the Midwest and from Amsterdam to Ecuador. Deadra is an active performer, leading a jazz quartet that mixes traditional jazz elements with gorgeous, original melodies. Her debut album, Wherever I Go has already sold hundreds of copies and can be heard on jazz radio stations as far away as Indonesia and Australia. Deadra has recently been exploring her newfound passion for the songs of South America with her Latin jazz trio, Ligaçao. She has been praised by critics and musicians alike as “a woman who sings with sophistication” (Cincinnati Post) and “a superb musician with exquisite taste” (Paris Rutherford – Vocal Jazz Arranger).
 Cover $10
Oct 20
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. This week's feature is Lisa Gruenberger, new Manhattanite, longtime favorite.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Carolyne Mas Valerie Ghent
Carolyne Mas/Valerie Ghent image
Carolyne Mas brought the Songwriters Exchange to Cornelia Street in 1977. Songwriters met here every Monday night for five years in the course of which some five thousand new songs were born. Twelve of them appeared on the award- winning Stash album, CORNELIA STREET: THE SONGWRITERS EXCHANGE, which came out in 1980. It has just been re-released as a CD with 19 songs all recorded on the same day 27 years ago.

In the meantime Carolyne went on to a hugely successful recording and touring career. She became a rock star in Europe (Germany, in particular) and has a dozen albums to her credit. She now lives in Florida and is in New York to record her next album. We are delighted to welcome her back.

We are particularly delighted that she will be sharing the evening with Valerie Ghent, who almost six years ago started THE SONGWRITERS BEAT, which is many ways picks up where THE SONGWRITERS EXCHANGE left off.

Valerie Ghent, singer-songwriter and artist, producer, pianist, vocalist, music curator, recording engineer, photographer, nonprofit founder and director, community activist… the thread that runs through all the unstoppable energy of Valerie Ghent is music. Valerie released four CD’s on her record label, West Street Records; has run the uber-successful acoustic songwriter's night, The Songwriter's Beat, since she founded it in 2000; volunteered at the World Trade Center site for nine months after September 11th and most recently created the World Foundation for Music and Healing, a new organization dedicated to bringing music and creative self-expression to children and families affected by trauma and loss. In December, 2005, Valerie received the Betances Center’s Paul Ramos Award for Service to the Arts.

A native downtown New Yorker with a strikingly powerful voice, piano chops to match and "soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy", Valerie's performances have been described as "truly great and invigorating", "absolutely magnificent” and "an inspiration, Valerie is an unsung hero (who sings!!)".

As a solo performer or with her band Valerie electrifies her audience. As musician, singer and engineer Valerie has toured, recorded and/or shared the stage with some of the best performers and musicians in the industry: Ashford & Simpson, Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Roberta Flack, Dr. Maya Angelou, Billy Preston, Tears for Fears, The Ramones, Tom Tom Club, Felicia Collins (David Letterman) and more. Appearing with Val this evening at Cornelia Street is outstanding bassist, Booker King.

 Cover $10

Oct 21
Dean Kostos, host

Robert Zaller and Douglas Light will be reading from & signing new books.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, curator

Frank Carlberg, Piano and Compositions;  Christine Correa, Vocals;  Chris Cheek, Tenor Saxophone;  Alexis Cuadrado, Bass;  Michael Sarin, Drums
GNU VOX  Special: Frank Carlberg Quintet with Christine Correa  image
The Frank Carlberg Quintet is dedicated to performing musical settings of poems by 20th century poets such as Robert Creeley, Anselm Hollo, Anna Akhmatova and Gertrude Stein.

This evening the quintet will perform the NY premiere of "The American Dream", a 12 part song cycle to poems by Robert Creeley. This work was commissioned by Chamber Music America and its New Works program which is made possible through the generosity of The Doris Duke Foundation.
 Cover $10
Oct 22
Polly Frost, host

Erotic Fiction : Deep Inside image
Extreme erotic fantasies from Polly upcoming short story collection read by delicious actors.

Praise from RON JEREMY for DEEP INSIDE: "Dear Readers, I found this book difficult to read, because the blood kept leaving my brain and entering my penis... (it's called a boner). Very erotic stories you'll find here. If porn as we know it, is on the edge, then Polly Frost has leaped over it, with a double somersault and a twist. If I directed some of these fantasies, I'd either be the world's greatest adult film director... or I'd be in jail. Enjoy this. I certainly did. And if you'll excuse me, I'm looking for a female Serzan."
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Jeff Davis, drums;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
Tone Collector image
Tone Collector is back at Cornelia, finishing an east coast tour.

"Malaby, Opsvik and Davis are deeply sympathetic partners, and their interaction often reaches the highest level of cohesion" - Jazz Times

"Without falling into the predictable game of cat and mouse, these three are capable of a varied and inspired set of improvisational call and response. Tone Collector is the sort of creative improvised music that stands out in the crowd."
- Cadence Magazine
 Cover $8

Oct 23
Jonathan Escobio, host

Scenes, monologues, and poems from The Bard, performed by a high-energy troupe of youthful NYC actors.

Boil, Boil, Toil and trouble.... Come and see some of the more gruesome, magical and down right villianous pieces from the Canon! The Shakespeare Anyone players will bring you The Ghost from Hamlet, Macbeth and his witches, the fantastical Puck, the compulsory Gravediggers, and of course a surprise or two from the Netherworld!!!

Begin your Halloween festivities with some horror from the 16th century, be there or we'll find you Bwahahahah!!!!
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Joel Harrison, guitar;  Liberty Ellman, guitar;  Mark Feldman, violin;  Chris Howes, violin;  Jeremy Kittel, viola;  Dana Leong, cello
21 century schizoid music presents: <b>Joel Harrison</b> image
Joel Harrison's String Choir presents the music of Paul Motian

Paul Motian is well known as one of the living legends of jazz drumming. He is also a wonderful composer. His sense of harmony and melody are truly unique. Guitarist /composer Joel Harrison has arranged several of Motian's pieces for String quartet and two guitars. The group consists of some of the most original, gifted string improvisers anywhere.

2nd set: improvisations based on music from Paul Motian's legacy- Monk, Bill Evans, Free, etc.
 Cover $10

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