See the previous week's performances.  October 19-October 26, 2006 See the next week's performances.

See the previous week's performances. October, 2006 See the next week's performances.
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

* Cover is given where known

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


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

Oct 24
Alissa Heyman & Sylvia Lee, hosts

Melissa Fadul , Sarah Lawrence College;  Rebecca Keith , Sarah Lawrence College;  Emily Wolahan , Columbia University;  Nicole Steinberg , The New School
The Graduate Poetry Series (GPS) is held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. it was established to give poets in NYC area graduate writing programs an opportunity to present their poetry in a safe, intimate, and supportive environment.

If you would like to participate as a reader, please submit a cover letter with contact info, name of your school, and 5-7 pages of poetry to
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Murray Weinstock, vocals, piano, compositions;  Andy Stack, guitar, vocals;  Elaine Caswell, vocals
Murray Weinstock: dogtunes image
Andy Stack will be playing guitar and singing back-up along with favored singer, Elaine Caswell, elaine caswell who has backed up Al Green, Bette Midler and Dolly Parton to just name a few.
Singing dogcatradio's most requested song "Dog Day Afternoon" and other songs from Tails of the City. There will be some new songs like "Tug-a-Pug" from More Tails of the City! Everyone can join in on that one.
Roy Zimmerman, vocals, guitar, compositions, lyrics
Roy Zimmerman image
What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman.
“Faulty Intelligence” is ninety minutes of Zimmerman’s hilarious original songs. The title has as artful ambiguity but there’s no mistaking Zimmerman’s point of view. His engaging melodies and wickedly inventive rhymes take the Bush administration to task not only for the “faulty intelligence” which led us to war in Iraq, but for the greater lapses which have inflamed the Culture and Class Wars.
There’s a love song to the sexiest man alive, "Dick Cheney" and a lesson in “Creation Science 101.” There’s an anthem to same-sex marriage, “Defenders of Marriage,” a metaphor for the "Patriot Act" that's hard to get off your shoe, and the bawk- along “Chickenhawk,” already a Zimmerman classic.

Performing at New York City's Symphony Space during the 2004 Republican Convention, he drew this review from the New York Times' Stephen Holden: "Roy Zimmerman lifted the evening with his song 'Chickenhawk,' ridiculing the military policies of Bush administration officials who didn't serve in the armed forces. Zimmerman's squawking and clucking conveyed his scorn with contagious irreverence."

The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer."

Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"

Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."

Wednesday Oct 25 6:00PM  RED HEN AUTHORS
Kate Gale, host

Southern California comes to the west village. An evening highlighting Red Hen Press authors featuring: Leslie Heywood, Jeffrey Levine, Helene Cardona, Susan Thomas and Kim Burwick.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Jon Sobel, host

Angelo M Mala Waldron

This month's Soul of the Blues features Angelo M., Mala Waldron. SOUL OF THE BLUES, NYC's premiere *inexpensive* live blues and soul music series, happens the fourth Wednesday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe.

for more information on the artists, please visit:

Angelo M

Mala Waldron

 Cover $10

Soul of the Blues image
Oct 26
Page Delano Katt Lissard Ellen Geist
Our reds are left wingers, raven haired, and wonderful writers. The east is red, the west (village) is ready.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, curator

Maria Neckam, Voice;  Franz von Chossy, Piano;  Thomas Morgan, Bass;  Dan Weiss, Drums;  Sunny Kim , Vocals;  Jeremy Udden, Sax;  Dan Tepfer, Piano;  Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, Bass;  Mike Johnson, drums
Gnu Vox: Maria Neckam and Sunny Kim image
Maria Neckam can sound like Flora Purim to Franz von Chossy's Chick Corea, but she's working on many other levels, from Björk and Urszula Dudziak to Astrud Gilberto, Basia and any number of classically-trained vocalists. Her supple, reedy voice hits the notes clearly and has that wonderful quality of articulating syllables as notes rather than words, turning even standards into wordless vocals. Neckam, part of the Austrian-American Outreach Jazz Collective, writes impressively in English and her native tongue. Her album "Crossing and Blending" is an ambitious debut that ranges through the breadth of her stylistic tropes and suggests that she's going to be a special voice. (John Swenson, OFF BEAT Magazine)

Sunny Kim is a vocalist, pianist, composer, creator of multimedia shows, educator and improvisor. A native of South Korea, her vocal improvisation style and experiments with electronics gained her recognition in the recent years in the US as well as abroad. Since her arrival in the US in 1998, Kim's career has included work with Pheeroan akLaff, Ran Blake, Dave Fiuczynski, Michael Cain, Frank Carlberg, Carlos Alomar, Jason Hwang, Stomu Takeishi, and Min Xiao Fen to name a few. Kim received her BM at the University of Denver, and MM at the New England Conservatory, both in Jazz Studies, Voice Performance. Kim studied improvisation with Marguerite Juenemanne, Dominique Eade, Bob Moses, John McNeil, composition with Hankus Netsky and Michael Gandolfi, and wing chun with Sifu Stanley Jue. This evening her group will be performing the rarely heard "Futurities" cycle written by Steve Lacy.
 Cover $10
Drum kit donated by

See the previous week's performances. PREVIOUS WEEK         Scheduled performances from October 19-October 26, 2006         NEXT WEEK See the next week's performances.

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