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Wednesday Oct 07 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Our favorite newly wed orchestrates a somewhat new genre with many young clever practitioners. As sexy as it sounds.

October 7th readers include: Among the readers this month are the lovely and talented Claudia Cortese, Aldina Kennedy, and Claire Shefchik

Featuring :

Jeffrey Gustavson, the editor of Epiphany magazine. He will be reading from “The Little Iceberg; or, Can You Say ‘Solipsism’?,” an autobiographical essay.

as well as American novelist Mark Childress, author of six novels: A World Made of Fire, V for Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good, and One Mississippi. Mark is a native of Alabama and now lives in New York and Key West.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Stuart Popejoy, bass;  Kahlil Kwame Bell, drums;  Babatunde Don Eaton, percussion
Ensemble Elektra image
Ensemble Elektra brings a fresh perspective to jazz and world music, blending the modern beat of New York City’s life with its leader's multi-ethnic roots. The all star musicians’ repertoire of original compositions and improvisations fuses contemporary jazz and western classical music forms, with funk and ethnic music from Greece, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Musicians: Elektra Kurtis, violin, Curtis Stewart, violin, Lefteris Bournias, clarinet, Stuart Popejoy, bass, Kahlil Kwame Bell, drums and Babatunde Don Eaton, percussion play with both a nod toward tradition and a flair for the new. Visit us at:

Ensemble Elektra’s music was recently called by the audience "Mediterranean Dixieland" and described by All About Jazz as “profound yearning, ecstatic wailing, and an aching beauty.
 Cover $12

Oct 08
Rigoberto Gonzales, host

An extraordinary reading put together by one of our most gifted hosts, too bad we can't get him back to NYC on a regular basis.

BLAS FALCONER, A Question of Gravity and Light

TYEHIMBA JESS, leadbelly

HELENA MESA, Horse Dance Underwater


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Deadra Hart, voice;  Zach Brock, violin;  Jim Ridl, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Fred Kennedy, drums;  Mel Flannery, voice;  Lee Pardini, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Danny Sher, drums
Gnu Vox: Deadra Hart & Mel Flannery image
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).

Since 2003, Mel Flannery Trucking Co. has carved a home for themselves in New York's most influential independent and jazz venues including Joe's Pub, the Cutting Room and Rockwood Music Hall. Defining what it is to be a 'band' and not a group of hired musicians, Mel Flannery Trucking Co. has developed an organic and nuanced sound that comes on easy, but leaves one breathless in its wake. The songwriting of frontwoman and namesake, Mel Flannery (with the occasional co-writing of pianist Lee Pardini) is an exercise in balance; blending complexity and accessibility, heartbreak and humor, wisdom and youth. MFTC injects electricity and fire in their live performances, shunning the notion that a jazz is ‘background music.’ Playing songs off their two acclaimed self-produced records, MFTC is an unforgettable event of jazz for a new audience.
 Cover $10

Oct 09
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7

Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Ben Waltzer, piano;  Matt Penman, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Ben Waltzer Gorup image
This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.” --NYTimes

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of Waltzer's ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $12

Oct 10
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
James Shipp , vibraphone, percussion, shrutis;  Jo Lawry, voice, mandolin, melodica;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion/drums
James Shipp’s Nós Novo: CD release party for “Strange Sweethearts in America” image
Nós Novo is vibraphonist/percussionist James Shipp’s vehicle for the exploring Celtic musics and their connections to Afro-Brazilian grooves and modern, open-minded jazz improvisation. The ensemble is made up of vibes, voice, guitar, and percussion; instrumentation that offers a wide spectrum of timbres and configurations, but few opportunities to fall into conventional role-playing. Their treatments of Irish reels, jigs, and sean-nós songs both celebrate and deconstruct traditional folk musics -- Irish repertoire comes out sounding like it’s from elsewhere, and their renditions of songs by artists like Björk, José González, and Milton Nascimento end up sounding Irish.

Nós Novo’s new recording, “Strange Sweethearts in America”, is an eclectic mix that crosses cultural and stylistic boundaries in an effort to bring universal themes to the surface. As one listener remarked upon hearing it: ” I love how effortlessly [Nós Novo has] blended Dublin, Rio, and Istanbul into one unified vibe. You'd think it was a no-brainer after hearing this record!”
 Cover $10

Oct 11
Kirpal Gordon, poet;  Steve Elmer, piano
Poetry & Jazz image
The return of jazz pianist Steve Elmer and jazz writer Kirpal Gordon to the Cornelia Street Café.

For a YouTube preview of their amazing wedding of word and song, go to BeBopElmo.

The critics say:

---Elmer’s Fire Down Below, “The music is gorgeous. You get wrapped up in each song like it's a novel you don't want to put down.” ---Gray Hunter, BlogCritics.Org

---Gordon’s Speak-Spake Spoke, “Precise of word and rhyme and ready of wit, his poetry aligns closely to jazz music.” ---Fred Bouchard, All About Jazz

 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Kris Davis, piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Kris Davis Trio image
Performing new compositions from Davis' soon to be release trio record- Good Citizen- on Fresh Sound records. Expect to hear intricate forms with explosive improvisation. Featuring Tom Rainey and Eivind Opsvik.

"Davis' compositions are carefully drawn but explosive."-Jazz Times
 Cover $10

Oct 12
co-curated by Angelo Nikolopoulos and Mark Rice

Mark Bibbins Bianca Stone Guillermo Castro Michael Montlack
The White Swallow Reading Series, featuring Bianca Stone, Guillermo Castro, Michael Montlack, and Mark Bibbins.

The White Swallow Reading Series is a forum for queer, queer-friendly, and outspoken poets and prose writers who explore issues of identity in an honest, bold way. We welcome writers who explore the boundaries of language, take risks, and challenge traditional definitions of gender. Co-hosted by Angelo Nikolopoulos and Monica McClure.


Bianca Stone is the co-curator of the Ladder Poetry Reading Series and received her MFA from NYU’s creative writing program in poetry. She is also a freelance illustrator and her most recent poetry publications include The Patterson Literary Review, Fou, Agriculture Reader and Elimae. Her blog is called Poetry Comics. She lives in Brooklyn.

Guillermo Castro’s work is forthcoming or appears in Quarterly West, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Brooklyn Rail, LaFovea, EOAGH, Nthposition, Barrow St, among others, and the anthologies My Diva, This Full Green Hour, My Diva, Saints of Hysteria, and more. His translations of Olga Orozco, in collaboration with Ron Drummond, appear in Guernica, U.S. Latino Review and Visions. He lives in New York City and is a native of Argentina.

Michael Montlack is the editor of the essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them and the author of three poetry chapbooks: Cover Charge (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Prize); Girls, Girls, Girls; and The Slip. His work has appeared in Cimarron Review, Swink, New York Quarterly, Poet Lore, Court Green, Columbia Poetry Review, and other journals. Recently he was awarded residencies from Ucross, Soul Mountain Retreat, VCCA and Lambda Literary Retreat. He splits his time between New York City and San Francisco.

Mark Bibbins lives in New York City and teaches at The New School and Columbia University. He is the founding editor of The New School's LIT magazine. He has been published in journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, Boston Review and in anthologies such as Take Three: 3. He is the author of Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award, and The Dance of No Hard Feelings.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler, host

Stephanie Kai-win Saar Ahuvia Deborah Atherton Momenta Quartet
Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

The Stephanie & Saar DUO return for a Serial Underground residency, with works ranging from Conlon Nancarrow’s wildest excursions to Bill Evans’ most urgently lyrical inspirations (piano duo).

Writer/reader Deborah Atherton waxes upon Columbus Day and Halloween

Momenta Quartet plays Gordon Beeferman’s String Quartet (chamber danger).

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

Oct 13
Barbara Aliprantis

The New York STORY Exchange (NYSE) image
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

NEWS FLASH: A new season brings a new name. The Second Tuesday of the Month Series is now The New York STORY Exchange. We will continue to feature storytellers of all kinds, telling all manner of stories from personal tales to folktales and everything in between. Our format stays the same: Open MIC and/or Cameo Slots, followed by featured teller(s).

Featured Teller: Bob Reiser

Cameo: Michael Meric

BOB REISER, a nationally acclaimed storyteller, teacher, and an award-winning author of books for children and adults, brings warmth and wit to traditional and original stories. McFarland Press listed him among the "120 best contemporary English-speaking Storytellers." This October eve Bob’s story, REACHING FOR THE MOON (dedicated to lovers and dreamers everywhere) reminds us that “They all laughed at Christopher Columbus, when he said the world was round…They all laughed when Edison recorded sound…”

"Fellow Adventurers, Chasers of the stars, It's A Harvest Moon! Let's celebrate With stories!" - Bob Reiser

MICHAEL MERIC, Landscape Architect by day, wordsmith, storyteller and jack of all trades at night, tells a classic tale by Edgar Allan Poe, the master of mystery and the macabre.

Tonight we will end at 7:30, rather than 7:45 PM so the set can be prepared for a special presentation by Roy Zimmerman.

 Cover $7

Roy Zimmerman, vocals, guitar
Roy Zimmerman: Real American image
Roy Zimmerman took his satirical songs to Real America last year, driving 12,000 miles and flying 12,000 more to do 107 shows in 47 states before the election. The result is “Real American” - 90 minutes of Zimmerman’s fiercely funny songs about ignorance, war and greed. Roy’s YouTube videos have garnered over three million views and tens of thousands of comments, many of them coherent.

“Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society’s foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”
- Los Angeles Times
 Cover $15

Michael Feinberg, bass;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Daniel Platzman, drums
Michael FEinberg Group image
"A vibrant young bassist/composer whose voice conveys a distinct musical vision...Feinberg has proven that he is one of the rising jazz elite...Feinberg's music oscillates with new and exciting vibrations that include sounds from the East to the West, the fiery spirits of Charles Mingus, Jimmy Garrison, and others, as he aspires "to challenge the limitations of jazz while returning to its most basic elements of improvisation, creativity, and a fusion of cultures and sounds."
- Mark F. Turner, allaboutjazz

-". . .embracing elements of both pop music and the avant-garde with a strong flare for jazz music. . . of the here and now."
- Chad Radford, Creative Loafing
 Cover $7

Andrey Gritsman, host

Ted Jonathan , author of Bones & Jokes;  Angelo Verga, author of Praise for what remains;  Melinda Thomssen Polina Eisenberg, freshman at Hunter College

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
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Eli Asher, trumpet;  Josh Rutner, tenor saxophone;  James Hirschfeld , trombone;  Red Wierenga, piano;  Malcolm Kirby, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
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The Respect Sextet

Formed in 2001, The Respect Sextet is a powerhouse ensemble dedicated to performing a wide variety of improvisational musics. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into "a whirling collage," shouts Exclaim! Magazine, "that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker." Through its eclecticism, its devotion to improvisation, its predilection towards swing, and its use of toys and "little instruments," has drawn comparisons both to New Dutch Swing and the AACM. Many dialectics are at work (or play) in Respect's music, in which the serious, heady, and intellectual mingle with the light, comic, and absurd, where compositions alternate with improvisation, and where tight ensemble work coexists with loose, empathic interplay. ,

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