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Nov 13
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Laurie Fabiano Egidio Coccimiglio
Tonight the Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) is joined by Laurie Fabiano, author of Elizabeth Street and film director and screenwriter, Egidio Coccimiglio whose first effort at writing prose has resulted in A Pleasant Vertigo from Quattro Press.

After graduating college, Laurie Fabiano moved to her family's hometown of Hoboken, New Jersey, established the Hoboken Cultural Council, and created an innovative three-month arts and cultural festival. She went on to coordinate New York City's July 4th celebration. After involvement in local political campaigns, she became Deputy Mayor of Hoboken during the administration of Thomas Vezzetti, a reform candidate dubbed "The Wackiest Mayor in America." When she left the Mayor's office, she continued a project she initiated - taking the first American Baseball team to the Soviet Union for a "Goodwill Tour." Motivated by the death of a family member, Fabiano became an AIDS activist and produced the AIDS Walks and AIDS Dance-a-thons around the country for seven years. As the Robin Hood Foundation's Senior Vice President, she helped grow the Foundation into the largest private organization fighting poverty in New York City. She is now the President of Fab Tool, a marketing and events company.

Egidio Coccimiglio is a film director and screenwriter. He was born in Sault Ste. Marie, the son of an immigrant steelworker. A Film Arts graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, his independent films have won critical awards in Chicago, Houston, Montreal and Lisbon. Among his optioned screenplays currently in development are Imaginary Grace, a psychological drama, Black Madonna, an Italian immigrant saga with Prospero Pictures (Hotel Rwanda) and Silent City, a futuristic thriller. A Pleasant Vertigo is his first effort at writing prose; and it was named as the co-winner of the 2009 Ken Klonsky novella contest.     Of A Pleasant Vertigo, Quincy Jones writes: "Since the age of 14, my mentor was Dizzy Gillespie and through him I became addicted to the music of Cuba way back in the '40's. This book is an inventive and witty voice that cuts through like a slide trumpet.”
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jamie Saft, piano;  Bill McHenry, saxophones;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Dwayne Burno, bass;  Ben Perowsky, drums
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Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer from New York and a mainstay of the Downtown scene. Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, The B-52's, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, John Adams, Donovan, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Antony and the Johnsons, and scores of other artists. Saft is a core member of bands such as The Dreamers, Electric Masada, The Beta Popes, Whoopie Pie, Swami LatePlate, The Shakers and Bakers, OV, and Kalashnikov.

Saft has composed a number of original film scores including the Oscar nominated film "Murderball", Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "God Grew Tired Of Us", and the HBO documentary film "Dear Talula". Saft has also contributed score music for Nickelodeon, MTV, and A&E. Saft has released a number of albums as a leader, including "Breadcrumb Sins" (Tzadik), "Trouble- The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bob Dylan" (Tzadik), "Sovlanut" (Tzadik), “Astaroth- The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Masada Book II” (Tzadik), and Swami LatePlate's "Doom Jazz" (Veal).

"The dazzling array of new sonic nuance brushed by Saft captures the imagination." Echoes Magazine

"Saft demonstrates an unfettered imagination and sense of invention that truly dominate." All About Jazz

"Jamie Saft's piano and organ are top-drawer. He's got big ears!" - On HiFi

"Great Beard Man!” Wynton Marsalis
 Cover $15

Nov 14
Bobby Torkova Faye Lane Leslie Goshko
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An eclectic evening of Storytelling, Mind Reading and Mystery

Torkova has entertained and baffled audiences worldwide for over 25 years, winning many awards including Backstage Magazine’s Bistro Award for Excellence in Cabaret. The New York Post raved, "Torkova is unquestionably among the best." His performances explore the mysteries of the mind and by combining ESP, psychological principles and elements of focused intuition he reveals things no one could possibly know.

Faye Lane’s one woman show, I Wish It So, moved New York Magazine to gush, “She had them gobbling from the palm of her hand. They were howling, crying, falling in love with her." Her new show, Beauty Shop Stories, which chronicles her childhood in a Texas beauty salon was awarded the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for a Solo Show. “Endearing and soaring voiced - a real standout" – Backstage. She has performed her autobiographical stories at Caroline’s Comedy on Broadway, Comix, Time Out New York Lounge, and The Moth, where she has won Slam Championships in both New York and Los Angeles.

Leslie Goshko is a Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, recipient of the NY Fringe Excellence Award, and host of the monthly storytelling show, Sideshow Goshko (hailed as a "top comedy pick"). Her stories have been featured on WNYC, Risk! podcast,, and she can be seen performing with NY's hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band--The BTK Band. Her one-woman show, Vodka Shoes, opened to rave reviews as part of the NY Frigid Festival and was awarded several extended runs.

Doors open 5:45

$15 admission includes 1 drink

Reservations highly recommended
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Dan Loomis , bass;  Andy Hunter, trombone;  Justin Wood, saxophone;  Danny Fischer, drums
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This talented, exciting quartet features some of the most inspired, adventurous improvisers of the new generation of jazz. Andy Hunter, the trombonist, performs regularly with the Mingus Dynasty & Big Band and with Richard Bona. Danny Fischer, the drummer, just returned from tours with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Aaron Goldberg. And Dan Loomis, the bassist, performs regularly with T.S. Monk. Spoke's first album creates a truly post-modern yet beautifully melodic sound incorporating diverse influences from 1960's free-bop, contemporary classical, funk, and Chinese pop music. Spoke's music lives in the intermediate territory between individual and collective improvisation, while retaining a sense of structure and tradition.

"One of the most inventive records I’ve heard all year.' - Hot House
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 15
Ted Jonathan, host

Barbara Blatner Sanford Fraser Mark Wisniewski
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No matter how many Mondays there are in any given month the third Monday means NYQ will showcase the best poets from their storied pages.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Carlolyn Castiglia Andy Pitz Danny Solomon Ryan Hamilton Carmen lynch Rich Shultis
Pat Dixon hosts Carlolyn Castiglia, Andy Pitz, Danny Solomon, Ryan Hamilton, Carmen lynch, and a women's self-defense demonstration by trainer and karate expert Rich Shultis. Comedy, music, hip hop and much, much more!

Cornelia Tonight with Pat Dixon is the city's best showcase of fresh and established talent. Dixon brings together a hot and peculiar mix of stand-up, music and "other" and delivers the eclectic goods in his own sweet and surly way. One of the real "don't-miss" events on your calendar, you can only see this show in New York and only at Cornelia Street Cafe.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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Nov 16
Suzanne Fogarty, host

Berkeley Carroll Students image
Our favorite educator & her students delight with new work.

The Berkeley Carroll School celebrates more than a decade of reading prose and poetry at the Cornelia Street Café!

The students who will share their work are currently taking Ms. Fogarty's 11th grade elective, "Writing the Short Story".

Milo Ben-Amotz, Hana DeHovitz, Charlotte Fox, Gilda Gross, Henry Gunderson

Dana Hobby, Andy Lee, Joseph Longo, Julia Rephen, Joe Rosario

Drew Stazesky, Kassandra Thatcher, Joe Waldman, Matthew Weekes
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Julie Hardy, Host

Peter Eldridge, vocals;  Tim Lefebvre, bass;  Ben Wittman, drums
Peter Eldridge is returning to Cornelia Street in a trio setting, with Tim Lefebvre on bass and Ben Wittman on drums. Along with many songs of Eldridge’s past repertoire, he will be debuting songs from some of his current projects, among them a musical about the life and art of Gustav Klimt, as well as music he composed for a documentary about women reporters in WWII entitled ‘No Job for a Woman. Special guests making an appearance as well.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Blue Tuesdays:Peter Eldridge image Theo Bleckmann
George Wallace, host

Cindy Hochman Sid Yiddish
Fabulous featured poets

Plus an open mic, all welcome.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Happy Birthday, David and Robin! image
Happy 148th Birthday, David and Robin! The legendary David Amram, composer, conductor, author, Beat legend and American icon, celebrates his 80th birthday with music, readings, tributes and bibulation. By a synchronous fluke, the cafe's founder and Minister of Culture, Robin Hirsch, celebrates a less venerable birthday the following day and joins the festivities as MC and junior celebrant. He has promised his children he will refrain from singing . . .
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Nov 18
Golda Solomon, host

Rosemary George, vocals;  Kelvyn Bell, guitar;  Marcus Dargan, vocals;  Golda Solomon, words
PoJazz image
Torch ‘N Blues conceived by Rosemary George.

Rosemary George, vocals has graced the Po’Jazz stage before with her most original concepts incorporating jazz and poetry. “Ms. George has got the right, maybe even more so, the obligation, to sweet holler down a boatload of blues- Pacifica Tribune

Kelvyn “The Kelvinator” Bell, guitar “tireless innovator in the hard-driving music of New York’s jazz-rock-funk scene”

Marcus Dargan, vocals

Golda Solomon, words and host of Po’Jazz

Torch “N Blues captures the various genres of music emanating from gospel, country and rock culminating in an exiting evening that will have you clapping and foot stomping along with these international performers.

Two sets: 6pm & 7pm, attend one or both for the same price.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Kirk Knuffke, cornet, compositions;  Brian Drye , trombone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Jeff Davis , drums
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Shortly after arriving in New York in 2005 Kirk met trombonist Brian Drye and drummer Jeff Davis and set about forming his long-standing Quartet. Now legendary bassist Mark Helias has joined the fold. The Quartet released it first album “Big Wig” in 2007 on Cleanfeed records and has received many glowing reviews from critics around the globe. Nate Chinen of the The New York Times called it “a smartly self-assured debut.” Scott Yanow of the All Music Guide explained the Quartet’s playing as “explorative and advanced yet concise.” The Quartet has been Kirk’s outlet for his numerous original compositions which fuse his many influences: his first public appearances playing Dixieland with his great uncle, his formative years in blues bands, and his great love for jazz both free and structured. This came across clearly to All About Jazz’s Troy Collins who described the Quartet’s music as “sinuous free bop with deep roots in Pre-War swing as well as Post-War innovations.”

"Over the last couple years, New York trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has quietly emerged as one of the most exciting and flexible hornmen on the scene." Peter Margasak Downbeat Magazine
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Nov 19
Kat Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

T.C. Gardstein & Creighton Blinn are featured

T. C. Gardstein is a writer, editor, artist, astrologer, lucid daydreamer, and Brooklyner. She is the author of The Poetry Prostitute (verse), Sandwich Filling (erotic fiction) and Circuit (fiction).

Crieghton Blinn's poetry has been published in The Binnacle, Down in the Dirt Magazine and Census. His prose story "The Fifth Day" has been serialized int he journal Zenite
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Adam Kolker, saxophone, bass clarinet;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
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This trio reunites for the first time since Kolker's 2006 release "Sultanic Verses" on SatchmoJazz Records. The group will explore jazz standards - with some originals thrown in - in their intimate and unique way. Saxophonist and Bass Clarinetist Adam Kolker "is of the school that favors unhurried journeys through tunes, expand(s) on them and in the process create(s) new music." AllAbout Jazz "[He is] a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord, giving each of his notes a strong, strange character." Ben Ratliff -- NY TImes

Bassist John Hebert, a musical companion of Kolker's for over 10 years, is one of the most imaginative musicians today. His unbounded creativity and masterful playing brings an unbridled excitement to all of his performances. Billy Hart is unquestionably one of the greatest drummers in jazz history. He has performed and recorded with everyone, among them Stan Getz and Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Nov 20
Dean Kostos, host

This month's readers: Perry Brass, Barbara Pieroni, and Basil Rouskas
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Gary Versace, organ;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Ellery Eskelin Trio image
Inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in Baltimore in the early sixties, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin explores the organ trio format with stellar bandmates Gary Versace and Nasheet Waits.

"...brilliant and consummately versatile..." Time Out New York
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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