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Nov 05
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

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.
David Devoe, host

Tracy Bonham, voice, violin;  Nicole Frederici, viola;  Jon Darling, guitar;  Conrad Meissner, drums
Gnu Vox: Tracy Bonham image
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Bonham began singing at age 5, playing the violin at 9, and piano at age 14. After transfering to Berklee College of Music to study voice, leaving her full violin scholarship at the University of Southern California behind, she began to write her own songs on the guitar. It was 1994 and the young musician had decided it was time to express her own feelings and not those of composers from a different era. She proved to be a quick study; Her 1996 major label debut, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island), went gold, spawning the hit single “Mother Mother”, leading to a pair of Grammy™ nominations as well as an MTV Video Award nomination (her video featured her real mother as well as her step father).

With her latest indie EP In The City + In The Woods, Tracy Bonham show us her sensitive side. This is an EP mostly made up of acoustic performances where she plays every instrument, sometimes shifting from guitar to violin and back again in one song. With the help of loops and effect pedals Bonham creates an exciting and creative musical landscape for her songs to exist. Along with these performances is a studio recording of a mixed up cover song; Beyonce's "Crazy In Love". "Who knew there would be a Klezmer-swing version of this song?" says Bonham. "The idea came to me because I thought I had heard it playing in a restaurant over the noise of people dining and talking. Turns out it was my imagination. I figured it must be a sign to do it myself".

Bonham has performed on TV shows such as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Late with Craig Fergusson, A & E's Breakfast For The Arts, and Saturday Night Special with Roseanne Barr. Her songs have recently been played on TV shows such as What About Brian, Brothers and Sisters, The L Word, The Closer, AMC Network, and Rockstar Supernova.

Currently Tracy is writing, recording, and string arranging in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY.
 Cover $15

Nov 06
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Alan Harawitz
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Russ Lossing, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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New York based jazz pianist, composer and recording artist Russ Lossing is known worldwide for his highly personal and unique improvising voice. Lossing has composed over 300 works, 21 film scores, and has an international reputation as a world class improviser. Paul Motian, Dave Liebman and John Abercrombie are among the many musicians he has performed and recorded with. Lossing has seven releases as leader on Hat Hut, Clean Feed, Fresh Sound, Double Time and OmniTone record labels. His critically acclaimed solo piano release “All Things Arise” on Hat Hut Records “bridges the worlds of jazz and new music, the pieces feeling as if they arise out of the primal silence of the universe. Even the ‘standards’ feel as if they’re emerging newly formed from a magnificent world of thought and impulse.” Lossing’s Fresh Sound release,’Phrase 6’ has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his new cd ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser has received rave reviews from critics and musicians. Look for Russ Lossing's new releases, "Personal Tonal", on Fresh Sound records coming Fall 2009, featuring Loren Stillman, John Hebert and Eric McPherson.... and "Oracle", on HatHut Records coming in March 2010 featuring his long time trio with Masa Kamaguchi and Billy Mintz.

“…The pianist illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.”
 Cover $10

Nov 07
Andy Christie

CARTER EDWARDS , Upright Citizens Brigade;  JIM O'GRADY, NY Times;  SUZIE SIMS FLETCHER, The Moth;  DAN ALLEN, Comedy Central;  Host: ANDY CHRISTIE, NY Times; NPR
Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies.

Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Christine Correa, voice;  John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums;  Frank Carlberg, piano
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The Frank Carlberg Quintet , now in existence for over 10 years, will be performing new pieces to texts by Jim Gustafson, Anselm Hollo, Ken Mikolowski, Charles Bukowski etc as well as pieces from their recent CD release on Red Piano Records.
 Cover $10
Nov 08
Angelo Verga, host

Rob Zollman, Drums and Percussion;  Matthew Snyder, Clarinet;  John Fischer, Piano and Voice
Pianist, painter, film-maker, writer, oh yes, and friend.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jesse Stacken, piano;  Kirk Knuffke, trumpet

Release Mockingbird on SteepleChase Records

Pianist Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke have been playing together in the duo format for over three years. The duo has played concerts around New York City at venues including the Cornelia Street Café, I-Beam, the Douglass Street Music Collective, 5C café, Biscuit BBQ, and the Bloomingdale School of Music. They began working through the compositions of Thelonious Monk, looking for ways to approach the tunes that showcase the duo format. They soon expanded the material to include Ellington tunes as well as a few by Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg Carle Bley, Lennie Tristano, and Charles Mingus.. The duo recently released an album on Steeplechase records, entitled Mockingbird. Stacken and Knuffke have also played together in many other working ensembles, including the improvisational group No Truck.
 Cover $10

Nov 09
Alice Denham Sharon Olinka

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jed Distler, host

Stephanie Kai-win Saar Ahuvia Niel Rolnick 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).

Composer/laptop virtuso Neil Rolnick explores how we lose our senses (electro-acoustic improvisation, theater)

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

Nov 10
Curator/Host: Barbara Aliprantis

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE) image
New York STORY Exchange (NYSE)

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of the month

FORMAT: Open Telling (5/6 minute limit), followed by Featured Teller(s)

Featured Tellers: Lonnie Harrington & Ruben Gonzalez

Cameo: Rivka Widerman

LONNIE HARRINGTON has been telling stories for as long as he can remember. He has also been singing, playing guitar, and hitting some kind of percussion instrument in just about every type of musical style one can think of since the 1950’s, performing around the United States including Florida, the Northeastern United States, eastern Canada and New Mexico. Born in Tallahassee, Florida of African, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Shawnee ancestry, Lonnie has researched African-Native American relations since 1972 and is the author of Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions. Lonnie lives in the New York City area, working as an arts administrator, musician, lecturer AND storyteller!

RUBEN GONZALEZ, a remarkable classical guitarist and composer, calls himself a “cantautor” who tells stories thru music and song. Born in San Juan, Argentina, where he studied classical guitar, Ruben combines Rock en Español, bossa nova, the Latin American popular song with his own rhythmic style with novel harmonies. His lyrics touch upon social issues and current events as well as personal experiences.

RIVKA WIDERMAN is a real Renaissance woman who has worn many hats, including professional storyteller, professor of law, Hebrew/Yiddish translator, workshop facilitator, and visual artist. A native of Brooklyn, now living in Manhattan, Rivka draws on her extraordinarily diverse talents, whether she’s painting a picture, telling a family story, a folktale or really big fib.

"...Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write for only in such response do we find truth." - Madeleine L'Engle (Reflections on a Writing Life)
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Randy Ingram, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums;  + special guest Noah Preminer, saxophones
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Randy Ingram Trio

Celebrates the release of "The Road Ahead" on Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records

"Randy Ingram is among the vanguard of young jazz pianists on the New York scene. He plays with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion." - Fred Hersch. On his brilliant debut album the "incredible pianist" (composer George Russell) Randy Ingram comes flying out of the gate with "Rock Song #3", a modal tour-de-force for the trio, or the result of what the pianist chalks up to "when Zeppelin comes up on shuffle too often on one's iPhone. But I think we convey the best sense of what it means to rock out a bit. As for the title, it's pure Rothko." Ingram's take on Lennon/McCartney's "For No One" follows, revealing his long time Beatles addiction. He delivers pure beauty here and shows that when a song is "meaningful to you, then you can make it your own and really make it work. I used the original bass line from the bridge of the tune as an intro; just pretend my left hand and Matt's bass are really a Rickenbacker! I think as a trio we really capture the spirit of this tune - a great ballad vibe but still a good bit of energy underneath," said Ingram.

The Road Ahead is the first recorded offering from a pianist with boundless talent, and the wisdom to use it to the listener's benefit. Ingram is a thoughtful, versatile young pianist, composer and improviser. Many players have chops to spare; Ingram's are laced with an expressive touch and a keen imagination. The heavenliness that he conjures up, whether playing his own compositions or those by Monk ("Think Of One"), Ornette Coleman ("Round Trip") or Cole Porter ("So In Love"), can remind us why jazz is so loved around the world, and why its present and future is so bright in the hands of this gifted artist and his contemporaries.
 Cover $10

Andrey Gritsman, host

Frequent flyer Gritsman hosts Tod Thillemann, Nava Renek, Vasyl Makhno, and Irina Mashinskaya.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  Dan Tepfer, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums
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Celebrates the release of Perennial for Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records>

"Rob Garcia wields his sticks like a quill, drumming like a discerning composer. Which he is." - Jeff Potter; Modern Drummer. On his third recording as a leader (following Place of Resonance - Consolidated Artists and Heart's Fire - Connection Works Records), drummer/composer (and sometimes pianist) Rob Garcia delivers nine compelling originals and a modern version of Ray Noble's "Cherokee" (in thirteen!), that he has been hearing in his head for about ten years. Perennial "pertains to cycles of nature, which we reflect in being human and being an artist", explains Garcia. "Many of the song titles are named after things that grow and things found in nature", however they were chosen much in the same way he chose his first-rate sidemen, and the notes and arrangements of his compositions - simply because they sound good to his ear. Garcia, who has worked with a startling array of top jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Woody Allen, Brad Shepik, John Benitez, Chris Cheek, Joe Lovano, Myra Melford, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Diana Krall, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Bill McHenry, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Potter, among others, is very much a musician confident in his intuition and highly attuned instinct, as evident in his powerfully engaging drum solos on the CD, and the fact that much of the music on Perennial was composed in a stream of consciousness way.
 Cover $10

Nov 12
6:00PM  SAY
Ice, Jane Ormerod, and Brant Lyon, editors

Ice Jane Ormerod
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Book Party for “you say. say.”

“you say. say. offers a world of infinite possibilities–for the eye, for the ear, and, most significantly, the mind.” – Marc Schuster, Small Press Review

Uphook Press is a New York City-based publisher specializing in work by poets and spoken words artists who love both the ink and the mike. “you say. say.” is the first of an annual anthology.

Twenty-nine poets—from San Francisco, Dagsboro, Nashville, Denver, Augusta, elsewhere, and New York—write the gamut from Starbucks to whale walkers, chalk outlines to honeymooning, cranky operettas to the ping of a microwave signaling the end.

Featuring: Samantha Barrow, Thomas Fucaloro, Christian Georgescu, Robert Harris, Joan Payne Kincaid, Sarah Sarai, Mary McLaughlin Slechta, Karin Spitfire, Geoffrey Jason Kagan Trenchard, Joanna Valente, and Stefanie Wielkopolan

With editors Ice, Jane Ormerod, and Brant Lyon
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Pete Rende, piano;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
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Pete Rende was born in Lone Jack, Missouri in 1972. He began to study piano at the age of 6. He learned how to shuck corn at the age of 3. He learned about engines at the age of 10. He learned slowly how to dodge cow patties when hurled at seventy-five miles an hour. He left home to study music at Berklee College of music. After a hazy 4 years, he moved to New York where he plays piano, writes music, makes records, makes wine and drinks beer. He hates bios. He has played with Mark Turner, Bill McHenry, Chris Cheek, Rebecca Martin, Chiara Civello, Jen Chapin and a thousand other folks.
 Cover $10
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