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Dec 01

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.
John Ellis, saxophones;  Keith Ganz, guitar;  Sean Smith, bass;  Russell Meissner, drums
The Sean Smith Quartet has played together for many years, and its members share a similar passion and vision for music. This kinship helps to define a very distinctive group sound noted for its rare lyrical quality. With Sean's songful and melodic compositions underscoring the quartet, their warm acoustic sound reveals a respect and love for the jazz tradition. At the same time, and with the same spirit, the group will take you on the occasional odd journey.

"The arrangements are cool, the ballads moody and gorgeous. Both sophisticated and emotional, intricate and uncluttered, it reveals richer artistry with each spin. Highly recommended." 4&1/2 stars
Judith Schlesinger -

"Smith not only reiterates his talent as a bassist but establishes himself as a composer who shows you don't have to be quirky and abrasive in order to be freshly modern. His originals are highly listenable and thought provoking music for both head and heart."
Ira Gitler

"Quiet, poetic, and lyrical, Sean Smith reminds us that the best jazz comes from the heart, not merely from the mind or the fingers. He takes us on compelling journeys, full of sounds that fall gracefully on the ear."
James Gavin - Grammy nominated author and journalist

"Smith's been steadily building both a strong book of original pieces and a firm rapport"
John Donohue - New Yorker Magazine
 Cover $10|PM&sql=Bi97uak5kgm3v

Dec 02
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. Thies week's featured reader is Phil Levine.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Lucian Ban, piano;  Bruce Williams, alto sax & flutes;  Derrek Phillips, drums;  Bob Stewart, tuba
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is a cooperative ensemble of renowned bari sax player Alex Harding, alto saxist Bruce Williams, pianist Lucian Ban, drummer extraordinaire Derrek Phillips and one of the most unique brass players ever in jazz, tubist Bob Stewart.

Founded in 2004 by long time musical collaborators Alex Harding and transylvanian born pianist Lucian Ban the group brings together some of the most creative voices in jazz today to form a unique ensemble built around the voices of saxophones and tuba.

Benefiting immensely from the extraordinaire talent of mr. Bob Steawart who’s widely considered the best tuba player in jazz and who can play the tuba in any way possible the group also feature the soulful and bluesy baritone sax of mr. Alex Harding, the beautiful sound of Bruce Williams’s alto sax & flutes, the strange eastern european influences of ban’s piano and the creative rhythms of a master of modern jazz drumming, mr. Derrek Phillips.

Pulsating blues, new orleans riffs, post bop lines, funk grooves and free jazz outbursts can be found in their music but the sound of the group goes well beyond all those to become a voice of its own. playing original music the four musicians have to be seen and heard to get the full picture.
 Cover $10

Dec 03
Nada Taib, Sekeena Shaban, hosts

featured readers:

Hayan Charara

D.H. Melhem

 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Mark Turner, tenor saxophone;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass & compositions;  Greald Cleaver, drums
Chris Lightcap group image
Having released 2 critically acclaimed releases with his two-tenor quartet, bassist and composer Chris Lightcap brings another configuration of new music to Cornelia Street Cafe. Lightcap has been featured in the bands of Craig Taborn, Joe Morris, Mark Turner and Regina Carter, and tonight he will lead a band featuring his longtime collaborators Tony Malaby, Mark Turner ,Gerald Cleaver as well as Jacob Sacks on piano.

"One of the bright lights of New York's younger players, the bassist has been fashioning a group sound around a pair of tenor saxophonists for years. His writing can be simultaneously demonstrative and reflective, an accomplishment that gives his music emotional breadth."
-Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"A bassist-bandleader who's made some excellent records with two tenor saxophones out front."
- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"Bassist Chris Lightcap has worked alongside avant-minded mavericks such as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, and Joe Morris, but he's also right at home in more mellifluous units led by Regina Carter and Craig Taborn. perhaps that explains the infectious swagger and fat grooves he brings to bear on Bigmouth (Fresh Sound New Talent), a playful bag of tunes featuring saxists Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry and drummer Gerald Cleaver"
-Time Out New York
 Cover $10

Dec 04
Roald Hoffmann, host

NEON! Something about intense, clear, colored light delights the eye and mind. Light artists Kenny Greenberg and Clare Brew, teaming up with dancer and choreographer Rachel Cohen, will create synaesthestic light fantasies for us. Roald Hoffmann will lapse into his professorial mode, and do a show-and-tell on emission, absorption, and line spectra, while Oliver Sacks recounts the remarkable history of the noble gases.
 Cover $10
Entertaining Science -- NEON! image

Miki Hirose, trumpet;  Jordan Perlson, drums;  Apostolos Sideris, double bass;  Catherine Bent, cello;  Andy Guthrie, voice, piano, guitar, composition
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Andy Guthrie releases tonight his third and most ambitious album Milk and Waste. An unheard mix of British pop, American folk and jazz, this album has just been selected to be featured on NPR’s staple songwriters program All Songs Considered.

Singer, writer, composer, pianist, and guitarist, Andy Guthrie will lead a band featuring musicians Miki Hirose, Jordan Perlson, Apostolos Sideris, and Catherine Bent, performing songs from the new album, along with older compositions and new experiments.

Often compared to Tom Waits, Nick Drake or Tim Buckley, Guthrie’s music is at the same time passionate and controlled, sincere and sophisticated, vibrant and cynical. By melting his incomparable voice with cello, trumpet, organ, guitar, piano, and bass, by combining genres and moods, Andy Guthrie has created a unique atmosphere and sound, a world of his own.
 Cover $10

Dec 05
Angelo Verga, host

John High Andrea Libin
new work from the two of our favorite prose writers
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano;  Kevin Twigg, drums;  John DeWitt, bass;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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"Farewell to 2005" David Amram Trio (David Amram w. Kevin Twigg on drums and John DeWitt on bass), actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos, Alana, Adira and Adam Amram plus surprise guests and readings from the works of Kerouac and Amram with musical accompanyment.

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10

Dec 06
Angelo Verga, host

Lee Briccetti
book launch for DAY MARK from Four Way Books. "Lee Briccetti's poems have humor, wit, and quickness of empathy and imagination....between two cities, New York and Rome, [she] leads us wisely into our Western night," says Jean Valentine. Cornelius Eady said: "Along comes this surprising first book, vivid, bittersweet, [and] perfectly balanced between art and heart."
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Rafi Torn, percussion;  Rafi Malakiel, trombone;  Peter Brainin, tenor sax;  Emilio Valdez, drums;  Harvie S, bass
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Arturo O'Farrill y Riza Negra - Explorations in Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban composer/bandleader Chico O'Farrill and musical director of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

Arturo is currently on tour w/ the Lincolin Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra throughout the United States and recently had a premiere performance in Shanghai, China, yet he is still making time for his Y Riza Negra performances at Cornelia Street.

One of the highlights of this incredible musical opportunity, for both listeners and younger musicians: Arturo, the consummate teacher, is offering both a student discount rate and the opportunity for jazz students to sit in with his band during the second set.

This performance is a rare opportunity to see this high-energy, exceptionally gifted artist perform with his sextet in the intimate setting of The Cornelia Street Cafe's 60-seat downstairs lounge.

 Cover $10

Wednesday Dec 07 6:00PM  CHORAL MUSIC
Lyndsay Becker

Our own dramatic bartender curates the show, a Christmas sing-along to benefit "Dress for Success".
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Sherry Weaver, host

Real stories from real people
Dec 08
Alexandra van de Kamp, host

Sarah White Urayoan Noel Steven Cordova W.R. Coffel
Sarah White, co-translator of Songs of the Women Troubadours from Garland Press, is a recent MacDowell Colony Fellow. Her poems have appeared in a variety of magazines including Paris Review, Shenandoah, and Hanging Loose.

Urayoán Noel was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has lived in New York City since 1999. He is the author of the books of poetry Boringkén (Ediciones Vértigo, Puerto Rico, 2005), and Kool Logic / La lógica kool (Bilingual Press, 2005), as well as the rock/spoken word DVD Kool Logic Sessions: Poems, Pop Songs, Laugh Tracts (Bilingual Press, 2005).

W.R. Coffel is the Co-Founder of the "I Love NY Poetry Festival?" in Tompkins Square Park, and Founder/Curator of The X-Readings, a private venue series of literary events. His first novel, Essential Parts, A groundbreaking erotic joyride through taboo territories was published in April 2003 by Six Slope Gallery.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Dominique Eade, voice;  Brad Shepik, guitar
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Dominique Eade has been a featured vocalist and composer in the Boston Globe Jazz Festival, the Jazz in Toulon Festival in France, the Molde International Jazz Festival in Norway, the What Is Jazz? Festival in New York, and the Iowa City Jazz Festival, and an artist-in-residence, clinician, and performer at the Wichita and Litchfield jazz festivals.
Eade performs regularly in the U.S. and Europe. A frequent nominee for outstanding jazz vocalist in the Boston Music Awards since 1988, and the 1997 and 1999 winner in this category, Eade was also designated ?best jazz singer? in Entertainment Weekly?s Regional Raves in 1997 and nominated for best new artist by the First Annual Jazz Awards (New York) in 1998. She was recognized in the 1998 Down Beat critics poll as ?talent deserving wider recognition.? Her debut CD on RCA Victor, When the Wind Was Cool, appeared in 1998 Top Ten lists in the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Phoenix, and in Jazz Times and Jazziz magazines; her second RCA Victor CD, The Long Way Home, was released in 1999, with contributions by Dave Holland, Victor Lewis, Mick Goodrick, and Bruce Barth. Her earlier CD, My Resistance Is Low, was voted one of the top ten jazz CDs of 1995 by Billboard.
Eade has recorded with Bruce Barth, Stanley Cowell, Alan Dawson, Benny Golson, Fred Hersch, Dave Holland, George Mraz, Lewis Nash, and Steve Nelson, and has performed with Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Mark Helias, Gene Bertoncini, Peter Leitch, Donald Brown, Butch Morris, Mick Goodrick, Ran Blake, and a number of contemporary ensembles.

This unique series features both emerging and established vocalists in styles ranging from straight ahead, modern to avant-garde and free jazz. Each vocalist will present personal material that showcases their abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers. The Cornelia St. Cafe provides an intimate setting to hear these exceptional artists at a reasonable price!
 Cover $10

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