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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by ERIC BURNS

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Dec 12
6:00PM  BARRY WALLENSTEIN & FREINDS
Angelo Verga, host

Barry Wallenstein, poet;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Vincent Chancey, French horn;  Neal Haiduck, clarinet;  Lindsey Horner, bass;  David Friedman, Special Guest Poet
Barry Wallenstein & freinds image
Back from a well deserved respite Professor Wallenstein delivers new poems.


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  JAMES SHIPP'S NÓS NOVO
James Shipp, vibraphone, percussion;  Becca Stevens, vocals, charango;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Rogério Boccato, drums, percussion;  Special Guest:Doug Wamble, guitar, vocals
James Shipp's Nós Novo image
Nós Novo is Shipp's laboratory for exploring the commonalities and clashes between jazz-based improvisation, traditional folk musics from the UK and Ireland, and grooves from the drum cultures of Brazil, the middle east, and India. The group's repertoire runs the gamut from 300-year-old Irish songs to Thelonius Monk tunes to Björk and José Gonzalez. Their music can be lush and whispering, explosive and uninhibited, thoughtful and challenging, and rollicking and danceable. What holds it all together is a belief in telling stories, artfully and honestly. Nós Novo has been delighting audiences since 2008, and has made notable appearances at New York's Irish Arts Center, the 2010 Melbourne (AUS) Jazz Festival, and the women's gymnasium on Rikers Island. The group released its debut CD, Strange Sweethearts in America, in October of 2009.

“Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit, played via a mix of strings and percussion instruments and the soaring voice of singer Jo Lawry. More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together on the band’s lovely new debut album…” --Time Out New York
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.jamesshipp.com

Monday
Dec 13
6:00PM  JULIAN WATERFALL POLLACK TRIO
Julian Pollack,, piano;  Noah Garabedian, bass;  Evan Hughes, drums
Julian Waterfall Pollack Trio image
After recent sold-out appearances at the Blue Note in New York and Yoshi's in Oakland, 22-year-old jazz pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack comes to the Cornelia Street Café stage to perform an evening of original music with his critically-acclaimed trio. Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as a pianist who "plays with seemingly impossible soul and maturity for someone so young," Pollack's music is driven by a strong sense of melody and emotional urgency, drawing from all styles of music, contemporary and old. The trio's latest release, Infinite Playground, has garnered rave reviews and international recognition. Among his many accomplishments, Pollack has been featured on Marian McPartland’s renowned NPR show, Piano Jazz at the young age of 18, and after the release of Pollack's first album, Goin’ For It, JAZZIZ Magazine selected the high-octane original, "Take Me Outside," to be on its monthly CD series, JAZZIZ On Disc. Pollack was also featured in the NFAA's Academy Award nominated documentary, "Rehearsing a Dream," which has appeared and continues to appear on HBO.

"...a wonderful new player on the jazz scene..."- MARIAN MCPARTLAND, host of NPR's PIANO JAZZ
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.julianpollackmusic.com

8:30PM  INSIDE/OUT
Tim Ferguson, bass;  Rob Henke, trumpet;  Diane Moser, piano
Inside/Out  image
Inside/Out is a trio with a unique sound and open mindedness about music and improvisation that weaves in and out of musical lines through the tapestry of ensemble playing. photo by Chris Drukker

$5 with student i.d.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://timfergusonmusic.com/calendar.html

10:00PM  "WORDS AND MUSIC" THE NEW SCHOOL FOR JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Mika Harry, vocals;  Tristan Cooley, flute;  Faiz Lamouri, tenor sax;  Diederik Rijpstra, trumpet;  Daniel Galvano, piano;  Rachel Housle, percussion;  Kiril Orenstein, percussion;  Diane Moser, director
Yasu Sorimach
Breaking it down letter by letter-telling a story-rhythmic codes-poetic ebb and flow- exploring the use of "words" as a compositional/improvisational tool. Featuring: Mika Harry-vocals, Tristan Cooley-flute, Faiz Lamouri-tenor sax, Diederik Rijpstra-trumpet, Daniel Galvano-piano, Rachel Housle and Kiril Orenstein-percussion, Diane Moser-director, photo by Yasu Sorimach

$5 with student i.d.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.newschool.edu/jazz/subpage.aspx?id=10114

Tuesday
Dec 14
6:00PM  STORYTELLING
Barbara Aliprantis

Storytelling image
“Year End Festival Celebrating 14 Years of Storytelling”

No theme, no judging, no contest, just great fun, and stories with heart

Featured Teller: Thomas Pryor

and Cameo slots (5/7 minute limit) for as many tellers time will allow!

Thomas Pryor's work has appeared in The New York Times, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, A Prairie Home Companion, New York Press, Underground Voices Magazine, Opium Magazine Online, Our Town and Ducts. His story, "Madame Butterfly Goes Down" is part of Thomas Beller's anthology, Lost and Found: Stories from New York. He's written his first book, Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts. His blog is listed in the “Blog Roll” of The New York Times and his weekly radio show is featured on the Centanni Broadcasting Network. Recently, Thomas appeared on Channel 13's TV series, "Baseball: A New York Love Story."


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   www.yorkvillestoopstonuts.blogspot.com/ www.barbaraaliprantisstoryteller.blogspot.com/

8:30PM  JAZZ AND LOVE SONGS.. MICHAEL LYDON AND FRIENDS
Ellen Mandel, piano, vocals;  Curtis Fowlkes, trombone;  Dave Hofstra, bass;  Rudy Lawless, drums;  Gennaro Kravitz, vocals;  Amy Fitts, vocals;  Michael Lydon, guitar, vocals
Michael Lydon a songwriter well-known in the East Village, sings and whistles standards and his own easy-going pop-jazz tunes with a swinging horn-and-rhythm combo. A founding editor of Rolling Stone was back in 1967, Lydon also wrote the definitive biography of Ray Charles, has films on YouTube, and is "The Handsomest Man in the World!!

"Funny and musical" Daily News "Knows and cares about the music" LA Times "Charming" San Francisco Chronicle
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.michaellydon.com

STREAMING LINK: www.youtube.com/user/MichaelLydon?feature=mhum

Jazz and Love Songs.. MICHAEL LYDON and Friends image
Wednesday Dec 15 6:00PM  GEORGE WALLACE POETRY EXPLOSION
George Wallace, host


Fabulous featured poets

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

8:30PM  IDEAL BREAD
Josh Sinton, baritone saxophone;  Kirk Knuffke, cornet;  Sean Conly, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Ideal Bread image
Ideal Bread is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based creative musician Josh Sinton (baritone saxophone). Using the idiosyncratic and underplayed compositions of Steve Lacy as a starting point, he has created a group that has blossomed into a dynamic and charismatic band. Kirk Knuffke’s cornet adds subtlety and nuance while Tomas Fujiwara’s energetic churning on the drums provides ballast. Joining them on bass will be Sean Conly. Ideal Bread’s 2nd CD Transmit: Vol. 2 of the Music of Steve Lacy was just released in June of 2010 on Cuneiform Records. It retains the energy and verve of their first CD (The Ideal Bread available from KMB-Jazz) but also reveals a keen sense of vision and purpose. This is a show that will be both familiar and strange at the same time promising familiar jazz tropes next to modern-day abstractions.

"Ideal Bread embraces the fierce originality and rigor of Lacy's original music and remake it in an utterly distinctive way. Four and a half stars." Peter Margasak
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.myspace.com/idealbread www.joshsinton.com

Thursday
Dec 16
6:00PM  WRITERS READ
Gene Albertelli & Andree Lockwood, host

Jenny Allen Sally McElwain Rick Mullin Cynthia Weiner
Organized by Gene Albertelli, Joel Hinman, Andree Lockwood, and Sally McElwain

Jenny Allen’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue, Esquire, More, Huffington Post andGood Housekeeping. She is the author of a book of fables for grown-ups called The Long Chalkboard, illustrated by her husband, Jules Feiffer. She produces and performs stand-up comedy evenings in Manhattan, has appeared in Spalding Grey: Stories Left to Tell, and is a participating storyteller for The Moth. Her one-woman show I Got Sick Then I Got Better has been seen in theaters, hospitals, universities and at cancer conferences around the country. In 2010 she received the “It’s Always Something” award from Gilda’s Club NYC.

Sally McElwain works as a graphic designer for Maimonides Medical Center. She is the editor of "Saving Grace: Blessing for the Family Table" and the author of "To the Happy Couple: How to Create a Great Wedding Toast with Style!" both published by Chronicle Books.

Rick Mullin is a journalist and painter whose poetry has appeared in several print and online journals including Measure, Unsplendid, American Arts Quarterly, Crannóg and The Flea. His chapbook, Aquinas Flinched, was published by Exot Books in New York. His booklength poem, Huncke, was published this year by Seven Towers, Dublin. He is currently working on a long poem on the life of the painter Chaim Soutine. Rick lives in northern New Jersey.

Cynthia Weiner's work has appeared in Ploughshares, Open City, The Sun, and Pushcart Prize XXX. Her story "Aftertaste" received a Special Mention in the upcoming Pushcart Prize collection. Cynthia is the Assistant Director of The Writers Studio where she teaches advanced fiction.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SAM TRAPCHAK'S PUT TOGETHER FUNNY
Sam Trapchak , bass;  Tom Chang , guitar;  Michael Attias, alto sax;  Arthur Vint, drums
Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny image Eric Palmer
Bassist Sam Trapchak heads up this dynamic, newly formed quartet on the heels of recording it's first album over the summer. Although jazz is their common ground, the band's unique sound is the result of a proficiency in a wide range of styles such as heavy metal, afro-beat and country. The concert will feature innovative and highly varied compositions by Trapchak and guitarist Tom Chang.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Friday
Dec 17
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

EMILY KELLER MATTHEW HUPERT , book launch
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poets are

Emily Keller is a journalist, creative nonfiction writer and poet. She writes about New York City, relationships, social inequality, perceptions and seasons. She likes cats named Harriet, rice with ketchup and Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Native New Yorker Matthew Hupert is a multimedia artist, poet and fiction writer. He believes the primary role of the Artist is to be the stick that your Zen master smacks you in the head with. He has four chapbooks and marks the evening with the launch of his first full length poetry collection, Ism is a Retrovirus.

The featured readings follow the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet/convivial mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m.

Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

9:00PM & 10:30PM  REZ ABBASI'S INVOCATION
Vijay Iyer, piano;  Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Rez Abbasi's Invocation image
Guitarist Rez Abbasi returns to the Cornelia St. Cafe to premiere the culmination of his Chamber Music America commission, Motherland Suite.

His quintet, Invocation, features a stellar not to be missed lineup of Vijay Iyer on Piano, Rudresh Mahanthappa on sax, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. The group will hit the studio the following week to record their sophomore album. With the musical results and subsequent accolades from their 2009 debut album, Things To Come, the music of Motherland Suite, promises to be at least as contagious and vibrant.

Motherland Suite draws upon the devotional qawwali music of Abbasi's Pakistani heritage. Qawwali is most commonly known in America through the body of work of the late great singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. For Invocation’s vibrant musical hybrid, Abbasi will attempt to tap into the essence of qawwali’s driving euphoric sound via instrumental jazz ensemble.

“Things To Come” is a group realization of a very ambitious batch of compositional notions. Abbasi is extremely successful in this pursuit. ” 4 1/2 Stars, DOWNBEAT

” Things To Come signals a new chapter in the evolution of a masterful musician and thinker. The music, though challenging, is steeped in emotion and imagination… captivating, fascinating and riveting.” - All About Jazz

Rez Abbasi makes NPR Best Of 2010 http://tinyurl.com/29ns8mf
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.reztone.com

Saturday
Dec 18
6:00PM  GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Dean Kostos, host


This month's readers are Vasiliki Katsarou, Allison Parker, and Basil Rousakas.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM  REZ ABBASI'S INVOCATION
Vijay Iyer, piano;  Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Rez Abbasi's Invocation image
Guitarist Rez Abbasi returns to the Cornelia St. Cafe to premiere the culmination of his Chamber Music America commission, Motherland Suite.

His quintet, Invocation, features a stellar not to be missed lineup of Vijay Iyer on Piano, Rudresh Mahanthappa on sax, Johannes Weidenmueller on bass and Dan Weiss on drums. The group will hit the studio the following week to record their sophomore album. With the musical results and subsequent accolades from their 2009 debut album, Things To Come, the music of Motherland Suite, promises to be at least as contagious and vibrant.

Motherland Suite draws upon the devotional qawwali music of Abbasi's Pakistani heritage. Qawwali is most commonly known in America through the body of work of the late great singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. For Invocation’s vibrant musical hybrid, Abbasi will attempt to tap into the essence of qawwali’s driving euphoric sound via instrumental jazz ensemble.

“Things To Come” is a group realization of a very ambitious batch of compositional notions. Abbasi is extremely successful in this pursuit. ” 4 1/2 Stars, DOWNBEAT

” Things To Come signals a new chapter in the evolution of a masterful musician and thinker. The music, though challenging, is steeped in emotion and imagination… captivating, fascinating and riveting.” - All About Jazz

Rez Abbasi makes NPR Best Of 2010 http://tinyurl.com/29ns8mf
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)   www.reztone.com

Sunday
Dec 19
6:00PM  THE POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON
Paul Hecht, presenter

Barbara Dana, actor;  Amelia Campbell, actor;  Simon Mulligan, pianist/composer;  Jacqueline Horner Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano
Barbara Dana has had an enduring interest in Emily Dickinson. An author as well as an actor, she spent the last ten years working on two books about the poet, a novel for young adults A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson and Wider than the Sky: Essays and Meditations on the Healing Power of Emily Dickinson of which she is co-editor. She is currently playing Emily Dickinson in William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst throughout the US and Canada.

Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek is a member of the world famous vocal quartet Anonymous 4, performing all over the world and recording many award winning CDs, including the Billboard chart-topping American Angels. She also has a reputation as a versatile and accomplished soloist,performing music from Bach to Babbitt. Recent solo work has included appearances with The Washington Bach Consort DC, the Bach Sinfonia DC, Carmel Bach Festival, The Folger Consort, Parthenia, and the premiere of new opera and concert works with Albany Symphony Orchestra´s contemporary music group Dogs of Desire. Jacqueline has also appeared as a soloist in the world premieres of Richard Einhorn’s new oratorio about Charles Darwin, The Origin, at SUNYOswego, and The Loathly Lady, a comic opera by Paul Richards and Wendy Steiner at the University of Pennsylvania.

British pianist Simon Mulligan celebrated his début aged 19 at London's Barbican Hall with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a month later he recorded his first compact disc under the direction of Yehudi Menuhin. This led to a seven-year collaboration and friendship, culminating in what was to be Lord Menuhin's final concert in Dusseldorf, March 1999.

Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', Simon Mulligan performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His most recent recordings include a disc of Beethoven sonatas and a live recital in Switzerland for Alexis Weissenberg’s Birthday. His first solo album for Sony Classical, “Piano” won great acclaim throughout Europe, South America and the Far East, and featured in various television, radio, and internet campaigns. He has made over twenty recordings for compact disc, including performances of Martinu's Triple Concerto (conducted by Menuhin), Rozsa’s Spellbound concerto with the BBC Symphony conducted by Slatkin, Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition, his own Suite for Piano and Orchestra, and the Nocturnes of Chopin. He has made four discs for the Nimbus label, including a première recording of music by pianist Alexis Weissenberg.

Amelia Campbell has been a working actor for over 20 years, on and off Broadway, in film and in television. Some favorites include “Our Country’s Good “ on Broadway(for which she was nominated for a Tony Award); the two hander “Tryst” at The Promenade, Abbie in “Desire Under the Elms” at ART; Hannah in “The Night of the Iguana” at BTF; “Philip Roth in Karthoum” with LAByrinth at the Public, and most recently, Hermia in “A Midsummer Nights Dream” at La Jolla Playhouse, and the Tim Blake Nelson film “Leaves Of Grass”. Amelia is honored to be participating in such a special evening.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.jacquelinehorner.com
http://www.SimonMulligan.com

8:30PM  JONI & JOHANNES
Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf, cello;  Simon Mulligan, piano;  Jessica Molaskey, vocals;  Mary Beth Peil, vocals;  Randy Landau, bass
Joni & Johannes image Matt Dine
Join cellist Mairi Dorman-Phaneuf and pianist Simon Mulligan for a unique evening featuring the music of Johannes Brahms and Joni Mitchell, with guest stars Jessica Molaskey and Mary Beth Peil, and arrangements by Jason Robert Brown and Jonathan Tunick.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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