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Dec 18
Dean Kostos, host

This month's readers are Vasiliki Katsarou, Allison Parker, and Basil Rousakas.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
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
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Dec 19
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.
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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.
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Dec 20
Ted Jonathan, host

Noah Falck Alex Galper Marlene Rosen Fine
Contributors read current poems.
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John Morrison, Host

Eddie Brill Hannibal Buress Lee Camp Jessica Kirson Matt Mcarthy
Morrison Motel 7th Anniversary Show image
"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows." – The NY Post
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Dec 21
Jennifer Nelson and Jimin Seo, hosts

Jessica Beyer, NYU;  Katie Naoum, The New School;  Marina Kaganova

Jessica Beyer is a second-year poet in the graduate Creative Writing Program at NYU. She currently lives in Manhattan, but she has also lived in Baltimore, where she grew up, Atlanta, where she attended Emory University, and Paris, where she studied abroad for a semester. Her poems have appeared in No, Dear, The Shine Journal, and Danse Macabre.

Katie Naoum is originally from the picturesque state of Michigan. She has a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from The New School. Her chapbook "I Wouldn't Have Thought of it This Morning" was recently chosen by Matthew Rohrer as winner of The New School's Chapbook Contest. She is a member of the Birdsong Collective, an artist group and mircopress based out of Williamsburg and works at the non-profit poetry library Poets House. She lives in Greenpoint where she mostly eats doughnuts and goes to the park.

Marina bore herself into a family of bears and was raised by a rope into what Angus Maclise called "daylight fed with hearts still living turned into breezes". The forklift hummed a song of lament when she refused its help in getting down. She currently inhabits The Pleasure Craft, also known in common parlance as The Space Yurt.

$7 admission includes a drink

Cameron Brown, bass;  Tony Jefferson, drums, cymbals;  Russ Johnson, trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn;  Lisa Parrrott, soprano, alto, baritone saxes;  Jason Rigby, soprano, tenor saxes
Cameron Brown and Dannie's Calypso image
Cameron Brown and Dannie's Calypso was born out of my seminal experience with Don Cherry and ten years of exhilarating intensity with Don Pullen, George Adams and Dannie Richmond. In addition to original compositions, we especially key on Don Cherry's "cocktail suite" concept: a harmelodic melding of a number of compositions into a cohesive, continuous set of music. The band features a group of astounding improvisers: Russ Johnson (Lee Konitz, Steve Swallow, Ohad Talmor, Dave Liebman, Laurie Anderson, Omnitone records) trumpet, flugelhorn and cornet; Jason Rigby (Mike Holober, John Patitucci, Jim McNeely, Donnie McCaslin, Tony Malaby, Slide Hampton, Fresh Sounds records), tenor and soprano saxophones; Lisa Parrott (Gunther Schuller, Dennis Charles, Jason Lindner, DIVA, Jimmy Heath, ABC records, Goat Angel records), baritone, alto and soprano saxophones, Cameron Brown (George Russell, Archie Shepp, Art Blakey, Dewey Redman, Sheila Jordan, Joe Lovano, Omnitone records), bass; Tony Jefferson (Lou Donaldson, Don Friedman, Kenny Drew, Jr., Eddie Harris, James Weidman, Annie Ross) drums and cymbals.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Wednesday Dec 22 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman and Hila Ratzabi, Hosts

Polina Barskova Matvei Yankelevich and more
A special collaboration between New York poets and writers featured in the St. Petersburg Review! $7 admission includes a drink
Stephanie Jenkins, banjo;  Rosie Newton, violin

The Pearly Snaps are a traditional old-time music duo comprised of fiddler Rosie Newton and banjoist Stephanie Jenkins. Both girls are natives of New York City and were raised by professional music families. Their sweet harmonies and fiery fiddle tunes will leave your heartbeat racing and your soul soothed.
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Mike & Ruthy Folk City:The Pearly Snaps image
Dec 23
Jack Staffen, vocals, guitar;  Alden von Ziegesar, lead guitar;  Anton Kliot, guitar;  Eliza Callahan, drums;  Julien S., bass

Bleecker is a 5-man rock band known for its soulful songwriting and edgy attitude. The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome Bleecker to its stage for the first time. So come on out and rock those holiday blues away!
Jeff Lederer, saxophones;  Paul Sikivie, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O  image
The Christmas Tree-O will definitely brighten your holiday season with their sonic good cheer and spirited revelry. Their new Palmetto CD is destined to become a classic. Expect guest New York music luminaries to contribute to the merriment of the occasion. A Christmas Eve Eve you will never forget!

"If we were to form a jazz combo, our model would most definitely be The Christmas Tree-O ! "The Three Wisemen

"If I would have had the Christmas Tree-O cd growing up I would have been a kinder and more caring human being like George Bailey" Mr. Potter ( from "It's a Wonderful Life")
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

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