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Feb 28
Jason Yeager, piano;  Danny Weller, bass;  Matt Rousseau, drums;  Julie Benko, special guest
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The Jason Yeager Trio blends original compositions, unique covers of 20th century composers like Olivier Messiaen, and inspired renditions of the tunes from the Great American Songbook in an exciting and improvisatory concert at the Cornelia Street Cafe. In addition to original tunes from their upcoming CD "Affirmation" (to be released on Inner Circle Music later this year), the show will also feature new renditions of "standards" and special guest Julie Benko.

Darious Jones, alto sax;  David Virelles, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Nasheet Waits’ Equality is a band whose position and philosophy are revealed in the name. All members contribute material and have an equal responsibility for the execution of its content. The group’s first eponymous recording Equality was released in 2009 on the Fresh Sound label. The group included Jason Moran, Logan Richardson and Tarus Mateen. Equality has also been graced with the presence of Stanley Cowell, piano and John Hebert, bass. Whatever the personnel, a seamless nature exists. The goal simply is to offer creative music with energy and integrity.
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Mar 01
Andy Christie, host

Steve Burns Cyndi Freeman Joey Novick Andy Ross
The Liar Show image

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.

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times, WNYC'S The Moth's Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Steve Burns (Nickelodeon’s Blues Clues), Cyndi Freeman (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque), Joey Novick (N.J. Councilman; Political humorist), and Andy Ross (Mad Magazine)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

Kris Davis, piano;  Sean Conly, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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As part of her residency at Cornelia street over the next few months (last Saturday of sept, oct, nov) kris davis will feature some of her well established groups and an experimental group. This particular night features Kris Davis's new compositions that she wrote for her trio as part of a commission from the jazz gallery.

"Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis."--NY Times

Mar 02
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Gia Mora a/k/a Einstein's Girl, vocalist;  Rachel Rosen, cosmologist
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Smart, sexy, and sassy actor/vocalist Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein's Girl, loves science and storytelling. She brings together beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, taking us on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of our hearts.

For Rachel Rosen, a cosmologist and field theorist at Columbia, the cosmos and gravity are a wondrous playground, and mathematics a way to express its potentialities. When she is not chasing away ghosts. Join us on their journey to worlds far out and within.

Dan Weiss, host

Adam Rogers, guitar;  Joe Sanders, bass;  Henry Cole, drums
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This group of musicians is consisted of very strong individuals with a distinctive sound coming as a pure reflection of their personalities and strong/wide musical backgrounds.

Their ability to bring their personalities to the music - lifting it to great heights- without sacrificing the song or the sound of the group makes them great artist. Playing either on complex musical form or just jamming on one chord, the magic is always there. The group will play a selection of originals and standards.

Mar 03
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass
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.

Tonight with special guest poet Frank Messina reading his NY Mets poetry. The show will be filmed for a movie on the 1986 Mets, directed by Heather Quinlan.

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Mar 04
Paul Hecht, lead assembler

Paul Hecht, actor;  Hayden Dewitt, mezzo soprano;  Rita Costanzi, harp
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Hayden DeWitt is very pleased to return to the Cornelia Street Cafe` which is, by far, the hippest venue she has ever played! She has appeared as part of Paul Hecht's menagerie here twice before. Her debut was in 2011's Mahler program singing "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" as well as songs by Mahler's wife, Alma. Last November she was a part of "Songs of Travel," an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, performing the oponymous song cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a cast that included Paul, the lovely Barbara Feldon and soprano Judith Barnes.

PAUL HECHT has been an actor for quite a long time. He has performed on and off Broadway , in radio television and film. He has recorded dozens of books and has appeared in literary events at Symphony Space, the 92nd street Y and the Morgan library. He was a tony nominee for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Stoppard), and received an Obie award for Pirandello's Henry IV. He assembles the Happy Birthday series at the Café. He reads to elementary schoolchildren as part of Screen Actors GuildsBookpals program.

Rita Costanzi has established an international reputation as concert performer, recording artist, actor, teacher, writer, composer and public speaker. Formerly Principal Harp of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, she now devotes her life to solo and chamber music performances and teaching. In 2008, her choral work “Beneath Her Heart” received its world premiere in Vancouver, and in 2009, she collaborated with Oregon Ballet, in a new work based on solo harp Dances written especially for her. Costanzi’s distinguished teaching career includes Master Classes in conjunction with her solo appearances, as well as at The Juilliard and Eastman Schools, Peabody and Boston Conservatories, University of Toronto School of Music, the Glenn Gould School, McGill University and New York University, where she subsequently taught for three years as Adjunct Professor of Harp.

Benjamin Scheuer, voice, guitar
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Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting, and the curator of the Cornelia Street Songwriter Series.

He is the writer/performer of the theatrical piece THE LION, which opens in June 2014 at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC. Scheuer has performed iterations of the piece at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics), the St. James Theatre in London, and at Lincoln Center.

Scheuer leads the band Escapist Papers, whose most recent release, "The Bridge," features the song "The Lion." The music video for "The Lion" premiered at the Annecy Film Festival in France (Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film) and has been featured in the Crystal Palace International Festival (Best Music Video; Best Animated Video).

"Benjamin Scheuer is New York's next great young songwriter. His music stirs the soul, his lyrics pierce the heart. He has wit, grace, power, and consistently dips his pen into the deepest emotional well." -Andrew Lippa

Shayfer James, voice, piano
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When Shayfer James sits down at a piano he immerses himself and the audience darkly lyrical and evocative stories. His wry poetry is stitched seamlessly to peculiar arrangements that are simultaneously unsettling and familiar. Mr. James lures us into a devious world where the gods tear wings from angels and every man has a siren waiting to devour him.

“Rich orchestration..conjures up a dark and sinful scene underscored by mischievous charm”. -WNYC Culture Desk

Wednesday Mar 05
Michael Gold, bass;  Bob Arthurs, trumpet;  Gary Levy, alto sax;  Charles Sibirsky, piano;  Taro Okamoto, drums
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The Michael Gold Jazz Quintet presents Keepers of The Flame

The musicians in this ensemble are seasoned vets whose lives are deeply inspired by the music of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh and many of the contemporaries associated with these great artists. The members of this ensemble have rich and varied professional lives and can be explored at,,,

Carolina Calvache, piano;  Tivon Pennicott , tenor sax;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  E J Strickland, drums
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Colombian jazz pianist Carolina Calvache, is part of the new generation of pianist and composers whose style blends South American rhythms with a contemporary jazz sound. Her upcoming Sunny Side album "Sotareño", reflects the artist's traditional roots from her native Colombia, and the elements of modern jazz performed by some of the top jazz musicians of the scene scene; such us Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, Hans Glawischnig and Ludwig Afonso.Carolina's participation in 2011 Mary Lou Williams woman in jazz festival for outstanding artists, brought the attention of the audience at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi described her music as “ Marvelous”.“Originally from Colombia, this young “lioness” is certain to break through to become a prominent pianist on the national jazz scene. She plays with an engaging lyricism thatencompasses a full range of fire and finesse” --Jose Dacosta, Exodos to Jazz.

Mar 06
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Herb Robertson, trumpet;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Ed Schuller, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Drummer and composer Kresten Osgood is one of the most active musicians on the bustling scandinavian scene. he has performed and recorded with such artists as Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Paul Bley, John Tchicai, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and many others.

Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Charlie Burnham, violin;  Alex Blake, bass;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Drummer and composer Kresten Osgood is one of the most active musicians on the bustling scandinavian scene. he has performed and recorded with such artists as Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Paul Bley, John Tchicai, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and many others.

Mar 07
Kat Georges, host

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Three Rooms Press presents THE MONTHLY at Cornelia Street Cafe

WOMEN ON TOP: Five Phenomenal Perspectives


The event features readings and performances by five passionate, irreverent and intense women writers, artists and cultural leaders including writer/actor Angelica Page, poet/activist Hettie Jones, writer/performer Beth Lisick, poet Amber Atiya and poet/performer/mentor Annie Finch.

Scott DuBois, guitar;  Jon Irabagon, tenor, soprano sax;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Guitarist Scott DuBois’ music is described by Jazz Times as “fascinating”, by Cadence Magazine as “exceptional…faultless, a perfect gem” and by AllAboutJazz New York as “captivating music for the meditative thinker”. He has recorded two CDs with David Liebman for the historic Soul Note record label and three CDs for Sunnyside Records. His most recent CD, Landscape Scripture (2012), was named one of the Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2012 by National Public Radio. DuBois was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2005 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery wrote that Scott is, “one of the best and most adventurous guitarists in New York City”, and Spain’s largest jazz media source,, calls Scott, “one of the best modern jazz guitarists.”

***** (5 stars) “Wonderful, evocative…a profound delight.”--DownBeat Magazine (Paul de Barros)

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