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Paintings by MARY GROSSMAN

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Sunday
Feb 04
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: FROM NUCLEAR MEMBRANES TO AGING...
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Howard Worman, biologist;  William Hooker, musician;  Brad Garton, musician
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From Nuclear Membranes to Aging – What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been!

Columbia University internist and cell biologist Howard Worman –once a student in Roland Hoffmann’s physical chemistry course – will tell us about his studies of the membranes that surround the cell nucleus. Scientists long thought defects in the nuclear membrane would be incompatible with life, but it turns out that mutations in genes encoding its proteins cause organ-selective disorders as well as a premature aging syndrome, and provides clues to how we all grow old.

Moving to another membrane – the one that produces the sound of the drum –will be a duo of the great “jazz” drummer, bandleader and poet William Hooker, who has recorded over 70 CDs of wide ranging work (the latest, avant garde improvisations on classic Italian songs) and Brad Garton, chair of Columbia’s Computer Music Center. Brad and William have been exploring brainwave triggers of sound during improvisation, and may feature in their set.

8:30PM  JANE IRA BLOOM EARLY AMERICANS
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte , drums
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Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with her trio to perform songs from their critically acclaimed release “Early Americans” and beyond. “Early Americans” (Sono Luminus) was recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy for best surround sound album. Longtime band-mates Mark Helias (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums) join Bloom for an evening of high wire improvisation over the groove. Don’t miss these fearless American originals.

  www.janeirabloom.com https://www.facebook.com/JaneIraBloom

Monday
Feb 05
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
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;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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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.

  www.davidamram.com

Tuesday
Feb 06
6:00PM  FIVE LIVE: AN EVENING OF ENGAGING READINGS
Justin Booth Anthony Cappo Michael Collins Kem Joy Ukwu Aida Zilelian
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Join us for a night of readings featuring Justin Booth, Anthony Cappo, Michael Collins, Kem Joy Ukwu, and Aida Zilelian -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: THE LARA SOLNICKI NYC TRIO
Deborah Latz, curator

Lara Solnicki, voice;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass
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Canadian vocalist, composer and poet Lara Solnicki makes her NYC and Cornelia Street Cafe debut in a concert featuring Marta Sanchez, piano and Rick Rosato, bass. A vocal purist whose repertoire includes Henry Purcell, her poetic compositions, Kate Bush as well as standards, the artists will be performing a range of material, including songs from her acclaimed second CD "Whose Shadow", released in 2015 on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label.

"A spellbinding voice... boldly unique style... a vocal purist... riveting. With exceptional tonal control and her mastery of inflection, Lara Solnicki has without doubt, affirmed her position as a world class jazz singer." − Everett. R. Davis, All About Jazz

"Lara Solnicki's voice is dark and sweet and invites you in with such ease you find yourself changing plans for the rest of the night." − Tom Allen, Musician, Broadcaster, Host of Shift, CBC Radio 2
  www.larasolnicki.com

9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: AIMÉE ALLEN TRIO FEATURING FRANÇOIS MOUTIN & BILLY TEST
Deborah Latz, curator

Aimée Allen, voice;  François Moutin, bass;  Billy Test, piano

A soulful and cerebral singer and songwriter, Aimée Allen leads a very special trio performing selections from her upcoming release of music about transcendence. Her collaboration with these world-class musicians, particularly Moutin, is not to be missed.

“A brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist" – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes

“A fully fledged composer, lyricist and vocalist, her ideas are filled with depth and meaning and her lyrics profoundly unique.” - Constance Tucker, All About Vocals
  http://www.aimeeallenmusic.com

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Wednesday Feb 07
6:00PM  THE NOVEL OF THE TUPINAMBA INDIAN BY EUGENIO F. GRANELL
Allan Graubard Carolyn McGee Valery Oisteanu David Coulter
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“…one of the finest novels written by surrealists”; just published by City Lights…

Celebrate with us this black comedy of the Spanish Civil War -- where satire and laughter reign in a carnival of burning ruins. No group is sacrosanct; no one escapes the wit of its author, Eugenio F. Granell; revolutionary combatant forced into exile who emerged as a major, surrealist artist and writer post-WWII. Newly translated into English by David Coulter.

  www.citylights.com/book/?GCOI=87286100986700

8:00PM  EVAN FRANCIS GROUP
Marianne Solivan, voice;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Kenny Brooks, tenor sax;  Kurt Kotheimer, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums;  Matt Nelson, tenor sax
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Drawing from the less typical elements of North American and Afro-Latin music, The Evan Francis Group will perform this original, boundary-pushing music with the help of two rising masters of the New York music scene.

"San Francisco's Evan Francis Group comes off like a cross between a big band, a funk combo and an Afro- Cuban jazz ensemble. The leader's vibrant compositions, brainy yet approachable, tie the eclectic mix together."--Time Out New York

  http://www.evanfrancismusic.com/

9:30PM  DANIEL MERON: "THIS WAS NOW" CD RELEASE
Daniel Meron, piano;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Daniel Meron:

Pianist composer Daniel Meron is celebrating the release of his new album "This Was Now" with some of NYC's finest musicians. The group will play selections from the album as well as new compositions by Meron, featuring guitarist Yotam Silberstein as special guest.

“As a writer, Meron produces some beautiful themes and melodies; as a player, he has a crisp, strong, style that enables him to move readily from warm, engaging ballads to fast, hard bop, passages with apparent ease". - All About Jazz

  www.danielmeron.com www.facebook.com/danielmeronmusic

Thursday
Feb 08
6:00PM  DORIAN DEVINS JAZZ QUARTET
CANCELLED!!

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8:01PM  PERRY SMITH QUINTET, CD RELEASE: NEW ANGEL
Perry Smith, guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Jarrett Cherner, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
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Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from R&B, Rock and Folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own group and is a sideman for jazz and contemporary artists. Smith is an active player in the greater New York jazz scene and hosts a weekly series in Brooklyn called The Nest Session. Supported by the Jazz Foundation of America and KeyedUp, Smith performs every Wednesday at the Nest Session with some of NYC's finest jazz musicians. Smith is gearing up to release his third album as a leader “New Angel.” The project features 10 original compositions for his quintet, expanding on the traditions of jazz with a fresh approach to modern composing and improvising.

  www.perrysmithmusic.com

Friday
Feb 09
6:00PM  FROM WHITMAN TO GINSBERG: POEMS THAT CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Bernard Block, host

Phillip Giambri Maria Chisolm Saara Dutton Pauline Findlay
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The 19th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

8:35PM  BASSDRUMBONE
Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums;  Ray Anderson, trombone
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BassDrumBone is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. Three improvisors, composers, bandleaders and friends are touring and performing music from their new double cd, The Long Road as well as the pieces from their nine previous recordings.

"Four decades on and still going strong, this venerable group, comprised of established musicians who share aesthetic outlooks and common histories, is something of a rarity by contemporary standards.”--Troy Collins, All About Jazz

  www.markhelias.com www.bassdrumbone.com

Saturday
Feb 10
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Penelope Karageorge, host; Dean Papademetriou. guest host

Eleni Tzatimakis Peter Botteas Vassiliki Rapti Dimitrios Bafaloukos Nanos Valaoritis
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The Greek-American Writers Association and Somerset Hall Press invite you to a special Valentine’s Day program, premiering a staged New York reading of Nightfall Hotel: a Surrealist Romeo and Juliet. Written by Greece’s acclaimed, best-selling avant-garde poet, Nanos Valaoritis, the drama features a new translation by poet Vassiliki Rapti. This riveting play draws the audience into an intimate encounter with a couple in a locked room. Actors Eleni Tzatimakis and Peter Botteas perform. Also in the spirit of romance, love poems from Lili Bita’s acclaimed FleshFire will be read. Botteas and Rapti will present poetry from her Avaton and Transitorium. Somerset Hall publisher Dean Papademetriou will host.

8:35PM  JACOB SACKS QUINTET
Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
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Using close interplay, violent counterpoint, and creative interpretations of original music – the ensemble searches for the unpredictable and explores the unexpected.

“Jacob Sacks is a pianist of exploratory temperament, drawn to open space and shrewd irresolution.” Nate Chinen--New York Times

  http://www.jacobsacks.com

Sunday
Feb 11
6:00PM  THE JEN & JIMMY SHOW!
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Chris Hamilton, John O'Connor, Hattie Hayes, and Dave Columbo.

8:01PM  SEBASTIAN NOELLE TRIO
Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
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Guitarist-composer Sebastian Noelle has spent much of his life traveling the elusive path between two worlds. In life, he travels back and forth between his native Germany and his adopted home of New York City; in his art, he navigates the more fluid boundaries between the abstract and the emotional. Throughout that nomadic existence, music has provided a constant source of shelter, an idea that unifies the wide-ranging music on Noelle’s third CD.

On Shelter, Noelle leads a stellar quintet that brings together some of the most forward-thinking and limitless musicians in modern jazz: saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Amina Figarova, Armen Donelian), pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Darcy James Argue, Donny McCaslin), and drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney).

“A guitarist probably best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger” - Nate Chinen (New York Times)

  www.sebastiannoelle.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times