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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Mar 01
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Jason Kendall, astronomer;  Nadia Roden, visual artist
Entertaining Science: Pluto and the Ice Princess, Together at Last image

Jason Kendall is an urban astronomer who’s held star parties in the Bronx where tattooed gang members, homeless men in plastic bags and fur-wearing women walking Afghan hounds, all stood next to each other and looked at Saturn in a telescope. He’s shamed NYC Parks into turning off park lights for the International Year of Astronomy, and recently started a stint on a Weather Channel show, telling viewers what to see in the sky. When he’s not taking his 15” Obsession telescope into the wilds of Inwood Hill Park, he stealth-teaches astronomy at William Paterson University to mostly-unsuspecting undergraduates.

Tonight Pluto is his beat, and he teams up with Nadia Roden, a visual artist who crosses the realm into ice wizardry. She has published two award winning books on the subject of shaved ice and creative ice pops and has taken her polka dot Ice mobile cart onto the Highline where she has enchanted people with her imaginative flavors. Oprah Magazine named her the ‘Ice Princess’. Tonight Nadia will share her creative process and then take a trip to Pluto and its 5 moons. Be prepared to have your taste buds frozen in delight as the voyage returns to earth bringing flavors from that remote cold space directly to your table at Cornelia Street cafe’s basement.

Samuel Blais, sax;  Aki Ishiguro, guitar;  Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Split Cycle, CD Release image

First formed in 2010, Split Cycle co-leaders Blais, Letman-Burtinovic, and Ishiguro composed and developed the band through multiple tours in the United States and Canada. The band blends the intensity of New York contemporary music with lyrical aestheticism. With the addition of Jeff Davis on drums, Split Cycle is pleased to celebrate its debut CD release concert at Cornelia Street Cafe.

"The band played music they are passionate about, music that was intense harmonically, melodically, and especially rhythmically...Go out and see them!"- Justin Duhaime-

Mar 02
Tulis McCall, host

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

Melody Fader, piano
Melody Fader Plays piano music of Chopin and Debussy image

Melody will present an evening of charming and beautiful solo piano music of Chopin and Debussy. Highlights of the program include Chopin's gorgeous and monumental Ballade no. 4 in f minor, as well some lighter fair by Debussy including Golliwog's Cake Walk and a favorite to many, Clair de Lune.

Mar 03
poets will be introduced by David Unger

Burt Kimmelman Paul Pines Daniel Shapiro
Three Dos Madres Press Poets image

Join us for a dynamic reading of old and new work by three East-coast poets of diverse sensibilities whose poetry has been published by Dos Madres Press: Kimmelman (The Way We Live, 2011), Pines (Fishing on the Pole Star, 2014), and Shapiro (The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems, 2014). Dos Madres Press, founded in 2004 by Robert J. Murphy, and based in Loveland, Ohio, is dedicated to the belief that the small press is essential to the vitality of contemporary literature as a carrier of the new voice and new works by established poets, as well as the older, sometimes forgotten voices of the past. And in an ever more virtual world, to the creation of fine books pleasing to the eye and hand.

Ben van Gelder, alto sax;  Syberen van Munster , guitar;  Vitor Gonçalves, accordion, keyboards;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Mark Schilders, drums
Syberen van Munster's Plunge image

With Plunge, Dutch guitarist Syberen van Munster has brought together an unusual formation of talented peers: Saxophonist and high school friend Ben van Gelder, Brazilian accordionist and Hermeto Pascoal bandmember Vitor Gonçalves, the in-demand bass player Martin Nevin, and fellow Dutch drummer Mark Schilders. From a wide array of influences that include Elis Regina, Samuel Barber, Boards of Canada, and Gil Evans, they craft a sound that is lush, pulsating and subtly melancholic. Due to the atypical instrumentation, the music can be at times orchestral, fully utilizing the harmonic spectrum.

"Syberen has grown into a strong musical personality with a unique compositional vision. I thoroughly enjoyed this record." - Ben Monder about the upcoming record Plunge for Distance

Wednesday Mar 04
Phillip Giambri aka The Ancient Mariner, curator and host

Alessandra Francesca Kofi Fosu Forson Amy Barone Johnny Cashback Barbara H. Moore Creighton Blinn Nichole Acosta, Zev Torres Anoek Van Praag Edmund Siejka Janet Restino
What The Hell Is Love? Part I image
Rimes of The Ancient Mariner is proud to present an original series:

The “What The Hell Is Love?” Project Part I

The first of two and possibly more incredible shows in March 2015

In 1995 I wrote a poem called “What The Hell Is Love?” It was a reflection on a lifetime of loving and being loved, in search of answers as to what I've learned about love, and what love means to me today. It’s proven to be one of my most popular spoken word performance pieces and more than a few writer friends offered that they too would like to respond with their own reflections of what love is. The pieces offered by my fellow writers were both brutally honest and poetically beautiful and all of much better quality than my original. I felt very strongly that these pieces needed to be heard. It’s given birth to this project and continues to explode with energy and wisdom.

We've gathered together twenty five of the best and well known “Spoken Word” poets and writers in the tri-state area for a two part presentation of truth, honesty, and a reality check on what the hell love actually means to each of us in this isolated and distracted time of “The Phone Zombies.”

Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Jonathon Goldberger, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
Jeff Davis' Mountains Mountains Water image

Drummer/composer Jeff Davis returns to Cornelia Street with his explosive quartet, featuring New York improvising greats Tony Malaby, Jon Goldberger and Eivind Opsvik. Davis and company have spent many years performing together in a number of ensembles, including in the collective trio Tone Collector. Davis presents tonight this new quartet to highlight that collective experience, through a batch of new compositions. Davis is known as the “propulsive force behind a host New York mainstays” (Mathew Miller - All About Jazz). Troy Collins (All About Jazz) says that “like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.” And Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery) states that Jeff Davis “remains one of the finest drummers in the New York area.”

“Drummer Jeff Davis has a steady profile in left-of-center New York jazz circles... ” - Nate Chinen (New York Times)

Mar 05
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists’ Salon  image
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.
 Cover $food on us, drinks on you

Ryan Keberle, trombone;  Scott Robinson, tenor sax;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Eric Doob, drums
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis image

Few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City’s abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle. Since his arrival in 1999, Keberle’s diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up- and-coming innovators. That includes playing with jazz greats including Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; superstars like David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys; Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins; indie rock ground-breakers such as Sufjan Stevens; or playing in the house band at Saturday Night Live, on the soundtrack of a Woody Allen film, or in the pit for a Tony-winning Broadway musical

Keberle combines that wealth of influence and experience into a bold group sound with the debut of his pianoless quartet, Catharsis. The band comprises some of the most compelling up-and-coming voices in jazz – trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Eric Doob – culminating in an approach rich with melodic invention, heavy groove, and a subtle indie rock sensibility. With the absence of a chordal instrument, Keberle was driven to focus more keenly on melodic and rhythmic aspects, resulting in memorable tunes and intensely driving grooves. On their 2013 debut release, Music is Emotion, hailed as a “strong album” by the New York Times and "a potent blend of ceinematic seep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies" by the Los Angeles Times, Keberle’s writing for the band reveals his expansive tastes, which encompass Duke Ellington, The Beatles, Sufjan Stevens, and Ravel, among countless others

“A young trombonist of vision and composure…with far-ranging credential, Ryan Keberle is onto something with Catharsis, his update of a pianoless postbop quartet…There heart and soul in Mr. Keberle’s tunes” – Nate Chinen, NY Times

Mar 06
Kat Georges & Peter Carlaftes, host

Margot Olivierra Beth Lisick Marci Blackman Hettie Jones
3 Rooms Press : The Monthly : Women on Top  image

Women on Top: A celebration of Women in honor of National Women’s History Month,

featuring Margot Olivierra (founding member of the Go-Go’s),

Beth Lisick (author, Yokohama Three Way),

Marci Blackman (author, Po Man’s Child),

and Hettie Jones (poet, teacher, mother, friend).

Phil Markowitz, piano;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  Sam Dillon, baritone sax;  Nicholas Biello, soprano sax;  Andrew Gould, alto sax;  Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Jake Robinson, drums
Paul Jones Quartet + The SNAP Saxophone Quartet image

Paul Jones presents an evening of new music for jazz quartet based in transforming works of Ravel, continuing his method of turning words into songs, and writing modern music for the the saxophone quartet. His debut album Short History was released in the fall of 2014 on Blujazz records and has been receiving great reviews from AllAboutJazz, Richard Kamins of StepTempest, and the Midwest Review. Downbeat will also review Short History in March 2015.

"Short History is an exciting recording as it straddles the styles of so many creative musicians without being beholden to any of them. The confidence and talent of Paul Jones and his musical collaborators shines throughout the program without pretension. Jones, who has recorded with Nicky Schrire and worked on guitarist Davis's "City of New York 2013" project, looks and sounds like a talent to be reckoned with, hopefully for many decades." - Richard Kamins, StepTempest

Mar 07
Andy Christie, host

Ophira Eisenberg Marie Faustin Jim O'Grady Giulia Rozzi
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 N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes OPHIRA EISENBERG (NPR'S Ask Me Another), MARIE FAUSTIN (The Warm Up), JIM O'GRADY (NPR's This American Life), and GIULIA ROZZI (Moth GrandSlam Champion).

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

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

George Garzone, tenor sax;  Mike Mainieri, vibraphone

Not since the recording of the Triadic Chromatic Garzone DVD and a tour of southern Italy, has this duo performed together on stage. A rare opportunity to catch two iconic jazz improvisers in an intimate west village space.

George Garzone, Mike Mainieri Duo image
Mar 08
Isabelle Ganz, vocals;  Jed Distler, piano
Sounds Jewish, doesn't it? image
featuring Charlie Barnett, piano
Gia Mora is Einstein’s Girl image

Smart, sexy, sassy actor/vocalist Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein’s Girl, unleashes her signature blend of intellectual prowess and animal instinct on an unlikely pair of human languages: love and theoretical physics. Combining beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, Mora uses cutting edge mathematics as a metaphor for 21st century interpersonal relations. Einstein’s Girl takes her audiences on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of their hearts. See why audiences and reviewers alike are raving about this hilarious and deeply touching original one-woman tour-de-force. Featuring Charlie Barnett on piano.

“Physics and singing? Who would have thought? But Ms. Mora managed the unthinkable–putting a fresh spin on the subject of love–melding intellectual thoughts on topics as varied as black holes and supercomputing and devilishly funny commentary on the intersection between American obsession with technology and the search for love with sultry, jazz-infused vocals. She more than proved her versatility by comfortably delivering emotionally on-point vocals with technical precision. She was delightful.” -Jen Perry, Broadway World

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times