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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by RACKIE DIANKHA

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Friday
Mar 14
6:00PM  EULOGY FOR THE SAXOPHONE
Performed by The New York City Players


Eulogy for the Saxophone is based on close to 50 hours of interviews with saxophonist Bob Feldman.

Performed by The New York City Players, Eulogy for the Saxophone traces the path of this Bronx-born New Yorker who played with Mingus, worked with Salinger, found and lost love, peace and music many times over -- all to become a saxophone player: A life set to jazz and played in front of the back drop of a New York City that may not even exist anymore.

$ 15 includes a free drink, the cafe's fabulous dinner menu is also available.   http:///www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-eulogy-saxophone-314-6pm-8pm

9:00PM & 10:30PM  TOM RAINEY - OBLIGATO CD RELEASE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Kris Davis, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Tom Rainey - Obligato CD Release image
Tom Rainey - Obbligato, is a band dedicated to the redistribution of melody and improvisation on the standard song form. The entire group, comprised of Ingrid Laubrock, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis and Drew Gress, contribute their musical prowess in a group improvisation that expresses standard songs in a fresh way.

"Tom Rainey is a player that swerves between avant-garde notions and a and mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." --Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times.

Saturday
Mar 15
6:00PM  AN OLD-FASHIONED PIANO PARTY WITH LESLIE GOSHKO
Leslie Goshko, piano, vocals
An Old-Fashioned Piano Party with Leslie Goshko image

Leslie Goshko is an award-winning storyteller, Huffington Post Comedy contributor, and a one-time performer in the Broadway musical Hairspray. And thanks to years of piano lessons, she also happens to be a classically trained pianist. Join Leslie as she combines her love of comedy, storytelling, and music for an old-fashioned piano party. Featuring everything from Elton John to George Gershwin, this evening of music and laughs holds something for everyone.

an award-winning storyteller who’s won our hearts – 92Y Online

she sure knows funny – Backstage

Delightful and razor-sharp – Best NY Comedy

  http://sideshowgoshko.blogspot.com/

9:00PM & 10:30PM  TOM RAINEY - OBLIGATO CD RELEASE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Kris Davis, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Tom Rainey - Obligato CD Release image
Tom Rainey - Obbligato, is a band dedicated to the redistribution of melody and improvisation on the standard song form. The entire group, comprised of Ingrid Laubrock, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis and Drew Gress, contribute their musical prowess in a group improvisation that expresses standard songs in a fresh way.

"Tom Rainey is a player that swerves between avant-garde notions and a and mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." --Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times.

Sunday
Mar 16
6:00PM  S IS FOR SOUL SISTER
T’ai Freedom Ford, host; Cynthia Manick, curator

JP Howard Evie Shockley and Hettie Jones
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For a night of tales, slams, and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue, a series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-s-soul-sister-316-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING
Peter Evans, trumpet;  Jon Irabagon, saxophone;  Kevin Shea, drums;  Moppa Elliott , bass;  Ron Stabinsky, piano
MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING image
The Quartet, "Mostly Other People Do the Killing" will be joined by pianist Ron Stabinsky for a One-Time-Only Quintet performance. The music will include compositions penned over the course of the band's 11 year history, documented on their 6 studio albums. Their most recent album, "Red Hot" also featured Stabinsky on piano in an expanded lineup. This will be the only performance by the original quartet with piano, so be prepared for even more mayhem than usual.

  www.myspace.com/mostlyotherpeopledothekilling www.moppaelliott.com

Monday
Mar 17
6:00PM  ST. PATRICK'S DAY HOOLEY
with Dermot McEvoy

St. Patrick's Day Hooley image

Spend St. Patrick's Day with Irish rogues, writers, sinners, wits, priests, outlaws and revolutionaries. Laugh with Oscar Wilde, chase sin with Archbishop Dagger John Hughes, drink with Brendan Behan, fight for women's rights with Maude Gonne and the Countess Markievicz and plot sedition and murder with Michael Collins. And do it on the best day of the year, March 17th.

Dermot McEvoy was born in Dublin in 1950 and immigrated to New York City four years later. He is a graduate of Hunter College and is the author of The Little Green Book of Irish Wisdom and the novels Terrible Angel and Our Lady of Greenwich Village. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

  dermotmcevoy.com www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-st-patricks-day-hooley-317-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  O'MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, host

Maeve Higgins Liam McEneaney Sean Donnelly Kevin McCaffrey
O'Morrison Motel image

Tonight, John Morrison hosts Maeve Higgins, Liam McEneaney, Sean Donnelly & Kevin McCaffrey.

Direct from Dublin, and the Edinburgh, Melborne, Adelaide & Kilkenny Comedy Festivals... and from RTE's "Naked Camera"/"Fancy Vittles", and the BBC's "All of the Planet's Wonders": writer (We Have a Good Time... Don't We?”) and stand-up comedian MAEVE HIGGINS.

Our good friend from "Tell Your Friends, The Concert Film!", a man with his own comedy album (Comedian) just out: the always brilliant LIAM McENEANEY.

From "The Late Show w/David Letterman", "TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest" and the Boston and Montreal Comedy Festivals: good friend and great comic SEAN DONNELLY.

Also from "The Late Show w/Daid Letterman", "TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest" and National Lampoon: smart & funny writer/comedian KEVIN McCAFFREY.

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows!!” – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick!" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

Tuesday
Mar 18
6:00PM  JASON ANICK QUARTET – CD RELEASE SHOW FOR TIPPING POINT
Jason Anick, violin, mandolin;  Jason Yeager, piano;  Greg Loughman, bass;  Mike Connors, drums
Jason Anick Quartet – CD Release Show for Tipping Point image

Come celebrate the release of Tipping Point, the sophomore album from Boston based violin and mandolin virtuoso and Berklee College of music instructor Jason Anick. Joining Jason will be Brooklyn-based pianist Jason Yeager along with bassist Greg Loughman and drummer Mike Connors.

Jazz violinist and mandolinist Jason Anick is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the top players on today’s scene. The 28-year-old virtuoso is one of the youngest instructors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music and is in- demand as a first-call sideman. Anick records and tours internationally with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitarist John Jorgenson, who recruited Anick in 2008 while he was still a senior at Hartt Conservatory. He also performs with the Rhythm Future Quartet, which is widely known for its fiery Gypsy jazz, but it’s Anick’s own music that’s increasingly earning acclaim. He won top honors for improvisation in the ATSA Alternative Styles competition, and his 2011 debut CD, Sleepless, was cited by jazzmando.com as "...a must have for any jazz violin/mandolin fans".

  http://www.jasonanick.com/ www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-jason-anick-quartet-%E2%80%93-cd-release-show-tipping-point

8:30PM  ARTHUR KELL QUARTET
Brad Shepik, guitar;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Arthur Kell, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Arthur Kell Quartet image
The Arthur Kell Quartet has done fifteen tours in Europe including festival performances in Copenhagen, Belfast, Madrid and Sibiu. They've recorded for five German radio stations, including a national broadcast for Deutschlandfunk.

"...a hardworking, touring band of talented, creative musicians and they produce a gig full of subtle interplay, cohesiveness, flowing with an abundance of ideas and effortless improvisation. They exude a New York-style cool....the result is poetic, sublime, almost spiritual music that receives a rapt response from an appreciative audience.” - BelfastMusic.org, March 23, 2013 at the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival.

  www.arthurkell.com www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-arthur-kell-quartet-318-830pm-1030pm

Wednesday Mar 19
6:00PM  MAKE MUSIC MONTHLY: WILSON BROWN
Aaron Friedman, host

Wilson Brown, composer
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Join Make Music New York Founder Aaron Friedman and sonic branding expert Wilson Brown for a discussion about commercial music and manufacturing nostalgia.

Make Music New York Inc. is a NYC-based nonprofit that organizes two annual, participatory musical celebrations: Make Music New York on June 21st, the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice. Since its founding in 2006, MMNY has partnered with more than 1,000 community organizations and local businesses to present over 6,500 free concerts for audiences of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, giving countless musicians the opportunity to perform for friends, neighbors, and strangers on streets, parks, and plazas throughout the five boroughs.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-aaron-friedman-host-wilson-brown-composer-319-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  PAT CARROLL QUARTET
Pat Carroll, alto sax;  Victor Gould, piano;  Joe Sanders, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Saxophonist Pat Carroll makes his debut at Cornelia Street Cafe with a set of original music. Joining him are long-time collaborators pianist Victor Gould, bassist Joe Sanders, and drummer Colin Stranahan. “Pat's music crosses that indefinable frontier, teeming with intuitive experimentation and extremely well developed stylizations.” - Greg Osby

  www.patcarrollmusic.com

Thursday
Mar 20
6:00PM  IN OUR BACK DINING ROOM : RED HEN PRESS
Kate Gale, publisher/host

Gary Geddes Kimiko Hahn Melody Mansfield William Trowbridge
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6:00PM  IN OUR CABARET SPACE: KIMBERLY WYMA
Kimberly Wyma , piano, vocals;  Aaron Nevezie, guitar;  Steve Purcell, drums;  Larry Cook, bass
In our Cabaret Space: Kimberly Wyma  image

There is an ethereal quality to Kimberly Wyma's music and style that exudes both romanticism and feminism. Her lyrics represent both the angst and emotional range all people experience while falling in and out of love. Her ability to express this common theme so vividly creates a genuine connection with listeners. ' -Theresa Montgomery, Sony Music

  www.kimberlywymamusic.com www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-our-cabaret-space-kimberly-wyma-320-615pm-730pm

8:30PM  BRYAN & THE AARDVARKS FT: AARON PARKS, AND CAMILA MEZA
Bryan Copeland, bass;  Aaron Parks, piano;  Camila Meza, vocals;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Jesse Lewis, guitar;  Joe Nero, drums
Bryan & the Aardvarks ft: Aaron Parks, and Camila Meza image
Title of even: Bryan & the Aardvarks ft: Aaron Parks, and Camila Meza Bryan and the Aardvarks explore inventive new sounds derived from jazz, classical, and cinematic soundscapes, combined with a stirring blend of pop and country music. Their compositions combine a hushed intimacy with memorable, singable melodies and a narrative directness that nevertheless leaves space for expressive improvisation. Their tastes tend to turn more to pop, rock, and singer-songwriter music, especially the likes of The Kinks, David Bowie, Elliott Smith, and Nick Drake. The latter two, who combine an incisive expressiveness with an air of mystery, seem especially relevant influences on Bryan and the Aardvarks. In pianist Fabian Almazan, vibraphonist Chris Dingman, guitarist Jesse Lewis, and drummer Joe Nero, bassist/bandleader Bryan Copeland has assembled a distinctive ensemble able to flesh out his unique compositions.

"Bryan and the Aardvarks specializes in an unabashedly pretty strain of postbop, chamberlike and euphonious." -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

  www.bryanandtheaardvarks.com

Friday
Mar 21
6:00PM  ARE YOU THERE, MORGAN FREEMAN?
Brittany Velotta, vocals;  Shannon Ford, drums;  Simon Kafka, bass;  Will Shuler, piano;  Hannah Dowdy, vocals;  Anne Wentworth, vocals;  Jennifer Theriot, vocals
ARE YOU THERE, MORGAN FREEMAN? image

Encore Performance! Actress Brittany Velotta takes the audience on her journey through reincarnation with the one voice of God we all believe in, Morgan Freeman. Joining Brittany will be her Achangel choir. The three piece band will perform while Brittany shares her past lives through song and story.

Brittany Velotta is a New York based actress, traveling gypsy, and believer in all good things. This year, she has written and performed two versions of Long Journey to the Middle: A One Woman Show Cabaret at the Laurie Beechman Theatre with her six piece band. Last year, Brittany made her New York debut as Snooks Keane in the tantalizing Off Broadway revival of Moose Murders. She is excited to return to Cornelia Street Cafe for the second time with her show ARE YOU THERE, MORGAN FREEMAN? Joining her will be Shannon Ford on drums, Simon Kafka on bass, Will Shuler on piano, Hannah Dowdy, Anne Wentworth, and Jennifer Theriot : Vocals.

  www.brittanyvelotta.info /www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-are-you-there-morgan-freeman-321-6pm-8pm

9:00PM & 10:30PM  THUMBSCREW, CD RELEASE
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Thumbscrew, CD Release image
The trio Thumbscrew came about by accident, after bassist Michael Formanek subbed in a band including guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Something special happened among them right away, so they formed a trio, a co-operative in the truest sense. They play originals by all hands, compositions whose rhythms may surge or lag or veer sideways according to their own internal logic. Bass and drums solo within the ensemble, not in quarantine. No one needs to be loudest. The blend is tight: one string (or metal) sound may bleed into another. It's something to hear--something twisty and turny and always on the move. Thumbscrew’s debut CD will be released on Cuneiform Records in January 2014. www.thumbscrew.net

“This is cutting edge contemporary music built on compositional depth and improvisational expertise with a strong, cohesive core. Call it fluid iron: powerful, yet flexible in its outlook, capable of an electrifying impact.”

  www.thumbscrew.net

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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