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Mixed Media by RACKIE DIANKHA

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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
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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 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

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

Gary Geddes Kimiko Hahn Melody Mansfield William Trowbridge
In Our Back Dining Room : RED HEN PRESS image

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
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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
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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

Saturday
Mar 22
6:00PM  THE FLAME: FLAMENCO INFUSED JAZZ: REBECA VALLEJO
Rebeca Vallejo, vocals
The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz: Rebeca Vallejo image

Madrid born vocalist and composer Rebeca Vallejo is a most versatile and innovative performer. Known for combining her ancestral Flamenco roots, her deep love and understanding of Brazilian music, with the language of Jazz, Rebeca Vallejo deftly weaves all these elements into a sound that is truly unique. “Azúcar, Canela” reaches beyond what’s purely “entertaining” in order to create a unifying journey where three musical cultures, three countries (Spain, Brazil, US), and three different types of “blues” converge.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-flame-flamenco-infused-jazz-rebeca-vallejo-322-6pm-8pm

9:00PM & 10:30PM  ARC TRIO BLUE
Mario Pavone, bass;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Version 2.0 of Pavone's acclaimed 2013 Arc Trio release continues with new and recent compositions by bassist Pavone, joined by stellar pianist Matt Mitchell and brilliant composer/percussionist Tyshawn Sorey.

The group will present "challenging , probing , propulsive postbop music that is as dense and alive and enveloping as a forest"--Britt Robson (Jazz Times)

  http://www.mariopavone.com

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Sunday
Mar 23
6:00PM  THE HIGHLINERS
Melissa Fogarty, vocals;  Debra Kreisberg, alto saxophone;  Steve Newman, piano;  Adam Kahan, bass;  Tommy Mattioli, drums
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Band/Show Blurb: The Highliners is a new jazz quintet of established NYC musicians dedicated to exploring a wide range of material, from the American Song Book to deep-cut classic jazz, and innovative spins on classic rock. The band’s creative direction reflects its members’ individual roots in Latin, klezmer, funk, rock, opera and beyond, cultivating an original perspective on vintage repertoire, while also dissolving traditional boundaries. With Melissa Fogarty, vocals; Debra Kreisberg, alto saxophone; Steve Newman, piano; Adam Kahan, bass; and Tommy Mattioli, drums.

  /www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-highliners-323-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: LIVIO ALMEIDA QUARTET
Billy Newman, host

Livio Almeida, tenor sax, flute;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Zack O, drums
Livio Almeida is a young emerging voice on saxophone. A Brazilian native, Livio already played with renowned figures in the Jazz scene such as Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill, Boris Koslov, Reuben Rodriguez among others... In addition to being a member of the amazing O'Farrill brothers band, he is developing his own project where he blends the modern jazz styles attributed to young musicians of his generation with traditional Brazilian music. The result is a fresh and vibrant set of music that has been very well received wherever it is performed.

  http:///www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-new-brazilian-perspectives-livio-almeida-quartet-323-830pm

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10:00PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES, AUDIOGRAPH: LUIZ EBERT &FIDEL CUÉLLAR
Luiz Ebert, drums;  Fidel Cuéllar, piano;  Livio Almeida, saxophone;  Will Caviness, trumpet
New Brazilian Perspectives, Audiograph: Luiz Ebert &Fidel Cuéllar image
The debut album of New York based South American musicians Luiz Ebert and Fidel Cuellar is "a microcosmic view of life in New York City. Audiograph is more than just a clever play on words (...). With its robust horns and rich harmonies, and the hip yet graceful flow (...) each piece represents a unique facet of life, people and connectivity." --Mark J. Turner, All About Jazz.

  www.audiographalbum.com /www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-new-brazilian-perspectives-audiograph-luiz-ebert-323-10pm-

Monday
Mar 24
6:00PM  THE ANDRÉA WOOD COLLECTIVE
Andrea Wood, vocals;  Angelo Di Loreto, piano;  Ethan O'Reilly, bass;  Philippe Lemm, drums
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Freshly returning from a four-month residency in Mumbai, India, Andrea and her band will showcase some of their favorite jazzified arrangements of pop, soul and old time classics as well as some new original material at this debut appearance at Cornelia Street Cafe. Andrea's music is simultaneously accessible and interesting, highlighting her stylistic versatility and impressive vocal ability. Wood is said to have “astonishing vocal range, effective in conveying the emotions of a song” - Jazz Times Magazine.

  www.andreawoodmusic.com www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-andr%C3%A9-wood-collective-324-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  OTHERWISE UNSUNG: NEW OPERA TAKEOVER
Rachel Peters, curator and host

Rick Bassett Leanna Kirchoff Arri Simon Zach Redler, George Lam Sara Cooper Mark Sonnenblick Elisabeth Halliday Trevor James Billy Kiessling Christiana Little
Otherwise Unsung: New Opera Takeover image

No fake rock. No adorable twentysomethings finding love in the big city. No meta-musicals that make fun of musicals. No style without substance. Just fresh, original work from honest, fearless, accomplished music theatre writers giving you their best. Come hear what you’re missing uptown.

Our series continues with creators of new opera joining forces to deliver contemporary arias and scenes (with a little musical theatre thrown in for good measure!). Writers Rick Bassett, Leanna Kirchoff, George Lam, Zach Redler and Sara Cooper, and Mark Sonnenblick represent the John Duffy Composers Institute, American Opera Projects, and Rhymes With Opera. Special guests from Manhattan School of Music will perform excerpts of Rachel Peters’s own opera-in-progress, Companionship.

Additional Performances by Elisabeth Halliday, Trevor James, Billy Kiessling, Christiana Little, and Arri Simon.

With Rick Bassett and Zach Redler at the keys.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-otherwise-unsung-new-opera-takeover-324-830pm-1030pm

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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