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Wednesday Mar 21
Ben Bryden, tenor sax;  Ben Wendel, tenor sax;  Tim Basom, guitar;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Dustin Kaufman, drums
‘Bright Noise’ EP Release Concert - featuring Ben Wendel and Chris Lightcap. image

Led by Scotsman Ben Bryden, Bright Noise is part of a growing scene characterized by alternative rock influences and odd time signatures. Featuring original music that ranges from euphoric grooves to melancholy atmospheric melodies intertwined with high octane improvisation, tonight sees the launch of the band's self-titled EP. They will be joined by special guests Ben Wendel (Kneebody, Tigran Hamasyan, Snoop Dogg) and Chris Lightcap (Regina Carter, Mark Turner, Paul Motian).

Praised for his ‘well-defined, tightly executed compositions’ (Glasgow Herald), New York saxophonist and composer Ben Bryden is a rising star in improvised music whose work is recognized in Europe and the US. After honing his skills at Manhattan School of Music, as well as venues such as Zinc, The Iridium and Le Poisson Rouge, Ben has appeared with Kenny Wollesen’s ‘Wollesonics’ and ‘Himalayas’ as well as guesting with the Dan Weiss Trio and Les Paul.

"Quite a talent...One of the rising stars of the UK Jazz scene" - BBC Radio Scotland

$20.00 includes a drink

Billy Newman, host

Paul Lieberman, tenor sax, flute;  Duduka da Fonseca, drums;  Nilson Matta, bass;  Joel Martin, piano;  Fernando Saci, percussion
New Brazilian Perspectives: Paul Lieberman image
"After two years of touring the US with Airto & Flora Purim in an (otherwise) all-Brazilian band, Paul was invited by Mutantes co-founder Sergio Dias to move to Brazil, where he lived and worked for four years as a first-call musician, and recorded with Djavan, Chico Buarque, Milton Nascimento, Simone, Alcione and dozens of other stars, and recorded or performed with most of Brazil's greatest instrumentalists. He became so fully assimilated into the Portuguese language and Brazilian culture that he was routinely assumed to be a native.

$20 (includes a drink)

Mar 22
Taffy Jaffe, host

Taffy Jaffe Trish Alexandro Gordon Gilbert Raphael Badagliacca Carl Kissin Jess Korman

$10 includes your first drink

Let's Talk Dirty image
John Raymond, trumpet;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Javier Santiago, piano;  Joe Martin, bass;  Otis Brown III, drums
Spotlight on New Talent: John Raymond, CD Release image
A finalist in the 2009 National Trumpet Competition, rising star trumpeter John Raymond kickstarts the "Spotlight on New Talent" series at the Cornelia St. Cafe with the official CD Release for his debut album "Strength & Song." Produced by legendary trumpeter/educator Jon Faddis, the album features Raymond's original compositions that draw on jazz, rock, hip-hop and pop influences to produce emotionally engaging music with affecting, memorable melodies. Accompanying Raymond is a cast of New York’s finest rising star musicians, and their world-class interplay on Raymond's original compositions makes for a night of powerful, expressive music.

“A dynamic and soulful musician, both as a trumpet player and a composer. John Raymond uses his knowledge of the jazz tradition to forge a style that honors the masters of our music as well as being creative, unpredictable and compelling. John has a unique voice, and he is definitely saying something that is worth listening to." --Jon Faddis, World-Renown Trumpeter & Educator

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Mar 23
Jaye Maynard, vocals;  Jon Delfin, piano;  Leon Lee Dorsey, bass
BIRD AMONGST THE BLOSSOM - A Tribute To The Blossom Dearie Songbook image
Singer Jaye Maynard pays homage to (but doesn't try to imitate) the wised-up jazz-babydoll stylings of the late Blossom Dearie - with Jon Delfin accompanying her on Dearie's own piano. Leon Lee Dorsey plays bass, as Maynard interprets “Blossom Dearie’s First Songbook” containing songs written exclusively for or by Dearie by, among others, Bob Dorough, Johnny Mercer, and Dave Frishberg.

Dearie was a unique and inimitable singer whose legacy of material is fresh, hip, smart, and sassy. Maynard styles her show in a mid-Century modern cabaret to inform and entertain.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Mark Helias, bass;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Tom Rainey, drums
Mark Helias - Open Loose image
Open Loose, an archetypal improvising band will be celebrating the release of their brilliant new CD “Explicit”. The album, recorded in one night at the Sunset Club in Paris, comprises nine new compositions by composer Mark Helias. Recorded in the middle of a two week tour this recording captures the live intensity of new music being explored and turned inside out by master improvisers. Come here the group live and take home an artifact in the form of their new CD.

$25 (includes a drink)

Mar 24
Mary Armstrong Susana H. Case Barbara Fischer Merv Taylor Margo Stever Meredith Trede
SHP Poets in NYC! image
SHP (Slapering Hol Press) Poets in NYC. Featuring:

Mary Armstrong, winner of the 2011 SHP Chapbook Competition, reading from her prizewinning collection, Burn Pit.

Susana H. Case, SHP author and professor at the New York Institute of Technology, reading from her latest chapbook, The Guide of Practical Sexual Advice.

Barbara Fischer, SHP Advisory Committee Member and winner of the 2011 T.S. Elliot Prize for Poetry for her novel-in-verse, Mutiny Gallery.

Merv Taylor, professor at The New School, reading from his latest collection, No Back Door.

Margo Stever Editor of Slapering Hol Press, reading from her new chapbook The Hudson Line.

Meredith Trede, Editor of Toadlilly Press reading from her recent book, Field Theory.

$7.00 includes a drink

Ricardo Gallo, piano;  Dan Blake, saxophones;  Reut Regev, trombone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Ricardo Gallo’s “Tierra de Nadie” image
Ricardo Gallo’s “Tierra de Nadie” performs original music conceived as a sort of imaginary musical folklore, a “No man’s land” which is the intriguing basis for exploratory improvisations. The compositions picture a landscape devoid of flags, providing space for the contributing musicians. On this occasion featuring Mark Helias on Bass, Satoshi Takeishi on drums, Dan Blake on saxophones, Reut Regev on trombone, and Ricardo Gallo on piano and compositions. Its debut recording titled “The Great Fine Line”, enjoying as well the contribution of Ray Anderson and Pheeroan akLaff was released in November 2010 by Clean Feed Records.

”While everyone is accorded solo space, this is genuine ensemble music, with the arrangements for Gallo’s original compositions emphasizing alert interplay, multi-linear improvisation and rapid shifts in density and tone.”-- Peter Margasak, Downbeat.

$25 cover (includes a drink)

Mar 25
Brinda Manickavasakam, violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam
Carnatic Sundays: Brinda Manickavasakam image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music's intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it. Featured in India's most respected newspaper, The Hindu, this series is reaching newer and more diverse audiences each month.

This month features vocalist Brinda Manickavasakam, a top disciple of the respected and celebrated vocalist, Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Brinda is blessed with a sweet voice and is adept at expressing herself with refined classicism. She has performed in many of the major sabhas (venues) in India as well as in the US. This is a concert not to be missed, as Brinda is based in Washington DC and will only be performing one concert in the NYC area. She will be accompanied on violin by a newcomer to Cornelia Street, Smitha Krishnan. Our very own, Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, will accompany on mridangam.

$20 (includes a drink)

Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Petros Klampanis, bass
Petros Klampanis Contextual Trio image
Bassist Petros Klampanis invites two of the finest musicians in the NY scene for that Sunday night at Cornelia Street Cafe.

The CONTEXTUAL trio, with the drummer extraordinaire Ari Hoenig and young luminary Gilad Hekselman, will allure the audience with powerful compositions and tasteful improvisations.

Petros Klampanis debut album CONTEXTUAL was released by Inner Circle Music label last April and has received rave reviews.

"A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis, now a member of Greg Osby’s stable at Inner Circle, makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual"-Jazztimes Magazine/Bill Milkowski.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Mar 26
Emily Elizabeth, vocals;  Teriver Cheung, guitar;  Hannes Fankhauser, bass;  Francesco Alessi, drums
Emily Elizabeth Quartet image
Emily Elizabeth Quartet: An evening of originals and jazz arrangements.

Emily Elizabeth, vocalist from the heart of the United States was immersed in music from childhood. She studied classical piano and voice throughout her upbringing and was drawn to jazz after hearing Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band live in Chapman, Kansas.

In the fall of 2009 Emily moved to New York City jazz scene to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has studied with Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson and Amy London as well as worked with Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin. Some of Emily Elizabeth's appearances include the Garage Restaurant, NY, NY The Cornelia Street Cafe NY, NY and Miles' Cafe, NY, NY.

$20.00 inkadrink

Daisy Jopling, violin;  Daniel Mintseris, piano, keyboards;  Ben Zwerin, bass;  Doug Yowell, drums
Classical At The Cornelia: Daisy Jopling's World On A String image

The Daisy Jopling band perform their own modern arrangements of the great classics, world music, pop and rock songs, and originals.

Daisy began her solo career performing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14. Since then she has toured the world, recorded the music for the Hollywood Films Spanglish and The Road to El Dorado, signed to BMG RCA Victor, and recorded six albums. After opening the Vienna Festival twice before 30,000 people, she is currently on tour with the Daisy Jopling Band playing modern arrangements of great classical pieces.

"Daisy Jopling plays classical music with the energy and spontaneity of a rock musician. She has a lyrical intensity that seems to reach inside you with each stroke of the bow." - Tom Morris, Tony Award Winner 2011 for Best Director of War Horse

$25.00 includes a drink

Mar 27
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Kyla Marshell, Sarah Lawrence College;  Jennifer Nelson, NYU;  Dave McNamara, New School;  Sean Edgley, City College

Join us for this month's installment of The Graduate Poets Series. What is The Graduate Poets Series? Over the course of the season, hosts Seth Graves and Emily Brandt welcome the diverse talent of New York City's MFA community. Once each month, you'll have the chance to see and hear four of the city's most stunning young poets before they start racking up six-figure advances. Hundreds of poets have made their stage debut in this supportive peer environment, discovering their toilers in the field and forming collegial relationships.

Kyla Marshell is an alumna of Spelman College. She is the winner of the Edith A. Hambie Poetry Award, given at Spelman through the Academy of American Poets, and the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes Award, endowed by Alice Walker. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center artists colony, and is a Cave Canem fellow. Her poetry and prose appear in Mythium, The November 3rd Club, Zora & Alice,, and The Revivalist, and poems are forthcoming in PMS poemmemoirstory and CALYX Journal. She lives in Brooklyn, and attends the MFA program in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Jennifer Nelson lives in Flushing, where she writes a dissertation in art history and serves as the poetry editor of Epiphany magazine ( Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Volt, Handsome, Action, Yes, 6x6, Forget Magazine, RealPoetik, and elsewhere. She formerly curated this very series.

A native of Chicago, IL, Dave McNamara received his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an MFA in Poetry at The New School. His poems have appeared on The Best American Poetry Blog, Flying Fish, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. Dave is also the author of a blog devoted to the Black Mountain, Beat and New York School poets. Dave is a member of Actor’s Equity and lives in Crown Heights with his wife.

Sean Edgley is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area currently getting his MFA at City College. He has spent several years working and traveling in Europe and Asia. He has poetry forthcoming in the spring issue of Literary Bohemian and is working on translations of contemporary Korean poetry, as well as a futurist screenplay set in China, inspired by Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading.

$7.00 includes a drink

Dave Allen, guitar;  Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress , bass;  EJ Strickland, drums
Dave Allen Quartet image
With two critically acclaimed CDs behind him, guitarist and composer Dave Allen pushes on with this stellar group of forward-thinking improvisers. The group features the inimitable rhythmic team of Drew Gress and EJ Strickland along with the great alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw. Allen's compositions draw from a wealth of modern composers as well as poets, painters, and filmmakers, pushing the envelope between highly structured, complex forms and spontaneous improvisation.

$20 (includes a drink)

Wednesday Mar 28
Alissa Heyman, host

Margaret Diehl Victoria Lynn McCoy Niina Pollari and Kadija Sesay, featured poet
Perfect Sense image

Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 7 includes a drink

Davy Mooney , guitar, vocals;  Jon Cowherd, piano;  John Ellis, tenor sax;  Matt Clohesy , bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
Davy Mooney, CD Release: Perrier St. image
Davy Mooney is a guitarist, composer, and sometime vocalist from New Orleans who lives in Brooklyn. His latest CD release, 'Perrier St', on Sunnyside Records, is his attempt to synthesize his modern jazz leanings with a singer-songwriter aesthetic. Mooney has performed with Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Brian Blade, John Pizzarelli and many others. In addition to Mooney on guitar and vocals, the record features Brian Blade on drums, Jon Cowherd on piano (and producer duties), John Ellis on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Gordon Au on trumpet, Johnaye Kendrick on vocals, and Matt Clohesy on bass. To promote the release of the record, Mooney has been touring with a quintet featuring Cowherd, Ellis, Clohesy, and Greg Ritchie on drums. The group is excited to have its CD release party at Cornelia St Cafe.

A soulful and harmonically savvy guitarist from New Orlean. --Nate Chinen, New York Times

$20 cover (includes a drink)

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