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Mar 21
Brittany Velotta, vocals;  Shannon Ford, drums;  Simon Kafka, bass;  Will Shuler, piano;  Hannah Dowdy, vocals;  Anne Wentworth, vocals;  Jennifer Theriot, vocals

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. /

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.

“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.”

Mar 22
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.

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)

Mar 23
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.


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.


New Brazilian Perspectives: Livio Almeida Quartet image
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. /

Mar 24
Andrea Wood, vocals;  Angelo Di Loreto, piano;  Ethan O'Reilly, bass;  Philippe Lemm, drums
The Andréa Wood Collective image

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.

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.

Mar 25
Cat Richardson, Chelsea Whitton, hosts

Miriam Nash, Sarah Lawrence College;  Sam Selinger, NYU;  Iva Ticic, Sarah Lawrence College;  Micah Zevin, The New School
Graduate Poets Series image
On the fourth Tuesday of every month, hosts Chelsea Whitton and Cat Richardson present a selection of emerging poets from New York's MFA programs. Continuing the excellent tradition of the Graduate Poets Series, this monthly selection of readers is designed to showcase fresh voices in contemporary poetry, to stimulate a dialogue between MFA programs, and to offer alumni and area poets the opportunity to mingle and riff off of one another. For years, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a New York hub for literature and the arts. Join us this season for cocktails, camaraderie, and as always, great poetry!

Miriam Nash spent her early years living on an island off the west coast of Scotland. Her poetry has taken her to the USA, Singapore and across the UK, where she has been published in Magma, Brand and Generations Magazine and performed at Tate Britain, Singaporeʼs Esplanade and Chicagoʼs Green Mill. She has been an active part of the UK and Singapore poetry scenes, leading workshops in schools and producing large-scale poetry projects for young people. In 2012 she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study poetry at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. Her debut chapbook, Small Change, is published by Flipped Eye Publishing.

Sam Selinger is currently studying in the MFA program at New York University. His poems have been published in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Grey Magazine, Explosion-Proof, and Bat City Review, among other places. He is originally from Chicago, and lives in Brooklyn.

Iva Ticic is a Croatian transplant to New York. This makes her an internationally published, bilingual poet whose poetry focuses mainly on the confessional, the feminist, and the postmodern. She holds MAs in American Literature and Public Speaking from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and is presently finishing her MFA in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Iva is passionate about the written and spoken word as well as about promoting the power of literature in inspiring the lives of young women and girls. This passion has recently taken her to Central America where in Honduras she taught orphaned girls creative writing. For the second year in a row, she is proud to be one of AAUW's international fellows. Follow her on twitter @IvaHasWords

Micah Zevin currently lives with his wife, a playwright in Bronx, N.Y. He is a librarian for the Queens Library in Astoria, Queens, New York. He has most recently published poems in The Runaway Parade, and Killing The Angel. He is attending the New School towards his MFA in poetry to be completed in Spring 2014.

Nicky Schrire, voice;  Glenn Zaleski , piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Arthur Hnatek, drums
Nicky Schrire image

Nicky Schrire is a London-born, South African-raised vocalist and composer based in New York City. Described by FAME’s Mark Tucker as having “an instrument transcending laryngeal norms”, her debut album Freedom Flight was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. Her 2013 sophomore release Space And Time features duets with pianists Gerald Clayton, Gil Goldstein and Fabian Almazan, and has been described as “an intimate stunner” by All About Jazz.

“Though her approach has earned her comparisons to Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens, the similarities are superficial. Like Parlato, she’s an assured technician with a whole bag of impressive tricks. Like Stevens and, for that matter, Esperanza Spalding, she has an affinity for folk. But …she’s got her own thing, and it’s very much worth listening to.” -Jon Garelick, Arts Fuse USA

“[Schrire] is a talented singer who's also a serious musician, very committed to her art, never afraid to try out something new in her own irrepressible style.” -Alison Bentley, London Jazz (UK)

Wednesday Mar 26
Jennifer Rawlings, writer, performer
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Jennifer Rawlings grew up in Salina, Kansas, went to college to study biology, and decided to become a stand-up comedian instead. Jennifer is the proud mother of five children and lives with her family in Los Angeles. You may have seen Jennifer on Comedy Central, CMT, PBS, FOX, VH-1, A&E, CNN, HLN, CURRENT, Joy Behar or her recent TED talk. Jennifer is diverse and has shared the stage with everyone from Faith Hill and George Carlin to the Vice- President of the United States. She is a favorite key-note speaker at events across around the globe and is known for her wit and inspiration.

Jennifer often leaves her brood to entertain the troops. She has performed in over 300 military shows in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, UAE, Djibouti, Bahrain, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Korea, Kwajelean, Guam, Japan, Iceland and dozens of other countries.

It was during these trips to war zones that Jennifer added the title documentary filmmaker to her list of jobs. Jennifer’s powerful directorial debut: “Forgotten Voices: Women in Bosnia” has received critical acclaim and has been invited to screen at film festivals worldwide. Several universities including Harvard and UCLA have included “Forgotten Voices: Women in Bosnia” as part of their curriculum.

Anat Fort, piano;  Gary Wang, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Gary Wang has been a steady member of the Anat Fort trio since 1999, and is on her recent ECM Records release AND IF, which has gained rave reviews worldwide. The two have just recorded a new cd for the label. Together they return to their home base at Cornelia Street Cafe, where the trio has developed many ideas and has established many fans. Fort and Wang will be joined by drummer-extraordinaire Matt Wilson, who has a natural affinity for Fort's music. They will perform original music from Fort's last two cd's as well as some new material.

"The Israeli-born pianist Anat Fort's second CD with her trio is turbulent but spare, knife-edged but tender, brimming with melodic hooks that loop in sinuous shapes and a slightly klezmeric insouciance.-- Fred Kaplan, Slate magazines 10 best albums of 2010.

Anat Fort trio image
Mar 27
William Hooker, poetry/drums;  David Soldier, banjo/violin;  Matt Lavelle, trumpet/bass clarinet;  R. Braithewaite(aku styx), spoken word
William Hooker's body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the arts.

Rhys Tivey, trumpet, voice;  Jake Pinto, piano;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
Rhys Tivey Quartet image
Rhys Tivey returns to showcase new music with his vibrant, adventurous, lyrical quartet.

"Tivey is a dynamic improviser and compelling composer, nicely rooted in the past but always looking forward."-- Ralph Alessi, trumpeter/composer

Mar 28
Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington, hosts

Rainbow Book Fair Kick Off Event: Assaracus & Adrienne image

Bryan Borland and Seth Pennington, publishers of Sibling Rivalry Press, host poets who have appeared in the journals Assaracus and Adrienne to kick off the Rainbow Book Fair: Philip F. Clark, Sean Patrick Mulroy, Chery Boyce-Taylor, Charlie Bondhus, Kelly McQuain, JP Howard, Perry Brass, Anthony Lioi, Darrel Aleandro Holnes, Dean Kostos, Peter LaBerge, and Ian Young.

Sibling Rivalry Press is an independent publishing house based in Alexander, Arkansas. Its mission, in the words of Adrienne Rich, is to publish work that disturbs and enraptures. In addition to full length collections of poetry, chapbooks, and novels, SRP publishes two quarterly journals of poetry, Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry, and Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, and a third journal of prose, Jonathan: A Journal of Gay Fiction.

Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Barry Altschul, drums
Jon Irabagon Trio image
The Jon Irabagon Trio explores loose compositions with integrated group improvisations, taking to heart the great Beaver Harris quote, "from ragtime to no time." Legendary percussionist Barry Altschul (Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Paul Bley) continues his longtime rhythm section counterpart Mark Helias (Gerry Hemingway, Jane Ira Bloom, Ray Anderson) as they join Irabagon through two sets of originals and improvisations. Their latest release, It Takes All Kinds (Irabbagast Records/Jazzwerkstatt), has been garnering stellar reviews, and this show will present those tunes as well as some new original music in gearing up for a European tour in the fall.

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