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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Thursday
Mar 30
6:00PM  FICTION ALOUD
Postponed!

David Ebenbach Helen Benedict Sarah Van Arsdale
Fiction Aloud image

Join us for a gripping evening of fiction with award winning authors David Ebenbach, Helen Benedict, and Sarah Van Arsdale, whose latest books cover everything from refugees in the aftermath of war to an Inuit tribe welcoming a transgender stranger as they all struggle to survive, and stories about cults, guys left out of orgies, and drag racing in the Philippines.

8:01PM  KYLE NASSER SEXTET
Kyle Nasser, tenor, soprano sax;  Loren Stillman, alto sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dov Manski, piano;  Nick Jost, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

Nasser will feature two new suits of music along with some newer originals with a band comprising some of the NYC's best young improvisers.

"superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader. His exquisitely balanced works reflect both his ardent creativity and his urbane artistic composure." - All About Jazz

Kyle Nasser Sextet image
Friday
Mar 31
6:00PM  LOVE AND TROUBLE: FIVE PERSONAS ~ ONE VOICE
CANCELLED!!

Adrienne Danrich, soprano;  Dave Hall, guitar;  Mila Henry, piano
Love and Trouble: Five Personas ~ One Voice image

Love & Trouble explores different facets of love and subsequent trouble through the voices of five different characters, all sung by one vocalist. Pop, jazz, blues, Gospel and Classical music help the characters give us a fresh understanding of the light and darkness of our human nature. We’re all lovers of something. Which character is most like you? Come join us and find out with Love & Trouble.

9:00PM & 10:30PM  VINNIE SPERRAZZA QUARTET, CD RELEASE: JUXTAPOSITION
Chris Cheek, tenor sax;  Bruce Barth, piano;  Pete Brendler, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Vinnie Sperrazza Quartet, CD Release: Juxtaposition image

We'll be playing tunes from my new album, Juxtaposition, on Positone Records. Instrumental jazz songs about church fathers, New York State, a small town in southern Italy, being lonely in NYC, climate change, Eastern Europe before WWI, and a song from West Side Story.

"Juxtaposition justifies keeping Sperrazza on the list of ascendant jazz musicians to watch for."- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews

Saturday
Apr 01
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

Peter Aguero Gastor Almonte Marlene Nichols Joanne Solomon
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!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from PETER AGUERO (The Moth Radio Hour; TEDMed Talks), GASTOR ALMONTE (Comedy Central; Stoops2Stages), MARLENE NICHOLS (Producer, Al Gore's Climate Reality Project), and JOANNE SOLOMON (How I Learned Series; De La Guarda)

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

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

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

  www.theliarshow.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  ADAM KOLKER'S AUGMENTED TRIO
Adam Kolker , woodwinds;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums;  Jeff Schiller, flutes;  Jeff Nichols, clarient;  Jackie Henderson, bassoon

Tonight we’re excited to be featuring music from our upcoming Sunnyside release “Beckon.” The trio/quartet will be augmented by woodwind trio, with some new music written especially for tonight’s performance.

“KOLKER IS A REAL IMPROVISER, MAKING IMPULSIVE CHOICES ABOUT PHRASING AND HOW TO IMPLY A CHORD, GIVING EACH OF HIS NOTES A STRONG, STRANGE CHARACTER." —NEW YORK TIMES

  http://www.adamkolker.com

Adam Kolker's Augmented Trio image
Sunday
Apr 02
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: MUTANT MIRACLES
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Orrin Devinsky Lowell Handler and Robin Hirsch
Entertaining Science: MUTANT MIRACLES image

Mutation and disease – can’t live with ‘em or without ‘em. Orrin Devinsky, the Director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, will tell us the reasons for this. And photographer Lowell Handler and our own Minister of Culture/Wine Czar/Dean of Faculty, Robin Hirsch, will read to us their serious and funny accounts of living with Tourette’s syndrome.

Mutations: As Dr. Devinsky will explain, life relies on mutation, no mutation = extinction. Mutation and disease are diversifying agents. This is especially true for neuropsychiatric disorders, where behavior the range of behavior is extended, often in novel ways. While much of this diversity may be pathological, it also contributes to creative and idiosyncratic approaches to seeing and interacting with the world.

Tourette’s syndrome is associated with both mental and motoric creativity. We will hear more of this from Lowell Handler, who has lived with the syndrome – he will reflect in context on who decides what is appropriate, inappropriate or offensive behavior for a given person in a specific situation and time. And Robin Hirsch, the master storyteller stoking the cornucopia of creativity that spills daily from the Cornelia Street Café, will read one of his apposite pieces.

The spirit of Oliver Sacks, a friend of all the people in this program – will be over the evening.

8:35PM  DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, DOMINIQUE CARRÉ
Koran Agan, host

Dominique Carré, guitar;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Raphael Pannier, drums
DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Dominique Carré  image

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. Featured this month will be guitarist Dominique Carré.

French guitarist Dominique Carré has worked with gypsy jazz greats such as Costel Nitescu, Rocky Gresset, Felix Belleau, Adrien Moignard and the legendary Tchavalo Schmitt.

In addition to his gypsy jazz quartet comprised of two guitars, violin and acoustic bass, Dominique also leads a fusion group in which he blends music of Django Reinhardt with sounds of jazz, rock and funk.

For his debut performance at the Cornelia Street Café he will present two versions of his groups. Starting with the acoustic set and finishing with the electric ensamble.

8:30 - Jazz Manouche Trio 10:00 - Django Fusion

  http://dominiquecarre.fr/

STREAMING LINK: https://youtu.be/ptMQX2Fct84

Monday
Apr 03
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

  www.davidamram.com

Tuesday
Apr 04
6:00PM  SPRING AWAKENINGS: CELEBRATING THE POETIC AND THE PROSAIC
Coree Spencer Sarah Stern Fredricka Maister Deborah Kahan Kolb
Spring Awakenings: Celebrating the Poetic and the Prosaic image

"Changing everything carefully," E.E. Cummings writes of spring. With poetry and prose, four authors -- Coree Spencer, Sarah Stern, Fredricka Maister, and Deborah Kahan Kolb --give voice to change, growth and self-discovery in their diverse works. Their books will be available for purchase. The books' proceeds to go to Planned Parenthood.

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: DORI LEVINE WITH VIRG DZURINKO & ADAM LANE
Deborah Latz, curator

Dori Levine, voice;  Virg Dzurinko, piano;  Adam Lane, bass
VoxEcstatic: Dori Levine with Virg Dzurinko & Adam Lane image

Dori Levine's original style and sound is a standout in the NYC jazz vocal scene. She is known for her surprisingly fresh reinventing of standards, her endless creativity as a free vocal improviser and her ability to SWING!

She is a member of Jay Clayton's "Different Voices" vocal ensemble and has performed with pianists Connie Crothers and Kazzrie Jaxen, guitarists Andy Fite and Ed Littman in the recent past. She has appeared at Birdland, the Bluenote, Merkin and Steinway concert halls and abroad in Italy, Sweden and at the Brighton Festival in England.

“If sultriness were patentable, Levine would hold the patent … raises the level of Jazz vocal originality several notches” Frank Rubolino, Cadence

Levine has a distinctive voice all her own and is certainly not shy to take chances" Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
  www.dorilevine.com

9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: HELLE HENNING QUARTET FEAT. JAY ANDERSON & JOCHEN RUECKERT
Deborah Latz, curator

Helle Henning, voice;  Christian Smith, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
Voxecstatic: HELLE HENNING QUARTET feat. Jay Anderson & Jochen Rueckert image

Helle Henning Quartet is exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz and new Nordic jazz/folkmusic with the most delicate balance and intense musical expression. All songs are written by the popuplar Danish singer herself containing alluring beautiful melodies and unique lyrics. Helle Henning is a wonderful performer and an authentic storyteller and fuelled by the other band members, a great improvisor.

“Loudness of Loneliness" - Bringing the touch of the Nordic countries to New York

"Helle Henning's expression is timeless, yet very present in our era. It’s Nordic, melancholic and very jazzy .... Original and classy. “ (JAZZNEWS DK)

"A heartfelt calling card from an intense voice, rich in facets." (CD-review)
  www.facebook.com/hellehenning

Wednesday Apr 05
6:00PM  MARY LYN MAISCOTT
Mary Lyn Maiscott, vocals, guitar;  Joan Chew , violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals;  Graig Janssen, guitar, piano, harmony vocals
Mary Lyn Maiscott image

Singer-songwriter Mary Lyn Maiscott makes her debut at the Cornelia Street Café with a range of original songs, from the "hauntingly beautiful" (Vanity Fair) ballad "Alexander/Isabella" to the "fierce" rap/rocker "Unrequited Love," as well as a surprising cover or two. Having started out writing poetry, Mary Lyn blends catchy melodies with literate lyrics about such subjects as designer Alexander McQueen, a beguiling Edith Wharton character, and love in its various forms. She’s joined by the multitalented Joan Chew (violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals) and Graig Janssen (guitar, piano, harmony vocals).

"Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels."--Guillermo Henry, Radio Etiopia, Mexico City

  marylynmaiscott.com www.facebook.com/Mary-Lyn-Maiscott-244668802244909/

8:01PM  GEORGE BURTON-GROUP 5
Chris Hemingway, alto sax;  Craig Magnano, guitar;  George Burton, piano;  Noah Jackson, bass;  Wayne Smith Jr., drums
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Group 5, one of George Burton's two groups playing on the New York jazz scene, is the manifestation of George's relentlessly creative ear for progressive/modern original music that hinges on jazz influenced by rock.Group 5 features saxophonist Chris Hemingway, guitarist Andy Bianco, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. These master vibe-creators don't merely walk the genre-crossing edge, but rather run it with rock-infused chords heavy with swing, groove, and mood. Their exchange of surprising harmonies, angular rhythms, pointed chords, use of space, and rhythmic elasticity bring deliverance from the traditional rules of engagement, breaking barriers between audience and musician, resulting in an organic harmonic symbiosis.

George Burton represents what many of Jazz's most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary...unable to be contained." — Daniel Palmer, Nextbop

  Georgeburtonmusic.com

Thursday
Apr 06
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Josh, Deborah, 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.

8:01PM  BRYAN AND THE AARDVARKS
Fabian Almazan, keyboard;  Charles Altura, guitar;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Bryan Copeland, bass;  Joe Nero, drums

The imaginatively lyrical, eccentrically inventive Bryan and the Aardvarks reprise music from their long- awaited second release Sounds From the Deep Field, due out April 28 via Biophilia Records, which was written in a sudden burst of inspiration. The result is an album that is in equal parts an epic-scale modern jazz adventure, stargazing sonic dreamscape, and soundtrack for a non-existent science fiction film.

"This is a band with dynamic flux in its DNA, and brisk technique in its bloodstream. But its overriding purpose is consonance. “Pastoral shred,” my fellow critic Hank Shteamer put it on Twitter, and that sounds about right." - Nate Chinen, New York Times

  http://bryanandtheaardvarks.com

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Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times