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Mar 04
Paul Hecht, lead assembler

Paul Hecht, actor;  Hayden Dewitt, mezzo soprano;  Rita Costanzi, harp
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Hayden DeWitt is very pleased to return to the Cornelia Street Cafe` which is, by far, the hippest venue she has ever played! She has appeared as part of Paul Hecht's menagerie here twice before. Her debut was in 2011's Mahler program singing "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" as well as songs by Mahler's wife, Alma. Last November she was a part of "Songs of Travel," an homage to Robert Louis Stevenson, performing the oponymous song cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams in a cast that included Paul, the lovely Barbara Feldon and soprano Judith Barnes.

PAUL HECHT has been an actor for quite a long time. He has performed on and off Broadway , in radio television and film. He has recorded dozens of books and has appeared in literary events at Symphony Space, the 92nd street Y and the Morgan library. He was a tony nominee for Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Stoppard), and received an Obie award for Pirandello's Henry IV. He assembles the Happy Birthday series at the Café. He reads to elementary schoolchildren as part of Screen Actors GuildsBookpals program.

Rita Costanzi has established an international reputation as concert performer, recording artist, actor, teacher, writer, composer and public speaker. Formerly Principal Harp of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, she now devotes her life to solo and chamber music performances and teaching. In 2008, her choral work “Beneath Her Heart” received its world premiere in Vancouver, and in 2009, she collaborated with Oregon Ballet, in a new work based on solo harp Dances written especially for her. Costanzi’s distinguished teaching career includes Master Classes in conjunction with her solo appearances, as well as at The Juilliard and Eastman Schools, Peabody and Boston Conservatories, University of Toronto School of Music, the Glenn Gould School, McGill University and New York University, where she subsequently taught for three years as Adjunct Professor of Harp.

Benjamin Scheuer, voice, guitar
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Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting, and the curator of the Cornelia Street Songwriter Series.

He is the writer/performer of the theatrical piece THE LION, which opens in June 2014 at the Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC. Scheuer has performed iterations of the piece at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics), the St. James Theatre in London, and at Lincoln Center.

Scheuer leads the band Escapist Papers, whose most recent release, "The Bridge," features the song "The Lion." The music video for "The Lion" premiered at the Annecy Film Festival in France (Special Jury Award for Best Commissioned Film) and has been featured in the Crystal Palace International Festival (Best Music Video; Best Animated Video).

"Benjamin Scheuer is New York's next great young songwriter. His music stirs the soul, his lyrics pierce the heart. He has wit, grace, power, and consistently dips his pen into the deepest emotional well." -Andrew Lippa

Shayfer James, voice, piano
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When Shayfer James sits down at a piano he immerses himself and the audience darkly lyrical and evocative stories. His wry poetry is stitched seamlessly to peculiar arrangements that are simultaneously unsettling and familiar. Mr. James lures us into a devious world where the gods tear wings from angels and every man has a siren waiting to devour him.

“Rich orchestration..conjures up a dark and sinful scene underscored by mischievous charm”. -WNYC Culture Desk

Wednesday Mar 05
Michael Gold, bass;  Bob Arthurs, trumpet;  Gary Levy, alto sax;  Charles Sibirsky, piano;  Taro Okamoto, drums
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The Michael Gold Jazz Quintet presents Keepers of The Flame

The musicians in this ensemble are seasoned vets whose lives are deeply inspired by the music of Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong and Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh and many of the contemporaries associated with these great artists. The members of this ensemble have rich and varied professional lives and can be explored at,,,

Carolina Calvache, piano;  Tivon Pennicott , tenor sax;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  E J Strickland, drums
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Colombian jazz pianist Carolina Calvache, is part of the new generation of pianist and composers whose style blends South American rhythms with a contemporary jazz sound. Her upcoming Sunny Side album "Sotareño", reflects the artist's traditional roots from her native Colombia, and the elements of modern jazz performed by some of the top jazz musicians of the scene scene; such us Antonio Sanchez, Jaleel Shaw, Michael Rodriguez, Hans Glawischnig and Ludwig Afonso.Carolina's participation in 2011 Mary Lou Williams woman in jazz festival for outstanding artists, brought the attention of the audience at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Legendary pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi described her music as “ Marvelous”.“Originally from Colombia, this young “lioness” is certain to break through to become a prominent pianist on the national jazz scene. She plays with an engaging lyricism thatencompasses a full range of fire and finesse” --Jose Dacosta, Exodos to Jazz.

Mar 06
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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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.

Herb Robertson, trumpet;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Ed Schuller, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Drummer and composer Kresten Osgood is one of the most active musicians on the bustling scandinavian scene. he has performed and recorded with such artists as Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Paul Bley, John Tchicai, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and many others.

Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Charlie Burnham, violin;  Alex Blake, bass;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Drummer and composer Kresten Osgood is one of the most active musicians on the bustling scandinavian scene. he has performed and recorded with such artists as Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Paul Bley, John Tchicai, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Steven Bernstein and many others.

Mar 07
Kat Georges, host

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Three Rooms Press presents THE MONTHLY at Cornelia Street Cafe

WOMEN ON TOP: Five Phenomenal Perspectives


The event features readings and performances by five passionate, irreverent and intense women writers, artists and cultural leaders including writer/actor Angelica Page, poet/activist Hettie Jones, writer/performer Beth Lisick, poet Amber Atiya and poet/performer/mentor Annie Finch.

Scott DuBois, guitar;  Jon Irabagon, tenor, soprano sax;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Guitarist Scott DuBois’ music is described by Jazz Times as “fascinating”, by Cadence Magazine as “exceptional…faultless, a perfect gem” and by AllAboutJazz New York as “captivating music for the meditative thinker”. He has recorded two CDs with David Liebman for the historic Soul Note record label and three CDs for Sunnyside Records. His most recent CD, Landscape Scripture (2012), was named one of the Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2012 by National Public Radio. DuBois was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2005 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery wrote that Scott is, “one of the best and most adventurous guitarists in New York City”, and Spain’s largest jazz media source,, calls Scott, “one of the best modern jazz guitarists.”

***** (5 stars) “Wonderful, evocative…a profound delight.”--DownBeat Magazine (Paul de Barros)

Mar 08
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, Amy Barone hosts

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The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA)

Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels published by Algonquin Books: All This Talk of Love (2013), The Saint of Lost Things (2005) and A Kiss from Maddalena (2003), winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. He is a contributor to numerous books on writing, including Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Fiction Writer (Random House, 2008) and Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (Free Press, 2009.) He is the artistic director of Grub Street literary magazine and teaches at Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Marisa Labozzetta’s latest novel, Sometimes It Snows in America, was an Eric Hoffer Award Finalist for 2013. Her short story, Forecast for a Sunny Day, won the Watchung Arts Center Award for Short Fiction in 2010. She was a finalist for the 2009 John Gardner Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize nominee for her collection of short stories, At the Copa, which also won the Rio Grande Writers’ fiction contest and was a finalist in Playboy’s Victoria Chen Haider Memorial Literary Award for Fiction.

Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

$8.00 includes a drink ( and our downstairs menu can't be beat!)

Rez Abbasi, acoustic guitar;  Bill Ware, vibraphone;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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Rez Abbasi Acoustic Quartet (RAAQ) returns to prepare for their upcoming recording.

Their second album will highlight music from the 70's "Fusion" era. Yes, electrically saturated music done acoustically. Tunes from notable groups, Weather Report, Return To Forever, The Headhunters, Mahavishnu and more have been arranged for RAAQ's unique instrumentation with Rez on acoustic guitar; Bill Ware, vibes; Stephan Crump, ac. bass and Eric McPherson on drums.

“Abbasi makes inventive use of the unusual, inviting textures, on a 10-song set with six of his tunes plus four artfully arranged pieces by name composers. Call it deeply engaging, free-minded chamber-jazz.” - Jazztimes

Mar 09
Deborah Latz, vox;  Dario Boente, piano;  Ray Parker, bass

Get an earful from a trio that plays elegant, inventive, edgy jazz, world classics, and original compositions.

“As lucid as it is breathtaking, it is music of the sort that happens when the best companions get together.” — Andrew Vélez, NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD

Deborah’s FIG TREE tour in September 2013 took her to Paris, France where she was reunited with France's jazz piano luminary, Alain Jean-Marie - playing at Sunside, Cafe Universel, Cave du Riv 38 and Bab-ilo. While in Paris, Latz recorded her fourth album in trio with Alain Jean-Marie on piano and Gilles Naturel on double bass. Look for the release in 2014.

Pat Caroll, alto sax;  Samir Zarif, tenor sax;  Dan Rufolo, piano;  Philippe Lemm, drums;  Jeff Koch, bass
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Pianist/composer Dan Rufolo, having showcased four different groups in just under five years at Cornelia Street, brings yet another collaboration to the stage. This group keeps with Rufolo's ethos of "group above self", creating a musical environment that values all collective input and produces memorable, stimulating music.


Mar 10
MICHAEL LYDON, guitar & voice & whistling;  Ellen Mandel, piano;  Dave Hofstra, bass
MICHAEL LYDON, a rock writer with roots in the 60s, and an NYC singer-songwriter for decades, will bring both his music and writing back to Cornelia Street, accompanied by pianist Ellen Mandel and bassist Dave Hofstra, plus special guests.

Lydon will play, sing, and whistle his own easy-going pop-jazz tunes and great standards, and read from his rock 'n' roll writing--the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, BB King, Ray Charles--as well as his essays on literature. A founding editor of Rolling Stone, Lydon has many films on YouTube, and is "The Handsomest Man in the World!!

"Funny and musical" Daily News

"Charming" San Francisco Chronicle

David Lopato, piano;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Harvey Sorgen, drums
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Lopato has performed extensively throughout the world in configurations ranging from solo piano to 10-piece ensemble. As a composer he has received multiple grants from the NEA, NYFA and Meet the Composer, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to study Javanese Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, where he lived for a year. He has worked with Dewey Redman, Wadada Leo Smith, Ray Anderson, Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Jane Ira Bloom and Steve Reich. He has recorded on the Lumina, Enemy, Unity and Global Coolant labels.

Mar 11
Thomas Pryor, host

Barbara Aliprantis Cris Beam Francis Flaherty Robin Hirsch Tim O'Mara Thomas Pryor Joshua Rebell Angelo Verga
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The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Barbara Aliprantis is nationally known for performing/producing storytelling events. She is the recipient of an NSN Oracle Service Award and co-founder of the second Tuesday storytelling series at Cornelia Street Café with Dr. Kallas.

Cris Beam is the author of three books and a memoir. Her latest, To The End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) was a New York Times Notable Book. She teaches creative writing at Columbia and NYU.

Francis Flaherty, author of The Elements of Story: A Field Guide to Nonfiction Writing (HarperCollins) was a New York Times columnist and author for 19 years. He now teaches journalism at NYU and Columbia University, and edits books. He is writing a book on language with the working title, English: A Fan’s Notes.

Robin Hirsch is the author of Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinksi (a memoir), MOSAIC: Fragments of a Jewish Life (a performance cycle) and FEG: Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children. He is the owner of the Cornelia Street Cafe which he founded with two other artists in 1977 and which the City of New York proclaimed “a culinary as well as a cultural landmark” in 1987.

Tim O'Mara, a New York City schoolteacher for the past 26 years, is the author of the Raymond Donne mystery series including Sacrifice Fly and Crooked Numbers. His next novel, Dead Red, is slated for an early 2015 pub date.

Thomas Pryor is published in The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion and other periodicals. His blog: "Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts," is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on PBS's TV series: "Baseball: A New York Love Story," NBC TV’s “New York Nonstop,” and “This American Life.” His photography book, "River to River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle," was published in 2012 (YBK).

Joshua Rebell is a playwright and screenwriter, whose work has been extensively produced in Los Angeles, as well as in New York, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Oregon. He is also a spoken word curator here at the cafe, and very happy to celebrate the ongoing success of great storytelling series like this one!

Angelo Verga, is a widely published poet and a Cornelia Street Café partner. Two of his six book-length collections are A Hurricane Is (Jane Street Press) and Praise for What Remains (Three Rooms Press).

Adam Wade is an 18 time Moth storytelling winner and 2 time Moth Grand Slam champion. He's been heard on NPR's All Things Consider, Moth Radio Hour and Snap Judgment and featured in the New York Times and Time Out New York Magazine.

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Artemisz Polonyi, voice;  Bambam Rodriguez, bass
Light at Both Ends of the Tunnel is a very special Doublebass-Voice duo (Artemisz Polonyi, Hungary and Bambam Rodríguez, Venezuela), which started performing under the Winterdale Arch (Central Park West) and recorded its frist CD in situ. The duo shows the beautiful contrast between the soprano, angel like voice and the earhty doublebass. The repertoire consists mainly on Hungarian and South American Folk music, Early and Renaissance music, improvisation and Jazz.

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