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Mar 05
Robin, Angelo, Josh, 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.
 Cover $food on us, drinks on you

Ryan Keberle, trombone;  Scott Robinson, tenor sax;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Eric Doob, drums
Ryan Keberle & Catharsis image

Few musicians have managed to navigate the richly varied avenues of New York City’s abundant music scene with the same passion and adaptability as trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle. Since his arrival in 1999, Keberle’s diverse talents have earned him a place alongside a staggering array of legends, superstars, and up- and-coming innovators. That includes playing with jazz greats including Maria Schneider and Wynton Marsalis; superstars like David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, and Alicia Keys; Latin jazz leaders like Pedro Giraudo and Ivan Lins; indie rock ground-breakers such as Sufjan Stevens; or playing in the house band at Saturday Night Live, on the soundtrack of a Woody Allen film, or in the pit for a Tony-winning Broadway musical

Keberle combines that wealth of influence and experience into a bold group sound with the debut of his pianoless quartet, Catharsis. The band comprises some of the most compelling up-and-coming voices in jazz – trumpeter Mike Rodriguez, bassist Jorge Roeder, and drummer Eric Doob – culminating in an approach rich with melodic invention, heavy groove, and a subtle indie rock sensibility. With the absence of a chordal instrument, Keberle was driven to focus more keenly on melodic and rhythmic aspects, resulting in memorable tunes and intensely driving grooves. On their 2013 debut release, Music is Emotion, hailed as a “strong album” by the New York Times and "a potent blend of ceinematic seep and lush, ear-grabbing melodies" by the Los Angeles Times, Keberle’s writing for the band reveals his expansive tastes, which encompass Duke Ellington, The Beatles, Sufjan Stevens, and Ravel, among countless others

“A young trombonist of vision and composure…with far-ranging credential, Ryan Keberle is onto something with Catharsis, his update of a pianoless postbop quartet…There heart and soul in Mr. Keberle’s tunes” – Nate Chinen, NY Times

Mar 06
Kat Georges & Peter Carlaftes, host

Margot Olivierra Beth Lisick Marci Blackman Hettie Jones
3 Rooms Press : The Monthly : Women on Top  image

Women on Top: A celebration of Women in honor of National Women’s History Month,

featuring Margot Olivierra (founding member of the Go-Go’s),

Beth Lisick (author, Yokohama Three Way),

Marci Blackman (author, Po Man’s Child),

and Hettie Jones (poet, teacher, mother, friend).

Phil Markowitz, piano;  Yasushi Nakamura, bass;  Sam Dillon, baritone sax;  Nicholas Biello, soprano sax;  Andrew Gould, alto sax;  Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Jake Robinson, drums
Paul Jones Quartet + The SNAP Saxophone Quartet image

Paul Jones presents an evening of new music for jazz quartet based in transforming works of Ravel, continuing his method of turning words into songs, and writing modern music for the the saxophone quartet. His debut album Short History was released in the fall of 2014 on Blujazz records and has been receiving great reviews from AllAboutJazz, Richard Kamins of StepTempest, and the Midwest Review. Downbeat will also review Short History in March 2015.

"Short History is an exciting recording as it straddles the styles of so many creative musicians without being beholden to any of them. The confidence and talent of Paul Jones and his musical collaborators shines throughout the program without pretension. Jones, who has recorded with Nicky Schrire and worked on guitarist Davis's "City of New York 2013" project, looks and sounds like a talent to be reckoned with, hopefully for many decades." - Richard Kamins, StepTempest

Mar 07
Andy Christie, host

Ophira Eisenberg Marie Faustin Jim O'Grady Giulia Rozzi
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!

Hosted by Andy Christie (The N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes OPHIRA EISENBERG (NPR'S Ask Me Another), MARIE FAUSTIN (The Warm Up), JIM O'GRADY (NPR's This American Life), and GIULIA ROZZI (Moth GrandSlam Champion).

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

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

George Garzone, tenor sax;  Mike Mainieri, vibraphone

Not since the recording of the Triadic Chromatic Garzone DVD and a tour of southern Italy, has this duo performed together on stage. A rare opportunity to catch two iconic jazz improvisers in an intimate west village space.

George Garzone, Mike Mainieri Duo image
Mar 08
Isabelle Ganz, vocals;  Jed Distler, piano
Sounds Jewish, doesn't it? image
featuring Charlie Barnett, piano
Gia Mora is Einstein’s Girl image

Smart, sexy, sassy actor/vocalist Gia Mora, a.k.a. Einstein’s Girl, unleashes her signature blend of intellectual prowess and animal instinct on an unlikely pair of human languages: love and theoretical physics. Combining beloved jazz standards with standup comedy and original music, Mora uses cutting edge mathematics as a metaphor for 21st century interpersonal relations. Einstein’s Girl takes her audiences on a journey to the edges of the universe and the interiors of their hearts. See why audiences and reviewers alike are raving about this hilarious and deeply touching original one-woman tour-de-force. Featuring Charlie Barnett on piano.

“Physics and singing? Who would have thought? But Ms. Mora managed the unthinkable–putting a fresh spin on the subject of love–melding intellectual thoughts on topics as varied as black holes and supercomputing and devilishly funny commentary on the intersection between American obsession with technology and the search for love with sultry, jazz-infused vocals. She more than proved her versatility by comfortably delivering emotionally on-point vocals with technical precision. She was delightful.” -Jen Perry, Broadway World

Mar 09
Veronica Golos Angelo Verga
Brother/Sister Poets image
The news that stays new, from the gutters to the sky, two of our favorite poets, battle-tested veterans of the poetry wars, whose words overlap in significant ways, share an evening of new poems.

Veronica Golos is an accomplished poet, teacher, editor, curator, and activist. Her early writing was inspired by blues singers Billy Holiday, Nina Simone, Mahalia Jackson, and the gospel and protest songs of the 1960’s. Her own poetry looks beneath the “accepted truths” to investigate other possible perceptions. Veronica’s first book, A Bell Buried Deep (Story Line Press) was a co-winner of the 2004 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, No Ordinary Women, was adapted for stage in New York’s Theatre Row, and at Claremont Theological Seminary in California. Her latest book, Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press), won the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, for best single book of poetry.

A New Yorker by birth and a graduate of City College of New York, Veronica’s teaching spans decades and is diverse: from the use of Haiku for incarcerated teens in Riker’s Island Prison, to memoir for Nazi holocaust survivors. She’s lectured on “How to Teach Poetry to Young Children” at Hunter College, the Teacher’s College of Columbia University and Colorado State.

Angelo Verga - Poet, teacher, editor, manuscript doctor, curator of innumerable literary events, Angelo Verga's sixth collection is a long poem set in the crooked footpaths of lower Manhattan, Praise for What Remains , Three Rooms Press, 2009. He has been widely published anthologized and translated.

His previous books include A Hurricane Is, Jane Street Press (2002), and 33 New York City Poems, Booklyn (2005).

Sarah Bernstein, violin/composition;  Scott Tixier, violin;  Stephanie Griffin, viola;  Malcolm Parson, cello
The Frikativ Quartet image Peter Gannushkin
The Frikativ Quartet presents compositions by Sarah Bernstein for improvising string quartet. Four inventive and soloistic musicians create a sound that taps the orchestral power of string ensembles and the agility of the jazz quartet. With Scott Tixier, violin, Sarah Bernstein, violin, Stephanie Griffin, viola, Malcolm Parson, cello.

Mar 10
Barbara Aliprantis, host

Michele Carlo Nicole Ferraro Jeff Rose
New York Story Exchange image

New York, “the city that never sleeps,” where everyone has a story to tell…

New York STORY Exchange Returns! New Format and Rotating Hosts. Tonight’s Host: Barbara Aliprantis Featured tellers: Introducing our Rotating Hosts Michele Carlo, Nicole Ferraro, Jeff Rose.

Open Telling: 3 for 5 (3 volunteer tellers, 5 minutes each); sign-up by 6:10 PM

Michel Reis, piano, comp.;  Aaron Kruziki, reeds;  Eddy Khaimovich, bass;  Jonas Burgwinkel, drums
Michel Reis Quartet, CD Release: Capturing This Moment image

Exactly two years after the debut of the Michel Reis Quartet at Double Moon Records ("Hidden Meaning", DMCHR 71115), their next album is being released. It again follows a central theme, which is pivotal for Michel Reis; compositions with romantic, almost melancholic melodies permeate the album, which has been created as a "total art work". Each piece is interpreted as a story in itself and for the recording as a whole. You can hardly ignore that the composition is the starting point and center as the focal point for all involved. Only then do the things that distinguish jazz and make it unique come into play: spontaneous, rich in ideas and even "transient" improvisation based on the given harmonies.

Reis compares that with the work of a photographer; the later plans his shots with set objects at a certain place. However, a good photographer will take snapshots of situations spontaneously that are not planned, which he encounters on the way. Consequently, "Capturing This Moment" is a very appropriate title for this album. Michel Reis has again succeeded in creating an extremely convincing album with top-rate band members who interact fantastically. The Luxembourger Michel Reis first studied classical piano and then jazz piano in his native country before moving to Boston in the country of jazz's origins. He was not only able to study under many known jazz musicians, but also to perform with them: from Dave Holland to Joe Lovano and Esperanza Spalding. Michel Reis lives between New York and Europe and is constantly on tour with his different projects. This "extraordinary pianist" (Down Beat) will certainly go his own way!

Wednesday Mar 11
Andrey Gritsman, host

David Lehman Ilya Bernstein Bob Holman Alex Cigale Elizabeth Hodges Misha Semenov Larissa Shmailo
Intercultural Poetry image

Victory over the Sun, Futurism, and Russian Silver Age Poetry in Translation

Tonight, iconoclastic Russian theater and poetry of the Russian Silver age will be celebrated at the Cornelia Street Café with a star-studded program of new translations and original poetry.

Ben van Gelder, alto sax;  Adam O' Farrill, trumpet;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Peter Schlamb, vibraphone;  Sam Harris, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums

This concert will feature music that was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery last summer. Ben van Gelder brings to the club an extended group that is composed of some of New York's most talented musicians.

Ben van Gelder Septet image
Mar 12
Suzanne Cleary Jennifer Franklin Sean Nevin Richard Parisio Margo Taft Stever David Tucker
Slapering Hol Press: A Reading image

Slapering Hol Press is proud to present Richard Parisio reading from his chapbook, The Owl Invites Your Silence. Parisio is the 2014 recipient of the SHP Sanger-Stewart Award. He will read with SHP Co-Editors, Jennifer Franklin (Looming, 2015) and Margo Taft Stever (Lunatic Ball, 2015). SHP poets and Advisory Committee members: Suzanne Cleary (Beauty Mark, 2013), Lynn McGee (Heirloom Bulldog 2015), and David Tucker (Late for Work, 2006) will read from their new work.

Marty Ehrlich Sara Schoenbeck Eivind Opsvik Harris Eisenstadt
Harris Eisenstadt and Golden State image Chris Cameron

Eisenstadt convenes a rare NYC appearance of his chamber jazz group Golden State in celebration of their March 2015 release Golden State II (Songlines).

“Pure magic… a rare compositional talent… rigorous and serious, but played with a certain degree of levity by a quartet clearly enjoying itself.”-- John Kelman, All About Jazz

Drum kit donated by

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