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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Saturday
Mar 08
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
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.

www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-italian-american-writers-association-iawa-38-6pm-8pm 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!)   www.christophercastellani.com www.marisalabozzetta.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  REZ ABBASI ACOUSTIC QUARTET (RAAQ)
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

  www.reztone.com

Sunday
Mar 09
6:00PM  DEBORAH LATZ TRIO SERIES
Deborah Latz, vox;  Dario Boente, piano;  Ray Parker, bass
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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.

  www.deborahlatz.com www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-deborah-latz-trio-series-39-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  DAN RUFOLO QUINTET
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.

  /www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-dan-rufolo-quintet-39-830pm-1030pm

Monday
Mar 10
6:00PM  MICHAEL LYDON
MICHAEL LYDON, guitar & voice & whistling;  Ellen Mandel, piano;  Dave Hofstra, bass
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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.

www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-michael-lydon-guitar-voice-whistling-ellen-mandel-piano-310-6pm-8pm 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   www.michaellydon.com www.franklinstpress.com

8:30PM  DAVID LOPATO TRIO
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.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-david-lopato-trio-310-830pm-1030pm

Tuesday
Mar 11
5:30PM  STOOPS TO NUTS: STORY TELLERS
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.


 Cover $No cover tonight!   www.yorkvillestoopstonuts.blogspot.com/ www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-stoops-nuts-story-tellers-311-530pm-8pm

8:30PM  LIGHT AT BOTH ENDS OF THE TUNNEL
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.

www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-light-both-ends-tunnel-311-830pm-1030pm   http://www.artemiszpolonyi.com http://www.facebook.com/lightatbothendsofthetunnel

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Wednesday Mar 12 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY AT CORNELIA
Andrey Gritsman

Dean Kostos Carmen Firan Andrey Gritsman Tulis McCall Robin Hirsch Angelo Verga
Intercultural Poetry at Cornelia which began in 1999 parties on tonight with a splendid reading by the Grossmeisters, a few of our spoken word hosts and assorted bigshots who make the cafe's monthly culture calendar eclectic and fun.

  http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-intercultural-poetry-cornelia-312-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  1IN2 PRESENTS: PERIPHERAL PERSUASIONS
Jesse Elder, piano, spoken word;  Blanca Cecilia González, violin, spoken word;  Petr Salidar, film, script
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Peripheral Persuasions is a multimedia installation that explores many layers of awareness in dynamic juxtaposition, from the static buzz of the collectively shared news feed, to the calm, quiet balance of the artists rail.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-1in2-presents-peripheral-persuasions-312-830pm-945pm

10:00PM  JESSE ELDER TRIO
Jesse Elder, piano, comp.;  Chris Smith, bass;  Andrew Atkinson, drums
Jesse's trio will take to the stage for their first time, performing an entire set of never before heard, original music, all composed within the last 3 months.

"Lively charge and pregnant pause coexist with absorbing juxtaposition in music where improvisation and structure strike a fine balance."-- Ian Patterson, AllAboutJazz

  http://www.jesseeldermusic.com http://www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-jesse-elder-trio-312-10pm-1130pm

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Thursday
Mar 13
6:00PM  NIGHT IN THE NAKED CITY 2
Matthew Hupert, host

Eric Alter Steve Dalachinsky Thomas Fucaloro Aimee Herman Matthew Hupert Jane LeCroy Eliel Lucero Puma Perl
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People come to New York City to find their voice. Come hear poets whose voices began here.

  www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-night-naked-city-2-313-6pm-8pm

8:30PM  JAKOB BRO & THOMAS MORGAN FEATURING ANDREW CYRILLE.
Jacob Bro, guitar;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Andrew Cyrille, drums
Jakob Bro & Thomas Morgan Featuring Andrew Cyrille. image Karolina Zapolski
Danish guitarist and composer Jakob Bro is on a rare visit with this trio. The music will be his compositions, both written for this format, and material from his latest CD December Song.

Jakob has released 10 records as a bandleader including musicians like Lee Konitz, Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, Kenny Wheeler, Paul Bley, Chris Cheek, Thomas Morgan, Ben Street, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew D’Angelo, Chris Speed, George Garzone, Oscar Noriega, David Virelles and many more.

He is a former member of Paul Motian & The Electric Bebop Band (Garden of Eden, ECM – 2006) and a current member of Tomasz Stanko’s Dark Eyes Quintet (Dark Eyes, ECM – 2009). In November 2013 he recorded for ECM in the trio format with Thomas Morgan (bass) and Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen.

His latest recording, and the last in a trilogy, December Song with Bill Frisell, Lee Konitz, Craig Taborn & Thomas Morgan is getting wide praise in reviews in Downbeat, Jan. (4.5 stars), and and was just chosen as editors pick in Jazz TImes. The Scandinavian Magazine Jazz Special awarded it Jazz Record of the Year 2013, as they did in 2009 for Balledeering, the first in this series.

www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-jakob-bro-thomas-morgan-featuring-andrew-cyrille-313-830pm- 1030pm   www.jakobbro.com

Friday
Mar 14
6:00PM  EULOGY FOR THE SAXOPHONE
Performed by The New York City Players


Eulogy for the Saxophone is based on close to 50 hours of interviews with saxophonist Bob Feldman.

Performed by The New York City Players, Eulogy for the Saxophone traces the path of this Bronx-born New Yorker who played with Mingus, worked with Salinger, found and lost love, peace and music many times over -- all to become a saxophone player: A life set to jazz and played in front of the back drop of a New York City that may not even exist anymore.

$ 15 includes a free drink, the cafe's fabulous dinner menu is also available.   http:///www.gander.tv/event/cornelia-street-cafe-eulogy-saxophone-314-6pm-8pm

9:00PM & 10:30PM  TOM RAINEY - OBLIGATO CD RELEASE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Kris Davis, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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Tom Rainey - Obbligato, is a band dedicated to the redistribution of melody and improvisation on the standard song form. The entire group, comprised of Ingrid Laubrock, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis and Drew Gress, contribute their musical prowess in a group improvisation that expresses standard songs in a fresh way.

"Tom Rainey is a player that swerves between avant-garde notions and a and mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." --Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times.

Saturday
Mar 15
6:00PM  AN OLD-FASHIONED PIANO PARTY WITH LESLIE GOSHKO
Leslie Goshko, piano, vocals
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Leslie Goshko is an award-winning storyteller, Huffington Post Comedy contributor, and a one-time performer in the Broadway musical Hairspray. And thanks to years of piano lessons, she also happens to be a classically trained pianist. Join Leslie as she combines her love of comedy, storytelling, and music for an old-fashioned piano party. Featuring everything from Elton John to George Gershwin, this evening of music and laughs holds something for everyone.

an award-winning storyteller who’s won our hearts – 92Y Online

she sure knows funny – Backstage

Delightful and razor-sharp – Best NY Comedy

  http://sideshowgoshko.blogspot.com/

9:00PM & 10:30PM  TOM RAINEY - OBLIGATO CD RELEASE
Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Kris Davis, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Tom Rainey - Obligato CD Release image
Tom Rainey - Obbligato, is a band dedicated to the redistribution of melody and improvisation on the standard song form. The entire group, comprised of Ingrid Laubrock, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis and Drew Gress, contribute their musical prowess in a group improvisation that expresses standard songs in a fresh way.

"Tom Rainey is a player that swerves between avant-garde notions and a and mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." --Josef Woodard, Los Angeles Times.

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times