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Wednesday Apr 01
Angelo Verga

Ted Jonathan Stella Padnos Shea Paul Wasserman
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Maria Manousaki, viola;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Petros klampanis, bass;  Ziv Ravitz, drums;  Tamer Pirnabasi, canun
The Maria Manousaki Quartet image

The Greek South African violinist Maria Manousaki is an international artist, active in the Jazz and World Music scene.

Living and performing in New York City, Maria has recently formed her own group with great musicians such as Shai Maestro on piano, Petros Klampanis on double bass and Ziv Ravitz on drums performing her original music inspired by her Cretan roots and her love for Jazz. Special appearance by Tamer Pirnabasi on Canun.

Maria has appeared in many prestigious events around the world, and has performed in auspicious venues including the Perth Concert Hall in Australia, New York Lincoln Centre, the Frank Sinatra School of The Arts in New York the MoMA museum of modern arts, the Megaro Mousikis, Badmington theatre and Zappio Megaro in Greece, the closing ceremony for the Mediterranean Olympic Games in Pescara Italy, the Dubai International Film Festival in 2005 and 2006, the Royal wedding in Doha Qatar, the King of Abu Dhabi Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nayhan, the princess of Morocco, amongst others.

Apr 02
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists’ Salon  image
Spring !!!! 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

Dennis DeMeo, guitar, pedal steel, vocals, songwriter;  Pete DeMeo, drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals, songwriter;  Jerry DeMeo, guitar, vocals, songwriter
The DeMeo Brothers Band image

Recently, The DeMeo Brothers Band played their debut shows in Fair Harbor, Fire Island, Oyster Bay, Long Island and NYC, to rave reviews. Two time Emmy nominated, touring and session drummer, Pete DeMeo, along with subtle and tasty west coast guitar and steel player, Dennis DeMeo, joined guitarist, singer, songwriter, Jerry DeMeo, for these wonderful evenings of music. Though they have been brothers and have played music for many years, both individually and with other musicians, they finally realized, after one of those V8 moments, that it might actually make sense for them to form a band.

Matt Parker, saxophones;  Alan Hampton, bass;  Reggie Quinerly, drums
Matt Parker Trio image

Brooklyn-based saxophonist Matt Parker returns to Cornelia Street Café with the musicians featured on his debut album Worlds Put Together (BYNK Records). A Fort Lauderdale, Florida native, Parker connects the stylistic dots between Lester Young and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Downbeat Magazine named 'Worlds Put Together' as one of the Best Albums of 2014 “A warmly swinging showcase for his breathy, Ben Webster-esque flow,” said Time Out New York. "Parker succeeds admirably in demonstrating an abiding reverence for jazz’s heritage without being overly shackled by its conventions." ​said Hot House It’s time to make the acquaintance of this rising star, who'll be performing with bassist Alan Hampton and drummer Reggie Quinerly.

Apr 03
Mario Pavone, bass;  Dave Ballou, trumpet, cornet;  Peter McEachern, trombone;  Julian Shore, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums

New compositions by bassist Pavone reflecting on the always amazing work of Thelonious Monk.

Mario Pavone/Mixed Quintet image
Apr 04
Cheryl Moskowitz, poet;  Alastair Gavin, piano, composition

Poet Cheryl Moskowitz and pianist composer Alastair Gavin return to Cornelia St to perform their captivating show of words and music - a unique blend of poetry, grand piano and electronic textures.

Andy Christie, host

Leslie Goshko Andy Ross Tracy Rowland Jeff Simmermon
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 Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post; Sideshow Goshko), Andy Ross (Mad Magazine; Real Characters), Tracy Rowland (Moth GrandSlam Finalist; Al Jazeera America), and Jeff Simmermon (NPR's This American Life).

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

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

Sara Serpa, voice;  Sofia Rei, voice;  Aubrey Johnson, voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Sara Serpa, City Fragments image

Led by the composer and vocalist Sara Serpa, the ensemble City Fragments features three vocalists and three instrumentalists (guitar, bass and drums). This project was born from a desire to bring together jazz vocalists, who typically perform as solo artists, and to create a communal relationship between their voices and the instruments. The primary objective of this ensemble is to explore the sonorities of a mini choir and a jazz oriented instrumental trio, establishing a platform in which vocalists and instrumentalists can contribute to the performance in equal roles, as improvisers and interpreters. The Portuguese, Argentine and American vocalists bring a unique combination of sounds and influences, and the music performed by this ensemble is all original music by Serpa, highlighting wordless compositions, Portuguese poetry, vocal harmonies and counterpoint.

"“(…) one of the most original and innovative musicians to emerge since the turn of the century. Her unique style of vocalese allows her to utilize the full range of her exquisite and clear voice with the agility of an instrumentalist and stand out of the crowd as a sublime interpreter and a bold improviser" All About Jazz


Sofia Ribeiro, voice;  Juan Andrés Ospina, piano;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, drums
Sofia Ribeiro Quartet image

Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from the country of fado, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a very deep connection to Portuguese traditional music, and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her warm and powerful sound.

Blending elements of jazz, pop, Brazilian and Portuguese music, the album "Ar" is the result of the powerful combination of this exceptional singer's talent as a vocalist and composer with the brilliant arrangements of Colombian pianist Juan Andrés Ospina. A journey where emotions, images and poetry interact through Sofia's splendid voice and a superb ensemble of international top musicians living in New York.

“Sofia is an exceptionally talented musician who is stylistically diverse and technically proficient, with a remarkable ear and articulation technique. Her stylistic interpretation is seasoned, sophisticated and extremely expressive. She is one of the bestscat singers that I have ever worked with!” (Bob Stoloff)

Apr 05
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Andrew Lawler, writer;  Dan Latham, chef
Entertaining Science: EGGSTRAVAGANZA (AND CHICKENS TOO) image

It’s Easter Sunday at Entertaining Science. We won’t solve the chicken and egg problem, but we are going to have fun and good food too. Andrew Lawler, a superlative science writer, the author a thousand articles and more to the point, of “Why Did the Chicken Cross the World?” will introduce us to our favorite fowl. Let's face it, chickens get a bum rap. The very word chicken is associated with being clueless or a coward, and birdbrain is no compliment. But the animal that provides the world with its single biggest source of protein is no intellectual slouch. Right out of the egg, a chick can count and think logically. The ancients held the chicken to be sacred and wise, as well as a virtual walking medicine chest.

And don't underestimate the common egg. It’s Easter, so Cornelia Street Café’s master chef, Dan Latham (who has two Rhode Island Reds in his backyard) has carte blanche to take us way past Eggs Benedict. Perhaps not as far as Philippine hard boiled Fertilized Duck Egg. Learn what holds together our quiches, custards and souffles. And bring your taste buds too!

Adam Schneit, tenor sax, clarinet;  JP Schlegelmilch, accordion, piano;  Phil Rowan, bass;  Max Goldman, drums, melodica
Old Time Musketry, CD Release: Drifter image

On their new album “Drifter” (NCM East Records) Old Time Musketry continue their pursuit of a distinctly American music that draws on the exuberant spirit of jazz, the poignant melodies and soulful grooves of rock and folk music, and the energy and spontaneity of free improvisation. The new album both extends the group’s compositional scope and brings a more refined focus to its unique sound and instrumentation. The music ranges from brooding rock ballads and hypnotic grooves to off-kilter marches and barnyard waltzes, all the while maintaining a strong and personal musical vision.

“4 stars”…”Old Time Musketry weaves through a variety of musical styles, never binding themselves to a single idea while asserting their own identity.”--Jon Ross, Downbeat Magazine

Apr 06
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
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
AMRAM & CO image

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.

Apr 07
Hosted by John McCaffrey and Patrick Gough

Nancy Mendez-Booth Burt Weissbourd Jack Gwaltney Harry Dreizen
End of the Line: Stories, Stanzas and Scenes Inspired by Fishing image
The world's wettest profession.

Peter Brendler, bass, comp.;  Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Peter Evans, trumpet;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Peter Brendler Quartet image

"Outside the Line" provides a masterful clinic on inside-out jazz, embracing the music's fundamentals while frequently leaving its conventions and cliches in a dusty pile in the corner. -Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Peter Brendler has created quite the gem of a CD - I'd put his release right alongside Eric Revis's smashing new CD as two of the best recordings by a bassist of the past several years. -Richard Kamins, Steptempest

Wednesday Apr 08
Shelley Stenhouse Angelo Verga
A Dialog of Poets : Stenhouse & Verga image
Shelley Stenhouse won the Pavement Saw Press Award for her collection, PANTS; was a finalist for the 2009 National Poetry Series; received a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellowship; an Allen Ginsberg Award; two Pushcart Prize nominations, and three residencies at Yaddo Art Colony. Her poem, "AIDS," has been quoted in Poet's Market. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Third Coast, Margie, and New York Quarterly (among others), and in Poetry After 9-11: An Anthology of New York Poets. Shelley has read on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and on several television networks: NY1, Oxygen and Manhattan Cable's Poetry Thin Air. She lives in Greenwich Village with her daughter, Daisygreen, and works one-on-one with writers.

Angelo Verga has been very widely published in the Americas & Europe. His six collections of poems include 33 NYC Poems (Booklyn, 2005), and A Hurricane Is (Jane Street, 2003). Verga promotes poetry in public spaces, notably The Cornelia Street Cafe where he curates an insane number of events per year. He lives & writes in a high rise above the western edge of Manhattan with the Statue of Liberty as his night light.

Andrew Bishop, woodwinds;  Tim Flood, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Bishop/Cleaver/Flood, CD Release: De Profundis image

Bishop/Cleaver/Flood will celebrate the release of their sophomore recording De Profundis (Envoi Recordings). Founded in 1996, the trio includes Andrew Bishop on woodwinds, Gerald Cleaver on Drums, and Tim Flood on Bass and draws its aesthetic through the use of diverse methods to find a balance of composition and improvisational forms along with a search for a cohesive equilibrium of musical ideas.

"A composer of contemporary orchestral and chamber music, Bishop combines a jazzman's fire and flow with a rigorous compositional sensibility, resulting in a potent and highly satisfying blend. --Dave Lynch, All Music Guide

"[O]n his new Album Time and Imaginary Time (envoi), the saxophonist Andrew Bishop engages in a communicative exchange with drummer Gerald Cleaver and bassist Tim Flood, exploring open space and expanding compositional frames.”--Nate Chinen, New York Times

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