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Apr 10
Jeff Rose, host

David Arroyo Josh Gardner Andrew McGill Anita Rendall
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Hear Stories! Tell Stories!

The New York Story Exchange brings the best of New York storytelling to Cornelia Street Cafe every month with four featured storytellers, followed by a five minute open mic. Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories, poems, spoken word or music! Sign up is from 5:45–6:10pm.

This month’s host: Jeff Rose —with featured tellers David Arroyo, Josh Gardner, Andrew McGill, and Anita Rendall.

Naomi Petit, voice, dj;  Elizabeth Aklilu, voice, dj
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Coming together in an explosive debut, spinning Northern Soul, trap, Rap, pop, jazz, world beats. East Africa meets France as these two young songstresses explores their heritage through the lense of American music.

Wednesday Apr 11
Andrey Gritsman, Carmen Firan, hosts

Deyan Ranko Brashich Radu Polizu
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An evening of poetry & stories launching New Meridian Arts Publishing new titles.

Featuring authors Andrey Gritsman (Stranger at Home),Deyan Ranko Brashich (Dispatches), and Radu Polizu (Between Ceausescu and Fidel)

NEW MERIDIAN ARTS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to artistic, cross-cultural, multi media exchange of ideas through the publication of books, magazines and the production of visual and performing arts. Today’s globalization comes with its own political and cultural challenges, and New Meridian offers solutions making multiculturalism a priority to better understand this new world and its diversity. The publishing house promots original works and translations of international writers of talent and scope.

Jarrett Cherner, piano;  Dan Blake, saxophone;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums

Hailed as “an impressive soloist and an immaculate accompanist” (Richard Kamins) who is "particularly inventive" (Scott Yanow), Brooklyn-based pianist, composer and bandleader Jarrett Cherner has captivated listeners with his lyricism, technical facility and consistently evolving musical vision. Originally from San Francisco, where he garnered praise as “one of the most exciting young pianist-composers on the Bay Area scene” (Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News), Cherner debuted on his own BaldHill Music label in 2006 with the compelling trio release Burgeoning, which earned recognition from the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards. As a driving force behind the collective jazz quintet Sketches (, Cherner released two albums, both critically acclaimed: Sketches Volume One (BaldHill, 2013) and Volume Two (Brooklyn Jazz Underground, 2014). Cherner’s most recent trio release, Expanding Heart (BaldHill, October 2016), features bassist Jorge Roeder and drummer Jason Burger in a set that reflects personal growth, combining original material with covers of wildly disparate songs by Vincent Rose, Otis Redding and Ornette Coleman.

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Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Peter Kronreif, drums;  Charles Altura, guitar
Remy Le Boeuf Quartet image

Saxophonist and composer, Remy Le Boeuf envisions his approach to composition and improvisation as stemming from the roots of language. Le Boeuf often employs literary elements to fuel his compositions as in is his recent collaboration with Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet entitled imaginist. He has received commissions and awards from Chamber Music America, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, SFJAZZ, BMI, the ASCAP Foundation, New York Youth Symphony, the International Symposium of Jazz Arrangers and Composers, and the EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies. In addition to his work as a leader, Le Boeuf has performed with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Donny McCaslin Saxophone Quartet, Linda Oh, Alexis Cuadrado, and Dayna Stephens. Originally from Santa Cruz, CA, Le Boeuf currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

A “musically precocious” saxophonist and composer who embodies “the gleaming cosmopolitanism of our present era” - NEW YORK TIMES

Apr 12
Robin Hirsch, memoir;  Janet R. Kirchheimer, poetry/film;  Richard Kroehling, film;  Liz Magnes, piano;  Jacqueline Margolis, the poetry of Gertrud Kolmar;  Raquel Solomon, guitar;  Cornelius Eady, guest poet
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A program of Poetry, Memoir, Music, and Film to commemorate the Holocaust, convened by Robin Hirsch and Janet R. Kirchheimer

Janet R. Kirchheimer is the author of How to Spot One of Us, (2007). She is currently producing AFTER, a cinematic documentary that explores poetry written about the Holocaust featuring the works of renowned, contemporary poets. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, as well as online publications. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and received a Drisha Institute for Jewish Education Arts Fellowship. Janet teaches a variety of creative writing workshops and Jewish-themed classes and is a gold-star, licensed New York City sightseeing guide.

Robin Hirsch is a former Oxford, Fulbright and English-Speaking Union Scholar and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinksi, for portions of which he received two NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowships. It has been called "one of the best books ever written on the long arm of the Holocaust" (Jewish Book News), "a luminous evocation of a vanished European world, masterfully performed" (American Theatre Magazine), and "completely glorious" (The Village Voice). He is an award- winning scholar, writer and actor, but the titles he is proudest of are self-bestowed: Minister of Culture, Wine Czar, Dean of Faculty at the Cornelia Street Café, where he has presided over some 700 cultural events a year since 1977.

 Cover $10 inkadrink

Will Vinson, saxophone;  Zach Lapidus, piano;  Steve Brickman, guitar, sax, voice;  Alessandra Gabrielle, voice;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jeff Miles, guitar, voice;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
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Jeff Miles returns to Cornelia St. to present music from his genre-defying debut album "The Periphery of Knowing."

André Matos, guitar;  André Carvalho, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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Guitarist André Matos returns to Cornelia Street Café with his trio - feat. André Carvalho on bass and Billy Mintz on drums- playing music from Matos´ solo albums "Múquina" and "Nome De Guerra" as well as revisiting songs from previous works; occasionally covering such composers as Pixinguinha, Jobim, Mintz and Motian. The trio addresses the composed material maintaining a spontaneous improvisor´s perspective.

“It’s hard to think of a guitarist in any style, especially jazz, who makes more masterful use of space than Matos, his melodies minimalistic yet rich." Lucid Culture

Apr 13
Cole Davis, bassist;  Lex Korten, piano;  Jongkuk Kim, drums;  Vaughn Stoffey, guitar
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Bassist Cole Davis, pianist Julian Shore and drummer Jongkuk Kim interpret songs from the jazz repertoire.

Justin Aronson, voice;  Sarah Goldfeather, violin, voice

Named after composer Kate Soper's piece of the same name, Cipher has premiered works by Brooklyn-based composers Sarah Goldfeather, Rebekah Driscoll and Eric Shanfield among others, and has been featured on WQXR, at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and at the String Theories Festival at Roulette.

"Cipher will blow your mind." - New Classic LA

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Pascal Le Boeuf, piano, comp.;  Sarah Goldfeather, violin;  Andie Tanning Springer, violin;  Jessica Meyer, viola;  Dave Eggar, cello
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Described as "sleek, new" and "hyper-fluent" by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross- breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.

"[Le Boeuf's] performances and compositions display an impressive level of sophistication. Textured harmonies and shifting time signatures are handled with aplomb." - San Francisco Chronicle

Apr 14
Penelope Karageorge, host

Nektarios Antoniou Pericles Kanaris Dean Kostos Stephan Morrow
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“The isles of Greece! The isles of Greece...Where burning Sappho loved and sung…” - Lord Byron, 1788-1824

Two brilliant, exceptional musical talents will perform:

NEKTARIOS ANTONIOU, founder and artistic director of Schola Cantorum, as recorded in the Grammy-nominated “A Story of the City: Constantinople-Istanbul,” will present Greek poetry set to the music of Theodorakis and Hadjizakis!

PERICLES KANARIS, international composer and performer whose talents range from writing film scores to producer, performer, and founder of the band SYNOLON, winner of multiple distinctions and awards, will perform a special selection of his original music!

An intriguing footnote: Kanaris is a direct descendent of Konstantinos Kanaris, one of the great Naval heroes of the Revolution.

Poet DEAN KOSTOS and writer/actor/director STEPHAN MORROW will present poetry and literary inspiration, including Morrow’s rendition of Lord Byron’s stirring “The Isles of Greece.”

Sara Serpa, voice;  Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones;  Erik Friedlander, cello
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Through a series of critically acclaimed releases over the past ten years, Lisbon, Portugal native, singer and composer Sara Serpa has continually defied the limitations of genre, implementing a singular instrumental approach to her vocal style. Her new album, Close Up, presents the compelling configuration of voice, saxophone and cello, exploring Serpa’s own compositions. Accompanied by a stellar new trio, Serpa finds her partners in two innovative improvisers with distinct musical personalities: saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, one of the most significant voices in contemporary jazz and improvised music, and Downtown veteran cellist Erik Friedlander.

“The configuration of voice, saxophone and cello exposes each instrument with a precise vulnerability,” says Serpa. “From within this exposure, we look for cohesion and collective sound. I write the material, but the music takes shape in the process of our rehearsals and the time we spend together, through discussion and collective experimentation.”

The result is an album that resembles a high resolution photograph, a mesmerizing play on the idea of close- ups: the compositions, the musicians and their roles within the trio, and the recording process.

“Serpa is a fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape.”–Nate Chinen, JazzTimes “Serpa possesses a preternatural cool, injecting weightless sophistication and melodic grace into everything she touches.” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

Apr 15
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Sam Morrison, Alyssa Limperis, Nick Jack Pappas, and headliner Khalid A. Rahmaa.

Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  tba, guitar;  Edward Perez, bass;  Alex Kautz, drums

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few.

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Apr 16
Another Poetry Provocation of Bourgeois Normalities

Liora Mondlak Don Hogle

Liora Mondlak remembers accompanying her mother to the market in Mexico City, where she grew up. There were chickens hanging by their feet and sawdust around her saddle shoes. Years later, she returned to the market to buy ground chameleon, a popular love potion, which she uses sparingly.

Don Hogle’s love of poetry began as a child, acting out the witches’ scenes from Macbeth with monkey puppets. He was disciplined in kindergarten for kissing the girls. Some things have changed over the past six decades, others not so much.

John Morrison, motelmeister

Janeane Garofalo Jeff Kreisler Sandy Ehlers Ellen Karis Donnie Sengstack Sagar Bhatt
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Apr 17
Cynthia Manick, curator; Ed Toney, host

Rachel Eliza Griffiths Rosebud Ben-Oni Leila Ortiz Tala Abu Rahmeh Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Soul Sister Revue 5- Year Anniversary Show image

For a night of tales and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue for its 5-year anniversary show at Cornelia Street Café where we ask “what does Soul mean to you?” Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Randy Ingram, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Owen Howard, drums

In his first live performance in eight years, Canadian vibraphonist Dan McCarthy returns to his home away from home at the Cornelia Street Café to showcase his new band, and a repertoire of all original material. "Dan plays every selection as if it was the last opportunity—with deep feeling, expectancy and freedom—the very things that makes jazz so appealing." Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz New York

"An extraordinary musical ability and a boundless imagination" - Gary Burton, vibraphone pioneer and 7-time Grammy winner

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Pablo Masis, trumpet;  David Juarez, guitar;  Perrin Grace, bass;  Eric Reeves, drums
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Trumpeter Pablo Masis returns to Cornelia Street Cafe to present an evening of his compositions. Some were composed while teaching music in Kabul Afghanistan, along with others that have been developed in late 2017 and early 2018. Selections from his recent recording, "Rubicon", which debuted at Cornelia Street Cafe, will also be showcased. Joining him for the evening will be David Juarez on guitar, Perrin Grace on bass, and Eric Reeves on drums.

"Pablo Masis blows his trumpet with the temperament of a romantic poet" - Portland Tribune

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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