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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:


Apr 11
Donald Breckenridge, host

Harry Matthews Jonathan Baumbach
Donald Breckenridge hosts Brooklyn Rail fiction writers Harry Mathews & Jonathan Baumbach
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Jed Distler, piano, composer;  Ed Schmidt, words & performance;  Joshua Fried, composer
CCi's multidisciplinary productions will be serialized in monthly installments. Musical breaks provided by members of The Mighty CCi House Band, other regulars such as Kathleen Supové, Justine Chen, Jenny Lin, and SURPRISE GUESTS. This month:

The Gold Standard (excerpts) by Ed Schmidt and Jed Distler

Everbest, Virgil: the rules of portrait sitting (20-minute excerpt) w. Gerald Busby, Kamala Sankaram and Nancy Castle on headphones. Plus Virgil Thomson piano portraits

Talkback with Ed Schmidt and Tom Bolster

Monologue/piano with Gerald Busby

Radio Wonderland (excerpt) by Joshua Fried featuring The Musical Shoes

Jody Redhage plays her own music for cello and voice

new work for viola and electronics by Mario Diaz de León

Arnold Barkus, director
David Lovett, lighting designer
Justine Chen, composer
Jed Distler, pianist/composer
Joshua Fried, composer
R. Erica Doyle, poet
Vlada Yaneva, piano
Christian Hebel, violin
Cecee Pantikian, violin
Jody Redhage, cello

Telephone for advance sale tickets: 212-663-1967
all major credit card accepted: AMEX, MC, Visa
Advance purchase tickets (incl. one house drink): $15
Tickets purchased at the door on day of perf (incl. one house drink): $20

Apr 12
Barbara Aliprantis, host

Barbara Aliprantis Ken Corsbie
Two award-winning hyphenated American stoytellers--one born in Greece, the other in Guyana.

KEN CORSBIE--no-one else perceives and comments on Caribbean life and living as multiple award winner Ken does--with both comic and not-so-comic viewpoints and a whole lot of subtlety in between. This evening, using Caribbean oral/aural poetry (April is national poetry month), he'll report on the indiscrimiate and often bizarre nature of the weather from the Bible, right on through recent floods and hurricanes in Asia, California and the Caribbean.

BARBARA ALIPRANTIS, curator of this series, teams up tonight with Ken for some innovative tandem telling and then this self-proclaimed "daughter of the Aegean" shares snippets from her immigrant childhood played ot on the concrete sidewalks and stoops of BVrooklyn, full circle to her adult life in the bustling multi-ethnic borough of Queens.
Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Rafi Torn, percussion;  Rafi Malakiel, trombone;  Peter Brainin, tenor saxophone;  Emilio Valdez, drums
Arturo O'Farrill Y Riza Negra image

Arturo O'Farrill y Riza Negra - Explorations in Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban composer/bandleader Chico O'Farrill and musical director of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

Arturo is currently on tour w/ the Lincolin Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra throughout the United States and recently had a premiere performance in Shanghai, China, yet he is still making time for his Y Riza Negra performances at Cornelia Street.

One of the highlights of this incredible musical opportunity, for both listeners and younger musicians: Arturo, the consummate teacher, is offering both a student discount rate and the opportunity for jazz students to sit in with his band during the second set.

This performance is a rare opportunity to see this high-energy, exceptionally gifted artist perform with his trio in the intimate setting of The Cornelia Street Cafe's 60-seat downstairs lounge.

 Cover $10

Wednesday Apr 13 6:00PM  FLASH FICTION
Carol Novack, host

Miriam Kotzin Joseph Levens
Monthly Flash Fiction, Prose Poetry & Experimental Short Forms Series. Featured writers will read after an open mic, please sign up before 6 pm. edgy in an age of dementia.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Paul Shapiro, saxophone, vocals;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Tony Lewis, drums;  Booker King, bass;  Brian Mitchelll, piano
Ribs & Brisket image

Back in the 30’s and 40’s bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music. You had Slim Gaillard singing "Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording "A Bee Gezindt", and Calloway’s hysterical yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to "Ot Azoy" (That's the Way).

Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40’s hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Café. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the saxophonist/composer features Babi Floyd, (of Keith Richard's Expensive Winos et al) and Cilla Owens (one of New York’s best kept secrets). They will be backed by musicians from Paul’s CD ”Midnight Minyan”, on Tzadik Records, which was released lastyear.
*Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket
 Cover $10

Apr 14
Sharon Dolan Martha Rhodes Angelo Verga
new work from Sharon Dolin, Martha Rhodes, and Angelo Verga
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, curator

Marguerite Juenemann, vocals;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Ben Street, bass
GNU VOX – Our New vocal series: Marguerite Juenemann Trio image
Marguerite Juenemann is a consummate vocalist, improviser, and arranger who is widely acclaimed in the US, Europe and Asia. She has performed with jazz luminaries Benny Goodman, Clark Terry, Teddy Wilson, Michael Brecker, Richard Davis and Art Lande. Marguerite has been featured at historic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Playboy Jazz Festival, Aurex Jazz Festival and clubs including Duke's Place, 606, and Lush Life. Before embarking on a solo career, Marguerite was a founding member of the Grammy-nominated vocal group, Rare Silk. Her rich timbre, captivating melodic interpretations, and exciting rhythmic ideas put her in the upper echelon of jazz singers working today. This concert will commemorate a 10 year reunion of these three fine musicians working together. Both Monder and Street were on Marguerite's first CD, 'By Whose Standards' (Juenetunes) which received exceptional critical praise. Tune choices for the evening will include some obscure standard material by composers such as Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, and some of Ben Street's favorite Cole Porter and Gershwin selections, along with transcriptions not usually offered by vocalists.

This unique series features both emerging and established vocalists in styles ranging from straight ahead, modern to avant-garde and free jazz. Each vocalist will present personal material that showcases their abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers. The Cornelia St. Cafe provides an intimate setting to hear these exceptional artists at a reasonable price!
 Cover $10

Apr 15
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. featured reader George Wallace. arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Eric McPherson, drums;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Steve Lehman, saxophones
Steve Lehman Trio image
"One of the most exciting saxophone voices on the current scene."
- The WIRE

"The thing with Lehman is you never know when he's playing the changes and when he's going outside because he has the smarts to make the one sound like the other."
- Village Voice

Lehman is at the top of his game here and come across as a man on a mission.
- Glenn Astarita, DownBeat

Lehman's revising Jackie McLean's style like Eric Dolphy revised Charlie Parker's.
- John Litweiler, JazzTimes
 Cover $10

Apr 16
Dean Kostos, host

Greek-American Writers: Dean Kostos hosts a reading of Cavafy's poems in Greek & English
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent, piano, vocals;  Bashiri, percussion;  Fred Cash, bass;  Ann Klein, guitar;  Tuey Connell, vocals
Valerie Ghent In Concert image

Artitst/producer/singer-songwriter VALERIE GHENT is a native downtown New Yorker with a strikingly powerful voice, 3 1/2 octave vocal range and a bluesy, funky, Richard Tee influenced piano style. Her performances have been described as "truly great and invigorating", "absolutely magnificant", "amazingly gifted" as well as "an inspiration, Valerie is an unsung hero (who sings!!)" and "Valerie Ghent is a soulful singer, technically near perfect, and an accomplished keyboardist in many styles…it's her bluesy foundation that gives her tunes much of their power...".

Joining Valerie are some of New York's finest, funkiest and established musicians: Bashiri (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion & more), Fred Cash (Morley, Toshi Reagon & more), Tuey Connell (Tuey just shared the stage with Dianne Reeves) and Ann Klein (Joan Osborne, PM Dawn, Toshi Reagon & more).

Valerie aptly titled her first CD "Unstoppable", which was voted ‘Best CD of 1998’ in Belgium. She has since dedicated her life to creating music, performing around the world, and encouraging others' creative energy though music events. In August 2004 Valerie was given the honor of performing and organizing music at the United Nations for the first International Youth Assembly. Valerie performs/records with Songwriter's Hall of Fame inductees Ashford & Simpson; is president of her own West Street Records; in the year 2000 founded and runs the highly successful acoustic songwriters night 'The Songwriter's Beat'; is creating the World Foundation for Music and Healing and is currently recording her fourth CD release. Valerie was an active WTC volunteer after 9/11 & produced the acclaimed “We’ll Carry On” WTC benefit CD plus 12 benefit concerts/TV appearances featuring songs by FDNY, PAPD, and WTC volunteers.

Recently featured in Billboard, Valerie’s credits include: Ashford & Simpson (since 1989), Deborah Harry (world tour), Dr. Maya Angelou, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Billy Preston, TM Stevens, Defunkt, Mike Thorne and more. Valerie is a multiple ASCAP Pop award winner, GEMS panelist and an American Music Center grant recipient. In addition to her musical career, Valerie has been instrumental in bringing music to conferences on trauma and healing through her non-profit work, studies and teaches internal martial arts/qi gong and has started a second artistic career as photographer, following a lifelong passion for photography.
 Cover $10

Apr 17
Angelo Verga, host

Jonathan Galassi Lawrence Joseph Marie Ponsot

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

We continue to add interesting musicians to our roster. We are going to have Chinese lute music, in a blend of folk and classical technique. Jian-Hua Wu is an exciting virtuoso of the “Pipa”. Megumi Tokashiki and Miwa Kawaguchi will perform stunning opera arias, filling the room with the sound of Donizetti, Gounod, and Mozart. Leo Robinson, a fantastic cellist will play the Bach prelude, a Faure piece, and join Mike Fujihara and Fiore in a Bach flute sonata. There are other surprises in store!
 Cover $7
Apr 18
6:00PM  NYQ
Raymond Hammond & Ted Jonathan, hosts

Iris Lee Joanne Joseph Daniel Connor
New York Quarterly, the venerable poetry journal, continues its quest for truth, beauty & perfect form
Elise Wood, flute, alto & piccolo flute;  Dottie Anita Taylor, flute, piccolo flute, piano;  Aloision Aguiar, piano;  Leco Ries, bass;  Norman Hedman, percussion
Elise Wood Brazilian/Jazz Ensemble image
  Elise Wood, an established jazz  flautist known in the genre as "luminous, joyful and urgent" (Washington Post) steps forward to present a Brazilian and jazz repertoire.   With an ensemble comprised of members  who are exponents of these various influences,  the ensemble creates a lovely weave of colors, textures and heart-felt emotions.
 Cover $10
Drum kit donated by

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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