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Photographs by Linda Zecchino

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Thursday
Apr 21
6:00PM  PO'JAZZ
Golda Solomon, host

Rosemary George, vocals;  Dr Sue, poet;  Eliot Cardinaux, piano;  Adam Chilenski, bass;  Bram Kincheloe, drums;  Daniel Levine, trumpet;  Jonathan Rossman, sax
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Blues, Bop and Memories : Good Women /Bad Women

Against the backdrop of the Swing Era, Blues, Ragtime and Boogie Woogie, the decade following the great depression was a fireball of poltical and social issues. In New York the jazz clubs on 52nd Street (commonly known as “The Street”) hosted some of the greatest performers of all time –Louis Armstrong, Lester and Lee Young, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw and an endless list of pioneers who ‘s artistry and fight for jazz continues on today. They have left us a legacy on recording that the rest of us can only dream about.

Tonight’s program is entitled “Blues, Bops and Memories” and it is dedicated to the Ladies and songs of this decade –Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Ruth Brown, Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughn and others. Each one was unique in voice, style and presentation – but the one with the biggest flair for the lyric was Lady Day – she became the lyric and New York audiences in the 1930’s had the time to listen to her story unfold. She performed and recorded with the best Big Bands and jazz musicians New York had to offer – they all loved her! Count Basie even called her William – she was one of them. I refer you to the 1936 -38 recordings of Billie Holiday. Unique!

Tonight’s program at the Cornelia Street Café will feature singer Rosemary George and poet Golda Solomon in selections that bring back the lyrics and heart of a New York that once was and is no longer. Thank you to the great ladies of jazz!
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)   www.goldajazz.com

8:30PM  TED POOR AND THIRD WHEEL
Ted Poor, drums;  Ralph Allesi, trumpet;  Ben Monder, guitar
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Third Wheel is a compositional and improvisational love affair where one of the players is voted out of the band at the end of the gig. We all try to play at our best so we don’t get voted out. Third Wheel brings you patience, indulgence and spontaneity in a dynamic and expressive collaboration.

“[Ted] has an uncanny ability to shape the music and a refreshingly unique, organic approach to playing the drums.”
Jazzreview.com

Ted Poor graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 2003
 Cover $10

Friday
Apr 22
6:00PM  PINK PONY POETRY
Jackie Sheeler


Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader E J Antonio. $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  SAM BARDFELD QUINTET
Sam Bardfeld, violin and some words;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Tom Beckham, vibes;  Sean Conly, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
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It’s a rare jazz record that traffics in the literary, rare that a bandleader wants to have his music be “about” something. Violinist Sam Bardfeld’s “Book of Saul” is a Rushdie- esque, fantastical coming-of-age piece about an ambivalent shlemiel striving for love and greatness.
Bardfeld’s debut album, “Taxidermy” (CIMP), received a four-star rating from Downbeat and was voted “One of the Ten Best Jazz Albums of 2000” by critics at CODA and Cadence magazines. In “The Book of Saul,” his follow-up, he presents an equally compelling group of pieces with a fresh instrumentation featuring violin, trumpet and vibraphone.
Saturday
Apr 23
6:00PM  POETICALLY INCORRECT - THE AMERICAN-CARIBBEAN WRITERS
Martine Dominique, curator; Johnny "Chance" Acevedo, host


Spoken word from the Caribbean, Brooklyn, Fordham Road & other places with soul. Featuring MAD, Baron, and many others.
 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  BEN WALTZER TRIO FEATURING TONY MALABY
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums;  Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone
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“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes, 7.18.04

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10   www.benwaltzer.com

Sunday
Apr 24
6:00PM  BEAT NIGHT
Larry Simon, host


Beat Night, Larry Simon combines music & poetry in his tri-monthly trip to The Apple from New Hampshire
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  DAVID HANEY & JUAN PABLO CARLETTI WITH SPECIAL GUEST ANDREW CYRILLE
David Haney, piano;  Juan Pablo Carletti, drums;  Andrew Cyrille , drums
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Instant composing combined with specific rhythmic patterns, musical conversations inspired by the moment, the room, the evening. This trio of David Haney (Cadence Jazz Records CD release) piano, Argentinian drummer Juan Pablo Carletti, and drumming legend Andrew Cyrille, present music and an experience that is a window into the world of FREE SPEECH musica.

"...has played inside and out :from Bud Shank to John Tchicai"
The Village Voice

"Pianist Haney's got hands like ballerinas have feet.”
John Graham, Willamette Week
 Cover $10   planningliturgy.tripod.com/davidhaney

Monday
Apr 25
6:00PM  MISTRESS OF MODERNISM
Angelo Verga, host

Mary Dearborn
Book party, biography: Mary Dearborn combines slides & exerpts from her bio of Peggy Guggenheim, "Mistress of Modernism."
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  21 CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS: LUCIANO CHESSA
Luciano Chessa, Composer, Musical Saw Player and Pianist
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The concert is co-sponsored by The Italian Cultural Institute of New York

As a composer, piano player, musical saw soloist, and ensemble artist, Luciano Chessa has largely performed in the U.S. and in Europe. He has created performances and has written music for different instruments and ensembles. His first recording, Humus (1997) received excellent reviews in all the major Italian musical magazines (Fare Musica, Rumore) and was voted by Rockerilla’s critics as one of the 10 best Italian recordings of 1997. His solo clarinet piece for Italian virtuoso Guido Arbonelli was premiered in Strasbourg last spring. His
 Cover $10

Tuesday
Apr 26
6:00PM  GPS
Gina Myers, host


Garduate Poetry Series
8:30PM  DAVE ALLEN: CD RELEASE PARTY
Dave Allen, guitar;  Carlo Derosa, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums;  Donny McCaslin, saxophone
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Dave Allen is celebrating the release of his debut CD, Untold Stories on Fresh Sounds Records.

David Allen is a guitarist and composer based in New York City. His music is both lyrical and challenging, combining memorable melodies with complex harmonies and shifting rhythms.

Among the notable players he has worked with are Mark Shim, Donny McCaslin, Chris Cheek, Matt Wilson, Dennis Irwin, Ben Street and Eric McPherson. His trios and quartets draw from the best young players on the NY scene and have performed at Birdland, The 55 Bar, Cornelia St. Cafe, The Knitting Factory and CBGB's Lounge.

Allen's CD, Untold Stories, features saxophonist Seamus Blake, known for his work with John Scofield and Dave Douglas, and drummer Mark Ferber, who has become increasingly busy working with legends such as Fred Hersch, Steve Coleman, Scott Colley, Drew Gress, and Kenny Werner. And, bassist Carlo DeRosa, who is known for his superlative technique and musicality, and who also works with Donny McCaslin, Brad Shepik, Clarence Penn, and Vijay Iyer.

“There’s a true sensuality to the guitarist’s sound. On the new Untold Stories, he brings a pearly tone to a piece called 'Searching,' unfolding his lines with an edge-of-your-seat stealth.
– Jim Macnie, The Village Voice
 Cover $10

Wednesday Apr 27 6:00PM  SOULFUL WORDS
Serita Eaton, host


Cornelia Street's own version of Upstairs Downstairs
8:30PM  SOUL OF THE BLUES
Jon Sobel

Nicola Michael Brewster
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This special edition of Soul of the Blues features.....Nicola and Michael Brewster

SOUL OF THE BLUES, NYC's premiere *inexpensive* live blues and soul music series, happens the fourth Wednesday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe.


 Cover $5   jonsobel.com nicolanicola.com

Thursday
Apr 28
6:00PM  ARMENIAN AMERICAN WRITERS
Nancy Agabian, host


8:30PM  GNU VOX – OUR NEW VOCAL SERIES: JAY CLAYTON
David Devoe, curator

Jay Clayton, vocals;  Jack Wilkins, guitar
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Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. Clayton's pioneering vocal explorations placed her at the forefront of the free jazz movement and loft scene in the 1970s, where she counted among the first singers to incorporate poetry and electronics into her improvisations. She formed a long-term association with renowned minimalist composer Steve Reich. Clayton's versatility would also lead her to make some of the first recordings of composer John Cage's vocal music. With more than 40 recordings to her credit, Clayton has appeared alongside such formidable artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Julian Priester, George Cables, Lee Konitz, Gary Bartz, and Kirk Nurock, as well as fellow vocalists Jeanne Lee, Norma Winstone, Urszula Dudziak, and Bobby McFerrin. Her many accomplishments include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, CAPS and Chamber Music America (2004). Her book, Sing Your Story: A Practical Guide for Learning and Teaching the Art of Jazz Singing, was published by Advance Music in 2001. Jack Wilkins is considered "A superior, slightly underrated improviser" (Scott Yanow - All Music Guide) who has recorded with Jack DeJohnette, Eddie Gomez, Phil Woods, Harvie Swartz and the Brecker Brothers. This concert will celebrate over 20 years of collaboration between Clayton and Wilkins, being one of the first ensembles Clayton assembled in New York City. The repertoire for the evening will include standards, originals and some poetry "along the way."

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   www.jayclayton.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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