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Apr 23
Bill Zinsser, piano;  Arnie Roth, sax
Two of our favorite musicians with day jobs delight us with show tunes and the hits of every era.

William Zinsser, as every teacher of writing well knows, is the author of several of the best primers on writing effective prose.

Arnold Roth, as every reader of The New Yorker well knows, is a brilliant cartoonist.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Kat Calvosa, voice;  Andrew Fisher, piano;  Craig Akin, bass;  Joe Abba, drums;  Jess Wolfe, voice;  Holly Laessig, voice;  Aki Ishiguro , guitar;  Jim Robertson, bass;  Nick Anderson, drums
Gnu Vox: Kat Calvosa and Lucius image
Vocalist Kat Calvosa has a voice like chocolate. Rich and smooth and filled with joy, listeners will be enchanted with the singular manner in which she approaches her craft.

Having spent the last two years in Miami pursuing her Masters Degree in Jazz Pedagogy, where she had the opportunity to work with such noted musicians as John Secada, Raul Midon, Alex Norris, Rey Sanchez, Lisanne Lyons, and Johnny Rodgers, Ms. Calvosa is thrilled to return to the New York Jazz scene.

Her ability to take what are commonly referred to as new standards, popular songs written in the 1960s and 1970s, and spin them out in a Jazz context is one of her most endearing qualities. Her voice is able to move effortlessly within the nuances of the music, and her skill in interpreting and internalizing lyrics is masterful. Kat is also an accomplished songwriter, and her original music is a blend of Jazz, Folk, and Pop, with a sound evoking modern and traditional influences.

Upon her graduation from Manhattan School of Music in 1999, Ms. Calvosa began working with Anat Fort, Nick Mancini, Greg Beyer, and Mike Epperhart, and two years later she released her debut CD, It Could Happen. She has worked with such noted artists as Anne Philips, Jackie Presti, Jane Monheit, Travis Sullivan, Art Hirahara, and Sean Nowell, and has played at many New York venues including The Cornelia Street Café, The Bitter End, and The New Leaf Café. Additionaly you can find her playing summer tours with various groups at venues across the country.

Apr 24
Eve Packer, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Amy Ouzoonian is Eve's featured reader tonight.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Tuey Connell, banjo;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Fred Kennedy, drums
Tucksy - CD release image
Tucksy is a New York-based genre-bending jazz band that focuses on the original writing of band-leader Dan McCarthy, as well as cover songs from well-known rock and pop bands. Conceptually, the band strives to create music that breaks the rules of jazz by blending bluegrass, rock, and country with a post-modern jazz aesthetic, and by fusing the grooves of hip-hop and funk music with the improvisational approach of jazz. Most importantly, the band focuses on melody and song-structure and creates music that appeals to a broad spectrum of listeners. Oh, and let it be known that this band is led by the combination of banjo and vibraphone; a first in the jazz world…. and bluegrass world… and country world… and rock world… But don't let the novelty fool you, as the pedigree of the players and the quality of the musicianship is apparent from the first note.
 Cover $10
Apr 25
Alexander Motyl, host

Askold Melnyczuk Alexander Motyl Dzvinia Orlowsky Angelo Verga Yeezhak and Julian Kytasty
A night of culture & inspiration from the Orange Revolution.

Featuring poetry by Dzvinia Orlowsky and Angelo Verga; prose by Askold Melnyczuk and Alexander Motyl; and music by Yeezhak and Julian Kytasty.

*** Julian Kytasty is a composer, singer, and bandura and flute player. Vasyl Makhno is a Ukrainian-language poet and author of 38 Poems about New York and Other Things, Cornelia Street Cafe, and the play, Coney Island. Askold Melnyczuk is the award-winning author of What Is Told, Ambassador of the Dead, and The House of Widows.

Alexander Motyl is the author of Whiskey Priest, Who Killed Andrei Warhol, and the forthcoming The Jew Who Was Ukrainian. Dzvinia Orlowsky is a Pushcart Prize-winning poet and author of A Handful of Bees, Edge of House, Except for One Obscene Brushstroke, and Convertible Night, Flurry of Stones. Orest Popovych is the translator of V. Makhno's poetry into English. Marko Robert Stech is the author of Holos/Voice.

Angelo Verga is the author of 33 NYC Poems, A Hurricane Is, and Praise for What Remains; his poetry has been translated into Ukrainian by V. Makhno and A. Motyl. Yeezhak is an indie rock band featuring Mark Andryczyk and Yaryna Yakubyak.

Irene Zabytko is the award-winning author of The Sky Unwashed and When Luba Leaves Home and director of Epiphany at Chornobyl and the forthcoming Life in the Dead Zone.

Books will be available for author signings.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Quinsin Nachoff, saxophone, clarinet;  Jeff Davis, drums;  Michael Bates, bass
Michael Bates' Outside Sources  image
"There's something about bassists who lead their own groups and write their own music that strikes a deep chord with me (no pun, intended). Michael Bates's new release is right up there with new releases by Drew Gress and William Parker. The playing by all in the band is passionate and Bates' pulse propels Nachoff, Johnson and Davis through a set of fantastic music. These guys take no prisoners. One of the best releases of 2008! Recommended highly."
-Maurice Hogue "One Man's Jazz" CKUW

"[Bates] serves up melodic modernism and contrapuntal elegance"
- Time Out New York

"Simply put, Bates has the ability to make a huge impact on the existing state of modern jazz!"
- Glenn Astarita, Ejazznews

 Cover $10

Apr 26
Angelo Verga, host

Karen Swensen Steve Huff
Poetry image
Karen Swenson's first book was published by Doubleday back in the days when that sort of thing happened. This is her fifth book which has been published by the excellent new press, Tiger Bark, up in Rochester, run by Steve Huff. She has taught as Poet-in-Residence all over the US and most recently in NYC at Barnard. For the last 25 years she has traveled in Asia every year for two months.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Mike Baggetta, guitar;  Jason Rigby, saxophone;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Mike Baggetta Quartet  image
Mike Baggetta Quartet CD RELEASE PERFORMANCE for SMALL SPACES (Fresh Sound New Talent)

Come celebrate the release of "Small Spaces" (Fresh Sound New Talent), the debut recording from the Mike Baggetta Quartet. This group seeks to reinterpret the state of the American Song through Baggetta's original works inspired by the likes of Keith Jarrett's American Quartet, Leonard Cohen, Claude Debussy and Edward Hopper. The group's strengths lie in its ability to interpret Mike's original songs as deeply familiar environments with each player's creative approach to the music being at the core of its aesthetic.

Winner of the 2009 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards
"A strong, wiry nature...Rare is the young musician who fuses avant garde and postbop mettles so effortlessly - Small Spaces is a refreshingly unsafe approach to modern jazz."
- Clifford Allen, All About Jazz NY

"As he demonstrates on his solid new album, “Small Spaces” (Fresh Sound New Talent), the guitarist Mike Baggetta seeks an adventurous but accessible dynamic in his music..."
- Nate Chinen, NY Times
 Cover $10

Apr 27
Paul Hecht, presenter

Barbara Feldon Michael Cumpsty Paul Hecht Roberta Maxwell Sylvain Bergeron, lutenist
Happy Birthday, William image
We celebrate the 445th birthday of William Shakespeare. OK, we know his real birthdate is April 23rd but this is the bard's birthday observed, and anyhow actors this accomplished are only free to work our stage on Mondays. Drama, comedy, sonnets, music, merriment.

MICHAEL CUMPSTY's Broadway credits include: Sunday in the Park with George, The Constant Wife, Democracy, Copenhagen, Enchanted April, 42nd Street, Electra, 1776, Racing Demon, The Heiress, Translations, La Bete, Timon of Athens, Artist Descending a Staircase. For CSC: Hamlet (Obie award), Richard ll, Richard lll. Seven Shakespeares for the Public Theater. A Winter’s Tale at the RSC. And in film, : The Ice Storm, Fatal Instinct, State of Grace, Flags of our Fathers, The Ex, Starting Out in the Evening, The Visitor. Michael is a veteran of last year's Shakespeare celebration and most recently appeared here as Satan in a celebration of Milton's 400th birthday.

PAUL HECHT has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith, was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an OBIE for the title role in Pirandello's Henry IV. He has a long and varied career in film and television and has directed and appeared in many literary events in NYC, including at least a dozen at Cornelia Street. including last year's Shakespeare celebration and, in an inspired stroke of typecasting, God in Milton's Paradise Lost.

BARBARA FELDON is best known as “99”--the secret Agent on the TV series, Get Smart. During her career she has performed in television films, variety shows, and motion pictures, (only one of which she wishes to remember). On stage she was in the Circle in the Square production of Past Tense, the off Broadway musical Cut the Ribbons, and her one woman show, Love for Better or Verse. Over the years she has developed a number of poetry and prose readings: Great Love Poetry, Pablo Neruda in His Own Words, Jane Austin, and Virginia Woolf. From 1982 to 1984 she hosted The 80’s Woman on Lifetime Network. She has served on the boards of Screen Actors Guild, The Orchestra of St. Lukes, and The Poetry Society of America. She lectures on women’s issues and is a passionate supporter of Girls Inc., an organization created to help underprivileged girls develop options. Her book of essays, Living alone--and Loving it! was published in 2003 by Simon and Schuster. She is a veteran of last year's Shakespeare celebration at the cafe

ROBERTA MAXWELLis a Canadian actress. She began studying for the stage at the age of 12. At the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, she appeared as Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Anne in Richard III, Olivia in Twelfth Night, and Anne in The Merry Wives of Windsor, before going on to England, where she spent 3 years in repertory and made her West End debut with Robert Morley and Molly Picon in A Majority of One. She debuted on Broadway in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in 1968, going on to 5 more plays with the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. In 1974 she was back on Broadway playing the role of Jill in Equus, which starred Anthony Hopkins. Those, and many more plays, took her on to a successful television and film career, including the 2005 film Brokeback Mountain.

SYLVAIN BERGERON's childhood ambition of becoming an archeologist was eventually replaced by his interest in music, which like most teenage boys, started with the guitar, and eventually transferred itself to the lute and its family of instruments. In 1991 he co-founded the ensemble La Nef and directed many of their productions, including Perceval, The Quest for the Holy Grail, Montsegur, The Garden of Delights and Music for Joan the Mad. He has performed and recorded with such stars as Dame Emma Kirkby, David Daniels, Daniel Taylor, Suzie LeBlanc, Vivica Genaux, Agnès Mellon, and Charles Daniels.

 Cover $10

Ljova, viola & famiola;  Inna Barmash, vocals;  Patrick Farrell, accordion;  Mathias Kunzli, percussion;  Mike Savino, bass;  w/ Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, vocals
21st schizoid music presents: Ljova image
LJOVA AND THE KONTRABAND -- is original chamber/jam music for the "remix generation". As if by alchemy, Eastern-European and Gypsy melodies, Latin rhythms, Jazz-inspired improvisations, and deeply rooted Classical forms are given new meanings in original compositions that fearlessly forge a new direction, with a nostalgic gaze towards the past.
Founded by the maverick film composer, arranger, and violist Lev 'LJOVA' Zhurbin --- hailed by Billboard magazine as "one of New York's fastest rising composers and instrumentalists" -- the ensemble also features his close collaborators on vocals, accordion, bass and percussion. Inspired by his collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, the Kronos Quartet, the rapper Jay-Z and others, Ljova's compositions dazzle with intricate textures, odd rhythms and lilting melodies, creating music that is both fresh and timeless. The Kontraband's debut CD, "MNEMOSYNE", featuring special guests Frank London, William Schimmel, Uli Geissendoerfer, Alon Yavnai and Marcus Rojas, was released on September 28, 2008.

"Quick, name a violist, any violist! [There is] nobody quite like the polymath Lev ['Ljova'] Zhurbin...The music he writes and plays is full of Brahmsian tone, Bartok lines, hiccupping Hungarian rhythms, Klezmer soul and the sexy plaintiveness of tango and the blues."
-- Justin Davidson, Newsday (now New York Magazine)
 Cover $10

Apr 28
Alissa Heyman, host

Victoria McCoy, Sarah Lawrence College;  Rebekah Sankey, Sarah Lawrence College;  Gillian Cummings, Sarah Lawrence College;  Angelo Nikolopoulos, New York University
Tomorrow's poets today.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Marc Maron, host

Marc Maron John Oliver
Comedy: Marc Maron and Friends image
Marc Maron, the dark Byronic poet of American political comedy, has appeared on Letterman, Conan, HBO, Comedy Central, Air America Radio, not to mention (at) the Cornelia Street Cafe. He can also be found at with Marc Maron and Sam Seder. In this new series he hangs out on stage with some of the most creative comedians in the country.

John Oliver, the Dr. Jekyll to Marc Maron's Mr. Hyde, a man who can make the impending nuclear holocaust seem like a night on the pier at Blackpool, can be seen erratically as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

 Cover $15

Wednesday Apr 29 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Maya Pindyck Anna Cantone Vijay Seshadri

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Reut Regev, trombone;  David Phelps, guitar;  Brad Jones, bass;  Igal Foni, drums
Reut Regev's This is R*time - CD RElease image
This is R*time is Reut Regev's debut recording as a leader, and this special night at Cornelia will celebrate the release of the recording on Ropeadope. Reut, who was voted Best new talent by all about jazz magazine 2004, is in demand in New York's Jazz Scene for her advanced rhythmic concepts, melodic imagination, and utter commitment to the musical moment at hand. She has worked and recorded with such luminary firgures as Anthony Braxton, Butch Morris, Frank London , Joe Bataan and many others, and is frequently spotted playing with NYC's top jazz, avant guard, klezmer, and cuban bands, is finally making her own statement. Joined by a group of excellent musicians, Reut's music is soulful and exploring, an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and funk.

"...funk-driven trombonist Reut Regev -- could signal the beginnings of the jazz equivalent of alternative rock's Riot Grrrl phenomenon of the early 1990's."
- The New York Times
 Cover $10

Apr 30
Shelley Stenhouse, host

Ryan J. Davidson Angelo Verga Alethea Black
Two Dashing Poets with a dramatic side of Melodic Prose image
Ryan J. Davidson is a Scottish-American poet living in New York. His work has appeared or is fothcoming in Mastodon Dentist, The Arabesques Review, The Ampersand Review, FLESH, and By-line Magazine. His first book "Under What Stars" is forthcoming in the summer from Ampersand Press.

Angelo Verga is the author of six collections of poetry, widely published in leading literary journals both here and abroad. His most recent claim to fame was an excessively flattering photo in a giveaway tabloid.

Verga lives and works with one eye on the Statue of Liberty and another wary orb observing the Deutsche Bank tower disappear. In his spare time our poet laureate coordinates spoken word programs at Cornelia Street.

Alethea Black was born in Boston and graduated from Harvard College in 1991. Her father was a mathematician, and for a long time she believed her name, the Greek word for truth, was his way of tipping his cap to the idea of absolutes. Then one day her mother overheard her and said, “No, we got your name from a TV show.” (Judd, for the Defense.) Her first published story was chosen by Joan Silber to win the Grand Prize in Inkwell's 2007 Fiction Competition. The winner of the 2008 Arts & Letters Prize, she has performed her own stories on stage as part of a trio known as "Partial Nudity, Partial Sanity, Partial Sobriety." This spring a dramatic reading of two of her stories, collectively titled "Marriage and Other Odd Occurrences," will be performed at RiverSpace and as part of the Insights & Revelations performance series. She is currently at work on a novel the subject of which she still believes to be top secret. She lives with her dachshund Zoë in Pawling, NY.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Nora McCarthy, voice;  Joshua Wolff , piano;  Jeffrey Carney , bass;  Tony Jefferson , drums;  Jorge Sylvester , alto sax
Nora McCarthy's qu'ART'tet image
Vocal Artist, Composer, Poet, Lyricist, Nora McCarthy leads an organic modern jazz group that goes from conventionality to improvisation, from standards to blues, from tonal adherence to form to freedom. McCarthy’s musical journey has taken her from the Standards to the Avant Garde and everything in between. Her newly released duo CD, Circle Completing, is garnering critical acclaim both nationally and internationally. The Nora McCarthy Qu’ART’et – possesses a fearless daring intimacy that is palpable, imaginative and extremely musical.
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