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

Cornelia Street's own version of Upstairs Downstairs
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

Apr 28
Nancy Agabian, host

David Devoe, curator

Jay Clayton, vocals;  Jack Wilkins, guitar
Gnu VOX – Our New vocal series: Jay Clayton image
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

Apr 29
Jackie Sheeler, host

The best open mic in NYC with featured reader Kirk Kelly. arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
John McNeil, trumpet ;  Bill McHenry, sax;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Mike McGuirk, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
John McNeil: Urban Legend image

 Cover $10
Apr 30
Angelo Verga, host

Simon Loekle 's Stand Up Academy, poems selected and presented by WBAI's Saturday morning poetic wildman. “Poetic Freedoms of Speech” takes the phrase “poetic license” up a notch or two from being something that only crazy poets can get away with to the fundamental motives for speech itself. Poems by Byron, Donne, Yeats, others. $10 cover
 Cover $10
Lucian Ban, piano;  Bruce Williams, alto sax & flute;  Bob Stewart, tuba;  Otis Brown III, drums
The TUBA Project featuring Bob Stewart image
" Founded in 2004 by long time musical collaboratorsBruce Williams, Alex Harding  and Transylvanian born pianist Lucian Ban the group brings together some of the most creative voices in jazz today to form a unique ensemble built around the voices of alto & bari saxes and tuba..Benefiting immensely from the extraordinaire talent of mr. Bob Stewart who can play the tuba in any way possible, the group plays highly charged original music that looks to the past for inspiration but gives its sound a modern stamp. Pianist Lucian Ban has recorded two albums under his name with fiery bari sax player Alex Harding and his quintet featuring drum legend Barry Altschul was voted "one of the best shows of 2003 " by All About Jazz. He will bring his eastern european influences to the music. Bruce Williams - currently the newest and youngest member in the famous world Saxophone Quartet - is considered one the best altoists on the scene today and he's equally at home playing post hard bop and avantgarde. The drummer for this band is usually Derrek Phillips but they also feature on drums people like Gerald Cleaver or Willard Dyson,. Pulsating blues, new orleans riffs, post bop lines, funk grooves and free jazz outbursts can be found in their music but the sound of the group goes well beyond all those to become a voice of its own. playing original music the four musicians have to be seen and heard to get the full picture"
 Cover $10
May 01
Roald Hoffmann, host

David Rothenberg Partha Mitra Leon Gruenbaum
WHY DO BIRDS SING? Musician, writer, and philosopher David Rothenberg hosts an evening devoted to the topic of his new book with the title of this program (Basic Books, 2005) which shows how we need science, music, and poetry to make the most human sense out of what birds are up to. He's joined by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory neuroscientist Partha Mitra, who has worked on zebra finch brains and cell phone communications, and is now trying to tackle the underlying structure of mockingbird songs. He will also sing some songs of the eminent Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore! Both are joined by Leon Gruenbaum on an instrument of his own invention, the Samchillian TipTipTipCheeepeeeee.
 Cover $10
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO BIRDS SING? image
Deborah Latz, vocals;  Timo Ellison, piano;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Elizabeth Keledjian, drums
Deborah Latz Quartet image
Photo: Todd Weinstein
Come CELEBRATE the one-year anniversary of Toward Love, Deborah’s debut jazz CD.

"Deborah [Latz] has one of the BEST new voices I've heard in a LONG time. Her phrasing and unique style is simply ... elegant and versatile and spunky!”
- Jan Jenson, Jazz Now

Deborah Latz, originally from San Francisco, is an accomplished jazz vocalist/actress/ writer/producer. Her debut jazz album, Toward Love, was released by June Moon Productions on May 25, 2004 and continues to be the fastest selling indie jazz CD at Tower Records in Trump Tower.  Around town, Deborah has played at The Triad, The Cutting Room, 55 Bar, Detour, The Cupping Room, Louis 649, Café 111, and has been a regular at New York University’s Torch Club.  In the fall of 2004 Deborah made a Montreal Tour where she played Quai des Brumes, House of Jazz and sang for the I.C.A.O. convention hosted by the country of Singapore.

"...a sensibility that incites a lyric with her innate dramatic instincts... Strikes just the right note of coy mischievousness... "
- Alan Bargebuhr, Cadence

“They say that love makes the world go around. I don't know about that, but it's made for some great songs, tunes that vocalist Deborah Latz goes after with gusto on her debut disc, Toward Love. On the classic “Loverman,” where Billie Holiday sounded fragile and deeply hurt—where Carmen McRae gave us a wounded, world weary mood—Latz evokes a hopeful innocence, as though she believes it will happen, that loverman will show up. The vocalist demonstrates some downtempo sass on Rodgers and Hart's “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered,” this listener's highlight. Her voice rings with a fetching richness here, with Bob Bowen's bass caressing her syllables. And do I detect a hint of tongue in cheek? I'm not sure. The lyric is—by today's perspective on romance—wonderfully sappy; and Deborah Latz pulls it off with grace and straightahead beauty. On “Avril a Paris” Latz shows us she can sing a lyric in French with aplomb; pianist Timo Elliston works a percussive mode, nailing down the rhythm behind the mellifluous flow of language. “Night and Day” has the vocalist entering the scene with a coy hush in her voice, a softly feminine Tony Bennett-like rasp in front of Ben Sher's piquant guitar lines.

A marvelous vocal effort, beginning to end. I'm bewitched.”
- Dan McClenaghan, 

"A sure-footed singer possessing a mature sound and an attractive, lived-in voice, Deborah Latz’ Toward Love explores a traditional set of popular standards with satisfying results.”
- Andrew Rowan, AllAboutJazz-NY

Deborah received diplomas from the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. She won the Best Actress Award at The Jerzy Grotowski Theatre Festival in Wroclav, Poland, for her performance in the one-woman drama, Juliet. Deborah wrote, produced and performed the one-woman musical, Travels With Ma Own Self, which received rave reviews in New York and Europe. She also recorded the original song, “I’m Neurotic Over You” for the off-Broadway comedy, High Infidelity, starring Morgan Fairchild and John Davidson, at The Promenade Theater. And in 2002, at The Mazer Theater in New York and in the Lit Moon World Theater Festival in Santa Barbara, Deborah produced and starred in The Prisoner, a one-woman tour de force, telling the story of a Holocaust survivor in Poland. 
 Cover $10

May 02
Ellen Gould, host

The Downtown Salon at Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street (Bleeker/W.4th) The Future of the Public Intellectual Join us for a discussion with guest speaker Eric Alterman, acclaimed media critic and author. Moderated by Esther Perel. $5 for New Shul Members, $10 for guests B' Shalom, The New Shul 212.284.6773 The New Shul is a new, progressive Jewish congregation located in downtown New York City. For more information, please call 212-284-6773 or visit Sponsored by The Educational Alliance’s Jewish Below 14th Street Project funded by UJA-Federation of New York. Cover $10
 Cover $10
AMRAM & CO: Amram Trio 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.
This month's guests: ADIRA AMRAM, ADAM AMRAM, poet FRANK MESSINA. Nuyorican poet JOE PACHECO will read his tribute to Charlie Parker, first premiered with David Amram at BIG Arts on Sanibel in 2001 and broadcast nationally on NPR Morning Edition on March 11, 2005.
Also guest musicians and a new piece just written during concerts in Braga, Portugal at the end of April.
 Cover $10
May 03
Jason Shinder, host

poetry : Alumni From The Writing Seminars at Bennington College : Welcome, Liam Rector ; Introductions, Jason Shinder the readers: Mark Conway, Any Holy City (poetry) Kris Ohlson, Stalking the Divine (Plume/non-fiction) John May, Poe & Fanny (Algonquin Books/novel)) Elaine McFerron, Double Solitude (Green River Press/poetry)
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Kahlil Kwame Bell, percussion, drums, composer
KAHLIL KWAME BELL: “May music fill your day.” image
Advance tickets: $15, phone 212 460 1889.
Door: $20, students w/ID: $10

Kahlil Kwame Bell has been called one of the most prolific musicians in the industry today. His career began at a mere two years of age when his father and uncle introduced him to West African drumming of the Ancient Mali Empire. He furthered his study of drumming at Bloomingdale House of Music at age ten. By the age of fifteen, he enrolled at the Harlem School of the Arts. Upon his arrival, he received his first job assisting dance movement classes. He worked at the school for two years. He
 Cover $20

Wednesday May 04 6:00PM  FLASH FICTION
Carol Novack

Short prose in an age of dementia
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Kim Bock, saxophones;  Steve Elliott, guitar;  Adam Armstrong, bass;  Peter Retzlaff, drums
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Modern original jazz compositions influenced by the present and the 60’s groups of Miles, Trane and Wayne.

“Bock’s playing is deeply intelligent and full of heart. It is the sound of surprise, of true jazz”
- Phillip Booth, jazz journalist - Downbeat, Jazziz
 Cover $7


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