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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by Cecelia Marcus

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Monday
May 01
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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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.

  www.davidamram.com

Tuesday
May 02
6:00PM  PHILOSOPHY SERIES: THE POWER OF DAO: A TIMELESS GUIDE TO HAPPINESS AND HARMONY
Joseph Biehl, curator

Lou Marinoff
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Dao -- often translated as "the Way" -- is China's original and invaluable contribution to philosophy. Ineffable yet inexhaustible, Dao is metaphysically profound, empirically sound, and aesthetically renowned. From quantum physics to modern medicine, from fractal geometry to martial arts, from family relations to warring states, Dao's insights are pervasive and effective. Daoism's practices rank with those of Buddhism and Stoicism in cultivating peoples' "best selves." Dao conduces to individual serenity, social harmony, and political unity. This talk will be based on Lou Marinoff's book "The Power of Dao," using its case studies to illustrate some foundational ideas and their applications.

Lou Marinoff is Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies at The City College of New York, and founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. He has authored internationally best-selling books on philosophy for everyday life. The Power of Tao reflects Lou's lifelong devotion to Chinese philosophy. In youth he was a student of venerable Sing Ming Li, a grandmaster of Kung Fu and practitioner of Chinese medicine. In maturity Lou became a cultural advisor to venerable Xi Yongshin, Abbott of Shaolin Temple. As faculty of Horasis and the WEF, he serves global forums. His hobbies include photography, music, and tennis. Dao is his constant guide. More information at www.loumarinoff.com

  www.facebook.com/philosophynyc/

8:01PM  PAUL JONES SEXTET
Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Matt Davis, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Johannes Felscher, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
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The music for this performance was created while attending the Musicians in Residence program at the Banff Creative Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada. Drawing on such influences as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and continuing his process of turning words into sound, Paul Jones presents an evening of original music set in the Jazz idiom.

“creativity up to his eyeballs” (Midwest Review), a “force to be reckoned with”--(StepTempest) 4 Stars Dowbeat Magazine

Wednesday May 03
6:00PM  THE BACKWATERS BUNCH
Charles Fort Carole Stone John J. Ronan
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Charles Fort, Carole Stone and John J. Ronan, distinguished poets published by The Backwaters Press, join in a tribute to the award-winner publisher celebrating its 20th anniversary.

  thebackwaterspress.com

8:01PM  JAVIER MORENO QUARTET, CD RELEASE: MARAIS DEL SUEÑO
Tony Malaby, saxophones;  Ernesto Jodos, piano;  Javier Moreno, bass, comp.;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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The music of Marais del Sueño, from Javier Moreno, double bass player and composer based in New York, mixes the current contemporary avant garde jazz, with the impressionistic - Mediterranean legacy of the Catalan composer Federico Mompou and the folk roots from the also Spanish composer from Enrique Granados.

The quartet exposes a very high interaction between the musical personality of each performer. The artistic approach of the band is guided by a very strong melodic identity and through this fact the subtle and minimalist ambient of Música callada from Mompou, is finding a perfect space. In the same way, the energetic explosions with ‘free’ spots featured by the personal and powerful compositional suites from Javier Moreno , meets the ideal atmosphere in the rhythm and pulse of the Oriental Dance of Granados giving the final touch to a unique and colorful musical picture.

​   www.javiermorenojazz.com

Thursday
May 04
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

8:01PM  SARA SERPA TRIO
Sara Serpa, voice;  Ingrid Laubrock, tenor, soprano sax;  Erik Friedlander, cello
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Born in Lisboa, Portugal and based in New York since 2008, Sara Serpa is a jazz vocalist, composer, bandleader and improviser who has been voted by the Downbeat Critics Poll 2014, 2015, 2016 as "Female Vocalist Rising Star". While Serpa is mostly known for her wordless singing with such jazz luminaries as Greg Osby, Grammy-Award nominee Danilo Perez, or as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook with Guggenheim Fellow and legendary pianist Ran Blake, she has also been collaborating with innovators like John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Aya Nishina, Kris Davis to name a few.

Described by the JazzTimes magazine as “ one of the most exciting avant- gardists on the New York scene"and by the New York Times as "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook", Serpa has produced six albums as a leader, (with the labels Clean Feed, Tzadik and Inner Circle Music), the latest being a partnership with Portuguese guitarist André Matos, "Primavera" (2014), which was noted by the New York Times as "a gemlike in its precision and beauty".

"Her brand new trio composed of Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone and Erik Friedlander on cello is a bold project that combines the rigor of the written material with the improvisational vein and tremendous sound of its members. Attentive listeners will find this music distinctive and rewarding." Jazz Trail

  http://www.saraserpa.com/

Friday
May 05
6:00PM  THE MONTHLY: AN EVENING WITH JOHN MARSHALL AND FRIENDS
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

Frank Conniff Paul Mecurio Debbie Shea
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Celebrating the release of the hysterical satire THE GREENFATHER with special guests:

Frank Conniff, co-host on Sirius XM Radio and actor on Mystery Science Theater 3000

Paul Mecurio, host of Two Chairs & a Microphone, warm-up for The Daily Show

Debbie Shea, comedian for 20 years

Emmy-nominated television comedy writer JOHN MARSHALL celebrates the release of his hilarious debut novel THE GREENFATHER with a reading at Cornelia Street Cafe on Friday, May 6 at 6 pm.

“An Evening with John Marshall and Friends” will feature the author—who has written for The Chris Rock Show, Politically Incorrect and other late-night comedy—along with his friends from the comedy world, reading from his new book and sharing stories about what inspired it. A book signing follows the reading.

Critics are raving about laugh-out-loud funny THE GREENFATHER. Publishers Weekly called it “a hilarious satire,” adding, “Even Don Corleone would laugh at this clever, funny story.” And the Daily Voice mused, “When it comes to getting people to recycle, should we simply make them an offer they can’t refuse?” Loosely based on The Godfather, THE GREENFATHER showcases Marshall’s comic dialogue, honed year after year in late night television, in the grand tradition of classic mob comedy, like Analyze This and Analyze That. Packed with larger than life goons, right-hand men, Feds and green fanatics, THE GREENFATHER satirizes the environmental movement, crime, families, and crime families.

Copies of THE GREENFATHER will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

  threeroomspress.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GEORGE GARZONE, BOSTON COLLECTIVE
George Garzone, tenor sax;  Phil Grenadier, trumpet;  John Lockwood, bass;  Luther Grey, drums

Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to present a new quintet lead by tenor sax icon George Garzone with a stellar lineup of Boston jazz greats.

Reservations highly recommended.

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Saturday
May 06
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host; guest host: Tracy Rowland

Erin Barker Jeff Simmermon Rory Scholl Sydnee Washington
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Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Erin Barker (The Moth Radio Hour); Jeff Simmermon (This American LIfe), Rory Scholl (Peoples Improv Theater), and Sydnee Washington (The Warm Up)

Hosted by Tracy Rowland (Moth GrandSlam Finalist; Al Jazeera America)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

  www.theliarshow.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  GEORGE GARZONE, BOSTON COLLECTIVE
George Garzone, tenor sax;  Phil Grenadier, trumpet;  John Lockwood, bass;  Bob Gullotti, drums

Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to present a new quintet lead by tenor sax icon George Garzone with a stellar lineup of Boston jazz greats.

Reservations highly recommended.

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Sunday
May 07
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE NESTEDNESS OF THINGS
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Tyler Volk, scientist;  Lemon Guo, singer, composer
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Atoms combine to form molecules, molecules combine to form single-celled organisms. When people come together, they build societies. As musicians work they build compositions. Might there be general processes we can identify in the nestedness of things? NYU’s Tyler Volk dares to present an inclusive natural philosophy, from his new book Quarks to Culture: How We Came to Be. Volk posits a rhythm of “combogenesis” that created a grand sequence of fundamental levels. New things with innovative relations on each level were built-up from combination and integration of prior things. Themes unfold within the sequence, as physics and chemistry led to biological evolution, and biological evolution to cultural evolution.

Columbia University's singer-composer Lemon Guo joins the show with a striking musical performance that merges odd sounds in its own non-linear combogenesis. Themes such as real vs imagined past, nature vs the idea of nature are evoked. There might be a duet of overtone singing and killer whale singing, or a shadow puppet show that dances in smog pollution data. Prepare to be startled and moved.

8:35PM  DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, ULTRAFAUX
Koran Agan, host

Michael Joseph Harris, guitar;  Sami Arefin, guitar;  Eddie Hrybyk, bass
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Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. Featured this month will be Baltimore based Ultrafaux.

Ultrafaux performs original music inspired by legendary Jazz Manouche guitarist Django Reinhardt with influences from Romani and Balkan folk, swing, funk, blues and Dixieland. The core musicians of Ultrafaux also perform traditional Django Reinhardt repertoire under the name Hot Club of Baltimore. This show at Cornelia will include original music and some rarely performed Django songs.

One evening with Ultrafaux & Hot Club of Baltimore demonstrates why jazz has been so irresistible to listeners all over the world. -- Kevin Avis, Baltimore Jazz Aliance

  http://www.UltraFauxMusic.com

Monday
May 08
6:00PM  LAILA BIALI
Laila Biali, vocals, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Ben Wittman, drums
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Award-winning Canadian pianist and singer-songwriter Laila Biali has headlined venues around the world including Carnegie Hall and supported international acts like Sting who says of Biali that he "admires her greatly." Join her for an intimate and exciting night of jazz standards, pop covers, and personal original songs featuring Matt Aronoff on bass and husband Ben Wittman on drums.

"It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." - Sting

  lailabiali.com www.facebook.com/LAILABIALIMUSIC

8:30PM  LENA BLOCH & FEATHERY
Lena Bloch, tenor saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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Feathery (Lena Bloch, Russ Lossing, Cameron Brown, Billy Mintz) is 3 + years old and has been performing regularly since March 2014. The music is of improvisational nature, the emphasis is put on musical communication, spontaneous compositional decisions, where each member of the group is a soloist and an accompanist at the same time.New album is coming out in September 2017 on Fresh Sound/New Talent.

"This is truly musical togetherness, creating a sound all its own. Music that indeed has touched the heart of this seasoned listener. I'll lay odds it will do the same for yours!" - Dan Morgenstern, 2017

  www.lenabloch.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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