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May 10
Barbara Aliprantis, host

"It's May! It's May!
The lusty month of May!
Those dreary vows that ev'ryone makes,
Ev'ryone breaks.
Ev'ryone makes divine mistakes!
The lusty month of May!"
- Lerner and Lowe
Nine years and going strong: the longest running storytelling series in New York City
FORMAT: Featured tellers followed by a SWAP (Open Mike)

JOHN CUCINELLO takes us back to Ithaca, beloved homeland of Odysseus, to witness and feel the joy of father and son, husband and wife - denied each others comforts for twenty years - together again under the same improbable, inexplicable joy...

KEN CORSBIE returns with a timely tale to tell. Spurred on by recent alarming emails on the continued destruction of the Amazon Rainforest, Ken, who hales from Guyana – the only English speaking country in South America – will share a poem written by a fellow Guyanese that illustrates why the increasing lateness of the arrival of “The Sunparrots” affects everyone, and everything,on planet earth.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Rafi Torn, percussion;  Rafi Malakiel, trombone;  Peter Brainin, tenor sax;  Emilio Valdez, drums;  Harvie S, bass
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

Andrey Gritsman, host

Syd Lea Baron Wormser Dawn Potter

 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

May 12
Angelo Verga, host

Barry Wallenstein Serge Pesce John Hicks, piano;  Cecil McBee Vince Chancey
an evening of poetry and music: Barry Wallenstein (City College) & Serge Pesce (France), with (what an amazing lineup of sidemen!!!) John Hicks, Cecil McBee, Vince Chancey & maybe one or two other superstars. reservations strongly suggested. $10 includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, curator

Theo Bleckmann, voice;  John Hollenbeck, percussion/toys
GNU VOX Vocal Series: Theo Bleckmann solo & Duo image
8:30P voice solo performance in a NY pre-release for upcoming solo CD "anteroom" on Traumton records

10:00P duo with John Hollenbeck

Theo Bleckmann

Genre -bending, -skipping and -skirting, German born vocalist/composer Theo Bleckmann, has performed worldwide from Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall to the Sydney Opera House with artists like Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Ben Monder, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and Mark Morris Dance Group, Bang On A Can All-stars and Meredith Monk . The New Yorker called him a "local cult favorite," the New York Times "excellent" and according to OUT Magazine Bleckmann is "a singer who has only recently fallen to earth." Bleckmann's latest recording "Origami" (Songlines) garnered great critical praise including 4 +1/2 stars (out of 5) from Downbeat Magazine. His voice can be heard on over 20 recordings found on ECM, CRI, Label Bleu, Polygram, Songlines, Traumton and Winter &Winter.


These two New York improvisers intimately create melodious and mercurial soundscapes. Bleckmann and Hollenbeck work with layering, contrast and harmony using voice, drums, percussion, found objects, low-tech electronic gadgets and toys. Both have been working in the New York jazz and improvisers scene for almost a decade performing with such greats as Anthony Braxton, Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can and Merce Cunningham Dance Company (Theo Bleckmann) and Bob Brookmeyer, David Liebman, Cuong Vu and Mark Morris Dance Group (John Hollenbeck). They have been performing as a duo since 1997, appearing throughout the US and Europe. They also perform together on Hollenbeck's quartet lucy which was released on blueshift/CRI as well as Hollenbeck's no images and Bleckmann's latest project for Songlines Recordings, origami. Both are currently touring the US in Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton's latest music theater piece, Mercy. Their debut CD, Static Still, on their own GPR Records is available at,, the downtown music gallery and their own websites.

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!

David Devoe, curator
 Cover $10

May 13
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader Shappy. $6 admission includes a *free* drink.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Jeremy Steig, flute;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12
May 14
Maria Lisella, host

Canadians: Salvatore Ala, Licia Canton, Joseph A. Farina, Venera Fazio.
The evening kicks off with open mic readings of five minutes each starting at 5:45 p.m. IAWA is a 501© not-for-profit corporation; donations are tax deductible. For more information or membership, visit the web site:
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Mercedes Hall, vocal;  Lanny Meyers, piano;  frank Wagner, bass;  Kazi McCoy, drums
Mercedes Hall in concert image
9:00 show SOLD OUT, 10:30 SHOW ADDED

Mercedes Hall with the Lanny Meyers Trio
with special guest vocalist Mary C. and other surprise guests!

“ Mercedes Hall is an ANOMALY...she is unmistakably caucasian, yet her sound quality, phrasing and feeling are more likely to conjure up memories of Dinah Washington or Aretha Franklin... There is nothing simulated or contrived about the soulful conviction and intensity she brings to a set of contemporary songs.”
Leonard Feather - L.A. Times Jazz Critic

"If your medium were television, Mercedes Hall's gorgeous face might matter, but in radio it's the voice that counts, and this woman can sing!"
Carol Archer, R&R Smooth Jazz, NAC Radio

“...Mercedes Hall sings just about the purest soul ...Ms. Hall is a wicked generator of moods, has superb phrasing and musicianship.”
Hollywood Reporter

“Hall stakes a strong claim to being the leading white singer of rhythm and blues and jazz ...With her dazzling range, cultured voice and stellar presence, Mercedes Hall puts on a show that builds energy like an atomic pile approaching critical mass.”
New York Post
 Cover $12


May 15
host : Bill Zavatsky

Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle Borkhuis
poets: Geoffrey Cruickshank-Hagenbuckle & Charles Borkhuis
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

classical music series
May 16
Ted Jonathan, host

Tony Demarest Sanford Fraser Susan Thomas
NYQ poets presented by the editors of The New York Quarterly, one of the oldest & most trusted poetry forums in the country. readers: Tony Demarest, Sanford Fraser, Susan Thomas. host: Ted Jonathan
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Andrey Gritsman & Angelo Verga, hosts

POETRY from Moscow and New York City: image
NEW YOUTH Literary Magazine (Moscow, Russia) Poetry Editor, poet Gleb Shulpyakov presents the magazine and his poetry translations by Chris Mattison. Shulpyakov is a poet, translator of W.H.Auden into Russian and a fiction writer. He also is the Curator of popular literary club at Bookberry in Moscow. Reading by the New York poets of NEW YOUTH: Vladimir Gandelsman, Andrey Gritsman, Irina Mashinskaya, Grigory Starikovsky, Alexander Stessin. Moscow poet Vera Pavlova (Reading by the translator Steven Seymour). Cornelia Street, off Bleecker in the Village Programs Curator: Angelo Verga
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
May 17
host : Jill Dearman

Jocelyn Lieu Alison Lowenswtein Edwin John Wintle
This month's theme: MOTHERS
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Sean Smith, bass & composition;  John Ellis, saxophones;  Russell Meissner, drums
The Sean Smith Trio is Sean Smith on bass, John Ellis on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Russell Meissner on Drums. Its members have played together for many years, and share a similar passion and vision for music. This kinship helps to define a very distinctive group sound noted for its rare lyrical quality. With Sean's songful and melodic compositions underscoring the trio, their warm acoustic sound reveals a respect and love for the jazz tradition and beyond. At the same time, and with the same spirit, the group will take you on the occasional odd journey.

"The arrangements are cool, the ballads moody and gorgeous. Both sophisticated and emotional, intricate and uncluttered, it reveals richer artistry with each spin. Highly recommended." 4&1/2 stars
Judith Schlesinger -

"Smith not only reiterates his talent as a bassist but establishes himself as a composer who shows you don't have to be quirky and abrasive in order to be freshly modern. His originals are highly listenable and thought provoking music for both head and heart."
Ira Gitler

"Quiet, poetic, and lyrical, Sean Smith reminds us that the best jazz comes from the heart, not merely from the mind or the fingers. He takes us on compelling journeys, full of sounds that fall gracefully on the ear."
James Gavin - Grammy nominated author and journalist,/i>

"Smith's been steadily building both a strong book of original pieces and a firm rapport"
John Donohue - New Yorker Magazine
 Cover $9

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