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May 28
Lucinda Karter, host

You think Michelle Obama was a big hit in Paris? French Writers in New York is tres chic also.

Syngué Sabour by Atiq Rahimi (Winner of the 2008 Goncourt Prize)

Dans la luge d'Arthur Schopenhauer by Yasmina Reza

Mari et Femme (cont.) by Régis de Sá Moreira

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Lainie Cooke, vocals;  Peter Zak, piano;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Quincy Davis, drums
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Sophisticated jazz from - to use that old cliche - one of the best kept secrets in the city. Harlemwood Records recording artist Lainie Cooke has been singing in New York and LA for two decades, but is best known for her voice-over work on some of your very favorite commercials. She is joined as always by some of the most talented musicians in the business who obviously enjoy making music with her. Her CD, "It's Always You" justifies the acclaim Lainie has received from people who know a "jazz singer" when they hear one. In fact, an evening with Lainie is just simply a good time. Tonight Lainie returns to Cornelia St Cafe with Peter Zak, Cameron Brown Quincy Davis
"no hype or attitude just the pure emotion that only true life experience can endow in an artist"

"This lady can sing the Blues. And ballads, and...well just about anything."
Bob Gish, Jazz Improv Magazine, June 2008
 Cover $15

May 29
Kat Georges, host

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It's the fifth Friday this month, but who's counting?

Kat's feature is Dafna Rosenblum, open mic sign up starts 5:45pm.

Dafna Rosenblum grew up in Chile. She started writing poetry at the age of 10 when she fell in love with Pablo Neruda and Nicanor Parra. She was published in Chile and has read her works in San Francisco, Woodstock and New York City. She is also a dancer and choreographer. At the moment, she is working on the integration of the 2 art forms.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John Hébert, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano
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hat happens when poise meets pluck? From his eloquence with Andrew Hill to his energy with Mary Halvorson, this bassist has proven himself as left-leaning mainstreamer who works a poetic lingo while still keeping things engaged. His Hat Hut duets with pianist Russ Lossing are good example of rumination with results. Lossing's part of this squad, a foursome of dudes who deserve to have their individual praises sung. Watch how much saxophonist Loren Stillman finds ways to tunnel through the action. - JIM MACNIE
 Cover $10
May 30
Jane Ormerod, host

R. Nemo Hill Precious Jones Jennifer L. Knox Jason Schneiderman
R. Nemo Hill lives in New York City, but travels extensively in Southeast Asia each year, where his experiences have run the gamut from intestinal bleeding to intellectual ecstasy. He is convinced that during a violent thunderstorm in Bali (which blew everyone’s roof off but his own), his house in the rice paddies was struck by lightning. That might explain the fact that he is the author of a novel, Pilgrim’s Feather (Quantuck Lane Press, 2002), a narrative poem, The Strange Music of Erich Zann (Hippocampus Press, 2004), and a chapbook, Prolegomena To An Essay On Satire (Modern Metrics, 2006); his poetry and fiction have appeared in Sulfur, Smartish Pace, Shit Creek Review, The Chimaera, and Big City Lit. During the storm, the single bulb on the porch, extinguished at the time, crackled with light, then went dark once more. Nothing was ever the same again.

Native Brooklynite Precious Jones's work has been published by print and online publications such as WordRiot, Gay Black Female Magazine, and 1-42 Magazine, and is forthcoming in the Brownstone Poets Anthology. She has featured at numerous venues and events including the Fashion Institute of Technology, and "Art Stroll" in celebration of Washington Heights Her writing tackles issues of race, sex, and sexuality with honesty and wit. She gives thanks to June Jordan, Chrystos, and Neruda.

Jennifer L. Knox is the author of two books of poems in English, Drunk by Noon and A Gringo Like Me. Her selected work has also been translated into a book in German, Wir Fürchten Uns. Her poems have appeared in three editions of the Best American Poetry series (1997, 2003 and 2006), as well as the anthologies Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to Present, and Best American Erotic Poetry. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jason Schneiderman is the author of Sublimation Point, a Stahlecker Selection from Four Way Books. His poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Tin House, Best American Poetry (2005), Poetry London, and The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, among other journals and anthologies. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ray Anderson, trombone;  Brad Jones, bass;  Gerry Hemmingway, drums
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Ray Anderson
"has a fluency and range on the instrument that would have seemed impossible a few years a trombone version of John Coltrane's tenor saxophone sound." (Robert Palmer, NY Times). "Anderson is a true and total original." (Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times)

"Ray's chops are phenomenal - from swooping legato to breakneck staccato, from the nastiest growls to the sweetest whimpers - but it's evident that he's not about technique, that he'll sometimes altogether forget technique. It's the feeling he's playing,..." (Michael Bourne, Downbeat)

Percussionist Gerry Hemingway has been making a living as a composer and performer solo and ensemble music since 1974. He is well known for his eleven years in the Anthony Braxton Quartet, and his many collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, John Cale, Marilyn Crispell, Michael Moore and many others.

New York born bassist/composer, Brad Jones, has worked with a wide variety of artists representing different genres of music that include Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Elvin Jones, Deborah Harry, Muhal Richard Abrams, Uri Caine, John Zorn,David Byrne, Carlos Garnett, Marc Ribot, Vernon Reid, and the Jazz Passengers. In the past few years, he has been mainly touring and recording with trumpeter/composer Dave Douglas in several of his projects as well as playing in the groups of guitarist/composer David Gilmore, and pianist/composer Anthony Coleman.

 Cover $10

May 31
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Ken's repertoire spans folk, literary and personal stories, performance poetry and song - all from the English speaking Caribbean - from Guyana in the South to Belize via the entire island chain. His personal stories are of living in and leaving the Caribbean and arriving and adapting (or not) to North America. Literary tales come from short stories of Island writers while the poetry he "performs" are narrative and dramatic by the very best regional poets. He is also a recognized stand-up comedian in the Caribbean and the North American diaspora.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Willie Applewhite, trombone;  Tyler Blanton, vibraphone;  Rob Duguay, bass;  Nadav Snir-Zelniker, drums
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Rob Duguay Quartet is an assembly of world class musicians who share an appreciation for cutting-edge modern music while simultaneously embracing the traditions of swing, bebop, and Latin styles of jazz. Duguay’s compositions are circular creating nice avenues for positively flowing improvisations (often swinging) and typically avoid common jazz forms (i.e. 16 and 32 bar forms). Rob Duguay Quartet performs original compositions running the gamut of musical styles and pays homage to such greats as Sonny Rollins, Cedar Walton, Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus, and Duke Ellington by playing some of their jazz not-so-standards.

“Bass whiz”
-Casey Rea, Seven Days (VT)
 Cover $10

Jun 01
Tulis McCall, host

Actors, words, stage, lights, author! author! Break a leg.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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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.
 Cover $10
Jun 02
Mindy Lewis, editor

Laura Shaine Cunningham Lisa Selin Davis Katy Brennan Alissa Quart Thaddeus Rutkowski
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Katy Brennan, a graduate of Smith College and The London School of Economics, is a freelance writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in several Hearst and Condé Nast magazines, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. She is currently at work on her first book, Our Proudest Moments: A Memoir of Sisterhood.

Laura Shaine Cunningham is the author of eight books, including the memoirs A Place in the Country (featured as a New York Times Notable Book) and Sleeping Arrangements (now in its twentieth printing). Ms. Cunningham’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, The London Times. She writes frequent essays for The New York Times and is a contributor to many magazines, including The New Yorker, More, The Ladies’ Home Journal, Harper’s Bazaar, Metropolitan Home, Organic Styles, and Child.

Lisa Selin Davis is the author of Belly (Little, Brown, 2005), about a man returning to his small town in the age of Wal-Mart. A freelance writer covering urban planning and environmental issues, she has written for The New York Times,, Interior Design, OnEarth, This Old House, and lots of other publications.

Alissa Quart is the author of Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers (Basic Books, 2004) and Hothouse Kids (Penguin, 2006). Her books have been translated into eight languages. She is currently working on a third nonfiction book on subcultures for Farrar, Straus & Giroux and a regular media column for Columbia Journalism Review, where she is a contributing editor, as well as writing for The New York Times Magazine and many other publications. She teaches at Columbia University Journalism School and Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is a senior fellow.

Thaddeus Rutkowski is the author of the novels Tetched (Behler Publications, 2005) and Roughhouse (Kaya Press, 1999). Both books were finalists for an Asian American Literary Award. He teaches fiction writing at the Writer’s Voice of the West Side YMCA in New York and lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.

Mindy Lewis, editor of DIRT: The Quirks, Habits, and Passions of Keeping House, is also the author Life Inside: A Memoir (Washington Square Press, 2003), which was named a “Book of the Year” by The American Journal of Nursing and an Elle magazine “Must-Read.” Her essays have been published in anthologies and in Newsweek, Lilith, Body & Soul, and Poets & Writers magazines. She enjoys leaving her creatively cluttered apartment to teach writing at The Writer’s Voice of the Westside YMCA and at Brooklyn College.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Terence Mickey Kyra Miller Adam Wade James Braly Tami Yellin Eileen Kelly Daisey Rosario
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SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Wednesday Jun 03 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Peter Selgin
Peter Selgin's book of short stories ("Drowning Lessons") won a Flannery O'Connor Award. His autobiographical work, "Life Goes to the Movies," placed 2nd in this year's AWP Award and was twice runner up for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. His stories and essays have appeared in over 50 publications, including, The Sun, Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Boulevard, Poets & Writers, Colorado Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthologies Our Roots Are Deep With Passion (Other Books, 2006), Writing Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2003), and Best American Essays 2006. He edits the journal Alimentum: The Literature of Food.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jeffrey Lependorf, Japanese bamboo flute;  Katie Down, glass instruments;  Miguel Frasconi, glass instruments
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Glass instruments, water, flutes, sonorous objects, gizmos. The NewBorn Trio play handmade and found instruments made of glass, along with flutes from around the globe. Haunting, hypnotic, and sometimes even catchy, they create spontaneous compositions for your pleasure. Come here them in their debut performance just before they embark on a performance tour through the Balkans (really!).
 Cover $12
Jun 04
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

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. All are welcome.
David Devoe, host

Seung-Hee Han, voice;  Adam Kolker, tenor sax, bass clarinet;  Pete Rende, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  George Schuller, drums;  Akiko Pavolka, voice;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Matt Renzi, sax, clarinet;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Bill Campbell, drums
Gnu Vox: Seung-Hee Quintet and Akiko Pavolka's House of Illusion image
Seung-Hee is a Korean-born, NYC based jazz vocalist and composer. She has studied and performed in the East Coast and South Korea with American jazz greats such as Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Dominique Eade, Ran Blake and John McNeil to name a few, while receiving notable reviews such as "On the title track, where the singer's voice is a finely tuned instrument, singing a stunning wordless melody followed by verses in Korean, as her quintet performs sumptuous music..." by [All About Jazz] "a unique voice" [Boston Globe] and "a pioneer in jazz voice" [MMJAZZ], the most renowned Korean jazz magazine. She will be performing with her quintet performing her original compositions and arrangements of others in Korean as well as in English infused with 21st century jazz and her Korean heritage.

Akiko Pavolka is a New York based singer/songwriter who's strikingly original compositions blend pop and jazz with the music and sensibilities of her native Japan. Together with her band "House of Illusion" she has spent the past ten years developing a very personal sonic universe that is sometimes humorous, sometimes beautiful, sometimes frightening, but always her own.
 Cover $10

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