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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
The Monthly: An Evening with JOHN MARSHALL and Friends image

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.

George Garzone, Boston Collective image
Saturday
May 06
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host; guest host: Tracy Rowland

Erin Barker Jeff Simmermon Rory Scholl Sydnee Washington
The Liar Show image

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.

George Garzone, Boston Collective image
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
DjANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Ultrafaux image

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

Tuesday
May 09
6:00PM  NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Barbara Aliprantis, host; founder/artistic director (NYSE)

April Armstrong Richard Cardillo Jean Le Bec Penny Smith
New York Story Exchange image
Hear stories, tell stories!

Four featured tellers, followed by an open story exchange: Up to five audience members will each get five minutes of stage time for stories, poems, spoken word, or music. Sign up: 5:45–6:10pm.

This month’s host: Barbara Aliprantis —with featured tellers April Armstrong; Richard Cardillo; Jean Le Bec; Penny Smith

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: ALEXIS PARSONS QUARTET
Deborah Latz, curator

Alexis Parsons, voice;  Virg Dzurinko, piano;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Andrew Drury, drums
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Two superb singers. Two sets. One cover.

Alexis Parsons is a New York City based vocalist of Greek and Swedish decent. She has spent a lifetime honing a uniquely personal vocal style and fiercely independent career. The long and often arduous journey through the years has stamped her rich alto voice with warmth, wisdom and a flexibility borne of the eclectic musical roads she's traveled.

During the past two decades, Alexis has led a variety of bands, showcasing her distinctive interpretations of both standard and lesser-known works in the jazz canon. As a bandleader, she has shown exceptional skill and a discerning ear in selecting accompanists. Her trios have included a host of celebrated artists, including pianists Frank Kimbrough, Arturo O’Farrill, David Berkman, and Lynn Arriale among others. Manning the bass have been top call performers such as Drew Gress, Dean Johnson, Cameron Brown and Sean Smith. And behind the drums, Matt Wilson and Willard Dyson have provided swinging and sensitive grooves.

Alexis graduated from the Manhattan School of Music.

"Alexis Parsons" - List of Best CD's of 2012 - DownBeat Magazine

"....she deserves as much credit for her storytelling abilities as she does for her singing. She inhabits these songs as if they represent her very being, making Alexis Parsons an alluring listen from start to finish."- Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

  www.alexisparsons.com

9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: MARYANNE DE PROPHETIS QUARTET
Deborah Latz, curator

Maryanne de Prophetis, voice;  Virg Dzurinko, piano;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Andrew Drury, drums
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Two superb singers. Two sets. One cover.

"The title song [Tell A Star] is a beautiful open portrait of human need; longing and natural, it begins as intimate dialogue between voice and piano, de Prophetis making the words both simple and complex in a way that draws the listener into the exchange." - Donald Elfman, The New York City Jazz Record, Nov 2016

"[Tell A Star] Exquisite, sophisticated, moving vocal jazz at the highest level!" [Trans. from German] Juerg Sommer, Schweiz am Sonntag, Oct 2016

2016 'Best of' Jazz from JJA Members . . Notable vocal album . . "penetrating lyricism" - Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalist Association, Dec 2016

". . de Prophetis’ clear, warm mezzo graces nine original and well-crafted songs . . " - Mel Minter, Musically Speaking, Dec 2016

  www.maryannedeprophetis.com

Wednesday May 10
6:00PM  MICHAEL LYDON AND FRIENDS
Michael Lydon, vocals, guitar;  Ellen Mandel, vocals, piano;  Mike Weatherly, bass, vocals;  Nathan Pearson Jessica Crandall, soprano
MICHAEL LYDON and FRIENDS image

Singer-songwriter and writer Michael Lydon, currently celebrating fifty years as a founding editor of Rolling Stone, will be back at Cornelia St Café tonight, singing and playing his originals and standards with his longtime partner Ellen Mandel, vocals and piano, Mike Weatherly, bass and vocals, soprano Jessica Crandall, and His Royal Hipness, Nathan Pearson.

8:00PM  QUINSIN NACHOFF'S ETHEREAL TRIO CD RELEASE
Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Quinsin Nachoff's Ethereal Trio CD RELEASE image

Celebrating the Ethereal Trio's debut on Whirlwind Recordings!

Quinsin Nachoff is known for his unique merger of modern jazz and contemporary classical music, venturing to the edges of both idioms, while dancing elegantly along the uneasy borderline between them. The trio teams Nachoff with two of modern music's most forward-thinking artists: bassist Mark Helias and drummer Dan Weiss. Both are inveterate explorers well versed in absorbing a variety of complex musical vocabularies and expressing them in a personal and compelling fashion. The singularly ethereal feeling of this music can be credited to Nachoff's astute compositions, which blend methodically composed material with free improvisation in a way that leaves enticing, inspirational space for all three to roam.

"There's a push and pull between the visceral and cerebral, between jazz and modern classical... intensity and modernity, a brashness and in-your-face confidence of delivery." - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

  www.quinsin.com www.markhelias.com

Thursday
May 11
6:00PM  JUICE, SPICE & TANGO!
Racquel Borromeo, piano;  David Bridges, clarinet;  Rina Haruki, soprano;  Dominique Donnarumma, soprano
Juice, Spice & Tango! image

Exquisite blend of Piazzolla, Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Weill and many surprises!

8:01PM  LAGE LUND QUARTET
Lage Lund, guitar;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums
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Friday
May 12
6:00PM  FROM WHITMAN TO GINSBERG: POEMS THAT CHALLENGE CONVENTIONAL WISDOM
Bernard Block, host

Robert Gibbons Darryl Alladice Michael Schwartz Julia Ogilvie
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 17th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

9:00PM & 10:30PM  CHARLES ALTURA QUARTET
Charles Altura, guitar;  Aaron Parks, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Justin Brown, drums
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Charles Altura has been called a “…blazingly precise young guitarist,” by the New York Times, and has put the international jazz world on notice with his unique blend of effortless lyricism and rich, atmospheric sound. Charles has recently performed with Chick Corea, Tom Harrell, Terence Blanchard, Stanley Clarke, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, and Tigran Hamasyan, among others. He is joined here by like-minded peers Aaron Parks, Matt Brewer, and Justin Brown, who have a history of collaborating with each other in various formations.

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times