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Wednesday Jun 01 6:00PM  MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT
Katherine Eban Elinor Fuchs
This is an event very close to our heart. Elinor Fuchs has been a friend, mentor and champion of our Minister of Culture for going on thirty years. Now she and her daughter Katherine Eban share the stage at Cornelia Street to read from their wonderfully compelling and totally different new books.

Katherine Eban is an investigative reporter whose new book, DANGEROUS DOSES: HOW COUNTERFEITERS ARE CONTAMINATING AMERICA'S DRUG SUPPLY, already has people's hair on fire. ABC's 20/20 is planning a segment on it, and Eliot Spitzer has announced an investigation into the major drug wholesalers.

Elinor Fuchs, an award-winning theatre critic who teaches at the Yale School of Drama, has just published MAKING AN EXIT: A MOTHER-DAUGHTER DRAMA WITH ALZHEIMER'S, MACHINE TOOLS, AND LAUGHTER. Fuchs was compared to Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris and Anne Lamott in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and praised in the Los Angeles Times for a story of "humanity, compassion, and dignity."

Eban thanks Fuchs in her book, but Fuchs makes Eban a character in hers. This will be the first time mother and daughter have read from their books at the same event.
Josh Irving, saxophones;  Alan Ferber, trombone;  George Dulin, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
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"The Josh Irving Quartet deserves recognition and greater access to the jazz community. The music is thoughtful, beautiful, sophisticated, and well-constructed. Their style may be thought of as a combination of straight-ahead with a dollop of free jazz... They play intelligently as a band and as composers they are innovative re-interpreting known terrain. This Quartet deserves further listening."
-John Doll, Jazz Review
 Cover $8
Jun 02

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.
Ted Curson, trumpet;  Henry Grimes, bass
Two sets: 8:30 & 10:00
"Celebrating Ted Curson’s 70th Birthday!"

AllAboutJazz-New York, the city’s number one resource for the most complete and in-depth information and coverage of what’s happening in the city each and every month, will be presenting a regular monthly series – “AllAboutJazz-New York Presents 1s & 2s: Music for Solo & Duo” at Cornelia Street Café on the first Thursday of every month.
*For more information contact Laurence Donohue-Greene at or 212-568-9628

Master bassist Henry Grimes, missing from the music world since the late ’6O’s and now living in New York City, has made an
 Cover $12

Jun 03
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader Ishle Park. $6 admission includes a *free* drink
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Nick Mancini Collective Nick Mancini, vibraphone;  Matthias Bublath, organ;  Dave Berger, drums; 
Tim Collins Group
Tim Collins, vibraphone;  Ingrid Jensen, trumpet/flugelhorn;  Matt Blostein, alto sax;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Simon Lott, drums
<font color=red>Weekend Vibes:</font>Nick Mancini Collective & Tim Collins Group image

9:00 Nick Mancini Collective

The musicians of NICK MANCINI COLLECTIVE vibraphonist Nick Mancini, organist Matthias Bublath and drummer Dave Berger, use the music of Horace Silver as a jumping-off point for their fresh, incisive and occasionally comedic arrangements.
A dynamic fixture of the NYC jazz scene, Mancini decisively leads this energetic trio through a tightly knit set of burning, straight-ahead jazz flights, moody vamps, gospel romps and Eurodance breakdowns.
Witness the vibrant and evocative nature of this trio of masters as they deliver a continually evolving stream of musical settings that are all at once spontaneous, reminiscent and unmarked.

10:30 Tim Collins Group featuring Ingrid Jensen

"An exceptionally bright and brisk live jazz group featuring vivid jazz vibes, lighting up a full-spectrum sound. Incorporating influences from Funk, Rock and Latin styles with sassy backbeats and forthright piano punctuation, this east coast group is one that jazz connoisseurs will be talking about. With outstanding compositional integrity, this is truly a meeting of voices, a group performance with one, cohesive vision. "
- CDBaby

 Cover $10

Jun 04
Nada Taib, host

long time friends of Ziryab: Nancy Agabian, Sekeena Shaben, Ahimsa Bodhran Timoteo, and Mona Ghuneim. The incomparable Tarik Benrahim is on the road, so alas the music of heaven will be absent.
 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
Dan McCarthy Group Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Myron Walden, alto saxophone;  Matt Wigton, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums;  Lalo Lalo, vibraphone;  Joshua Davis, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
<font color=red>Weekend Vibes:</font>Dan McCarthy & Lalo image

9:00 Dan McCarthy group featuring Myron Walden

After working his way to being one of the top vibraphonists in Canada, Dan McCarthy made the move to New York, where he has picked up where he left off in Toronto. Being in New York for only nine nonths, Dan has already started making a name for himself by performing at numerous jazz clubs around Manhattan. Dan will be performing original material, as well as a few wisely chosen standards. Featured on this gig will be saxophonist Myron Walden, a veteran of the New York jazz scene, who will also be joining the trio as they go into the studio to record their debut album in two weeks.
Look for the record at the end of August.

10:30 Lalo

"If Lionel Hampton joined '80s King Crimson, he might've played vibraphone like Lalo."
-Village Voice

"Lalo uses her music to open the doors to someplace ethereal and filled with kaleidoscopic color. Call it a celestial rock/jazz/world music symphony."

The “Vibe Queen”
Vibraphonist and composer Lalo fuses traditional jazz with world music influences and a modern edge. She has recently been featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, in Jazztimes magazine, and on the cover of Jazziz magazine lists her as among the “20 Fine Vibists” in the world and New York’s Village Voice has dubbed her the “Vibe Queen”. Recent appearances include the Blue Note, South by Southwest, and the German Music Fair.
 Cover $10

Jun 05
Roald Hoffmann

Science, done by human beings, has ethical and moral dimensions. A play by VINCE LiCATA, a biologist at Louisiana State University, explores this, with some dance and a little gun-play. The staged reading of "Mexican Hat Dance" will be directed by BARBARA BOSCH, with actors from the Hunter College Department of Theater. K.C. COLE, one of the founders of our program, and a great writer, will talk about the uneasy dance of science and government - past, present (and future?). And anthropologist and singer-songwriter RICHARD MILNER will perform songs about Darwinian morality, angst, and politics from his acclaimed musical about the great evolutionist.
 Cover $10
Diego Voglino, drums;  Tom Beckham, vibraphone;  Chris Cheek, saxophones;  Bryn Roberts, piano;  John Hebert, bass
<font color=red>Weekend Vibes:</font> Tom Beckham Group image
"Beckham's warmly melodic writing is well served by his approach, one situated between the slow-burn soul of Milt Jackson and the pianism of Gary Burton."
-Jazztimes Magazine

"When he takes the stage he invariably amplifies the album¹s energy. I¹ve seen him stress his instrument¹s percussive side, and in doing so, stretch a solo into a trance-like soliloquy."
-The Village Voice
 Cover $10

Jun 06
Esther Perel, host

The Downtown Salon is a public feast for hungry minds. The New Shul invites you to join moderator Esther Perel for a season of provocative guest presentations, roundtable discussions and open debates. We gather around small tables for conversation, wine and community building. Swap thoughts and insights with old and new friends on issues in (or behind) the headlines. Over-Scheduled Lives...Under-Fed Relationships. With Dr. Peter Fraenkel Longer work hours, shorter vacations, information technologies that link us to the workplace no matter where we go, and a belief that it's a sin to miss any opportunity to develop our own or our children's potential, has left us with little time for love. We'll talk about how to create and preserve time so that we can slow down and find one another again. Dr. Peter Fraenkel is an internationally-known expert on couples and time, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York. Esther Perel is a Manhattan based psychologist and social commentator whose cross-cultural pulse and playful intellect break with convention. 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 . Admission $10 $5 for New Shul Members> < Sponsored by The Educational Alliance’s Jewish Below 14th Street Project funded by UJA-Federation of New York.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
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Amram Trio: World Music and Classics of Jazz - "From Kahrtoum to Cornelia Street"

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 07
host Jonathan Escobio

Michele Cameron TBA
what we trust will be the start of an ongoing series of evenings wherein we take a world class author, an academic expert, and scores of writers actors and readers who can't get enough of their favorite author, mix well and have fun. some candidates for future "slams": Rimbaud, Rilke, Goethe, Yeats, Dickinson, Parker. welcome to The Cornelia Street Cafe University in a Basement.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Dan Blankinship, trumpet;  Stephan Moutot, tenor saxophone;  Brian Marsella, piano;  Reid Taylor, bass;  Matt Zebroski, drums
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The Flail is a unique entity in today's world of jazz, even music as a whole. They offer a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements full of intensity and imagination. From the first moment one experiences The Flail, it is clear that this group is a band in every sense of the word. The kind of energy that such unity creates cannot be faked, nor can the power of it be denied. Upon hearing them, jazz legend Kenny Barron said,"I would pay good money to see these guys play at a jazz club."

The Flail have performed at some of the premier events and venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, the Vienne Jazz Festival, the Marseille Jazz Festival, and Sweet Rhythm.
 Cover $8

Wednesday Jun 08 6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga

Jen Benka Victoria Hellerman

 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
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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

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