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Jun 01
Claudia LaRocco Boni Joy Susan Berger-Jones Judson Evans Eileen B. Hennessey Ronna Lebo John Yau
Poetry: Off the Park Press image
A reading from a new poetry anthology.

An evening with the poets of Off the Park Press, whose first collection, "New Smoke: An Anthology of Poetry Inspired by Neo Rauch," was published in 2009.

Susan Berger-Jones grew up in Pittsburgh, Pa and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is both an Architect and a Poet.

Judson Evans is Director of Liberal Arts at The Boston Conservatory, where he teaches Ancient Greek culture and literature and a course on Utopian Communities. He was chosen as an “emerging poet” for the Association of American Poets by John Yau.

Eileen B. Hennessey is a native of Long Island, and lives in New York City. Translator of foreign-language documentation, and adjunct associate professor of translation at New York University, her poems have been published in Artful Dodge, Cream City Review, The Literary Review, Paris Review, Sanskrit, and Western Humanities Review.

Boni Joi received a M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. She has read her poetry at numerous venues in New York city and elsewhere for the past 19 years.

Claudia La Rocco’s poems have appeared in such publications as The Brooklyn Rail and, and she reads regularly in New York City. She writes about dance for the New York Times and currently teaches in the MFA Art Criticism and Writing program at the School of Visual Arts.

Ronna Lebo received a M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts, and currently teaches at Kean University. She performed for twelve years as Alice B. Talkless, won a Jackie 60 New Artist Award, and was included in two CMJ music festivals.

John Yau has published books of poetry, fiction, and criticism. Among the poetry books are Paradiso Diaspora, Ingrish (a collaboration with Thomas Nozkowski), Borrowed Love Poems, Forbidden Entries, Berlin Diptychon, Edificio Sayonara and Corpse and Mirror, a National Poetry Series book selected by John Ashbery. Yau lives in New York City.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Liam Sillery, trumpet;  Matt Blostein, alto saxophone;  Landon Knoblock, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Liam Sillery's Outskirts: <i>Phenomenology</i> CD Release image
Trumpeter Liam Sillery continues in the direction of his most recent album "Outskirts," challenging both the musicians and the listener with intricate compositions and compelling improvisation. On "Phenomenology," the band is reactive and supportive, while maintaining their individual personalities to constantly compliment the music. Liam's exploration of the sonic landscapes suggested by his compositions create a sense of melodic intrigue on the Kenny Wheeler-inspired "Koi" and the horn lines cartwheel through the backbeat of "Intentionality."

"Sillery, although influenced a little by Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, and Wynton Marsalis, has his own approach and displays lots of potential."
- Scott Yanow
 Cover $10

Wednesday Jun 02 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Larry Smith Rachel Fershlesiser Mark Kinn David Axelrad Ben Greenman
Josh Axelrad played blackjack professionally for five years and poker unprofessionally for one. His memoir, Repeat Until Rich, is now available from Penguin Press.

Ben Greenman will be reading from his latest book WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO. Both a collection of inter-connected stories about love and infidelity and a meditation on the lost art of letter writing, WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO is the latest brilliant book from the eclectic mind of New Yorker editor and rising literary star Ben Greenman. Ben is an editor at the New Yorker and the author of several acclaimed works of fiction, including the novels Please Step Back; Superbad; Superworse; and A Circle Is a Balloon and Compass Both: Stories about Human Love. His fiction, essays, and journalism have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

Harper Perennial is proud to publish WHAT HE’S POISED TO DO on June 15, 2010.

Larry Smith, founder of the literary website Smith Magazine and memoir editor Rachel Fershlesiser talk about their most recent book of nonfiction,"It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure", the latest of their unique ongoing project. A FREERANGE FAVORITE!

Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)


Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet, tenor saxophone;  Frantz Loriot, viola;  Devin Grey, drums;  Simon Jermyn, electric bass;  Pete Robbins, alto saxophone;  Joachim Badenhorst, tenor saxophone;  Tommy Crane, drums
Joachim Badenhorst Trio/<br>Simon Jermyn`s Trot a Mouse image
8:30PM Joachim Badenhorst Trio

Belgian reedplayer Joachim Badenhorst is living in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Co-Leader of groups in different European countries: Mogil (iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), Taro (Austria). He has released several critically acclaimed albums on labels such as Songlines, Rat Records, Radical Duke, Igloo. Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink Trio, the first group that the legendary Dutch drummer fronts as a leader. Their record `Parken` (released on the Danish ILK label) was chosen by all about jazz ny as `best new release of 2009 honorary mention`.

In New York he is currently working on a few new projects: a collaboraive trio with trombonist Steve Swell and drummer Ziv Ravitz. Clarino: a trio that works on the new compositional language of trumpeter Thomas Heberer; Voladores: a collaborative quintet with Frantz Loriot, Pascal Niggenkemper, Christopher Hoffman, Juan Pablo Carletti. Joachim is a member of Tony Malaby`s new octet `Novela`

`Badenhorst plays wonderfully with the same detached warmth and cool nonchalance of a young Lee Konitz`
Jakob Baekgaard, allaboutjazz.

”[Badenhorst] combines a never-ending search for adventure, a natural direction and a warm tone into an interesting and personal story.... A wonderful storyteller...”
- Knack Magazine (Belgium)

10PM Simon Jermyn`s Trot a Mouse

Simon Jermyn (born 1981) has played guitar and bass since a young age. Throughout his teens he studied classical guitar at The Royal Irish Academy of Music, and jazz privately with teachers Mike Nielsen and Hugh Buckley.

After a summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and completion of secondary school, Simon obtained a Guildhall School of Music and Drama performance diploma at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin, before moving to The Hague for five years and earning a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance. He has also taken private lessons with some musicians including Drew Gress, Skuli Sverrisson, Hilmar Jensson, Tim Berne and Jim Black.

Since then Simon has lived in Reykjavik and New York and is currently back in Dublin.

He performs equally as an electric bassist and guitarist. His work very often also makes use of effects and electronics to sample and manipulate in real time, aswell as incorporating field recordings. Recently, he has added baritone and fretless guitars to some groups he works with.

Simon is an active composer, and writes new music for his own groups and others. His main compositional outlets have been Trot A Mouse and Awkward Silence. The music for the latter is often based around quarter tones and the idea of dividing the octave in to 24 equal parts, aswell as soundscapes, through composed forms and different rate of change happening simultaneously.

His debut album as a leader, Trot A Mouse has recently been released on the Spanish label Fresh Sound New Talent.

“The eleven compositions on Trot a Mouse display a rich and original breadth of musical and non-musical influence and suggest a considerable measure of patience and care in their creation.”
The Journal of Music Ireland

“Certainly one of the most important (and listenable) releases to come out of Ireland in recent years.”
Downtown Music Gallery, NYC

Jun 03
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.
Paul Shapiro, saxophone, clarinet & vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  John-Martin Green, vocals;  Dan Rosengard, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Morris Roberts, drums

“Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.”
— Jamie Renton, Straight No Chaser UK

“Mr. Shapiro, transforms the ritual of a Friday night Shabbat service into a rollicking downtown jam.” — The New York Times

Shapiro’s “Essen” Chosen as “Number 1 CD of 2008.” — David Pulizzi, Jazziz

Woodwind player and composer Paul Shapiro, who’s earned wide acclaim for his three Tzadik CDs and his dynamic performances, brings his fabled “Ribs and Brisket Revue” —an uplifting, funky-historical Harlemite Yiddish Swing band back to the famed Cornelia Street Café for their sixth straight New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue’ is featured on Shapiro’s CD “Essen” which was released last year on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records to rave reviews:

“Everything here is lively, witty, well-played and just plain excellent. And it all serves as a potent reminder that a jazz record can still be a whole mess of freewheeling fun without sacrificing a lick of intelligence or creativity.”
— David Pulizzi, Jazziz

“On his new album, "Essen" (Tzadik), Shapiro explores the cultural mash-up that occurred in American popular music when Jewish music -- Yiddish theater songs, vaudeville tunes, klezmer songs and novelties -- met blues, jazz, rhythm 'n' blues and swing. The result is a collection that touches history in several ways, yet always manages to make a contemporary statement that's fun to listen to. His crack band, Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue, can sound like a Lower East Side wedding outfit, an R&B group, a strip club combo and a cooking funk band.”
— Kirk Silsbee, The Jewish Journal, LA

“For the past few years, Paul Shapiro, a New York-based saxophonist with serious new-jazz and R&B credentials, has put a postmodern spin on Jewish musical themes, honoring the past yet never forgetting that over-the-top humor and extroverted theatricality (and culinary obsession) are grand elements of the tradition.”
— Steve Futterman, Barnes & Noble

*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

Jun 04
Kat Georges, host

Jay Chollick
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's feature is Jay Chollick. Award-winning poet Jay Chollick has published his work extensively in many prominent literary journals and has read his work throughout New York in cafes, colleges and on TV and radio.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Douglas Yates, alto saxophone;  Kenny Brooks, tenor saxophone;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Pete Zimmer, drums
Douglas Yates-Kenny Brooks:  image
Douglas Yates and Kenny Brooks admit to being heavily influenced by their mentor/guru - saxophone master George Garzone. Natives of the San Francisco Bay Area, Yates and Brooks went to Boston in 1984 to study with Garzone - Yates at Berklee, Brooks at the New England Conservatory. Their education at the feet of the master included weekly pilgrimages to the Willow Jazz Club to hear Garzone and the Fringe. In 1989 Brooks returned to San Francisco while Yates moved to NYC.

Fast forward 18 years. Upon his arrival in NYC in 2007 Brooks reunites with Yates and Garzone in the form of Garzone's "3 Tenors" quintet, which also includes Pete Zimmer on drums and Peter Slavov on bass. Branching off from "3 Tenors" comes "In The Zone". Yates and Brooks explore the spirit of the music of George Garzone through some of his compositions as well as their own originals.

Proud of their lineage through the "Garzone School", their work continues "In The Zone".
 Cover $10

Jun 05
Guest Host OPHIRA EISENBERG - Comedy Central

FAYE LANE, "Beauty Shop Stories";  JIM O'GRADY, NY Times;  JOEY NOVICK, "Louder Than Words";  JOHN FLYNN , Upright Citizens Brigade
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.

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Neal Mine, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
John McNeil- Bill McHenry Group image
The McNeil/McHenry group is as close to perfect as you can get. The solos are flawless and inspired, and the ensembles are played with verve, panache and pinpoint accuracy. The players are all virtuosos, yet never does one become aware of their technique, so complete is their dedication to the integrity of the music.

The group's performances are so compelling that often the entire audience goes through an emotional catharsis that makes further therapy unnecessary and antidepressants irrelevant.

If that's not enough for you, the band members are also highly-evolved spiritual beings that can guide their listeners to self-realization simply by playing over rhythm changes.

We could say more, but the McNeil/McHenry group's natural humility prevents us from continuing......
 Cover $10

Jun 06
Joseph LeDoux Daniela Schiller Gerald McCollom
The Science of Fear in Words and MUsic image
Joseph LeDoux and Daniela Schiller study fear at NYU. They will be joined by fellow Amygdaloid, Gerald McCollom, in an experiment in the multimedia communication of neuroscience. A lecture on fear will be interspersed amongst The Amygdaloids' original tunes about mind and brain and mental disorders performed "unplugged" by three quarters of the local science rock band.

LeDoux says, "Music is the most powerful form of communication, and we'll be using it to shoot scientific information straight into the sweet spots of emotion and memory in the brain. We'll definitely have fun trying to do this, and maybe we'll even succeed."
 Cover $10

Dan Tepfer, piano;  Mark Turner, tenor saxophone
Dan Tepfer/Mark Turner Duo image
This will be the inaugural concert of a new monthly series of duos at Cornelia St Cafe led by pianist Dan Tepfer. The Mark Turner / Dan Tepfer duo is a new collaboration, just a few months old. The visionary saxophonist Mark Turner has played with everyone from Paul Motian to Kurt Rosenwinkle, but is rarely heard in duo contexts; Dan Tepfer has likewise played in wide-ranging contexts, from solo piano to concertos with orchestra. The paired-down environment of the duo offers the chance for a rare, spontaneous musical intimacy; here Turner and Tepfer will explore this terrain through each other's compositions and a selection of jazz standards.

"The tenor saxophonist Mark Turner is possibly jazz's premier player"
-- New York Times

"A sharp young talent, rugged and emphatic... An intently modern pianist who is also drawn to the deeper currents of melody."
-- New York Times
 Cover $10

Jun 07
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

 Cover $10 (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
AMRAM & CO image
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 08
Barbara Aliprantis

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE) image
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE)

USUAL FORMAT: Open Telling (5/6 minute limit), followed by Featured Teller(s)

"No theme, no judging, no contest, just great fun, and stories with heart!"

“How did it get so late so soon? It’s night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?” – Dr. Seuss

Featured Tellers to be announced: STAY TUNED!
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Jimmy Greene, tenor saxophone;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Peter Madsen, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Mario Pavone, bass, compositions
Mario Pavone's Orange Double Tenor image
Playscape Recordings is proud to announce the forthcoming world premiere of bassist/composer Mario Pavone's Arc Suite t/pi t/po , a suite of original compositions commissioned by chamber music America's 2009 new jazz works: commissioning and ensemble development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Pavone wrote the music for his long standing sextet,orange double tenor,which will perform the work live for the first time on june 8+9th at the Cornelia Street Café, before heading into the recording studio on june 10+11th

The subsequent recording,also titled arc suite t/pi t/po,will be released by playscape recordings in november to coincide with pavone's 70th birthday and 45th year in music. Orange Double Tenor features Tony Malaby and Jimmy Greene (saxophones), Dave Ballou (trumpet), Peter Madsen (piano), and Gerald Cleaver, (drums). Also part of this project are Steven Bernstein and Michael Musillami who, along with Pavone and Ballou, each arranged individual movements within the suite.

...."I have reflected on the 1960's ... a time of incredible change and transformation ... and on being there and taking in not just the musicality of Trane, Cecil, Ornette, Mingus and Monk, but the physical prescence of these giants and the sociopolitical issues their work addressed. I look to re-envision and re-interpret in today's idiom, and in my compositional systems, the feeling,ethos and energy of that time and those players."
 Cover $10

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