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Andrey Gritsman and Julia Istomina, hosts

Komo Ananda Melinda Wilson Matthew Yeager with a *SPECIAL TWIST*!
Komo Natu Ananda was born 22 September 1980 in San Diego, California, where he lived for twelve years before moving to New England. In 2006 he moved to New York city to attend the Creative Writing program at The New School. Komo occasionally writes poetry reviews for His poems remain unpublished and tonight will be his first public reading.

Melinda Wilson's work has appeared in Arsenic Lobster, Avatar Review, The Lumberyard, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Amplexus will be available from Dancing Girl Press in the fall. She holds an MFA from The New School and is originally from New Hampshire.

Matthew Yeager has published poems in The New York Quarterly, Bat City Review, Ocho and elsewhere. His poem "A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment," selected by Paul Muldoon for The Best American Poetry 2005, is currently being adapted into a short film. A native of Cincinatti, OH, he currently lives in Harlem.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ingrid Laubrock, saxophone;  Kris Davis, piano;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums;  Pascal Niggenkemper, bass;  Robin Verheyen, tenor & soprano saxophone;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums, piano
Pascal Niggenkemper Trio + Laubrock/Davis/Sorey image
8:30PM Pascal Niggenkemper Trio

To put the Pascal Niggenkemper Trio in a certain spotlight seems to be difficult as the music takes each time endless new ways. Pascal's compositions expand and elaborate on a combination of influences that spans from the 20th century european music heritage and european improvisation to the recent life and music experience of living in the new yorker cultural melting pot. The result plays like a soundtrack, energetic, spontanous and captivating.

10PM Laubrock/Davis/Sorey

Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, pianist Kris Davis and woodwind contender Ingrid Laubrock perform at Cornelia street Cafe with their collaborative trio. Born in Germany and based in London, Laubrock has been hailed by All About Jazz as "a new saxophone colossus," which is certainly borne out by her latest release for Intakt, Sleepthief. Sorey, know for his sideman work with Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer and his own ensemble Oblique,is an iconoclastic drummer and composer who has persistently challenged himself to break new boundaries. Davis, one of New York's leading improvisers and composers, has to her credit Lifespan, The Slightest Shift and Rye Eclipse, all revealing what the Chicago Sun-Times calls "a sense of kaleidoscopic possibilities … There's color and angularity and continual movement."

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 Cover $15

Jun 11
David Roy Lincoln, host

Eric Foner , historian;  Steven Taylor , guitarist with The Fugs;  David Roy Lincoln , poet/novelist
Tom Paine image
Thomas Paine Anniversary

Join us for a night of history and poetics on the anniversary of Thomas Paine's 200 years of passing. Celebrate this great American, humanist, master of agitprop, activist and poet only a few blocks from his last apartment. With Eric Foner (noted biographer of Paine, Professor of History at Columbia University, and one of the country's most prominent historians), Steven Taylor (Allen Ginsberg's long-time accompanist, former chair of Writing and Poetics at Naropa University, author of False Prophet: Field Notes from the Punk Underground, and guitarist with The Fugs), and David Roy Lincoln (performer, poet, award winning novelist, author of Mobility Lounge, and poetry chapbooks The Interloper and By The Way).

Plus a call to arms for artists of all persuasions with Acts of Art and friends (emceed by Susan Brennan).

Summer soldiers and spring time patriots beware.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, curator

Cindy Scott, voice;  Brian Seeger, guitar;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
Gnu Vox: Cindy Scott image
"Cindy Scott's debut CD should make anyone take notice," says Roseanna Vitro.

Cindy Scott has a warm, sexy tone with clear presentation of lyrics and attention to melody. In her singing can be heard the influences of well-known jazz artists Sarah Vaughan and Karrin Allyson, with a touch of Ricki Lee Jones mixed in. She either swings hard or floats dreamily, depending on the song. Scott's passion for jazz comes out in her delivery and endears her to her listeners.
 Cover $10

Jun 12
Jackie Sheeler, host

Samantha Barrow Dujuana Sharese
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Jackie's special guests for Dyke Month: Samantha Barrow and Dujuana Sharese.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jason Rigby , saxophones;  Mike Holober, Rhodes;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
Jason Rigby Quartet  image
Tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby has been hailed as "a truly lyrical musician" and "New York's rising star of tenor sax." His pioneering voice deftly combines many influences - critics recognize the mindset of Wayne Shorter, the energy of John Coltrane, and the elasticity and compositional style of Ornette Coleman and Paul Motian. He is rapidly ascending the jazz world ranks as a saxophonist, composer and bandleader. Rigby has received critical acclaim for his recordings, including the 2006 Rewind Records Of The Year by Wire Magazine - Top Jazz & Improv for "Translucent Space" (Fresh Sound).

Rigby's quartet returns to Cornelia Street after the recent release of "The Sage" (Fresh Sound) and a hugely successful European tour. He will be performing brand new compositions and his band includes the great Cameron Brown on bass, Mike Holober on Rhodes and Jeff Davis on drums, all of whom Rigby has long collaborated with.

"Rigby flirts with the same stratospheric heights Wayne Shorter explored with Miles."
- J. Hunter, AllAboutJazz NY

"Bordering on classic mainstream jazz with a touch of viable avante garde' Jason Rigby plus group takes us on a harmonic/melodic sojourn that is nothing short of spectacular."
- George W. Carroll, The Musicians' Ombudsman

"The saxophonist's quintet sustains a daunting finesse while swinging full tilt on the new The Sage."
- Jim Macnie, The Village Voice
 Cover $10

Jun 13
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

John J. Trause LuLu LoLo
Italian American Writers Association, featured readers plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

IAWA's features this month are John J. Trause and the lovely LuLu LoLo.

Poets Wear Prada press recently published John J. Trause's chapbook of poetry Seriously Serial. His translations, poetry, and visual work have appeared in Sensations Magazine, Cover, The Rift, The Troubadour, Global City Review, Xavier Review, The Alternative News, Parse Radix, Now Culture, The Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow Poets Anthology, and in the on-line journals Sidereality and Pedestal Magazine and the artists' periodical Crossings. His work is forthcoming in Sulphur River Review and LIPS.

In 2005, he co-founded the William Carlos Williams Poetry Cooperative in Rutherford, N. J., where he serves as programmer and host.

LuLu LoLo hails from 116th St. in East Harlem. She has written and performed five one-person plays, acted in television and film, and has been featured as a multi-disciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, photography and collage.

She draws inspiration from her Italian heritage, movies, the circus, religious processions, and 99 cents stores. Her plays are developed out of her passion for historical research and social justice, especially as pertaining to the dramatic struggle of women in New York City's past. LuLu will be performing the Mary Ann Zielonko monologue from her one-person play “38 Witnessed Her Death, I Witnessed Her Love: The Lonely Secret of Mary Ann Zielonko (Kitty Genovese Story).” Forty years after Kitty Genovese's death, Mary Ann Zielonko gave her first interview revealing that she was Kitty's lover.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Nikolaj Hess, piano;  tba, bass;  Tony Moreno, drums;  Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone
Global Motion image
Dutch tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Sunnyside Recording Artist) and Danish pianist and co-leader Nikolaj Hess will be playing at the Corneliastreet cafe with the highly acclaimed group GLOBAL MOTION. This concert will feature compositions from Mommaas’ and Hess’ latest recording projects. Global Motion includes the stellar rhythm section Jay Anderson on Bass and Tony Moreno on drums. Stop by and start the year with fresh colors and new energy.

'Global Motion is always in stylistic motion, spanning bop, ECM-esque soundscapes and free-form chamber dreams.......' -
- Ed Enright - DOWNBEAT

- on Marc Mommaas:
‘A fearless improviser on both tenor and soprano, Mommaas has the ability and sense of spontaneous composition to start from almost nothing and build solos that were alive with energy and commitment, fairly bristling with power…..’
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ , John Kelman

Cover $12/$8 for students
 Cover $10

Jun 14
Angelo Verga, host

Dominico Caro, singer;  Jed Miley, guitarist ;  Toshiko Betsumiya, dancer;  Lorena Sandra, dancer;  Klaus Jekeli , dancer
Flamenco: Las Majas y Amigos image

 Cover $20 (includes one house drink)
Patrick Cornelius (USA), alto saxophone;  Kristjan Randalu (Estonia), piano;  Michael Janisch (UK), bass;  Paul Wiltgen (Luxembourg), drums;  Jason Palmer (USA), trumpet
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Celebrating the US release of "Traveling Song" on Woodville Records.

The TransAtlantic Collective is a new contemporary jazz ensemble, whose members and collaborators are some of the top emerging artists from New York City and Europe. A gathering of ambitious young musicians, the Collective was formed in 2005 to foster cross-continental collaboration in musical performance, composition, and education.

“The TransAtlantic Collective has really established itself as an exciting working unit, forging genuine connections between London, Europe, and NYC….highly-charged contemporary jazz fueled by innate virtuosity, but never hindered by it..."
-- JazzWise
 Cover $10

Jun 15
Ted Jonathan, host

New York Quarterly image
This month's featured poets are Traci Clark, Tony Gloeggler, and Ted Jonathan.

Traci Clark is a poet, novelist and essayist. She teaches writing and literature at the Milwaukee Area Technical College as well as at various seminars and conferences, most recently at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Writers Festival. She has been published in various publications, including Pipebomb Magazine and The New York Quarterly. She lives in Milwaukee with her husband and two dogs.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Søren Kjærgaard, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Jim Black, drums
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Søren Kjærgaard received a lot of attention with his trio release Optics with Ben Street and Andrew Cyrille in 2008. Tonight he will tryout the same format, but with different playmates. Not to be missed!

Honorable Mention for Best Release 2008 - All About Jazz (New York, US)

“Søren Kjærgaard's Optics is a study in movement and sound. Echoes of Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor permeates throughout this bold, adventurous release.”
- Jakob Baekgaard, All About Jazz (web 1/2009)

“Their collective outing is packaged as "Optics", an enchanting soundscape that explores the complexities of Kjærgaard's eight compositions… "Optics" is a release that invites structure, but satisfies creative freedom. It really pays tribute to Kjærgaard's vision and caliber of musicianship. Kjærgaard is equally harmonious and dissonant, lyrical and jagged, accentuating his statements with rapidity and force that is reminiscent of Misha Mengelberg. Kjærgaard is aware of his originality and seems determined to mine his own territory.” - Peter Sanchez, All About Jazz (Los Angeles 03/2008)
 Cover $10

Jun 16
Andy Zeffer, host

Tonya Plank Josh Max Claire Jeffreys
New York's venerable urban writers' colony presents a monthly reading of new work.

Tonya Plank will share an excerpt from her second novel, which is very tentatively titled Slow Dance at Club Deja Vu.

Tonya Plank worked as a criminal appeals attorney in New York for several years. A ballroom dancer and balletomane, she writes a dance blog, Swan Lake Samba Girl, that's fairly well-known in the dance community and has been linked to by Vanity Fair, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. She writes about dance and sometimes law for Huffington Post and other publications. She's currently revising her first novel, Swallow, for publication and is hard at work on her second.

Josh Max will read "Friedman" a short non-fiction story, accompanied by his acoustic guitar.

Josh Max has been the on-off auto columnist for the NY Daily News for 8 years, and his first-person stories have been published in the Times, and elsewhere. He is also a songwriter and performer under contract with MPL Communications, the publishing company owned by Sir Paul McCartney.

Claire Jeffreys
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Martin Dockery Katie Halper Michele Carlo Esther Benenson Daniel Mahoney Katie Northlich
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
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 17 6:00PM  JAZZ: SLUM SEARCHING
Benjamin Hirsch, trumpet;  Huei Lin, alto saxophone;  Allen Kramer, guitar;  Andrew Chow, piano;  Ruben Sonz-Barnes, bass;  Natan Last, drums
Valerie Ghent, host

Elise Morris John Baldwin Khalil Madyun Aric Charles
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Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 250 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

 Cover $10

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