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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
The Songwriter's Beat image

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

Jun 18
Golda Solomon, host

GOLDA SOLOMON “The Medicine Woman of Jazz” with PO’JAZZ image
Our own Brooklyn Cowgirl is a leading voice in the poetry & jazz explosion, a true treasure.

doors open at 5:30; Jazz begins at 5:45


Featured Reader : Pam Laskin

Poet/Readers Duewa Frazier, Rishana Blake, Laura Modigliani

with Les Krevsky Flute

Music by The Double Sharps

Dan Lipsitz (leader & sax) • Daniel Cicourel Hanley (guitar) • Jake Pinto (keyboards) Daniel Bailen (bass) • Francis DiNoto (drums)

The Double Sharps: "These student musicians are the future ‘lions’ of jazz. Mentoring is energizing.” — Golda Solomon

“Po’Jazz at Cornelia Street is one big friendly party of good words, good sounds, and good food.” — Gladys Serrano, Mutable Music

$15 ($10 students with ID) includes one drink (cash only)
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Brenda Earle, voice and piano;  Jessie Lewis, guitar;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
Gnu Vox: Brenda Earle -- CD Release  image
Jazz pianist/vocalist/composer Brenda Earle assembles an exciting array of material showcased by her band of NYC All-stars. Jazz standards, original compositions and fresh takes on material by Crowded House and Keane act as a backdrop for Brenda’s virtuosic piano playing and vocal finesse.

“…the first to stand out was pianist-singer Brenda Earle, whose talent gracefully bridges jazz and pop.” – The Washington Post

“…a breezy delight.” – Time Out New York

“Her keyboard work throughtout embodies lyrical melody, deft harmonie and smart pacing…” – The Toronto Star
 Cover $10

Jun 19
Kathi Georges, host

Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's feature Graham Buchan. Graham Buchan graduated as a Chemical Engineer but has spent his working life in the film, video and television industries, including a substantial spell at ABC News' London bureau. His first poetry pamphlet, Airport Reading, was published in 2004 and his first full collection, There is Violence in these Vapours in 2007, both from the tall lighthouse ( He was joint winner of Piccadilly Poets in 2001 and the Cellar Slam Champion in 2006. His poetry has appeared in two dozen magazines, one national newspaper and three anthologies, and he has also published travel writing, short stories, and poetry, film and art appreciation. He has read in New York, Vancouver and Austin.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Viktor Fuchs, voice;  Jeremy Boniello, drums;  Pete Newman, bass;  Sanda Weigl, vocals;  Lucian Ban, piano
Sanda Weigl & Viktor Fuchs image
Viktor Fuchs:
The world was too much for Viktor Fuchs. He shaved his golden hair, left his house and followed the wrong red bike, down the wrong red rabbit hole into the wrong red bar. Many rabbits were lounging around, drinking. He approached one rabbit with a red bow round her neck and asked how to get out of this hole, but the rabbit twisted her nose and hopped away. He asked another rabbit with cherry red lipstick, but that rabbit wiggled her ears and also hopped away. He asked rabbit after rabbit, but they all hopped away.
Viktor Fuchs slumped onto a bar stool, feeling defeated. He never moved or talked or ordered a drink, just sat and looked at his situation lost in this hole. One day he licked his hands and said to himself, "Fine Viktor, you're in this hole. You don't have a home or a friend, but at least you have a bar stool." And as if by magic, a little mouse with little red rain boots appeared on a stool next to Viktor's. The mouse said,
"Excuse me, can you help me out of this hole?"
Clearly this wasn't a rabbit. He looked at the mouse and said "No".
After a couple of heavenly lemonades the lost little pair kissed. Soon they forgot that they had been lost at all. The rabbits were gone, the bar was covered in ivy and little daisies were sprouting. All that was left was the old jukebox. Each night they danced to the jukebox until they collapsed into their bed.

Viktor Fuchs will be at Cornelia Street Cafe playing selections from this Jukebox with his new band featuring Jeremy Boniello on Drums and Pete Newman on Bass. The music is called Rok-n-Soul-Hop.

Sanda Weigl is immersed in the musical traditions of her heritage: the gypsy songs of Romania, and the pieces penned by her uncle, Bertold Brecht. At the Cornelia Street Cafe she will perform her brand new cabaret program featuring songs by Kurt Weill, Spoliansky, Hollander, Luz Casal and Edith Piaf. Sanda has sold out shows at Joe's Pub, The Neue Galerie, The Knitting Factory, Drom and countless other venues in New York, Mexico and Europe.

Join Sanda and her pianist Lucian Ban for an enchanting evening of that you won't soon forget.

"To call Weigl's voice 'powerful' would be an understatement...Her range, timbre and declamatory style makes for an intriguing presentation of passion and sexuality that is a synthesis of male and female... Her interpretations are dramatic, even theatrical, but never 'over the top'...Weigl's purpose is not to shock, but rather to communicate the vibrant life force inherent in the music. Which she does admirably, with an energy and panache that speaks of the intimate familiarity with the material."
- BBC World Music

Jun 20
Dean Kostos, host

Alice Lacey-Rosenblitt Joan Saunders Marina Stenos
Greek-American Writers Association image

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Johannes Weidenmuller , bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Andrew Rathbun Group - CD Release image
Celebrating the release of WHERE WE ARE NOW on SteepleChase.

The journey of saxophonist and composer Andrew Rathbun continues with WHERE WE ARE NOW, a snapshot of where we are as a culture, and where he is as a jazz artist. Andrew's last recording, "Affairs of State" wrestled with many of the complex issues facing the nation today. Where We Are Now, Andrew's 10th release as a leader is a musical depiction of where we stand one year later. The music reflects the unsettled feelings of our time, constantly prob- ing, and purposefully unresolved. Joined by master percus- sionist Billy Hart and a stellar cast, this latest release is another strong addition to Rathbun's discography, of which JazzTimes has observed "The development of Brooklyn- based tenorman Andrew Rathbun has been a story of suc- cessive revelations."

Who says political music has to have lyrics? For his eighth album, "Affairs of State" tenor saxophonist Andrew Rathbun - a Toronto native settled in Brooklyn - looks at life under George W. Bush, and comes away bemused, appalled, angry and upset. This isn't protest music in the sixties '60s vein, all shrieking horns and improvisational chaos; instead, Rathbun and his quintet rely on wit and understatement to make their points. Like fellow saxophonist Mark Turner, Rathbun combines a cool, dry tone with a fondness for melodic-yet- cerebral improvisation, and has a perfect foil in trumpeter Taylor Haskins, whose playing manages to be both warmly expressive and nimbly aggressive. In all, an engaging, thought-provoking album

Rathbun writes smart, harmony rich and melodically inventive music.
- Ben Ratliff, NEW YORK TIMES

With impressive tone and phrasing, Rathbun knows his way around the horn, as he shapes personable and expressive solos. DOWNBEAT
 Cover $10

Jun 21
Angelo Verga, host

Farid Nassif Paul Oppenheimer Doug Goetsch
For Father's Day we have three poets with whom you'll want to play catch

Farid Nassif has published a collection of short stories called “Civilized Man,” available on iTunes in May of 2009. Other published materials include “Joseph Skibinski” and “SinSin,” that came out in SILO, a Vermont literary journal. He worked alongside the editor-in-chief of Data News Weekly (New Orleans), where he published “Lorraine Hansberry: Young, Gifted, and Black,” a preview article on New Orleans entertainment. He has performed professionally as a musician and writer in live venues such as Genghis Cohen, Molly Malone’s, Birds (in Los Angeles), Cheers (Boston), Cornelia St. Café, Freddie's (Brooklyn) and Café Lika (Manhattan) to name a few.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sinne E, voice;  Nikolaj Hess, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Greg Hutchinson, drums
Nikolaj Hess/Sinne Eeg image
In the course of the past few years Sinne E has taken over the throne as Denmark’s leading jazz vocalist, partly with the help of her outstanding, critically acclaimed album “Waiting For Dawn”. For this album Sinne received a Danish Music Award. Sinne’s new April CD release, “Kun en drřm”, also drew richly deserved praise from a range of unanimous reviewers to demonstrate that this hot Danish jazz vocalist is well on her way to an international breakthrough.

Sinne’s interpretations of Danish pop classics and English songs are personalized in a highly unique way. Her vocal style is mature, intense, slightly understated and yet very ambitious, and not least, extremely talented. It is this talent and her dark, sonorous vocals that are taking Sinne all the way to the top.

She is a ”fully mature artist who dares to take chances and follow her own instincts, successfully lending credibility to whatever she sings.” (Politiken)
 Cover $10

Jun 22
Eve Packer
Poet and open mic host Packer releases her CD "Now Playing". Eve will joined by music and her many friends.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Racquel Borromeo, piano;  Emily Brausa, cello;  Judith Olson, piano;  Thomas Piercy, clarinet;  Ulises Solano, tenor and vocals;  the ai ensemble
21st schizoid music presents: Gilbert Galindo   image
Gilbert Galindo is an award-winning composer of chamber and orchestral music. But recently he has been delving into the sounds of house and electro dance music. Aztec warrior and flower songs, solo amplified instrumental works, and ensemble music will be paired up with Gilbert’s foray into electro tribal house. While both these worlds begin with similar material, they wind up in very different places.

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 Cover $10

Jun 23
Alissa Heyman, host

Gillian Cummings--Sarah Lawrence College

Emily Hockaday--New York University

Carrie Hohmann--New York University

Ofer Ziv--Sarah Lawrence College

A quartet of fine young poets brighten our stage.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Marc Maron, host

Marc Maron Janeane Garofalo
Comedy: Marc Maron and Friends image
Marc Maron, the dark Byronic poet of American political comedy, has appeared on Letterman, Conan, HBO, Comedy Central, Air America Radio, not to mention (at) the Cornelia Street Cafe. In this new series he hangs out on stage with some of the most creative comedians in the country.

This month Janeane Garofalo, former partner of Marc's on Air America, not to mention myriad films, TV shows, and the entire Shakespeare history cycle, returns--Garofalo is a self-described pessimist: "I guess I just prefer to see the dark side of things. The glass is always half empty. And cracked. And I just cut my lip on it. And chipped a tooth."
 Cover $15

Wednesday Jun 24 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Catherine Barnett. Jean Hartig Zachary Sussman

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jon Sobel, host

Joe Ardigo Matt Iselin Annie Sidley
8:30 - Joe Ardigo

9:15 - Matt Iselin

10 - Annie Sidley

 Cover $10

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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