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Jun 18
Dean Kostos, host

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Rodney Green, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Chris Lightcap, bass
Chris Lightcap group image
Having released 2 critically acclaimed releases with his two-tenor quartet, bassist and composer Chris Lightcap brings another configuration of new music to Cornelia Street Cafe. Lightcap has been featured in the bands of Craig Taborn, Joe Morris, Mark Turner and Regina Carter, and tonight he will lead a band featuring his longtime collaborator Tony Malaby on tenor sax as well as drummer Rodney Green and pianist Jacob Sacks.

"One of the bright lights of New York's younger players, the bassist has been fashioning a group sound around a pair of tenor saxophonists for years. His writing can be simultaneously demonstrative and reflective, an accomplishment that gives his music emotional breadth."
-Jim Macnie, Village Voice

"A bassist-bandleader who's made some excellent records with two tenor saxophones out front."
- Ben Ratliff, New York Times

"Bassist Chris Lightcap has worked alongside avant-minded mavericks such as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, and Joe Morris, but he's also right at home in more mellifluous units led by Regina Carter and Craig Taborn. perhaps that explains the infectious swagger and fat grooves he brings to bear on Bigmouth (Fresh Sound New Talent), a playful bag of tunes featuring saxists Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry and drummer Gerald Cleaver"
-Time Out New York
 Cover $10

Jun 19
Angelo Verga

A Fathers' Day event featured readers: Gina Myers, Nmemko, Angelo Verga
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

This month, Fiore is doing some great tooting and fluting, including the Bolling Suite, Bach, and French impressionist music, with the great Miki on piano and the intrepid Steve on drums. And don't miss Leo playing Brahms on his cello, and Megumi's sweet, lyrical soprano in renditions of Gounod, Mozart, and Rossini.

Join us for classical music played with warmth, in the welcoming atmosphere of the Café, and, don't miss Fiore's very serious history lessons!

Admission $8, and $5 for students.
 Cover $8

Jun 20
6:00PM  NYQ
Ted Jonathan, host

Chip Livingston Melinda Thomsen Ana Bozicevic-Bowling
Venerable poetry journal pursues truth beauty and the perfect line break.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Old jazz with a new voice
Jun 21
Jill Dearman, host

Nancy Davidson Signe Hammer Lisa Williams
Writers from The Writers Room, the invaluable downtown urban writers colony. This month's theme is FATHERS and includes “The Sacrifice,” excerpt from a novel by Nancy Davidson; “Letters to Virginia Woolf,” excerpt from a book of creative nonfiction by Lisa Willams;and Untitled,excerpt from a novel by Signe Hammer.

NANCY DAVIDSON is a freelance food and travel writer. Her food writing and essays have appeared in Time Out New York, Cooking Light, Gastronomica and other publications. She also writes plays, novels and short stories.

LISA WILLIAMS works as a Professor of Literature at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Her first book, The Artist as Outsider in the Novels of Toni Morrison and Virginia Woolf was published by Greenwood Press in 2000. Letters to Virginia Woolf, a lyrical memoir as well as a meditation on Woolf's life and writing-- particularly her relevance after 9/11-- was just published by Hamilton Books.

SIGNE HAMMER's nonfiction books include By Her Own Hand: Memoirs of a Suicide's Daughter, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year; Passionate Attachments: Fathers and Daughters in America Today; and Daughters and Mothers, Mothers and Daughters. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies and Playgirl; her poetry in Fiction and the New England Review, her personal essays in the Village Voice and Working Woman. She has been an Adjunct Associate Professor of Creative Writing at New York University, where she received an Award for Teaching Excellence. As a performer, she was a founding member of Meredith Monk’s avant-garde dance-theatre company, The House.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Wednesday Jun 22
Jon Sobel

Danielle Miraglia Thom Manno Rhonda Schuster
Soul of the Blues image
This special edition of Soul of the Blues features.....Danielle Miraglia, Thom Manno, Rhonda Schuster.

SOUL OF THE BLUES, NYC's premiere *inexpensive* live blues and soul music series, happens the fourth Wednesday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe.

 Cover $5

Jun 23
host Alexandra Grace

Jane Greenway Carr, Columbia;  Kathleen Graber, NYU;  Jason Irwin, Sarah Lawrence
poetry: Post MFA / Pre First Book, a new series for those who are in between peer groups and their first pulitzer.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Davod Devoe, curator

Amanda Baisinger, Sean Wood, vocals;  Keith Ganz, guitar;  Bryn Roberts, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Ferenc Nemeth, drums
GNU VOX – vocal series:  Amanda Baisinger and Sean Wood image
Amanda Baisinger grew up in California and has lived on the east coast for seven years. She has cultivated a distinct style that is based in jazz, folk and pop. She has collaborated with people such as the formiddable pianist, producer, arranger Alain Mallet, who was a major force with the early 90's folk group, The Story. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music, Amanda has been performing and teaching music in New England and New York. Most recently she has recorded an album of original music with an all-star cast of young emerging jazz musicians in New York, that will be released in Fall 2005. This concert will feature music from her new recording as well as other material. Visit for more news about the upcoming CD release.

Sean Wood is on the forefront of an innovative group of young musicians whose style spans many genres. Sean has performed with Steve Coleman, Irene Abei and the Futurities ensemble, and various other groups in such places as Boston, Berlin and San Francisco. With a solid foundation in jazz and the strong influence of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin, he has melded a unique approach to his own compositions and arrangements. This concert marks Sean's NYC debut with a full band, and is definitely a show not to be missed. This unique series features both emerging and established vocalists in styles ranging from straight ahead, modern to avant-garde and free jazz. Each vocalist will present personal material that showcases their abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers. The Cornelia St. Cafe provides an intimate setting to hear these exceptional artists at a reasonable price!

 Cover $10

Jun 24
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader Collin Kelly . $6 admission includes a *free* drink
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Ron Horton, trumpet & flugelhorn;  Michael Blake, saxophones;  Tom Beckham, vibraphone;  Ben Allison, bass
Ron Horton Quartet image
Trumpeter/composer Ron Horton will be presenting his new quartet that features fellow Jazz Composers Collective members Ben Allison (bass) and Michael Blake (saxophones), as well as vibraphonist Tom Beckham. The ensemble will showcase all new compositions written by Horton specifically to launch this new ensemble, and also several compositions by the other members, who are all critically acclaimed leaders and composers in their own right.
 Cover $10
Jun 25
Martine Dominque & Johnny

Poetically Incorrect, spoken word from the Caribbean, Brooklyn, Fordham Road and other places with soul.
Lucian Ban, piano;  Alex Harding, baritone sax, bass cl;  Bruce Williams, alto sax, flutes;  Bob Stewart, tuba;  Derek Phillips, drums
The TUBA Project featuring Bob Stewart image

" Cornelia Street Cafe presents a special concert featuring the All Star TUBA Project - featuring Alex Harding, Bruce Williams , Lucian Ban, Derrek Phillips and special guest star Bob Stewart. A working band for more than a year the group will present music to be recorded for their upcoming album on CIMP Records. Founded in 2004 by long time musical collaborators, Alex Harding and Transylvanian born pianist Lucian Ban the group brings together some of the most creative voices in jazz today to form a unique ensemble built around the voices of alto & bari saxes and tuba. Benefiting immensely from the extraordinaire talent of Mr. Bob Stewart who can play the tuba in any way possible, the group plays highly charged original music that doesn't sound like anything else you've heard before. Pulsating blues, new orleans riffs, post bop lines, funk grooves and free jazz outbursts can be found in their music but the sound of the group goes well beyond all those to become a voice of its own. playing original music the four musicians have to be seen and heard to get the full picture" Pianist Lucian Ban has recorded two albums under his name with fiery bari sax player Alex Harding and his quintet featuring drum legend Barry Altschul was voted "one of the best shows of 2003 " by All About Jazz. He will bring his eastern european influences to the music. Bruce Williams - currently the newest and youngest member in the famous world Saxophone Quartet - is considered one the best altoists on the scene today and he's equally at home playing post hard bop and avantgarde. Anchoring the whole thing one of best drummers today - Mr. Derrek Phillips"
 Cover $12
Drum kit donated by

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