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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Saturday
Jun 25
6:00PM  POETICALLY INCORRECT - THE AMERICAN-CARIBBEAN WRITERS
Martine Dominque & Johnny


Poetically Incorrect, spoken word from the Caribbean, Brooklyn, Fordham Road and other places with soul.
8:30PM  THE TUBA PROJECT FEATURING BOB STEWART
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
Sunday
Jun 26
6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga


Poetry: Soft Skull Press authors Jerome Sala, Tod Colby
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  KAIKU
Jaana Kantola, Paula Jaakkola Erja Vettenranta, vocals;  Benjamin Ickies, accordion;  Christopher Hoffman, cello;  John Hadfield, percussion
KAIKU image
KAIKU
World music group with Finnish roots.

“Sweet soaring Finnish sounds” - Daily News

“I am amazed and delighted at their vocal artistry, musicianship, fine close harmony, and by their arrangements of traditional Finnish vocal music for performance” - Isaiah Sheffer, Symphony Space

"Centered on the radiant harmonies of three female vocalists, Kaiku gives old - sometimes ancient - Finnish texts entirely new musical settings with the help of an instrumental lineup drawing as much from Brazilian music as Finnish music! Like, how about a little berimbau with your ancient Finnish epic poems?"
- Robert Weisberg, WFMU 91.1

"Kaiku takes its audience on a wild musical ride with a surprising range of different tones and moods."
- Anna Leino, Finlandia Weekly

Students w/ID: $8
 Cover $10   www.kaikumusic.com

Monday
Jun 27
6:00PM  ONE WOMAN SHOW: HELEN STRATFORD "HOBO OF THE ART"
Angelo Verga


One Woman Show: Helen Stratford "Hobo of the Art" All the way from the East Village by bicycle.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  21 CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS DEREK BERMEL
Derek Bermel, composer, clarinetist;  Dan Cooper, electric bass;  Andy Russo, piano, vocals;  Bobby Roe, bass;  Ryan Scott, guitar;  Steve Altenberg, drums
21 century schizoid music presents Derek Bermel  image
FIRST SET:
Derek Bermel, clarinet
Dan Cooper, electric bass
Andy Russo, piano & vocals

SECOND SET
Peace by Piece
Derek Bermel, vocals, caxixi, keys
Bobby Roe, bass
Ryan Scott, guitar
Steve Altenberg, drums

Still in his early 30’s, DEREK BERMEL has been hailed by colleagues, critics, and audiences across the globe for his creativity and theatricality as a composer of chamber, symphonic, dance, theater, and pop works, and his versatility and virtuosity as a clarinetist, conductor, and jazz and rock musician. He has received many of today’s most important awards, including the 2001 Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, a Millennium Prize by Faber Music (UK), and several ASCAP Awards, as well as residencies at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Tanglewood, Bowdoin, Banff, and Yaddo.

"Derek Bermel's "Voices", a concerto for clarinet, with the composer playing the solo part brilliantly, was fun, music with brash humor, clever scoring, evocations of elegiac Irish bagpipes in the slow movement, and Led Zeppelin in the finale."
- THE NEW YORK TIMES

Second Set: PEACE by PIECE,/b>

The music of the Brooklyn band Peace by Piece is funk-based, peppered with samba- and zydeco-flavored soul played with exceptional artistry and musicianship. Featuring singer-songwriter Derek Bermel on keyboards and caxixi, Bobby Roe on bass and vocals, Mark Tewarson on guitar and vocals, and Mat Deveau on drums, the band's self-titled first release is filled with subtle, danceable funk ("don't panic") and hauntingly groovy hooks ("child in your eyes").
 Cover $10   www.dworkineliason.com/html/bermel/bermel_artist.html www.peermusicclassical.com/composer/bermel.cfm

Tuesday
Jun 28
6:00PM  GRAD POETRY SERIES
Gina Myers, host

TBA
the best poets from local MFA programs present new work: Hannah Baker-Siroty - Sarah Lawrence College; Dan Hoy - The New School; Michael Broder - NYU; Jeff Boyle - Sarah Lawrence College.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  RHYTHM HEALING PRESENTS: BASHIRI JOHNSON AND FRIENDS
Bashiri Johnson, Percussion;  Monet, Vocals;  Sheldon Goode, Guitars;  Francis Mbappe, Bass/vocals;  Carole Alexis, Vocals;  Robin Small, Vocals;  Triscia Angus , Vocals;  Derick Cross, Human Beat Box
Rhythm Healing Presents: Bashiri Johnson and Friends image
An Evening of Rhythm & Song

The Words, The Music, The Songs, of NYC Percussion Artist, Bashiri Johnson Performed by Bashiri w/ Monet, Sheldon Goode, Francis Mbappe, Carole Alexis, Robin Small, Ros Lenore and surprise guest artists   rhythmhealing.com bashirijohnson.com

Wednesday Jun 29
8:30PM  ANDREW RATHBUN GROUP
Andrew Rathbun, reeds;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums;  PLUS GUEST: John McNeil, trumpet
Andrew Rathbun Group image
Scott, Jeff and Andrew meet often to work on the music that Andrew and Scott compose for this group, and as a result they play TOGETHER as a cohesive unit. This group does it all, weaving in and out of playing 'free' to creating spontaneous forms to playing changes and even the occasional standard.
 Cover $8   www.andrewrathbun.com
Thursday
Jun 30
6:00PM  BAD DATE STORIES
Karen Heuler, host


Bad Date Stories What are those two doing with each other and is it legal? Stories about impossible connections and unredeeming sex, hosted by Karen Heuler and featuring Jennifer Dziura, Armistead Johnson, Martin Cohen, and Jennifer Sears.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  BILLY LESTER QUARTET
Billy Lester, piano;  Simon Wettenhall, trumpet;  Sean Smith, bass;  Russ Meissner, drums
The newest CD from veteran jazz pianist Billy Lester (Four Into Four, Coppens) has garnered much critical acclaim since its release, including most recently being selected as one of the Cadence Magazine Editor’s Choices of 2003 for best recording of the year.

From the school of the legendary Lennie Tristano, the mid-50 year old Lester actually studied under one of Tristano’s most acclaimed students, Sal Mosca. Having spent most of his time constructing his musical concept with only occasional performances, Lester recently performed at Roulette in New York City from which he produced this, his most recent recording.

A masterful solo, duo, and trio pianist, I’m sure that after a listen, you will agree that Billy Lester has been a hidden treasure for most ears over these many years. In Alan Jones’ liner notes to Anthony Braxton’s Ten Compositions (Quartet) 2000 (CIMP), Lester is actually named an “unsung giant” composer along with Andrew Hill, whose compositions Braxton recorded.

Lester is remarkably capable of refashioning ultra-familiar repertoire into music strikingly his own.
-Howard Mandel, Jazz Journalist Association (JJA) president and jazz critic
 Cover $12

Friday
Jul 01
8:30PM  MARK HELIAS; OPEN LOOSE
Mark Helias, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums;  Tony Malaby, sax
MARK HELIAS; open Loose image
"The trio's name "Open Loose" refers not only to its musical style, but to Mark Helias' compositions which are written with plenty of space in them, and are designed to be interpreted openly and loosely. They allow for seamless transitions between composed passages and improvisation, never easy to achieve.
This threesome fully exploits the creative possibilities of the compositions, never opting for a clichéd theme-solos-theme format. The group has the knack of starting with a rather loose - sometimes even ramshackle - piece and slowly allowing it to evolve until it emerges as a tight theme.
Open Loose has been touring for six years and has released three CDs."
 Cover $10   www.markhelias.com
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times