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Jun 04
Nada Taib, host

long time friends of Ziryab: Nancy Agabian, Sekeena Shaben, Ahimsa Bodhran Timoteo, and Mona Ghuneim. The incomparable Tarik Benrahim is on the road, so alas the music of heaven will be absent.
 Cover $8 (includes one house drink)
Dan McCarthy Group Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Myron Walden, alto saxophone;  Matt Wigton, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums;  Lalo Lalo, vibraphone;  Joshua Davis, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
<font color=red>Weekend Vibes:</font>Dan McCarthy & Lalo image

9:00 Dan McCarthy group featuring Myron Walden

After working his way to being one of the top vibraphonists in Canada, Dan McCarthy made the move to New York, where he has picked up where he left off in Toronto. Being in New York for only nine nonths, Dan has already started making a name for himself by performing at numerous jazz clubs around Manhattan. Dan will be performing original material, as well as a few wisely chosen standards. Featured on this gig will be saxophonist Myron Walden, a veteran of the New York jazz scene, who will also be joining the trio as they go into the studio to record their debut album in two weeks.
Look for the record at the end of August.

10:30 Lalo

"If Lionel Hampton joined '80s King Crimson, he might've played vibraphone like Lalo."
-Village Voice

"Lalo uses her music to open the doors to someplace ethereal and filled with kaleidoscopic color. Call it a celestial rock/jazz/world music symphony."

The “Vibe Queen”
Vibraphonist and composer Lalo fuses traditional jazz with world music influences and a modern edge. She has recently been featured on NPR Weekend Edition Sunday, in Jazztimes magazine, and on the cover of Jazziz magazine lists her as among the “20 Fine Vibists” in the world and New York’s Village Voice has dubbed her the “Vibe Queen”. Recent appearances include the Blue Note, South by Southwest, and the German Music Fair.
 Cover $10

Jun 05
Roald Hoffmann

Science, done by human beings, has ethical and moral dimensions. A play by VINCE LiCATA, a biologist at Louisiana State University, explores this, with some dance and a little gun-play. The staged reading of "Mexican Hat Dance" will be directed by BARBARA BOSCH, with actors from the Hunter College Department of Theater. K.C. COLE, one of the founders of our program, and a great writer, will talk about the uneasy dance of science and government - past, present (and future?). And anthropologist and singer-songwriter RICHARD MILNER will perform songs about Darwinian morality, angst, and politics from his acclaimed musical about the great evolutionist.
 Cover $10
Diego Voglino, drums;  Tom Beckham, vibraphone;  Chris Cheek, saxophones;  Bryn Roberts, piano;  John Hebert, bass
<font color=red>Weekend Vibes:</font> Tom Beckham Group image
"Beckham's warmly melodic writing is well served by his approach, one situated between the slow-burn soul of Milt Jackson and the pianism of Gary Burton."
-Jazztimes Magazine

"When he takes the stage he invariably amplifies the album¹s energy. I¹ve seen him stress his instrument¹s percussive side, and in doing so, stretch a solo into a trance-like soliloquy."
-The Village Voice
 Cover $10

Jun 06
Esther Perel, host

The Downtown Salon is a public feast for hungry minds. The New Shul invites you to join moderator Esther Perel for a season of provocative guest presentations, roundtable discussions and open debates. We gather around small tables for conversation, wine and community building. Swap thoughts and insights with old and new friends on issues in (or behind) the headlines. Over-Scheduled Lives...Under-Fed Relationships. With Dr. Peter Fraenkel Longer work hours, shorter vacations, information technologies that link us to the workplace no matter where we go, and a belief that it's a sin to miss any opportunity to develop our own or our children's potential, has left us with little time for love. We'll talk about how to create and preserve time so that we can slow down and find one another again. Dr. Peter Fraenkel is an internationally-known expert on couples and time, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York. Esther Perel is a Manhattan based psychologist and social commentator whose cross-cultural pulse and playful intellect break with convention. The New Shul is a new, progressive Jewish congregation located in downtown New York City. For more information, please call 212-284-6773 or visit . Admission $10 $5 for New Shul Members> < Sponsored by The Educational Alliance’s Jewish Below 14th Street Project funded by UJA-Federation of New York.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
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Amram Trio: World Music and Classics of Jazz - "From Kahrtoum to Cornelia Street"

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 07
host Jonathan Escobio

Michele Cameron TBA
what we trust will be the start of an ongoing series of evenings wherein we take a world class author, an academic expert, and scores of writers actors and readers who can't get enough of their favorite author, mix well and have fun. some candidates for future "slams": Rimbaud, Rilke, Goethe, Yeats, Dickinson, Parker. welcome to The Cornelia Street Cafe University in a Basement.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Dan Blankinship, trumpet;  Stephan Moutot, tenor saxophone;  Brian Marsella, piano;  Reid Taylor, bass;  Matt Zebroski, drums
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The Flail is a unique entity in today's world of jazz, even music as a whole. They offer a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements full of intensity and imagination. From the first moment one experiences The Flail, it is clear that this group is a band in every sense of the word. The kind of energy that such unity creates cannot be faked, nor can the power of it be denied. Upon hearing them, jazz legend Kenny Barron said,"I would pay good money to see these guys play at a jazz club."

The Flail have performed at some of the premier events and venues in the world including Carnegie Hall, the Vienne Jazz Festival, the Marseille Jazz Festival, and Sweet Rhythm.
 Cover $8

Wednesday Jun 08 6:00PM  POETRY
Angelo Verga

Jen Benka Victoria Hellerman

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Paul Shapiro, saxophone, vocals;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Tony Lewis, drums;  Booker King, bass;  Brian Mitchelll, piano
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Back in the 30’s and 40’s bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music. You had Slim Gaillard singing "Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording "A Bee Gezindt", and Calloway’s hysterical yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to "Ot Azoy" (That's the Way).

Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40’s hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Café. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the saxophonist/composer features Babi Floyd, (of Keith Richard's Expensive Winos et al) and Cilla Owens (one of New York’s best kept secrets). They will be backed by musicians from Paul’s CD ”Midnight Minyan”, on Tzadik Records, which was released lastyear.
*Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket

Jun 09
host Doug Goetsch

Peter Murphy Greg Nicholl Tony Gloeggler
Jane Street Press publisher Goetsch presents 3 poets you should know better than you do.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Davod Devoe, curator

Anna Dagmar, voice, piano;  Emilie Cardinaux, voice
GNU VOX – vocal series:  Emilie Cardinaux and Anna Dagmar image
NYC pianist, vocalist, and 2004 Unisong International Songwriting Contest Finalist Anna Dagmar captivates fullhouse audiences with her songs of love, longing, and compassion. Her melodies and lyrics are accessible to pop listeners, while her sweeping piano improvisations intrigue jazz fans. While Dagmar is often placed among the ranks of Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, and Jonatha Brooke, Collected Sounds reviewer Amy Lotsberg claims, "I can't even come up with a strong comparison to Dagmar. She's an original." Dagmar's full-band debut, One More Time in the Air (2001), and new release Solo Songs (2004), can be found at

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 10
Jackie Sheeler, host

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up. featured reader TBA. $6 admission includes a *free* drink
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Jeremy Steig, flute;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12
Jun 11
Gil Fagiani, host

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers : GREG MOGLIA is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy of Education at New York University. His poetry has appeared in Patterson Literary Review, Birmingham Literary Review, Black Buzzard Review and in two anthologies: Earth Shattering Poems and Roots and Flowers edited by Liz Rosenberg (Henry Holt and Co.) and is three times a winner of an Allan Ginsberg Poetry Award sponsored by the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College.

FRED GARDAPHE directs the Italian/American Studies Program at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He recently finished a book entitled Leaving Little Italy: Essays in Italian American Studies, and is currently at work on a memoir and a study of the gangster figure in American culture, From Wiseguys to Wise Men, which will be published next year by Rutledge. Other books include Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian American Narrative, Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer, Moustache Pete is Dead!. He is one of the founders of Bordighera Press and is co-founder and co-editor of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana. He has edited New Chicago Stories, Italian American Ways, and From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana.

The evening kicks off with open mic readings of five minutes each starting at 5:45 p.m. IAWA is a 501© not-for-profit corporation; donations are tax deductible. For more information or membership, visit the web site:
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Elliott Sharp, guitar;  Marc Ribot, guitar
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Elliott Sharp is known for the wide range of his work, always true to his own sonic vision and performing throughout the world: from blues with his band Terraplane and the legendary Hubert Sumlin, extreme rock with Carbon, chamber works with the Arditti Quartet, orchestral scores with the Ensmeble Modern, and improvisation with the likes of Jack DeJohnette, Bill Laswell, Arthur Blythe, Christian Marclay, and DJ Soulslinger. Sharp recently released a CD of solo acoustic guitar, "The Velocity Of Hue" to great critical acclaim and has just recorded a CD of Thelonious Monk compositions also on acoustic guitar.

Elliott Sharp reviews: "If much of his previous work has found beauty in extremes of intensity, he reverses course here, creating a cumulative intensity from extremes of beauty." Steve Smith - TIME OUT NYC

While Sharp's knowledge of global musics must inform his playing, the overall effect is of an intrinsically American, intrinsically blues, and specifically guitar derived, music. The playing is elegiac, lyrical and passionate, and uses several extended techniques of finger-tapping, harmonics and fretboard noise as well as a subtle sinuous acoustic feedback to extend notes at will. Few other players have managed to liberate the language of steel blues so completely Most of all, though, the music has an extraordinary saturated living colour, as the title track (and its title) Velocity Of Hue so succinctly suggest." Nick Southgate - THE WIRE

 Cover $12

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