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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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Jun 08
Gene Albertelli and Teresa Giordano, host

Yetsuh Frank is an Architect at the Urban Green Council. He has studied for a number of years under Philip Schultz at the Writers Studio. He lives in Brooklyn with wife and family.

Joel Hinman is a fiction writer who teaches at the Writers Studio. His work has been published in Epiphany Magazine. He has recently become a father. He works pro-bono as a community mediator in the South Bronx.

Andre Lockwood is a faculty member of the Writers Studio. She has been an editor for Simon and Schuster, Abrams and Cambridge University Press, and is the author of several nonfiction titles published by Ariel Books. She teaches at NYU's Wagner Graduate School for Public Policy, and runs a consulting business.

Bridget Potter is a Teaching Fellow in Columbia ’s University Writing Program, former SVP of Original programming at HBO and SVP of Entertainment Programming at NBC Entertainment. Two of her pieces have been published in Quarto, Columbia’s literary magazine. She’s currently working on a memoir.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jed Distler Gilda Lyons & Seraphim Matthew Greenbaum
Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)

Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

Gilda Lyons - excerpt of new opera for the vocal trio Seraphim
Matthew Greenbaum - (preview/new opera) Footnote to HOWL
Jed Distler - counteRevolution, new BIG work for piano

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

Jun 09
Barbara Aliprantis

Bob Reiser
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.


Format: Featured Teller and OPEN TELLING (5 - 6 minute limit) ($7 includes on drink) Before there was the Moth, Speakeasy or Liars Show, there was STORYTELLING at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Beginning in 1997, storytellers and story listeners have been coming to The Cornelia Street Cafe on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for the "love of story!" We have featured more than 200 professional tellers, and countless others have stepped up to the Mic to swap a story! There is no judging, no contest, just great fun!

Come early and sign up for the OPEN TELLING (Open Mic). Know that everyone's a winner.

"Storytelling is everyday conversation, teaching tool, survival technique and an ancient art..."
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Frank Vignola Maureen Langan Lee Camp Charlie Kasov Sean Donnelly Raquel D'Apice Ray Higgs
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

 Cover $10

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
Søren Kjærgaard - Thomas Morgan - Tom Rainey. image
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

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