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ART ON THE WALLS

Thursday
Jul 15
6:00PM  HAVE SONGS, WILL TRAVEL
Darcy Dunn, mezzo-soprano;  Mark Singer, baritone;  Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
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This program features the music of the legendary Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, and the beautiful and lyrical melodies of contemporary composer, Mira J. Spektor. They are sung by the husband and wife vocal team of Darcy Dunn, mezzo-soprano, and Mark Singer, baritone, under the musical direction of pianist, Mimi Stern-Wolfe.
 Cover $10
8:30PM  MATT DARRIAU AND PABLO ASLAN - WORLD TANGO PROJECT
Matt Darriau, winds;  Pablo Aslan, bass;  Katie Down, flute, percussion, ukulele;  Sam Bardfeld, violin;  Jofre Romarion, bandoneon
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"A long time simmering collaboration between the clarinet world music maven Matt Darriau (Klezmatics, Paradox, Ballin' The Jack) and the argentine bassist and tango jazz pioneer Pablo Aslan (Avantango, Paquito D'Rivera, NY Tango Trio). They zero in on international 1930's tango songs as a point of departure. Expect no drums but lots of rhythm, a chamber jazz world music sound from the heart of Brooklyn..."
 Cover $10   www.myspace.com/mattdarriau
Friday
Jul 16
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  ARUAN ORTIZ: THE QUINTET
Aruan Ortiz, piano;  Jeremy Pelt, trumpet;  David Gilmore, guitar;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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The Quintet, a group lead by the pianist Aruán Ortiz, is inspired by eccletic influences such as Afro-Cuban music, jazz, contemporary classical composition and visual arts, etc. as the impetus for generating musical material. The idea of creating an ensemble that pushes boundaries and expands the language of the music from the foundation of jazz has been Aruán's goal since its beginning. The Quintet strives to be a source for open-minded composers and musicians from different backgrounds to interact and create a multicultural language that can only be expressed by the sounds of contemporary music.

Jazz fans applaud, and novices mark your calendars. Aruán Ortiz, critically acclaimed Cuban pianist is a must see,” New
York Post
 Cover $20   www.aruanortiz.net

Saturday
Jul 17
9:00PM & 10:30PM  TONY MORENO GROUP
Tony Moreno, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Marc Mommaas, saxophone;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Gary Varsace, piano
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This Quintet is composed around a very special group of musicians. Everyone is both a wonderful performer and composer and bandleader in their own right. The repertoire is based on originals contributed from various band members. In addition, adding some compositions from Paul Motian, Gordon Parish and perhaps some standards.

The drummer Tony Moreno seeks a supple flow in his music, but also a subtle tension...
- New York Times More info: www.mommaas.com www.ronhorton.com www.garyversace.com www.bassistis.com www.allaboutjazz.com
 Cover $10

Sunday
Jul 18
6:00PM  COLLABORATE
Iris N. Schwartz, host

a cast of thousands
A semi-regular series where artists of different genres collaborate around a given theme.

Tonight It’s all about FAMILY.

SET 1: Poet-writer Iris N. Schwartz, actor-director-writer David B. McConeghey, and actor-writer Mickey Pizzo perform prose and poetry

SET 2: Poet Jean Lehrman performs with cellist-composer Barry Kornhauser

SET 3: Poet Madeline Artenberg performs with guitarist-composer Nelson Alxndr

SET 4: Fiction writer-poet Thaddeus Rutkowski performs with percussionist-composer Peter Catapano

This time, we’re not keeping it in the family.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  FRANK LOCRASTO GROUP
Frank LoCrasto, piano;  Greg Ruggiero, guitar;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  RJ Miller,, drums
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Frank LoCrasto, born and raised in Texas, has been hailed by the New York Times as "a pianist-composer of modernity and promise." Since graduating from the New Schools jazz program, he has racked up credits with the likes of Jeremy Pelt, Greg Osby, Jose James, and more. This new group will pay respects to jazz composers George Shearing, Thelonious Monk, Hoagy Carmichael and Bill Evans playing their compositions and arrangements.

“IF HE WASN’T BEFORE, FRANK LOCRASTO CERTAINLY IS THE MASTER OF INTELLECTUAL JAZZ NOW. DEVIN OUYE YAMANAKA, KWCW 90.5 - WALLA WALLA, WA   www.franklocrasto.com

Monday
Jul 19
6:00PM  NEW YORK QUARTERLY
Ted Jonathan, host

Tony Gloeggler Cindy Sostchen-Hochman Jeanann Verlee
A rare summer treat, an extra evening of Ted and the fine poets from the pages of one of our best literary journals.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  INTERNATIONAL ORANGE
Dave Phelps, guitar;  Todd Isler, drums;  Rene Hart, bass
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A voyage exploding with color, rhythm, and ambience, stopping at different world ports, never lingering too long. A ride with reverence for the masters, an emphasis on spontaneity. IO love's tomorrow.
 Cover $10   www.internationalorange.bandcamp.com
10:00PM  THE STRING MESSENGERS
Uncle Murphy, guitar, vocals;  Frank York, lead vocals, fiddle;  Mandola Joe York, bass,vocals;  Jon York, middle fiddle, vocals;  Jeff York, electric guitar;  Ratzo Harris York, bass
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The repertoire of the String Messengers is a mix of original material composed by band members as well as "classic" string band material from the likes of the Louvin Brothers, Jimmy Martin, Frank Wakefield, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Harry Smith's legendary Anthology of American Folk Music. Among the String Messengers originals you might be expected to hear are the true-to-life “Dumped On Valentine’s Day,” "The Heartbreak Diet," and "Better Off Bein' Lonely," the Herman Melville-inspired “Confidence”, and the spirit-induced “Pastis.” The band also traditionally closes every performance with its notorious philosophical diatribe "The Two Kinds of Men." The String Messengers are: Frank York, lead vocals and fiddle; Mandola Joe York, bass vocals and various double-coursed pluckables; Jon York, middle fiddle (a.k.a. "vy-o-la"); Jeff York, electric guitar and effects; Ratzo "Hatzo" York, bass; and Uncle Murphy, guitar and vocals.
 Cover $10
Tuesday
Jul 20
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Mr Patrick Robin Gelfenbien
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT :

Mr Patrick-Life need not be Lonely if you tell the truth , truthfully!

Robin Gelfenbien-High School Abusical: One dorky girl's mission to reclaim her cool with the help of Father Time, Calamity Jane and Debbie Gibson.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  THE BRYAN MURRAY (HIPSTER BAND NAME) TRIO
Bryan Murray, tenor sax;  Terrence McManus, guitar;  Jeff Davis, drums
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West Virginia native Bryan Murray began playing jazz saxophone at a young age and has devoted most of his life to studying and performing. He attended the University of Kentucky, then moved to Chicago and attended DePaul University where he performed with jazz legends including Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Nicholas Payton, and recorded a live CD with Tom Harrell.

The Bryan Murray (Hipster Band Name) Trio, which features guitarist Terrence McManus and drummer Jeff Davis alongside tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray, reflects a non-traditional musical collaboration 2 years in the making. This “bass-less” trio draws from many free jazz sources and takes an open, experimental approach to Murray’s original compositions as well as those by eclectic American songwriters whose music is less explored in an improvisational context, including Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin and Elliot Smith.
 Cover $10   www.bryanmurray.net

10:00PM  THE XYLOFOLKS
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Picked as the Village Voice's "Best Buskers dressed as Animals," the Xylopholks have rapidly become a familiar sight and sound to many around the world. The Xylopholks play novelty ragtime repertoire of the 1920's dressed in fuzzy animal costumes. The Xylopholks have been featured on the front pages of youtube.com and CNN.com, as well as MTV.com's Daily Detox, and NY Magazine's fashion tips. They have recently returned from a month-long tour of the Indian subcontinent.
 Cover $10
Wednesday Jul 21
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Greg Walloch; Jason Wachtelhau Mark Allen; Pseu Braun Valerie Gilbert
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT :

Greg Walloch and Mark Allen

"Join Greg Walloch (F**k The Disabled, Studio 360), Mark Allen (NPR, NYTimes), Pseu Braun (WFMU, WNYC) and Jason Wachtelhausen (Adbusters, Wired) for an evening of unexpected stories."

Valerie Gilbert

Dad: Toy designer by day, CIA agent at night.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  LE NOZZE DI CARLO
Gene Caprioglio, guitar, vocals;  Joel Darelius , bass, vocals;  Paule Diamond, soprano saxophone, vocals;  Bob Goldberg, accordian, vocals
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Le Nozze di Carlo is a New York-based quartet that performs ethnic and pseudo-ethnic music. The band--Gene Caprioglio - guitar & voice, Joel Darelius - bass & voice, Paule Diamond - soprano saxophone & voice, and Bob Goldberg - accordion & voice--first got together in 1993, with a handful of folk tunes, to play at a friend's wedding in upstate New York. Since then, they have developed a repertoire ranging from traditional Italian songs like "Bella Ciao" and "Funiculi Funicula", to modern classics such as "Volare", "Quando Quando Quando", and "La Vie En Rose" to originals like the mini-opera "Vino" and the cinematic "Hunger Suite". (Watch Le Nozze di Carlo on WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs: beta.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/articles/2010/jun/07/battle-boroughs-queens-vote
 Cover $10
10:00PM  DIRTY MAC AND THE BUMPER CROP BOYS
Gene Caprioglio , guitar, vocals, clarinet;  Jordan Ahiyan , percussion;  Octavio Salman, drums
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Dirty Mac and The Bumper Crop Boys began as a late night jug band experiment at The Black Hills Playhouse in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the summer of 2003. Band leader Sam Williams (Dirty Mac) moved to NYC in 2005, and Washtub Bassist Chris Zeig followed in 2006 where they began the reformation of the group. Fellow South Dakotans Emily Fellner (accordion, trumpet, vocals) and Doug Strich (harmonicas) came to join them soon after. The band has had over 30 members, and as many instruments, before settling in on its currant line-up. Rounding out the group are Queens natives Gene Caprioglio (electric guitar, clarinet, vocals)and Jordan Ahiyan (percussions). Octavio Salman holds it all together on the drum kit. Original country, blues, and rock and roll music that always stays true to its jug band roots. (Listen to Dirty Mac and The Bumper Crop Boys sing "Buy The Will of God": www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtDQzY8oFx0
 Cover $10
Thursday
Jul 22
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Ryan Paulson H R Britton
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT Ryan Paulson--I'm Uncomfortable: How I Stopped Speaking In Tongues

H R Britton-Melting in Madras: Seeking, singing, and sickness in India.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT FESTIVAL 2010
Valerie Ghent, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein, Deborah Berg, hosts

Elise Morris Steve Addabbo Sherryl Marshall Rob Morsberger Felicia Collins contest winner Walking Upright
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The Songwriter's Beat 6th annual Festival - NYC's only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and three winners of the Songwriter's Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest.

Tonight's show features: Elise Morris, Steve Addabbo, Sherryl Marshall, Rob Morsberger, Felicia Collins and the Astoria based band Walking Upright, who won first place in the Songwriter's Beat 2010 Song Contest with their song, "The Fall".

ELISE MORRIS is a composer, a vocalist and a performance artist. Her music is an eclectic repertoire of styles influenced by jazz and pop, as well as by more experimental forms. She works primarily as a musician and artist in New York City but her work is also international. She has toured as a featured vocalist and keyboardist with Joe Jackson and has sung and/or played onstage or in the studio with numerous artists, including legends like Cy Coleman, and peter, paul and mary. In a more experimental collaboration, Morris was a featured vocalist playing “prepared” piano in the highly percussive and improvisational score of composer tan dun in “America Dreaming” directed by Michael Mayer. Morris has written numerous songs and scores for plays and dance as well as underscores for audiobooks. Recently Elise traveled to Mali as an invited guest artist to lead a one-week collaboration with local songwriters, singers and musicians, which culminated in an onstage presentation at the centre de culturel in Bamako. This culminated in the premiere of the dance “Qui Suis-Je?”, (score by Morris, choreography – Gabi Glinz) also at the Centre de Culturel. Currently, her voice can be heard on the opening credits of the CBS TV show, “cold case.”

SHERRYL MARSHALL is a New York singer who has recorded or performed live with everyone from Gloria Gaynor, Leslie Gore, Darlene Love, Chubby Checker to Peter Wolf, Southside Johnny, Johnny Rivers, Lou Gramm of Foreigner to Black 47, RuPaul, Al Kooper, Albert Collins to Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Vallerie Simpson, Ashford & Simpson, The Klezmatics and a host of others. She was a regular member of the Buster Poindexter show for ten years and is a member of the New York Singers Collective. She has been heard and seen on national TV, live broadcasts such as Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live and the Today Show and film voiceovers on major motion pictures, including "Bonfire of the Vanities"and "Mambo Kings. She has sung her original compositions with many different NY bands over the years and her show "The Life and Times of Sherita Marshone the Argentine Bombshelter" was performed at the famous Bottom Line and the fabulous BAM cafe. She is happy as a clam at high tide to be singing in the vocal trio Dusty. She's just gotten off the Rescue Me Tour with Denis Leary and the Enablers. Her CD, "Black Cohosh", will be out this fall.

ROB MORSBERGER is a singer-songwriter and classically trained composer. In addition to his own records his sideman credits include Marshall Crenshaw, Crash Test Dummies, Loudon Wainwright III, Jules Shear and many more. He is composer of the award-winning PBS series NOVAscienceNOW, now entering its fifth season. BOSTON HERALD: “The kind of hyperliterate, pop-inflected singer-songwriter outing that went out of style when Warren Zevon died” “He can write a hook that could make angels weep” BOSTON GLOBE: “Think "storyteller" with a literary, cinematic, intellectual bent”.

FELICIA COLLINS Felicia was born <^> slept in a crib with a toy guitar <^> Taught herself to play <^> went to college <^> cool gigs happened <^> toured the world a buncha times <^> played on some records <^>became late-night TV's WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS RECRUIT <^> wrote some songs<^> formed a band <^> from the womb of downtown underground, B!TCHSLAPP became FELICIA COLLINS & THE LIFE <^> to be continued...

NEW: Leading up to this year’s Festival is the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Win prizes and a performance slot at the Festival! Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!. Song submission deadline is June 28, 2010 at sonicbids.com/SongwritersBeat

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 33rd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com songwritersbeat.com/facebook

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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