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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

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Wednesday Aug 01
Carmen Staaf, piano;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Tammy Scheffer, vocals;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Dan Pugach, drums
The Carmen Staaf Quintet image

The Carmen Staaf Quintet featuring Mat Maneri and Tammy Scheffer (with Matt Aronoff, bass; Dan Pugach, drums

Pianist and composer Carmen Staaf has performed in a wide range of settings, from straight ahead jazz (she won the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition in 2009) to spontaneous creative improvisation (performing in duo with Henry Grimes) to Mexican cumbia and nortena accordion (touring with Lila Downs) and a whole lot of other music in between. This new ensemble will perform originals, arrangements and free improvised music that could be considered part of the "fourth stream", drawing on the jazz lineage, Western classical music and influences from many other traditions, interpreted in a very personal manner reflecting the musician's individual journeys. The great improviser Mat Maneri joins on viola, rising star Tammy Scheffer will sing, and the dynamic rhythm section features Matt Aronoff (bass) and Dan Pugach (drums).

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Gabriel Guerrero, piano;  Linda May Han Oh, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Gabriel Guerrero Trio image
New York-based Colombian Pianist Gabriel Guerrero brings his trio to Cornelia Street with a stellar line up. Apart from being a band leader, Guerrero has been part of the Danilo Perez Big Band, Jerry Bergonzi Quartet among others. His new recording FEYAS released on Surca Music showcases the pianist/compositions and arrangements with influences from Colombian rhythms, Be-Bop, and Contemporary piano.

A dazzling pyrotechnician and accomplished composer... FEYAS: This is one of the most startling and rewarding piano-led debuts since Gonzalo Rubalcaba's 1990 Blue Note offering, Discovery: Live at Montreux." Bill Milkowski -- JAZZ TIMES

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Aug 02
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
Jon Irabagon, alto sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Barry Altschul, drums
Irabagon Fest: Barry Altschul, Jon Irabagon Trio image
Jon Irabagon and Barry Altschul have performed continually in the last few years, including their tour-de-force Foxy (Hot Cup Records) and their upcoming duo release on Jon's Irabbagast Records. As a preview of their upcoming trio tour, they invite master bassist Mark Helias to join them tonight at Cornelia St. Cafe, where they will be debuting new compositions as well as delving into the group improvisations that have made Barry and Mark such an important rhythm section combination over the last two decades.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Aug 03
Kat Georges, host

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Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$8.00 includes a drink

Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Jake Saslow, tenor sax;  Joe Fonda, bass;  Barry Altschul, drums
Irabagon Fest: Barry Altschul Group image
Since the early 1960's, Barry Altschul has been associated with being at the forefront of Modern Jazz, playing with innovators such as Paul Bley, Steve Lacy, Chick Corea, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, Muhal Richard Abrams, George Lewis, Andrew Hill and Roswell Rudd, to name a few, as well as the likes of musicians such as Lee Konitz, Hampton Hawes, Sonny Criss, Art Pepper, Johnny Griffin, and many others. Mr. Altschul has always felt that freedom is a matter of choices-- the more musical choices one has the freer one could be. Barry's music can best be described by using the great drummer Beaver Harris's description "from ragtime to no time" while keeping to the Jazz continuum. The band will be performing Mr. Altschul's original compositions which are geared to allow the choices of each musician to dictate the direction of the improvising. Mr. Altschul's main goal is for the audience to experience something fresh and to have a good time. Enjoy!

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Aug 04
Dagmar Spain Iorgo Papoutsas Yamila Viana Alec Dana Adrienne Ramm Silvana Brizuela-Weigel
Urban Landscapes: A Multi-Media Performance Piece image Piotr Olszewski
Dagmar Spain and fellow actor Iorgo Papoutsas bring a group of eclectic people together for an evening exploring the minds and hearts of city dwellers in NY.

Dare to expect the unexpected...

This evening will have its share of theater, film, movement, live music and laughter.

"The mix of vulnerable moments and images of strength contrast in the dance well, creating a foreign place where these women are alone with their own uncertain stories and yet coexist, aware of one another." - EYE ON THE ARTS -- Jennifer Thompson

$15.00 includes a drink

Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Yashui Nakamura, bass;  Adam Nussbaum, drums
Irabagon Fest: Jon Irabagon Jazz Quartet image Bryan Murray
Jon debuts a brand new quartet at Cornelia St. tonight, along with new compositions specifically written for this ensemble. A pro-active look at straight ahead jazz, these tunes carry similar emotional weight to their sister tunes found on The Observer (Concord Records, 2009), featuring rhythm stalwart EJ Strickland.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Aug 05
Kate Amrine, trumpet;  Rebecca Steinberg, trumpet;  Kyra Sims, french horn;  Kevin Virgilio, trombone;  Harry Phillips, tuba
Kate Amrine Brass Quintet image

The Kate Amrine Brass Quintet plays several of Kate’s arrangements and compositions as well as other selected jazz, classical, and Broadway pieces. Combining the influences of several styles, the group aims to perform a wide variety of music that respects the history while looking forward to new musical developments!

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Scott Tixier, violin;  Frank Locrasto , piano;  Matt Parker, saxophone;  Burniss Earl Travis II, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Violinist Scott Tixier is an award-winning recording artist, named as "Rising Star Violin" in the 60th Annual critics poll Downbeat. He is a true innovator on his instrument and is quickly becoming known as the new voice of jazz violin. He has earned international recognition for his playing.

"Tixier is not only a remarkable improviser, but also a cunning contemporary jazz composer"-NPR

"Tixier demonstrates such a strong acumen for penning compositions bursting with singable melodies, sly counter- points, vivacious rhythms and sterling harmonies"--Downbeat Magazine

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Scott Tixier & Isopropyl bop image
Aug 06
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )

Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Shawn Conley, bass;  Zack O'Farrill, drums
GRAMMY winner Arturo O'Farrill brings his new to Cornelia Street Cafe with Shawn Conley and Zack O'Farrill.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Arturo O'Farrill Trio image
Aug 07
Cecelia Marcus, Watercolors
Paul Hecht, director & presenter

Jennifer Van Dyck, actor;  Paul Hecht, actor;  Ellen Mandel, composer/pianist;  Jessica Crandall, singer
Words by Ogden Nash as delivered by fine stage actors, together with original music by Ellen Mandel.

Ellen Mandel has createdmusic for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, ArkansasRep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep. She has scoredfour films, and released five CDs: a wind has blown the rainaway, her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all mydreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats,and others, Every Play's an Opera, theatre music,and Pamela Bob Sings the Mandel and Lydon Songbook,and Malesha Sings Mandel, which include settings ofWallace Stevens and Cummings. This spring Ellen wrote five newsettings of Thomas Hardy poems for Cornelia St Café's Hardycelebration, and eight songs for cutting edge contemporary Britishpoet Glyn Maxwell's Agamemnon Home.

Paul Hecht is an English-born Canadian stage, film, and television actor best known for playing radio newsman Ross Buckingham in Howard Stern's Private Parts. Born in London, England, Hecht graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1963. He made his Broadway debut in 1968 in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. Additional Broadway credits include 1776, The Rothschilds, The Great God Brown, Herzl, Caesar and Cleopatra, Noises Off, and The Invention of Love. He received the Obie Award for his performance in the off-Broadway production of Enrico IV in 1989

Jennifer Van Dyck was recently at the O’Neill performing in Ken Weitzman’s new play, Reclamation. Off Broadway: Judith of Bethulia (TNC), The Picture Box (NEC), The Divine Sister (Soho Playhouse),The Third Story (MCC), Orson’s Shadow (Barrow St.), Keen Company, Playwrights Horizons, Naked Angels, Second Stage. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, The Secret Rapture. Many regional productions. Film/TV: Too Big to Fail, Step Up 3D, Across the Universe, Michael Clayton, Stealing Martin Lane, numerous Law & Order episodes, Fringe, New Amsterdam. And narration of many audiobooks.

Jessica Crandall’s theater credits include Kassandra in Agamemnon (Innovative Theatre Awardnomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role) and Antigone at La MaMa, Marina Oswald for the DramaLeague, Juliet at Trinity Rep, and Isabella in Measure for Measure and Bride in Blood Wedding at the Warehouse Theatre in SC, among many others. Jessica has been singing for nearly 20 years. She is currently at work on an originalsong cycle with NY composer Carman Moore. MFA, acting, Brown/Trinity

$ 15 includes a drink

Daniel Wilkins, sax;  Benny Benack III, trumpet;  Angelo Di Loreto, piano;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Joe Peri, drums
Colony image
Colony is a collective jazz project formed in March 2010 by Manhattan School of Music jazz pianist Angelo Di Loreto, in the hopes of creating an outstanding band that could be used as a vehicle for original composition and finding a sound in today’s jazz world. All the band members were either born or raised in one of the country’s original 13 colonial states, hence the name Colony. Made up of 4 other incredible musicians from the northeast region of the U.S, Colony performed a 5-city self-funded tour in summer of 2010. The group is in the process of releasing their first album, recorded in January 2011, and is planning a CD release tour for the summer of 2012. Colony performed at Cornelia Street Café with the O’Farrill Brothers band last summer, and are excited to be returning to the stage once again.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Andrey Gritsman, host

Intercultural Poetry is proud to celebrate a great line up of American Poets:

Gloria Mindock (Boston), Ed-in-Chief, Cervena Barva Press

Gardner McFall (New York), former President, Poetry Society of America

Tod Thillemann (New York), Ed-in-Chief, Spuyten Duyvil Press

$ 8 includes a drink

Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Daniel Fox, piano;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  Shawn Baltazor, drums
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"Green Screen" was formed by the meeting of 3 musicians that were playing the Big Apple Circus. In contemporary music circles, the circus probably doesn't hold much respect. But, the history of circus musicians would surprise most. According to Joe De Mare, ( Bronx trumpeter who played with Louie Prima ) - "back in the day , all the big bands got their cats from the circus - ( including Count Basie and Duke Ellington ) - these cats had chops and endurance. They could play ANYTHING. "

This newly formed quartet will be making a special debut engagement at Cornelia showcasing their collective talents and compositions.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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