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Aug 14
Jed Distler, curator

Jung Lin, piano;  Jed Distler, piano
Jung Lin and Jed Distler - Simeon ten Holt's Canto Ostinato, version for piano duet

If you missed the New York premier of Simeon Ten Holt’s minimalist manifesto Canto Ostinato with four pianos this past June 21st, outdoors on Cornelia Street (, pianists Jung Lin and Jed Distler offer its piano duet version as an encore. Imagine Philip Glass and Sergei Rachmaninov’s love child, and you’ll have an idea of what this epic, mesmerizing and touchingly lyrical music sounds like. Better still, come hear Jung and Jed and find out for yourself!

Acclaimed for her poetic and virtuosic pianism. Taiwan born Jung Lin conducted her own orchestral works at age 12, won numerous competitions in her native country, and was featured on Taiwan’s major news program “90 minutes.” At sixteen her symphonic poem, “The Black Wedding” was given its premiere by the Juilliard Symphony under Miguel Harth-Bedoya. While at Juilliard Ms. Lin studied composition with the renowned American composer David Diamond, and for six years, piano with the Martin Canin . In 1999, the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death, she was heard at such prestigious venues as the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, the Summit Festival, and the Kosciuszko Polish Foundation. Other recent New York appearances have included the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bargemusic, and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival. She recently recorded solo works of Medtner for Naxos, and maintains a lively website

Since 2004 Jed Distler has hosted ComposersCollaborative’s Serial Underground at Cornelia Street Café, a new music variety show each second Monday of the month Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” by the Newark Star-Ledger, Jed’s recitals have taken him back and across the US and Europe. He recently was featured in a BBC documentary on the Joyce Hatto scandal, which he helped expose in 2007 For everything you’ve always wanted to know about Jed, visit the ComposersCollaborative website , or read his CD reviews via and .
 Cover $8

Jacob Sacks, piano;  Yoon Sun Choi, voice;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Mat Maneri , viola;  Hankus Netsky, piano;  Marty Ehrlich, woodwinds
Piano festival - duos image
9PM Jacob Sacks/Yoon Sun Choi
10PM Russ Lossing/Mat Manieri
11PM Marty Ehrlich/Hankus Netsky

9PM Jacob Sacks/Yoon Sun Choi
Jacob will play a small solo set, and thereafter, with vocalist Yoon Sun Choi, new works based on poems by emily dickenson

“Choi and Sacks are not the typical duo,” declared AllAboutJazz- New York’s Andrey Henkin after a live performance of this music at Manhattan’s intimate 5C Café. “Choi effortlessly mixes tradi- tional jazz vocals with a sultrier approach or the gymnastics of the avant garde. Sacks never plays the straight man, abstracting the melodies enough to keep each turn interesting.”

Yoon Sun Choi
Ms. Choi, a native of Toronto, is a performer, composer and educator who has lived and worked in New York since 2000. Since that time she has worked with such internationally renowned musicians as Cameron Brown, Steve Coleman, Mark Dresser, Joe Maneri and Kenny Werner. A classically trained pianist turned vocalist, her eclectic resume also includes projects ranging from jazz opera to improvised music theater to microtonal vocal music. In addition to her eight year-old duo with Sacks, she currently leads/co-leads 4inObjects, The E-String Band, The Restless Spirits and The Joe Raposo Project.

Jacob Sacks
A 1999 Thelonious Monk Competition finalist and former Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Sacks is a pianist who has performed with Terumasa Hino, the Mingus Big Band, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Angelica Sanchez and Matt Wilson among many others. His most recent release is 2007’s Two Miles A Day (Yeah Yeah Records/Loyal Label), featuring Mat Maneri, Paul Motian and Eivind Opsvik.

10PM Russ Lossing/Mat Manieri

Russ Lossing
American jazz pianist, composer and recording artist Russ Lossing is on the leading edge of the New York jazz scene where he is known for his highly personal and unique improvising voice. Lossing has composed over 300 works, 21 film scores, and has an international reputation as a world class improviser. Paul Motian, Dave Liebman and John Abercrombie are among the many musicians he has performed and recorded with. Lossing has seven releases as leader on Hat Hut, Clean Feed, Fresh Sound, Double Time and OmniTone record labels. His critically acclaimed new solo piano release “All Things Arise” on Hat Hut Records “bridges the worlds of jazz and new music, the pieces feeling as if they arise out of the primal silence of the universe. Even the ‘standards’ feel as if they’re emerging newly formed from a magnificent world of thought and impulse. Lossing’s ‘As It Grows’ on hatOLOGY with Paul Motian and his Clean Feed Records cd ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser have been hailed as “modern masterpieces that blend improvisation and composition seamlessly.”

“Russ Lossing is a pianist of extreme depth and intensity with playing of amazing dexterity and a feeling of total control.”
– All About Jazz

Mat Maneri
Mat Maneri has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, Gerald Cleaver, Tim Berne, Borah Bergman, Mark Dresser, William Parker, Michael Formanek, John Lockwood, as well as with his own trio, quartet, and quintet. He has also played on various band releases: Club d'Elf, Decoupage, Brewed by Noon, Paul Motian's Electric Bebop Band, Buffalo Collision. Maneri has worked with Ed Schuller, John Medeski, Roy Campbell, Paul Motian, Tomasz Stanko, Robin Williamson, Drew Gress, Tony Malaby, Ben Monder, Barre Phillips, Joëlle Léandre, Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Ethan Iverson, David King and many others. Maneri has released recordings on labels such as Thirsty Ear, HatHut and EC 11PM Marty Ehrlich/Hankus Netsky

Marty Ehrlich
Marty Ehrlich is one of the most celebrated artists of his generation, critically acclaimed as both composer and player. Equally fluent on clarinet, saxophone, and flutes, Ehrlich was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Composition in 2004. His diversity has taken him to stages across the world from Israel to London to New York City to California. Marty’s latest recording on Palmetto Records, “Spark!” is a duo outing with pianist Myra Melford that was included in the 2008 DownBeat Critic’s Poll for “Album of the Year”. Marty is also a Professor of Music at Hampshire College.
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Hankus Netsky
A multi-instrumentalist, composer, scholar and educator, Hankus Netsky is chair of the Contemporary Improvisation Department at the New England Conservatory in Boston and founder and director of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, America’s premiere klezmer and Yiddish repertory ensemble. He has composed extensively for film and television, and collaborated closely with such artists as Robin Williams, Joel Grey, Theodore Bikel and Itzhak Perlman. He has produced numerous recordings, including ten by the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Cover $10 per show, two for $16, three for $25

Aug 15
Chris Sullivan, guest host

Christopher Dean Sullivan , bass;  Joe Giardullo , reedist;  Golda Solomon, special guest poet
Bass Artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan & Multi-Reedist Joe Giardullo In an Evening of Improvisation

Bass Artisan Christopher Dean Sullivan is a highly versed bassist of many musical languages: reggae, Caribbean, Indian, African, and Eurocentric perceptions and more. Chris is well traveled throughout the U.S., the Caribbean Islands and Europe. He has shared the stage and / or recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Joe McPhee, Sonny Simmons, Yusef Lateef, Horace Parlan, Archie Schepp, Joe Lovano, Roy Campbell Jr., to name a few, and led his own ensembles as well. Christopher Dean Sullivan's approach is heartfelt and is accessed first of all by intensive listening to the elemental structure of a composition, to the soul of his fellow musicians, and to his own quest for the purest, more direct expression of sound and feeling.

Multi-reedist Joe Giardullo is one of the worlds’ foremost free and open instrumentalist within the American classical music art form. He has performed throughout the US, Canada and Europe with artists constituents Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Dempster, The Deep Listening Band, Joe McPhee, Steve Lacy, Carlos Zingaro, Milford Graves, Bill Dixon, Marilyn Crispell, Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Thomas Buckner, and Lori Freedman, among many others, including Lester Lanin and Peg Leg Bates.

Poet Solomon...Think of it as Jack Kerouac revisiting the Mile High City and grabbing a sandwich at the New York Deli while in town. ~ Norman Provizer, Rocky Mountain News

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

George Colligan, piano;  Jon Cowherd, piano;  Eri Yamamoto, piano;  w/David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Piano festival - solos - and a trio image
9PM George Colligan
10PM Jon Cowherd
11PM Eri Yamamoto Trio

9PM George Colligan

George Colligan is a New York based pianist, organist,drummer, trumpeter, teacher, and bandleader, who is one of the most original and compelling jazz artists of his generation .An award-winning composer (Chamber Music America/Doris Duke Foundation grant recipient) and player (winner, Jazz Competition), Colligan is highly in demand as a sideman, having worked with players like Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Buster Williams, and Lonnie Plaxico, both on the bandstand and in recording sessions (appearing on over 100 CDs). He has released17 recordings full of his intelligent writing and impressive technique.
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10PM Jon Cowherd
Jon Cowherd is on the cutting edge of today’s rogressive music movement. His artistic vision and passion takes on many different roles including pianist, composer, rranager, and producer. Perhaps most highly acclaimed for his work with the Brian Blade Fellowship (BBF), Cowherd’s continuum of texture, rhythm, and pure emotion is astounding and limitless.
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11PM Eri Yamamoto Trio

Eri Yamamoto, piano; David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums

Her regular working trio of longtime compatriots, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, Eri’s distinctly invigorating approach to the jazz trio and remarkable gift for indelible melodies
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Cover $10 per show, two for $16, three for $25

Aug 16
Eric Plaks, piano;  Don Chapman, Alan Davis, saxophones;  Leco Reis, bass;  Jon Panikkar, drums
The Eric Plaks Quintet celebrates the upcoming release of its first CD on Cadence (CJR 1223), Love Thy Neighbour, a fascinating exploration of the intersection of swing and free improv.

 Cover $10

Andy LaVerne, piano;  Bill Zavatsky, poet;  Jed DIstler, piano;  Simon Mulligan, piano;  Daniela Schächter, piano;  Vadim Neselovskyi, piano;  Poul Weis, trumpet
Piano festival - Bill Evans's 80th Birthday celebration image
We end the Grand Piano Festival celebrating what would have been Bill Evans's 80th Birthday.

Pianist Andy LaVerne, Jed Distler, poet and pianist Bill Zavatsky and others who knew and worked with Bill Evans + yet another bunch of players whom Bill influenced and inspired through his music, will pay and play a tribute. "Until We Meet Again"
 Cover $8

Aug 17
Joel Allegretti, playwright

Davidson Garrett LuLu LoLo Jane Titus
Songs, text, actors, fans kneel at the feet of the Canadian bard.


A Tribute to Leonard Cohen by Joel Allegretti

The set: the stage at the Cornelia Street Café cabaret. The piano stands at stage left, against the wall. The guitarist and harmonica player sit on a stool at the rear of the stage, to the right of the piano. The man in the black suit and the woman in the cocktail dress stand at the front of the stage. The woman in white leotards sits on a stool at stage right, legs crossed, left over right. The man in the grey pinstripe suit is at the first table, stage right. He sits alone at a chair on the aisle. On the table are an untouched glass of red wine and a black Bible. He leans over the table, reading the Bible, which is open to the Song of Solomon.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Brad Shepik, guitar;  Tom Beckham, vibraphone;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Mark Guiliana, drums
GUITAR FESTIVAL: Brad Shepik Quartet image
A new quartet playing recent compositions by Shepik.

“A virtuosic guitarist, Shepik plays with a clean linearity.”

“Shepik has fashioned a musical odyssey that is at once compelling and rapturous.”

Brad Shepik
In addition to leading the groups The Brad Shepik Trio, The Commuters and Human Activity Suite, Shepik has also performed with Paul Motian, Joey Baron, Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Douglas, oud/violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Yuri Yunakov’s Bulgarian Wedding Band, Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio, Pachora, BABKAS, Tridruga, Arthur Kell, Alexis Cuadrado, George Schuller and others.

Shepik’s most recent recording is “Human Activity Suite” on Songlines Recordings. It features Shepik on guitars, saz and tambura as well as Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano, organ, accordion), Drew Gress (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums).

Aug 18
Bill Zinsser, piano;  Arnie Roth, sax
Two of our favorite musicians with day jobs delight us with show tunes and the hits of every era.

William Zinsser, as every teacher of writing well knows, is the author of several of the best primers on writing effective prose.

Arnold Roth, as every reader of The New Yorker well knows, is a brilliant cartoonist.
 Cover $7

Corey King, trombone/compositions;  Rafiq Bhatia, guitar/compositions;  Logan Richardson, alto saxophone;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone;  Jackson Hill, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
GUITAR FESTIVAL: Chrysalis image
The brainchild of emergent composer-performers Corey King (trombone) and Rafiq Bhatia (guitar), Chrysalis is an exposition of the common thread permeating creative traditions in jazz, hip-hop, electronica, drone music, South Asian music, experimental music, and popular songwriting.

Corey King was born in Houston, Texas. He started playing classical trombone at age 11 and discovered jazz a few years later when he enrolled in The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. While King was in high school, he had the opportunity to play in the Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble, The Gibson Baldwin Grammy Jazz Ensemble and won an outstanding soloist award from Down Beat Magazine in 2004. In the fall of 2004, King earned a scholarship to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, where he studied with Anne Drummond, Stefon Harris, Vincent Gardner, and Laurie Fink. While in New York, King has had the opportunity to play with Jason Moran, Dave Binney, Mos Def, Bilal, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Wyclef Jean, The Mettawee River Theater company under Ralph Lee, and has recorded for Mark Ronson. In 2006, Corey went to Senegal, Africa to perform with R&B artist Lauren Hill and performed with rap artist Ludacris on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The David Letterman Show. King is currently leading his own band, and working to make a name for himself in New York.

Rafiq Bhatia is a 21-year old East-African Indian American guitarist/composer seeking to synthesize a genre-bending musical lexicon informed by the traditions of his transmigratory heritage. A first-generation American, Bhatia is currently completing an interdisciplinary honors degree in economics and cognitive science at Oberlin College. He is also associated with the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory, where his concept quickly caught the attention of prolific drummer Billy Hart, who decided to include Bhatia in his new project, The Billy Hart Laboratory. Besides apprenticing under Hart and Cleveland-based drummer Paul Samuels (Greg Osby), Bhatia is the artist-in-residence at The Feve, an Oberlin mainstay, where his group has attracted a loyal fan-base and critical acclaim for their weekly performances. He also frequently returns to New York, performing with the Rafiq Bhatia Collective and studying with Downbeat magazine's "Rising Star Jazz Pianist/Composer" Vijay Iyer.

"A contemporary mind with the true potential of the future, Rafiq Bhatia is definitely an artist to look forward to hearing."
—Billy Hart, legendary jazz drummer

$10 ($5/students)

Wednesday Aug 19 6:00PM  POETRY + OPEN MIC
George Wallace, host

Edgar Carlson Lynn Chandhok Martin Tucker Kempton B. Van Hoff
Tonight Russ Green guest hosts for George who is in Hawaii doing research on educational standards.

Martin Tucker is Editor-in-Chief of the prize-winning journal, CONFRONTATION, published at Long Island University. He is the author of four collections of poetry, the most recent is PLENTY OF EXITS. He has written several books of literary criticism and has edited more than 20 volumes of literary encyclopedia. His essays, poetry and fiction have appeared in THE NATION, THE NEW REPUBLIC, THE COMMONWEAL, THE NEW YORK TIMES, CHICAGO REVIEW, EPOCH, CONTACT, CENTER, WEST AFRICA REVIEW, SOUNDINGS, LIPS, and HUNTINGTON PRESS. He served for more than 20 years on the Executive Board of PEN AMERICAN CENTER and two terms on the Governing Board of POETRY SOCIETY OF AMERICA. He is Professor Emeritus of Long Island University.

Kempton B. Van Hoff is a Lover of the ocean and a hyperboreal who is familiar with H.D. Thoreau’s Comprehensive Manual for the Repair and Restoration of Footwear and Other Important Instruments. He is an accidentally established publisher of poetry under the name Boone’s Dock Press. You may contact Kempton directly by dialing *&%$@ on any telepathic device. He still dwells in a barn in Amityville, near the Great Sout h Bay, where he writes, smiles, works on classic boats, makes art and love and fire and food, and generally enjoys his existence.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ila Cantor, guitar;  Aaron Parks, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
GUITAR FESTIVAL: Ila Cantor Group image
"Ila Cantor leads a quartet of some of her favorite musicians and great friends. The quartet will feature her original compositions, which display an intuitive logic as well as an individual approach to playing the guitar. The new music will be complimented with bold contributions by pianist Aaron Parks, bassist Matt Brewer, and drummer Tommy Crane. The enthusiasm to learn and perform music of each member of this newly-formed band brings a valuable dynamic, and communal quality to the project."
 Cover $10
Aug 20
Paul Hecht, director & presenter

Jennifer Van Dyck, actor;  Jonathan Walker, actor;  Bob Kaliban, actor;  Ellen Mandel , composer/musician
Words by Ogden Nash as delivered by fine stage actors, together with original music by Ellen Mandel.

One of our favorite 4-liners from the Bard of Rye, New York:

A Word to Husbands

To keep your marriage brimming / With love in the loving cup, / Whenever you’re wrong, admit it; / Whenever you’re right, shut up.

Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Tennessee Rep, and Peterborough Players. She has scored four films, and released three CDs: a wind has blown the rain away, her E.E. Cummings songs, the first of all my dreams, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and others, and Every Play's an Opera, theatre music.

Jennifer Van Dyck was delighted to create the role of Dr. Constance Hudson in Charles Busch’s The Third Story, both at the Lucille Lortel (MCC) and at the La Jolla Playhouse. Broadway: Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors and The Secret Rapture. Film/TV: Across the Universe, Michael Clayton, Stealing Martin Lane, Series 7, States of Control, numerous Law & Order episodes, Fringe, New Amsterdam.

Jonathan Walker : Broadway: 20th Century, After the Fall. Off-Broadway includes numerous productions at The Public Theater, MCC, Manhattan Theater Club, The New Group, Playwright’s Horizons, Roundabout, La Mama, PS 122, BAM, Variety Arts, The Women’s Project. Regional includes: The Old Globe in San Diego; The Huntington and A.R.T. in Boston; Yale Repertory; Westport Playhouse; Williamstown Theater Festival; The McCarter. Recent Film: Far From Heaven, People I Know, Heights, Michael Clayton, Malevolence 2 Recent TV: Eli Stone, 6 Degrees, 3 Lbs, Sex and the City, Ed, Chapelle’s Show, Lots of Law and Order.

Bob Kaliban started out on Broadway too many years ago to admit to, "The Conquering Hero", "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and "Ben Franklin in Paris". During the run of those plays, he started a career in the television and radio commercial field. He has appeared in hundreds of on-camera commercials selling everything from automobiles to Zip-lock bags, and yes, you might have seen him numerous times floating around in your bathroom potty as the TY-D-BOL Man. The voice-over field of commercials has kept him extremely busy providing voices for such goodies as M&M's, Ultra Bright Toothpaste, Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, Chips Ahoy Cookies, and thousands more. A Union activist, Bob served as President of the Screen Actors Guild--New York Division, many years on the Board of Directors, and over thirty years as a Trustee of the Pension & Health Boards of the Screen Actors Guild.

 Cover $10

Mike Baggetta, guitar;  Jason Rigby, saxophone;  Michael Bates, bass;  George Schuller, drums
GUITAR FESTIVAL: Mike Baggetta Quartet image photo by Peter Gannushkin /
Performing music from the Fresh Sound New Talent release "Small Spaces" and new pieces.

"...his melodic sense is truly beautiful." - Tom Chandler,

"This is a superb band...outstanding, and the performances are totally compelling." - Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal (UK)

"Guitarist/composer Baggetta is one of those subtle players. He does not overwhelm you with volume or seek to impress with fleet-fingered improvisations. Instead, each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities...utilizing approaches from many different genres but never sounding derivative of any one person or school." - Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant

Aug 21
Kathi Georges, host

Thomas Fucalaro
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Dog days of August got you down? Cool off with our featured reader, Thomas Fucalaro.

THOMAS FUCALORO is fast becoming one of our favorite poets in New York. His work comes from the heart, aims for the gut, and takes no prisoners.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Ben Monder, guitar;  Gary Wang, bass;  Diego Voglino, drums
Ben Monder Trio image
Ben Monder is back at Cornelia Street Cafe, leading his trio through some of his fantastic music.

Ben Monder has played nearly unsurpassable jazz guitar with any number of actual jazz groups. But what he plays with his own group comes from another planet.
- Ben Ratliff, NY Times

...Ben Monder delivered the evening's most stunning displays of technical virtuosity and compositional daring,...spinning a web of hypnotic, rapid arpeggios with unerring accuracy for minutes on end.
- David Adler, All About Jazz
 Cover $10

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