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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

Aug 22
Andy Christie

Dave Dickerson, This American Life;  Tracy Rowland, The Moth; BTK Band;  Michelle Leona, ;  Faye Lane
Four writers, actors & comics tell short personal stories. But one of them is making it all up. Interrogate the cast to expose the lie and win an unbelievable T-shirt.

"A Winner. 4 Stars." 2008 Edinburgh Festival

TimeOut NY Critics Pick

 Cover $10

Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Oscar Noriega, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Terrence McManus, guitar;  Kermit Driscoll , el/ac bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums
Drums Festival: Gerry Hemingway quintet image
Gerry Hemingway has been making a living as a composer and performer solo and ensemble music since 1974. He has led numerous groups, including (since 1997) his quartet with Ellery Eskelin, Herb Robertson and Mark Helias as well collaborative groups with Mark Helias & Ray Anderson (BassDrumBone) celebrating its 30th year anniversary in 2007, Reggie Workman & Miya Masaoka (Brew), Georg Graewe & Ernst Reijseger (GRH trio), WHO trio with Swiss pianist Michel Wintsch and bassist Baenz Oester, his duo w/Thomas Lehn, and also w/John Butcher. Mr. Hemingway is a Guggenheim fellow and has received numerous commissions for chamber and orchestral work including "Terrains", a concerto for percussionist and orchestra commissioned by the Kansas City Symphony. He also completed a production of “Songs”, two year recording project for the the German label, between the lines. He is well known for his eleven years in the Anthony Braxton Quartet, and his many collaborations with some of the world’s most outstanding improvisers and composers including Evan Parker, Cecil Taylor, Mark Dresser, Anthony Davis, George Lewis, Derek Bailey, Leo Smith, Oliver Lake, Kenny Wheeler, Frank Gratkowski, John Cale, Marilyn Crispell, Michael Moore and many others.
 Cover $10
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