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* Cover is given where known

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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
Aug 23
Sherry Weaver, host

HR Britton Juliet Wayne
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Mario Pavone , bass/compositions;  Tony Malaby, saxophone;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Tom Rainey, drums
Mario Pavone's Quartet Arc image
"On his day," declared veteran jazz reviewer Brian Morton in Point of Departure, "Mario Pavone is one of the very best—and when on his game, by far the best—small-group composer/leaders working on the East Coast." Critics have called him "a smart composer" (Nate Chinen, New York Times) and "a protean bassist" (Paul Blair, Hot House) who "never fails to implant an effective hook" (Bill Shoemaker, DownBeat) and "continues to move the tradition forward with every record" (John Kelman, His music has been described as "exciting and stimulating" (Jay Collins, Cadence), "sensitive and probing" (Owen McNally, Hartford Courant) and "full of smart angular swagger" (Michael Rosenstein, Signal to Noise).

Pavone has spent the past four decades defining the cutting edge of jazz, both as a sideman to legendary innovators and the leader of groups featuring some of today’s most respected young improvisers. As busy as ever at nearly 70 years old, he released two notable records in 2008: Trio Arc, featuring Paul Bley and Matt Wilson, and Ancestors, featuring his Double Tenor Quintet with Malaby and Jimmy Greene. So far this year he's also performed with groups such as the Connecticut Improvising Composers Project and his intergenerational trio with Sorey and saxophonist Pete Robbins, which will perform at The Stone on August 21st. He was also awarded a 2009 New Jazz Works Grant from Chamber Music America.
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 Cover $10

Aug 24
Sherry Weaver, host

Robin Hirsch
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
Our Minister of Culture is delighted to participate in this mini-festival with a number of pieces from his unfolding collection, THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: STORIES FROM THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE.

What happens when a wandering Jew stops wandering? At the end of his acclaimed memoir,LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, Robin Hirsch had found a measure of peace, had even, for want of a better word, settled down. He had married, produced two children, and however tentatively, begun to explore the notion of home.

But the notion of home, for a Wandering Jew, is a complex one. For Robin, it includes most tenderly, the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, which he opened in 1977 together with two other artists, an Irish-American actor and an Argentinean-Italian-Canadian painter and sculptor. Over the last thirty-two years it has been a home not just for three starving artists, as they then appeared to themselves to be, but for a whole host of performers, from Suzanne Vega and The Songwriters Exchange to Eve Ensler and the Vagina Monologues, from Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann to Poet Laureate Billy Collins, from Senator Eugene McCarthy reading his poetry to neurologist Oliver Sacks reading his prose, from members of Monty Python to members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, from comedians to cellists, from stiltwalkers to ventriloquists. And for all kinds of civilians and celebrities.

Amid the turmoil of this passing throng, however, the sheer act of standing still after half a lifetime of wandering allows our hero, an exile from his native country, in which his parents were themselves exiles, to sift the nuances of arrivals and departures, of family and community, of longing and fulfillment, of exile and homecoming. And all this in a city where to stand still at all is at once an achievement and an act of betrayal.

In 1987, on its 10th anniversary, New York's Mayor Koch proclaimed the Cornelia Street Café "a culinary as well as a cultural landmark."

In THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH, Robin Hirsch picks up the personal history begun in Last Dance and finds in the midst of a myriad of other people's stories the continuation of his own.
 Cover $10

Dan Weiss, drums;  Miles Okazaki, guitar
Drums Festival: Dan Weiss duo image
Aug 25
Sherry Weaver, host

Elna Baker Martin Dockery
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Nir Felder, guitar;  Greg Osby, alto saxophone;  Doug Weiss, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
GUITAR FESTIVAL: Nir Felder Quartet image
"Astoundingly incredible soloist...with beautifully meandering lines and incredible time." - The Montreal Gazette

Rising star guitarist Nir Felder heads a group featuring bandleader and saxophonist Greg Osby, whose 9 Levels project documents the rapport between the two musicians - young guitarist and elder statesman. Not to be missed!

Wednesday Aug 26
Sherry Weaver, host

Comedians Telling Stories
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Martin Urbach, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Nir Felder, guitar;  J.P. Schlegelmilch, piano, keys;  Kenny Warren, trumpet;  Scott Bourgeois, alto & soprano saxohone;  Javier Moreno, bass;  Special Guest: Sonia Szjanberg, voice
DRUMS FESTIVAL: Martin Urbach - CD RELEASE image
Drummer Martin (pronounced mar-TEEN) Urbach juxtaposes his Bolivian and Jewish roots with his experience as an immigrant in the United States, to add color to his sophisticated jazz grooves.

Most of the songs that the ensemble performs are Martin's original compositions, which are a gumbo of heart-warming melodies and adventurous grooves! The remaining are an anthology of songs written by my friends and classics from the ''Standard American Songbook.'' The repertoire is based on songs that I find gorgeous and that move me. I love melodies that make a statement and can transport us to heaven (or hell if we so desire).

As far as what to expect from a performance by the Martin Urbach Group, the audience will experience a set of music filled with songs that make us smile, reflect, dance and rejoice. Above all, the audience will see and hear a group of friends doing what they love to do most.

- "Terrific listening experience" All About Jazz

- "From quietly poetic to jagged and explosive, the music reflects an interesting mix of sounds and ideas". Jazz Improv NY

- "Good, straight-forward Jazz, well played and full of ideas and great melodies, something every Jazz lover should enjoy".

cover $10 includes a CD

Aug 27
Alice Tassel hosts for Lucinda Karter

"Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue" by Patrick Modiano, Translated by Benjamin Korones

"L’élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barbery, Translated by Alison Anderson

"Mari et femme" by Régis de Sa Moreira, Translated by Jeff Rubenstein

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Heather Masse, voice;  Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Carmen Staaf, piano/accordian;  Mike Savino, bass;  Joel Arnow, drums;  Elam Blackman, voice and guitar
Gnu Vox Festival: Heather Masse & Elam Blackman image
New York-based singer song-maker Heather Masse grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Having taken a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing music of all sorts. She is a member of the acclaimed Juno-award winning Canadian band “The Wailin' Jennys,” and has performed at 100s of venues across Europe, Canada, and the states. She has appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, where she was privileged to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, and Tom Rush. She has performed with the bluegrass band "The Wayfaring Strangers” on NPR's World Cafe, and at Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Heather also performs locally with a Brooklyn-based collaboration, “Heather & the Barbarians.” She recently released “Many Moons” an E.P. of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. Heather’s rich, soulful, voice elegantly moves through numerous styles organically and with sincerity- a quality learned from some of her early influences disparate as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, and Chet Baker. Heather’s newest project, The Heather Masse Band plans to release a full-length album of Heather’s original songs and music this coming fall.

Elam Blackman is a gifted singer-songwriter firmly planted in the folk tradition, whose songs delight and touch the listener. Sometimes whimsical, sometimes melancholy, often longing, he invites his listeners to journey with him. His easy going manner and warm stage presence draw people in and establishes an easy rapport with his audience.
 Cover $10

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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times