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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

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Wednesday Aug 29 6:00PM  STUDENT LOAN DEBACLE
Kristen Major
$ 8 includes a drink
Nicky Schrire, host

Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Chris Pattishall, piano;  Jackson Hill, bass;  Alex Ritz, drums

NINA MOFFITT is a vocalist from Brooklyn, NY who uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. Nina learned to integrate diverse musical influences at an early age through collaborations with her father, pianist Peter Moffitt, and through studying the music of such musicians as Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell. Bossa nova phrasing has also become pervasive in Nina’s musical concept since she studied Portuguese in Brazil in 2007. These influences led Nina to develop herself as both a storyteller and an instrumentalist alike, bridging the gap between lyrical delivery and collective improvisation. She returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe on August 29th to perform new material with her quartet. Visit Nina on the web at, and download her EP at

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Nicky Schrire, host

Sarah Elizabeth Charles, vocals;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Burniss Earl Travis, bass;  John Davis, drums
VOXIFY Festival: Sarah Elizabeth Charles image

The stylings of vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles are wide ranging, touching on everything from contemporary arrangements of jazz standards to the re-workings of Haitian folkloric music. Her creative energy pours out of each composition with a sense of warmth, passion, honesty, and a unique voice that acts as the tie that binds between each song in her varied repertoire. The S.E.Charles Quartet, composed of Sarah, Jesse Elder (piano), Burniss Earl Travis (bass), and John Davis (drums), has been together for two years working toward the sound that they have discovered today: one rooted in a musically intuitive nature and strong personal connections. With the release of Sarah's Debut EP, Red, on the horizon, the S.E.Charles Quartet's show at Cornelia Street Cafe will be the very first time that a live audience will be able to purchase the recording prior to the official fall release. Sarah and the S.E.Charles Quartet cannot wait for the opportunity to share this!

"Sarah Elizabeth Charles uses the full range and timbre of her voice to improvise in a way that often sounds more like a synth than a voice, and does it so naturally that one is reminded of the most talented freestylers" -Adam Gardner (CultureMob)

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Aug 30
Matthew Daddona Sarah Dohrmann George Michelsen Foy Brandon Judell Laurie Stone Quintan Ana Wikswo and Arthur Kell
FLASH POINT/ NYC: Writers and Composers image

A multidisciplinary call-and-response experience, the FLASH POINT/ NYC ensemble of writers and composers interweave new hybrid texts, flash fiction, micro memoir and prose poems across the harmonic rhythms, inversions, melodies and lines of original live jazz. Synchronicities and spontaneities emerge, converge and diverge to cross genres, provoke tradition and explore the territories ahead.

NYC writers Matthew Daddona, Sarah Dohrmann, George Michelsen Foy, Brandon Judell, Laurie Stone and Quintan Ana Wikswo riff off one anothers’ themes and obsessions with tales that are by turn incisive, moving, outrageous, funny, beautiful, shocking; often all of these at once. Acclaimed composer and bassist Arthur Kell breaks and orchestrates the texts with prismatic jazz compositions and improvisations.

$8 includes a drink

Nicky Schrire, host

Camila Meza, vocals;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
VOXIFY Festival: Camila Meza image

A native from Santiago de Chile, singer and guitar player Camila Meza, has found a unique way of blending jazz with her wide musical world including latinamerican, brazilian, folk and pop elements. With a deep understanding of jazz tradition, and a unique way of approaching songs, she creates musical landscapes that are full of color, interesting rhythms, deep melodies and felt improvisations. An intuitive and inventive singer and a captivating guitarist, she forms part of a reduced group of jazz musicians that perform their instrument with great dexterity while maintaining a strong vocal presence.

“Meza has a rich voice that’s playful without being too syrupy. She manages to make the music sound fresh with her obvious enthusiasm and her emotional connection with the songs." Jason Crane, The Jazz Session

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Nicky Schrire, host

Sachal Vasandani, vocals;  Sofia Rei, vocals;  Malika Zarra, vocals;  Mathias Kunzli, percussion;  Paulo Stagnaro, percussion
VOXIFY Festival: Sefira image

Sefira is a new vocal/percussion ensemble comprised of Sofia Rei, Malika Zarra, Sachal Vasandani, Mathias Kunzli, and Keita Ogawa. Each of the members lead a successful career of their own, and are very inspired to lend their diverse backgrounds to Sefira. Malika’s blend with Moroccan traditional music, Sofia’s fusion with South American rhythms, and Sachal’s deep connection to the American song book provide a very colorful and rich melodic and harmonic base. The three vocalists are supported by percussionists Mathias Kunzli and Paulo Stagnaro who provide not only a solid and groovy rhythmic foundation but also add infinite colors and moods in order to make Sefira a unique and very intimate experience for listeners of all corners of this world.

“Morocco's Jazz Jewel: Singing in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, English and French [Malika Zarra] is redefining the term fusion and adding her unique sound to the world” CNN International

"If Sachal Vasandani has a trademark, it’s his vocal tone. Clean and clear, it glides with an accessible assurance.” DownBeat

“Sofía's vocal prowess contains an emotional impact that leaves an audience gasping for air and begging for more. Her power and precision sets her apart from the legions of current jazz vocalists.” The Latin Jazz Corner

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Aug 31
Jordan Dodson, guitar;  Yumi Tamashiro, percussion
Jordan Dodson with Yumi Tamashiro image

Guitarist Jordan Dodson is joined by special guest percussionist Yumi Tamashiro in the New York City premiere of Paul Lansky's Partita. This formidable new duo explores the dynamic relationship between these two instruments while swerving in and out of textures and styles. The program will also include solo guitar music by Regondi, Brouwer, and others.

Jordan Dodson is a soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He is currently a Diploma student at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Yumi Tamashiro is a freelance percussionist based in New York City and is a founding member of the Mobius Percussion Quartet. She has performed at various venues such as the Banff Center of Arts, Chapman University, CultureFix, (le) poisson rouge, and Symphony Space in NY.

$8.00 includes a drink

Nicky Schrire, host

Peter Eldridge, vocals, piano;  Jo Lawry, vocals, piano, guitar;  Matt Aronoff, bass
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Australian-born vocalist Jo Lawry's debut album, I Want to Be Happy, was released in 2008 to rave reviews, and named among the “Best CDs of the Decade” in Downbeat Magazine. She is becoming known beyond jazz circles, however, for her work with Sting, with whom she has been recording and touring since 2009, and this year she made her solo performing debut opening for Suzanne Vega's UK tour. Here, she'll present a set of fresh new songs, accompanied by Matt Aronoff.

“Jo Lawry numbers among our favorite discoveries of the past year.” Time Out New York

Peter Eldridge is best known as a member of jazz-vocal ensembles such as New York Voices and Moss, but on his own he is a prolific composer and arranger. His latest offering, Mad Heaven, was released on Palmetto Records to much critical acclaim and he has also worked with Bobby McFerrin (lending his voice to McFerrin’s recent ‘Vocabularies’ project), Michael Brecker, Meredith Monk, Fred Hersch, George Benson, Kenny Werner, David Byrne, Jim Hall, Larry Goldings, the Roches, Jonatha Brooke, Bill Charlap, Betty Buckley, Joshua Redman, and many others.

“A superb musical alchemist, Peter Eldridge synthesizes modern jazz with not only pop but also R&B and latin music. The results are varied and dynamic but also aesthetically focused, as Eldridge’s mellifluous baritone and urbane lyrics brim with pop accessibility”(JazzTimes).

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sep 01
Andy Christie, host

Ophira Eisenberg Andy Ross Tracy Rowland Martin Dockery
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Ophira Eisenberg (Host of NPR's Ask Me Another), Andy Ross (Mad Magazine), Tracy Rowland (TV writer, producer), and Martin Dockery (Wanderlust, "Fantastic!" - NY Times).

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; WFUV's CityScape)

$15.00 includes a drink

Kirk Knuffke, trumpet;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Rob Garcia, drums
Drummer/composer Rob Garcia leads this trio collaborating with two most notable young musicians who are drawing much attention in the modern creative jazz scene: guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke. The group will uniquely perform standard from the early and modern jazz song book, as well as common songs from the rock and pop song book. Expect joy and the unexpected.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Kirk Knuffke, Mary Halvorson, Rob Garcia - AMERICAN SONGS image
Sep 02
Serial Underground: New York's Premiere New Music Variety Show image

25th anniversary season kickstarter!

The Mighty Cci House Band plays Terry Riley’s In C plus…

ComposersCollaborative Inc. turns 25 on October 9th (it also happens to be John Lennon’s 72nd birthday). Raise a glass with us as the Mighty CCi House Band serves up their highly acclaimed version of Terry Riley’s minimalist manifesto IN C, led by CCi’s artistic director Jed Distler and Serial Underground’s guest curator Demetrius Spaneas. Look out for surprise performers (including many Serial Underground favorites) and some unexpected works too.

In 2007, Distler directed In C with 100 musicians outside in front of the Cornelia Street Café for the first Make Music New York Festival, and again in 2010. The New York Times’ Allan Kozinn praised the performance, noting its “joyfulness tempered now and then with dynamic subtlety.”

Proceeds from this evening will benefit Serial Underground’s 2012/13 season.

$10 music charge at the door, plus $10.00 drink/food minimum

Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax, live electronics;  Dawn Clement, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte, drums
Jane Ira Bloom Quartet/Wingwalker image
2012 Jazz Journalists Association Award winner for Soprano Saxophone, Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Café with her quartet featuring long-time bandmates Dawn Clement - piano, Mark Helias - bass, and Bobby Previte -drums. This is a band of seasoned composer/ performers who have a lot of history together walking the wings. They’ll reprise selections from their critically acclaimed Wingwalker CD and venture forth into new airspace where no woman or man has gone before. Don’t miss this special one time event.

“…intense lyricism, striking melodies, subtle electronics and a rock-solid band."-- Steve Smith, Time Out NY

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 03
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

AMRAM & CO image
Sep 04
Jame Westfall, vibraphone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
"The World's Most Vicious Vibes-Led Threesome"

The Wee Trio burst onto the scene with Capitol Diner Vol. 1, winning huge international acclaim and being picked for the Top Ten CDs of ’08 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Boston’s Patriot Ledger and All About Jazz. The same year, the brooklyn-born band became ‘bi-coastal’, with James returning to the New Orleans to pioneer the post-Katrina Musicians’ Village. The group toured extensively, playing across the US at venues and festivals such as Snug Harbor, Jazz at the Bistro, the Harrisburg Jazz Festival, Rochester’s MCC Jazz Festival and the Jazz Bakery. In 2010 the release of Capitol Diner, Vol. 2: Animal Style, an exciting evolution of the trios sound inspired by their travels, brought a fresh round of excitement and praise from critics and fans alike.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday Sep 05
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Ben Fama Wayne Koestenbaum Ariana Reines Rachel Zucker
The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan's West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers.

Kicking off the fall season of The White Swallow Reading Series with Ben Fama, Wayne Koestenbaum, Ariana Reines, and Rachel Zucker

Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of several collectionsof poetry, including Blue Stranger withMosaic Background (forthcoming, 2012), Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (2006), The Milk of Inquiry (1999), and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems(1990), which was named one of the VillageVoice Literary Supplement’s Favorite Books of the Year.

His prose works include Humiliation(2011); Hotel Theory (2007);the novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes(2004); Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars,and Aesthetics (2000); and National Book Critics CircleAward–nominated The Queen’s Throat:Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (1993).

He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University,and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Currently, he lives in New York City,where he is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of NewYork Graduate Center.

Rachel Zucker is the author offour books of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents, which was afinalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Along with poet ArielleGreenberg, Zucker co-wrote Home/Birth: a poemic and co-edited twoanthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and WomenPoets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. She lives in New York with herhusband and their three sons. In addition to teaching at NYU and the 92ndStreet Y she is a certified labor doula and is studying to become a childbirth educator.

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Jean-Michel Pilc, piano;  Francois Moutin, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
Pilc Moutin Hoenig image
"Pilc Moutin Hoenig reinvents the art of improvisation, thanks to the unique rapport that these three exceptional musicians have built over almost two decades of playing together. Virtuosos, innovators and inventors all at once, they have a chemistry which allows them to go anywhere and bring exhilarated audiences along for the ride everywhere they play. Standards, improvisations, originals, blues, grooves... there seems to be no end to where they could go, and to the emotion they feel and transmit."

"One of the astounding jazz piano trios of the past decade… in a class unto itself, stunning the listener to attention."--Don Williamson, JAZZ REVIEW

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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