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Sep 11
Ted Berkowitz, paintings/drawings;  Michael Friedman, photographs;  Sharon Kaufman, video

Art Opening: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

JAZZ IN MOTION: Sketches of the 35th Anniversary of The Cornelia Street Cafe (Show Running August 31st - September 28th)

A multi-media show featuring photography, drawing, and video.

Thomas Pryor, host

Jennifer Demeritt Rob Gorden Lianne Smith Tami Yellin
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Jennifer Demeritt takes first-person navel gazing one chakra lower with her louche and literate stories. She's been published in Nerve, Bust, Glamour, Gotham, and others and performed all over NYC, from KGB to the Gotham Comedy Club. She's writing a book called No Touching, about a very special housecleaning service.

Rob Gorden is a writer, actor and when his child permits, comedian. He was one half of the award winning musical comedy duo "The Rob and Mark Show." He co-hosted Spike TV's Geek Ray Vision and was featured on The Food Network's Heavyweights. Rob has been seen on Showtime's The Big C, USA Network's Royal Pains, Comedy Central, Nick at Night, Oxygen and The Onion News Network.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, New York Press, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s This American Life, and has columns in & He was featured on TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story. His first book of photographs, River-to-River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle, will be published by YBK Publishers in September 2012.

Lianne Smith's music dispenses with a panoramic shot in favor of zooming in on the bee and flower. She writes grown-up songs about architecture, thieves, bicycles, the end of summer, and two roads that diverge in a wood. Her amazing new CD Two Sides of a River is a classic.

Tami Yellin traded silver options on the floor of the COMEX when it was still in the World Trade Center then changed careers to become a TV writer. She’s written for CBS, Nickelodeon and Disney and taught television writing at NYU for 14 years. She performed in the Moth Grandslam this July. But her proudest achievements are her four sons, no twins; she pushed them all out separately. They’re all teenagers now, so they don’t speak to her anymore, but she has faith that when the puberty thing is over, they will again... speak.

$8.00 includes a drink

Nicky Schrire, host

Roz Corral, vocals;  Judi Silvano, vocals;  Boris Kozlov, bass;  Alan Broadbent, piano;  Ben Allison, bass;  Frank Kimbrough, piano
VOXIFY: Roz Corral (8:30 p.m.) and Judi Silvano (10:00 p.m.) image

Find out why pianist Fred Hersch calls Roz Corral “..the real deal,” and singer Mark Murphy (who is often in her audience) says “Roz always goes to the heart of the song.” Best described as a traditional vocalist, Jazz Review writes “While the songs are familiar, her sprightly interpretations dance over our old notions of how they should be sung.” Noted for her repertoire of the classic combined with the off-beat, her performances are often described as “authentic,” “evocative” and “soulful.” It is this combination that has attracted some of the best instrumentalists to her bandstand. Tonight she shares the stage with the two extraordinary, Grammy-winning musicians: Boris Kozlov, bassist and Musical Director for the Mingus Big Band, and pianist-composer-arranger Alan Broadbent, who has long been a major force in the jazz world whether it was accompanying Irene Kral on some of the most exquisite vocal albums ever recorded, contributing arrangements to Natalie Cole, or most recently the beautiful orchestrations to Paul McCartney’s latest CD, or performing with Charlie Haden’s Quartet West.

Judi Silvano is a respected musician and vocal improviser who has been on the NY scene since the 1980’s. Vocalist Dianne Reeves said “The joy of singing is an essential ingredient in vocal music-making and this joy comes through in every note that Judi Silvano sings.” Her imagination is evident on ten recordings as a Leader including her latest INDIGO MOODS, which features a relaxed Silvano interpreting her favorite jazz classics in the intimate Trio setting of piano and trumpet. For this set at Cornelia St. Café she reunites with longtime colleagues Frank Kimbrough and Ben Allison for a creative reading of favored Standards and Original songs. Silvano has toured and recorded with Kenny Werner, Mal Waldron, Michael Abene and Joe Lovano among others, has been featured with big bands in the US and Europe often with new arrangements of her Originals, and just returned from teaching at the prestigious Vallekilde Jazz Workshop outside of Copenhagen, Denmark. Two of Judi’s Chamber Music compositions were chosen for a concert this year at NYC’s Symphony Space, she has been voted Top Ten Jazz Vocalist in Down Beat’s Readers Polls 4 times, awarded 3 Grants from Meet the Composer and NY State Council on the Arts, and Best Jazz Vocalist in the Hudson Valley. Silvano also leads Vocal Master Classes and practices her lifelong passion for painting and gardening.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday Sep 12
Maria Arrillaga

Poetry & Prose: Flamingos en San Juan/Flamingos in Manhattan image
Flamingos en San Juan/Flamingos in Manhattan

Angelo Verga, Alice Denham, Trina Porte, Maria Arrillaga,

Dolores Walker, Joshua Skolyszewski, Nita McDonough,

Karen Noble, Hamlet Zurita, Madeline Millán

Caroline Thomas, Sara DelRosso

$ 8 includes a drink

André Matos, guitar;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Inner Circle Music Festival: ANDRÉ MATOS Quartet image
The distance between modern post-bop sounds and free jazz suffused with high-tech experimentalism narrows significantly on the 2010 album Quare from André Matos, guitarist and Portuguese native and a resident of New York. Released on Greg Osby’s label, Inner Circle Music, Quare is Matos’s third album as a leader, and it features his spectral playing in various musical settings with accompaniment from some of the top young jazz artists on the scene today. Moving to New York in 2008, Matos has been performing and recording with Sara Serpa, Greg Osby, Thomas Morgan, Noah Preminger, George Garzone, Mikado Lab and João Lencastre among many other international artists.

¨Matos is a free thinker-- All About Jazz

$10 cover pluse $10 minimum

Tammy Scheffer, voice;  Andrew Urbina, alto sax;  Dan Pratt, tenor sax;  Chris Ziemba, piano;  Daniel Foose, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Inner Circle Music Festival: TAMMY SCHEFFER BAND image
Vocalist, bandleader and composer Tammy Scheffer has been performing with her sextet to growing audiences in the last few years, bringing her pure, instrument-like voice and unique arrangements to stages across the Northeast. Tonight the sextet will play music from their first album for Inner Circle Music, “Wake Up, Fall Asleep”, as well as newer compositions.

"Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation"-- Andrea Canter,

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 13
Kate Gale, host

Dick Allen David Lehman Craig Morgan Teicher Rodney Wittwer
Red Hen Press: Poetry Reading image
Please join Red Hen Press editor Kat Gale for a whirlwind fall reading

Dick Allen’s numerous poetry collections include Present Vanishing: Poems and Ode to the Cold War: Poems New and Selected. He has won the Robert Frost Prize for Poetry,the Hart Crane Poetry Prize, the Union League Civic & Arts Foundation Poetry Prize, the May Caroline Davis Poetry Prize from the Poetry Society of America, the San Jose Bicentennial Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

David Lehman is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Yeshiva Boys, When a Woman Loves a Man; and The Evening Sun and The Daily Mirror: A Journal inPoetry. Lehman’s numerous honors and awards include fellowshipsfrom the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and theIngram Merrill Foundation, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. On faculty at both the New School and New York University, he lives in New York City.

Craig Morgan Teicher is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. His work includes a book of poems, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, a collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book and the forthcoming To Keep Love Blurry: Poems. He is Director of Digital Operations and Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, a poetry editor of The Literary Review, a contributing editor of Pleiades, and a Vice President of the National BookCritics Circle. He also teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children.

Rodney Wittwer is a native of Wisconsin, who received an M.A. from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University,and has lived in the Boston area since 1983. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, DIAGRAM, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Literary Review, Memorious, Pleiades, Ploughshares, and VerseDaily, among others. He is the recipient of a 2012 Artist Fellowship inPoetry from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Gone & Gone is his first book, published by Red Hen Press in September 2012.

$8.00 includes a drink

Sara Serpa, voice;  André Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
Inner Circle Music Festival: Sara Serpa Quintet image
A native of Lisbon, Portugal, Serpa has been turning heads with her unique and innovative approach to jazz singing.After coming to the world's attention as a member of Greg Osby's group in 2008, and further establishing her credentials in duet with pianist Ran Blake on Camera Obscura, as well as with pianist Danilo Perez, in his most recent release Providencia, Serpa now sets off firmly on her own journey with a ravishing new release as the leader.

"My role is the one of a musician," Serpa says, "I don't have to be soloing all the time or just interpreting songs. Basically I want to be able to do with my voice what instrumentalists do with their instruments to use it, to sing, to be part of an ensemble. Every instrument has its own challenges or limitations, but the main goal is to be a complete musician, with good ears and a sense of rhythm, melody, and harmony. I just want to contribute what feels better for each tune and for the message I want to transmit with it."

" Ms. Serpa is a savvy and technically nimble young jazz singer. Her ensemble, featuring Kris Davis on piano and Andre Matos on guitar, advances her cause with sleek authority."-- NY Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jason Yeager, piano;  Danny Weller, bass;  Michael Gleichman, drums
Steeped in the jazz tradition while moving beyond boundaries of style/genre, the Jason Yeager Trio performs original music that is at once unique and accessible, featuring dynamic group improvisation and interplay. Yeager’s compositions draw on diverse influences ranging from Argentine folk music to 20th century "classical" music, while the band’s repertoire also includes unique covers of the music of Messiaen, the Beatles, and beyond. Pianist/composer Jason Yeager is a recording artist on the Inner Circle Music Label, through which he and the Trio released their debut CD, “Ruminations”, in 2011.

“Yeager’s recording ‘Ruminations’…ranks as one of 2011’s most impressive debuts.--The Boston Globe

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Inner Circle Music Festival: JASON YEAGER TRIO image
Sep 14
John McWhorter, host and musical director

John McWhorter and Friends: New Faces of 2012! image

When we started this series, we knew we would someday do a Cole Porter edition. The time came in July, and we were pleased to have one of the biggest audiences in our history. We liked the show so much we're doing it again for those of you who couldn't make it - our first repeat since our first show two Januaries ago. Please join us for an hour of Porter songs you may not have heard, but that are lots of fun, lost only for chance reasons that need not prevent us from savoring Porter's musical and lyrical genius (beyond the twenty or so Greatest Hits). Most of our regulars will be with us, and about three of our songs have never been performed until our show. Porter and the New Faces "brand" work well together -- do come on down.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Petros Klampanis, bass;  Lefteris Kordis, piano;  Ziv Ravitz, drums
Inner Circle Music Festival: Petros Klampanis Trio image
"A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis garnered acclaim in his native Greece and throughout Europe before moving to New York in 2008. Now a member of Greg Osby's stable at Inner Circle, he makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual."Bill Milkowski, Jazztime

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Greg Osby, alto sax;  Sara Serpa, voice;  André Matos, guitar;  Jaeung Bae, piano;  Joe Lepore, bass;  John Davis, drums
Inner Circle Music Festival: Greg Osby image
Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. For over two decades Greg Osby has been at the forefront of modern jazz. As a composer and player he breaks new ground, challenging audiences and the establishment with his complex, propulsive, and ever-evolving music. Never one to mince words, Osby has built a reputation as a blunt spokesman willing to tell it like it is, whether discussing the state of art, his personal development, or the less appealing aspects of the music business. In 2008 Osby created the label Inner Circle Music, which allows him to formalize what he has been unofficially doing for many years, namely fostering the next generation of talent.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 15
Dean Kostos, host

Patricia Brody Charlie Guzman Barry Wallenstein Ruth Zamoyta
Kostos presents compelling poets, of an Attic disposition.

$ 8 includes a drink

Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Marc Copland, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and pianist Marc Copland have a musical association going back to the late 1970's in the Baltimore/Washington DC area. Eskelin and Copland shared the bandstand on many NYC gigs in the mid-eighties but have not performed together publicly since then. This performance will reunite Eskelin and Copland along with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Gerald Cleaver, who's musical associations run far and wide.

"An imaginative, daring improvisor...The tenor saxophonist favors long sinuous phrases with enough twists and turns to keep his solos in a state of surprise, and his edgy tone lets you know it's all animated by a cagey authority" --The Village Voice

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 16
Emily Elizabeth, vocals;  Teriver Cheung, guitar;  and Monica Allison, guest vocalist
Emily Elizabeth Duo image
Emily Elizabeth, vocalist from the heart of the United States, was immersed in music from childhood. She studied classical piano and voice throughout her upbringing and was drawn to jazz after hearing Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band play at her tiny high school in Kansas.

In 2006 She began her collegiate music studies in classical piano at the University of Kansas, and began studying voice exclusively shortly after. Living close to the famed Kansas City, Emily performed anywhere she could and drove late nights just to hear local Kansas City musicians. While studying at the University of Kansas Emily had the opportunity to study with Jazz pianists Wayne Hawkins and Dr. Ben Markley.

In the fall of 2009 Emily moved to the jazz capitol of the world, New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has studied with Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson and Amy London as well as worked with Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin. Some of Emily Elizabeth's appearances include the Garage Restaurant, NY, NY Kenny's Castaways, NY, NY and Miles' Cafe, NY, NY.

$8.00 includes a drink

Billy Newman, host

Rogerio Souza, guitar;  Billy Newman, guitar;  Leonardo Lucini, bass;  Ranjan Ramchandani , percussion;  Dennis Lichtman, mandolin, clarinet
New Brazilian Perspectives: Rogerio Souza image
Brazilian 7 string guitarist Rogerio Souza is back for a 3rd year at Cornelia Street Cafe as part of his Tour of the USA. He will be joined by Guitarist Billy Newman, Bassist Leonardo Lucini , Percussionist Ranjan Ramchandani and Mandolin/Clarinet Dennis Lichtman for an exhilarating show of his own Sambas and Choros, the Brazilian Compositions of Billy Newman plus the music of Baden Powell and Pixinguinha amongst other classic composers. The music is modern, intricate, human, romantic, the highest Brazilian aesthetic,right here in the heart of Greenwich Village

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 17
Ted Jonathan, host

Matthew Yeager Lauren Schmidt Tony Gloeggler
$ 8 includes your first drink
Oscar Noriega, woodwinds;  Stephanie Griffin, viola;  Carl Maguire, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Carl Maguire, Far From Almost Always image
The premiere of Far From Almost Always, composed by Carl Maguire for Floriculture. Performing in New York City for over a decade, Floriculture has developed a kaleidoscopic and tactile sound in its rhythmically sensuous music. The band's sound comes from Maguire's involved compositions being realized by the rarefied musicianship of the members, Stephanie Griffin, Oscar Noriega, John Hebert, Dan Weiss, and Carl Maguire. The musicians have a fluid sensitivity to create a musical space where sound magnifies, stretches, and churns our perceptions. "The most astonishing aspect of the music is its great musical vision and coherence... It is nothing you've heard before, a wonderful mix of many known things, but then just not. It is different, and no matter how much you listen to it, you will discover new things." (Stef Gijssels)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 18
Colette Inez and Barbara Truncellito: A Poetry Reading image

Colette will be reading from her new collection, Horseplay as well as from her other work.

Barbara will be reading from In Tribes of Running Rain as well as from her other work.

$8.00 includes a drink

Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Ellery Eskelin , tenor sax;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums
Harris Eisenstadt and September Trio image
September Trio began at the invitation of Pedro Costa when he curated The Stone summer 2010. Their first recording (Clean Feed, 2011) ended up on numerous top ten lists. They're leaving for a ten-day Europe tour the day after this Cornelia concert, and recording the second record in Portugal at the end of the tour for a spring 2013 release.

"It’s unlikely that there’s ever been a CD quite like this one... the performances here are at a remarkably high level... tremendous cumulative power, testimony to Eisenstadt’s gifts as an orchestrator, whether composing or playing percussion."" --Stuart Broomer, New York City Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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