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* There is a one-drink
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Sep 12
Barbara Aliprantis

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month. FORMAT: Featured Teller(s)/Open Mic/Swap: 6 - 7 minute limit


Our one and only MARGARET DAWSON, Actress/Storyteller, tells stories “from the ages…to all ages…” Margaret is well known for her magnificent opus “What Happened? Hecuba Remembers,” the Trojan tragedy, as told by Priam’s Queen, as well as for her phenomenal acting abilities. But tonight she dips into her extensive repertoire and shares a tale guaranteed to satisfy one's appetite for a good story - well told!

TOM LISENBEE, recently retired symphonic musician, now devotes his time to his other great passions, writing poetry, prose and "telling" stories center stage. His work has appeared in Netzene Wilmington Blues, the Chapbook of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective, the Literary Gazette of the River Reporter Connection, and on-line at Rogue Scholars. in addition to “slamming” at the Bowery Poetry Club and The Smokinwordz in Sullivan, County. Tom has been a featured teller at Cornelia Street Cafe and other venues throughout New York City. If you've never seen Tom in action you are in for a real treat.

Over the past ten years countless professional storytellers have been featured and aspiring tellers have swapped. As we walk into our eleventh season, we welcome newcomers to step up to our MIC.

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Ross Bennett Rick Overton Kirsten Schaal Keith Farnan John Femia Rock Albers
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .
 Cover $10
Wednesday Sep 13 6:00PM  POETRY & DANCE
Evie Ivy, host

"Dance of the Word: Images of Far and Near," in poetry, dance and song with:

Evie Ivy & Bellydancers, Sheryl Helene Simler, Richard Marx Weinraub, Charles Ricciardi, Madeline Artenberg & Jay Chollick.
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Sean Grissom Yoshi Kikkawa
Sean Grissom “The Cajun Cellist” & Yoshi Kikkawa “The Samurai Cellist”

Proving that you can NEVER have enough CELLO! – Yoshi and Sean bring two players, with two unique styles - separately and together, on one stage for a truly memorable evening of music making. Each performer is internationally recognized for their passionate and exciting live presentations, and after hearing them alone, be prepared for their collaborative efforts that will leave the listener clamoring for more. With area performances, a recent concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and an upcoming tour of Japan, they are very excited to bring their ‘summit’ to the Cornelia Street Café.

Sean Grissom – “The Cajun Cellist” “ He plays a wicked hot, jazzy style of country, swing and, of course, Cajun”
- the New York Daily News

“His playing sent the audience wild. He moved from Bach through up-tempo jigs and foot stomping hillbilly brackets. He played all of these diverse pieces with amazing panache and seeming abandonment like the portrayal of the young Mozart in the film movie Amadeus”
 Cover $8

Sep 14
Bill Zavatsky, host

Jessica Greenbaum Kip Zegers

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
David Devoe, curator

JD Walter, vocals;  Orrin Evans, piano;  Donald Edwards, drums;  Mark Kelly, bass
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“vocalist JD Walter displayed a talent for scat singing that rivals the best in jazz history”
-The Chestnut Hill Local (Philly, Pa)-Michael Caruso

"The guy is like an instrument-a phenomenon!!"
Dave Liebman

"The really important thing is that starting from the first sound, JD captures the listeners’ attention and now they completely belong to him."
Maria Panteleyeva Poinyl Jazz Report, Nizhniy Novogorod, Russia

"He does to a song what Betty Carter did, making it uniquely his own.Walter is a natural who has 'can't miss' written all over him."
-Frank Rubolino Cadence magazine

Compared to jazz greats Betty Carter, Nat Cole, Nina Simone, and Milton Nascimento, vocalist and scat sensation J.D. Walter has become a singular phenomenon on the music scene. Respected and lauded by the great musicians of the contemporary circuit, J.D. has shared the stage with many legendary artists including: saxophonist Dave Liebman, singer/songwriter Bob Dorough, trumpeter Nicholas Payton, pianist Jean-Michel Pilc, saxophonist Bill Evans, bassist John Benitez, singer Mark Murphy, drummers Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, Bill Goodwin, Billy Hart, trumpeter Randy Brecker, singer Miles Griffith, and Poet Sonia Sanchez.
 Cover $10

Sep 15
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight's feature, Tony Lombardi, an actor, a poet, and the the lead singer of the band THE SYSTUM, Tony will be performing pages taken from his book, titled MY BOOK, that should hopefully hit the stores sometime before the RAPTURE.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

George Garzone, saxophone;  Pete Zimmer, drums;  John Sullivan, bass
Sep 16
Dean Kostos, host

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Ben Waltzer, piano;  Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Ben Waltzer group image
“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10

Sep 17
Chris Belden, host

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Ray Anderson, trombone;  Jakob Munck, tuba & sousaphone;  Stefan Pasborg, drums
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The legendary American trombonist Ray Anderson in interplay with one of the leading young drummers from Europe, Stefan Pasborg, and the super intense and energetic sousaphonist, Jakob Munck!
The trio will perform originals from all three musicians combined with classics from the 20th century. With the main focus on the energy, this trio makes thetrip all the way to the outskirts and back with their swingin’ soundscapes. The trio is gathered in New York to record an album, and they’ll finish the session with a concert at Cornelia Street Café!
This is a ones-in-a-lifetime chance to get this trio to a club in New York!

“For everyone who appreciates drums and percussion at their best, listen closely to Stefan Pasborg’s work and be amazed" -
-, USA 2005.

"The revelation of the set was undoubtedly the young drummer Stefan Pasborg"
- The Wire Magazine, UK 2005
 Cover $8

Sep 18
Ted Jonathan, host

Shelley Stenhouse Kurt Brown Savonna Cornick
Three poets read work for and from our favorite poetry journal.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Emilio Solla, piano & composition;  Paplo Aslan, bass;  Franco Pinna, drums;  VIctor Pietro, accordion
Emilio Solla & The NY Jazz-Tango GROUP image
This outstanding argentinian pianist and composer, considered one of the most creative musicians of the post-Piazzolla generation, blends modern tango and folk music from Argentina with jazz in a completely new and creative way. With four CDs as band leader for the prestigious Fresh Sound Records label, he has recorded with Jorge Rossy (Brad Meldhau trio), Chris Cheek and Omer Avital. Touring in clubs and festivals all around Europe and Japan, he now presnts his music in NYC for the first time, with a stunning quintet featuring musicians as bassist Pablo Aslan (Paquito D`Rivera, Lalo Schiffrin, Joe Lovano).

“Every once in a while appears music of such accomplishment and beauty that it completely transcends boundaries of style or culture to become an instant classic. Sentido, the gorgeous new record by Argentinean pianist Emilio Solla and his group Afines, contains such music. Simply one of the best jazz albums of the year”
(All About Jazz, NY)
 Cover $10

Sep 19
Stanley Richardson, host

 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Amir Bey, costumes, masks, set design;  Saco Yasuma, compositions, reeds, percussion;  Lou Grassi, drums;  Ras Moshe, reeds;  Chris Sullivan, bass;  Dave Ross, guitar
Synergy is a high-energy free-style Jazz band, the innovative collaboration between sculptor/designer Amir Bey and musician/composer Saco Yasuma. The musicians wear masks and original prints on costumes designed by Bey. Bey's set design often combines long sheets of silkscreen prints on fabric, and suspended mobile-like percussive instruments. Yasuma's unique compositions range from the forceful to the contemplative. Synergy's personnel includes Ras Moshe, Dave Ross, Chris Sullivan, and Lou Grassi. This formidable ensemble is known for its power and fearless approach to music. Synergy's concept is based on weaving the visual and audio arts; the sounds and movements of the musicians are visually enhanced, and the audio uses of visual art are explored.

"Avant - Jazz altoist Saco Yasuma has a theatrical bent - her group Synergy often appears wearing festive robes and masks courtesy of Amir Bey. But she's not hiding anything; she's got a killer sound and soulful compositions."
Hank Shteamer, Time Out New York

"If you dig the jazz theatrics of the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and Sun Ra, then Amir's "Synergy" is your show. Great musicians in outrageous attire, musical notes that move around the stage as the music propels them, some kind of art utopia setting and jazz that will have your conciousness spinning... "Synergy" is a world apart, where music is language and the stage is a playground for the imagination."
Bob Holman, Artistic Director, Study Abroad on the Bowery

"A vibrant construct of sight and sound. SYNERGY is the right word to describe this "happening". While powerful on their own, the aural and visual elements seem to play off each other, creating a sum sensation that is greater than the individual parts." Rob Blumenthal,
Artistic Director, Harlem Meer Performance Festival
 Cover $10

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times