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Sep 13
Angelo Verga, host

Naturi Thomas Doug Collura Susan Scutti
Naturi Thomas, who writes fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry, has just signed with an agent to represent her memoir. One of the poems she'll be reading tonight will be featured in an upcoming issue of Barrow Street. She's currently a student at New School University, where she double majors in writing and increasing her student loan debt.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Luca Ciarla, violin & loop machine;  Keziat, visual arts
Luca Ciarla's FIDDLER IN THE LOOP image
Luca Ciarla comes on stage with his violin, a loop machine and the surprising video images made by Keziat. Music is the result of the superimposition of tracks recorded live and played by the loop machine. Many alter ego of the violinist that step by step adds new virtuosisms; music is never the same, absolutely unpredictable, in symbiosis with the visionary art of Keziat. “Luca Ciarla has wooed the classical, jazz and folk crowds with his originality.” Cover Magazine (Hong Kong)

Violinist, pianist and composer Luca Ciarla is one of the most original artists of his generation. His music digs its roots into contemporary jazz but takes color also from ethnic and classical music, giving life to a fascinating new acoustic sound.

A native of Termoli, Italy, Luca began playing violin and piano at the age of eight. By twelve he was studying at the conservatory and already exploring jazz and improvisation. He received the “Diploma di Violino” in 1993 and then studied at the Fiesole School of Music and the European Community’s Music School of Saluzzo. In 1996 Luca moved to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree at the Indiana University, studying also jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona where he has taught violin and improvisation for several years. Winner of several competitions in Italy and abroad, in 1999 he has been awarded by New York-based Chamber Music America.
 Cover $10

Sep 14
Tulis McCall, host

An open mic for actors, playwrights, and other stage struck performers, fast paced and fun.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jed Distler, host

Stephanie Kai-win Saar Ahuvia Joshua Fried Jed Distler
Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

The Stephanie & Saar DUO return for a Serial Underground residency, with works ranging from Conlon Nancarrow’s wildest excursions to Bill Evans’ most urgently lyrical inspirations (piano duo).

No Soap Radio Wonderland features Joshua Fried with a Buick steering wheel and old shoes hit with sticks that control the audio processing as he turns live radio into recombinant funk, abetted by CCi Artistic Director Jed Distler unplugged at the Cornelia Street Café Yamaha “Grand Upright,” as he processes everything around him with brain, fingers, and the skin of his teeth (electro-acoustic improvisation).

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

Sep 15
Bob Quatrone, host

Among Bob's invited poets are Robert Gibbons, Eve Packer, Ocean Vuong, Madeline Artenberg, Iris N. Schwartz, Frank Simone, and Michael Cook.
 Cover $7
Sherry Weaver, host

Giulia Rozzi Katie Northlick Margot Leitman Nikole Beckwith Brian Longwell Margot Leitman
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

Wednesday Sep 16
Kate Gale, host

Red Hen Press image John Bowers
John Bowers, Kathleen Driskell, Annie Finch, Gary Lemons, and Deena Metzger.

A fine press & publisher from the left coast visits NYC with some of her most interesting writers in tow.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Valerie Ghent, host

Robert Hill Lauren Echo db leonard Jason Consolacion
The Songwriter's Beat image

Now in its 9th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted and founded by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Founded in 2000, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 270 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, France, the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Cuba and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

The Songwriter's Beat is honored to receive support from The ASCAP Foundation.

 Cover $10

Sep 17
Golda Solomon, host

Kathleen Sheeder, poetry;  DoubleSharps , jazz;  Rodger Lowenthal, poet;  Ernesto Lara, poet;  Adrienne Hernandez , poet
Po'Jazz image
The Brooklyn cowgirl returns with guests, and music & words.

Kathleen Sheeder, author of Slamming Open The Door ”.. A gift of power, truth, rage and beauty.” Sharon Olds

The jazz will be the DoubleSharps “The Double Sharps continue to wow with their commitment to keeping our music and history intact Doors Open at 5:30 and jazz begins at 5:45

Student price of 10$ (including a beverage) and 15$ for regular admission.

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

David Devoe, host

Sunny Kim, voice;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Brian Adler, drums;  Sara Serpa, voice;  Andre Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
Gnu Vox: Prana Trio featuring Ben Monder & Sara Serpa Band image
Prana is a Sanskrit word translating into breath, vital energy, or life force. Yet, its actual meaning goes beyond these descriptions; it is the primary energy of the universe.

Prana Trio was established to transfer this universal idea of breath into a format based around musical improvisation. Since 2003, the group has been dedicated to exploring original compositions and improvisations based on the texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kukai, Shankarcarya, Kabir, Issa as well as others. They have toured throughout the United States and Germany and have had the honor of playing with Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Dave Fiuczynski, and Stomu Takeishi. Described as "beautiful... magical..." by pianist Marilyn Crispell, the trio has released two albums on Circavision Productions: Pranam (2006) and After Dark (2004). Their third album is expected to be released in the winter of 2009.

"Like fine jewelers, Prana Trio craft's perfect settings for these poems." ~David Dupont, Cadence Magazine.

“The group is a nightmare journey from SoHo to Twin Peaks.” ~Ran Blake--pianist, writer of Primacy of the Ear.

Sara Serpa is a vocalist wielding an instrument as favorably unadorned and pure as any in jazz. She's the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment, not just because she's new to it at age 28. It's certainly not because of the way she delivers a lyric, since there usually aren't any. Being from Portugal is also irrelevant, for like much of the great jazz coming our way in the past few years from Lisbon, there is nothing overtly ethnic about the music; it's sensuous, transporting, sultry and warm.

A main reason is that with one recording in, she raises profound questions regarding the previous role of the vocalist in jazz. What's radical, is that it's not about the ridiculous chops or inhuman gymnastic training or trickery. She sings as an instrumentalist, as a member of an ensemble with a bold conception, moving seamlessly as would a saxophonist from melodist to soloist, or from a front line horn to an ensemble voice—not the star of some show. Serpa sounds as if she's talking right to you, even though she's singing, not just in terms of the intimacy quotient, but in terms of the actual sound of it—literally, she sounds as if she must sing whenever she speaks." (Phil DiPietro,All About Jazz)
 Cover $10

Sep 18
Kathi Georges, host

Edwin Torres
Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Tonight we feature the powerful Edwin Torres.

Edwin Torres is a highly respected New York-based spoken word poet known best for creating a movement which he called "Interactive Eclectrcism", which combines movement, audience participation, music and songs. Torres also created the "Poets Neurotica", where dancers and musicians performed alongside two to four poets. Torres has represented New York in the 1992 National Poetry Slam, and he has won the Nuyorican Poets Cafe First Annual Prize for Poetry with his poem "Po-Mo Griot". He has also appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged and the Charlie Rose Show and been featured on Newsweek, in Rolling Stone Magazine and in New York Magazine. His poem, "I Saw Your Empire State Building" was included in the book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam in the chapter which dealt with the poetry slam community's response to 9/11.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Rory Stuart, guitar & compositions;  Will Vinson, tenor saxophone;  Chris Smith, bass;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
The Rory Stuart Quartet   image
Described by JAZZ TIMES as “perhaps THE most innovative straight-ahead jazz guitarist to emerge in years,” Rory Stuart brings his quartet with saxophonist Will Vinson, acoustic bassist Chris Smith, and drummer Marcus Gilmore to the Cornelia Street Café on Friday, May 1, 2009.

Rory Stuart has performed as a sideman with a remarkable range of jazz artists, from Charlie Rouse to Errol Parker, Steve Coleman’s Five Elements with Cassandra Wilson and Geri Allen to the Cadence All Stars, and has led highly-praised Quartets of his own. For his complete bio, album reviews and photos, please visit

Check out also “So Rise Up,” the new release on SmartCatMusic. “rhythmic acrobats … tricky unison lines and extended, explorative solos… Combining the old and the new, and mixing it up just right” – Mark F. Turner “All About Jazz” (2008). Please join us!

cover $12/$9 w/ student ID

Sep 19
Dean Kostos, host

Nikos Alexiou Lisette Martinez Jackie Morfesis Sylvia Mouzourou
Our great & good friend Dean Kostos kicks off another season at the cafe with a quartet of poets 7 writers.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
John O'Gallagher, saxophone;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Jeff Williams, drums
John O'Gallagher Trio: CD Release for <i>Dirty Hands</i> image
You always get your hands dirty with hard work and indeed the John O'Gallagher Trio does just that.

The music played by the alto saxophonist, with Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Jeff Williams on drums, is one of effortless beauty as a result of years of working together. For O'Gallagher, a composition is much more than a vehicle to improvise on; it is the source of the improvisation. Whether playing free improvisations or original compositions, the truth is that everything here is meticulously structured.
So, we have a composer in the good-old Duke Ellington way: he writes for the musicians who play with him, partly knowing by anticipation what to expect, and partly challenging them (and himself) to always go further. Very influenced by contemporary classical music, its solutions and ideas are used by the leader of this trio with a nod to the past in a genre known for its assimilation of elements coming from other musical languages. O'Gallagher speaks of 'opening new doors', and that's something jazz always did. Another particularity of this music is its visual character - the pieces function audibly like moving abstract images. The sense of space, line, color and density we find in painting is what this band translates to the art of sounds. "There definitely are parallels in painting and playing. When I improvise and compose, I'm influenced by a visual sense of trying to create objects and color," John O'Gallagher said in an interview to All About Jazz. "Dirty Hands" is the clear confirmation of that statement and is a recording not to be missed.
 Cover $10

Sep 20
Wayne Miller Mario Bibbins
Mark Bibbins is the author of two collections of poems, The Dance of No Hard Feelings (Copper Canyon, 2009) and the Lambda Award-winning Sky Lounge. A former New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, his work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Tin House, Boston Review, New England Review, Legitmate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and two editions of The Best American Poetry. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School and Columbia University.

Wayne Miller is the author of two poetry collections, The Book of Props (Milkweed, 2009) and Only the Senses Sleep (New Issues, 2006), and the forthcoming chapbook O City (Cinematheque, 2009). He is also coeditor of New European Poets (Graywolf, 2008) and translator of Moikom Zeqo's I Don't Believe in Ghosts (BOA, 2007). He lives in Kansas City and edits Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Andrew Green, guitar;  Noah Preminger, tenor saxophone;  JC Sandford, trombone;  Russ Johnson, trumpet;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  Mike Sarin, drums
ANdrew Green sextet: CD Release for <i>Narrow MArgin</i> image
Narrow Margin is the title of a 1952 B-movie noir, and film noir is used as a loosely unifying thread for the group. The music is not based on noir soundtracks however; it is a diverse group of compositions that draw from lyrical jazz, free jazz, bebop, a smattering of rock, cop show themes and the lone cover tune "Taxi Driver" by Bernard Herrmann. The writing and the solos are woven into a unified whole designed to keep the listener engaged and surprised.

the compositional skill displayed by the sonic brush Green paints the tunes with will make you soon realize that your ears are in the presence of a master! ...this is high talent playing that will be enjoyed by jazz listeners of all stripes on through the next couple of decades! I give this one a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
- Dick Metcalf- zzaj.freehostia

Narrow Margin is hard-edged music about hard-edged cinema and, like the best noir characters, the music packs a wallop. ...Green's compositions have got all the stopping power of a blazing Tommy Gun.
- J Hunter - all about
 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