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Sep 19
P J Escobio, host

Shakespeare Anyone? image
Blood Ties!

Starring: Amanda Barron, P. J. Escobio, Shad Ramsey, and Carey Van Driest

The Family is ever present in the work's of Shakespeare, and that is the theme our players tackle tonight

The second family in Denmark, Polonius and his children

The Bastard's in King John and King Lear

Hero, Beatrice, and Leonato discussing marriage

Leontes and Paulinas confrontation over his daughter from The Winter's Tale

The Capulet's laying down the law to their only daughter Juliet

The banishment of the cousins in As You Like It

The Duke of York's most confusing claim to the throne

And as always a surprise or two!

One Night Only!!

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jay Clayton, vocals;  Jack Wilkens, guitar;  Jay Anderson, bass
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There is no instrument as expressive as the human voice. Jay Clayton has made it her life’s work to innovate and push the limits of herinstrument. The Peace Of Wild Things finds Clayton contemplating the words of some legendary poets, most notably e.e. cummings, in the most personal way, just her voice with electronic manipulation.

Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and ducator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. In 1963 she began her career performing the standards on the vibrant New York music scene. However, she quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement. Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of electronics.

“Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles…her musicianship is impeccable." Francis Davis, Downbeat

“As far as vocal innovation goes, Jay Clayton is precariously on the cutting edge.” Fred bouchard, Jazz Times

“More than 20 years after her debut recording All Out, Clayton is still the most adventurous singer in jazz, a specialist in wordless improvisation who’s also expert in distending and finding new meanings in the melodies and lyrics of classic popular songs." Francis Davis, The Village Voice, July 14, 2004
 Cover $10

Sep 20
Ted Jonathan, host

Talia Bloch Jenna Le Ted Jonathan
New York Quarterly image
New season, same great program from a fine literary journal and its recent contributors.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Carmen Lynch, comedian;  Michelle Collins, from VH1;  Carla Rhodes, ventriloquist;  Tom McCaffrey, rapper ;  Nick Turner, comedian
Pat Dixon hosts Carmen Lynch, Michelle Collins, Carla Rhodes, Tom McCaffrey and Nick Turner.
Cornelia Tonight with Pat Dixon is the city's best showcase of fresh and established talent. Dixon brings together a hot and peculiar mix of stand-up, music and "other" and delivers the eclectic goods in his own sweet and surly way. One of the real "don't-miss" events on your calendar, you can only see this show in New York and only at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen)
Michelle Collins (VH1 Best Week Ever, Chelsea Lately, Martini Minute)
Ventriloquist Carla Rhodes (Late Show with David Letterman, Positively 5th Street, New York Magazine)
Rapper Tom McCaffrey (Premium Blend, The Huffington Post, Comedy Central)
Nick Turner (College Humor, The Comedy Nerds, Too Cool For School)
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

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Sep 21
Ice, host

Uphook Press image
"Poetry taken to the edge and back round again"

Uphook Press celebrates the publication of its latest anthology hell strung and crooked. Based in New York City, Uphook Press specializes in work by poets and spoken word artists who love both the ink and the mike.

Featuring Joseph Fritsch, Christian Georgescu, Robert Gibbons, Deborah Hauser, Bob Quatrone, Francesca Sphynx, Gregory Vincent St. Thomasino, John J. Trause, Geoffrey Kagan Trenchard, Stephanie Valente, Jacob Victorine.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Julie Hardy, Host

Sara Serpa, vocals;  André Matos, guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Ben Street, bass;  Marcus Gilmore, drums
Blue Tuesdays:Sara Serpa image
Born in Lisbon, Sara Serpa is currently living in New York, this being her 5th year in the United States. Her reputation as an innovative vocalist, improviser, and composer, has been growing for the past couple of years, since she initiated a collaboration with alto-saxophonist Greg Osby, with whom she recorded his latest album “Nine Levels” and performed at the Village Vanguard. Sara Serpa has recently recorded with Danilo Perez for his new release "Providencia" and, a duo album with Ran Blake "Camera Obscura". Serpa has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe. Serpa has performed in such venues as The Village Vanguard, The Jazz Standard, The Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Panama Jazz Festival, Hot Clube de Portugal, Centro Cultural de Belem Teatro S Luiz, Casa das Mudas ,Regatta Bar, Ryles Jazz Club, Berklee Performance Center, Jordan Hall ,Kennedy Center, Blues Alley.

Among her collaborations are Ran Blake, Danilo Perez, Ben Street, John Hebert, Thomas Morgan, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding, John Lockwood, André Matos, Jesse Chandler, Ferenc Nemeth, Matt Pavolka, Pete Rende, Kris Davis, Logan Richarson, Nick Falk, Peter Slavov, Aruan Ortiz, Leo Genovese, Albert Sanz, Masa Kamaguchi, Vardan Ovsepian and Greg Osby. The press describes her as “Unique beyond words” Boston Globe, “the freshest voice on the scene” All About Jazz, and “a bright young Portuguese singer” New York Times.
 Cover $10

Wednesday Sep 22 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Fine poets perfectly presented by generous hosts.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jefferson Hamer Nina Violet Rusty Belle
Mike & Ruthy's Folk City image
Mike + Ruthy's Folk City, the new 4th-Wednesday series at Cornelia Street Cafe, will debut with a festival-style evening of new talent! Rusty Belle, from Northampton, MA, will be bringing their backporch-slash-granny's-attic-inspired hootenanny, Brooklyn balladeer Jefferson Hamer will alternately shred and wail, and Nina Violet "a modern, funky Edith Piaf" will draw you into her beautiful world of indie folk. In a grand finale, they'll all join Mike + Ruthy on the cafe's small stage for what promises to be an epic jam. more info:// :// // //

reservations reccommended
 Cover $10

Sep 23
Madeline Millán, host

Students of Creative Writing programs, both NYU and City College (CUNY).
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Michael Blake, tenor saxophone;  Landon Knoblock, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
Michael Blake Quartet image
Michael Blake has been performing his music Internationally for over two decades and is a major creative force in contemporary jazz music. His distinctive saxophone playing has been documented with The Lounge Lizards, Steven Bernstein and Ben Allison. A consistently fearless and lyrical improviser, Blake’s original voice has earned him praise in Downbeat, The NY Times, Time Out NY and the Village Voice. A critically acclaimed composer with over 10 CD's under his own name, Blake isn't one to repeat him self and this new quartet continues a tradition of excellent ensembles. Fellow Canadians Michael Bates and Greg Ritchie and Floridian Landon Knoblock are rising stars themselves and bring a new light and excitement to Blake’s infectious arrangements.

"Mr. Blake, on tenor especially, is an endlessly engaging improviser, and an inquisitive one." Nate Chinen NY Times
 Cover $10

Sep 24
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

featured poet : Tony Gloeggler

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone;  Jochen Rueckert, drums;  Matt Penman, bass
John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet image
The John McNeil/Bill McHenry Quartet is celebrating the release of "Chill Morn He Climb Jenny," their second CD on the Sunnyside label. Their first CD, "Rediscovery," remains extremely popular, so the boys decided to create a marketing bonanza by hitting the public right between the eyes with another bang-up recording. The cover of their new CD even has a nude woman, historically a sure guarantee of platinum at the very least. John and Bill retain their eerie ESP-like ability to play together, and have fitted drummer Jochen Rueckert with a special electronic helmet so they can control him with their thoughts. The results are mind-blowing. (Bassist Matt Penman was born south of the equator and therefore cannot be controlled.)
 Cover $10
Sep 25
Andy Christie

PETER HYMAN, N.Y. Times; Author of The Reluctant Metrosexual;  LESLIE GOSHKO, Manhattan Monologue Champion;  COLIN DEMPSEY, ComedyLand;  STEVE ZIMMER, Moth Mainstage & GrandSlam Champion
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.

$15 includes a drink
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Russ Lossing, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Paul Motian, drums
Russ Lossing Trio image
New York based pianist, composer and improviser Russell Lossing has eight critically acclaimed albums as leader on HatHut Records, CleanFeed Records, Fresh Sound Records, Omnitone Records and Double Time Records. His Solo HatHut album “All Things Arise” was awarded top ten best album of the year in the Village Voice in 2006. His HatHut Cd 'As It Grows', with paul Motian, received 'Choc'(5 stars) in JazzMan Magazine and his "Change of Time" album (improvisations on Bartok's Mikrokosmos) was named Album Of The Decade by DownBeat Magazine(Dec. '09). Lossing's trio album 'Phrase Six' has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his CleanFeed disc ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser has been hailed a masterpiece by critics and musicians. Russ Lossing has performed throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada in jazz festivals, jazz clubs and universities, composed over 300 compositions and 21 film scores and has done live radio interviews and performances worldwide.

"The interaction between Russ Lossing (New York pianist, composer and music theorist) and legendary drummer Paul Motian, on Lossing's disc 'Dreamer', is an absorbing case study in two intellectual musicians with very different musical styles. Lossing approaches his piano solos by developing a single motive into a chorus-long tangling and untangling session (à la Rollins). While this style can often fall predictably short, Lossing's refined talents lead to some staggering improvised discoveries. Motian's drum theory, on the other hand, often aims to free itself from consistent motives and common phrases – to the invigorating delight of some and the "just-swing-already!" frustration of others. The combination of sophisticated motivic development from the pianist and playful unpredictability from the drummer leads to a clashing of improvisational styles. Lucky for us, it works. Eric Novod,

"As It Grows (Hat Hut Records) is the work of a gemcutter – brilliant and precise, all facets, angles and elegant internal symmetries. Most of the tracks are brief, and even on the two longer tracks (“Nagual” and “Verse”) one senses Lossing’s instinct for sculpted brevity. The key relationship here is between pianist and drummer: Motian is as always marvellous, at once brash and delicate." - Signal to Noise

"Russ Lossing is expert at using space, and in some ways is a step beyond Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett, although he is not particularly derivative of any earlier pianist. Lossing is influenced by modern classical music to an extent but his playing is not unremittingly atonal. Instead, he leaves his impressionistic music open to all possibilities, mostly emphasizing dramatic ideas and unexpected silences." All Music Guide
 Cover $15

Sep 26
Beth Bosworth, host

Anna Ziegler Anne Pierson Wiese Marc Jaffee
Anne Pierson Wiese’s first collection, Floating City, published by Louisiana State University Press, received the Academy of American Poets Walt Whitman Award. Honors include a Fellowship in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a “Discovery”/The Nation poetry prize. Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Literary Imagination, Raritan, Epoch, Hotel Amerika, Image, and The Hopkins Review. Her poems have been featured by Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, and Poetry Daily.

Anna Ziegler is a playwright and poet who graduated from St. Ann’s in 1997. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry 2003, The Threepenny Review, Arts & Letters, The Mississippi Review, The Saint Ann’s Review and many other venues. Her play Photograph 51 will be produced this October and November in NY at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Other of her plays have been or will be produced at theaters in London, Los Angeles, the Berkshires and Washington DC.

Marc Jaffee recently received his MFA from Washington University. His work has been published in The Best American Poetry, Hanging Loose, The Brown Literary Review, Storyscape, and The Saint Ann’s Review.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Kevin Norton, vibraphone, percussion;  Connie Crothers, piano
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Tradition and Revolution …Grounded and Expansive …Decades of Experience and totally open to infinite spontaneity … “About the only predictable elements in the work of pianist/composer Crothers are honesty and originality.” Lois Moody, Jazz News.

Kevin Norton is one of the most valuable moving parts of downtown jazz.” The New York Times
 Cover $10

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