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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

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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

Sep 06
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Don't the first class of the fall semester

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

All are welcome.

Diane Moser, piano;  Mark Dresser, bass
Diane Moser & Mark Dresser: cd release, “Duetto” image Dennis Connors
Diane Moser and Mark Dresser return to celebrate the release of their new recording “Duetto” on CIMP Records. “There is a simpatico going on here that navigates the sublime. These two musicians seem to live in each others heads, because everything is perfectly balanced--from the tune authorship to the remarkably even distribution of melodies and solos. Heady, serious fun. Highly recommended. “--Robert Bush, San Diego Reader, 4/12/2012

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Diane Moser, piano;  Anton Denner, alto saxophone, clarinet;  Ben Williams, trombone;  Mark Dresser, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums
Diane Moser Quintet “Music for the Last Flower” image Dennis Connors
Commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation program, and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Diane Moser's composition is inspired and based on the illustrated story by James Thurber, The Last Flower. This project is supported by the American Music Center’s and New Music USA’s CAP Recording Program, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

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Sep 07
Kat Georges, host

Barbara Ann Branca, Featured Poet;  Mitch Cohen, Guest Poet
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Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 8 includes a drink

Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Jason Rigby Quartet image
Tenor saxophonist / composer Jason Rigby is known for his compelling inside-outside style of improvising. An earthy voice that deftly combines many influences, Rigby's unique and un-compromised approach to playing the saxophone has earned him international recognition and respect by critics and musicians as both a leader and a sideman. Tonight he presents an explosive new ensemble of like-minded improvisers who, on the fly, spin poetically melodic lyricism and dynamic energy.

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Sep 08
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Francesca Maxime Frank Perero
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

Featured writers

Francesca Maxime, a weekday anchor with Ebru TV; her first poetry collection, Rooted, will be published by NYQ Books in October.

Frank Perero’s first collection of poems Drive through the Night will be published in December; the title poem and others were recently published by Dublin-based Seven Tower Press in the anthology Census 3.

$8.00 includes a drink

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Nasheet Waits, drums
TONY MALABY Paloma Trio image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a trio of omni directional improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.

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Sep 09
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Carl Hart Dorian Devins

Our program this month brings together a leading researcher on addictive behavior with a songwriter and singer addicted to making music. Music draws us in, gives us a spiritual high, and so does science. But is that just loose talk, or does our dependence on music –those earbuds! – have a kinship to much more destructive substance abuse?

Come hear Carl Hart from Columbia University talk of his forthcoming book and his work on methamphetamine. Dorian Devins comes to us from, of course, Hell’s Kitchen – hear her every Friday at the Linc on W. 42nd -- to bring us her remarkable new jazz songs. She will feature music from her forthcoming album, The Procrastinator.

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Jean Rohe, host

Skye Steele, violin;  Aram Bajakian, guitar;  Josh Myers, bass;  John Hadfield, drums
Global Living Room: Skye Steele's Railroad Rodia image Sebnem Tasci
When Skye Steele was almost three years old, his grandma asked him to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for a luncheon of the United Methodist Ladies of Paris, Tennessee. He doesn't actually remember the gig, but she insists he nailed it. That same year his mother began teaching him how to play the violin. Fifteen years later Skye moved to New York City to pursue a Nobel Prize in Literature, but quickly found that his fiddle was a better way to make a living. In the decade since, curiosity and the fiddle have lead him on exploratory trips from the backstreets of Istanbul to the mangroves of Brazil and back home to work with musicians ranging from Anthony Braxton to Willie Nelson. With Railroad Rodia, Skye considers all of this territory to be in-bounds, and the band joyfully ranges from thorny punk-jazz explosions to tottering dances and lyrical incantations. This music is about beauty that is unexpected and inexplicable.

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Sep 10
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )

Zack Brock, violin;  Rubin Kodheli, cello;  Steve Hudson, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums
Classical At The Cornelia: Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble image

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble morphs jazz, classical chamber music, and indie rock music into one exciting, individual sound and has enthralled audiences from around the globe.

Their music has been called: “so disarmingly fun that it’s impossible to resist...a good-naturedly eclectic mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge” (Lucid Culture), “a collection of little gems” (All About Jazz), and “exquisitely beautiful compositions…there is a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters (Keyboard Magazine).”

Zach Brock is a rising star in NY and has performed and recorded with Stanley Clarke, Phil Markowitz, Jack DeJohnette, and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, while Rubin Kodheli has worked with the Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble, and composed music for film/tv such as HBO’s True Blood, and the film Precious. Michael Sarin performs with forward looking artists such as Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Ben Allison, and David Krakauer. Steve Hudson has worked with Steven Bernstein, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas, Claire Daly, and has performed at Lincoln Center and around the globe with SHCE and other projects. Over the summer Hudson toured the west coast of the US with Claire Daly Quartet performing the music of Thelonius Monk.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 11
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

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.

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.

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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

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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,

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