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Sep 07

Robin Hirsch, host

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.
Matt Clohesy, bass;  Ted Poor, drums;  Chris Wicks, alto sax;  Eli Asher, trumpet;  Josh Rutner, tenor saxophone;  James Hirschfeld , trombone;  Red Wierenga, piano, accordion, respectronics
Respect Sextet image
The Respect Sextet, a New York-based free jazz ensemble, has been called “world-class jazz at its finest and freest” by City Newspaper.

Respect's latest CD is the live Respect In You, which received rave reviews from jazz magazines including Cadence, Paris Transatlantic, Exclaim! and Coda, and was listed in several as one of 2005’s ten best records.

“Forget about the wan, self-conscious eclecticism that’s the bane of the current jazz scene,” wrote Nate Dorward, “this is the real deal, burning hard and bright.”

Recent performances by the Respect Sextet include the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival, which performance All About Jazz-New York named as the best moment of the festival, and which City Newspaper called "a we-came, we-saw, we- conquered performance...Bravo!"

Respect's Cornelia Street appearance comes at the end of a tour which also includes shows in Toronto, Rochester, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids, and live on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio.

The Respect Sextet last played at Cornelia Street in June, when it played to an enthusiastic and packed house at a performance as part of the Bulgarian Seasons festival.

"We're looking forward to having a homecoming of sorts after our tour," said pianist Red Wierenga.
"We'll be playing some brand new music, and we're happy to have Chris Wicks join us for what promises to be a very special evening."
 Cover $10 www.bulgarianseasons.or


Sep 08

Jackie Sheeler

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

Tonight's feature, Reggie Marra.

"Thank God for Reggie Marra, who looks deeply and cares even more deeply about telling the truth. His poems are tributes to the nearly-invisible wounded and the honest humanity so many of us yearn for now." Naomi Shihad Nye
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM 

Skye Steele, violin;  Ben Holmes, trumpet & flugelhorn;  Ben Cassorla, guitar;  Mike Savino, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi,, drums/percussion;  Christian Howes Quartet Christian howes, violin;  Jason Lindner, organ;  Peter Retzlaff, drums;  Joel Newton, guitar
<br>Skye Steele quintet & <br>christian howes quartet image

9:00PM Skye Steele Quintet
10:30PM Christian Howes Group

The music of this band creates a bridge between Skye's eclectic experiences as a side-man and the strident individualism of his approach to the violin. His arrangements bring American popular songs of his own generation crashing head-on with influences ranging from Turkish Gypsy music, to Afro-Brazilian, to French Impressionism, all with a rigorous Modern Jazz aesthetic (he taps Simon and Garfunkel, Sesame Street, Satie, and Willy Wonka). Skye's own compositions combine driving, angular rhythms and darkly nuanced harmonies with an infectious sense of lyricism.

"the most fantastic violinist... the type of musician who made the violin trancend beyond all the classical music stereotypes into an ephemeral, personal space."
--Christopher Lehault,

"Steele makes his instrument sing joyously"
--Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine

--All About Jazz Magazine

Since moving to NYC almost 5 years ago, 34-yr old violinist from Columbus, Ohio, Christian Howes has made his presence felt in many pockets of the scene, playing with Les Paul, Frank Vignola, Akua Dixon, Steve Turre, Greg Osby, D.D. Jackson, Bill Evans, Joel Harrison, Dafnis Prieto, and many more. An eclectic player, Howes is comfortable in jazz styles from traditional to modern, but will feature his original music in an organ-based quartet at Cornelia St. on Sept 8th. Arguably one of the most prolific recording violinists of the last decade, Howes has 7 self-produced recordings to his credit, with a DVD due out this fall on Arkadia DVD.

"Not since Jean-Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz-tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority"
- Neal Tesser, Chicago Reader

"It used to be you could hardly find a good jazz violinist. Nowadays there are four or five really good players, but there is nobody better than this guy"
- Les Paul
 Cover $14

Sep 09
Maria Lisella & Jeanne Dickey, host

Italian American Writers Association, featured readers, Jane and Mark Ciabattari, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
9:00PM & 10:30PM 

Michael Moore, saxophones & clarinets;  Lindsey Horner, bass;  Michael Vatcher, percussion

Some consider Bob Dylan to be one of the most influential musicians of our era. His materials are traditional-song forms inherited from the blues and the music of the British Isles, and imagery inspired by the greatest writers of our culture. He has, however, found some very personal ways of combining sound and text: indeed, a great poet.

Jewels and Binoculars was born out of Lindsey Horner and Michael Moore’s mutual love of Dylan’s music. A few years ago, while living in Brussels, Belgium, Lindsey would get together with Moore and Michael Vatcher, longtime residents of Amsterdam, Holland, to explore that repertoire.

Interpreting the songs instrumentally, the trio uses the power of the tried and true folk song forms as the starting point for their improvisational flights, all the while keeping the power of the words and images fresh in mind.

Rather than guitar,voice and harmonica, the instrumentation relies primarily on the clarinet, bass clarinet or alto saxophone for the melody, the acoustic bass for the chords, and Michael Vatcher’s wide variety of percussion instruments for textural variation.

"Jewels and Binoculars is a surprising, effective tribute to the music of Bob Dylan, imbued with a lyrical sensibility but spiked with an array of hard-edged corners...A trio finding power in the interpretation of simple forms with thoroughly unsaccharine sweetness. The openness here never comes the easy way-three consummate stylists serving up sincerity with rough-hewn, hard fought rigor. Without qualification, this is a classic of a new century."
— Charles Walker, Sudden Thoughts

Sep 10
Kathleen Frazier

Kathleen Frazier Performs her one-woman show…


(Or What I Did on My Christmas Vacation)

…a coming of age story of a teenage sleepwalker, December 23, 1976-January 1, 1977, Middletown, USA

Adapted from her novel of the same title and Directed by Jacqueline Knapp.

Randy Ingram, piano;  Jeremy Udden, soprano & alto saxophones;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums
Randy Ingram/Jeremy Udden Quartet image
A first time collaboration between former classmates at the New England Conservatory, the Randy Ingram/Jeremy Udden quartet features the unique voices and compositions of two up and coming stars on the new york scene. Saxophonist Jeremy Udden has received critical acclaim as an improviser and composer for his debut record Torchsongs (Fresh Sound New Talent), and has developed an international following through his work with Boston's renowned Either/Orchestra. Pianist Randy Ingram is best known as the accompanist for acclaimed jazz vocalists Julie Hardy and Jack Donahue, and serves as Donahue's arranger and musical director. Ingram and Udden will be joined by Matt Clohesy on bass (Geoff Keezer) and young drumming prodigy Richie Barshay (Herbie Hancock).

"[Udden's CD] Torchsongs is a small wonder, full of color and daring."
- Jim Macnie, Village Voice

 Cover $8

Sep 11
Tulis McCall

The intrepid & talented actor/playwright Tulis McCall graces our stage with new work.

A reading by Tulis McCall, Kim Sykes, and Brenda Thomas.

Directed by Monica Anderson

Please come have dinner at the show. Performance starts promptly at 6:15.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

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
GNU VOX  Vocal series presents JD Walter image
“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

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Many spoken words events are free
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