See the previous week's performances.   February 14-February 21, 2012  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Feb 14 - 6:00PM 
Host: Tommy Pryor

Steve Northeast Jana Peri Daniela Schiller Katherine Wessling Nick Zaharakos
City Stories: Stoops to Nuts image
The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Like the troubadours of old, Steve Northeast has traveled the world singing his songs of life that tell honest tales. His first album, Inside, is filled with songs of despair and the hope that he saw everywhere trying to break through. Teaming up with renowned drummer, Carlos Aguiliar, and bassist Alejandro Haaker ~ the trio recorded, Another Day, a terrific sounding album that blends Steve’s intense lyrical content with exceptional musicianship.

Jana Peri is a NYC singer/songwriter/guitarist who fronts her own power pop/rock band. She was a winner of ROCKRGRL's Discoveries 2004 contest and has two critically acclaimed CDs: Catching Flies with Vinegar, produced by Daniel Rey (Ramones) and a self-titled EP. Singles include the irreverent I Hate the Holidays (But I Love Spending Them with You) and Gallery Whore, an ode to art gallery party hopping. Jana also enjoys hamming it up, performing with Loser's Lounge.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, 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 in Public TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story.

Daniela Schiller is a neuroscientist at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Her research focuses on painful emotional memories—and the possibilities of disarming them. She is the drummer in two band, The Amygdaloids, which plays original tunes about mind, brain and mental disorders, and Single White Band, a band of story-tellers playing fun music. Daniela has also been telling stories at The Moth and is two time Moth StorySlam winner.

Katherine Wessling’s stories have been heard at Moth Slams, the Next Chapter, You Went to College for That?, Purge, and on WNYC, and published in Have I Got a Guy for You, Speak, and Swing and at She’s also written for Marie Claire, Elle, CosmoGirl!, etc. She wrote the young readers’ book Backstage at a Movie Set and contributed to Women’s Wear Daily: 100 Years, 100 Designers. Katherine’s also an actor and improviser.

Nick Zaharakos, a short story writer, cooks up O'Henry-style New York tales that are flavored with a unique ethnic spice. He tells a mix of original stories that address social issues, and poignant family remembrances with universal themes. His work can be read on the web-site: Scroll down and click on the Fine Arts Icon for a complete biography.

$7 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Feb 14 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Jay Clayton, vocals;  John di Martino, piano

Julie Hardy Presents a Special Night of Vocal Jazz this Valentine's Day featuring Jay Clayton, with John di Martino at the piano.

Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, 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. Tonight she presents a special Harry Warren tribute and more.

“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

cover $25 (includes a glass of champagne)


Wednesday,  Feb 15 - 6:00PM 
Thomas Apple Mark Fischweicher N.M. Hoffman
Poets Thomas Apple, Mark Fischweicher, and Nancy Hoffman read old and new work. Come in out of the cold for a great evening of poetry!

$7.00 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Feb 15 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  Hans Glawischnig, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion;  Alex Kautz, drums
New Brazilian Perspectives:Helio Alves image
A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few. Helio has also released four albums under his own name: "Trios" (1998), "Portrait in Black & White" (2004), "It's Clear" (2009) and most recently, "Musica" featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Feb 16 - 6:00PM 
Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Akua Dixon, cello;  Andromeda Turre, vocals
Elektra Kurtis String Trio: Like Rocks in Clear Water image
An evening of music and poetry by The Elektra Kurtis String Trio

inspired by and dedicated to Christina Kurtis

"Christina Kurtis was a world class Greek mezzosoprano who's voice shook the glass of the windows when she sang. She was born in Alexandria, Egypt, where she grew up and met Yannis Kurtis. They travelled around Europe and in the 1950s found their home in Poland. In the 1960s through the 1980s, she was an opera soloist of the Grand Opera Theaters of Warsaw and Lódz in Poland. She was collaborating with the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, performing and recording his songs in Poland, when he was on exile from Greece. Her deep voice always rings in my head and I try to emmulate it on my violin. Christina Kurtis, my mother, was the strongest women I knew. She is my great inspiration." - Elektra.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 16 - 8:30PM 
Aruán Ortiz, piano;  Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Brad Shepik, guitar;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
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Aruán Ortiz, “the latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States” (BET Jazz), hit the ground running when he came on the American jazz scene in 2003. A former classically trained violist and pianist, is the Arranger of the Year 2011 according to Latin Jazz Corner. This Santiago de Cuba native’s sound is as marked by the influence of the contemporary classical composers such as Schoenberg, Ravel, and Copland as by traditional Afro Cuban sounds and jazz greats Bud Powell, Art Tatum, and Thelonious Monk.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Feb 17 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

Janet Hamill , Featured ;  & The Lost Ceilings, musicians
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

A strong proponent of the spoken word, Janet Hamill Hamill has read widely in NYC, across the country and in Europe at museums, venues and festivals such as St. Marks Church, The People’s Poetry Gathering, The Walt Whitman Cultural Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, The Rubin Museum, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Patti Smith’s Meltdown Festival in London. She has released two CD’s of spoken word and music in collaboration with the band Moving Star (Bob Torsello, Jay LoRubbio and Greg Feller, all members of the band Shrubs). Flying Nowhere (Yes No Maybe Records, 2000) was produced by Lenny Kaye; the CD featured cameo performances by Lenny Kaye and Patti Smith. Genie of the Alphabet (Not Records 2005), produced by Janet Hamill and Bob Torsello, featured cameos by Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith, Bob Holman and beat legend David Amram. Moving Star, now reconfigured as Lost Ceilings with new guitarist Mark McNutt, is presently developing material for their first CD.

$ 7 includes a drink

Friday,  Feb 17 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Jed Distler, piano
Jed Distler, Solo Piano. The Complete Works of Thelonious Monk image
Composer/pianist Jed Distler revisits his youthful jazz roots in an unprecedented solo piano tour-de-force encompassing every song written by the iconic Thelonious Monk, to mark the exact 30th anniversary of his death on February 17, 1982. The program lasts about two hours, including a short break.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 18 - 6:00PM 
Dean Kostos, host

Geordie Edel, ;  Lynn McGee George Wallace, ;  Vasiliki Katsarou
Another installment of one our longest running series, hosted by the incomparable Dean Kostos.

$7 includes a drink

Saturday,  Feb 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
John McNeil, trumpet;  Bill McHenry, tenor sax;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Matt Penman, bass;  Diego Voglino, drums
John McNeil's URBAN LEGEND was formed about eight years ago around a nucleus of John, Steve Cardenas and Bill McHenry. The music is eclectic, written by either McNeil or a collaboration of McNeil and Cardenas.

If you're tired of bicyclists not stopping at red lights, riding on the sidewalk and bitching you out for getting in their way, riding the wrong way down one-way streets and almost running you down because you didn't expect them to come from that direction and besides you were thinking about what you were going to say to a bass player that rushes the tempo all the time, then this band is for you.

One set, and all that aggravation will just disappear like the guy who was going to help you with your website and not charge you because you're such a nice guy, and then help move a filing cabinet because it was taking up too much space in your bedroom.

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum 

John McNeil's URBAN LEGEND image
Sunday,  Feb 19 - 6:00PM 
Tamilla Woodard, host

Robin Rothstein Jill Campbell Alice O'Neill Julie Kramer and Susan Bernfield
New Georges' TRUNK SHOW image
The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome back one of New York's most innovative and exciting theatre companies, New Georges, in a series that began in early 2011.

New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!

This installment of TRUNK SHOW celebrates New Georges turning 20, and features the work of affiliated artists and friends: Robin Rothstein, a playwright, independent producer and commercial theatre professional who loves the wine at Cornelia St Café teams up amazing director Julie Kramer to share her writing and also wows us with an excerpt from her latest producing venture. Jill Campbell, a playwright and documentarian, shares a piece of new work. Long-time affiliated playwright Alice O’Neill gives us a taste of her new work. And back by popular demand, New Georges’ very own Producing Artistic Director Susan Bernfield will serenade us with a song (or two) on her uke! And our host will be the fabulous Tamilla Woodard, a director and actor who makes work in NYC and everywhere else she can! Collaborating artists include Paula D’Alessandris, Anthony Fazio, Jessica Fleitman, Sas Goldberg, Danielle Quisenberry and MORE! New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).

$15.00 cover (includes your first drink!)


Sunday,  Feb 19 - 8:30PM 
Caryn Freitag, flute;  Amy Yamashiro, oboe;  Elyssa Plotkin, clarinet;  Anna Morris, bassoon;  Casey Cronan, horn
Classical at the Cornelia: Washington Square Winds image
"They're Alive"

Come hear the future of classical music. The Washington Square Winds woodwind quintet presents a program consisting exclusively of music written by living composers. Following the performance, those in attendance will have a chance to meet and talk with the composers themselves, including Enrico Arcaro, Max Orland, Thomas Deneuville, Alexander Yellen, and Melody Loveless. This performance is the first of many in an effort to commission and promote new chamber works.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 19 - 10:00PM 
Tomoko Omura, violin;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Colin Stranahan, drums;  Noah Garabedian, bass
Tomoko Omura Quintet image

Named a “emerging star” by Strings magazine, jazz violinist Tomoko Omura brings her quintet to Cornelia Street Café as part of her latest “Roots” project, which consists of her modern jazz arrangements of folk songs from her native Japan.

“Omura is a strong improviser: snappy phrasing, harmonic scope and a willingness to open out run through the music, whether it is post-bop or fusion-tinged. At the same time, the sound is unforced, understated but not limp, clean but not prissy.” - Strad Magazine

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Feb 20 - 6:00PM 
Ted Jonathan, host

Professor Arturo KP Liles Monique Ferrell
Fine poets, great journal.

$ 7 includes a drink

Monday,  Feb 20 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host

John Oliver Hari Kondabolu Liam McEneaney
Morrison Motel image

John Morrison hosts an all new Morrison Motel

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows." – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.


Tuesday,  Feb 21 - 6:00PM 
Mr. Jones, and The Engines of Destruction;  w Paul Hecht, special guest;  Daniel Swenberg, string plucker;  Nell Snaidas, soprano;  Geoffrey Silver, tenor;  Charles Weaver, Theorbo & Bass;  Leah Nelson, Baroque Violin

The Grumbling Hive is a sortof modern-day ballad opera. It uses Mandeville's The Grumbling Hive or the Fable of the Bees as a frame, and features a variety of English songs (Purcell, Leveridge, Matteis, broadside ballads and ballad opera tunes) as examples and commentaries. The show describes the paradox of thrift: how when society tries to be virtuous and save, the economy dries up and everyone grows poor and suffers. Alongthe way, Mandeville takes up the issue of morality; the poor, and so-called low-lifes (i.e., whores, gamblers, drunks...) are as honest or conniving as kings or professionals (i.e., lawyers, bankers, doctors...). It is funny, political, topical, irreverent; an exploration of the South Sea stock bubble and collapse provided another timely interlude.

Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction : In 1605 famed-English architect Inigo Jones brought the newly-developed Theorbo from Italy into England. But, at Dover, customs impounded the instrument fearing it was some engine from the popish lands brought to destroy the king. The group emphasizes fun, lascivious, and dramatic programs. Programming also promotes rarely heardensembles for the plucked instrument family: lutes, theorbos, and guitars, as well as, their half-sister, the viola da gamba.

Paul Hecht: made his debut as the Player in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Tony nomination 1968). Other Broadwayappearances include : Night & Day with Maggie Smith and Invention of Love. (Tom Stoppard), 1776 (original company), the Rothschilds, Shaw’s Caesar & Cleopatra and Pirandello’s Henry IV ( both with Rex Harrison). Off Broadway:Harold Pinter’s Moonlight,(American Premiere) the title role in Pirandello’s Henry IV (Obie award 1990). Humble Boy at the Manhattan Theater Club, and also in the National Theatre of Great Britain tour. Around the country: Cyrano at the Guthrie (world premiere Antony Burgess translation). Marc Antony, (Julius Caesar & Antony and Cleopatra) American Shakespeare Festival, and in plays by Shaw, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Turgenev, Harwood, Kaufman-Ferber, Charles Dickens, at the McCarter in Princeton, Canada’s Shaw festival, N.Y Shakespeare Festival, John Drew East Hampton, BayStreet Sag Harbor, and the Berkshire Theater Festival. TV Audiences may haverecognized him over the years as Charles in Kate & Allie and several unsavory characters in Law and Order, Starsky and Hutch & Hawaii Five-0. Hehas been in films with Bette Davis, Jane Fonda, Jeremy Irons, Chris Rock, and Howard Stern..

Daniel Swenberg specializes in historical plucked strings: Renaissance and Baroque lutes, theorbos, and baroque and 19th-century guitars, and baroque mandolino--and yes, it takes a lot of time tuning. He performs regularly throughout North America with ensembles: ARTEK, REBEL, The Metropolitan Opera, the Carmel Bach Festival, Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction, Ensemble Viscera, New York City Opera. Daniel received awards from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (2000) for a study of 18th century chamber music for the lute, and a Fulbright Scholarship (1997) to study in Bremen, Germany at the Hochschule für Künste (studying with Stephen Stubbs and Andrew Lawrence King). He studied classical guitar at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and musicology at Washington University (St. Louis).

$10 cover + $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 21 - 8:30PM 
Arthur Vint, drums;  Matt Vashlishan, alto sax;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Steve Whipple, bass
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Arthur Vint has established himself as an in demand session drummer in the New York area playing everything from jazz to rock to country music and has appeared on over a dozen albums in just the last few years. This is his first outing as a leader however and he has assembled a lineup of some of New York's finest musicians for the occasion. They will be playing an array of exciting new originals from each of the members.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 21 - 10:00PM 
Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Eric Burns, guitar;  Chris Pattishall, piano;  Adrian Moring, bass;  Arthur Vint, drums
Eric Burns Quintet, Featuring Rich Perry image
Eric Burns, a compelling young guitarist and composer, explores in his latest project the darker sounds of the rhythm section balanced with a vital and intoxicatingly melodic aesthetic. Some of the New York areas most exciting young players as well as established artists will help bring Burns' compositions to life.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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