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Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 6:00PM 
Alissa Heyman, host

Margaret Diehl Victoria Lynn McCoy Niina Pollari and Kadija Sesay, featured poet
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Perfect Sense is a superbly curated poetry series, our thanks to Alissa.

$ 7 includes a drink


Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 8:30PM 
Davy Mooney , guitar, vocals;  Jon Cowherd, piano;  John Ellis, tenor sax;  Matt Clohesy , bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
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Davy Mooney is a guitarist, composer, and sometime vocalist from New Orleans who lives in Brooklyn. His latest CD release, 'Perrier St', on Sunnyside Records, is his attempt to synthesize his modern jazz leanings with a singer-songwriter aesthetic. Mooney has performed with Herbie Hancock, Nicholas Payton, Terence Blanchard, Brian Blade, John Pizzarelli and many others. In addition to Mooney on guitar and vocals, the record features Brian Blade on drums, Jon Cowherd on piano (and producer duties), John Ellis on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Gordon Au on trumpet, Johnaye Kendrick on vocals, and Matt Clohesy on bass. To promote the release of the record, Mooney has been touring with a quintet featuring Cowherd, Ellis, Clohesy, and Greg Ritchie on drums. The group is excited to have its CD release party at Cornelia St Cafe.

A soulful and harmonically savvy guitarist from New Orlean. --Nate Chinen, New York Times

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Thursday,  Mar 29 - 6:00PM 
Deborah Latz, vox;  Joel Frahm, tenor sax
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Critics have called New York-based jazz vocalist Deborah Latz “one of the finest balladeers” (Jazz Society Of Oregon), “undeniably unique” (, “Latz has one of the BEST new voices... Her phrasing and unique style is simply elegant and versatile and spunky!” (Jazz Now) and Dan Singer, columnist for England's In Tune International Magazine asks "Deborah, just where have you been all my life?" In Fall 2012 Deborah's third album, Fig Tree will be released featuring Jon Davis, piano; John Hart, guitars; Ray Parker, bass; Willard Dyson, drums and special guest: Peter Apfelbaum, saxes, flutes, percussion.

Joel Frahm, DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone. He has released three highly regarded albums on Palmetto, The Navigator, Don't Explain, and Sorry No Decaf. Having made a name for himself through his associations with singer Jane Monheit and boyhood friend, pianist Brad Mehldau, Frahm continues to hone his own voice. Joel has also worked with a vast array of musical peers and jazz legends including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill, Ben Allison, Pat Martino, and Ingrid Jensen.

Joel and Deborah will perform in duo exploring jazz classics, world music and originals.

Deborah+1! continues June 30 with Ray Parker, acoustic bass

cover $10, (minimum $10)


Thursday,  Mar 29 - 8:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar & compositions;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums
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NY Jazz Guitarist Tom Chang has performed and or recorded with Greg Osby, Joey Calderazzo, Rich Perry, as well as pop icons the Supremes, Luther Vandross and Southern Indian Percussion Master Subash Chandran.

His newly formed unit will perform original contemporary jazz compositions influenced by Southern Indian Carnatic concepts as well as contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Friday,  Mar 30 - 6:00PM 
Andrea Lepcio, host

LaShea Delaney Pirronne Yousefzadeh Mary Elizabeth Hamilton Judith Greentree
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The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to welcome back one of New York's most innovative and exciting theatre companies, New Georges, in the 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 20th and features the work of affiliated artists and friends: LaShea Delaney and Pirronne Yousefzadeh, a playwright/director team who are part of New Georges' Jam - our group for awesome emerging theater makers - will present some perspectives on Condeleeza Rice. Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, a playwright who's also part of The Jam tests out some new material. One of our all time favorite actresses who played the Tooth Fairy in our production of GOD'S EAR, Judith Greentree, will entertain us silly with excerpts from WHAT DOES NOT KILL ME MAKES ME STRANGER. Our host will be the spirited Andrea Lepcio, a playwright and librettist who splits her time between New York and Maine!

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!)


Friday,  Mar 30 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Jeff Williams, drums;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  John O'Gallagher, alto sax;  John Hébert, bass
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Veteran drummer Jeff Williams has worked with such jazz greats as Stan Getz, Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and many more in a career spanning over forty years. For the last several years he has been leading a quartet featuring Duane Eubanks-trumpet, John O'Gallagher-alto saxophone, and John Hébert-bass. The group's new CD--Another Time, an top 10 CDs of 2011 selection, offers original compositions from each band member. As the group prepares for a tour of the UK tonight's performance will include material from the CD, as well as brand new offerings.

"Jeff Williams has honed a sound that seamlessly blends a sinewy, propulsive rhythmic sense with a masterful appreciation of space and atmosphere. On Another Time, Williams leads a remarkable group through a series of original compositions that are prefect vehicles for the veteran drummer's singular approach, as well as the quartet's consistently inspired improvisations." --Matthew Miller, The New York City Jazz Record

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Saturday,  Mar 31 - 6:00PM 
with Despina Sarafeidou Written by Sergio Blanco

Kassandra, the Greek tragedy’s figure, as a modern day transsexual immigrant, reveals her Odyssey, in a one woman tour-de-force. Tears, laughter, sarcasm and humour, Euripides and Bugs Bunny. A real stand-up tragedy!

Actress Despina Sarafeidou has interpreted several roles from both the classical and contemporary repertoire in Greece and abroad. As an actress and assistant director she has worked with Lee Breuer and Roula Pateraki. Some of her work on film includes A Touch of Spice, Jaguar, and The Wedding List. She has collaborated with composers/musicians such as Ross Daly, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, and Eve Beglarian in multicultural performances in Greece, the UK, and the United States. She has also translated theatre and has written plays and adaptations, produced in Greece and at La MaMa N.Y. With Kassandra she travelled to various theater festivals in Greece and Europe; she received the Leading Female Role Award in the Apollon 2011 International Theatre Festival.

Playwright Sergio Blanco was born in Uruguay. He studied theatre and classical literature, and has been acclaimed as an innovative director. Since 2000 he has turned to playwriting, producing works both rich and diverse. His plays have been translated and staged in Uruguay, France, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and elsewhere. He has been honoured with several Dramaturgy Awards. He gives lectures and workshops at theatres and universities throughout Latin America and Europe. He currently lives in Paris.

$20.00 includes a drink


Saturday,  Mar 31 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ben Allison, bass;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Brandon Seabrook, banjo, guitar;  Rudy Royston, drums
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Bassist/composer Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his lyrical melodies, inventive grooves and inspired arrangements, Ben draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to classical and world music, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. The Ben Allison Band has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, South America and Europe, winning fans and building new audiences with an adventurous yet accessible sound and a flair for the unexpected.

Whenever some fool goes on about the death of jazz, play that misguided soul some music by Ben Allison. — LA TIMES

$25 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Apr 01 - 6:00PM 
Jed Distler, host/piano

Demetrius Spaneas , saxophone;  Paul Hecht Roberta Maxwell
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Serial Underground: New York's Premier New Music Variety Show

Jed Distler, host

Doors open at 5:45 PM

"Barred Music" Shakespeare's Fools Day

Readings by Paul Hecht and Roberta Maxwell. With composer/performer Demetrius Spaneas and pianist Jed Distler

ROBERTA MAXWELL: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves, (CBS Series), "What Makes A Family," Warehouse 13." Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Willager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (Lettuce and Lovage).

PAUL HECHT has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith, was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an OBIE for the title role in Pirandello's Henry IV. He has a long and varied career in film and television and has directed and appeared in many literary events in NYC, including at least a dozen at Cornelia Street. including last year's Shakespeare celebration and, in an inspired stroke of typecasting, God in Milton's Paradise Lost.

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 drink/food credit


Sunday,  Apr 01 - 8:30PM 
Sara Serpa, vocals;  André Matos, guitar;  Aryeh Kobrinski, bass;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ted Poor, drums

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 has recently recorded with pianist Danilo Perez: his latest album "Providencia" and, also with the Noir pianist Ran Blake. She has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe.

Ben Rattliff from The NY Times describes Sara as " cool all over, from concept to execution. She has a halting, careful, nearly affectless soprano that prowls a narrow pitch range in mostly wordless lines, perching naturally around the E above a piano’s middle C, then surprises you when it gradually swells in volume or suddenly jumps up an octave, without breaking stride".

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Sunday,  Apr 01 - 10:00PM 
André Matos , guitar;  Jacob Sacks , piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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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 now living in New York. Released on 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.

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 artists.

¨Mr. Matos advances a pointedly contemporary air¨-- The New York Times

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Monday,  Apr 02 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

James Braly, Special Guest
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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! )
 $10 includes a drink (my god what a bargain!)

Monday,  Apr 02 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

$20 cover (includes a drink)


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Tuesday,  Apr 03 - 6:00PM 
Bob Quatrone, host

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4 Horsemen #18 hosted by the inimitable Bob Q.


SIGN UP 5:45/ 20+ READERS/3 Minutes.

Bring your favorite Yeats, Joyce, Whitman, Dickinson, Burns, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Ginsberg, poem, etc. etc.

$ 7 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Apr 03 - 8:30PM 
Geoff Vidal, tenor sax;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Linda Oh, bass;  Gene Jackson, drums
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$20 cover (includes a drink)
Tuesday,  Apr 03 - 10:00PM 
Alon Nechustan, piano;  John Ellis, tenor sax;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Adam Cruz, drums
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" A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold, two-fisted sense of Architecture" -(Down Beat magazine 2011)- Pianist and composer Alon Nechushtan will be bringing to Cornelia Street Cafe a quartet of fantastic improvisers with a loose-tight chemistry placing a premium on group interplay at the same time encouraging individual solo expression. --Bill Milkowski

$20 cover (includes a drink)


Wednesday,  Apr 04 - 6:00PM 
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Edmund White Susanna Moore David McConnell
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The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan's West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers.

Edmund White has written over twenty books. He is perhaps best known for his biography of Frenchwriter Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Heis also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels: A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His most recentnovel is Jack Holmes and His Friend.A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he teaches writing at Princeton and lives in New York City.

Susanna Moore's earliest three novels make up a Hawaiian trilogy --- the first book, My Old Sweetheart, published in 1983,won the PEN Hemingway Citation and the Prize for First Fiction from theAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written a memoir of her childhoodin Hawaii; a commonplace book about the sea; a novel, In the Cut, about a murder in NewYork; and a novel set in 19th-century India. Her last novel, The Big Girls, takes place in awomen's prison and is currently being adapted into a film for HBO. Ms. Moorewas awarded a prize for Literary Achievement by the American Academy of Artsand Letters in 1999. She has been teaching Creative Writing since 1988.

David McConnell is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Silver Hearted, 2010. Edmund White called it “a perfect work of art.” PatrickMcGrath hailed him as “the most intriguing, original and exotic writer I’vecome across in years.” His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely inmagazines and anthologies, including The Literary Review (UK), Granta and Prospect Magazine (UK). His novel The Firebrat came out in 2003. Hisnewest book (Akashic, March, 2013) will be ground-breaking non-fiction, a reappraisal and narratives of hate crimes to be called American Honor Killings, ecstasies of violence and crazed sexual dignity among young men. He’s also co-chair ofthe Lambda Literary Foundation. He lives in New York City.

$7 cover includes a house drink

Wednesday,  Apr 04 - 8:30PM 
Liberty Ellman, guitar;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Damion Reid, drums
Guitarist Liberty Ellman’s improvisational and interpretive flexibility, along with his unique rhythmic touch, has allowed him to contribute to the creative jazz ensembles of Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Myra Melford, Greg Osby, Butch Morris, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Steve Lehman. Ellman has also accompanied stand out vocal artists like Ledisi, and Somi.

$20 (includes a drink)


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