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Cornelia Street Cafe Announces November Schedule


THE CORNELIA STREET CAFE has announced an exciting schedule of events for the month of November full of diverse musical styles for all kinds of musical tastes!

Mon Nov 1
Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.
An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Tulis McCall will host.

$10 cover includes a drink

Mon Nov 01
(David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion; John Ventimiglia, actor)
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.
Cover $10

Tue Nov 02
(Julie Hardy, vocals; Mark Shilansky, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Jared Schonig, drums; special guests)
One of the most distinctive voices among the growing ranks of female jazz singers belongs to Julie Hardy. The New York Times critic Nate Chinen describes her as a "musically astute and thoughtfully modern jazz singer." As a singer who wears many hats, she can be heard singing indie pop, jingles, or backing up a rock band on piano. Tonight she returns to jazz, her first love, accompanied by dear friends and amazing musicians; Mark Shilansky on piano, Matt Clohesy on bass and Jared Schonig on drums. She will revisit songs from her critically acclaimed sophmore release "The Wish" (World Cutlure Music) and well as new selections.
"Julie Hardy's new CD, The Wish, builds on the reputation of a singer well equipped to handle everything modern jazz vocalism demands: candlelit standards ("I Wish I Knew," "All Or Nothing at All"), repurposed pop hits (Lennon/McCartney's "I'm Looking Through You"), effortless improvisation and a strong writer's pen. See her now, while it's easy." - K. Leander Williams, Time Out New York

$7 Cover for New School, CCNY Students w/ID
Julie Hardy, Host. Cover $10

Wed Nov 03
(Nir Felder, guitar; Dave Cook, piano; GaryWang, bass; Sunny Jain, drums)
Drummer Sunny Jain is an Indian-American musical trailblazer. With 4 CD's released as a leader, he has been touted as a leading voice for the new music Indo-Jazz (a movement of first-generation South Asians equally steeped in the jazz tradition and the music of their cultural heritage) and his latest release, Taboo, furthers the sound. Sunny was profiled in Downbeat Magazine (November 2009) for his unique blending of Indian music with jazz/world and in 2008 was commissioned by the Aaron Copland Fund to record Taboo, after being commissioned in 2006 by Chamber Music America to compose the new works. The CD was released in June 2010 on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records Label. He closed out 2007 with a milestone performance with the famed Sufi-rock group Junoon at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, playing for Al Gore. In 2006, Traps magazine highlighted Sunny as a top New York City world jazz drummers, following on the heels of a feature in Jazz Hot magazine (France), in which he was noted as a rising star for his fusion of jazz and Indian music. Sunny received the Arts International Award in both 2003 and 2005 and in 2002, he was designated a Jazz Ambassador by the U.S. Department of State and The Kennedy Center. Sunny has performed with Joey Baron, Kenny Barron, Marc Cary, Samir Chatterjee, Kyle Eastwood, Roy Hargrove, Norah Jones, Q-Tip, Dewey Redman, Martha Wainwright, Kenny Wollesen and host of others.

Cover $10

Thu Nov 04
(Liberty Ellman, acoustic guitar; Jamie Fox, electric guitar; Stephan Crump, acoustic bass, compositions)
Memphis-bred Brooklynite bassist/composer Stephan Crump will perform with his unique all-string Rosetta Trio in support of their new Sunnyside Records release, Reclamation. Featuring nine intensely personal compositions including the polyglot "Pernambuco," a piece commissioned by 92nd St Y and New York Guitar Festival, Reclamation is a declaration of a unique new compositional voice.
The freshness of the compositions is matched by the intimate synergy of the ensemble, first convened on the 2006 release Rosetta that gave the trio its name. Reviewers were ecstatic about the "engaging and sublime meeting" of Crump on acoustic bass with guitarists Liberty Ellman and Jamie Fox. "Here is a string ensemble for the new century!" raved Donald Elfman in All About Jazz NY. Having toured the US and UK and performed together in a varied contexts for years, Rosetta Trio has developed into a formidable unit, sensitively and powerfully rendering Crump's often profound, sometimes playful and always honest music.

The diverse array of sounds and sources on display is a natural extension of Crump's varied work as a performer. Known for transforming his instrument into a speaking entity with a magnetic pull on audiences, Crump recently launched his solo performance career as an invited artist at the 2009 International Society of Bassists conference. 2010 will see the release of new recordings documenting his free-improvised duo collaborations with both alto saxophonist Steve Lehman and pianist James Carney. Crump has received special notice of late for his 10 years of collaboration with pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, whose 2009 trio release, Historicity, has been heralded a game-changing jazz recording. "Someone's got to be the Holy Spirit, representing your faith that this jazz will breathe.." noted Ben Ratliff in his New York Times review of a Vijay Iyer Trio performance in NYC, "It's the bassist, of course, cutting through with big, wise, rounded notes."

The elegance and purposeful groove of Crump's playing, making him much more than a "sideman", are also on display outside of the jazz world, most often with the Jim Campilongo Electric Trio and with Crump's wife, the radiant singer/songwriter Jen Chapin, with whom he has worked as a bassist, arranger, and producer. Over the years, Crump's performances on both acoustic and electric bass have been heard across North America and Europe with Joel Harrison, Mahavishnu Project, Bobby Previte, Patti Austin, Gordon Gano, Lucy Kaplansky, Big Ass Truck, and the late Johnny Clyde Copeland. His compositions can be heard in Miramax, HBO, Showtime, Bravo, Granada America and Simple Focus Films, as well as on his earlier albums as a leader: Poems and Other Things, Tuckahoe and Rosetta.

Ellman and Fox were both fixtures on the San Francisco Bay area scene and had toured internationally before arriving in New York in the 90s. Aside from his own critically-acclaimed recording career, Ellman has been featured as guitarist and producer in Henry Threadgill's innovative group, Zooid, and has performed with other jazz visionaries such as Steve Coleman and Greg Osby. An accomplished jazz composer in his own right, Fox brings his idiosyncratic folk, R&B and blues perspective that has contributed to the music of such legends as Joan Baez and Brother Jack McDuff.

Cover $10

Fri Nov 05
(Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Loren Stillman, alto saxophone; Drew Gress, bass; Mark Ferber, drums; Will Jennings, voice)

Alessi's Modular Theatre is a band seemingly capable of reaching almost any musical territory. An underlying "jazz" sensibility is infused with any and everything from Hip Hop (texts ancient and spontaneous) to chamber music.

Cover $10

Sat Nov 06
(Lucian Ban, piano; Mat Maneri, viola; Bruce Williams, alto sax, flute; Gerald Cleaver, drums; Bob Stewart, tuba)
DECO HEART presents the new band from Transylvanian expat pianist LUCIAN BAN featuring an amazing line-up with visionary MAT MANERI on viola, veteran altoist BRUCE WILLIAMS, contemporary master drummer GERALD CLEAVER and legendary tuba player BOB STEWART. From tradition distilled to post - everything avant-garde. Fractal grooves and unfettered lyricism. New music by some of today's most creative musicians.

Cover $15

Sun Nov 07
(Greg Ward, alto saxophone, composition; Rob Clearfield, piano, synth, boards; Jeff Greene, upright,electric bass; Quin Kirchner, drums)

The path to recording his debut CD, South Side Story (available on 19/8 Records on September 28, 2010), began after an intense period of study of composition and orchestration with some of the best teachers in the world (Ward studied orchestration with Cliff Colnot and composition with Sebastian Huydts), and the subsequent explorations with contrasting genres and sounds, discovering unique ways of combining them, and ultimately arriving at a true representation of himself; all that he is as a person and an artist; and all that he loves. Fitted Shards is the quartet of extremely creative musicians that will present Ward's latest work.

Cover $10

Mon Nov 08
(Javier Hagen, tenor, countertenor & electronics; Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, recorder & electronics)
The China Project is a larger cultural exchange program compiling different concert programs intending to reflect Western music by contemporary works composed for UMS 'n JIP.
Commissions by high renommee Chinese composers Guo Wenjing (Beijing), Wen Deqing (Shanghai), Tao Yu (Paris), Du Yun (New York), Huang Ruo (New York), Yeung-Ping Chen (Hongkong), Liu Jian (Shanghai). The China project started in january 2009 and has been presented in Switzerland, France (Festival d'Avignon) and China (Hong Kong, Shanghai New Music Days).

['umsnjip] is the Swiss contemporary music duo founded in 2007 by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP]. UMS 'n JIP is actually one of the most innovative and outstanding Swiss contemporary music ensembles and one of the most active ensembles worldwide. UMS 'n JIP works on both new musical and scenical settings for voice, recorders and electronics reflecting live vs. digital performance as well as European vs. non-European music. Their sets equally accord to concert halls, clubs and big festival scenes. Since their studies (composing, sound design & musical performance) in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been both invited to the most prestigious European contemporary classic music and theatre festivals (Avignon, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Shanghai, Donaueschingen, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Basel, Bern, Paris, Strasbourg) where they premiered as soloists and a duo more than 150 oeuvres collaborating with world famous composers such as Goebbels, Rihm, Kagel, Reimann, Eötvös, Wen Deqing and Guo Wenjing. UMS 'n JIP relates to emotionally touching as well as technically virtuoso, conceptionally perfect and sexy performances.
Cover $10

Tue Nov 09
(Lindsey Horner, bass; Jimmy Cozier, saxophone; Sunny Jain, drums; Neal Kirkwood, piano)
This collection of veteran New York players looks into some of the lesser known but equally as great music of Shorter, Ellington, Strayhorn, Hancock and the like. These are some of the tunes we've always wanted to play on gigs but never got the chance; music that is full of surprise and endless improvisational possibilities. The members of this band have played and are playing with everyone from The Temptations to Steve Coleman to Bill Frisell to Sam Rivers to Ani Di Franco and are all bandleaders themselves.

Cover $10

Wed Nov 10
(Ila Cantor, guitar,vocals; Matt Brewer, bass; Mike Rodriquez, trumpet, flugelhorn)
Ila Cantor has always been a closeted songwriter. Despite her history of playing jazz guitar and writing instrumental music, her songs with vocals finally piled up and demanded attention. After a 10 month escape to New Mexico where Ila was able to develop this side of her music, she returns ready and excited to share it.

Curated by Becca Stevens. Cover $10

Wed Nov 10
(Nate Wood, guitar,vocals; Jesske Hume, bass; Sean Wayland, rhodes; Mark Guiliana, drums)
Nate Wood is a multi-instrumentalist who draws his inspiration equally from both rock and jazz. His 2 albums Reliving and Fall are entirely self made, and are a result of his experience as a supporting musician across many genres of music. The music fuses often dense harmony and simple pop melodies. Nate is backed up live by a virtuosic band, featuring Sean Wayland, Jesske Hume and Mark Guiliana.

Curated by Becca Stevens. Cover $10

Thu Nov 11
(Russ Johnson, trumpet; Quinsin Nachoff, saxophone, clarinet; Tom Rainey, drums; Michael Bates, double bass)
This emerging innovator plays at the crossroads of structural experiment, contrapuntal rapture, and inarguable charisma and his quartet Outside Sources is more than just an assemblage of virtuoso musicians, it is a road-tested ensemble that showcases Bates' musical identity. Taking equal inspiration from jazz, western classical music and lasting modern acts like the Bad Brains and Ornette Coleman, Michael Bates' Outside Sources offers a peek into an engaging and up-and-coming musical mind and it is a watershed for enthusiasts of cutting-edge composition. This dynamic quartet has recorded for Dave Douglas' label Greenleaf Music and the latest recording blurs the line between composition and improvisation and leaves the listener in a vertiginous space where musical tradition teeters at the knife-edge of a modern zest for experiment.
All About Jazz called Michael Bates' Outside Sources, "a tight unit that reveled in richness, unpredictability, astounding technical ability and near-telepathic interaction."

Cover $10

Fri Nov 12
(Jamie Saft, piano; Bill McHenry, saxophones; Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Ben Perowsky, drums)
Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer from New York and a mainstay of the Downtown scene. Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, The B-52's, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, John Adams, Donovan, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Antony and the Johnsons, and scores of other artists. Saft is a core member of bands such as The Dreamers, Electric Masada, The Beta Popes, Whoopie Pie, Swami LatePlate, The Shakers and Bakers, OV, and Kalashnikov.

Saft has composed a number of original film scores including the Oscar nominated film
Cover $15

Sat Nov 13
(Jamie Saft, piano; Bill McHenry, saxophones; Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Ben Perowsky, drums)
Jamie Saft is a virtuoso pianist, keyboardist, producer, and composer from New York and a mainstay of the Downtown scene. Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with The Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, The B-52's, Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, John Adams, Donovan, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Antony and the Johnsons, and scores of other artists. Saft is a core member of bands such as The Dreamers, Electric Masada, The Beta Popes, Whoopie Pie, Swami LatePlate, The Shakers and Bakers, OV, and Kalashnikov.
Saft has composed a number of original film scores including the Oscar nominated film "Murderball", Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "God Grew Tired Of Us", and the HBO documentary film "Dear Talula". Saft has also contributed score music for Nickelodeon, MTV, and A&E. Saft has released a number of albums as a leader, including "Breadcrumb Sins" (Tzadik), "Trouble- The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Bob Dylan" (Tzadik), "Sovlanut" (Tzadik), "Astaroth- The Jamie Saft Trio Plays Masada Book II" (Tzadik), and Swami LatePlate's "Doom Jazz" (Veal).

Cover $15

Sun Nov 14
(Bobby Torkova; Faye Lane; Leslie Goshko)
An eclectic evening of Storytelling, Mind Reading and Mystery
Torkova has entertained and baffled audiences worldwide for over 25 years, winning many awards including Backstage Magazine's Bistro Award for Excellence in Cabaret. The New York Post raved, "Torkova is unquestionably among the best." His performances explore the mysteries of the mind and by combining ESP, psychological principles and elements of focused intuition he reveals things no one could possibly know.

Faye Lane's one woman show, I Wish It So, moved New York Magazine to gush, "She had them gobbling from the palm of her hand. They were howling, crying, falling in love with her." Her new show, Beauty Shop Stories, which chronicles her childhood in a Texas beauty salon was awarded the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for a Solo Show. "Endearing and soaring voiced - a real standout" - Backstage. She has performed her autobiographical stories at Caroline's Comedy on Broadway, Comix, Time Out New York Lounge, and The Moth, where she has won Slam Championships in both New York and Los Angeles.

Leslie Goshko is a Manhattan Monologue Slam Champion, recipient of the NY Fringe Excellence Award, and host of the monthly storytelling show, Sideshow Goshko (hailed as a "top comedy pick"). Her stories have been featured on WNYC, Risk! podcast,, and she can be seen performing with NY's hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band--The BTK Band. Her one-woman show, Vodka Shoes, opened to rave reviews as part of the NY Frigid Festival and was awarded several extended runs.

Doors open 5:45

$15 admission includes 1 drink

Reservations highly recommended
Cover $15

Sun Nov 14
(Dan Loomis, bass; Andy Hunter, trombone; Justin Wood, saxophone; Danny Fischer, drums)
This talented, exciting quartet features some of the most inspired, adventurous improvisers of the new generation of jazz. Andy Hunter, the trombonist, performs regularly with the Mingus Dynasty & Big Band and with Richard Bona. Danny Fischer, the drummer, just returned from tours with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Aaron Goldberg. And Dan Loomis, the bassist, performs regularly with T.S. Monk. Spoke's first album creates a truly post-modern yet beautifully melodic sound incorporating diverse influences from 1960's free-bop, contemporary classical, funk, and Chinese pop music. Spoke's music lives in the intermediate territory between individual and collective improvisation, while retaining a sense of structure and tradition.

Cover $10

Mon Nov 15

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Tue Nov 16
(Peter Eldridge, vocals; Tim Lefebvre, bass; Ben Wittman, drums)
Peter Eldridge is returning to Cornelia Street in a trio setting, with Tim Lefebvre on bass and Ben Wittman on drums. Along with many songs of Eldridge's past repertoire, he will be debuting songs from some of his current projects, among them a musical about the life and art of Gustav Klimt, as well as music he composed for a documentary about women reporters in WWII entitled ‘No Job for a Woman. Special guests making an appearance as well.
Julie Hardy, Host. Cover $10

Wed Nov 17
Happy Birthday, David Amram! The legendary David Amram, composer, conductor, author, Beat legend and American icon, celebrates his 80th birthday with music, readings, tributes and bibulation. By a synchronous fluke, the cafe's founder and Minister of Culture, Robin Hirsch, celebrates a less venerable birthday the following day and joins the festivities as MC and junior celebrant. He has promised his children he will refrain from singing . . .
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Thu Nov 18
(Kirk Knuffke, coronet, compositions; Brian Drye, trombone; Mark Helias, bass; Jeff Davis, drums)
Shortly after arriving in New York in 2005 Kirk met trombonist Brian Drye and drummer Jeff Davis and set about forming his long-standing Quartet. Now legendary bassist Mark Helias has joined the fold. The Quartet released it first album "Big Wig" in 2007 on Cleanfeed records and has received many glowing reviews from critics around the globe. Nate Chinen of the The New York Times called it "a smartly self-assured debut." Scott Yanow of the All Music Guide explained the Quartet's playing as "explorative and advanced yet concise." The Quartet has been Kirk's outlet for his numerous original compositions which fuse his many influences: his first public appearances playing Dixieland with his great uncle, his formative years in blues bands, and his great love for jazz both free and structured. This came across clearly to All About Jazz's Troy Collins who described the Quartet's music as "sinuous free bop with deep roots in Pre-War swing as well as Post-War innovations."

Cover $10

Fri Nov 19
(Adam Kolker, saxophone, bass clarinet; John Hebert, bass; Billy Hart, drums)
This trio reunites for the first time since Kolker's 2006 release "Sultanic Verses" on SatchmoJazz Records. The group will explore jazz standards - with some originals thrown in - in their intimate and unique way. Saxophonist and Bass Clarinetist Adam Kolker "is of the school that favors unhurried journeys through tunes, expand(s) on them and in the process create(s) new music." AllAbout Jazz "[He is] a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord, giving each of his notes a strong, strange character." Ben Ratliff -- NY TImes
Bassist John Hebert, a musical companion of Kolker's for over 10 years, is one of the most imaginative musicians today. His unbounded creativity and masterful playing brings an unbridled excitement to all of his performances. Billy Hart is unquestionably one of the greatest drummers in jazz history. He has performed and recorded with everyone, among them Stan Getz and Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock.
Cover $10

Sat Nov 20
(Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Gary Versace, organ; Nasheet Waits, drums)
Inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in Baltimore in the early sixties, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin explores the organ trio format with stellar bandmates Gary Versace and Nasheet Waits.

Cover $10

Sun Nov 21
(Inna Faliks, piano; Oni Buchanan, poet; Sandra Beasley, poet)
Program will include Chaconne of Sofia Gubaidulina, two Transcendental Etudes #s 10 and 11 of Franz Liszt, Cathedral Waterfall (from the 6 Etudes) of Augusta Read Thomas, and Gaspard de la Nuit (Ondine, Le Gibet, Scarbo) of Maurice Ravel
ONI BUCHANAN is the author of Spring, a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards and selected by Mark Doty for the 2007 National Poetry Series. Her first poetry book, What Animal, was published in 2003 by the University of Georgia Press. Oni is also a concert pianist.

SANDRA BEASLEY is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and published by W. W. Norton. Her first collection, Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize. Her nonfiction has been featured in the Washington Post Magazine and she is working on Don't Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, forthcoming from Crown. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Founder and curator of Music/Words, INNA FALIKS has established herself as one of the most passionate and poetic young pianists on the classical music scene. Multiple competition prize winner, she performs widely in the US and abroad, in venues like Carnegie Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall, and frequently on tv and radio nationwide. Critics describe her as "going beyond technical perfection, compelling emotional intensity, a musician at peace within herself", "Passion and playfulness - warmly poetic." Her recent CD, Sound of Verse, received rave reviews from Gramophone and American Record Guide.
Cover $20

Sun Nov 21
(Bobby Avey, piano; David Liebman, saxophone; Thomson Kneeland, bass; Dan Weiss, drums)
Pianist/composer/bandleader Bobby Avey celebrates the release of his debut CD A New Face (August 1, 2010, jayDell) in concert on Sunday, November 21 with his band featuring Dave Liebman on sax, Thomson Kneeland on bass and Dan Weiss on drums .
Consisting exclusively of Avey's original material, A New Face documents the astonishingly wide breadth of the 25-year-old performer's body of work. The CD features Avey with his tightly connected trio of five years featuring bassist Thomson Kneeland and drummer Jordan Perlson, as well as saxophone legend David Liebman on four tracks. Avey has worked with Liebman for many years, and earned critical acclaim for his work on Liebman's 2006 release Vienna Dialogues (ZOHO).

Cover $10

Mon Nov 22
(Shawn Persinger, guitar; David Miller, mandolin, vocals)
With a unique blend of acoustic rock, jazz, pop, bluegrass, funk and the avant-garde, New Haven, CT duo PRESTER JOHN has a sound that is entirely their own. Formed in 2008 by underground guitar-hero Shawn Persinger, Prester John also showcases the musical talents of David Miller on mandolin and vocals.
Taylor Guitars' Wood and Steel once wrote, "Persinger has defined his career by playing hard-to-define music." One minute you're hearing a pop/rock song the next you're listening to music that could have been composed by Stravinsky or Frank Zappa. And certainly Prester John's authenticity is difficult to match; their bluegrass repertoire sounds straight out of Appalachia (no doubt due to Persinger's West Virginia roots) and their swing tunes recall the bygone days of The Hot Club of France.

The PRESTER JOHN sound has developed over several years of Shawn's solo touring and performing (playing on 5 continents, in 34 countries and countless cities). With the addition of the extremely versatile David Miller the possibilities are endless.
Frank Oteri, Host. Cover $10

Tue Nov 23
(Tom Beckham, vibraphone, compositions; Chris Cheek, saxophones; Henry Hey, piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Greg Ritchie, drums)
Vibraphonist Tom Beckham has been called "a lyrical player with a flair for writing distinctive, memorable tunes" by and "a fine composer" by Baltimore Magazine. "His exclamatory way with the mallets brings lots of fireworks to the instrument's naturally mellow personality" Jim Macnie, Village Voice. The performances on his recent CD "Rebound" were also praised by critics who appreciated "the impressive subtlety of his technique" CHYZ 94.3 FM, and "invites repeated listens, so compelling are the tune, the series of solos, and group interplay" "Here's someone who makes the vibraphone sound like the most grand of jazz instruments" John Book, He has appeared as an active leader and sideman in the U.S. and Europe since 1994 performing in a wide stylistic range of bands and ensembles. Tonight his group will play new compositions, plus material from the books of 2 previous CD's Center Songs (Sunnyside Records) and Suspicions (Fresh Sound New Talent).

Cover $10

Wed Nov 24
(Dan Rufolo, piano; Bill Thoman, bass; Arthur Vint, drums)
The Dan Rufolo Trio is an up and coming New York area based jazz group. Their debut album, "Novelty", presents compositions in particular odd meters, free form improvisation, and striking harmonies. The trio plays as one weaving a complex set of emotions. "Novelty" is thought provoking, invigorating, and you'll find yourself holding your breath not to miss a note. Their influences include the Keith Jarrett Trio, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Paul Motion Trio, and the various incarnations of Chick Corea's bands. The Dan Rufolo trio is always thinking forward while making sure to keep a grasp on the jazz tradition. This performance is celebrating the release of their album, "Novelty".
Cover $10

Thu Nov 25

Fri Nov 26
(John McNeil, trumpet; Kenny Pexton, tenor, clarinet; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Ben Allison, bass; Rodney Green, drums)
John McNeil's Urban Legend has been in existence for a half dozen years and is planning to record their first album in 2011. The original two members are John and versatile guitarist Steve Cardenas. They'll be joined by veteran bassist and composer Ben Allison, everybody's favorite drummer Rodney Green and newcomer to the New York scene Kenny Pexton on tenor sax and clarinet. The tunes are eclectic, ranging from atonal country-western to ECM-like grooves. The music is tuneful and there's something for everyone. You're sure to have a great time.
Cover $10

Sat Nov 27
(John McNeil, trumpet; Kenny Pexton, tenor, clarinet; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Ben Allison, bass; Rodney Green, drums)
John McNeil's Urban Legend has been in existence for a half dozen years and is planning to record their first album in 2011. The original two members are John and versatile guitarist Steve Cardenas. They'll be joined by veteran bassist and composer Ben Allison, everybody's favorite drummer Rodney Green and newcomer to the New York scene Kenny Pexton on tenor sax and clarinet. The tunes are eclectic, ranging from atonal country-western to ECM-like grooves. The music is tuneful and there's something for everyone. You're sure to have a great time.
Cover $10

Sun Nov 28
(Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone; Amir ElSaffar, trumpet; Denman Maroney, hyperpiano; Tom Rainey, drums; Mark Dresser, bass)

Mark Dresser will be presenting a full evening of his most recent compositions with a band of distinguished improvisers who share many years of musical experience together.

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Mon Nov 29
(Nate Wooley, trumpet; Matt Bauder, tenor saxophone; Chris Dingman, vibraphone; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Harris Eisenstadt, drums, compositions)
"One of the new generation's leading composers," AllAboutJazz, Troy Collins, Harris Eisenstadt's working quintet Canada Day features some of the most distinctive young musicians on the New York scene. Canada Day's eponymous debut on the Portuguese label Clean Feed made numerous Best of 2009 lists, including the Village Voice, All About Jazz New York, Jazzhouse, WFMU, Ni Kantu, CKUT, Dusted Magazine, and Time Out Lisbon. Days after their gig at Cornelia, the group goes into the studio to record their second record for release summer 2011 on the Songlines label.

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Tue Nov 30
(Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar; Will Vinson, saxophone; Matt Penman, bass; Mark Ferber, drums)
With a busy touring schedule and rave reviews from the press and his peers, Jonathan Kreisberg is steadily becoming one of the most exciting new faces on the international Jazz scene. He has studied a wide range of music and performed in many eclectic situations. His compositions have been performed by his group on five continents.
As a member of U.M.'s concert jazz band he played with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker and Red Rodney. He performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He has performed/performs as a sideman in the groups of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Locke, Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, and Ari Hoenig as well as leading his own groups including such notables as Larry Grenadier, Bill stewart and Scott Wendholt. He has released 5 critically acclaimed CD's on the Criss Cross and Mel Bay Labels. The band will be performing music from the upcoming release SHADOWLESS this evening.
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