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The Cornelia Street Cafe Presents Kirk Nurock

The Cornelia Street Cafe is owned and operated by founder Robin Hirsch, together with Judith Kallas and Bob Siegler. It is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch--and more than three hundred cultural events a year. The Cornelia Street Cafe is located at 29 Cornelia Street in NYC between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village. For more information contact 212-989-9319 or visit  

This Week At Cornelia Street Cafe

(Terry Baum, slightly world-renowned lesbian playwright; Carolyn Myers, warrior princess of comedy)
The Crackpot Crones will crack you up! Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers are pioneer funny feminists, witches, and best friends. They stir together ancient wisdom and 21st century hilariousness, to make a brew of sketch comedy, spoken word, and improvisation. "Intriguing, enlightening, comical and real." - San Francisco Bay Times
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NOAH PREMINGER / Kris Davis / Rob Garcia - Mon Jul 26 8:30PM
(Noah Preminger, saxophone; Kris Davis, piano; Rob Garcia, drums)
This leader-less trio formed out of a mutual desire to make music together. Their music is based on being in the moment and the strong connection and communication between them. The trio has performed several times since its debut in early 2010. Saxophonist, Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. This past year, Noah received a nomination for "Up and Coming Jazz Artist of 2009" by the Jazz Journalists Association, and his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, received the distinction of "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll. Noah has performed with Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Roscoe Mitchell, and Cecil McBee to name a few. Pianist, Kris Davis has quickly grown to become a vital contributor to New York's jazz scene. An artist exploring the balance between improvisation and composition, her writing and pianistic prowess have been described as 'adventurous' and 'refreshing'. With her own group, Kris has toured extensively and released 5 albums. She has performed with musicians such as Tony Malaby, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, and Chris Speed. For over a decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and the most recent, "Perennial" was listed in the "10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009" in the New York Observer. He has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances. Rob has collaborated with artists such as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, and Joseph Jarman.

AGENT ORANGE - Tue Jul 27 8:30PM
(Sam Trapchak, bass, compositions; Nick Kadajski, alto saxophone; Arthur Vint, drums)
Jazz is The Common ground between Agent Orange members saxophonist, Nick Kadajski (alto saxophone), Sam Trapchak (double bass) and Arthur Vint (drums). Friends by musical association for the last three years, these musicians have finally come together to form a collaborative group featuring their innovative and highly varied compositions. The bands unique sound is the result of a proficiency in a wide range of musical styles; everything from heavy metal to afro-beat to country. Nick Kadajski heads up the NYC based group 5 Point Perspective, which features his original compositions. Nick's album "Remembering Things to Come" won praise from "Jazz Times" writer Bobby Vega "...Nick Kadajski's 5 Point Perspective and their new recording Remembering Things to Come is just another indication of the healthy state of jazz music. Fantastic compositions, remarkable arrangements and incredible musicianship. Sam Trapchak is a Michigan transplant, raised on the rich musical tradition of Detroit. For years a staple in the Detroit hardcore scene with his band Happiness, and then as a freelance jazz player, Sam has just finished his first year in NYC. Watch for the upcoming release by his current band, Put Together Funny, which is headed for the studio next month. Arthur Vint is an up and coming drummer hailing from Tucson, Arizona. A highly adaptable musician, Vint has been a major figure in the Tucson music community since he was a teenager and now freelances in NYC. He has been featured on many recordings in a wide range of genres. For a complete discography visit his website
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SHERYl BAILEY 3 - Wed Jul 28 8:30PM 
(Sheryl Bailey, guitar/compositions; Ian Froman, drums; Ron Oswosnki, organ)
The NYU Guitar Festival is proud to feature jazz guitarist Sheryl Bailey and her band, The Sheryl Bailey 3 The Sheryl Bailey 3 pays homage to the format of the guitar/organ trio, but with a modern sensibility: Modal vamps, lush harmonic sequences, blues wails, and haunting melodies included. Bailey has released 7 releases as a leader, including her latest tribute to Emily Remler, "A New Promise" (MCG Jazz) and the live performance DVD of the trio from Mel Bay Records, "Live in NYC". Bill Milkowski has described her playing as: "A modernist burner with an abundance of Pat Martino-style chops" and Vintage Guitar names her "jazz guitar's current front-runner." Sheryl is joined by drummer Ian Froman and organist Ron Oswosnki. They will be playing selections from new and old releases, plus new, undocumented pieces from the "Book Of Bailey." For more information visit
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Jacam Manricks GROUP - CD RELEASE FOR TRIGONOMETRY - Fri Jul 30 9:00PM & 10:30PM
(Jacam Manricks, saxophones, compositions; Joe Martin, bass; Ari Hoenig, drums; George Colligan, piano)
Saxophonist Jacám Manricks takes us along a new Jazz tangent on his breathtaking tour de force release "Trigonometry." This exciting musical program covers all the angles as Manricks' brilliant original compositions will be presented by an amazing group of players, including celebrated drummer Ari Hoenig , steadfast bassist Joe Martin, and the ever bombastic George Colligan on piano. "Superb saxophone work, intellectually stimulating writing and ingeniously dovetailed rhythmic lines are the three sides that form the musical shape on Trigonometry"
- All About Jazz What is said about Manricks' first CD, Labyrinth: "mellifluous...meditative...beautifully contoured... "An impressive collection of pieces..."A composer beyond the confines of genre perception" 4 stars!
Downbeat Magazine "Labyrinth is a piece of work that does for jazz what author Walt Whitman did for existentialism, he gives the genre meaning that people can relate to and apply to their own lives." For more information visit
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Kris Davis/JOHN HÉBERT/TOM RAINEY - Sat Jul 31 8:30PM
(Kris Davis, piano, compositions; John Hébert, bass; Tom Rainey, drums)
CD RELEASE for Good Citizen on Fresh Sound Records Good Citizen is Davis' fourth release on Fresh Sound Records as a leader. The music she composed for the trio, featuring John Hebert and Tom Rainey, creates short, concise pieces, and focuses on the interplay within the trio. For more information visit

(Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Tyshawn Sorey, drums; Kris Davis, piano)
CD RELEASE for Paradoxical Frog on Clean Feed Records This exciting new trio release sees Drummer Tyshawn Sorey, pianist Kris Davis and reedist Ingrid Laubrock, all extremely thoughtful and engaging composer-improvisers, join forces for a wowingly sensitive encounter with mostly-free but sometimes creatively structured music of the moment, and one of the most memorable sets of the festival.

Kirk Nurock, SOLO JAZZ PIANIST - Sun Aug 01 6:00PM 
Kirk Nurock orchestrated for Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie and Meredith Monk, composed a work for 2O voices and 3 canines which he conducted at Carnegie Hall, and won a scholarship at age 16, awarded by Duke Ellington. But when he sits down to a piano, strange universes collide. Nurock deconstructs standards and jazz classics through a highly personal post-modernism. Keyboard Magazine called him "joyously iconoclastic" and the Village Voice said "Nurock is a composer-pianist who has always defied categorization." Come hear why!!
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ERI YAMAMOTO TRIO - Sun Aug 01 8:30PM 
(Eri Yamamoto, piano; David Ambrosio, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums)
This new album of her all-new, all-original pieces are all brought to life with ebullience and deep sensitivity by her long-running Trio partners, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. Half of these pieces were composed as a new soundtrack suite to the 1932 silent film,"I was born, but...", by Japanese director asujiro Ozu, one of the most important filmmakers in cinema history. The film deals with the unchanging human situation that we don't choose which family we're born into, and the problems that come with this. While Ozu's film is serious and sometimes heartbreaking, it also has lightness and humor; Yamamoto's compositions accentuate this emotional complexity. The other five pieces, equally compelling and far ranging in mood, were composed through capturing Eri's experiences living in NYC and her touring around the world over the last two years. For more information visit
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(Vic Juris, guitar; Mary Halvorsen, guitar)
Guitarist/composer and guest curator Joel Harrison has assembled some of the world's finest improvising guitarists for a three day festival at Cornelia St. Café focusing on duos that bring together unusual, (mostly) first-time, pairings. The emphasis is on fearless innovators and improvisers- jazz, country, blues, rock, prog, noise, Indian, and classical will seamlessly meld together. Surprise will be the order of the day. Mr. Harrison on The Players:
Vic Juris is, to me, a master guitarist. He plays jazz standards as well as anyone alive, but also veers into all kinds of surprising modernism. His nylon string playing is lovely, and his feel and imagination are incredible. Mary Halvorsen is a fresh face on the scene, a Braxton acolyte, with a fiercely independent style. I have no idea what these two will sound like together which is absolutely enticing. I have a feeling they won't play Stella by Starlight but if they do you may not know it. For more information visit
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(Pete McCan, guitar; Adam Rodgers, guitar)
The Players, according to Harrison: Pete McCann: Pete is the Clark Kent of guitar- watch out when he steps in the phone booth. Whether playing his own compositions, Mahavishnu music, or Jazz tunes, he uses deadly force with a smile. Adam Rogers...what can I say about a guy who soloed next to Michael Brecker for many years? Everything he does comes out sounding perfect. Adam's technique extends into so many avenues of guitar playing it's silly. He is an encyclopedia of guitar.
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