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Amram & Co Tonight! Arturo O'Farrill (Tues) Nick Mancini, Gnu Vox & More This Week at the Cornelia Street Cafe

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September 5, 2005

To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]



Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street Greenwich Village, NY 10014

Tel: 212-989-9319 Fax: 212-243-4207 Web: corneliastreetcafe.com

between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village 1,9 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, F to West 4th St.

“a culinary as well as a cultural landmark" Mayoral Proclamation, City of New York 1987

This Weekend at Cornelia Street Cafe Sept. 5 thg Sept. 11



Mon Sep 05 AMRAM & CO 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. 8:30PM Cover $10 www.davidamram.com

Tue Sep 06 ARTURO O'FARRILL (Note Schedule Change from 2nd Tuesday of the month to first Tuesday of the month) (Arturo O'Farrill, piano; Rafi Torn, percussion; Rafi Malakiel, trombone; Peter Brainin, tenor sax; Emilio Valdez, drums; Harvie S, bass)

Arturo O'Farrill y Riza Negra - Explorations in Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban composer/bandleader Chico O'Farrill and musical director of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

Arturo is music director of the Lincolin Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, yet he still makes time for his Y Riza Negra performances at Cornelia Street.

One of the highlights of this incredible musical opportunity, for both listeners and younger musicians: Arturo, the consummate teacher, is offering both a student discount rate and the opportunity for jazz students to sit in with his band during the second set.

This performance is a rare opportunity to see this high-energy, exceptionally gifted artist perform with his trio in the intimate setting of The Cornelia Street Cafe's 60-seat downstairs lounge. 8:30PM Cover $10

Wed Sep 07 NICK MANCINI TRIO (Nick Mancini, vibraphone; Arthur Kell, bass; Mark Bordenet, drums) “Full of drive and lyricism...music with pizazz and finesse....There is a sense of another era embedded in this music; yet it is not dated. The style is given fresh life in the hands of this band with sparkling improvisations and fine interactivity." Cadence Magazine 8:30PM Cover $5 www.nickmancini.net

Thu Sep 08 GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: SINGERS SHOWCASE (12 vocalists; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Matt Clohesy, bass; Ferenc Nemeth, drums) Gnu Vox Singers Showcase featuring: Julie Hardy, Sasha Dobson, David Devoe, Jo Lawry, Sachal Vasandani, Heidi Krenn, Amy Cervini, Sofia Koutsovitis, Abby Riccards, Sean Wood, Alexis Cole, Monikah Heidemann and more!

The opening night of this season's Gnu Vox series is a rare opportunity to sample some of the highest caliber vocalists in the world. The night will serve as a preview and showcase of this series focusing on emerging vocal talent. Each vocalist will sing several selections accompanied by some of the finest instrumentalists in New York. These singers have been chosen for the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, Aspen Snowmass Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Vocal Competition and Downbeat Student Music Awards. They have performed at the Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Sweet Rhythm, as well as the top establishments of Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Don't miss the chance to hear the next generation of great jazz vocalists!

www.juliehardy.com, www.amycervini.com, www.abigailriccards.com, www.abbyriccards.com, www.sashadobson.com, www.alexiscole.com, www.monikah.com, www.sachalvasandani.com, www.daviddevoe.com, www.myspace.com/ seanwood, www.stevecardenasmusic.com

This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists. The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz. The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price! David Devoe, curator 8:30PM Cover $10 www.daviddevoe.com

Fri Sep 09 JEREMY STEIG QUARTET (Jeremy Steig, flute; Vic Juris, guitar; Cameron Brown, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums) Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician. 9:00PM Cover $12 www.jeremysteig.info

Sat Sep 10 MALABY/SANCHEZ/ RAINEY TRIO (Tony Malaby, saxophone; Angelica Sanchez, piano; Tom Rainey, drums) The husband and wife team have been playing with their drummer pal Tom Rainey for years now; their bedrock rapport doesn't vanish for an instant when they're truly hitting it. That gives their well-conceived abstractions an inner balance that often eludes others. Sax, piano, percussion - quite a concept. Jim Macnie/Village Voice NYC

This is a particularly articulate small ensemble in a time where subtle ensemble articulation is a lost art to many musicians. The trio subtly balances between the overt and the introvert. Intuitive ensemble-play moments find their space, without ever loosing sight of precise process and motion within the longer time-lapses. This is quite a compliment when you consider the fact that all their material is improvised and crafted; on the spot. How often have you not listened to a “free-jazz" combo and felt: “well, some good moments here and there, but there is just no focus, no story, and no narrative." Not so with this trio. Come out, listen intently, and you will hear fluid narratives you can relate to, all night long. This is modern improvised chamber music. Structure and exploration go hand in hand, not one sacrificed for the other. Malaby's embracing sound is reminiscent of the more lyrical sax players from both American as well as European traditions; he is thus quite unique in the American landscape these days. With Rainey's highly intelligent and intuitive rhythmic play/counter play, Sanchez's colorful and imaginative harmonic musings; this trio has enough musical intelligence and heart to capture anyone out there with half an ear for any kind of music. Gaute Solaas

Sun Sep 11 SEPTEMBER CONCERT 8:30PM www.septemberconcert.org

Upcoming Shows:

Mon Sep 12 COMPOSERS COLLABORATIVE INC PRESENTS: SERIAL UNDERGROUND (Jed Distler, piano, composer; Ed Schmidt, words & performance; Joshua Fried, composer) CCi's multidisciplinary productions will be serialized in monthly installments. Musical breaks provided by members of The Mighty CCi House Band, other regulars.

Telephone for advance sale tickets: 212-663-1967 all major credit card accepted: AMEX, MC, Visa Advance purchase tickets (incl. one house drink): $15 Tickets purchased at the door on day of perf (incl. one house drink): $20 8:30PM www.composerscollab.org

Tue Sep 13 ARTURO O'FARRILL (Arturo O'Farrill, piano; Rafi Torn, percussion; Rafi Malakiel, trombone; Peter Brainin, tenor sax; Emilio Valdez, drums; Harvie S, bass)

Arturo O'Farrill y Riza Negra - Explorations in Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban composer/bandleader Chico O'Farrill and musical director of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

Arturo is music director of the Lincolin Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, yet he still makes time for his Y Riza Negra performances at Cornelia Street.

One of the highlights of this incredible musical opportunity, for both listeners and younger musicians: Arturo, the consummate teacher, is offering both a student discount rate and the opportunity for jazz students to sit in with his band during the second set.

This performance is a rare opportunity to see this high-energy, exceptionally gifted artist perform with his trio in the intimate setting of The Cornelia Street Cafe's 60-seat downstairs lounge. 8:30PM Cover $10

Wed Sep 14 RIBS & BRISKET (Paul Shapiro, saxophone, vocals; Babi Floyd, vocals; Cilla Owens, vocals; Tony Lewis, drums; Booker King, bass; Brian Mitchelll, piano)

Back in the 30s and 40s bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music. You had Slim Gaillard singing “Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording “A Bee Gezindt", and Calloway's hysterical yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to “Ot Azoy" (That's the Way).

Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40s hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the saxophonist/composer features Babi Floyd, (of Keith Richard's Expensive Winos et al) and Cilla Owens (one of New York’s best kept secrets). They will be backed by musicians from Paul’s CD “Midnight Minyan", on Tzadik Records, which was released lastyear. *Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket 8:30PM Cover $8

Thu Sep 15 AVANTANGO “a collective of musicians who are not afraid to bend the rules of both jazz and tango. While some may want to call it tango- jazz, the music is much more than that." Jazz Times 8:30PM www.avantango.com

Fri Sep 16 CLIFF KORMAN QUARTET (Billy Drewes, woodwinds; AndyEulau, bass; Vanderlei Pereira, drums/percussion; Cliff Korman, piano/composer/arranger) This ensemble combines creativity with mastery! The balance between composition and improvisation creates a layered, flowing soundscape of Brazilian rhythm and song combined with a sophisticated personal language. The performance is a vibrant experience of improvised, yet organized, freedom. 9:00PM Cover $10 www.cliffkorman.com

Sat Sep 17 EMILIO SOLLA & THE NY JAZZ-TANGO QUARTET (Emilio Solla, piano & composition; Javier Vercher, saxophones & flute; Paplo Aslan, bass; Franco Pinna, drums) This outstanding argentinian pianist and composer, considered one of the most creative musicians of the post-Piazzolla generation, blends modern tango and folk music from Argentina with jazz in a completely new and creative way. With four CDs as band leader for the prestigious Fresh Sound Records label, he has recorded with Jorge Rossy (Brad Meldhau trio), Chris Cheek and Omer Avital. Touring in clubs and festivals all around Europe and Japan, he now presnts his music in NYC for the first time, with a stunning quintet featuring musicians as bassist Pablo Aslan (Paquito D'Rivera, Lalo Schiffrin, Joe Lovano).

“Every once in a while appears music of such accomplishment and beauty that it completely transcends boundaries of style or culture to become an instant classic. Sentido, the gorgeous new record by Argentinean pianist Emilio Solla and his group Afines, contains such music. Simply one of the best jazz albums of the year" (All About Jazz, NY) 9:00PM Cover $10 www.emiliosolla.com

Mon Sep 19 MICHAEL MARCUS QUARTET FEATURING TED DANIEL (Michael Marcus, saxophones; Ted Daniel, trumpet; TBA, bass; TBA, drums) 8:30PM

Wed Sep 21 THE SONGWRITER'S BEAT (Eric Milano; Sofia; Seth Glass; Mark Vodery)

Now in its 5th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriter's series, where songwriters are encouraged to perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

Curated / hosted by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat features top up-and-coming songwriters. Each month four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

Founded in 2000 by Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 185 phenomenal songwriters (hailing from all over the globe: from the US, UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan!) and keeps growing!

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so if you are planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat! 8:30PM Hosted by Valerie Ghent. Cover $5 songwritersbeat.com

Thu Sep 22 ONE WOMAN SHOW One Woman Show: Adele Mailer performs “Christmas Punch" and reads from her new book “Last Party". 6:00PM Cover $6

GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: AMY CERVINI AND MICHAL COHEN (Amy Cervini, vocals; Michael Cohen, vocals)

This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists. The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz. The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price! David Devoe, curator 8:30PM Cover $10 www.daviddevoe.com

Fri Sep 23 GEORGE GARZONE CELEBRATES HIS AND JOHN COLTRANES BIRTHDAY!!! (George Garzone, saxophone; Joe Cohen, guitar; Kermit Driscoll, bass; Pete Zimmer, drums) Happy Birthday George and John! 9:00PM Cover $10

Sat Sep 24 ARMEN DONELIAN QUINTET (Armen Donelian, piano, composer; John Carlson, trumpet & flugelhorn; Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone; John Hebert, bass; Allison Miller, drums) Pianist/composer Armen Donelian, who produced two distinctive quintet albums for Sunnyside in the late 80's (featuring Dick Oatts, Barry Danielian, Anthony Cox and Bill Stewart), comes back with a strong new lineup.

“Donelian's mastery of writing for small group is startling...exceptional...a provocative modernist." - Chuck Berg, Lawrence Journal-World (The Wayfarer CD by Armen Donelian, 1990)

“The spirit of adventure that breathes in this enterprise releases ephemeral currents and raises each theme to the level of epic musicality. The jazz attained here hints at even more than it tells." - Francois Lacharme, Jazz Hot Critics' Poll #3 Album of the Year (Secrets CD by Armen Donelian, 1988) 9:00PM www.armenjazz.com

Sun Sep 25 JOHN HOLLENBECK'S THE CLAUDIA QUINTET (John Hollenbeck, composition/drums/percussion; John Hebert, bass; Ted Reichman, accordiona; Chris Speed, clarinet/tenor sax; Matt Moran, vibraphone) The Claudia Quintet, celebrating “I, Claudia" on Cuneiform Records

“...extremely well developed jazz techniques being turned to ends of contemporary modern classical music. Perhaps Claudia is really a composer's instrument, an odd ad hoc sort of assembly, who might be previewing music that will subsequently have a different, more conventional orchestration. Regardless, it is a group of players each very much concerned with the expressive and tonal capacities of his specific instrument."-Robert R. Calder Pop Matters

Mon Sep 26 21 CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS SHAWN PERSINGER Shawn Persinger is Prester John (solo acoustic) and Prester John.

With a blend of rock, funk, and the avant-garde, New Haven, CT trio PRESTER JOHN has a sound that is uniquely its own. Formed by underground guitar-hero Shawn Persinger, Prester John also showcases the talents of drummer Steve Zieminski and bassist Joe Casillo.

Taylor Guitars' Wood and Steel once wrote, “Persinger has defined his career by playing hard-to-define music." Nothing could be closer to the truth. One minute you're hearing a pop song the next you're listening to music that could have been composed by Stravinsky. With the frantic juxtapositions of dozens of different styles Persinger insists PRESTER JOHN is simply a rock and roll band.

“Rock is one of the few styles that isn't idiomatic. A genre that includes The Beatles, Sabbath and Zappa obviously has layers to it. I'm happy to call Prester John 'rock and roll' we just have a few more twists than most groups."

“If, to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, the mark of a great artist is being able to keep two contradictory notions in mind and still function, then Persinger's musical abilities know few bounds." - Gramophone (Aug. 2004) 8:30PM Cover $10 www.persingermusic.com/

Tue Sep 27 DAN MCCARTHY QUARTET (Dan McCarthy, vibraphone; Ben Waltzer, piano; Matt Wigton, bass; Greg Ritchie, drums)

After working his way to being one of the top vibraphonists in Canada, Dan McCarthy made the move to New York, where he has picked up where he left off in Toronto. Being in New York for only nine nonths, Dan has already started making a name for himself by performing at numerous jazz clubs around Manhattan. Dan will be performing original material, as well as a few wisely chosen standards. Featured on this gig will be pianist Ben Wzltzer. 8:30PM Cover $8 www.danmccarthy.net

Wed Sep 28 SOUL OF THE BLUES (Will Scott; Ben Ratliff; TBA) This special edition of Soul of the Blues features.....Will Scott, Ben Ratliff + TBA.

SOUL OF THE BLUES, NYC's premiere 'inexpensive' live blues and soul music series, happens the fourth Wednesday of every month at Cornelia Street Cafe. for more information please visit: http://souloftheblues.com 8:30PM Cover $7 willscottmusic.com

Fri Sep 30 RORY STUART/GLENN WILSON QUARTET (Rory Stuart, guitar; Glenn Wilson, saxophones; John Lockwood, bass; John Riley, drums) Longtime musical colleagues Rory Stuart ("Virtuoso guitarist" -Jazz Times) and Glenn Wilson ("Tremendously accomplished baritone saxist" - Jazz News) team up with top bassist/drummer combination John Lockwood and John Riley for a weekend of original music at the Cornelia Street Café. In this rare New York appearance by Glenn (who is now based in the MidWest), they will perform music from their critically acclaimed CDs “Bittersweet" and “Blue Porpoise Avenue," as well as new music from a not-yet-released CD. Jazz News writes: “It is fascinating to hear how these two artists interact." Come hear it for yourself!

Sets at 9:00 and 10:30pm Reservations Recommended!

Admission: $12 ($9 for students with ID) 9:00PM www.rorystuart.com







SEPTEMBER Spoken Word







Fri Sep 02 PINK PONY POETRY no reading due to Labor Day weekend 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6

Sat Sep 03 ZIRYAB: THE ARAB-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION no reading due to Labor Day weekend 6:00PM Hosted by Nada Taib and Ramzi Moufarez. Cover $10

Mon Sep 05 NO READING Labor Day recess 6:00PM Cover $6

Tue Sep 06 POETRY (Kurt Brown; Phillip Dacey) Poetry: Kurt Brown & Phillip Dacey, host Angelo Verga 6:00PM Cover $6

Wed Sep 07 PEN CENTRAL (Robin Rice Lichtig; Prudence Holmes; Coree Spencer; Joanne Joseph) Poetry, prose, and performance from a long-standing writing peer group. Tonight is Vebal Foreplay. 6:00PM Cover $6

Thu Sep 08 POETRY & PROSE (Tim O'Mara; Tony Gloeggler; Stella Padnos; Mike Veve) Several of our favorite writers combine in an eclectic line-up. one of them will wear a summer dress. but you didn't hear it here. 6:00PM Cover $6

Fri Sep 09 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's “featured" reader Jane Ormerod. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6

Sat Sep 10 ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: TBA, plus open mic, 5 minute limit. 6:00PM Cover $6

Sun Sep 11 POETRY (Sekenna Shaban; Angelo Verga; Bill Zavatsky) Not a 9/11 anniversary reading, though the poets may touch on the subject from a variety of angles. 6:00PM Cover $6

Mon Sep 12 NEW WRITERS (TBA) 6:00PM Cover $6

Wed Sep 14 INTERCULTURAL POETRY (TBA) 6:00PM Cover $6

Thu Sep 15 PO'JAZZ lineup: TBA www.goldajazz.com 6:00PM Cover $13

Fri Sep 16 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's “featured" reader Martha Rhodes. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com

Sat Sep 17 GREEK-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION ineup:TBA 6:00PM Cover $6

Sun Sep 18 PROSE Kathleen Frazier reads from her forthcoming novel. 6:00PM Cover $6

Mon Sep 19 NEW YORK QUARTERLY (Mark Bibbins; Timothy Liu; Matthew Yeager) Matthew Yeager, Timothy Liu, Mark Bibbins are recent contributors to the venerable NYQ, one of the leading poetry journals in the country. 6:00PM Cover $6

Tue Sep 20 WRITERS ROOM the urban writers colony annual salute to Mexican poetry & prose. 6:00PM Cover $6

Wed Sep 21 POETRY (Pam Laskin; Yerra Sugarman) two outstanding poets from CCNY. 6:00PM Cover $6

Fri Sep 23 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's “featured" reader Martha Rhodes. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com

Mon Sep 26 BAD DATE STORIES PART 2 Bad Date Stories Part 2 Is a bad choice better than no choice at all? Short fiction about strange decisions and weird turns in the dating scene. Featuring Jen Conley, Schuyler Bishop, Wah-Ming Chang, and Helen Phillips. Hosted by Karen Heuler. 6:00PM Cover $6

Fri Sep 30 PINK PONY WEST (Terence Burns) Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's “featured" reader Martha Rhodes. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink. 6:00PM Hosted by Jackie Sheeler. Cover $6 www.poetz.com







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