Cornelia Street Cafe January Music Schedule


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CORNELIA STREET CAFE 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319 www.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.

Press Contact: Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services, 845-986-1677, [email protected]


New Year's Eve Our wonderful chef Dan Lathem's fabulous 4-course dinner upstairs, and Paul Shapiro's footstomping RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE (which sold out last year) downstairs. Dinner is $75, the show (with a glass of champagne) is $50 and there is a bargain price for dinner and the show of $115. Check out our website: then hit FOOD, then hit NEW YEAR'S EVE. Reservations: 212-989-9319

Mon Jan 02 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

Tue Jan 03 ARTUR 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.

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

Fri Jan 06 CHRIS LIGHTCAP GROUP (Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Craig Taborn, piano; Chris Lightcap, bass & compositions; Greald Cleaver, drums) Having released 2 critically acclaimed releases with his two-tenor quartet, bassist and composer Chris Lightcap brings another configuration of new music to Cornelia Street Cafe. Lightcap has been featured in the bands of Craig Taborn, Joe Morris, Mark Turner and Regina Carter, and tonight he will lead a band featuring his longtime collaborators Tony Malaby, Mark Turner ,Gerald Cleaver as well as Jacob Sacks on piano.

“One of the bright lights of New York's younger players, the bassist has been fashioning a group sound around a pair of tenor saxophonists for years. His writing can be simultaneously demonstrative and reflective, an accomplishment that gives his music emotional breadth." -Jim Macnie, Village Voice

“A bassist-bandleader who's made some excellent records with two tenor saxophones out front." - Ben Ratliff, New York Times

“Bassist Chris Lightcap has worked alongside avant-minded mavericks such as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, and Joe Morris, but he's also right at home in more mellifluous units led by Regina Carter and Craig Taborn. perhaps that explains the infectious swagger and fat grooves he brings to bear on Bigmouth (Fresh Sound New Talent), a playful bag of tunes featuring saxists Tony Malaby and Bill McHenry and drummer Gerald Cleaver" -Time Out New York 9:00PM Cover $10 www.chrislightcap.com



Sun Jan 08 PEKKA PYLKKANEN'S TUBE FACTORY (Pekka Pylkkanen, reeds; Mika Pohjola, piano; Steve Doyle, bass; Roland Schneider, drums) “Pekka Pylkkanen is among the jazz elite in his native Finland. A stalwart member of the fabled UMO Jazz Orchestra, Pylkkanen shows his crafty wares on his solo debut for Naxos Jazz. On Pekka's Tube Factory, the multi-reedman display a fine compositional pen, expresssive, accomplished techenical skills and a keen ear for arranging." Glenn Astarita - All About Jazz 8:30PM Cover $10 www.pekkapylkkanen.com

Mon Jan 09 COMPOSERSCOLLABORATIVE PRESENTS SERIAL UNDERGROUND THE 2ND MONDAY OF THE MONTH (Riccarda Caflisch, flute; Justine F. Chen, composer; Jed Distler, piano & composer; Ed Schmidt, playwright; David Sonton-Caflisch, violin/composer; Matt sullivan, oboe, english horn, electronics, composer; Arnold Barkus, director; David Lovett, lighting drssign) Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes SERIAL UNDERGROUND, CCi's monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe - “Informal performances of concert works were part of the musical ecology, and to some extent part of the ecology of urban night life as well. That tradition lasted into the 20th century, when ... “serious music" reserved the concert hall as its home, and jazz (and later other popular forms) took its place at street level. ... Composers Collaborative and its inventive artistic director, the composer and pianist Jed Distler, have decided that this [lost] intimacy [between listeners and performers] is worth recapturing."

SERIAL #13 presents us with the family history of our disgruntled protagonist in The Gold Standard, (excerpt) by Jed Distler and Ed Schmidt (The Last Supper); the first NY appearance by David Sonton- Caflisch and Riccarda Caflisch of Switzerland's Konzertreihe o! playing the music of John Cage, Justine F. Chen, Debussy and more; and the irrepressible oboe genius, Matt Sullivan.

Box office: 212-663-1967 Advance sale tickets (AMEX, MC, Visa): $15 Tickets purchased on day of event: $20 One house drink included with admission 8:30PM www.composerscollab.org

Wed Jan 11 ANDERSKOV ACCIDENT (Coung Vu, trumpet; Jesper Zeuthen, Ned Ferm; Chris Speed, reeds; Peter Dahlgren, trombone; Jacob Anderskov, rhodes/piano; Jeppe Skovbakke, bass; Rune Kielsgaard, drums) Please note show time: 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Anderskov Accident has released their second CD, UNITY OF ACTION. “Unity of Action" is the follow-up to their debut album “Anderskov Accident" (scr/ILK), which received the Danish Music Award Jazz 2003 as “Jazz Discovery of the Year".

The music of Anderskov Accident is about unifying opposites. Edgy innovation meets and unites with the straight down beautiful. Groovy meets melodious, and high expressiveness is placed in a natural forward flow. Short and longer stories are told with raw energy, heart and soul along with mania and melancholy. Odd meters and mysterious rhythms are played hairily groovy - with a lot of personal freedom.

This music is visionary and warm-blooded. It is liquid, sparkling and intuitive yet subtly structured. Unconventional compositions and grooves are mixed with great musical reserve, giving the music an inner balance and a true spontaneity.

The result is honest, unpolished - and an emotionally powerful experience. This truly being the album to elevate ANDERSKOV ACCIDENT up the ladder. Accommodating both the open-minded listener and the wild at heart.

Double Danish Music Award winner Jacob Anderskov received in 2004 the Danish Government Art Foundation's prestigious 3-year Composers Working Grant, as one of the youngest rhythmic composers ever.

“I dare to promise the open-minded listener that the respect for Anderskov's musical universe will grow for every minute. It is deeply original and is really pulling nails out. In my ears, Anderskov's music is like an ancient Nordic fairytale flower that slowly opens up and takes new colours, while you are at first gaping and amazed, later moved by its richness and satisfying beauty. So now I just can't get enough of this redefined Nordic sound, and must hear the records over and over again." - Peter Rahbek, Jazz Special, February 2003.

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials 8:00PM Cover $10 www.jacobanderskov.com

JOHN MCNEIL (John McNeil, trumpet; Pete McCann, guitar; Allison Miller, drums; Mike McGuirk, bass) A new quartet - new music!

McNeil renders anthem style choruses amid vocal-like phrasings to complement a robust tone, awash with razor sharp lines. -- jazzreview.com

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials 10:00PM Cover $10 www.mcneiljazz.com

Thu Jan 12 - 11:30PM GNU VOX ALL NIGHT IAJE VOCAL SPECIAL Please note show time: 6:00PM - 11:30PM


For more info on feature performers: www.caswellsisters.com www.daviddevoe.com www.juliadollison.com www.saraleib.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!

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials 6:00PM David Devoe, curator. Cover $10

Fri Jan 13 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 Jan 14 JAMES CARNEY GROUP (David Binney, saxophone; Josh Roseman, trombone; Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet; Chris Lightcap, bass; Ted Poor, drums; James Carney, rhodes & compositions) David Binney - saxophone Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet Josh Roseman - trombone Chris Lightcap - bass Ted Poor - drums “Mr. Carney is an accomplished composer and a sharp pianist." - Nate Chinen, The New York Times

“Carney's compositions range far beyond standard jazz fare, drawing from genres as disparate as Indian ragas and New Orleans piano, Brazilian afoxe and Jarrett-esque lyricism. His playing is exquisite, and he gets the most out of the beautiful sound of his piano." - Ernie Rideout, KEYBOARD

“Not only the real deal, but flat-out one of the most imaginative composers and players around." - Brandt Reiter, LA Weekly

Since moving to NYC in November 2004, keyboardist & composer James Carney has performed with the likes of Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, and Tony Malaby. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Carney moved to California in 1986 to study jazz at CalArts with Charlie Haden and James Newton.

Carney received the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Composers Award, and he also received “Best Jazz Artist" honors at the 2002 LA Weekly Music Awards. He has released three well-received albums: “Fables from the Aqueduct" (1994); “Offset Rhapsody" (1997); and “Thread" (2002). Carney's music might be described as inclusive jazz; he favors assymetrical forms and complex harmonic models influenced as much by classical, rock, pop, world and the avant-garde as by the jazz tradition. He also composes chamber music and was recently commissioned by the Extension Ensemble to create a ten-minute brass quintet for this adventurous group.

Now residing in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, Carney also curates the tuesday night jazz & improvised music series “[email protected]" at the Koze lounge in Park Slope. 8:30PM Cover $10 www.jamescarney.net

BEN WALTZER GROUP (Ben Waltzer, piano) “This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. “One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long." --Ben Ratliff, NYTimes, 7.18.04

“Brilliantly performed...very impressive." - Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of '100 Dreams Ago.'

“In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is 'let's just play.' Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful." - Jim Macnie, the Village Voice 10:30PM Cover $10 www.benwaltzer.com

Sun Jan 15 NICK BISESI QUARTET CD RELEASE CONCERT FOR GEMINI (Nick Bisesi, tenor saxophone & compositions; Pete McCann, guitar; Cliff Schmitt, bass; Owen Howard, drums; Special Guest Gayle Bisesi, vocals) CD Release Concert for Gemini

Nick Bisesi has performed with such notables as Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, David Liebman, and Ramsey Lewis,. His compositions range from gritty downtown industrial sounds to folkish melodies to East Indian scales. This is the NYC debut performance of Nick's new CD Gemini.

Gemini exudes a sense of energy and freshness. Nick's knowledge and respect for the tradition of jazz is evident; but he clearly wants to chart his own path. -Mark F. Turner, All about Jazz

Bisesi can't help but infuse the music with throaty emotion. -Neil Tesser, Miles Ahead, Listen Here, & Chicago Reader's Critics Choice

A talented and highly individual tenor-saxophonist. -Scott Yanow, Author of nine books including Jazz On Film, Trumpet Kings, Bebop and Jazz On Record 1917-76

Nick's polished sound and technique, combined with a fine ear and a lively imagination, make him a formidable player... -David Franklin - Jazz Times

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials 8:30PM Cover $10 www.nickbisesi.com

Mon Jan 16 BIG BANG

“Big Bang", the latest new and all-inclusive music and mixed media series at Cornelia Street Cafe, beginning Monday, October 17th, 2005 and every third Monday of the month thereafter.

“Big Bang" is a creative collision of musicians with artists in spoken word, dance, visual art, video art, found words, theatre, etc. presenting works in progress in a new series every third Monday at the Cornelia Street Cafe. The evenings will include two featured groups followed by a brief talk back with the audience after each set. Every evening will end with a jam session in which we fish names out of a hat (including names of audience members) that will go for about 10 minutes. 8:30PM Katie Down, curator. Cover $10

Tue Jan 17 MOSTLY OTHER PEOPLE DO THE KILLING (Peter Evans, trumpet; Jon Irabagon, saxophone; Moppa Elliot, bass; Kevin Shea, drums) MOPDTK is a recent group formed in NYC. In this ensemble, I attempt to write compositions that reflect the strange relationship I feel to jazz history. On the one hand, I grew up listening to and still love traditional jazz, but on the other, I am deeply disturbed and disgusted with its current state of turpitude. This music, instead of attempting to reconcile these two simultaneous opinions, pits them against each other creating music that both blatantly mocks and reveres the jazz tradition. Perhaps Dada-Jazz? 8:30PM www.moppaelliott.com


8:30PM Valerie Ghent, host. Cover $5 songwritersbeat.com

Thu Jan 19 KIM BOCK QUARTET (Kim Bock, saxophones; David Smith, trumpet; Adam Armstrong, bass; Peter Retzlaff, drums) “Kim Bock is an extremely talented and serious young musician. He shows so much maturity and poise in his music" -Jerry Bergonzi

Kim Bock Quartet plays modern jazz with an edge, incorporating clever arrangements and a hard swinging beat. The music, inspired by 1960's jazz legends Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane, showcases the deep musical sensibility and instrumental expertise of Kim Bock and his band mates.

David Smith, trumpet - An exceedingly sought-after trumpetist on the New York scene. David has plays with Alan Ferber Nonet, Delphian Orchestra (Fresh Sound artists) and Bill Mobley amongst many other.

Adam Armstrong, bass - appears on more that 60 albums and has performed with Billy Cobham, Kenny Wheeler, Kenny Kirkland and Maria Schneider

Peter Retzlaff, drums - a highly regarded veteran on the scene. Peter has played with Kenny Werner, Greg Osby, Diane Schuur, Gary Versace and many more. Furthermore, Peter is a very experienced clinician and on the faculty at The Drummers Collective - New York 8:30PM Cover $8 www.kimbock.com

Fri Jan 20 LINA ORFANOS (Lina Orfanos, voice) 9:00PM

Sat Jan 21 LINA ORFANOS (Lina Orfanos, voice) 9:00PM

Sun Jan 22 THE STRYKER / SLAGLE BAND (Dave Stryker, guitar; Steve Slagle, saxophone; Ed Howard, bass; Victor Lewis, drums) New CD Out: The Stryker / Slagle Band “Live at the Jazz Standard" (ZOHO)

“Live at the Jazz Standard is a field report from one of today's most inspired two-man teams." David Adler - JazzTimes 9/05

“The co-leaders, having played together for nearly two decades, have achieved an empathy that results in several passages of remarkable collective improvisation." Will Smith - Downbeat 9/05

Voted a Rising Star Acoustic Jazz Group in the 2004 Downbeat Critics Poll

Guitarist Dave Stryker and Saxophonist Steve Slagle have been developing a group sound for over 17 years. Recent gigs have included a packed week at the Jazz Bakery in LA where Don Heckman in the the LA Times called them “first-rate jazz talents", and a SRO show at the 2002 Monterey Jazz Festival. The group's most recent recording is the self-titled The Stryker/Slagle Band (Khaeon World Music). It has received great reviews including a feature story in the Dec. 2003 issue of Downbeat, and was picked as one of the Top Ten CD's of 2003 in the New Jersey Star Ledger and Jazzreview.

Dave and Steve consider this band their main focus after years as sidemen with many of the greats. Dave spent over 13 years with Stanley Turrentine, and also worked with Jack McDuff and Kevin Mahogany, and has over 15 CD's out as a leader, (most featuring Slagle.) He's also been a sideman on over 25 others. Stryker was voted one of the Top Ten Guitarists in both the Critics and Readers Poll of Downbeat Magazine in 2001, and his latest CD, Blue to the Bone III (SteepleChase Music), was picked as one of the top CD's of 2002 by jazz station WBGO and by Jazzreview. Gary Giddins in the Village Voice calls Dave “one of the most distinctive guitarists to come along in recent years.", Saxophonist Steve Slagle also has released 10 CD's as a leader, and performed as a sideman on countless others. He has played with Charlie Haden, Milton Nascimento, and Carla Bley to name a few. Steve was musical director of the Mingus Big Band for many years. His most recent CD New New York (OmniTone), features Stryker and Joe Lovano. He is also on Joe Lovano's Grammy winning CD “52nd St. Themes" on Blue Note. Jazz Times says “Slagle ranks in the upper echelon of alto sax players on the scene today." 8:30PM Cover $10 www.davestryker.com

Mon Jan 23 21 CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS MATTHEW WELCH Matthew Welch is a young composer who blends his Scottish roots and skills as a bagpipe virtuoso with folk music and Indonesian Gamelan. His first CD for Tzadik presents three pieces that should establish Welch as an important new voice in the contemporary music firmament. First is a remarkable new string quartet, complex and lyrical, taking the work of composers such as Aaron Copland, Lou Harrison and Ben Johnston into the 21st Century. Meticulously performed by the brilliant Flux Quartet, Siubhal Turnlar is a masterpiece. Also included is a subtle drone piece for multiple clarinets exploring difference tones and a spectacular concerto for bagpipes and percussion with Welch himself as soloist. A trio of three compositions from a young composer starting out strong on the visionary trail of contemporary composition 8:30PM Cover $10 www.tzadik.com/index.php?catalog=8015

Tue Jan 24 TANYA KALMANOVITCH: HUT FIVE (Tanya Kalmanovitch, violin & viola; Pete McCann, guitar; John Hebert, bass; Owen Howard, drums) A formidable classical performer, Kalmanovitch is fast developing a reputation in the international jazz and creative music community as an innovator on her primary instrument, the viola. She explores the viola's dark, warm terrain, uncovering its rich, vocal qualities in the context of jazz and free improvisation. Unabashedly expressive and a fierce technician, Kalmanovitch's breathtaking performances have garnered rave reviews in DownBeat, Coda, the Montreal Gazette, and the Irish Times.

Kalmanovitch will feature her electric quartet Hut Five. Joined by guitarist Pete McCann, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Owen Howard, she will perform original compositions blending her primary musical influences: contemporary jazz, 20th Century classical music, rock and free improvisation. Central to the group's aesthetic is the idea of expressive contrasts. The original compositions span the poles of extended composition and free improvisation, and Kalmanovitch's rich viola and sweet violin float over the astringent chromaticism and rhythmic complexity of her compositions. The group has released two records on Perspicacity. 8:30PM Cover $10 www.tanyakalmanovitch.com

Wed Jan 25 SOUL OF THE BLUES (TBA) This special edition of Soul of the Blues features.....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. 8:30PM Jon Sobel. Cover $5 tommykeys.com

Thu Jan 26 EVERY SONG EVER WRITTEN (Bill Zissner, piano; Arnie Roth, sax) Two musicians who have day jobs: Zinsser the seminal writing coach, Roth wonderful cartoonist for The New Yorker. 6:00PM Angelo Verga, host.

Fri Jan 27 PETE ZIMMER QUINTET (tba, trumpet; Joel Frahm, tenor sax; Toru Dodo, piano; David Wong, bass; Pete Zimmer, drums) “New York drummer Pete Zimmer, an engaging mainstream modernist, leads a like-minded qintet featuring a big book of swinging originals, most of them by Zimmer. The highest profile in the band belongs to tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, who turned heads recently with a subtle, harmonically sophisticated duet recording with pianist Brad Mehldau." Detroit Free Press - Mark Stryker 10/7/2005 9:00PM Cover $10 www.petezimmer.com

Sat Jan 28 THE FRINGE (George Garzone, saxophone; John Lockwood, bass; Bob Gulloti, drums) THE FRINGE IS BACK!

The Fringe are one of the genuine living treasures of the Boston jazz scene. Originally formed back in 1971 by tenor-saxophonist George Garzone, bassist Richard Appleman, and drummer Bob Gullotti as an outlet for their free jazz improvisations, The Fringe have entertained and enlightened Boston area jazz audiences for over 30 years. Bassist Appleman left the band in 1985 to become Chairman of the Bass Department at Berklee College and was replaced by veteran bassist John Lockwood.

Along with their impressive tenure with The Fringe, Gullotti, Garzone, and Lockwood are in great demand as session players and have played with many of the greats of contemporary jazz. Along with keeping up with a busy performance schedule, each of them are well- respected educators helping to inspire the jazz musicians of tomorrow. 9:00PM Cover $10 www.thefringejazz.com

Sun Jan 29 JOHN FISCHER'S INTERFACE NY QUARTET (Perry Robinson, clarinet; Vincent Chancey, french horn; Rob Zollman, percussion; John Fischer, piano; Angelo Verga, John Fischer, poetry) 8:30PM

Mon Jan 30 IGOR LUMPERT GROUP (Igor Lumpert, tenor saxophone; Matt Brewer, bass; Rodney Green, drums; + Guests) Igor Lumpert's music is a unique fusion of jazz, funk, Eastern European rhythms and modern neo bop sketches. He brings in new original music from a recently completed European tour “Innertextures", where he performed with Reggie Workman, bass . 8:30PM

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