September 19, 2005
To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Week at Cornelia Street Cafe Sept. 19 thg Sept. 25
Mon Sep 19 MICHAEL MARCUS QUARTET FEATURING TED DANIEL (Michael Marcus, saxophones; Ted Daniel, trumpet; Mike Bisio, bass; Jay Rosen, drums) Michael Marcus brings together some of the finest members of the jazz world to perform his latest compositions in a rare appearance in NYC!!
Michael Marcus has been an active member of the New York jazz scene for over 20 years. Since releasing his debut recording, Under The Wire" (Enja,1991), he has continued to be part of the cutting edge in American improvised music, touring the festival and club circuits recently both in the US and Europe with his trio of bassist Tarus Mateen and drummers Jay Rosen or Nasheet Waits. Michael now has 12 recordings as a leader, all on internationally recognized Jazz labels (Justin Time, SoulNote, Enja). Marcus has performed and recorded with: Albert King, Bobby Blue Bland, Sonny Simmons (with whom he fronts the Cosmosamatics group), Jaki Byard, Rahn Burton, Billy Higgins, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Jymie Merritt, , Warren Smith, Fred Hopkins, Philip Wilson, Roy Campbell and Carlos Ward. He has also been associated with the Makanda Ken McIntyre Ensemble, Grachan Moncur's big band, Zane Massey and the Liberation Suite , Jemeel Moondoc's JUS GREW Orchestra, Oakland legend Vince Wallace, trombonist Joe Bowie's Defunkt, and Saxemble (with Frank Lowe and James Carter & Cindy Blackman) and many more great artists, globally. Mr. Marcus, one of the last individuals to receive a performance grant from the NEA (National Endowment of the Arts) composed the string arrangements to his original music. These compositions were performed for the first time with a string quartet in November 1998 during a concert at the University of Memphis , as part of a Southern US tour and again in September 1999 at New York City Museum Of Modern Art. A classic session of Marcus' from 1993 was recently issued for the very first time entitled Ithem" (Ayler records) with bassist William Parker and the late drummer Denis Charles, and also, his first highly acclaimed unaccompanied recording Speakin Out" (Drimala,2002). Michael (2005) has had the exceptional reward performing with the legendary drum master Edgar Bateman in a duo" context, along with his continuation in touring/recording internationally with The Cosmosamatics and his quartet w/Ted Daniel.
Michael Marcus comes out of Coltrane, Kirk, and Dolphy, but has his own sound. -Downbeat Magazine 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 GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: AMY CERVINI AND MICHAL COHEN (Amy Cervini, vocals; Michael Cohen, vocals) Born in Toronto, jazz vocalist Amy Cervini has a unique style, combining standards, musical theatre, pop tunes and free jazz sensibilities. This versatility has made her a regular at New York clubs including Chez Suzette, Makor, The Knitting Factory, Swing 46 and The Bubble Lounge. She has extensive experience leading small groups, has worked with big bands including the Oded Lev-Ari Big Band and the Toronto All-Star Big Band and also has experience singing back-up vocals for various bands including Pharaoh's Daughter. Ms. Cervini also performs frequently with jazz vocal groups and is currently a member of the New York-based group, Monday Off. www.mondayoff.com
Michal Cohen's family comes from Yemen, but she was born and raised in Israel. Michal arrived in the United States after receiving a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She graduated in 2000, and has sung in many prestigious venues, including Kats Theatre with the Pittsburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Merkin Hall, The Museum for American Jewish History in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Symphony Space, Scullers Jazz Club, Joe's Pub, Satalla, Pianos, and the Knitting Factory. Her recordings include collaborations with artists such as DJ Cheb I Sabbah, Guillermo Nojechowicz, Frank London, Avi Elbaz, and many more. Her vocals have appeared on two movies: Historias Minimas", by Carlos Sorin, and Pearl Gluck's Divan" (Tribeca Film Festival). She has toured widely, including the Avivir Festival, Festival Del Desierto, San Luis Potosi in Mexico, Ottawa Folk Festival in Canada, Tamaulipas World Music Festival in Mexico, as well as the Far East. Her range extends from ancient Yemenite songs through to contemporary. Besides English, Yemenite, and Hebrew, Michal has sung in Bulgarian, Spanish, French, Yiddish and Portuguese. She is the recipient of a 'Finalist' from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2002, as well as The Vocal-Jazz Cleo Laine Award. Her reputation is building as one of the most eclectic and exciting vocalists on the East Coast.
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.amycervini.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)
Cover: $14/$9 for students w. ID 9:00PM www.armenjazz.com
Sun Sep 25 POETRY & SAXOPHONE (Eve Packer, poet; Daniel Carter, sax)
DANIEL CARTER: ...an extraordinary multi-instrumentalist"--M. Waring
EVE PACKER: ..the Weegee Poet"--Donald Hall, Ploughshares '05 ...smoky & sexy"--Dennis Duggan, Newsday columnist
6:00PM Cover $6
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 the soon to be released"Semi- Formal" on Cuneiform Records.
Drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck is an ambitious person. Not only does he play with a host of others like the Vanguard Orchestra (Thad Jones & Mel Lewis' band), Meredith Monk, Bob Brookmeyer, Cuong Vu and others, he also leads several of his own groups. This wide variety of opportunities affects his music considerably, making its mark on ensembles like the Claudia Quintet, Quartet Lucy, his duo with vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and other collectives to which he contributes.
As for the Claudia Quintet specifically, a great deal of time has been spent by listeners, writers, etc., trying to accurately define The Claudia Quintet. The task is, however, for the most part, futile. Sure, the group sound and compositions are a unique combination—a dash of jazz, a smidgen of rock, some improv, a touch of non-western sources, or a little chamber. Ultimately, though, all that matters in the end is that this combination simply works. For those unaware of its membership, the group consists of Hollenbeck and bassist Drew Gress, vibraphonist Matt Moran, accordionist Ted Reichman and reedist Chris Speed. The five craftsmen forge a sound that shifts constantly in an unpredictable fashion, perhaps evoking a groove at one moment, soaring into the heights at another, exploring forlorn introspection the next or tackling a swirling sound collage of both prickly and boisterous terrains—sometimes using all of these elements within the context of one composition." Jay Collins, onefinalnote.com
Whatever it is, Mr. Hollenbeck has gotten at a special group sound, and he's such a sensitive, technically deft drummer — you notice the steadiness of his timekeeping right away — that his music can just be what he wants it to be; it's curious, and sometimes lightly funny without sour, satiric edges. It doesn't need alignments with jazz or rock or anything else to vindicate itself." Ben Ratliff, New York Times 8:30PM Cover $10 www.johnhollenbeck.com
Upcoming Shows at Cornelia St. Cafe
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 FEATURING JEREMY STEIG (Dan McCarthy, vibraphone; Jeremy Steig, flute; 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 a year, 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 Jeremy Steig, flute 8:30PM Cover $8 www.danmccarthy.net
Wed Sep 28 SOUL OF THE BLUES (Will Scott; Ben Ratliff; Eric Schwartz) This special edition of Soul of the Blues features.....Will Scott, Ben Ratliff + Eric Schwartz.
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
Thu Sep 29 CHRISTIAN FINGER: FINGER TRIO PLUS ONE (Roberta Piket, piano; Adam Armstrong, bass; Christian Finger, drums & composition; Special guest: Donny McCaslin, saxophone) finger trio plus one" music comes from the intensive playing, composing, and studying of music by Christian Finger. The result: compositions that reflect the best of American Jazz tradition combined with the sensibility thinking found in European music. The band consists of four of the finest musicians in NYC: Donny McCaslin (Grammy nominated Soloist, Pat Metheny, Steps Ahed etc) Roberta Piket (Dave Liebman, Rufus Reid etc), Adam Armstrong (Kenny Kirkland, Kenny Wheeler etc) and leader Christian Finger (Lee Konitz, Rich Perrry etc...) You will enjoy performances full of inventive & surprising contrasts, creating an amazing atmosphere during which the listener’s imagination expands and soars. Audiences are thrilled by the outstanding artistic level and by the amazing intuitive understanding of the musicians. The trio expresses a joy and excitement from creating their music every time they perform. You will enjoy performances full of inventive & surprising contrasts, creating an amazing atmosphere during which the listener's imagination expands and soars. Audiences are thrilled by the outstanding artistic level and by the amazing intuitive understanding of the musicians. The trio expresses a joy and excitement from creating their music every time they perform......
The CD finger trio: balance" (recorded October 2000 at Topaz Studios in Cologne, Germany) has been very well-received by the jazz world and features the great living-jazz-legend Lee Konitz on alto and soprano sax, John Goldsby on bass and Frank Wunsch on piano. 8:30PM Cover $10 www.jazz-planet.com/fingertrio
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
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 lineup: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
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 Fri Sep 23 PINK PONY POETRY Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's featured" reader Bob Holman. 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 24 POETICALLY INCORRECT - THE AMERICAN-CARIBBEAN WRITERS
6:00PM Cover $8
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
Tue Sep 27 GRAD POETS SERIES (TBA) Our continuing series of readings by writing students at local university MFA programs. 6:00PM Cover $6
Thu Sep 29 BILINGUAL READING OF ITALIAN DIALECT POETRY (Gil Fagiani; Luigi Bonaffini; Joseph Tusiani; Gaetano Cipolla) Southern italian dialect poetry in dual language format, featuring Gil Fagiani, Luigi Bonaffini, Gaetano Cipolla and Joseph Tusiani. 6:00PM Cover $6 iawa.net
Fri Sep 30 PINK PONY WEST (Terence Burns) Pink Pony Poetry: Jackie Sheeler's open mic series with this week's featured" reader Terence Burns. Please arrive before 6 pm to sign up. $6 admission includes a *free* drink. 6:00PM Cover $6
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