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Sunday,  Sep 23 - 5:30PM 
Cafe Play: Two shows: 5:30/8:00PM image

Upstairs in our back room!

Sunday,  Sep 23 - 6:00PM 
Elizabeth Brunazzi Denizé Lauture
The Patience of Dogs image

Recent poems from The South and Haitian poetry in translation by Elizabeth Brunazzi, with Denizé Lauture.

Sunday,  Sep 23 - 8:00PM 
Rubens Salles, piano;  John Clark, french horn;  Michel Gentile, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums

Pianist Rubens Salles brings his unique style to the NYC scene, to launch his already celebrated newest album, Liquid Gravity Plus. This unconventional Brazilian-born composer explores a sophisticated mix of contemporary and classical influences. Liquid Gravity Plus brings a unique selection of originals and acclaimed standards and the result is absolutely unexpected. Rubens’ version of Girl from Ipanema, for instance, moves far away from Bossa Nova to offer new parameters in Brazilian rhythm; in Rarefeito, his own composition, Rubens traverses the intense world of melody proposing a fresh new approach in Polytonal Improvisation.

New Brazilian Perspectives: Rubens Salles image
Sunday,  Sep 23 - 9:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Kavita Shah, voice;  Felipe Viegas, piano;  Juancho Herrera, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Yayo Serka, drums
New Brazilian Perspectives, Kavita Shah  image

KAVITA SHAH is a vocalist, composer, and ethnographer who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz idiom while addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. Hailed by NPR for possessing an “amazing dexterity for musical languages,” here Kavita presents her new "Lusophone Music Project," uniting Portuguese-language music from Brazil, Cape Verde, and the Indian Ocean. This project is inspired by Kavita's ethnographic field research in northeastern Brazil, Cape Verde, and India, supported in part by the Jerome Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council.

Monday,  Sep 24 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Naomi Wax Marilyn Zion Nancy Jainchill Sally Eckhoff
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Nonfiction image

Please join Naomi Wax, Marilyn Zion, Nancy Jainchill, Sally Eckhoff, tonight’s nonfictioneers.

Monday,  Sep 24 - 8:30PM 
Joshua Fried, live electronics;  Jed Distler, piano
No Soap Radio Wonderland image

New York's Musical Trickster" Joshua Fried's Radio Wonderland dazzlingly transforms live commercial FM radio into recombinant funk, while "the downtown keyboard magus" (The New Yorker) Jed Distler puts his acoustic piano through two centuries of keyboard history.

Pair Joshua and Jed together and you’ve got No Soap Radio Wonderland: music that’s spontaneous, funny, stylistically unpredictable and just plain entertaining.

Tuesday,  Sep 25 - 6:00PM 
Neil Silberblatt, host

Keisha-Gaye Anderson Nicole Callihan Philip F. Clark JP Howard
Voices of Poetry – Back in the City image
Formed by poet/poetry activist Neil Silberblatt in 2012, Voices of Poetry – which has organized & presented a series of poetry events in four states (NY, NJ, CT & MA) – has maintained its goal of bringing great contemporary poetry to people, and vice versa. Those events have featured current and former Poets Laureate, award-winning poets/editors/teachers, and poets who are just beginning their exploration of this craft.

In furtherance of that goal, we are honored to present this event at this great venue in the heart of Greenwich Village, which has been justly called a literary (& culinary) landmark. This event will feature a quartet of acclaimed poets who richly deserve to be heard and whose work deserves to be savored.

Tuesday,  Sep 25 - 6:30PM 
Cafe Play image

Upstairs in our back room!

Tuesday,  Sep 25 - 8:01PM 
Bryn Roberts, piano;  Will Vinson, saxophones;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jonathan Pinson, drums
Bryn Roberts, Will Vinson Quartet image

Roberts and Vinson are mainstays of the NYC jazz scene, and have been playing together since meeting in 2002, drawn together by their modern compositional and improvisational styles. Their group has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

"Bryn Roberts has poise, elegance, a beautiful touch and a natural melodic flow. His musical imagination always tells a story and his delivery is organic and unforced. I love to hear him play." -Bill Charlap http://

Wednesday,  Sep 26 - 6:00PM 
Shelley Stenhouse Ruby Stenhouse Tony Gloeggler
Shelley Stenhouse, Ruby Stenhouse & Tony Gloeggler: A Reading image

Shelley Stenhouse won the Pavement Saw Press Award for her poetry collection, PANTS, and her latest collection, Impunity (published by NYQ Books), was selected by Huffington Post as one of “20 Of The Best Books From Independent Presses You Should Know About.” She received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, an Allen Ginsberg Award, and was a National Poetry Series finalist. Her poetry and fiction have been published in New York Quarterly, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Nimrod International Journal, Margie, Third Coast, Enizagam, Brooklyn Rail, Washington Square, Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (among others). Shelley has read on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Ruby Stenhouse is a writer and performer from Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from Brown University in 2017 with degrees in art history and French and now works as a gallery associate for a New York and London based gallery. From a young age she studied dance under performance artist, choreographer, and writer Mary Paula Hunter. Since moving to New York last year, she has performed in Sibyl Kempson’s 12 Shouts of the Ten Forgotten Heavens at the Whitney Museum and was invited to sit for Maria Baranova’s ongoing photography project, Faces of the Downtown Scene. Her writing has been featured on the Rhode Island Public Radio segment This I Believe—New England. Ruby is honored, thrilled, and a little nervous to be performing alongside her longtime writing mentor and immensely talented aunt, Shelley Stenhouse.

Tony Gloeggler is a life-long resident of New York City and has managed group homes for the mentally challenged for over 35 years. His work has appeared in Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, Chiron Review, New Ohio Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The New York Times. His poem “1969” is the 6th most viewed poem in Rattle’s 25-year history. His books include One Wish Left (Pavement Saw Press 2002) and Until the Last Light Leaves (NYQ Books 2015). His next book, What Kind of Man, will be published by NYQ Books in late 2018.

Wednesday,  Sep 26 - 8:01PM 
Barry Altschul, drums;  Joe Fonda, bass;  Jon Irabagon, tenor sax
Barry Altschul, 3Dom Factor image

Legendary drummer and percussionist Barry Altschul has shared the stage with uncompromising artists such as Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Paul Bley and many more. His current trio, the 3Dom Factor, released their debut record last year on TUM Records. Their follow-up CD, Tales of the Unforeseen, comes out this year, and Barry and crew celebrate its release tonight at the Cornelia St Cafe, featuring Joe Fonda on bass and Jon Irabagon on saxophone. They will be performing some jazz classics, some of Barry's originals as well as some free group improvisations.

Thursday,  Sep 27 - 6:00PM 
Gordon Gilbert, host

Poets of Eastern Europe and Russia  image

In celebration of National Poetry Translation Month, NYC poets will be reading translated selections from the works of these poets, including Mayakowsky, Wislawa Symborska, Paul Celan, Akhmatova, and many others. Readers include: Paul Boboc, J. Lois Diamond, Vladimir Druk, Gordon Gilbert, Anna Halberstadt, Lola Koundakjian, Ptr Kozlowski, Basil Lvoff, Valery Oisteanu, Natalie Rogers, Claudia Serea, Larissa Shmailo, Paul Sohar & Anoek Van Praag.

Thursday,  Sep 27 - 8:01PM 
Kate McGarry, voice;  Keith Ganz, guitar, bass;  Gary Versace, piano, keyboards
Kate McGarry Trio  image

Having just returned from Rochester Jazz Festival, the Kate McGarry/ Keith Ganz/Gary Versace Trio reconvene on the Cornelia St Cafe stage to continue the conversation they started with their new CD, “The Subject Tonight Is Love.” Lauded by critics and public alike, the trio's cinematic and improvisational approach creates exciting and appealing versions of standards and lesser known gems.

"Every note sung or played rings emotionally true. The music frequently casts its spell with sheer prettiness and positivism, but there are passages too when grit and backbone come first." ~Ottawa Citizen.

Friday,  Sep 28 - 6:00PM 
Bernard Block, host

Karen Neuberg Cindy Hochman Richard Hott Michael Schwartz
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 21st Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

Tonight's featured Poets: Karen Neuberg, Cindy Hochman, Richard Hott, Michael Schwartz, Bernard Block

Friday,  Sep 28 - 8:35PM 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
Dan Weiss Trio image

With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

Saturday,  Sep 29 - 6:00PM 
Maggie Balistreri, host

Lee Ann Brown Elaine Equi Rachel Hadas Patricia Spears Jones Trace Peterson Larissa Shmailo
All-Star Women Poets Read to Benefit the Democratic Party image

Tonight, Cornelia welcomes seven noted New York women poets reading in support of Democratic women midterm candidates.

All-Star Women Poets Read will celebrate the growing role of women in political leadership today and send a message of #neverTrump to Republican anti-women agendas. Voter registration information and volunteer opportunities to help Democratic midterm candidates will be distributed at the reading and a special message of support from district Congressman Jerrold Nadler will be read.

All-Star Women Poets Read is part of the eighth annual global event, 100 Thousand Poets for Change (100TPC), a nonprofit, grassroots organization which brings communities together for sustainability and peace. This year’s events involve nearly 2,000 individuals and organizations and include a special initiative among families and in classrooms, “Read a Poem to a Child,” to highlight the importance and vulnerability of children.

Saturday,  Sep 29 - 8:35PM 
Lage Lund, guitar;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass;  Obed Calvaire, drums
Lage Lund Quartet image

"Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He's a wonderful player. Scary actually!" - Kurt Rosenwinkel

Sunday,  Sep 30 - 5:30PM 
Cafe Play: Two shows: 5:30/8:00PM image

Upstairs in our back room!

Sunday,  Sep 30 - 6:00PM 
Mindy Matijasevic Debbie Bazza Rhonda Hansome Taffy Jaffe
Divorced Divas of Comedy image

Four divorced women make for a hilarious evening!

Sunday,  Sep 30 - 8:00PM 
Hashem Assadullahi, alto sax;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Sebastian Noelle, guitar
Hashem Assadullahi Quartet image

Originally formed in 2008 with a broad array of influences and eclectic musical tastes, the Hashem Assadullahi Quartet performs material that draws from straight-ahead jazz, avante garde, pop, and rock traditions. Over the years, the group has accumulated a strong and stylistically varied original repertoire, catered to the ensemble's proclivity for collective improvisation. With a penchant for melody and narratives, the majority of Hashem's pieces are vehicles for telling stories or portraying characters. The group has released two albums: Strange Neighbor (8bells, 014) and Pieces (OA2 records, 22097), frequently highlighted on NPR's Morning Edition and Fresh Air.

“Assadullahi is of a new generation of jazz musicians who have the compositional understanding, technique and improvisational skill to create complex works with beautiful melodies while at the same time drawing on a multitude of styles.”--Elliot Simon, NYC Jazz Review

Sunday,  Sep 30 - 9:30PM 
Kenny Cha, guitar;  Nathan Reising, saxophone;  Bruce Kang, bass;  Matt Honor, drums

Jazz guitarist, composer, and a band leader Kenny Cha and his group has been actively performing along the East Coast of the US. Kenny Cha Group will be performing unique arrangements of standards and Mr. Cha’s originals from his album [Souvenirs de L’hiver].

Kenny Cha Group image
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