See the previous week's performances.   January 16-January 23, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Jan 16 - 6:00PM 
Michael Lydon, vocals, guitar;  Ellen Mandel, vocals, piano;  Mike Weatherly, bass, vocals;  and The Gospel Entertainers
Michael Lydon image

Singer-songwriter and writer Michael Lydon, currently celebrating fifty years as a founding editor of Rolling Stone, is back at Cornelia St Café, singing and playing his originals and standards with his longtime partner Ellen Mandel, vocals and piano, Mike Weatherly, bass and vocals, and New Jersey's premiere gospel trio, The Gospel Entertainers.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jan 16 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
John Hadfield, percussion;  Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass
Percussion Fest: John Hadfield Group image

As part of the Cornelia Street Café winter percussion festival John Hadfield assembled an ensemble of adventurous and inspiring musicians that will perform on August 16th at 8pm. They will perform original compositions and explorative improvisations.

Time Out New York has recently pointed out “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable” and Modern Drummer Magazine said “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section”

 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 17 - 6:00PM 
Charlie Carr Baker, voice, guitar;  Vince di Mura, piano
Charlie Carr Baker with Special Guest Vince di Mura image

Charlie Carr Baker is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter, born and raised in NYC, where he attended the legendary LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (the “Fame” School). He’s a recent graduate of Princeton University, where he met his professor, jazz pianist Vince di Mura, who will accompany him while Baker plays guitar and sings. His lyrically intricate songwriting ranges from love songs to biting social commentary, and will appeal to fans of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Fleet Foxes, and Father John Misty.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 17 - 8:00PM 
John Hadfield, host

Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam;  María Grand, tenor sax;  Miles Okazaki, guitar
Percussion Fest: Yathi Trio image

Named after the symmetrical patterns used in South Indian music, the Yathi Trio creatively juxtaposes the unique and complementary timbres of South Indian percussion, guitar, and tenor saxophone. Rhythmically intricate études serve as points of departure for spontaneous convergences.

"The opener, mridangam master Rajna Swaminathan’s local sextet RAJAS, landed soundly on the promise side. Her pieces for violin, horns, percussion guitar and her own deft drumming wedded beauty by courting chaos, with the methods of loose-knit latter-day jazz at the service of a recognizably South-Asian melody and pulse."— Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times, 2014

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 17 - 9:30PM 
John Hadfield, host

Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, Kora and Oud

Orakel is an electro-acoustic project of Kora/oud player, Kane Mathis and tabla player, Roshni Samlal, who began their collaboration at the Brooklyn Raga Massive. They create a new context for traditional elements of Indian classical percussion as it encounters the repertoire of the African Kora and Middle-Eastern Oud.

“….remarkable mastery….”Afropop Worldwide

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Percussion Fest: Orakel image
Thursday,  Jan 18 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, host and curator

The Imperfect Perfect Show image

The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producer Terry Moore. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Thursday,  Jan 18 - 8:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Richard Miller, guitar;  Itaiguara Brandao, bass;  tba, drums

Richard Miller earned a Ph. D. in music theory from Catholic University of America and a Masters in guitar performance from Manhattan School of Music. He currently teaches music theory and ear training at Columbia University and is the Director of Education Programs for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance. Lambert Academic Publishing recently published his dissertation, "The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Brazil Fest: Richard Miller Trio image
Thursday,  Jan 18 - 9:30PM 
Frank London, trumpet;  Jeff Hudgins, saxophone;  Sean Moran, guitar;  Rene Hart, bass;  Brian Adler, drums, perc.
Brazili Fest: Brian Adler's Hermato Vive! image

Hermeto Vive! draws from the sounds and rhythms of nature, the psychedelic 70's and the alternate reality of our dreamworlds. Inspired by composer Hermeto Pascoal, Brian Adler's Hermeto Vive! reimagines his music in a fun, quirky and danceable manner.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 19 - 6:00PM 
Kelley Suttenfield, voice;  Tosh Sheridan, guitar;  Adam Fisher, cello

Kelley Suttenfield is an acoustic jazz vocalist whose lush resonance and graceful approach have captivated fans and critics alike. In the words of writer Carol Banks Weber (, she “breathes her own loving, sensitive and reverent persona into every lyric.”

For this concert, she will present her latest project Nacht Turns, a collection of songs for voice, guitar, and cello, joined by guitarist Tosh Sheridan, and cellist Adam Fisher.

“A warm, sensual and distinctive vocal sound marks Kelley Suttenfield as someone rather special in the somewhat overcrowded arena in which today’s jazz singers must perform.” — Bruce Crowther, Jazz

“A wonderfully intimate jazz vocalist, Suttenfield brings the singer/songwriter to the cabaret breathing new life into modern chestnuts of love and longing.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Jan 19 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Arthur Kampela, guitar, voice;  Denise Puricelli, piano;  Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet;  José Moura, bass

Kampela’s music navigates between hybridism and complexity. Traditional forms such as “Bossas-Novas” and “Sambas” receive similar compositional treatment as their more strictly “avant-garde" counterparts. His cultural heritage ranges from modernism (Webern, Stravinsky, Ferneyhough, Ligeti etc.) to Jobim, João Gilberto and Tropicalismo (a countercultural dissolution of pop music initiated by Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze etc.) Kampela’s music intersects at the point where ergonomic or physical aspects and structural concerns, interact.  

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Brazil Fest: Arthur Kampela image
Friday,  Jan 19 - 10:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Rubens Salles, piano, comp.;  John Clark, french horn;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brazil Fest: Rubens Salles Group image

Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles brings his unique piano style to Cornelia Street Café . Based in New York for the past five years, Mr. Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs. Classically trained, Rubens is a lover of rhythms, educated in Jazz and a champion of new concepts. Rubens has been featured at Globo TV, Latin America’s largest television network, by highly respected journalist Lucas Mendes, who is also a correspondent for BBC Brazil.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum


Saturday,  Jan 20 - 6:00PM 
Albert Marques, piano;  Cole Davis, double bass;  Raphael Pannier, drums

Albert Marques is a Catalan transplant from Spain whose passion at the piano is only matched by his huge humanity and kindness. This is not cartoon jazz, or a stereotypical Latin Jazz trio. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment.

Every note is played with grit, reality, and love. – Arturo O’Farrill

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 20 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor, sopranino sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brazil Fest: Billy Newman Quintet image

Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman".

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 20 - 10:00PM 
Sergio Krakowski, pandeiro
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Sergio has dedicated his whole life to the Pandeiro, also known as the Brazilian Tambourine. A complete “hand drum kit”, this instrument has always been considered a symbol of Brazilian Music and Culture. Crossing whatever national and cultural barrier, Sergio made this instrument a possible tool in various musical genres, from the Choro, the foundation of Brazilian Music, to Jazz, Contemporary and Electronic Music. In twenty years of career, Sergio Krakowski has shared the stage with artists such as Maria Bethânia, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lionel Loueke, Donny McCaslin, Kevin Hays, Anat Cohen, David Binney, Edmar Castañeda, Cyro Baptista, Gregoire Maret, Tigran Hamasyan, Dan Weiss, Miles Okazaki, John Escreet, Nate Wood, Lenine, Chico César, David Linx, Chano Domínguez, Maria João, Mario Laginha, Nelson Veras, Yamandú Costa and Hamilton de Holanda. Besides his musical career, Sergio plunged into the application of his knowledge acquired in a Computer Music PhD to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine, creating real time dialogues between percussionist and computer. This research turned into an electronic music project named “Talking Drums“ that has been commissioned by the NY State Council of the Arts and presented in a myriad of stages such as The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Drom - NYC, (Le) Poisson Rouge - NYC, Oi Futuro - Rio de Janeiro, and at the Museum of Moving Image - Queens - NYC, as part of the NY Electronic Art Festival 2015.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Sunday,  Jan 21 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Amanda Gail, Lee Valentin, Jay Jurden and Frank Liottii

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Jan 21 - 8:30PM 
Chloe Perrier, voice;  Aki Ishiguro, guitar;  Jim Robertson, bass;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
Cabaret Festival: Chloe Perrier & the French Heart Jazz Band image

Chloe Perrier is pleased to introduce her new classy vintage band « French Heart Jazz Band », a joyful mix of French songs and Jazz standards from the 20’s to 40’s.

Chloé Perrier… Imagine during a long summer, a very hot day, a cool breeze of fresh air passing by, gently titling your skin. It gives you a feeling of lightness, freshness, beating with your heart. Chloé singing, she is this fresh, cooling breeze… A voice barely touching you but taking you along and accompanying you, she invites you in her world, her pace, to accompany your wondering thoughts… Simply a wonderful pleasure ! - Isabelle Mourgère TV5 monde

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Monday,  Jan 22 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Hayden Saunier, featured reader;  Charlie Gadol Anna Evans Barrett Warner

Please join tonight’s featured reader, Hayden Saunier, and three estimable poets, Charlie Gadol, Anna Evans, and Barrett Warner.

Hayden Saunier is the author of four poetry collections: How to Wear This Body, Tips for Domestic Travel, Say Luck, and Field Trip to the Underworld. Her work has received the Pablo Neruda Prize, The Rattle Poetry Prize, The Gell Poetry Award, and the Robert Fraser Award and been published in a wide variety of journals. She is an actor with extensive theatre credits and recent appearances in Mindhunter, House of Cards, Outsiders, and Do No Harm. Hayden holds an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars and lives on a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Jan 22 - 8:30PM 
Dusty Francis Abby Lee Genevieve McGahey Tracy Michailidis Napat Mingkwanyuen Lucia Roderique
Cabaret Festival: Inside the Underground image

Join us for the second iteration of last year’s hit cabaret showcase Inside the Underground, a collection of new music spanning theater, art song, and opera led by New York City performers, composers, and writers. Featuring performances by Dusty Francis, Abby Lee, Genevieve McGahey, Tracy Michailidis, Napat Mingkwanyuen, and Lucia Roderique singing the music of composers and writers including Julia Barry, Neena Beber, Matt Frey, Alan Gordon, Jason Kim, Dan Nagler, Joe Rubinstein, and Melisa Tien; with Peiharn Chen, piano.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jan 23 - 6:00PM 
Dave Meder, piano;  Marty Jaffe, bass;  Kush Abadey, drums
Dave Meder Trio image

A new trio performing all new original music.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jan 23 - 8:30PM 
with Melis Aker, singer-songwriter
Cabaret Festival: Patrick & Daniel Lazour image

Patrick and Daniel Lazour are brothers, songwriters and collaborators. They have written seven musicals and several hundred songs as a team, their more recent music theatre projects including We Live in Cairo about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and Bethesda about medical miracles in the 1960s. A new take on the troubadour tradition, they present an evening of stories, featuring excerpts from their shows, stories and stand-alone pieces.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times