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Thursday,  Oct 12 - 6:00PM 
Ruth Danon Stephen Massimilla
“Wind and Treason”: Writing in a Time of Crisis image

“The wind and treason are partners, turning secrets over to the military police.” So writes the late John Ashbery in his great poem, The Skaters. The line is eerily prescient of our present moment, rife with hurricanes, Russian spies, and the implicit threat of tyranny.

Taking a cue from Ashbery’s line, Ruth Danon and Stephen Massimilla, poets from The Urban Range Poets Collective, will, on October 12th, 2017, take measure of the winds of our current moment, with particular attention to the way they impact experiences in ordinary human life. This is poetry that attempts to read and interpret signals; these are poets creating work to guide them and us through this ominous time.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Oct 12 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Nadje Noordhuis, trumpet;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Noah Baerman, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass
Jazz Samaritan Alliance image

The Jazz Samaritan Alliance is a collective founded by Chris Dingman, Kris Allen, and Noah Baerman along with saxophonist Jimmy Greene and drummer Johnathan Blake. These established composer/educator/performers came together with the purpose of creating and presenting socially conscious original jazz. This performance will feature brand new compositions by the members of the band addressing the topic of domestic violence, in support of Interval House (, an organization in Hartford, CT devoted to preventing and stopping family and intimate partner abuse.

“More than just a fine ensemble, The Jazz Samaritan Alliance is a genuine artists' collective, a co-op of established composer/educator/performers and close friends who create socially conscious, original music.”

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Oct 13 - 10:30AM 
Cafe Play image

Do you like to listen in on other people’s conversations in cafes? This Is Not A Theatre Company’s Café Play offers guilt-free “eavesdropping” in the historical setting of the Cornelia Street Café with food and dance pairings. Curated conversations deal with life in New York City from the perspectives of ambassadors’ wives, waiters, women with body issues, a cockroach, a wine bottle, tea, and a woman whose daughter wants to dress as an Indian for Halloween. Breakfast performances (10:30am) include coffee and a breakfast pastry; lunch performances (12:30pm) include a light lunch (salad); afternoon tea performances (3:00pm) include tea and a pastry; late night performances (10:30pm) include a glass of Cornelia Street’s signature wine.

Today at 10:30 a.m.!

Friday,  Oct 13 - 6:00PM 
Bob Quatrone, host

Robert Gibbons Mindy Matijasevic George Wallace Ron Kolm, Eve Packer Evie Ivy, Hillary Keel Ronnie Norpel Demetrius Daniel Francine Witte, Linda Lerner Bob Heman David Elsasser
4 Horsemen Open Mic Poetry image

4 Horsemen is an ongoing experimental open poetry group, hosted by bob quatrone, now in its twelfth year at cornelia - all readers welcome - founded shortly after 9-11.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Oct 13 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Paul Jones, tenor sax, comp.;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Matt Davis, guitar;  Sullivan Fortner, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Jake Robinson, drums
Paul Jones Sextet, CD Release: Clean image

Album Release show! Paul Jones' second album Clean is out. The music for this album was created while attending the Musicians in Residence program at the Banff Creative Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada. Drawing on such influences as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and continuing his process of turning words into sound, Paul Jones presents an evening of original music set in the Jazz idiom.

4.5 Stars Dan Bilawsky at AllAboutJazz: "an intellectually curious seeker, eager and willing to walk a different path."

"Humanity carries ambition forward, and Paul Jones brings an extraordinary human quality to bear in this most enterprising work."

Downbeat editor's pick September 2017: "...the gently hypnotic musical lines that are repeated throughout his compositions are balanced with straightahead jazz instincts and riveting, extroverted improvisations—a highly original combination that soothes and excites at the same time.... Clean is an inspired work of art with an organic flow that belies its heady origins." -Ed Enright

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Saturday,  Oct 14 - 6:00PM 
Penelope Karageorge, host

Dean Kostos Demetria Daniels
Greek American Writers Association image

Celebrating the return of witchcraft and mirth, the Greek-American Writers Assn. invites you to a program of poetry and revelation!

Poet DEAN KOSTOS will introduce his new book, Pierced by Night-Colored Threads from Madhat Press. This is Dean's eighth poetry collection.

DEMETRIA DANIELS, author of Confessions of a Buxom Blond, will give the inside scoop on her encounters with celebrities.

PENELOPE KARAGEORGE will present poetry from The Neon Suitcase and Red Lipstick and the Wine-Dark Sea.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Oct 14 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Peter Bernstein, guitar;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Gilad Hekselman & Peter Bernstein Duo image

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 15 - 6:00PM 
Kenji Haba, guitar;  Melanie Chirignan, flute

Classical guitarist, Kenji Haba together with a lyrical flutist, Melanie Chirignan, presents flute & guitar music by Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov, Toru Takemitsu, and more. Program also includes “Chance Monsoon” for solo guitar, by Dai Fujikura.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, host

Flavio Silva, guitar, comp.;  Seamus Blake, tenor sax;  Alex Apolo Ayala, bass;  Kush Abadey, drums

Flávio Silva is a musician who is part of a new generation of Brazilian composers and instrumentalists that have been breaking through the musical scene in different places, such as Brazil, The Netherlands and most recently, New York. Having shared the stage with names like Victor Wooten, Munir Hossn, Ettiene Mbappe, Arismar do Espirito Santo, Kendrick Scott, among others, Flavio brings a fusion of Brazilian and African Rhythms to jazz with his music, with strong grooves and beautiful melodies.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

New Brazilian Perspectives: Flavio Silva Quartet featuring Seamus Blake image
Monday,  Oct 16 - 6:00PM 
Dorian Devins, vocals;  Richie Vitale, trumpet;  Lou Rainone, piano;  Paul Gill, bass
Dorian Devins Quartet: New Songs for Fall image

The Dorian Devins Quartet performs new songs and some fall favorites.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Oct 16 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Victor Lin, piano;  Kanoa Mendenhall, bass;  Jeremy Dutton, drums;  Ben Flocks, saxophones
Victor Lin image

"One of the foremost keepers of the flame in jazz today." -Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights In Jazz

After a two year hiatus from performing in NYC, pianist and educator Dr. Victor Lin debuts his new trio featuring two of the brightest young talents in jazz today - Kanoa Mendenhall on bass and Jeremy Dutton on drums. A 20-year faculty member of The Stanford Jazz Workshop, Victor is also the founder and director of one of the largest high school jazz programs in New York City at The Calhoun School. He is currently on faculty at Columbia University as well as at The New School. Victor will be joined by special guest Ben Flocks on saxophone.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Oct 17 - 6:00PM 
Jeanne Marie Beaumont Michael Collins Karen Garthe Natasha Sajé Edwin Torres
Five Live: An Evening of Engaging Poetry image

Join us for a night of readings featuring Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Michael Collins, Karen Garthe, Natasha Sajé, and Edwin Torres -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Oct 17 - 8:00PM 
Andre Matos, guitar;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Mai Kalamuchi, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Andre Matos Quartet image

Guitarist André Matos presents a quartet featuring some of the most brilliant improvisers. New York based and Portuguese native, André Matos has been developing a wide range of projects in the city and abroad. The core trio of Matos, Tony Malaby and Billy Mintz is frequently extended with guests, namely the virtuoso bass player Mal Kalamuchi. It´s the second appearance of this band at the Café.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Oct 17 - 9:30PM 
Adam Kolker, tenor sax;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Billy Mintz, drums
Adam Kolker Trio image

The trio will be performing music from their latest CD, “Beckon’” Kolker’s “most intellectual, most ethereal, and most soulful album.” [Jazz Times]

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 12:30PM 
Cafe Play image

Today at 12:30 p.m. (Lunch) and 3:00 p.m. (Tea)!

Do you like to listen in on other people’s conversations in cafes? This Is Not A Theatre Company’s Café Play offers guilt-free “eavesdropping” in the historical setting of the Cornelia Street Café with food and dance pairings. Curated conversations deal with life in New York City from the perspectives of ambassadors’ wives, waiters, women with body issues, a cockroach, a wine bottle, tea, and a woman whose daughter wants to dress as an Indian for Halloween. Breakfast performances (10:30am) include coffee and a breakfast pastry; lunch performances (12:30pm) include a light lunch (salad); afternoon tea performances (3:00pm) include tea and a pastry; late night performances (10:30pm) include a glass of Cornelia Street’s signature wine.

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 6:00PM 
Grace Bauer, Patricia Behrens Susana H. Case, Mary Florio Emma Goldman-Sherman Michele Lent Hirsch Donna Kaz, Sarah Key Elizabeth Lara Amy Lemmon, Susan Rothbard Elaine Sexton Margo Taft Stever Katherine Barrett Swett, Kathrine Varnes
Nasty Women Poets image

An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, eds. Grace Bauer & Julie Kane

New York City launch reading for an anthology of poets addressing current politics in all its manifestations, including sexual politics. These are poets and poems of resistance and celebration—of female bodies, of female-centered myths, of life, of survival.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 8:00PM 
Alex Wyatt, drums;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Jon DeLucia, alto sax;  Danny Fox, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass

With his dynamic ensemble, drummer/composer Alex Wyatt brings his singular compositional voice and playing style to Cornelia Street Café, presenting a mostly new collection of music since his well-regarded debut release There’s Always Something. Expressive, lyrical, creative, passionate, and song-like, the music doesn’t shy away from simple melodies or adventurous development. With an ensemble of some of the finest players and improvisers in today’s field, Wyatt combines elements of mainstream jazz, folk, and rock, resulting in a set of refreshingly original music. Jazz critic Brent Black writes, “The entire sextet may have stumbled upon the perfect marriage of modern jazz with a touch of the old Blue Note sound…”

“…there is an incredibly well thought out ebb and flow to this release… Wyatt plays with the finesse of a Paul Motion and the rhythmic complexity of a Max Roach.” Brent Black,

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 9:30PM 
Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Andrew Smiley, guitar;  Red Wierenga, keyboard;  Ben Gallina, bass;  Alex Wyatt, drums
Salo image

FORMED IN 2008, Salo is a New York City-based ensemble that blurs the lines between jazz, new music, and rock. Performances by Salo are visceral and polished at the same time, each member lending their individual sound to the beautiful, wild, and unpredictable compositions of bassist and leader Benjamin Gallina. This unique outing will feature the rhythm section taking center stage.

"Full of unpredictable energy, cadenced affinity and cross-genre influences, it wriggles out of one confine after another, creating​ small snippets of friction and long passages of intrigue." ​-​-Karl Ackermann, of All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 19 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, Nelsie Spencer, hosts

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/producers Terry Moore and Nelsie Spencer. 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,  Oct 19 - 8:00PM 
Andrew Van Tassel, alto, soprano sax;  Matthew Sheens, piano;  Raviv Markovitz, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Andrew Van Tassel Quartet image

Andrew Van Tassel returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe to present his original music with a stellar band. Stemming from his recent release, "It's Where You Are", the music features influences from folk, classical, rock, and contemporary jazz music.

"His new album It's Where You Are confirms what many musicians already know, this guy is the real deal..." -- Jazz Critic Jon Neudorf

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 19 - 9:30PM 
Matthew Sheens, piano;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Sam Zerna, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Matthew Sheens Quartet image

The Matthew Sheens quartet will be playing music from all three of his original albums, plus some previews from his unreleased project. Expect vibrant, imagery-based music influenced by the music of West Africa, Brazil and mad New York City living.

“Sheens is an outstanding pianist, stoked full of creative ideas with limitless technique. His innovative and luminous playing was totally captivating.” - Adelaide Advertiser

“Sheens has really hit his stride….The signposts indicate that Sheens could push off into any number of directions. Whichever path or paths Sheens chooses to go down it'll be a journey well worth following.” All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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