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Wednesday,  Oct 04 - 6:00PM 
Louis Cohen, guitar;  Mike DeiCont, bass;  Alex Kirkpatrick, drums;  Levon Henry, multi-instrumentalist
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Desert Foxx joins forces with improviser/singer-songwriter Levon Henry.

Desert Foxx is guitarist Louis Cohen (LA), upright bassist Mike DeiCont (Toronto), and drummer Alex Kirkpatrick (New Jersey). Their music is dynamically extreme and openhearted—rustic and lyrical like Neil Young, filtered through the cosmic fire of Albert Ayler with the patient contemplation of Paul Motian. Their debut release “Kill Together” was recorded and mixed by Yi-Wen Lai-Tremewan, mastered by the great David Torn, and released on the Amsterdam-based label Flea Boy Records.

This is a special quartet performance featuring Levon Henry - a woodwind multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer/arranger, and documentarian currently living in New York City.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Oct 04 - 8:00PM 
Philip Dizack, trumpet;  Immanuel Wilkins, alto sax;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Noam Wiesenberg, bass;  Kush Abadey, drums
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After recording his first record as a leader, Noam Wiesenberg is bringing his band to Cornelia St. Cafe for the first live performance of this original & cinematic music from the record!

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Wednesday,  Oct 04 - 9:30PM 
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums

Since moving to New York in 2007, Israeli pianist and composer Nitzan Gavrieli has been performing nationally and internationally with his trio and as a sideman. Nitzan brings his new trio to Cornelia Street Cafe for a set of original music featuring some of New York's top musicians on the scene.

 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum 

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Thursday,  Oct 05 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Thursday,  Oct 05 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sam Bardfeld, violin;  Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums
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CD Release for violinist Sam Bardfeld's new recording "The Great Enthusiasms" on BJUR records. The trio features Bardfeld (violin), Kris Davis (piano) and Michael Sarin (drums) and features music that falls somewhere in the overlapping vectors of inside, outside, and downtown jazz. Bardfeld is a member of the Jazz Passengers and a frequent collaborator with Bruce Springsteen. His previous recordings have earned acclaim (including 4 stars in Downbeat) and he has played festivals and clubs throughout Europe with his groups.

"Sam Bardfeld is a marvelously gifted violinist, composer and arranger" K. Leander Williams, TimeOutNY

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Oct 06 - 6:00PM 
A new play written and performed by by Claudette Sutherland

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A romance of the road, Dog Man summons up a girl's lost childhood of small-towns and farmsteads seen from the back seat of a Buick evoking the yearly journeys made by a girl and her parents as they cross-crossed middle America, racing greyhounds in the 40s and 50s. The daughter in middle age cannot bear to let go of the father she loves more than anyone in the world and in taking care of him, re-lives her itinerant past even as she is losing him.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Oct 06 - 8:30PM 
Brandon Seabrook, guitar, comp.;  Daniel Levin, cello;  Henry Fraser, bass

Voted Best Guitarist NYC by the Village Voice in 2012, Brandon Seabrook brings a brand new trio to the Cornelia St Cafe featuring Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on Cello. A seemingly chaotic avalanche of improvisation on strings, abruptly tamed by intricate composition.

"Seabrook is one of NYC's great musical individualists." - NY Music Daily

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

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Friday,  Oct 06 - 10:00PM 
Olli Hirvonen, guitar;  Brian Krock, sax;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
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Olli Hirvonen ESCAPE is a new group formed by the award winning Finnish guitarist Hirvonen, exploring the fringes of jazz, fusion, and metal.

"He’s great! He’s a big talent. He has a natural talent.” -John McLaughlin

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Oct 07 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Gastor Almonte Martin Dockery Susan Kent Andy Ross
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Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from GASTOR ALMONTE (Comedy Central); MARTIN DOCKERY ("Fantastic." - N.Y. Times; "Best of Fest" -Orlando), SUSAN KENT (The Moth Radio Hour; Snap Judgement), and ANDY ROSS (Mad Magazine; Real Characters)

with host ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Oct 07 - 8:30PM 
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Saturday,  Oct 07 - 10:30PM 
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
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Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su continues her journey with her quintet and will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music entitled Viaje and City Animals. Yuhan's music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan.

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016)

 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Oct 08 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured comics: Von Decarlo, Katie Haller, Steve Leventhal and Dan Lamorte.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Oct 08 - 8:00PM 
Or Bareket, host

Tal Yahalom, guitar;  Almog Sharvi, bass;  Ben Silashi, drums
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In a world where daily life revolves around a screen and a finger, KADAWA gives their audience an ‘offline’ experience worth lifting their heads for. Drawing inspiration from jazz, rock, cinema and literature to create song-like instrumental compositions driven by mood, sound and improvisation, KADAWA’s music inhabits many different dimensions of a wide musical spectrum. The collective trio performs original compositions from their new debut album, alongside interpretations of pieces by David Bowie, Bjork and Ornette Coleman.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 08 - 9:30PM 
Alon Albagli, guitar;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Daniel Dor, drums
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'Daniel Dor, Alon Albagli and Pablo Menares meet for one special night, full of their favorite Jazz standards'

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Oct 09 - 6:00PM 
Robert Overbey Janet Hamill Pal Shazar Tadzio Koelb

Celebrate our new book releases with readings by AQP contributors Robert Overbey, Janet Hamill, Pal Shazar and Tadzio Koelb.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Oct 09 - 8:30PM 
Simon Mulligan, piano;  Gene Perla, bass
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British pianist Simon Mulligan is, according to the Times of London ‘the most abundantly gifted of pianists.’ Pulitzer prizewinning composer Paul Moravec calls him ‘a pianist with complete mastery of the instrument’, while Herbie Hancock says ‘You have a phenomenal touch, man!’ In addition to his extensive discography and vast repertoire, Mulligan’s solo work gains praise from critics and audiences alike, and his collaborations include performances and recordings with Yehudi Menuhin, Joshua Bell, Leonard Slatkin and Sting. He has performed all over the world, most notably at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, as well as private performances for Her Majesty the Queen and President Barack Obama. His keen interest in film composition led to a long association with composer Michael Kamen, culminating in his performance on the soundtrack to Spielberg’s Band of Brothers. He has led his own jazz quartet since he was thirteen, which has performed in major international festivals. His eclectic work has led to profiles in Downbeat, JazzTimes, BBC Music, Classic fM, and Gramophone magazines, among others. Simon is a recipient of the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music, and his teachers include Alexander Kelly, Murray Perahia, Alfred Brendel and Alexis Weissenberg.

Gene Perla was raised in New Jersey where he studied classical piano and trombone. After attending Berklee School of Music he moved to New York and began his musical career as a jazz bassist. He has performed and/or recorded with Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Joni Mitchell, Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Stone Alliance, Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and others.

 $15.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Oct 10 - 6:00PM 
Michele Carlo, host

David Lawson Rhonda Hansome Sydnee Washington
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Hear Stories! Tell Stories!

The New York STORY Exchange continues its new format with a rotating host each month and three featured tellers, followed by a "5 for 5 Open STORY Exchange:" Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories, poems, spoken word or music! Sign up is from 5:45–6:10pm.

This month’s host: Michele Carlo—with music by DORIT! and featured tellers David Lawson, Rhonda Hansome and Sydnee Washington.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Oct 10 - 8:00PM 
Marko Churnchetz, piano;  Tom Guarna, guitar;  Myles Sloniker, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums

Marko Churnchetz is one of Slovenia's most heralded contemporary musicians and renowned exports, currently living and working in New York City. He has performed or recorded with Bob Mintzer, Seamus Blake, Eric Alexander, Michael Phillip Mossman, Ron McClure, Marcus Gilmore, just to mention a few. His CD "Devotion"(Whirlwind Recordings, 2014) was selected among 20 best jazz recordings of 2014 by All About Jazz!

Churnchetz's New Quartet, featuring also Mike Moreno, Chris Jennings and Rudy Royston is a clear example of how many contemporary musicians are no longer concerned with genre boundaries.

"An international debut recording that sees an impressively fiery new pianist off to a flying start." 4 Stars, Jazzwise Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Oct 10 - 9:30PM 
Igor Lumpert, tenor sax, accordion;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Igor Lumpert Hanzaplast trio image

Igor Lumpert is a slovenian saxophonist and composer, currently living and working in NYC. His name is one of the most well-known/frequently alluded to names in the countries of Tito’s Ex Yugoslavia, now home to a thriving jazz scene, unfortunately badly known in the rest of the world.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Oct 11 - 12:30PM 
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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 11 - 6:00PM 
Andrey Gritsman, host

Christopher Bernard Carmen Firan Gloria Mindock
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Tonight Intercultural Poetry presents outstanding poets: Christopher Bernard, Carmen Firan, Gloria Mindock

Christopher Bernard, Writer / Editorial Consultant. Author of Chien Lunatique, Voyage to a Phantom City and others. Co-editor of Caveat Lector (

Carmen Firan is a poet, journalist and fiction writer. She has published in her native Romania and in the US several books of poetry, novels, essays and short stories.

Gloria Mindock is a poet and the founding editor of Cervena Barva Press and one of the USA editors for Levure Litteraire (France).

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Oct 11 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Tobias Meinhart, tenor sax;  Charles Altura, guitar;  Eden Ladin, piano;  John Tate, bass;  Adam Arruda, drums
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Two years after releasing his highly acclaimed 2015 album, Natural Perception (ENJA Records), Tobias Meinhart returns with his ponderous and compelling sophomore release, Silent Dreamer.

This album is decidedly darker than his debut, both in tone and in subject matter, as Tobias makes use of a tonal palette more familiar to brooding alternative and popular music: lumbering straight 8th grooves, synthesizers, effects pedals, Rhodes and electric bass all coalesce underneath Tobias’s melodic modern jazz sensibility to form a single sound that is all at once engaging, grating and cathartic.

"Germany’s sax darling of the moment, he seems too young to have personally experienced 70s pre-fusion jazz but he doesn’t imbue his work with a sense of misty nostalgia either. You can easily pick out Carla Bley and Stanley Clarke influences but he leaves out the stuff that made those early 70s records have their precious moments to create a sound and vibe that just keeps driving. A real feast for the ears, Meinhart is a cat that doesn’t want to have a day job and we hope he never has to have one as well. Solid playing for those that really need to feed their heads and still think music matters."--MIDWEST RECORD, CHRIS SPECTOR

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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