See the previous week's performances.   December 02-December 09, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Saturday,  Dec 02 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Sean O'Brien Gastor Almonte Peter Aguero Tracy Rowland
The Liar Show image

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 Sean O'Brien (Moth GrandSlam Champion), Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central), Peter Aguero (The Moth Radio Hour; Ted Talks), and Tracy Rowland (Cartoon Network; Al Jazeera America).

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,  Dec 02 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Kendrick Scott, drums;  James Francies , piano
Gilad Hekselman ZuperOctave image

"ZuperOctave is an exploration of sound and space. After establishing his sound in the classic jazz trio and quartet, Hekselman goes exploring with a bass-less semi-electronic band employing some of his old songs and adding some especially written ones to the repertoire."

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Dec 03 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Dirk Trauner, physiologist;  Elena Mindlina, soprano;  Ernest Shteynberg, piano
Entertaining Science: The Taste of Light  image

Our program will mingle the senses in ways you probably would not have thought possible (yet Oliver Sacks would have loved). Take the work of Dirk Trauner, a physiologist and chemist at NYU, who works on the restoration of vision and in the fight against cancer. He and his dedicated team of students make synthetic molecules that literally flip-flop when irradiated with light. This process is not unlike what happens in rhodopsin, the purple pigment that underlies human vision. As the synthetic molecules flip and flop, they not only change their shape but also their biological activity. They can be used to restore vision in blind animals - and hopefully soon in humans. And can be used in cancer chemotherapy and to convert taste-receptors into light receptors (“Photogastronomy”). Nobody knows what this is good for, but it is certainly fun to do.

Elena Mindlina, a remarkable Russian-born American soprano, a Doctor of Musical Arts, believes that an absence of knowledge is a kind of blindness, and that a free human voice has healing qualities due to its ability to share feelings, beauty, and the light of knowledge in the most refined and unique way.

Adding to "The Taste of Light," Elena will present masterpieces of Russian song literature written by the legendary composers Piotr Tchaikovsky, Sergey Rachmaninoff, and others. Building the bridges of all the senses between her two beloved countries, Elena will end her program with the golden American standards – George Gershwin’s "I Got Rhythm" and Nicholas Brodsky’s "Be My Love" – thus sending a reminder that no matter how dark it may seem, the light will shine through if we hang onto our good rhythm and the ability to love, accompanied by the pianist Ernest Shteynberg.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Dec 03 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Koran Agan, host

Luke Hendon, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Scott Tixier, violin;  Tony Jarvis, bass clarinet;  Ben Rubens, bass

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist.

Luke Hendon draws from the tradition of the legendary gypsy guitar of Django Reinhardt and comes out swinging, soulful, funky, fresh, and innovative with his own project. In this stripped down acoustic setting, Luke's guitar takes center stage. His recent obsession with the music of Django Reinhardt inspired him to come up with his own unique take on the style of gypsy jazz.

“Luke Hendon’s music is a reaffirmation of Jazz as ‘fun.’” -Jazz Profiles

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Monday,  Dec 04 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

 $15.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Dec 04 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Dec 05 - 6:00PM 
A Poetry Provocation of Bourgeois Normalities

Liora Mondlak Don Hogle

Liora Mondlak remembers accompanying her mother to the market in Mexico City, where she grew up. She remembers the chickens hanging by their feet, and the sawdust around her saddle shoes. Years later, she would return to the market to buy ground chameleon, a well-known love potion, which she uses sparingly.

Don Hogle’s love of poetry began as a child, acting out the witches’ scenes from Macbeth with monkey puppets. He was disciplined in kindergarten for kissing the girls. Some things have changed over the intervening six decades, others not so much.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Dec 05 - 8:00PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Lauren Lee, voice, piano, compostion;  Shelly Washington, baritone sax, flute;  Brad Mulholland, alto sax, clarinet;  Lauren Seay, bass, voice;  Kevin Neyer, drums

Fresh from an extended European tour, Lauren Lee presents a program of new songs that reflect her global influences and experiences as a stranger trying to communicate in a language that anyone can understand. Constantly exploring the outer realms of what's possible with the human voice and ear, her compositions and improvisations draw on feelings of apprehension and disappointment as well as elation and curiosity.

"Most highly recommended, especially for listeners who love a solid sonic adventure." - Dick Metcalf/CADENCE Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Voxecstatic: Lauren Lee- Curious Beings image
Tuesday,  Dec 05 - 9:30PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Dor Sagi, voice;  Naama Gheber, voice;  Arta Jekabsone, voice;  Eliza Bake, voice;  Mike Sheelar, piano;  John Koozin, bass;  Yonatan Oleiski, drums
Voxecstatic: MATKOT: Mediterranean Vocal Jazz Band image

MATKOT is the sound of a female vocal quartet and a swinging jazz trio playing the unique arrangements of Israeli composer Rami Bar-David. Lush harmonies and Mediterranean flavor Bar-David's grooves hip compositional style, which deconstructs jazz standards and popular classics and re-arranges them into a distinctive new sound. Based in New York, MATKOT's music draws on both the jazz tradition and their Israeli roots to create a vibrant new repertoire.

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Wednesday,  Dec 06 - 6:00PM 
Margarita Rovenskaya, piano;  Elly Toyoda, violin
Margarita Rovenskaya and Elly Toyoda image

Music for Piano and Violin. Join us for an evening of Chopin Impromptus, Debussy Images, Mozart and Brahms Piano and Violin Sonatas, and Gershwin Porgy and Bess!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Dec 06 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Tomas Fujiwara, drums;  Ben​ ​Goldberg, clarinet;  Mary​ ​Halvorson, guitar
The Out Louds image Reuben​ ​Radding

The​ ​working​ ​method​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Out​ ​Louds​ ​is​ ​sonic​ ​research,​ ​conducted​ ​on​ ​a​ ​decibel-by-decibel level.​ ​Once​ ​ deconstructed,​ ​the​ ​music​ ​can​ ​be​ ​transmitted​ ​to​ ​the​ ​listener​ ​in​ ​its​ ​pure​ ​form​ ​and beauty.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​a​ ​person​ ​contemplating​ ​the​ ​Fragility​ ​of​ ​Existence​ ​soon​ ​passes​ ​from​ ​this world,​ ​while​ ​the​ ​fragile​ ​existence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ universe​ ​continues​ ​forever.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​for​ ​this​ ​reason​ ​that​ ​the song​ ​titles​ ​on​ ​their​ ​first​ ​record​ ​are​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​the​ ​ names​ ​of​ ​flowers​ ​that​ ​one​ ​can​ ​encounter​ ​at the​ ​Brooklyn​ ​Botanical​ ​Gardens.

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Thursday,  Dec 07 - 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,  Dec 07 - 8:00PM 
Matt Holman, trumpet, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums

Hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” Holman has distinguished himself as a a composer and soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles of our time include those led by Darcy James Argue, John Hollenbeck, and Fred Hersch. As a leader, Holman’s chamber jazz recordings When Flooded (2013, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) and The Tenth Muse (2017, New Focus Recordings) feature “richly orchestrated tapestries of sound and beautifully developed melodic ideas,” (Down Beat) that draw “inspiration from a large gamut of musical sources that stretch far beyond jazz” (Hot House).

Holman’s new project OUTLANDS features original music inspired by his native state of Arizona.

 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum

Matt Holman’s Outlands image
Thursday,  Dec 07 - 9:30PM 
Nick Brust, sax;  Ben Eunson, guitar;  Tuomo Uusitalo, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums

"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" -Will Vinson

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Friday,  Dec 08 - 6:00PM 
Miller Oberman Suzanne Gardinier Marwa Helal
Oberman, Gardinier, and Helal Read New Work And Old image

Join us for a night of poetry readings featuring Miller Oberman, Suzanne Gardinier, and Marwa Helal. Hear stories of change and boundary crossing, writing the body visible, and immigration.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Dec 08 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Colin Stranahan, drums, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eden Ladin, piano;  Or Bareket, bass
Colin Stranahan’s PaceMaker image

Pacemaker” is an appropriate name for a band led by a drummer, the beating heart of the rhythm section. But for drummer and bandleader Colin Stranahan, the name has a deeper, more mysterious meaning. Colin’s grandfather Glen had a pacemaker, and the device seemed to posses special powers in the mind of young Colin.

Playing wide-ranging sets of original compositions by Stranahan and his bandmates, as well as music by the drummer Paul Motian.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Dec 09 - 6:00PM 
Penelope Karageorge, host

Jill McManus Boots Maleson Stephan Morrow
Greek American Writers Association image

The Greek-American Writers Association invites you to a dazzling evening of music, comedy, poetry and story. Acclaimed jazz pianist Jill McManus and the great bassist Boots Maleson will perform. Director/actor/author Stephan Morrow will premiere a new piece.

The Open Mic will astound you with its talented and original artists.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Dec 09 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Scott Lee, bass, compositions;  Billy Drewes, reeds, compositions;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Scott Lee, Cloning Americana image

Cloning Americana explores the range of modern improvisational music in the context of the current political and cultural landscape. The group expresses their lament at how far we have moved away from the American values of respect, compassion, and tolerance.

" With the tactful touch of classic jazz, these established musicians craft an album at once effortlessly charming and heavy with nostalgia for the America of decades past. " " Such elegance and understatement maybe more revolutionary than wildly flaring saxophones and blaring drum rhythms. " --Sharon Mizrahi,NYC Jazz Record

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

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