See the previous week's performances.   February 01-February 08, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Feb 01 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists Salon image

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,  Feb 01 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Zack Foley, voice;  Jesse Elder , piano;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Devin Gray, drums
Zack Foley Quartet, CD Release image

One of the most sublime and delightful finds on New York City’s youth-infused jazz scene is the Zack Foley Quartet. The combo can shift in mode or mood with felicity, from beguilingly relaxed to heavy improv… Foley’s attitude is ironic, defying romantic convention. He strips away the neat sentiments we associate with jazz standards and exposes the bare meaning—even artifice—at their root. The result is to reveal songs as small treasures, often tinged with the acknowledgment and acceptance of loss, songs that sparkle amid the otherwise cynical cacophony of the age. There is a depth of spiritual wisdom, psychic insight and struggle, and meditative practice that inform the music, throughout. - Vanity Fair

"The band summons a melancholy undertow that inevitably evolves, resolves, transcends."--David Friend, Vanity Fair

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Feb 02 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

Anne Waldman Steven Taylor Devin Brahja Waldman Ambrose Bye Steve Dalachinsky
The Monthly: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Tribute image

Three Rooms Press presents a birthday tribute to legendary Beat icon and postmodern trailblazer William S. Burroughs. The event will be highlighted by work from internationally-acclaimed feminist/activist and performance artist Anne Waldman, author and editor Steven Taylor, with fast-speaking music with Devin Brahja Waldman and Ambrose Bye, Burroughs excerpts by poet Steve Dalachinsky, plus a very special preview of DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS: Burroughs & Ginsberg in Conversation (forthcoming from Three Rooms Press). Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host.

William S. Burroughs was a Beat Generation writer known for his startling, nontraditional accounts of underground culture, most famously in the book Naked Lunch. Born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, Burroughs is frequently cited as a major influence on countercultural figures in the world of music, art, and literature.

 $15.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Feb 02 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  James Hurt, piano;  Tarus Mateen, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums

Duane Eubanks assembles a forward thinking rhythm section for a night of originals and on-the-spot improvised compositions. This group of open minded creative musicians is sure to break ground and go unexpected places musically.

“Duane is one of my all-time favorite brass men. One of the most honest musicians I've come across. He plays from the heart, coming from such a rich musical family tree.” Roy Hargrove - Grammy Award winning trumpeter

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Duane Eubanks Quartet image
Saturday,  Feb 03 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Kevin Allison Gastor Almonte Sandi Marx Joey Novick
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 Kevin Allison (creator of the RISK!! podcast and book), Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening), Sandi Marx (7-time Moth Story Slam Champion), and Joey Novick (Comedy Central)

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,  Feb 03 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Lage Lund, guitar;  Peter Bernstein, guitar
Lage Lund, Peter Bernstein Duo image

A rare duo performance by two of the most evocative and swinging guitarists in contemporary jazz.

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

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 04 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Howard Worman, biologist;  William Hooker, musician;  Brad Garton, musician
Entertaining Science: From Nuclear Membranes to Aging... image

From Nuclear Membranes to Aging – What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been!

Columbia University internist and cell biologist Howard Worman –once a student in Roland Hoffmann’s physical chemistry course – will tell us about his studies of the membranes that surround the cell nucleus. Scientists long thought defects in the nuclear membrane would be incompatible with life, but it turns out that mutations in genes encoding its proteins cause organ-selective disorders as well as a premature aging syndrome, and provides clues to how we all grow old.

Moving to another membrane – the one that produces the sound of the drum –will be a duo of the great “jazz” drummer, bandleader and poet William Hooker, who has recorded over 70 CDs of wide ranging work (the latest, avant garde improvisations on classic Italian songs) and Brad Garton, chair of Columbia’s Computer Music Center. Brad and William have been exploring brainwave triggers of sound during improvisation, and may feature in their set.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Feb 04 - 8:30PM 
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte , drums
Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans image

Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with her trio to perform songs from their critically acclaimed release “Early Americans” and beyond. “Early Americans” (Sono Luminus) was recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy for best surround sound album. Longtime band-mates Mark Helias (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums) join Bloom for an evening of high wire improvisation over the groove. Don’t miss these fearless American originals.

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum http://

Monday,  Feb 05 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image

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,  Feb 05 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
AMRAM & CO image

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,  Feb 06 - 6:00PM 
Justin Booth Anthony Cappo Michael Collins Kem Joy Ukwu Aida Zilelian
Five Live: An Evening of Engaging Readings image

Join us for a night of readings featuring Justin Booth, Anthony Cappo, Michael Collins, Kem Joy Ukwu, and Aida Zilelian -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Feb 06 - 8:00PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Lara Solnicki, voice;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass
Voxecstatic: The Lara Solnicki NYC Trio image

Canadian vocalist, composer and poet Lara Solnicki makes her NYC and Cornelia Street Cafe debut in a concert featuring Marta Sanchez, piano and Rick Rosato, bass. A vocal purist whose repertoire includes Henry Purcell, her poetic compositions, Kate Bush as well as standards, the artists will be performing a range of material, including songs from her acclaimed second CD "Whose Shadow", released in 2015 on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label.

"A spellbinding voice... boldly unique style... a vocal purist... riveting. With exceptional tonal control and her mastery of inflection, Lara Solnicki has without doubt, affirmed her position as a world class jazz singer." − Everett. R. Davis, All About Jazz

"Lara Solnicki's voice is dark and sweet and invites you in with such ease you find yourself changing plans for the rest of the night." − Tom Allen, Musician, Broadcaster, Host of Shift, CBC Radio 2

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 06 - 9:30PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Aimée Allen, voice;  François Moutin, bass;  Billy Test, piano

A soulful and cerebral singer and songwriter, Aimée Allen leads a very special trio performing selections from her upcoming release of music about transcendence. Her collaboration with these world-class musicians, particularly Moutin, is not to be missed.

“A brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist" – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes

“A fully fledged composer, lyricist and vocalist, her ideas are filled with depth and meaning and her lyrics profoundly unique.” - Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

VoxEcstatic: Aimée Allen Trio featuring François Moutin & Billy Test image
Wednesday,  Feb 07 - 6:00PM 
Allan Graubard Carolyn McGee Valery Oisteanu David Coulter
The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian by Eugenio F. Granell image

“…one of the finest novels written by surrealists”; just published by City Lights…

Celebrate with us this black comedy of the Spanish Civil War -- where satire and laughter reign in a carnival of burning ruins. No group is sacrosanct; no one escapes the wit of its author, Eugenio F. Granell; revolutionary combatant forced into exile who emerged as a major, surrealist artist and writer post-WWII. Newly translated into English by David Coulter.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Feb 07 - 8:00PM 
Marianne Solivan, voice;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Kenny Brooks, tenor sax;  Kurt Kotheimer, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums;  Matt Nelson, tenor sax
Evan Francis Group image

Drawing from the less typical elements of North American and Afro-Latin music, The Evan Francis Group will perform this original, boundary-pushing music with the help of two rising masters of the New York music scene.

"San Francisco's Evan Francis Group comes off like a cross between a big band, a funk combo and an Afro- Cuban jazz ensemble. The leader's vibrant compositions, brainy yet approachable, tie the eclectic mix together."--Time Out New York

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Feb 07 - 9:30PM 
Daniel Meron, piano;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Daniel Meron:

Pianist composer Daniel Meron is celebrating the release of his new album "This Was Now" with some of NYC's finest musicians. The group will play selections from the album as well as new compositions by Meron, featuring guitarist Yotam Silberstein as special guest.

“As a writer, Meron produces some beautiful themes and melodies; as a player, he has a crisp, strong, style that enables him to move readily from warm, engaging ballads to fast, hard bop, passages with apparent ease". - All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 08 - 6:00PM 

Dorian Devins Jazz Quartet image

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Thursday,  Feb 08 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Perry Smith, guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Jarrett Cherner, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Perry Smith Quintet, CD Release: New Angel image

Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from R&B, Rock and Folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own group and is a sideman for jazz and contemporary artists. Smith is an active player in the greater New York jazz scene and hosts a weekly series in Brooklyn called The Nest Session. Supported by the Jazz Foundation of America and KeyedUp, Smith performs every Wednesday at the Nest Session with some of NYC's finest jazz musicians. Smith is gearing up to release his third album as a leader “New Angel.” The project features 10 original compositions for his quintet, expanding on the traditions of jazz with a fresh approach to modern composing and improvising.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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