See the previous week's performances.   February 17-February 24, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Saturday,  Feb 17 - 6:00PM 
Verena McBee, vocals, arrangements;  John DiMartino, piano;  Zwelakhe Duma BellLePere, double bass;  Mario Fabrizio, drums;  Christian Contreras, soprano, tenor saxophones;  Gabe Dowdy- Terracciano, violin, special guests
Verena McBee Quartet plus Special Guests! image

The “Verena McBee Quartet” will give a sneak peak into her upcoming album “U-PHORIA” with all compositions by Grammy Award winning bassist Cecil McBee– The album's tunes will be performed in great company with composers such as Charlie Parker, Theloneous Monk, the Gershwin brothers, Friedrich Hollaender, contemporary composer Ellen Mandel, along with Verena’s originals & some touching and entertaining arrangements also written by the vocalist.

"Verena McBee is a powerful and very expressive singer with a wide range. Born and raised in Germany, she was classically trained and had a busy career working as an actress. Since moving to New York in 2007, she has developed into a fine jazz singer and appeared in many venues, generally in the New York area." - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist / Historian / Author

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 17 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mike Moreno, guitar;  Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums

Exiled German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his working quartet. The band from New York City plays Jochen's compositions containing surprisingly more optimistically swinging sections rich with chords than one would expect from a teutonic drummer, sprinkled with the occasional 3/8 bar for good measure. Jochen's deliberate avoidance of formal music education, albeit initially for budgetary reasons, provides a great lack of erudite nonsense in his writing. Jochen is celebrating his 4th album, titled "Charm Offensive" (Pirouet records, 2016).

"Melodies that have a habit of insinuating themselves deep in your head"-- Downbeat

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Jochen Rueckert Quartet image
Sunday,  Feb 18 - 6:00PM 
Seth Boustead Alicia Walter Iktus Duo Talia Dicker Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry Jeff Hudgins
Concept Lab  image

Concept Lab is a new experimental music series that gives composers and performers space to push boundaries and genre limitations. Inspired by the Mills College scene in the 1960's which gave the world the Kronos Quartet and the music of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros, to name a few, Concept Lab is a creative crucible out of which we seek to forge a new music.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Feb 18 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, host

Yulia Musayelyan, flute;  Songyi Jeon, voice;  Gaia Wilmer, saxophones;  Gustavo D’Amico, saxophones;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Mayo Pamplona, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums

Hailing from South Brazil, Gaia Wilmer is a saxophone player, composer and arranger who combines her influences from Brazilian harmony, rhythms, and melodies with contemporary jazz and free improvised music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

GAIA WILMER Septet image
Monday,  Feb 19 - 6:00PM 
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Ben Tiberio, bass;  Mike Piolet, drums
Ryan Slatko Trio image

Miami native Ryan Slatko has studied with Ari Hoenig, Gil Goldstein, Taylor Eigsti and Shai Maestro. He was the musical director for “Lights Out,” a musical about Nat King Cole starring Dulé Hill and Daniel J. Watts. He placed 3rd in the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and has performed or recorded with Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Ulysses Owens Jr, Linda Oh, Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker, Ari Hoenig and many more.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Feb 19 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, motelmeister; Liam McEneaney

Janeane Garofalo Phoebe Robinson Mike Drucker Angry Bob Margaret Dodge Troy Alan
Morrison Motel image

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Tuesday,  Feb 20 - 6:00PM 
Jocelyn Medina, voice, composition;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Pete McCann, guitar
Jocelyn Medina Trio image

Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina presents an intimate set of original music, jazz and Brazilian repertoire. The performance will feature material from her latest album, Common Ground, fusing jazz harmonies with raga-based melodies from India and polyrhythms from Africa. As a storyteller, Medina’s lyrics recount personal experiences that reflect universal themes and a socially conscious worldview, affirming through both music and words the theme of our shared commonality. Filling out her trio are long-time band mates and recording ensemble players Pete McCann (guitar) and Evan Gregor (bass).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 20 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Anat Fort, piano;  Michael Attias, alto sax;  Gary Wang, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Anat Fort Quartet image Yossi Zwecker

"The pianist Anat Fort’s compositions move with a rolling, languorous grace, allowing light to enter from different angles. Undertones of the blues crop up briefly, often tossed into an impressionist thicket of arpeggios and wandering lines. Her most recent album, “Birdwatching,” on ECM, features the Italian clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi; it’s a subtle triumph.” The NY Times

Anat Fort returns to Cornelia Strest Cafe with a new quartet featuring Michael Attias on Saxophone, Gary Wang on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. They will be exploring Fort’s compositions as well as the composition of Paul Motian.
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Feb 21 - 6:00PM 
with Michèle LaRue

Tales Well Told: stories from America's Gilded Age image Photo: Arthur Cohen

Michèle LaRue returns with two vibrant, vintage "Tales Well Told: Stories From America's Gilded Age" writers. She tours nationally with a repertoire of 30 Tales, but the Cafe--her New York performance home for more than two decades--holds a special place in her heart.

The Bedquilt: Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s suspenseful tale of a spinster’s astonishing art: "She never knew how her great idea came to her ... so beautifully difficult a pattern could be only for the angels in heaven to quilt."


Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s lively A Quilting Bee in Our Village: "One Sometimes wonders if it will ever be possible in our village to attain absolute rest and completion with regard to ... quilts."

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 22 - 6:00PM 
Gabriel Zucker, piano, voice;  Tal Yahalom, guitar;  Alex Goldberg, drums
The Delegation (trio) image

Indie jazz orchestra The Delegation is the brainchild of pianist/composer Gabriel Zucker. Combining an array of disparate influences into a unique and emotionally immediate sound, The Delegation has performed throughout the Northeast, Canada, and Europe, and Zucker’s compositions for the group have received awards from ASCAP and the American Composers Forum JFund grant. The group’s singular musical philosophy has been profiled at length by the Ottawa Citizen, Jazz Gallery, and the American Composers Forum. The group's debut record, Evergreen (Canceled World), was awarded 4.5 stars in Downbeat and 4 stars in All About Jazz.

At the Cornelia St Cafe, the group premieres a new trio arrangement of music from the band's forthcoming sophomore release, Leftover Beats From The Edges Of Time, in advance of a six-country tour in March.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 22 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Chris Morrissey, bass;  Kenny Wollesen, drums
Gilad Hekselman Trio image

Gilad Hekselman brings a stellar trio of far reaching improvisers to the Cornelia Street Underground.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Feb 23 - 6:00PM 
Abby Lee, vocals;  Matt Frey, piano

Prepare for tears and laughter, as Abby chronicles her journey towards anti-depression the way any sane person would: through musical theatre.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Feb 23 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Mike Pride, drums
Jon Irabagon Quartet image

Jon Irabagon returns to the Cornelia Underground with a far reaching not to be missed new quartet

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Saturday,  Feb 24 - 6:00PM 
Joe Dettmore, vocals;  Leslie Goshko, piano, vocals;  Frd Caruso, guitar, vocals;  Ritt Henn, bass, vocals
Joe Dettmore Sings Cat Stevens image

Back by popular demand, "Joe Dettmore Sings Cat Stevens" returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe!

With his prolific songwriting and poetic lyricism, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In this evening highlighting well-known, alongside rare, selections from the Cat Stevens catalogue, join Joe Dettmore and friends as they share the music, stories, and insights surrounding this timeless musician.

"Music is universally present in this world, even in the jungles, oceans and deserts; birds sing, seas crash and the wind howls. Nature has its own magnificent song in praise of the creator." - Yusuf/CatStevens

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Feb 24 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Sam Bevan, bass;  Alex Wyatt, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image

Contemporary jazz guitarist, Tom Chang leads a quintet featuring some of the finest improvisers in the New York jazz scene. The music will encompass modern jazz to contemporary classical all with a heavy emphasis on groove and melody.

"What separates these tracks from other rock-leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It feels authentic. And then the brief funk tune "Scatterbrain" emerges about halfway though the album, there's chicken-scratch guitar and a simple yet heavy beat that screams The Meters. But later, things get eerie, as is someone was mixing funk with a New York jazz edge. That someone was Chang." --Brad Faberman (Downbeat Mag.)

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

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