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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

Sunday,  Feb 25 - 6:00PM 
Philip Fried Suzanne Gardinier Christopher Bursk
The Manhattan Review Reading Series image

This reading features the founding editor of The Manhattan Review, Philip Fried, and two distinguished contributors to the journal, Suzanne Gardinier and Christopher Bursk.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Feb 25 - 8:00PM 
Or Bareket, host

Roni Eytan, harmonica;  Lefteris Kordis, piano;  Jared Henderson, bass;  Eviatar Slivnik, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Roni Eytan Quartet image

Harmonica player Roni Eytan formed his band in 2015,and Their debut concert was in Toronto, at the downtown jazz series on a double bill with Avishai cohen. In his Band, Roni strives to express his musical vision,in an organic way that comes from a long process of working together, both in the rehearsal room,and on the stage. Roni’s musical language draws influences from Jazz, music of the Middle East and North Africa (Andalusian Music), all of which are part of Roni's musical roots and cultural identity.The repertoire includes original music and arrangements for traditional folk melodies.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Feb 25 - 9:30PM 
Arnon Palty, bass;  Lior Milliger, saxophone;  Nitzan Gavrielli, piano;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Arnon Palty Quartet image

Bassist, composer, arranger and educator Arnon Palty will feature his quartet at the Cornelia Street Cafe. The quartet consists of Lior Milliger on saxophone,Nitzan Gavrieli on piano, Ronen Itzik on drums and Arnon on electric bass. The quartet will present original music written by group members.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Feb 26 - 6:00PM 
Anna Grudskaya, piano
An Evening of Piano Music  image

NYC pianist Anna Grudskaya will be performing a diverse program featuring works by Scarlatti, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Feb 26 - 8:30PM 
Tracy Michailidis, voice;  Wiley DeWeese, piano
OB-SESSIONS, featuring Tracy Michailidis. A series curated by Bobby Hsu image

Beautiful, underperformed songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Featuring Tracy Michailidis, a Canadian-born actress who has performed both on and off-Broadway here in New York City, and in regional theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Her acclaimed soprano is in demand for everything from classic Bernstein and Loesser to newly created music theatre works.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 27 - 6:00PM 
Jeremy Powell, saxophone;  Eitan Gofman, saxophone, bass clarinet and flute;  André Matos, guitar;  André Carvalho, double bass;  Rodrigo Recaberren, drums
André Carvalho Group image

With two releases under his name, the Portuguese bass player André Carvalho, has been intensely dedicated to composition since he first picked up the bass. He has a special vision in conjuring his own groups and he is currently preparing and composing for his first stateside release.

His first two albums, "Hajime" and "Memória de Amiba" show Carvalho's highly personal perspective in music featuring an original blend of contemporary jazz with elements from Portuguese music. Both projects got raving reviews from Portuguese and International media. André was awarded the prize "Carlos Paredes" in 2012, a prestigious prize that recognizes Portuguese music projects, as well as a "Best Group" recognition in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

For this concert, Carvalho will play a set of his most recent compositions.

“André Carvalho is a Portuguese bassist and composer with an attractive compositional voice well founded in the modern trends of jazz… Carvalho, who recorded two albums so far…, reveals cleverness in the way he composes. In addition to the pleasurability one can feel while absorbing melodies and grooves, there’s always a certain amount of ambiguity that floats in the air and keeps us focused on its textures.” —

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Theo Bleckman, voice, efx, comp.;  Jesse Lewis, guitar;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Colin Stranhan, drums
THEO BLECKMANN,  image Lynne Harty

B-Sides is Theo Bleckmann’s new project in which he gathers music from his many myriad collaborations from over the years, including writing lyrics to instrumental pieces. These are songs that have perhaps been recorded and performed a handful of times but have sadly fallen out of sight. Much of this music has had no home until now.

“a vocalist of inventive instinct and assiduous musicality” - Nate Chinen, NY Times

GRAMMY® nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann’s diverse recorded work includes albums of Las Vegas standards, Weimar art songs, and popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed "Hello Earth - the Music of Kate Bush." Bleckmann has most recently appeared as a special guest on recordings by Ambrose Akinmusire for Blue Note Records and Julia Hülsmann’s trio for ECM Records. In January 2017, ECM will release Bleckmann’s recording with his new Elegy Quintet, produced by legendary label head and founder, Manfred Eicher. Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors and composers, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years.
 He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the David Letterman show with Laurie Anderson. In 2015, Bleckmann premiered a new work for the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and in 2016 he brings new work to the New York Philharmonic Biennial and the LA Philharmonic. Bleckmann has consistently appeared in the top-five spots in the DownBeat Critics’ Polls for Best Male Vocalist, and top- ten spots in their Readers’ Polls, and his work on Phil Kline’s “Out Cold” helped place that production on WQXR's Operavore "Best Opera of 2012". In 2010, Bleckmann received the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Feb 28 - 6:00PM 
Nick Finzer, trombone;  Lucas Pino, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet;  Alex Wintz, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Dave Baron, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Nick Finzer's Hear & Now image

Hear & Now is the past and the present. The point of view of today with foundation in the roots of jazz and American music. Finzer’s music evokes a need and hope for change, a defiant optimism that pits love against the forces of oppression. The band is a sextet of highly inventive artists who come together to give voice to the themes and ideas of Finzer’s music. Lucas Pino on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Alex Wintz on guitar, Glenn Zaleski on piano, Dave Baron on bass, and Jimmy Macbride on drums bring the power and wide-ranging palette of a big band with the supple energy of a small ensemble. Influenced by the numerous bands of Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, John Coltrane, and Michael Brecker, Hear & Now is poised to share this generation's perspectives on jazz with the world today. The band embarked on a 25 city tour of the US, and made their festival debut in July 2017 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Feb 28 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Sam Harris, piano;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums;  Pawan Benjamin, bansuri

Bassist and composer Martin Nevin will present an evening featuring music from his upcoming release, Tenderness is Silent. The band is comprised of some of Martin's closest friends and collaborators.

“Bassist Martin Nevin’s wide beat, thick sound, and soulful baring bring heart to this music.” - Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Martin Nevin Group image
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