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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 - 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

Friday,  Feb 09 - 6:00PM 
Bernard Block, host

Phillip Giambri Maria Chisolm Saara Dutton Pauline Findlay
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 19th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Feb 09 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums;  Ray Anderson, trombone
BassDrumBone image

BassDrumBone is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. Three improvisors, composers, bandleaders and friends are touring and performing music from their new double cd, The Long Road as well as the pieces from their nine previous recordings.

"Four decades on and still going strong, this venerable group, comprised of established musicians who share aesthetic outlooks and common histories, is something of a rarity by contemporary standards.”--Troy Collins, All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 10 - 6:00PM 
Penelope Karageorge, host; Dean Papademetriou. guest host

Eleni Tzatimakis Peter Botteas Vassiliki Rapti Dimitrios Bafaloukos Nanos Valaoritis
Greek American Writers Association image

The Greek-American Writers Association and Somerset Hall Press invite you to a special Valentine’s Day program, premiering a staged New York reading of Nightfall Hotel: a Surrealist Romeo and Juliet. Written by Greece’s acclaimed, best-selling avant-garde poet, Nanos Valaoritis, the drama features a new translation by poet Vassiliki Rapti. This riveting play draws the audience into an intimate encounter with a couple in a locked room. Actors Eleni Tzatimakis and Peter Botteas perform. Also in the spirit of romance, love poems from Lili Bita’s acclaimed FleshFire will be read. Botteas and Rapti will present poetry from her Avaton and Transitorium. Somerset Hall publisher Dean Papademetriou will host.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Feb 10 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums

Using close interplay, violent counterpoint, and creative interpretations of original music – the ensemble searches for the unpredictable and explores the unexpected.

“Jacob Sacks is a pianist of exploratory temperament, drawn to open space and shrewd irresolution.” Nate Chinen--New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 11 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Alfonso Cid, voice;  Xianix Barrera, dance;  Raphael Brunn, guitar
Nueva York Flamenco City image

You don’t have to travel to Spain to experience flamenco. Ever since the Spanish bolero school dancer Fanny Elssler set foot on the New York stage in 1840 New York City has had a vibrant flamenco scene.  

This time “Nueva York Flamenco City” is comprised of singer and flautist Alfonso Cid, flamenco guitarist Raphael Brunn and dancer Xianix Barrera.

Alfonso Cid was born and raised in Sevilla, the heartland of flamenco music. He also had the opportunity of attending the activities of one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres- Macarena in Seville. Alfonso is a well-known artist in the USA and abroad. Fresh from a tour of Spain with the New York Bojaira Jazz Flamenco Project, he has also toured Israel with the Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra, and has traveled all over the world with famous bachata artist Romeo Santos.

Xianix Barrera, a native New Yorker born to Puerto Rican and Dominican parents, had her first exposure to music and dance at an early age with studies in ballet, modern, jazz and percussion. Xianix began flamenco studies in New York and deepened them in Spain with distinguished masters including Andres Peña, Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma and Raquel Heredia among others. She has worked and performed with such prominent artists as Isabel Bayón, Ángel Muñoz, Soledad Barrio and Juan Ogalla. 

The "soniquete" (flamenco swing) of Raphael Brunn on flamenco guitar is one of a kind. His public debut playing Flamenco guitar was in the opening festivities of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Raphael has performed with many of the artists who initially inspired his dedication to the flamenco tradition. He worked with El Farruquito and El Torombo in the production of Incognito, in Frankfurt, Germany. Now based in New York City, Raphael performs with various Flamenco artists and is currently working on his second CD.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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