See the previous week's performances.   February 09-February 16, 2018  See the next week's performances.
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
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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
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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 $15 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 11 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

The Jen & Jimmy Show! image

Featured Comics: Chris Hamilton, John O'Connor, Hattie Hayes, and Dave Columbo.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Feb 11 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
Sebastian Noelle Trio image

Guitarist-composer Sebastian Noelle has spent much of his life traveling the elusive path between two worlds. In life, he travels back and forth between his native Germany and his adopted home of New York City; in his art, he navigates the more fluid boundaries between the abstract and the emotional. Throughout that nomadic existence, music has provided a constant source of shelter, an idea that unifies the wide-ranging music on Noelle’s third CD.

On Shelter, Noelle leads a stellar quintet that brings together some of the most forward-thinking and limitless musicians in modern jazz: saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Amina Figarova, Armen Donelian), pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Darcy James Argue, Donny McCaslin), and drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney).

“A guitarist probably best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger” - Nate Chinen (New York Times)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Feb 12 - 6:00PM 
Dave Juarez, guitar, compositions;  Max Zooi, saxophone;  Albert Marques, piano;  Marty Isenberg, bass;  Eric Reeves, drums
Dave Juarez's

"Stories" is a new band that intends to tie together the music with the events that brought it to life.

"He doesn't sound like anybody else to me and it's obvious that he has a great control of the guitar" - John Abercrombie

"Scorching intensity and substance from start to finish". Jazz Times

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Feb 12 - 8:30PM 
Richard Hoehler, writer, performer

E. image

Award-winning playwright and actor Richard Hoehler’s accolade to his longtime mentor and friend, Edith (E.) Speziali. The worlds of Oscar Wilde and Spalding Gray collide serendipitously as a remarkable twenty-one-year relationship is rendered with irreverent wit, bold pronouncements, and some good old fashioned cursing.

I’m so glad I wasted my life! –E. Speziali

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Feb 13 - 6:00PM 
Michele Carlo, host

Anoush Froundjian Dawn Fraser Jennifer Glick Justin McElwee
New York Story Exchange image

New York, “the city that never sleeps,” where everyone has a story to tell…

The New York STORY Exchange continues in 2018 with a rotating host each month and four featured performers, followed by the “5 for 5 Open STORY Exchange”: Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories, poems, spoken word or music! Sign up is from 5:45–6:10pm.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Feb 13 - 8:00PM 
Robin Verheyen, alto sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Rodrigo Rebecarren, drums

REVOLUTIONS celebrates the instant and spirit of revolutions around the world and through history. At a moment when social and societal change is more urgent than ever, REVOLUTIONS seeks to remind that the flash of change often comes quickly and unexpectedly. By revisiting and honoring the spirit of history’s great revolutions we make ourselves ready to move forward when change comes to our society. The ensemble will play passionate original compositions and folk songs to honor the revolutions of the Caribbean and South America.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Dan Loomis' REVOLUTIONS image
Tuesday,  Feb 13 - 9:30PM 
Andre Matos, guitar;  Andre Carvalho, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Andre Matos Trio image

Guitarist André Matos presents a trio featuring some of the most brilliant improvisers. New York based and Portuguese native, André Matos has been developing a wide range of projects in the city and abroad.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Feb 14 - 6:00PM 
Malena Dayen, vocals;  David Rosenmeyer, piano;  Or Bareket, bass
New Aires Tango image

The unique collaboration of tango singer Malena Dayen and pianist/arranger David Rosenmeyer invites us to delve into each song as a whole world within itself.

The repertoire that New Aires Tango performs is drawn mainly from the golden age of tango singers and writers. Yet music from other styles such as folkloric Argentinean, Mexican and Cuban songs are presented under the same umbrella to reflect on the lineage and influence of the Tango tradition.

 $25.00 includes a glass of bubbly 

Wednesday,  Feb 14 - 8:00PM 
Sofia Ribeiro, voice;  Juan Andrés Ospina, piano
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Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from Portugal, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a deep connection to Portuguese traditional music, and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded New York based singer and composer has captivated audiences all over the world with her powerful, charming sound.

Currently living in between New York and Bogotá (Colombia), Juan Andrés Ospina is one of the most active and prominent exponents of a very outstanding generation of Colombian musicians. His debut album as a leader "BBB" was referred by All About Jazz as one of the “best jazz albums of the year”. In the past years, Juan Ospina has produced, arranged and recorded the piano in several international awarded albums, and has toured widely as musical director of Sofia Ribeiro’s group, Marta Gómez, Fonseca, and Banda Magda. 14-times Grammy Awarded Paquito D’Rivera Quintet has performed some of his original compositions in important venues such as New York’s Blue Note and the Carnegie Hall.

These two incredible artists, who have already released two albums together, present us a dreamful duo project, which allows us to fully appreciate their impressive skills as interpreters, composers and improvisers.

 $25 includes glass of champagne 

Wednesday,  Feb 14 - 9:30PM 
Sasha Papernik, voice;  Justin Poindexter, guitar, banjo, voice;  Kyle Saulnier, bass

Russian-American pianist Sasha Papernik and her trio celebrate Valentine's Day with a far-reaching program of love songs and rags. Featuring music of Berlin, Gershwin, the Everly Brothers, Burt Bacharach, John Prine and Scott Joplin

"Uncommonly attractive and entertaining...managing a comfortable balance between the formal and the casual"--The Washington Post

 $25 includes glass of champagne

Sasha Papernik Trio, Romance & Ragtime image
Thursday,  Feb 15 - 6:00PM 
Andrey Gritsman, host

Vladimir Druk Alla Dubrovskaya Vladimir Gandelsman Slava Polishchuk Bakhyt Kenzheev Anna Halberstadt Victor Sanchuk Rita Balmina
Intercultural Poetry image

Intercultural Poetry presents new 2017 issue of international Russian poetry journal INTERPOEZIA.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Feb 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Petros Klampanis, bass, looper, voice;  Julian Shore, piano;  Roni Eytan, harmonica
Petros Klampanis Trio image

Bassist, composer, arranger and producer Petros Klampanis returns to Cornelia Street Cafe, in order to present music from his recent albums CHROMA and MINOR DISPUTE, as well as some songs from his upcoming album, with the excellent pianist Julian Shore. Roni Eytan, a young prodigy harmonica player from Israel, will join the two musicians for two of Klampanis' original composition.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Friday,  Feb 16 - 6:00PM 
David Lopato, piano, composer;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Mike Sarin, drums;  Lucas Pino, saxes, clarinet
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Old and new compositions by Lopato spanning the entire tradition of jazz performed by this seasoned quartet of virtuoso musicians.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Friday,  Feb 16 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Marc Hannaford, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image

 $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