See the previous week's performances.   June 11-June 18, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Sunday,  Jun 11 - 6:00PM 
Steven Silverman, solo piano

Classical music conveys all sorts of emotions: tragedy, despair, elation. But ‘whimsy’? Here is a program of pieces which exhibit this elusive quality:

Beethoven Bagatelle op 126 #4, Hindemith Scherzo from Sonata 3 (I think the Hindemith sonata movement uses the Bagatelle as a point of departure)

Schumann Humoreske op. 20 (deeply inspired music, written at the peak of Schumann’s turbulent courtship of Clara Wieck, as Robert resorted to litigation to force her father’s consent; the Humoreske is a musical barometer of Robert’s emotional state, as well as a harbinger of the blessed life he hopes to lead with his beloved Clara)

Chopin Etude in F major op 10 #8; Impromptu in Gb major op. 52; Mazurka in b minor op. 33#4; Scherzo in E major op. 54 (the Scherzo is one of Chopin’s most radiant pieces, with a smashing ending)

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Jun 11 - 8:00PM 
Jenny Luna, vocals;  Adam Good, oud, guitar;  Marandi Hostetter, violin;  Isabelle Ganz, vocals, flute, shawm;  Rami El Aasser, percussion

“The concert by Alhambra was by far the most exciting event in this year’s series.” – El Espectador, Bogota, Colombia.

Founded by Isabelle Ganz in 1982, ALHAMBRA is celebrating its 35th season of performing Sephardic and Middle-Eastern music for Western audiences, one of the first ensembles to perform this rhythmic and haunting repertoire from the Jewish communities of Spain, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Sunday,  Jun 11 - 9:30PM 
Kris Allen, alto sax;  Frank Kozyra, tenor sax;  Dezron Douglass, bass;  Kush Abadey, drums
Kris Allen Quartet image

Listen to alto saxophonist Kris Allen’s splendid, new CD, Beloved, and you might well hear in his rich, expressive playing, evocations of but never imitations of Jackie McLean’s searing, soulful sound or Ornette Coleman’s profound, plaintively moving lyricism. Similarly, in Allen’s role as a savvy composer with a varied palette, you might, from time to time, be reminded of Duke Ellington’s grit and gravitas or Charles Mingus’s hues and cries.But what you really come away with is that Allen, in this triumphant follow-up release to his acclaimed debut disc, Circle House, for all of his fluency in the language of jazz and deep knowledge of the music’s modern masters, is very much his own man with his own creative voice.- Owen Mcnally, WNPR

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Jun 12 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

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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,  Jun 12 - 8:30PM 
Adam Fisher, cello, vocals, compositions;  plus special guests

Cellist, composer, and vocalist Adam Fisher presents ANIMALS IN MY EAR, an evening of his hilarious and poetic animal songs, in the songwriting tradition of Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, and Tom Lehrer. Each animal gets its own musical and lyrical voice, from the rockabilly "Feed the Kitty", to the Latin-tinged "Tango in the Deep", to the Brazilian "Blue-Toed Rhinoceros". A virtuoso classically trained at Juilliard, Fisher revels in the lush bowed sound of his chosen instrument. But here he builds improvised solos more like a jazz horn player, or strums, plucks, and slaps his cello like an oversized Gypsy guitar, as he winds his way through clever metaphorical lyrics, with catchy melodies that just may get caught in your ear.

With special guests TBA.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

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

Caitlin Brodnick Kelli Dunham Marlene Nichols Sean Finnerty
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Hear Stories! Tell Stories!

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

The New York STORY Exchange continues its new format with a rotating host each month and three featured tellers, followed by a "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,  Jun 13 - 8:00PM 
Blanca Cecilia González, violin;  Jesse Elder , piano
Jesse Elder, Blanca Cecilia González Duo image

Jesse Elder is a composer and pianist. His original music will be featured, first in an intimate duet setting with his wife, an extraordinary violinist. Following their duo set will be the debut of his trio, featuring all brand new compositions especially composed for the ensemble.

 $10 minimum

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Tuesday,  Jun 13 - 9:30PM 
Jesse Elder, piano;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
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Jesse Elder is a composer and pianist. His original music will be featured, first in an intimate duet setting with his wife, an extraordinary violinist. Following their duo set will be the debut of his trio, featuring all brand new compositions especially composed for the ensemble.

Blurb: "Jesse Elder's piano is weird, playing lines that unravel, as if from a spindle..." Joe Tangari, Downbeat Magazine

 $10 minimum


Wednesday,  Jun 14 - 6:00PM 
Andrey Gritsman, host

Marina Garber Liliya Gazizova Alexander Veitzman Bakhyt Kenzheev Alexey Tsvetkov Irina Mashinski
Intercultural Poetry image

INTERPOEZIA International Poetry Magazine presentation:

Featured poets: Marina Garber (Las-Vegas), Liliya Gazizova (Kazan), Alexander Veitzman, Bakhyt Kenzheev, Alexey Tsvetkov, Irina Mashinski (New York)

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Jun 14 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Eri Yamamoto, piano;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
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The Eri Yamamoto Trio with her longstanding trio partners, bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a loyal following in New York and abroad. They have toured the U. S., Canada, Australia, Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals. Eri’s compositions portray a wide range of her experiences- from joyful to introspective, reflecting the vibrancy of New York City and exploring mysteries of nature and memory.

"She has a deft sense of harmony and note selection, not to mention sheer chops, her virtuosity never gets in the way of playing it straight from the heart."--Daniel A. Brown, DownBeat

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jun 15 - 6:00PM 
Soprano Jessica Crandall sings music by Ellen Mandel

I SO LIKED SPRING--------CD Release Concert!!! image

Jessica and Ellen perform lyrical, dramatic, and humorous songs from their brand new CD, with texts by Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and more! When Crandall sings Mandel, the music soars!

Mandel’s music is “Ardent, spiky, and freshly organic” NY Times

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Jun 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
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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 $10 minimum

Friday,  Jun 16 - 6:00PM 
Alexandra Leff, vocals, guitar;  Alex Clough, piano;  John Gray, bass;  Michael Vitali, drums

Alexandra Leff is back at Cornelia Street Cafe to perform her original, poetic, folk-inspired songs with Alex Clough (piano), John Gray (bass), and Michael Vitali (drums).

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Jun 16 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Yotam Silberstein, guitar, comp.;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Daniel Dor , drums

In between world tours, yotam silberstein and the band return to CSC with some exciting new music.

"Yotam Silberstein improvises in a cutting tone and writes heady original tunes that seem to tug the straight- ahead jazz tradition in new direction."--NY times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Saturday,  Jun 17 - 6:00PM 
Leslie Goshko, piano, vocals
The Real Housewives of Columbo image

It’s the 1970’s. The cocktail parties are glamorous, the brandy snifters abound, the clothes are colorfully polyester, and when foul play occurs, homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo is on the case. But behind every man’s untimely death remains a shattered housewife who wants answers.

Join Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post, Sideshow Goshko) as she presents this comedic musical-mystery show where day-drinking is glamorous and chain-smoking the norm. Play detective and receive clues from live musical performances, special guests, overly dramatic pauses, and more. And just when you think you have the case solved, there’s “one more thing”…there always is when you’re dealing with The Real Housewives of Columbo!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Jun 17 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ben Monder, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Nate Wood, drums
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The Matt Pavolka Band returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe to play music from their upcoming recording and, of course, Lemmy.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 18 - 6:00PM 
 Poets Timothy Liu, Leslie McGrath, and Kendra Tanacea image

According to Joseph Campbell, every hero reaches a point of reconciling with a father figure. And what is poetry if not a reckoning, an attempt, at least, at atonement? In that spirit, three powerhouse poets will share their work at Cornelia St. on Father's Day.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Jun 18 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Eduardo Belo, bass;  Alejandro Avilés, alto sax, flute;  Lívio Almeida, tenor sax, flute;  Ari Hoenig, drums

Eduardo Belo is a bass player from Brazil that is know for his versatility, switching from Brazilian music and jazz fluidly. He has worked playing with names such as Claudio Roditi, Steve Wilson, Kevin Hays, Bebel Gilberto, Clarice Assad, Duduka da Fonseca, Chico Pinheiro and many many more.

For this show Eduardo brings a new band and compositions and arrangements never played live before.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

New Brazilian Perspectives: Eduardo Belo group image
Sunday,  Jun 18 - 10:00PM 
Richard Miller, guitar;  Itaiguara Brandao, bass;  Sergio Krakowski, pandiero

Richard Miller originally from Rio de Janeiro has studied and played and taught Brazilian Instrumental music all his life. He is a phd and expert in Choro Music. He has played with all the major Brazilian groups from his original base in Washington DC where he received his Doctorate in Harmony and since moving to NYC he has worked with his own groups, Vanessa Falabella, Vanderlei Pereira, Cidinho Texeira amongst other NYC stalwarts of Musica Brasileira. Currently he is professor of music at Columbia University

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

New Brazilian Perspectives: Richard Miller Trio image
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