See the previous week's performances.   June 06-June 13, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Wednesday,  Jun 06 - 6:00PM 
Maiko Sasaki, clarinet;  Egor Antonenko, cello;  Kyungmi Nam, piano
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Join us for an exciting and energizing classical music program for clarinet, cello and piano! Works by Mozart, Brahms, C. Schumann, N. Rota and Weber.

“Look, when they tell me that in my works I am only concerned with bringing a little bit of nostalgia and a lot of good humour and optimism, I think that this is how I would like to be remembered: with a little bit of nostalgia, a lot of optimism and good humour.” -Nino Rota

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 06 - 8:00PM 
Andrew D'Angelo , alto sax;  Carmen Rothwell, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
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With an expressionistic, unbridled sound on alto saxophone and an imagination to match, Andrew D'Angelo has been a distinctive voice in the New York music scene for nearly three decades. Whether leading his own groups big and small, or working with groundbreaking collaborative ensembles like Human Feel and Tyft, D'Angelo's playing is deeply felt, sometimes anarchic, sometimes fragile and haunting.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 06 - 9:30PM 
Ryan Beckley, guitar, harmonica, and vocals;  Carmen Rothwell, bass;  Jason Burger, drums
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Scree plays instrumental musings on crags, cliffs, and life after the fall of the American empire.

“I’m sure we’ve all had those live music experiences, where the music is so beyond the physical sounds that it impacts us in a much deeper way… I can assure you that these three talents combined as Scree delivered nothing but the real deal.” --Andrew D’Angelo

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Thursday,  Jun 07 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Tom, and Josh, hosts

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This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Thursday,  Jun 07 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Drewes, saxophone;  Yago Vazquez, piano;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirschfield, drums
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The Streams Trio (Vazquez/Lee/Hirshfield) has two records released with the label Fresh Sound New Talent, and for this especial occasion they are joined by saxophonist and composer Billy Drewes for a night of original music featuring compositions from all the members in the band.

“Their music combines the qualities of depth with lyricism, intensity with calm assurance and an elastic, yet sure handed rhythmic sense”- Budd Kopman (

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  Jun 08 - 6:00PM 
Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega, emcees

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The Writer's Hotel at The Cornelia Street Café! Come hear bold new fiction, nonfiction and poetry. TWH will give two free readings at The Cornelia Street Café: A fiction and nonfiction reading on Friday, June 8th and a poetry reading on Saturday, June 9th. Both readings run from 6-7:30 PM. Emcees are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega.

The Writer's Hotel fiction and nonfiction readers on Friday, June 8th: Gary Seigel, Jamie Hare, Jean Waterman, Laura Goodman, Jodi Reneé Lang, Emily Sater, Gwen Mullins and KD Doucouré.

The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a hybrid writers conference that meets once a year in Midtown. More about The Writer's Hotel: The Writer's Hotel's publishing arm is The New Guard literary review:

 No cover 

Friday,  Jun 08 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Melissa Aldana, tenor sax;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Matt Penman, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums

Exiled German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his working quartet with rising tenor star Melissa Aldana. The band 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.

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

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Saturday,  Jun 09 - 6:00PM 
Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega, emcees

The Writer's Hotel image

The Writer's Hotel at The Cornelia Street Café! Come hear bold new fiction, nonfiction and poetry. TWH will give two free readings at The Cornelia Street Café: A fiction and nonfiction reading on Friday, June 8th and a poetry reading on Saturday, June 9th. Both readings run from 6-7:30 PM. Emcees are Adeeba Afshan Rana and Erica Vega.

The Writer's Hotel poetry readers on Saturday, June 9th: Martha Kalin, Heidi Seaborn, Cindy Huyser, James E. Trask, Linda Belans, C.W. Emerson, Sarah T. Jewell and Scott Branks del Llano.

The Writer’s Hotel “Mini MFA” is a hybrid writers conference that meets once a year in Midtown. More about The Writer's Hotel: The Writer's Hotel's publishing arm is The New Guard literary review:

 No cover

Saturday,  Jun 09 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Chris Tordini, bass
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With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 10 - 6:00PM 
Katie Down (aka Genevieve), banjo uke, tenor uke, flute, toy piano, penny whistle, voice ;  Mary Myers (Aunt Mary Louise), baritone uke, uke, voice;  Philippa Thompson (Jimmy Lu), uke, fiddle, harmonica, saw, voice;  Heather Warfel (Cousin Bunnie), tap dancing, antics
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The Ukuladies, a perpetually-touring family band from Regina, Canada is finally coming to the Cornelia Street Cafe stage with songs of lost and forgotten love, antics, prizes, Shakespearean insults, mustached hobby horses, balloon animals, tap dancing, champagne, and of course...bacon. Join the "Ladies" in their quest for the simply sardonic to the sublime and beyond, by way of a vast array of instruments such as ukuleles, flutes, violin, musical saw, toy piano, penny whistles, and tiny percussion. Family friendly with just enough innuendo to make it palatable! Featuring the hit song from their latest video "Asshole in an SUV!" - a favorite among the downtown literati! $10 gets you in and a little tipsy if you order well. A sweet deal for one of the least pretentious evenings you'll ever spend south of 14th Street.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Jun 10 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Koran Agan, host

Brad Brose, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Adrien Chevalier, violin
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From Hollywood, California, Brad Brose performed with some of the best swing musicians that the U.S. has to offer.

After playing in swing dance clubs and festivals throughout California, Brad decided to move to Paris to directly learn Europe's greatest contribution to jazz: Jazz manouche. In Paris, he plays his gypsy jazz guitar along with the best and most well-known jazz manouche artists in all of the legendary gypsy jazz clubs such as taverne de cluny, les petits joueurs, and many others. His goal is to bring together Europe's greatest swing musicians with America's best to form an international collective and bridge the two continents together!

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 


Monday,  Jun 11 - 6:00PM 
Norbert Hirschhorn Robin Hirsch
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New writing and old from two masters: Norbert Hirschhorn and our own Robin Hirsch!

Hirschhorn will read from his new collection Stone. Bread. Salt.. In this very personal collection of poems, Norbert Hirschhorn takes stock of his life and gives voice to his quest to pass on the experiences of the generations before him.

Or in the author’s own words: ‘Over the past decades I have lived and worked in the Middle East, coming to a greater understanding not only of Judaism, but also the other Abrahamic religions. As I approach my ninth decade of life I am aware of the need to share with my descendants the wisdom, texts and lessons handed down by our ancestors of all religions. The poems in this collection reflect this aim and necessity.’

Robin's memoir, Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski has been called "one of the best books ever written on the long arm of the Holocaust" (Jewish Book News). His most recent book is a collection of café stories, The Whole World Passes Through. He may read from either of these (or something completely different!)
 $10.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jun 11 - 8:30PM 
Lainie Cooke, vocals;  Miki Yamanaka, piano;  Luques Curtis, bass;  Lucas Pino, tenor saxophone
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Singers are always looking for new tunes but sometimes the old ones are truly the best - Lainie Cooke returns to the Cafe with some tunes that she left behind for a while and has rediscovered. And, if you haven’t heard them - well, then they are truly new to you. Come and share the evening with a singer who knows how to tell a story and knows how to swing. Join Lainie, Miki Yamanaka on piano and Luques Curtis on bass…an unbeatable trio that will bring you a musical evening to remember.

No hype. No attitude. Just the pure emotion that only true life experience can endow in an artist.

Her 3 CDs - Harlemwood’s “Here’s To Life,” “It’s Always You,” and most recent “The Music is the Magic” on the Onyx Music Production Label are available on her website,, and also at

"… her passionate performances should be heard at every opportunity." - Don Heckman, International Review of Music

“…her unique brand of steel-lined warm - an enticing style that suggests the musical astuteness of Sheila Jordan blended with the salty panache of Anita O’Day…” - Jazz Times

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jun 12 - 6:00PM 
Michele Carlo, host

Bridget O’Neill Jackie Gordon Marilyn Torres Stephanie Summerville
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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.

This month’s host: Michele Carlo—with featured tellers Bridget O’Neill, Jackie Gordon, Marilyn Torres and Stephanie Summerville

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Jun 12 - 8:00PM 
Rajiv Jayaweera, drums, comp.;  Dayna Stephens, saxophones;  Can Olgun, piano;  Hugh Stuckey, guitar;  Massimo Biolcati, bass

Appearing for the first time at Cornelia Street Cafe as a leader, for this concert Rajiv Jayaweera will present an eclectic set of original compositions. His music covers a wide range of styles drawing on his experiences from around the world and mixing influences from Sri Lankan and Australian cultures and beyond.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Tuesday,  Jun 12 - 9:30PM 
Patrick Cornelius, alto sax;  Fabian Almazan, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
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Award-winning saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius debuts a set of brand new original music featuring a quartet of his most frequent collaborators.

In his 15 years in New York City, Cornelius has performed his original music in some of the world’s top jazz venues. Hailed as “Self-assured” and “Resourceful” by the New York Times, “Elegant” and “Extraordinary” by DownBeat Magazine, Cornelius has released seven albums as a leader, and performed with a wide cross- section of both established masters and rising stars.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Jun 13 - 6:00PM 
Azat Bayazitov, saxophone;  Ryan Slatko, piano;  Boris Kozlov, bass;  Samvel Sarkisyan, drums
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Welcome to the Azat Bayazitov's debut at the Cornelia Street Cafe! Azat Bayazitov is an outstanding saxophonist, composer, and arranger, Russian-born, New York-based. Azat is a graduate of the famous ‘Gnesins Russian Academy of Music’, the winner of international jazz competitions, ex-soloist of ‘Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra’, the leader of his own band 'CONNECTION', performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Seamus Blake, David Kikoski, Mark Whitfield Jr, Gino Vannelli, Terence Blanchard, Bob Mintzer, Boris Kozlov, Alex Sipiagin etc.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jun 13 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Godwin Louis , alto sax;  Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Davis Whitfield, piano;  Michael Feinberg, bass;  Ian Froman, drums
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Michael Feinberg's latest release "Whatever Possessed Me" is a continuation from his highly acclaimed 2012 release "The Elvin Jones Project" (Sunnyside Records). Of the music on the new album All About Jazz says "the performances on this album are so good, one can imagine Coltrane's ghost hovering overhead and nodding approvingly." Over the past decade Feinberg has become an in demand sideman and bandleader who has worked with legends and luminaries alike. He has been heard alongside George Garzone, Billy Hart, Knower, Lee Ritenour, Run DMC, Peter Bernstein, and Imagine Dragon's drummer Daniel Platzman to name a few. As a leader his groups have headlined numerous clubs and festivals across the globe (Havana Jazz Fest, Costa Rica Jazz Fest, Atlanta Jazz Fest, Blue Note, Blues Alley, Snug Harbor, Kuumbwa), and his music has been heard on NPR, ESPN, and FX.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times