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Tuesday,  Jul 25 - 6:00PM 
A SHORT EVENING OF JAZZ PIANO AND ORIGINAL LIMERICKS BY TOM MCDERMOTT
Tom McDermott, piano, vocals
A short evening of jazz piano and original limericks by Tom McDermott image

Tom McDermott has toured the world with his piano; in NYC alone has played Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Joe's Pub and the Lincoln Center Summer Series. Last year he started writing limericks, and in April Sagging Meniscus Press published a collection of them as FIVE LINES NO WAITING. His show will be a mix of limericks and piano-playing associated with the limericks.

"No matter which direction he moves in, Mr. McDermott is a very skillful pianist." - New York Times


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jul 25 - 8:00PM 
SERGEJ AVANESOV QUARTET
Sergej Avanesov, tenor, soprano sax;  tba, piano;  Boris Kozlov, bass;  Samvel Sarkisyan, drums
Sergej Avanesov Quartet image

In composing for this record, Sergej Avanesov went back to his original love of the American song book and explored the boundaries beyond those melodies and harmony. He drew inspiration from the contour of modern classical music as that is what he studied before jazz and is the catalyst of most of original compositions. Each song has a story behind it and captures his personal experiences through the music. The song "A" is dedicated to his older brother who he has a lot of respect for. "Big Mike" was encouraged by the movie "The Blind Side” about the football star Michael Oher.

Growing up in Rostov-on-Don in Russia, Sergej Avanesov had a strong musical influence in John Coltrane, Joshua Redman, and Keith Jarrett. He attended the well-known Kim Nazaretov jazz music school in Russia and after the graduation moved to the Netherlands to study at the Prince Claus Conservatoire. Now he lives in New York and performs with different bands all over the world. He participated in many international jazz projects such as performances with John Clayton and Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and many others as well. For his previous recordings, he collaborated with EF Orchestra, Stage Band, Giacomo Caruso quartet and many others."


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://SERGEJAVANESOV.COM

Tuesday,  Jul 25 - 9:30PM 
JONATHAN SARAGA SEXTET
Jonathan Saraga, trumpet, flugelhorn, comp.;  Remy Le Boeuf, alto sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  tba, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
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The Jonathan Saraga Quintet/Sextet has been performing around New York City since 2012. All About Jazz has remarked that the group's debut album, "First Vision” (Blue Truffle Music) is "...a skillfully conceived and exquisitely realized debut that brings to mind the edgy, envelope-pushing hard bop of many a Blue Note record in the early 1960s." They go on to say that "the music, all Saraga-penned, has an uncommon freshness," and that it "...isn't the stuff of amateurs on the brink of musical maturity, it's a stand-up-and- take-notice offering."

The ensemble has made appearances at Smalls Jazz Club, SEEDS, the Douglas Street Music Collective, iBeam and the Shapeshifter Lab to name a few NYC venues, and has been featured on air by Festival of New Trumpet Music, Pulin4Jazz, jamcityamerica.net. 90.3 FM the Core, Weaa 88.9, and BreakThru Radio's show the Jazz Hole. Their work has been noticed and praised by many acclaimed jazz artists as well: Jimmy Greene has said their music is “...engaging, tuneful, urgent modern jazz played at a very high level by young, masterful musicians," and Jon Gordon claims the group demonstrates "highly creative playing and writing...all done within a strong and fresh ensemble concept."

The sextet is currently working on the production their next record, which is fully mixed and will be released on the Fresh Sound label. It will feature 8 original compositions/arrangements, one of which received the 2016 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award presented by ASCAP and a semifinals nomination in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.jonathansaraga.com

Wednesday,  Jul 26 - 6:00PM 
NICK BRUST AND NEW FIRE
Nick Brust, sax;  Ben Eunson, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
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"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" -Will Vinson

Since moving to New York in 2012, saxophonist Nick Brust has established his voice on the saxophone with an adventurous harmonic imagination and incisive, soulful sound. He has found his niche as a bandleader and composer, forming multiple groups to explore the many moods present in jazz. Nick has performed with numerous highly acclaimed musicians in NYC including Matt Clohesy and Gilad Hekselman. Nick has also shared the stage with Roy Hargrove, Steve Wilson, Papo Vasquez, Jimmy Owens, and Dave Holland. In addition to performing, Nick's other great passion is teaching; he is on faculty at The Music Conservatory of Westchester and Elefante School for the Performing Arts.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.nickbrustjazz.com http://www.facebook.com/nickbrustjazz/

Wednesday,  Jul 26 - 8:00PM 
EUGENIA CHOE TRIO
Eugenia Choe, piano;  Danny Weller, bass;  Alex Wyatt, drums
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Pianist Eugenia Choe releases her debut album for SteepleChase Records, which showcases her unique ear for composition and improvisation. The music has a personal sound and touch. Soulful, lyrical melodies combine with intricate rhythm and counterpoint. The band is comprised of like-minded colleagues who have been playing together for some time, giving this band a true collective sound.

"This is the art of the piano tiro at its finest" - Dan McClenaghan for All about Jazz

"Superior Piano Trio Jazz" - Derek Ansell for Jazz Journal


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Jul 26 - 9:30PM 
SONG YI JEON QUINTET
Song Yi Jeon, voice, comp.;  Kenji Herbert, guitar;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jongkuk Kim, drums

Hailing from South Korea, Song YI Jeon is a singer and composer who deftly combines modern jazz harmony and odd time signatures with singable melodies that instantly catch the ear of the listener. This night, Song Yi will be presenting her old and new compositions.

"This girl sings music, and makes it sound upside down, while it's rightside up!!!"--George Garzone


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Song Yi Jeon Quintet image
Thursday,  Jul 27 - 6:00PM 
MY NAME IS JOEL LOUIS GOLD
My Name Is Joel Louis Gold image Michael Phillip Geffner

Tonight, mprovisational spoken word artist Joel Louis Gold does a one man show entitled My Name Is Joel Louis Gold, an incendiary odyssey through creation, dissipation, fortuity, dispair, soaring linguistic invention and a soft landing on the eye of Judge Crater.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Jul 27 - 8:00PM 
EMI MAKABE QUARTET
Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums;  Emi Makabe, voice, shamisen, comp.
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Emi Makabe is a Japanese vocalist and composer based in New York City. Her songs encompass jazz, pop, classical, and improvised music, as well as her background in Japanese music. She sings in English, Japanese, and without lyrics. Since completion of her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 2015 she has performed her original music with her band, string quartet, and solo, singing and playing shamisen, a Japanese traditional string instrument.

"rapturous, adventurous Japanese folk-influenced jazz" by New York Music Daily


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.emimakabe.com/

Thursday,  Jul 27 - 9:30PM 
TOMOKO OMURA ROOTS QUINTET
Tomoko Omura, violin, comp.;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
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Tomoko Omura Roots quintet is New York based modern jazz quintet, plays Tomoko’s original compositions inspired by Japanese folk melodies, person, culture and folk tales. Originally formed for the making of the album "Roots"; Tomoko’s 2nd album and a debut release from Inner Circle Music. The album received 4 and half star from Downbeat magazine and chosen as one of the best albums of 2015. The quintet continues to explore the new sound and is currently in the process of making new series of music based on Japanese folk tales.

“Rising Star” --Downbeat magazine 2015 & 2016

“A leader with a fine future.”--Downbeat, Joe Tangari


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.tomokoomura.com

Friday,  Jul 28 - 6:00PM 
DONGFENG LIU TRIO
Dongfeng Liu, piano;  John Benitez, bass;  Francis Benitez, drums
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Chinese ancient music fusion Latin jazz.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Jul 28 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
BRIAN LANDRUS ORCHESTRA, CD RELEASE: GENERATIONS
Brian Landrus, baritone sax, bass clarinet;  Igmar Thomas, trumpet;  Alan Ferber, trombone;  Brandee Younger, harp;  Frank Carlberg, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
Brian Landrus Orchestra, CD Release: Generations image

These concerts are celebrating the release of Generations by the Brian Landrus Orchestra. This rare ensemble will be performing brand new small ensemble arrangements of Generations being released on BlueLand Records on July 28, 2017. The music is a blend of jazz, soul, hip hop, reggae, and classical influences. This music has been recognized as groundbreaking by many sources and this stellar lineup will prove to be thrilling for the listener.

"A baritone saxophonist of convincing authority."-The New York Times

Rising Star Baritone Saxophonist 2015-Downbeat Magazine


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://brianlandrus.com

Saturday,  Jul 29 - 6:00PM 
JOE DETTMORE SINGS CAT STEVENS
Joe Dettmore, vocals;  Leslie Goshko, piano, vocals;  Fred Caruso, guitar, vocals;  Ritt Henn, bass, vocals
JOE DETTMORE sings CAT STEVENS image

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/Cat Stevens


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Jul 29 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
BRIAN LANDRUS ORCHESTRA, CD RELEASE: GENERATIONS
Brian Landrus, baritone sax, bass clarinet;  Igmar Thomas, trumpet;  Alan Ferber, trombone;  Brandee Younger, harp;  Frank Carlberg, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
Brian Landrus Orchestra, CD Release: Generations image

These concerts are celebrating the release of Generations by the Brian Landrus Orchestra. This rare ensemble will be performing brand new small ensemble arrangements of Generations being released on BlueLand Records on July 28, 2017. The music is a blend of jazz, soul, hip hop, reggae, and classical influences. This music has been recognized as groundbreaking by many sources and this stellar lineup will prove to be thrilling for the listener.

"A baritone saxophonist of convincing authority."-The New York Times

Rising Star Baritone Saxophonist 2015-Downbeat Magazine


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://brianlandrus.com

Sunday,  Jul 30 - 6:00PM 
THE JEN & JIMMY SHOW!
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

Tori Piskin Ariel Elias Eman El-Husseini
The Jen & Jimmy Show!  image
An evening of non stop laughs with a killer line up!

Featured Comics: Tori Piskin, Ariel Elias, and Eman El-Husseini.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Jul 30 - 8:30PM 
'CIRCLE OF COLLUSION'
Marty Ehrlich, alto sax;  Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Michael Bates, bass;  Alex Ritz, drums
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'Circle of Collusion' is a newly-formed group of four established New York improvisers: saxophonists Marty Ehrlich and Michael Blake, bassist Michael Bates and drummer Alex Ritz. This first stage in the group's development is focused on music composed and inspired by the great saxophonist and avant-garde giant Ornette Coleman-- expect hauntingly beautiful melody, joyous fanfare, fierce swing, and adventurous improvisation. In reviews of various projects involving these four musicians, the New York Times has noted Ehrlich's "intuitive way of threading his way through a song," Blake's "panoramic imagination," Bates' "deep- twang, broad-shouldered sound" and Ritz' "rhythms in broken-field runs with stuttering delays before downstrokes."


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Jul 30 - 10:00PM 
JAKOB DREYER QUARTET
Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Vitor Goncalves, piano;  Jakob Dreyer, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums

Bassist Jakob Dreyer brings together a quartet of some of the finest musicians in the NYC Jazz scene in order to play some of his exciting original music.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.jakobdreyer.com

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Monday,  Jul 31 - 6:00PM 
HOME PLANET NEWS ONLINE PRESENTS 3 POETS
Paul Pines Frank Murphy Gregg Weatherby
Home Planet News Online Presents 3 Poets image

Look for an evening of craft, humor, and excitement when these three poets come together. Home Planet News Online is in the process of creating its 5th Issue. Both Paul Pines and Gregg Weatherby were featured poets in the second issue of Home Plant News Online. Frank Murphy is the editor in chief.



 $10.00 includes a drink    http://homeplanetnews.org/AOnLine.html

Monday,  Jul 31 - 8:30PM 
LAINIE COOKE
Lainie Cooke, vocals;  Tedd Firth, piano;  Matthew Parish, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums;  Myron Walden, saxes
Lainie Cooke image

Summertime means fun and in celebration of same an evening with Lainie Cooke promises exactly that - along with tunes that are a mixture of your favorites and wow, I never heard that one before. Lainie has been bringing her music to the Cafe for over 10 years and her live and recorded performances have garnered great reviews from all who hear her. Joining her at the Cafe tonight are the talented and handsome Tedd Firth (piano) Matthew Parish (bass) Kenneth Salters (drums) and Myron Walden (saxes).

Lainie Cooke - 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 her most recent “The Music is the Magic” on the Onyx Music Production Label are available on her website, www.lainiecooke.com, www.CDBaby.com and also at www.Itunes. com/lainie.

"… 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    http://www.lainiecooke.com

Tuesday,  Aug 01 - 6:00PM 
OPEN CARRY AND GODLESS LOVE: A READING
Stephen Advocate Alexander Ashendorf
Open Carry and Godless love: A Reading image

Stephen Advocate will be reading a selection from his “Open carry” And Alexander Ashendorf will read from his book “Godless Love”.

Steve Advocate started writing verse at the age of 5 on a bright summer morning when his mom transcribed his first attempt, starting: "The birds sing, tweet-tweet"--and ending: "You should always listen to your mother." The day camp director accepted it despite its having dropped into the urinal and being kind of wet. Though it was duly printed in the weekly newsletter, the kids on the van made were rather cruel and Steve almost never wrote a poem again. Later on in life, however, due to the fact that he could never get more than ten words out before being interrupted by someone who had a thousand words of their own to say, unspoken sentiments built up to a critical mass and exploded into song. Unflappably. The product of this miraculous event will be yours to enjoy and marvel at on August 1st at the Cornelia street Cafe.

Alex Ashendorf: Son of the Yiddish writer Israel Aszendorf. whose collected writings he’s translated and are soon to be published. Previously lived in France, Argentina and Israel; translator, painter, musician and jack of all construction trades. Has lived in Staten Island since 1984.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Aug 01 - 8:00PM 
VOXECSTATIC: BRENDA EARLE STOKES NEW TRIO
Deborah Latz, curator

Brenda Earle Stokes, piano, voice;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Ross Pederson, drums

Pianist/vocalist/composer Brenda Earle Stokes is back with a new trio, which explores the rich tradition of jazz pianists and vocalists and frames it with her unconventional renditions of songs by Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim and Elvis Costello.

“Her keyboard work throughout embodies lyrical melody, deft harmonies and smart pacing…” – The Toronto Star

“She has her own way of writing music that meshes fine with modern jazz esthetics.” – JazzTimes


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.brendaearle.com

VoxEcstatic: Brenda Earle Stokes New Trio image ©ErikaKapinPhotography
Tuesday,  Aug 01 - 9:30PM 
VOXECSTATIC: ELIANE AMHERD BAND
Deborah Latz, curator

Eliane Amherd, voice, guitar;  Jennifer Vincent, bass;  Sean Dixon, drums
 VoxEcstatic: Eliane Amherd Band image

Singer and guitarist Eliane Amherd is a true cosmopolitan artist: Born in Switzerland, she lives in New York, and it is that city’s savvy multicultural energy that most influences her songwriting and sound: jazzy, groovy and rooted in African, Brazilian and Latin music. Inventive, enchanted yet earthy.

Amherd composed, arranged and produced her albums, “Skylines” and “Now and from Now On”, which continue to receive great press reviews and have topped the playlists of several U.S. Radio Stations. As well as, the Swiss Miss Sampler “heimweh”, featuring renown Swiss artists. In 2013 she was a candidate of the first edition of "the Voice of Switzerland”. She plays guitar in various NYC bands like the Brazilian psychedelic 70ties Rock group "As Lolas”. In her hometown, Brig, she is the musical director of the annual "frauenstimmen Festival” featuring female acts, and in 2015 she was also the musical director of the “OrchEXtra Gottardo" at the Expo Milano, Italy. In 2017 she was a finalist of the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation "best singer-songwriter in Switzerland" competition.

"Amherd is not only an exceptionally good singer but she is also an accomplished songwriter and guitarist.” – Wilbert Sostre, Jazz Times

"Eliane Amherd was the highlight of the event. Obviously, this band stood out on a different level." – Yangon Calling, Worldmusic Festival Yangon, Myanmar

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.elianeperforms.com

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