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Saturday
Aug 11
6:00PM  JULES BRAVE & MIKE BARETZ
Jules Brave, piano, bass, vocals;  Mike Baretz, piano, bass, vocals;  Noreen Abdon, vocals;  Michael Shapira, percussion, vocals
Jules Brave & Mike Baretz image

The group debuts their newest original songs and arrangements at Cornelia Street Cafe!

Jules Brave is a NYC singer/songwriter who is eager to perform, create and learn as much as she can. She plays in a quartet alongside her friend Mike Baretz, and the group is produced by her their mentor, world-renowned pianist and artist developer, Vera Tisheff, whose musical career has involved such great artists as Leonard Bernstein, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Cyro Baptista, Duran Duran and Vanessa Carlton. Jules is focused on furthering her musicianship and creating a signature style which combines the greatness of the classics, and the sensibilities of popular music. Her eclectic style is inspired by her influences, including Leslie Odom Jr., Lake Street Dive, Lianne La Havas and John Mayer.

Mike Baretz is an NYC based composer and musician. He loves to write songs, sing, and is finding his love for chamber and film music. He is inspired by greats such as Bill Evans, Stevie Wonder, and various classical composers. He recently had one of his chamber works, “Dusk”, a piano sextet, performed, and is currently playing in NYC with a quartet group with Jules Brave, playing original songs and arrangements. He has studied with 2x Grammy winning composer Herschel Garfein, and is mentored by world-renowned pianist and artist developer Vera Tisheff, whose musical career has involved such great artists as Leonard Bernstein, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Cyro Baptista, Duran Duran and Vanessa Carlton.

  www.facebook.com/imjulesbrave/ www.facebook.com/mikebaretzmusic

8:35PM  GUITAR FESTIVAL: GILAD HEKSELMAN, CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT DUO
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Cecile McLorin Salvant, voice
Guitar Festival: Gilad Hekselman, Cecile McLorin Salvant Duo image

  www.giladhekselman.com

Sunday
Aug 12
6:00PM  TAMUZ NISSIM & GEORGE NAZOS
Tamuz Nissim, vocals, piano;  George Nazos, guitar
Tamuz Nissim & George Nazos image

"Tamuz Nissim covers just about every imaginable jazz related style from straight melody to scat singing to vocalese and singing atmospheric tones. Put her together with guitarist George Nazos and you have a combination that works so amazingly well through each style that it is stunning." Dave Rogers WTJU

8:01PM  BASS FESTIVAL: MATT ARONOFF QUARTET
Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Carmen Staaf, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Daniel Dor, drums

Bassist and composer Matt Aronoff has been praised for his “musicianship at the highest level, paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd” (Jazz Advocate). He has been deeply involved in the New York music scene since 2008, when he graduated from Manhattan School of Music and began touring with Grammy-nominated singer Luciana Souza.

Bass Festival: Matt Aronoff Quartet image
Monday
Aug 13
6:00PM  STEVE FIFE: A READING WITH ROBIN HIRSCH
Steve Fife: A reading with Robin Hirsch image

Tonight, Cornelia Street welcomes author Steve Fife, reading from ANGEL’S GLANCE, his new novel. Together with our Minister of Culture, Robin Hirsch, who will be reading cafe stories from his slender volume THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH

On ANGEL’S GLANCE

"I found myself laughing out loud and moved to tears by this brilliantly-woven tale of creative chaos—baby, stage play, life choices, movie work, all swirling in the literary winds blowing between LA and NYC in the heady days of 1999, as one millennium turned into another."

- Billy Hayes, author of Midnight Express (and a character in this novel)

“Steve Fife turns gender roles upside down in this quirky and often-hilarious novel when his protagonist, under the guidance of a tiny red-haired angel, takes a desperate step towards last-chance parenthood.”

- Mindy Lewis, author of Life Inside: A Memoir and Dirt: The Quirks, Habits & Passions of Keeping House

8:01PM  BASS FESTIVAL: NOAM WIESENBERG QUARTET
Noam Wiesenberg, bass;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Joel Ross, vibraphone;  Jeremy Dutton, drums
Bass Festival: Noam Wiesenberg Quartet image

Bassist and composer Noam Wiesenberg returns to Cornelia St. with an A-team band to perform mostly original compositions from his recently-released debut album "Roads Diverge".

"...Being about the power of choice and making choices, Roads Diverge shows enough assertiveness for us to conclude that Wiesenberg has made the right ones. His upright bass holds down the desirable amount of esprit to make each listening experience a gratifying, fun ride." (JazzTrail)

  www.noamwiesenberg.com

Tuesday
Aug 14
6:00PM  NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Jeff Rose, host

Nancy Goldman Myra Kooy Laura Maltz Terri Mintz
New York Story Exchange image

Hear stories! Tell stories!

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.

Tonight, featuring stories by Nancy Goldman, Myra Kooy, Laura Maltz, and Terri Mintz . Hosted by Jeff Rose.

8:01PM  BASS FESTIVAL: PETER SLAVOV
Peter Slavov, bass
Bass Festival: Peter Slavov image
Wednesday Aug 15
6:00PM  ROOT SYSTEMS
Daniel Carter, horns;  Michael Bisio, bass;  Eric Plaks, piano;  Jon Panikkar, drums
Root Systems image

What happens when the roots of a mighty tree encounter a new type of soil? We will explore the interaction between wood, fiber, soil, and water in a set of improvised music featuring legendary 40-year NYC free jazz icon Daniel Carter along with another legend, the bassist Michael Bisio, with two NYC stalwarts from the next generation, pianist Eric Plaks and drummer Jon Panikkar.

8:00PM  NICK BIELLO QUINTET
Nick Biello, saxophone;  Josh Lawrence, trumpet;  Mark Meadows, piano;  Alex Tremblay, bass;  Jake Robinson, drums

Saxophonist and composer is developing a reputation as an exciting and artful musician. A winner of the 2014 International Saxophone Idol Competition, Nick’s debut album "Vagabond Soul”, recorded on the Truth Revolution Recording Collective, deftly combines a modernistic sense of harmony with lyrical, heartfelt melodies. Fueled by a diverse combination of post-bop, electronica, and folk sentimentalities, “Vagabond Soul” weaves deeply personal stories for a set of daring, bold, and unique performances.

“A brash new voice to New York’s vibrant jazz scene.” - AllAboutJazz.com “Does the unthinkable by being a standout sax player in a city that’s full of standout sax players.” - Midwest Record Review, Vol 41

  http://www.nickbiellomusic.com

Nick Biello Quintet image
9:30PM  FLORIAN HERZOG - SPLINTER
Jeremy Viner, tenor sax;  Dierk Peters, vibraphone;  Florian Herzog, bass;  Raf Vertessen, drums

Florian Herzog’s New York Quartet funnels the energies of well known players through his and their eclectic compositions. The result is an avantgarde mixture of jazz, free, minimal and other seemingly unrelated genres, made into a compelling whole.

“This is what the future of German Jazz looks like.” - SZ (largest south-german newspaper)

  http://www.florianherzog.info

Florian Herzog - SPLINTER image
Thursday
Aug 16
6:00PM  THE JOE PINO ORGAN TRIO
Joe Pino, trumpet/flugelhorn;  Ryan Slatko, organ;  Jeff Krol, drums
The Joe Pino Organ Trio image

High energy straight ahead jazz. Featuring Joe’s original compositions and arrangements.

8:00PM  PERCUSSION FESTIVAL: JOHN HADFIELD, NITAI HERSHKOVITS
John Hadfield, host

John Hadfield, percussion;  Nitai Hershkovits, piano
Percussion Festival: John Hadfield, Nitai Hershkovits image

As Part of the Cornelia Street Café Percussion festival the percussion duo of Nitai Hershkovits and John Hadfield will perform on August 16th at 8pm. They will perform original compositions and explorative improvisations.

Time Out New York has recently pointed out “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable” and Modern Drummer Magazine said “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section”

Hershkovits dances on the keys with the elegance of Fred Astaire and the melancholic wit of Charlie Chaplin (- Cem Akalin, General Anzeiger Bonn)

  www.Jhadfield.com https://soundcloud.com/nitai-hershkovits

9:30PM  PERCUSSION FESTIVAL: THE GATHERING
Rogerio Boccato, percussion;  John Hadfield, percussion;  Matt Kilmer, percussion;  Phillip Mayer, percussion;  Keita Ogawa , percussion;  James Shipp, percussion
Percussion Festival: The Gathering image

These percussionist come together to put texture and interaction center-stage.  Their music highlights the inspiring connections between the earthy and clangorous sounds of acoustic percussion and the raw, mechanical, and often otherworldly tones of analog synthesizers.  Their aural searches move seamlessly from ambient and cinematic-sounding passages to driving avant-garde improvisations to moments that feel like songs that will be heard only once.

  
www.rogerioboccato.com https://keitaogawa.com

Friday
Aug 17
6:00PM  NICK BRUST QUINTET
Nick Brust, sax;  Katya Dreyer-Oren, vocals;  Julian Shore, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Nick Brust Quintet image

"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

  www.nickbrustjazz.com www.facebook.com/nickbrustjazz/

8:35PM  PERCUSSION FESTIVAL: JAMEY HADDAD
John Hadfield, host

Billy Drewes, sax, flute;  Biodun Kuti, guitar, voice;  Bakithi Kumalo, bass;  Jamey Haddad, percussion
Percussion Festival: Jamey Haddad image

I thought that this mash up would be a glorious celebration of the warmest most heartfelt players I know!
I have been playing music with Billy Drewes since the early 70's. Billy is one of everybody's favorite composer/performers and one of the true masters of the saxophone. Anyone who has had the chance to hear or perform with Billy become a fast fan of his music. 

I have been with bassist Bakithi Kumalo for 20 years in Paul Simon's group and few players on the planet celebrate every note as he does. Bakithi is listed as one of the top 100 most influential bassists of all time. 

Biodun is an absolute joy of a musician -- he is a traditional musician from Nigeria who is a 3rd generation talking-drum player, yet his main focus is contemporary West African guitar and vocals. When our master guitarist from Paul Simon's band, Vincent Nguini, sadly passed away this past Dec. 2017, I remembered Biodun Kuti (pronounced -  bee a dune) after meeting him through the "ONE BEAT " program. I suggested to Paul that he would be the guy to fill the massive shoes that Vincent had left vacant. After hearing a few magnificent guitarists, Paul heard one tune from Biodun and knew he was the right guy.

Haddad is best known for his global hand drumming/percussion, so it’s a

treat hearing him here in his role as kit player. Not surprisingly, he

delivers effortless feel, precision, dynamics, and an uncanny skill for

coloration and orchestration.    
Jeff Potter,

Modern Drummer, Feb. 2017

  jameyhaddad.com

Saturday
Aug 18
6:00PM  MUSIC OF MEMPHIS PROJECT
Bill Mobley, trumpet;  Scott Reeves, trombone;  Tim Armacost, sax;  Roberta Piket, piano;  Todd Coolman, bass;  Eric Reeves, drums
Music of Memphis Project image

The Music of Memphis Project celebrates the soulful swinging sounds of the Memphis jazz scene, performing renditions and arrangements of works by composers such as Mulgrew Muller, James Williams, Donald Brown, Harold Mabern, Booker Little, George Coleman, and more.

  www.facebook.com/events/428068194363542

8:35PM  PERCUSSION FESTIVAL: GLEN VELEZ & HANDANCE
John Hadfield, host

Glen Velez, percussion;  Shane Shanahan, percussion;  John Hadfield, percussion;  Loire Cotler, vocal percussion
Percussion Festival: Glen Velez & Handance image
The astonishing power of the human voice as a rhythm instrument meets a symphony of sounds produced from single-headed drums. In this unforgettable concert experience, 4-time Grammy winner Glen Velez and his virtuosic ensemble create remarkable rhythmic fireworks with their super-human capacity to deliver the unimaginable on two of our most primal instruments —  the frame drum and the voice.

  Glenvelez.com Shaneshanahan.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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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