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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by DANIEL JAY BERTNER

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Wednesday Jan 10
6:00PM  THE VICKI BURNS TRIO
Vicki Burns, vocals;  Art Hirahara, piano;  Sam Bevan, bass
The Vicki Burns Trio image

The Vicki Burns Trio featuring Art Hirahara on piano and Sam Bevan on bass returns to Cornelia Street Cafe!

The performance will feature rarely done standards and fresh original music in preparation for an upcoming recording later in 2018!

After making New York City her home in 2009, Vicki has performed at such venues as Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, Jazz at the Kitano, Zinc Bar, The Cupping Room Cafe, North Square and a three year long residency at the elegant Lexington Hotel. Known for her the beauty of her tone and her powerful 3 octave range, Vicki Burns brings her soulful interpretations of rarely done standards from the Great American Songbook and original music back to Cornelia Street Cafe with the duo of Art Hirahara on piano, and bassist Sam Bevan who is currently writing new arrangements for Vicki’s upcoming recording in late fall of 2018.

  www.vickiburnsjazz.com

8:01PM  NASSER/SPERRAZZA QUARTET
Ethan Iverson, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums;  Kyle Nasser, tenor sax
Nasser/Sperrazza Quartet  image

Nasser and Sperrazza explore diverse original compositions with two modern masters rounding out the quartet: Ethan Iverson and Michael Formanek.

“[Nasser possesses] superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader…ardent creativity and urbane artistic composure” – Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

"Sperrazza, like Elvin, is a master of polyrhythms and but deploys them in hidden, tactical ways...maintaining the balance between the mainstream and the mad scientist modes." - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else

  www.kylenasser.com www.vinniesperrazza.org

Thursday
Jan 11
6:00PM  FIVE LIVE: AN EVENING OF ENGAGING READINGS
Ian Singleton Natalya Sukhonos Anton Yakovlev Cal Freeman Michael Collins
Five Live: An Evening of Engaging Readings image

Join us for a night of readings featuring Ian Singleton, Natalya Sukhonos, Anton Yakovlev, Cal Freeman, and Michael Collins -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

8:00PM  APAP FEST: GEORGE GARZONE/COLIN STRANAHAN DUO
George Garzone, tenor sax;  Colin Stranahan, drums

This is a new project for George, and Colin. The two have played together in many different situation. Through playing in these situation they have found there to be deep chemistry musically. Join as this duo plays publicly for the first time.

APAP Fest: George Garzone/Colin Stranahan Duo image
9:30PM  APAP FEST: STRANAHAN/ZALESKI/ROSATO
Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
APAP Fest: Stranahan/Zaleski/Rosato  image

The leaderless trio will be back at Cornelia St. Cafe after a week long tour in the USA. Playing all new music in preparation for a new recording this summer. Since te release of their second album, Limitless, the three gentleman have become some of the most active players in NYC with support of the likes of Dr. Lonnie Smith, Billy Hart, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jonathan Kreisberg, Gilad Hekselman, Ari Hoenig, Peter Bernstein. Come out and support this beautiful night of music!!

Friday
Jan 12
6:00PM  AN EVENING OF SONG, POETRY, AND MUSIC
Barry Wallenstein, poetry;  Alan Rosenthal, piano;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Robert Silverman, trumpet;  Jeremy Carlstedt, drums;  Vincent Chancey, french horn;  Gilbert King Elisa, guest poet
An Evening of Song, Poetry, and Music image

 Cover $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum; $10.00 total for students
8:30PM  APAP FEST: PETER SLAVOV QUARTET
Dayna Stephens, saxophone;  Dan Kaufman, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Mark McLean, drums
APAP Fest: Peter Slavov Quartet image

Better known as a sideman with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Alfredo Rodriguez and others, bassist Peter Slavov has been writing music since his early days as a professional musician. He and his quartet will be performing some of this music, as well as new music written for the occasion.

  www.peterslavov.com

10:00PM  APAP FEST: YOTAM SILBERSTEIN QUARTET
Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Sam Yahel, piano;  Matt Penman, bass;  Ofri Nehemya, drums
APAP Fest: Yotam Silberstein Quartet image

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

  www.yotammusic.com

Saturday
Jan 13
6:00PM  ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Joanna Clapps Herman Joseph Salvatore
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The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

Tonight, IAWA welcome educators and authors ... Joanna Clapps Herman and Joseph Salvatore.

  iawa.net

8:35PM  APAP FEST: ANDREW RATHBUN QUINTET
Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums

Join Andrew Rathbun as he returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with this stellar ensemble as they play compositions from Andrew’s last record, Numbers & Letters, as well as pieces from the just recorded new CD "Character Study."

This band has a “gritty-cool character” while exhibiting “super sophisticated playing” (Jazzwise). Rathbun’s compositions have been described as "lyrical, with great facility in developing complex moods” (Toronto Star).

  http://www.andrewrathbun.com

APAP Fest: Andrew Rathbun Quintet image
Sunday
Jan 14
6:00PM  DESDEMONA: FANTASIES AND VISIONS
Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Julia Henderson, cello
Desdemona: Fantasies and Visions image

Desdemona is a flexible group dedicated to performing classical music of all eras. They return to the Cornelia Street Café in string trio form performing a program of Fantasies and Visions. Come enjoy the dulcet polyphony of Henry Purcell, Sofia Gubaidulina’s mystical characters, and a frolic through Luciano Berio's youthful Divertimento.

  www.facebook.com/DesdemonaQuartet/

8:01PM  NUEVA YORK FLAMENCO CITY
Marina Elana, flamenco dance;  Juan Pedro Jiménez, guitar;  Alfonso Cid, voice
Nueva York Flamenco City image

You don’t have to travel to Spain to experience flamenco. Ever since the Spanish bolero school dancer Fanny Elssler set foot on the New York stage in 1840 New York City has had a vibrant flamenco scene. “Nueva York Flamenco City” is comprised of singer and flautist Alfonso Cid, flamenco guitarist Juan Pedro Jiménez and dancer Marina Elana.

Alfonso is a native of Seville, Spain and a well-known artist in the USA and abroad. Fresh from a tour of Spain with the New York Bojaira Jazz Flamenco Project, he has also toured the United States with many of the main flamenco companies in the country, Israel with the Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra, and has traveled all over the world with famous bachata artist Romeo Santos.

Marina began training at an early age in Spanish classical dance and flamenco with Adela Clara and continued with La Mónica and Yaelisa in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Spain, she studied in Sevilla and Madrid with artists such as Yolanda Heredia, Belen Maya, Isabel Bayon and Soledad Barrio. Marina has performed with companies across the United States including Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco in Santa Fe and Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos. Marina has been a company member of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca since 2012.

Juan Pedro Jiménez is a native flamenco guitarist from Cádiz, Spain. He has toured throughout Spain in settings from the most traditional to educational demonstrations and theater productions. He has recently moves to the USA and has integrated rapidly in the New York flamenco scene.

  www.alfonsocid.com http://www.dientesdecaramelo.com

Monday
Jan 15
6:00PM  BIRTHDAY LOVE SHARING: A MUSICAL JOURNEY
Elena Mindlina, soprano;  Ernest Shteynberg, piano
Birthday Love Sharing: A Musical Journey image

After their successful debut at Cornelia's in December, the brilliant duo Elena Mindlina (soprano) and Ernest Shteynberg (piano) return with their show "Birthday Love Sharing" to celebrate Elena's birthday and share their love and talent through Elena's most beloved melodies from Italy, Germany, Russia, Naples, and the USA. Come to enjoy a unique musical journey from opera to jazz!

  www.elenamindlina.com

8:01PM  PERCUSSION FEST: SEYYAH
John Hadfield, host

Jenny Luna, voice, percussion;  Kane Mathis, oud;  Eylem Basald, violin;  Marandi Hostetter, violin;  Zoe Christiansen, clarinet;  John Murchison, kanun;  Adam Good, bass;  Shane Shannahan, percussion;  Philip Mayer, percussion
Percussion Fest: Seyyah image

Combining the forces of some of city's finest performers of Turkish music, Seyyah draws on a wide repertoire from Ottoman classical music to pop. Collectively, this large ensemble gives voice to a sound that reflects the origins and tradition of the music of Asia Minor while expressing the distinctly modern sound of music in New York City today.

Tuesday
Jan 16
6:00PM  MICHAEL LYDON
Michael Lydon, vocals, guitar;  Ellen Mandel, vocals, piano;  Mike Weatherly, bass, vocals;  and The Gospel Entertainers
Michael Lydon image

Singer-songwriter and writer Michael Lydon, currently celebrating fifty years as a founding editor of Rolling Stone, is back at Cornelia St Café, singing and playing his originals and standards with his longtime partner Ellen Mandel, vocals and piano, Mike Weatherly, bass and vocals, and New Jersey's premiere gospel trio, The Gospel Entertainers.

  michaellydon.com

8:01PM  PERCUSSION FEST: JOHN HADFIELD GROUP
John Hadfield, percussion;  Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass
Percussion Fest: John Hadfield Group image

As part of the Cornelia Street Café winter percussion festival John Hadfield assembled an ensemble of adventurous and inspiring musicians that 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”

  www.Jhadfield.com

Wednesday Jan 17
6:00PM  CHARLIE CARR BAKER WITH SPECIAL GUEST VINCE DI MURA
Charlie Carr Baker, voice, guitar;  Vince di Mura, piano
Charlie Carr Baker with Special Guest Vince di Mura image

Charlie Carr Baker is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter, born and raised in NYC, where he attended the legendary LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (the “Fame” School). He’s a recent graduate of Princeton University, where he met his professor, jazz pianist Vince di Mura, who will accompany him while Baker plays guitar and sings. His lyrically intricate songwriting ranges from love songs to biting social commentary, and will appeal to fans of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Fleet Foxes, and Father John Misty.

  www.instagram.com/charliecarrbaker/

8:00PM  PERCUSSION FEST: YATHI TRIO
John Hadfield, host

Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam;  María Grand, tenor sax;  Miles Okazaki, guitar
Percussion Fest: Yathi Trio image

Named after the symmetrical patterns used in South Indian music, the Yathi Trio creatively juxtaposes the unique and complementary timbres of South Indian percussion, guitar, and tenor saxophone. Rhythmically intricate études serve as points of departure for spontaneous convergences.

"The opener, mridangam master Rajna Swaminathan’s local sextet RAJAS, landed soundly on the promise side. Her pieces for violin, horns, percussion guitar and her own deft drumming wedded beauty by courting chaos, with the methods of loose-knit latter-day jazz at the service of a recognizably South-Asian melody and pulse."— Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times, 2014

  www.rajnaswaminathan.com www.mariakimgrand.com

9:30PM  PERCUSSION FEST: ORAKEL
John Hadfield, host

Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, Kora and Oud

Orakel is an electro-acoustic project of Kora/oud player, Kane Mathis and tabla player, Roshni Samlal, who began their collaboration at the Brooklyn Raga Massive. They create a new context for traditional elements of Indian classical percussion as it encounters the repertoire of the African Kora and Middle-Eastern Oud.

“….remarkable mastery….”Afropop Worldwide

  http://https://soundcloud.com/orakel_bk

Percussion Fest: Orakel image
Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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