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ART ON THE WALLS

Paintings by RICK MULLIN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Wednesday Jan 24
5:30PM  ART EXHIBITION BY QUINTESSIAL NEW YORK ARTIST, ROBERT CENEDELLA
ART EXHIBITION BY QUINTESSIAL NEW YORK ARTIST, ROBERT CENEDELLA image

A new art exhibition, installed at the legendary Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village, featuring the paintings of world-renowned New York City-based artist Robert Cenedella, will officially open to the public on January 24, 2018, with a reception from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The exhibition will be up through the end of February.

This exhibition marks the start of a series of special events to announce the Cornelia Street Café's Underground performance space attaining its new 501 c3 status, a little more than a year after sheltering under the capacious wings of Fractured Atlas, an arts service organization with the goal of impacting a wider segment of the arts community in a manner that is both scalable and sustainable.

6:00PM  "I ONLY SMOKE IN WARZONES"
Jennifer Rawlings, writer, performer

Award winning performer Jennifer Rawlings is not your typical mother of five. She is a comedienne who has been traveling to war zones for over a decade to entertain the troops.

This “must see” solo performance will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion from the moment the show begins.

Jennifer will lead you on an extraordinary journey of laughter and tears as she weaves together unforgettable stories about family, war and humanity.

I love Jennifer's show because it's a sad yet funny, ugly yet beautiful story about humanity and inhumanity! - Colin Quinn

8:01PM  ISRAELI JAZZ FEST: OFRI NEHEMYA QUARTET
Or Bareket, host

Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Tal Mashiach, bass;  Ofri Nehemya, drums
Israeli Jazz Fest: Ofri Nehemya Quartet image

At only 23, Ofri Nehemya had the opportunity to share the stage with leading jazz figures as: Avishai Cohen (bass), Omer Avital, Eli Degibri, Avishai Cohen (tpt), Aaron Goldberg and many others, becoming one of the leading drummers in the Israeli jazz scene for the last few years. Nehemya’s Quartet started it's way more than 4 years ago and shares a fresh and exciting performance, combining different styles of music as Fusion, Jazz and World Music. In this Special show, Nehemya’s group is featuring one of the leading guitar voices in the NYC jazz scene - Yotam Silberstein.

Thursday
Jan 25
6:00PM  ZENTRIPETAL DUO PRESENTS "ZINGARESCA"
Lynn Bechtold, violin;  Jennifer DeVore, cello
Zentripetal Duo presents

Zentripetal performs works inspired by nomads and nightlife. They'll be performing contemporary works by NYC composers Matthew Browne, Dan Cooper, Sara Holtzschue, Earl Maneein, & Ann Warren, as well as tango works by Carlos Gardel & Astor Piazzolla, and gypsy works by Erwin Schulhoff & Django Reinhardt.

  www.zentripetalduo.com

8:01PM  ISRAELI JAZZ FEST: EDEN LADIN
Eden Ladin, piano;  Charles Altura, guitar;  Sean Conly, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Israeli Jazz Fest: Eden Ladin image

Eden Ladin is a New York based pianist and composer with a unique touch and approach to harmony and time. He is mostly known for his work as a sideman in various settings. Eden has been performing, recording and touring with artists Wallace Roney, Avishai Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Omer Avital, Myron Walden and many more. He released his debut album, "YEQUM" on October 2017 and received very positive reviews from magazines such as DownBeat and All About Jazz. He'll be playing variety of music with a band consisting some of New York's finest musicians on the scene.

"A diverse album of mood and texture, it’s also one of thoughtful pacing" - —Carlo Wolf, Downbeat Magazine

"Ladin baits and catches the ears by using space to his advantage, not as a canvas begging to have every inch filled..... This music all feels remarkably complete without ever trying to oversell itself" - DAN BILAWSKY, All About Jazz

  https://www.edenladin.com/ https://www.edenladin.com/

Friday
Jan 26
6:00PM  4 HORSEMEN OPEN MIC POETRY
Bob Quatrone, host

4 Horsemen Open Mic Poetry image

4 Horsemen is an ongoing experimental open poetry group, hosted by bob quatrone, now in its twelfth year at cornelia - all readers welcome - founded shortly after 9-11.

Tonight's readers include steve dalachinsky, george wallace, ron kolm, mindy matijasevic, eve packer, evie ivy, george guida, robert gibbons, demetrius daniel, ronnie norpel francine witte, hillary keel, linda lerner, bob heman, and robin hirsch

8:35PM  ISRAELI JAZZ FEST: SHAI MAESTRO TRIO
Or Bareket, host

Shai Maestro , piano;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Ofri Nehemya, drums
Israeli Jazz Fest:  Shai Maestro Trio image Shervin Lainez

Shai Maestro Trio returns to Cornelia Street Cafe to present a new book of music before going into the studio to record their fifth album.

Don’t miss this incredibly unique trio!

Saturday
Jan 27
6:00PM  AN EVENING WITH MICHELLE LORDI
Michelle Lordi, vocals;  Michael Kanan, piano;  Matthew Parrish, bass;  Larry McKenna, tenor saxophone
An Evening with Michelle Lordi image

A singer of elegant taste, pure expressiveness and irresistible sensuality, Michelle Lordi is quickly becoming one of the most sought after vocalists on the jazz circuit. Join Lordi and her sublime band for 3 generations of heartfelt love songs- a perfect way to get a head start on Valentine's Day.

  Michellelordi.com

8:35PM  GEORGE GARZONE TRIO
George Garzone, tenor sax;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Niclas Campagno, drums

Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to present a new trio lead by tenor sax icon George Garzone.

George Garzone Trio image
Sunday
Jan 28
6:00PM  RAGGED SKY PRESS LAUNCHES GO DEEP
Steve Nolan, poetry;  NJ DeVico, visual artist;  Marion Beckenstein, vocals, autoharp, keyboard;  Bryan Brown, vocals, guitar, keyboard
RAGGED SKY PRESS LAUNCHES <i>GO DEEP</i> image

The musical duo Beckenstein-Brown help us launch Go Deep, a book of poetry and pastels by poet Steve Nolan and artist NJ DeVico.

Steve Nolan has been writing poetry for 40 years, has spent time in Afghanistan, and as a social worker in the US Army and Air Force. NJ DeVico fell in love with Crayola crayons 56 years ago, but has since moved up to oil pastels.

Marion Beckenstein has sung extensively with Steve Reich and Musicians, the Philip Glass Ensemble, Music Before 1800 and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble, among others. Bryan Brown plays in the post-Nuggetist Shanghai Love Motel of New York City. The pair come by their repertoire via Appalachia, Hibernia, NYC, Saskatchewan, and too many other places to mention. Both reside near the top of the Manhattan Island.

  www.raggedsky.com/books www.facebook.com/raggedskypress/

8:01PM  DJANGO FEST: DAN LEVINSON
Koran Agan, host

Dan Levinson, clarinet;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Josh Allen, bass

To commemorate the birthday of Django Reinhardt, Cornelia Street Café will extend the monthly Django At Cornelia concert series to three nights.

Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan Levinson’s roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program.

Django Fest: Dan Levinson image
Monday
Jan 29
6:00PM  JIM STORY & LESLEY DORMEN: A LITERARY EVENING
JIM STORY & LESLEY DORMEN: A Literary Evening image

A delightful evening of current fiction! Jim Story and Lesley Dormen will read from their new and recent work.

  www.jimcstory.com www.lesleydormen.com

8:01PM  DJANGO FEST: ANOUMAN
Peter Sparacino, saxophones;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass
DJANGO Fest: ANOUMAN  image

To commemorate the birthday of Django Reinhardt, Cornelia Street Café will extend the monthly Django At Cornelia concert series to three nights.

A band of like minded stalwarts of the NYC jazz scene, Anouman takes the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt as its jumping off point but by no means final destination. Consisting of Peter Sparacino (saxophone and woodwinds), Koran Agan (lead guitar), Eduardo Belo (bass), and Josh Kaye (rhythm guitar), Anouman is equipped to realize any spontaneous musical vision and performs their virtuosic and exciting originals to packed houses and foot-stomping, glasses-raised acclaim.

Anouman has most recently performed at the Winter JazzFest in NYC, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City DjangoFest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival and many more.

  http://anoumanmusic.com

STREAMING LINK: https://youtu.be/wx8v2WbzxFk

Tuesday
Jan 30
6:00PM  CODJOE, FASANO, FRANCIS, STOCKMAN
Codjoe, Fasano, Francis, Stockman image

Poetry Reading - New work and old from Joseph Fasano, Ama Codjoe, Soren Stockman, and Brian Francis!

8:01PM  DJANGO FEST: ULTRAFAUX
Sami Arefin, guitar;  Michael Joseph Harris, guitar;  Eddie Hrybyk, bass
Django Fest: UltraFaux image

Baltimore based UltraFaux performs original acoustic music with Romani, Manouche, swing, funk, blues, and musette influences. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy ­inspired melodies.The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group. The musicians of Ultrafaux are also the core trio of Hot Club of Baltimore, a larger ensemble which features vocalist Alexis Tantau, specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt and early French Jazz.

  www.UltraFauxMusic.com

Wednesday Jan 31
6:00PM  KRISTINA KOLLER “PERCEPTION” ALBUM RELEASE
Kristina Koller, vocals;  Fima Chupakhin, piano;  Chris Talio, bass;  Joe Spinelli, drums
Kristina Koller “Perception” Album Release image
Progressive jazz vocalist, Kristina Koller infuses jazz with r&b and rock elements into her original takes on jazz standards, pop tunes, as well as her own compositions. She will be celebrating the release of her debut album “Perception”.

  kristinakoller.net facebook.com/kristinakollermusic

8:01PM  IGOR LUMPERT & INNERTEXTURES, CD RELEASE: ELEVEN
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Igor Lumpert, tenor sax;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Igor Lumpert & Innertextures, CD Release: Eleven image

"Igor absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) Great City of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. The way he plays Bop makes you feel like you're in a fight for your life. The folk music of the Balkans is in his blood and bones, and he weaves extended lines over 11/8 like it’s a two-beat polka. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed.

That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living."--Billy F

  www.igorlumpert.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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