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Nov 04
Andy Christie, host

Brad Lawrence Leslie Goshko Rory Scholl Sydnee Washington
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Brad Lawrence (The Moth Radio Hour), Leslie Goshko (Huffington Post; Sideshow Goshko), Rory Scholl (Peoples Improv Theater), and Sydnee Washington (The Unofficial Expert; The Warm Up)

with host ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Bill Stewart, 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, and some new pieces. 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).

"Andrew Rathbun, a crafty saxophonist and composer whose ambitious work over the past decade has eluded the wider recognition it deserves."--THE NEW YORKER

Andrew Rathbun Quintet image
Nov 05
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Jennifer Mass, scientist;  Olek, visual artist
Entertaining Science: Art At The Intersection Of The Ephemeral And The Eternal image

Things do fall apart. And art, striving to escape the bonds of time, the artist reaching for eternity, is changed by time. Tonight we explore two sides of this unmathematical equation, beginning with cultural heritage scientist Jennifer Mass from the Bard Graduate Center. Jen will tell us of her studies on the rapidly changing works of Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch’s The Scream, and Henri Matisse’s The Joy of Life. Chemistry does change objects in ways that often (but not always) make them more rare, more desired, and more beautiful. Consider the velvety mineral patina on a Greek bronze or the iridescence of the Roman glass vase…

Olek is a Brooklyn-based visual artist who crochets everything that enters her space, including once the hosts of this show. Her art is ephemeral and relates back to her favorite Bhutanese proverb: “Plum blossom is beautiful. Blossom is temporary.” Olek says, “I often get asked why I spend countless hours on something that will cease to exist. The materials I choose, as well as crochet, the technique I work with, manifest the concept of the ephemeral, suggesting the limited life of the art object as well as the art concept.” And yet, the yarns she uses intertwine to create a strong bond, which is most apparent in her community projects. Loop after loop, if one person fails, we all fail, but we are stronger together.

Koran Agan, host

Daisy Castro, violin;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Julian Smith, bass
DjaNGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Daisy Castro image

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist.

Daisy Castro is an outstanding interpreter of the Gypsy Jazz of the 1930s and 40s (in the style of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli), and has emerged as a revitalizing force for the genre. At just 20 years old she stuns first-time audience members–continuing to enthrall even those that have seen her perform many times before. Her dynamic playing channels some of the early greats, while adding a modern edge to Gypsy Jazz tradition.

Daisy Castro is an extraordinary violinist who confidently continues in the Gypsy Jazz tradition. At the tender age of 17, this seasoned violinist is trailblazing across the international jazz scene. Her performances are electrifying. -- video: website:

Nov 06
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image

Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
AMRAM & CO image

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

Nov 07
Peter Neil Carroll Esther Cohen Michael Collins Jennifer Franklin David Groff
Five Live: An Evening of Engaging Poetry image

Join us for a night of readings featuring Peter Carroll, Esther Cohen, Michael Collins, Jennifer Franklin, and David Groff -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

Deborah Latz, curator

Tammy Scheffer, voice, compositions;  David Smith, trumpet;  John Yao, trombone;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Gary Wang, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums

"...Innovative, provocative and alluring... Scheffer has a great deal to say in music, sound and word." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation" -Andrea Canter,

Voxecstatic: Tammy Scheffer Sextet image
Deborah Latz, curator

Elisabeth Lohninger, voice, piano;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Evan Gregor, bass
Voxecstatic: Soul Garden image

"Soul Garden", Elisabeth Lohninger's latest CD, is a collection of predominantly originals that reflect her quest for authenticity, love and a life lived to the fullest. In a career that has taken her from the slopes of the Austrian alps, where she sang folk songs as a young girl, to jazz clubs, concert halls and the stages of international jazz festivals, vocalist Elisabeth Lohninger has proven herself to be a powerful and elusive talent. The New York Times has described Lohninger as "a powerful performer and a highly-skilled improviser and composer", and throughout her albums Lohninger has chosen lyrical depth in favor of flashy vocalese. She has lent her warm alto voice to songs by K.D. Lang, Joni Mitchell and the Beatles with the same penchant for authenticity she lends to her original songs.

"Lohninger shapes an adventurous but accessible session that ideally showcases her voice. Dark and dense as blackberries yet lustrous as pearls, it is a stunning instrument that deserves smart, sympathetic support." - Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"Elisabeth Lohninger is a powerful performer and a highly-skilled improviser and composer." New York Times

Wednesday Nov 08
Gabriel Zucker, piano;  Gabriel Globus-Hoenich, drums
No Reference For Taste image

No Reference For Taste is the duo of Gabriel Zucker (piano) and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich (drums). Based on their work in Zucker’s critically-acclaimed ensemble The Delegation, the duo brings a brash and reckless approach to metrically complex music, creating energetic live performances with the drive of rock music and the nuance of contemporary jazz. No Reference For Taste released its self-titled debut record in January 2017.

Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Yuhan Su Quintet image

Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su continues her journey with her quintet and will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music entitled Viaje and City Animals. Yuhan's music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan.

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016)

Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Johannes Felscher, bass;  Mareike Wiening, drums

“Thoroughly modern, progressive jazz, Mareike Wiening’s music has many layers that unfold with each repeated hearing. The band as a unit is superb, with each soloist's voice clearly speaking, obviously inspired by the compositions, the arrangements and how the other players sound behind them.” (- All About Jazz 2014)

Brooklyn-based German drummer Mareike Wiening released her first album „Crosswalk" as a bandleader recently. Since 2014 she has been successfully playing her music in Europe and the US. Wiening’s Quintet returns to Cornelia Street Café with an outstanding group of international musicians, including Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Glenn Zaleski on Piano, Alex Goodman on Guitar and Johannes Felscher on Bass.

Mareike Wiening Quintet image
Nov 09
Patrick Lazour, vocals, composition;  Daniel Lazour, vocals, composition
Patrick & Daniel Lazour image

Patrick and Daniel Lazour are brothers, songwriters and collaborators. They have written seven musicals and several hundred songs as a team, their more recent music theatre projects including We Live in Cairo about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and Bethesda about medical miracles in the 1960s. A new take on the troubadour tradition, they present an evening of stories, featuring excerpts from their shows and stand-alone pieces.

Kyle Nasser, tenor, soprano sax;  Roman Filiu , alto sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dov Manski, piano;  Nick Jost, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

Nasser brings some of NYCs finest improvisers to play the music they recently recorded for his sophomore album as a leader. “superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader…ardent creativity and urbane artistic composure” – All About Jazz

Kyle Nasser Sextet image
Kyle Nasser, tenor sax;  Yago Vazquez, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
Beekman image

Having had their their first record nominated for a Chilean Music Award (Premios Pulsar), Beekman released their second record in October 2016 to critical acclaim. The group has toured in the U.S. and internationally since the release. Catch them for their first show in NYC in months. "Drama is the band's strong suit...Vol. 02 is excellent from start to finish, merging the abstract with the emotional in a distinct and engaging manner." - Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

Nov 10
Juecheng Chen, countertenor;  LeeAnet Noble, percussion, tap dancer;  Sean Satin, classical guitar;  Gene Pritsker, electric guitar;  Jai Jeffryes, piano
CompCord Ensemble image

Composers Concordance's ongoing series ‘Eclectic Bands’ continues on November 10th at Cornelia St. Café, with a program featuring two cutting-edge groups: CompCord Ensemble and, at 8:30 and 10:00 p.m., SWARMIUS. Starting at 6pm, the two ensembles will play back-to-back sets.

CompCord Ensemble will perform a program of new music written for an exciting instrumentation, featuring countertenor Juecheng Chen, tap dancer/percussionist LeeAnet Noble, classical guitarist Sean Satin, electric guitarist Gene Pritsker, pianist Jai Jeffryes and conductor Charles Coleman. This will include the premiere of Gene Pritsker’s 'Dowland Meditations,’ Joseph Water’s ‘Gratitude,’ as well as compositions by Dan Cooper, Dylan Maulucci, Matt Herskowitz, Anton Rovner, and P. Kellach Waddle.

Additionally, your CompCord admission gets you into Swarmius at 8:30 or 10:00 p.m. for no additional cover! ($15.00 minimum for late shows required).

Rudy Alexander Giron, countertenor voice;  Todd Rewoldt, alto saxophone;  Michael Couper, tenor saxophone;  Geoffrey Burleson, piano;  Daniel Pate, percussion;  Joseph Martin Waters, composer, laptop;  special guest Charles Coleman, baritone voice
SWARMIUS meets Opera image

SWARMIUS creates mercurial, shape-shifting classical music fusion, fluently blending Mexico, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Brazil.

Featuring new repertoire, including songs from their upcoming opera, "St Frances de Los Barrios", a magical realistic tale inspired by the Francis of Assisi myth, set in modern day Tijuana, drugs, borders and pope included.

Their two shows at 8:30 and 10 PM will feature differing repertoire.

 Cover $10.00 cover plus $15.00 minimum

Nov 11
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Liz Primamore Clare Ultimo
Italian American Writers Association image

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 Features Veteran Authors: Playwright Liz Primamore and Multidisciplinary Artist Clare Ultimo

Lucian Ban, piano;  Gavril Tarmure, voice;  Abraham Burton, tenor sax;  Mat Maneri, viola;  Brad Jones, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
Lucian Ban & Elevation image

When Romanian born pianist Lucian Ban released Songs from Afar featuring his powerhouse quartet Elevation with special guest Transylvanian singer Gavril Tarmure, ALL ABOUT JAZZ called the music a “triumph of emotional and musical communication”. DOWNBEAT Magazine named Songs from Afar a 2016 BEST ALBUM of the YEAR and hailed the “alluring timelessness and strong life-force that seem to flow through the music”, while NYC Jazz Record called the album a “love letter to his native Romania that seamlessly blends the traditions of jazz and folk songs”.

The CSC concert presents a stellar incarnation of ELEVATION group featuring the only East Coast appearance by Transylvanian traditional singer Gavril Tarmure – and special guest star, legendary drummer BILLY HART - alongside saxophonist Abraham Burton, violist Mat Maneri, bassist Brad Jones in a unique amalgamation of Transylvanian folk with jazz and improvisation that truly spans continents and styles. Talking about Songs from Afar, the Transylvanian expat pianist & leader of Elevation Lucian Ban says: “Songs from afar is very personal for me because the album is intimately tied to my Romanian cultural heritage and to the jazz influences that help me find out more about where I come from – and where I’m going. It's not only the ancient Transylvanian folk songs that we approach in this recording, it’s also how the other pieces and improvisations reflect the constant search for musical meaning".

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