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Dec 19
Nick Finzer, trombone;  Lucas Pino, saxophone;  Alex Wintz, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Dave Baron, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Nick Finzer's Hear & Now image

Nick Finzer’s main ensemble is a trombone driven group that combines the rich traditions of jazz, with the repertoire of the American Songbook and the music of contemporary jazz artists such as Michael Brecker and Chick Corea, not to mention a healthy handful of original compositions. The ensemble takes strong influence from the musical styles and band sounds of a number of non- trombone led groups, including groups led by Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Miguel Zenon and Dafnis Prieto fusing contrapuntal writing with musical melodies and strong improvisational contributions from each member of the band. This group is focused on creating improvised music that builds on the tradition of jazz, and presents a modern twist on a trombone fronted group.

Jure Pukl, tenor sax;  Darius Jones, alto sax;  Kris Davis, piano;  Carlo DeRosa, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Jure Pukl/Darius Jones’ MEAT  image

Meat is a collaboration of two forward reaching horn players enlisting some of the heaviest hitters in the NY Jazz scene.

“There are a couple major ways an alto saxophonist can handle the instrument. You can clench and bridle, in the manner of an avant-gardist like Oliver Lake, using the horn to signify something like refusal. Or you can tease the listener, dilate your sound, give it the vibrato of a body overcome. If you’re Darius Jones, the most visceral and distinctive alto saxophonist of this era, you go for both.” - The New York Times

Elias Stemeseder, piano;  Henry Fraser, bass;  Jason Nazary, drums;  Mat Maneri, viola
Dogtown + Mat Maneri image

Dogtown is an exciting new collaboration between pianist Elias Stemeseder, bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Jason Nazary. This evening they are joined by violist Mat Maneri for an evening of new original music and improvisations.

"A true revelation.“ - Paolo Peviani, All About Jazz

“Violist Mat Maneri has a sound all his own: with his mahogany tone and muscular low register, he slithers from note to note like a satiated snake.” – Chicago Reader

Wednesday Dec 20
CD Release show!

Eric Plaks, piano;  Aquiles Navarro, trumpet, vocoder
 Eric Plaks - Aquiles Navarro - Windows to the World Beyond (No Frills Music)  image

Eric Plaks (piano) and Aquiles Navarro (trumpet, vocoder) play music at the intersection of brass and wood, string and air, synthesized sound and natural heartbeat. We hope you'll join us for a live set that features compositional frameworks from the 2017 CD "Windows to the World Beyond" (No Frills Records), along with our spontaneous improvisations that will be unique to that evening.

Amanda Monaco, guitar;  Justin Carrol, organ;  Jeff Davis, drums
Amanda Monaco Three image

Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco returns to Cornelia Street Café to present her annual Holiday Jazz Concert. Come by to hear swingin’ versions of your favorite holiday chestnuts, as well as selections from Monaco’s new CD, Glitter (Posi-Tone).

“Amanda Monaco is deserving of much more extravagant celebrity than she is accorded as a musician as well as a rather intrepid guitarist, who seeks to explore not only the very fringes of her instrument, but to also redefine its fashionable purpose in the mainstream.” - Jazz daGama

Roxy Coss, saxophones;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Miki Yamanaka, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Roxy Coss Quintet image

Musician/Composer Roxy Coss has become one of the most unique and innovative Saxophonists on the New York scene, a definitional voice of the Millennial Movement in Jazz. She has been listed in the Downbeat Critics’ Polls as a "Rising Star" on Soprano Saxophone the past four years. In 2016, Coss was named a recipient of an ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, and also chosen to headline at the Newport Jazz Festival. Originally from Seattle, WA, and now a fixture on the New York City scene, she has toured around the world and performed and recorded extensively both as a leader of her band, the Roxy Coss Quintet, and as a side-woman with Clark Terry, Rufus Reid, Louis Hayes, Claudio Roditi, Billy Kaye, Willie Jones III, Jeremy Pelt, the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, and Maurice Hines, among others. Roxy’s third album, “Chasing the Unicorn," was released March 2017 as her debut on the Posi-Tone Record label. The Roxy Coss Quintet performs many of Roxy’s original compositions in the modern jazz style, her arrangements and adaptations of tunes from the American Standard and Modern Jazz songbook, as well as some Popular favorites. The Quintet features some of today’s brightest stars on the New York Jazz scene, and is grounded strongly in the classic Jazz tradition, bringing together the sounds of Art Blakey and Duke Ellington, with a modern texture and feel, relevant to today’s musical and cultural landscape.

"An exceptional young talent” - DOWNBEAT

Dec 21
Terry Moore, host and curator

The Imperfect Perfect Show image

The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producers Terry Moore and Nelsie Spencer. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Bunky Green says saxophonist/composer Alex LoRe “…will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are influenced by a variety genres, ranging from European classical music through today’s most influential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes. LoRe’s quartet features some of the most in demand musicians of his generation- pianist Glenn Zaleski, bassist Desmond White, and drummer Allan Mednard. Most recently, LoRe released the sophomore album of his quartet on Greg Osby’s “Inner Circle Music” label. Entitled “More Figs and Blue Things”, the album has been praised by Downbeat Magazine and All About Jazz, among others. Whether performing original compositions or exploring standards of the American Song Book, the quartet always takes a fearless yet fluid approach to the material at hand.

“LoRe is making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players, people who can find the emotional node of a ballad where modesty turns nearly to shame, and also locate a single, fine, well-placed note through abstraction or understatement: Johnny Hodges, Lee Konitz, Mark Turner.” –Ben Ratliff, NY Times

Alex LoRe Quartet image
Dec 22
K, host

Ellen Mandel, piano, vocals;  Madeline Artenberg Steve Dalachinsky Dorothy Friedman Davidson Garrett Gordon Gilbert Jr; Ngoma Hill Ron Kolm; Ptr Kozlowski Rifka Kreiter; Tsaurah Litzky Michael Lydon, Mindy Matijasevic Eve Packer; Fred Simpson, Sparrow
What Were the ’60s <i>REALLY</i> Like? Winter Solstice Extravaganza image Montage by Su Polo

Chapter 5: "The Last Sixties Show"

Join Children of the ‘60s as we celebrate a cultural revolution still alive in us! Inspired by the news Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and a literal question the host’s kid brother asked, “What Were the ’60s REALLY Like?” debuted Inauguration Day.

Downtown poets, musicians and memoirists gather at Winter Solstice for a last Sixties Show, to collectively conjure an oral history that speaks to today …

COME HEAR Richard Farina’s “Birmingham Sunday” and Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game” performed Live! … Relive The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show … WITNESS “Demokratía,” a 1st-hand account of living under the Colonels in Greece, once upon a time in the ’70s … and a taxi driver’s tribute to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in “Driving My Yellow Taxi Past 1040 Fifth Avenue”… EXPERIENCE what it’s like to move to NYC in the late ‘60s, ending up in “Hell’s Kitchen” … SEE through “Irwin’s Eyes,” a poem on the importance of Art as activism … AWAKEN to a connection with the Earth in the memoir “Welcome Home” … CONTEMPLATE in a Coltrane poem the dashed hopes of Trane, and many of us – then and now … Featuring: Songs by Laura Nyro, Leonard Cohen, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, and More!

Don’t miss the Last Sixties Show, celebrating the Spirit of Winter Solstice … as darkness turns toward light!

Petros Klampanis, bass;  Julian Shore, piano;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Keita Ogawa, percussion;  Gokce Erem, violin;  Maria Manousak, violin;  Colin Stokes, cello

Petros Klampanis presents music from his recent acclaimed albums 'Minor Dispute' and 'Chroma' at Cornelia Street Cafe, with a stellar formation. This is day one, of his two days residency at CDC.

Petros Klampanis Septet image
Dec 23
Eli Asher, trumpet;  Barbara Haimowitz, piano;  Giacomo Merega, bass
Avant-Garde Jazz Trio image

Presenting a Mix of the Masters, such as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and others. Also, we will do some avant-garde improvisation. Inviting everyone to come to the Cornelia Street Cafe to enjoy the fun with us. Thank you to Robin and Josh for the opportunity to play Underground!

Maria Manousaki, violin;  Christos Rafalidesore, vibraphone;  Costas Baltazanis, guitar;  Panagiotis Andreou, elec. bass, voice;  Panagiota Haloulakou, voice;  Lefteris Kordis, piano;  Engin Gunaydin, drums

Petros Klampanis invites some of the most creative Greek musicians of the NYC scene for a unique night of music.

Petros Klampanis Septet image
Dec 25
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet, alto saxophone;  Karen Waltuch, viola;  Rachelle Garniez, accordion, piano, vocals;  Dave Hofstra, double bass, tuba;  Eve Sicular, drums, bandleader
Two Shows: 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.!

The cafe is very happy to welcome back one of our favorite bands, Metropolitan Klezmer, for two very special Christmas Day shows with the "Santa Klez" quintet special!

Dec 26
Dave Meder, piano;  Alex Goodman, guitar
Dave Meder and Alex Goodman Duo image

Dave Meder, winner of the 2013 Great American Jazz Piano Competition, invites Alex Goodman, 2014 Montreux Jazz Guitar competition winner, to Cornelia St. Cafe for a set of duets. Both musicians have garnered recognition from ASCAP for their compositions, and they carry a wide array of musical influences, from Baroque polyphony and classical guitar etudes to stride piano and modern jazz. This set is sure to challenge musical boundaries and excite the listener.

Eri Yamamoto, piano;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Eri Yamamoto Trio image

Since moving from Kyoto, Japan to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has said, “My hat’s off to her... already she’s found her own voice.” During the past twenty years, Eri has been sharing her uniquely lyrical and evocative music with listeners in New York City, throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Jamaica, and Australia; with appearances in concerts, clubs, and major festivals.

She has a deeply empathetic rapport with her long-standing trio members bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi. Together they have recorded several albums, most recently “Life”. As the album title suggests, the music portrays a wide range of her experiences - from joyful to introspective, reflecting the vibrancy of New York City and exploring mysteries of nature and memory.

“Her CD reaffirms Yamamoto’s standing as a contemporary pianist of the highest order. Her virtuosity never gets in the way of playing it straight from the heart.”--Downbeat Mag.

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