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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by DANIEL JAY BERTNER

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Feb 18
6:00PM  CONCEPT LAB
Seth Boustead Alicia Walter Iktus Duo Talia Dicker Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry Jeff Hudgins
Concept Lab  image

Concept Lab is a new experimental music series that gives composers and performers space to push boundaries and genre limitations. Inspired by the Mills College scene in the 1960's which gave the world the Kronos Quartet and the music of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros, to name a few, Concept Lab is a creative crucible out of which we seek to forge a new music.

  www.acmusic.org www.relevanttones.com

8:01PM  GAIA WILMER SEPTET
Billy Newman, host

Yulia Musayelyan, flute;  Songyi Jeon, voice;  Gaia Wilmer, saxophones;  Gustavo D’Amico, saxophones;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Mayo Pamplona, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums

Hailing from South Brazil, Gaia Wilmer is a saxophone player, composer and arranger who combines her influences from Brazilian harmony, rhythms, and melodies with contemporary jazz and free improvised music.

  http://www.gaiawilmer.com/

GAIA WILMER Septet image
Monday
Feb 19
6:00PM  RYAN SLATKO TRIO
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Ben Tiberio, bass;  Mike Piolet, drums
Ryan Slatko Trio image

Miami native Ryan Slatko has studied with Ari Hoenig, Gil Goldstein, Taylor Eigsti and Shai Maestro. He was the musical director for “Lights Out,” a musical about Nat King Cole starring Dulé Hill and Daniel J. Watts. He placed 3rd in the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and has performed or recorded with Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Ulysses Owens Jr, Linda Oh, Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker, Ari Hoenig and many more.

  www.ryanslatkomusic.com

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, motelmeister; Liam McEneaney

Janeane Garofalo Phoebe Robinson Mike Drucker Angry Bob Margaret Dodge Troy Alan
Morrison Motel image
Tuesday
Feb 20
6:00PM  JOCELYN MEDINA TRIO
Jocelyn Medina, voice, composition;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Pete McCann, guitar
Jocelyn Medina Trio image

Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina presents an intimate set of original music, jazz and Brazilian repertoire. The performance will feature material from her latest album, Common Ground, fusing jazz harmonies with raga-based melodies from India and polyrhythms from Africa. As a storyteller, Medina’s lyrics recount personal experiences that reflect universal themes and a socially conscious worldview, affirming through both music and words the theme of our shared commonality. Filling out her trio are long-time band mates and recording ensemble players Pete McCann (guitar) and Evan Gregor (bass).

  www.jocelynmedina.com www.facebook.com/jocelynmedinamusic

8:01PM  ANAT FORT QUARTET
Anat Fort, piano;  Michael Attias, alto sax;  Gary Wang, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Anat Fort Quartet image Yossi Zwecker

"The pianist Anat Fort’s compositions move with a rolling, languorous grace, allowing light to enter from different angles. Undertones of the blues crop up briefly, often tossed into an impressionist thicket of arpeggios and wandering lines. Her most recent album, “Birdwatching,” on ECM, features the Italian clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi; it’s a subtle triumph.” The NY Times

Anat Fort returns to Cornelia Strest Cafe with a new quartet featuring Michael Attias on Saxophone, Gary Wang on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. They will be exploring Fort’s compositions as well as the composition of Paul Motian.

Wednesday Feb 21
6:00PM  TALES WELL TOLD: STORIES FROM AMERICA'S GILDED AGE
with Michèle LaRue

Tales Well Told: stories from America's Gilded Age image Photo: Arthur Cohen

Michèle LaRue returns with two vibrant, vintage "Tales Well Told: Stories From America's Gilded Age" writers. She tours nationally with a repertoire of 30 Tales, but the Cafe--her New York performance home for more than two decades--holds a special place in her heart.

The Bedquilt: Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s suspenseful tale of a spinster’s astonishing art: "She never knew how her great idea came to her ... so beautifully difficult a pattern could be only for the angels in heaven to quilt."

WITH

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s lively A Quilting Bee in Our Village: "One Sometimes wonders if it will ever be possible in our village to attain absolute rest and completion with regard to ... quilts."

  www.michelelarue.com/

Thursday
Feb 22
6:00PM  THE DELEGATION (TRIO)
Gabriel Zucker, piano, voice;  Tal Yahalom, guitar;  Alex Goldberg, drums
The Delegation (trio) image

Indie jazz orchestra The Delegation is the brainchild of pianist/composer Gabriel Zucker. Combining an array of disparate influences into a unique and emotionally immediate sound, The Delegation has performed throughout the Northeast, Canada, and Europe, and Zucker’s compositions for the group have received awards from ASCAP and the American Composers Forum JFund grant. The group’s singular musical philosophy has been profiled at length by the Ottawa Citizen, Jazz Gallery, and the American Composers Forum. The group's debut record, Evergreen (Canceled World), was awarded 4.5 stars in Downbeat and 4 stars in All About Jazz.

At the Cornelia St Cafe, the group premieres a new trio arrangement of music from the band's forthcoming sophomore release, Leftover Beats From The Edges Of Time, in advance of a six-country tour in March.

  thedelegation.org facebook.com/theDelegation

8:01PM  GILAD HEKSELMAN TRIO
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Chris Morrissey, bass;  Kenny Wollesen, drums
Gilad Hekselman Trio image

Gilad Hekselman brings a stellar trio of far reaching improvisers to the Cornelia Street Underground.

  www.giladhekselman.com

Friday
Feb 23
6:00PM  "THANKS, PROZAC!" — A MUSICAL COMEDY TRIBUTE TO MY HAPPY PILLS
Abby Lee, vocals;  Matt Frey, piano

Prepare for tears and laughter, as Abby chronicles her journey towards anti-depression the way any sane person would: through musical theatre.

  www.abbyleesings.com

8:35PM  JON IRABAGON QUARTET
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Mike Pride, drums
Jon Irabagon Quartet image

Jon Irabagon returns to the Cornelia Underground with a far reaching not to be missed new quartet

Saturday
Feb 24
6:00PM  JOE DETTMORE SINGS CAT STEVENS
Joe Dettmore, vocals;  Leslie Goshko, piano, vocals;  Frd Caruso, guitar, vocals;  Ritt Henn, bass, vocals
Joe Dettmore Sings Cat Stevens image

Back by popular demand, "Joe Dettmore Sings Cat Stevens" returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe!

With his prolific songwriting and poetic lyricism, Yusuf/Cat Stevens has become one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In this evening highlighting well-known, alongside rare, selections from the Cat Stevens catalogue, join Joe Dettmore and friends as they share the music, stories, and insights surrounding this timeless musician.

"Music is universally present in this world, even in the jungles, oceans and deserts; birds sing, seas crash and the wind howls. Nature has its own magnificent song in praise of the creator." - Yusuf/CatStevens

8:35PM  TOM CHANG QUARTET
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Sam Bevan, bass;  Alex Wyatt, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image

Contemporary jazz guitarist, Tom Chang leads a quintet featuring some of the finest improvisers in the New York jazz scene. The music will encompass modern jazz to contemporary classical all with a heavy emphasis on groove and melody.

"What separates these tracks from other rock-leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It feels authentic. And then the brief funk tune "Scatterbrain" emerges about halfway though the album, there's chicken-scratch guitar and a simple yet heavy beat that screams The Meters. But later, things get eerie, as is someone was mixing funk with a New York jazz edge. That someone was Chang." --Brad Faberman (Downbeat Mag.)

  www.tomchangmusic.com

Sunday
Feb 25
6:00PM  THE MANHATTAN REVIEW READING SERIES
Philip Fried Suzanne Gardinier Christopher Bursk
The Manhattan Review Reading Series image

This reading features the founding editor of The Manhattan Review, Philip Fried, and two distinguished contributors to the journal, Suzanne Gardinier and Christopher Bursk.

  www.philiphfried.com/ www.facebook.com/philip.fried

8:00PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: RONI EYTAN QUARTET
Or Bareket, host

Roni Eytan, harmonica;  Lefteris Kordis, piano;  Jared Henderson, bass;  Eviatar Slivnik, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Roni Eytan Quartet image

Harmonica player Roni Eytan formed his band in 2015,and Their debut concert was in Toronto, at the downtown jazz series on a double bill with Avishai cohen. In his Band, Roni strives to express his musical vision,in an organic way that comes from a long process of working together, both in the rehearsal room,and on the stage. Roni’s musical language draws influences from Jazz, music of the Middle East and North Africa (Andalusian Music), all of which are part of Roni's musical roots and cultural identity.The repertoire includes original music and arrangements for traditional folk melodies.

9:30PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: ARNON PALTY QUARTET
Arnon Palty, bass;  Lior Milliger, saxophone;  Nitzan Gavrielli, piano;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Arnon Palty Quartet image

Bassist, composer, arranger and educator Arnon Palty will feature his quartet at the Cornelia Street Cafe. The quartet consists of Lior Milliger on saxophone,Nitzan Gavrieli on piano, Ronen Itzik on drums and Arnon on electric bass. The quartet will present original music written by group members.

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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