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Feb 24
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

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.)

Feb 25
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.

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.

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.

Feb 26
Anna Grudskaya, piano
An Evening of Piano Music  image

NYC pianist Anna Grudskaya will be performing a diverse program featuring works by Scarlatti, Schubert, and Rachmaninoff.

Tracy Michailidis, voice;  Wiley DeWeese, piano
OB-SESSIONS, featuring Tracy Michailidis. A series curated by Bobby Hsu image

Beautiful, underperformed songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Featuring Tracy Michailidis, a Canadian-born actress who has performed both on and off-Broadway here in New York City, and in regional theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Her acclaimed soprano is in demand for everything from classic Bernstein and Loesser to newly created music theatre works.

Feb 27
Jeremy Powell, saxophone;  Eitan Gofman, saxophone, bass clarinet and flute;  André Matos, guitar;  André Carvalho, double bass;  Rodrigo Recaberren, drums
André Carvalho Group image

With two releases under his name, the Portuguese bass player André Carvalho, has been intensely dedicated to composition since he first picked up the bass. He has a special vision in conjuring his own groups and he is currently preparing and composing for his first stateside release.

His first two albums, "Hajime" and "Memória de Amiba" show Carvalho's highly personal perspective in music featuring an original blend of contemporary jazz with elements from Portuguese music. Both projects got raving reviews from Portuguese and International media. André was awarded the prize "Carlos Paredes" in 2012, a prestigious prize that recognizes Portuguese music projects, as well as a "Best Group" recognition in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

For this concert, Carvalho will play a set of his most recent compositions.

“André Carvalho is a Portuguese bassist and composer with an attractive compositional voice well founded in the modern trends of jazz… Carvalho, who recorded two albums so far…, reveals cleverness in the way he composes. In addition to the pleasurability one can feel while absorbing melodies and grooves, there’s always a certain amount of ambiguity that floats in the air and keeps us focused on its textures.” —

Theo Bleckman, voice, efx, comp.;  Jesse Lewis, guitar;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Colin Stranhan, drums
THEO BLECKMANN,  image Lynne Harty

B-Sides is Theo Bleckmann’s new project in which he gathers music from his many myriad collaborations from over the years, including writing lyrics to instrumental pieces. These are songs that have perhaps been recorded and performed a handful of times but have sadly fallen out of sight. Much of this music has had no home until now.

“a vocalist of inventive instinct and assiduous musicality” - Nate Chinen, NY Times

GRAMMY® nominated jazz singer and new music composer Theo Bleckmann’s diverse recorded work includes albums of Las Vegas standards, Weimar art songs, and popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); and his acclaimed "Hello Earth - the Music of Kate Bush." Bleckmann has most recently appeared as a special guest on recordings by Ambrose Akinmusire for Blue Note Records and Julia Hülsmann’s trio for ECM Records. In January 2017, ECM will release Bleckmann’s recording with his new Elegy Quintet, produced by legendary label head and founder, Manfred Eicher. Bleckmann has collaborated with musicians, artists, actors and composers, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurie Anderson, Uri Caine, Philip Glass, Ann Hamilton, John Hollenbeck, Sheila Jordan, Phil Kline, David Lang, Kirk Nurock, Frances MacDormand, Ben Monder, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenny Wheeler, John Zorn, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and, most prominently, Meredith Monk, with whom Bleckmann worked as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years.
 He has been interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air and appeared on the David Letterman show with Laurie Anderson. In 2015, Bleckmann premiered a new work for the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and in 2016 he brings new work to the New York Philharmonic Biennial and the LA Philharmonic. Bleckmann has consistently appeared in the top-five spots in the DownBeat Critics’ Polls for Best Male Vocalist, and top- ten spots in their Readers’ Polls, and his work on Phil Kline’s “Out Cold” helped place that production on WQXR's Operavore "Best Opera of 2012". In 2010, Bleckmann received the prestigious JAZZ ECHO award from the Deutsche Phono-Akademie in his native Germany.

Wednesday Feb 28
Nick Finzer, trombone;  Lucas Pino, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet;  Alex Wintz, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Dave Baron, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Nick Finzer's Hear & Now image

Hear & Now is the past and the present. The point of view of today with foundation in the roots of jazz and American music. Finzer’s music evokes a need and hope for change, a defiant optimism that pits love against the forces of oppression. The band is a sextet of highly inventive artists who come together to give voice to the themes and ideas of Finzer’s music. Lucas Pino on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Alex Wintz on guitar, Glenn Zaleski on piano, Dave Baron on bass, and Jimmy Macbride on drums bring the power and wide-ranging palette of a big band with the supple energy of a small ensemble. Influenced by the numerous bands of Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, John Coltrane, and Michael Brecker, Hear & Now is poised to share this generation's perspectives on jazz with the world today. The band embarked on a 25 city tour of the US, and made their festival debut in July 2017 at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Sam Harris, piano;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums;  Pawan Benjamin, bansuri

Bassist and composer Martin Nevin will present an evening featuring music from his upcoming release, Tenderness is Silent. The band is comprised of some of Martin's closest friends and collaborators.

“Bassist Martin Nevin’s wide beat, thick sound, and soulful baring bring heart to this music.” - Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

Martin Nevin Group image
Mar 01
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists Salon image

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Monica Passin, voice, guitar;  Sherryl Marshall, voice;  Deborah Berg, voice
Monica Passin image Carly Mitchell

Monica Passin (aka Li’l Mo) writes, sings, and plays massively eclectic, don’t-fence-me-in music, trailing Gene Vincent vintage, Stax/Volt essence, unpolluted country, new/old blues, and echoes of the Brill building, street corners, and cabarets. She is a native New Yorker.

“The Jackpot Is Now - wow - Best song title ever. Philosophical truism written small but signifying large...very witty and meaningful simultaneously. [Monica’s] vocal on this is phenomenal and moving to me.” – David Silver, writer of The Compleat Beatles

Emily Duff, voice, guitar;  Scott Aldrich, guitar
Emily Duff image

Sweet & Sour Rock & Roll with a great big Hit of Country Soul. Called “the perfectly cool combo of Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith,” Emily’s street-smart poetry and rugged vocal style conjure vivid images that seduce the listener to willingly visit emotional places that entice, beguile and feel all too familiar. Her small- batch brand of hook-driven tunes dig deep, weaving a patchwork quilt of sin, tragedy, romance and regret that lays at your feet, begging to be mended.

"Ms Duff is the pounding heart in a 3-circle venn diagram of Lucinda, Loretta, and Nick Cave.” - Doug Simmons (Former Managing Editor, Village Voice)

Mar 02
Kat Georges, host

Jade Benoit Karen Hildebrand Jane LeCroy Sophie Malleret Jane Ormerod
The Monthly: WOMEN LIKE US image

A Brilliant Evening of Live! Reading and Performance

Three Rooms Press presents a slate of extraordinary NYC-based poets and performance artists at WOMEN LIKE US on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 6 pm at Cornelia Street Cafe.

The event features readings and performances by superb writers including poets Jade Benoit and Karen Hildebrand, performance artists Jane LeCroy, Sophie Malleret, and Jane Ormerod, plus Kat Georges, playwright, poet, and co-director of Three Rooms Press.

Billy Drewes, saxophone;  Yago Vazquez, piano;  Scott Lee, bass;  Jeff Hirschfield, drums
Streams Trio w/Billy Drewes image

The Streams Trio (Vazquez/Lee/Hirshfield) has two records released with the label Fresh Sound New Talent, and for this especial occasion they are joined by saxophonist and composer Billy Drewes for a night of original music featuring compositions from all the members in the band.

“Their music combines the qualities of depth with lyricism, intensity with calm assurance and an elastic, yet sure handed rhythmic sense”- Budd Kopman (

Mar 03
Andy Christie, host

Mike Brown Ophira Eisenberg Susan Kent JIm O'Grady
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 Mike Brown (KING Magazine), Ophira Eisenberg (NPR's Ask Me Another), Susan Kent (NPR's Snap Judgement), and Jim O'Grady (WNYC Reporter/Commentator).

Hosted by ANDY CHRISTIE - 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

Lage Lund, guitar;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Matt Penman, bass;  Obed Calvaire, drums
Lage Lund Quartet image

"Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He's a wonderful player. Scary actually!" - Kurt Rosenwinkel

Drum kit donated by

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