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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
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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

Mar 04
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

André Fenton Dario Acosta Teich
Entertaining Science: YOU ARE EXPERIENCED? image

Jimi Hendrix’s influence on brain science are explored by André Fenton of NYU, and on the acoustic guitar by visiting Argentinian guitar virtuoso Dario Acosta Teich.

We tend to think of memory as a psychological concept, because we don’t yet understand memory as a biological entity or a process. But this is beginning to change. André Fenton will explain how scientists are discovering the biological basis of how experience changes brains and alters their function—breakthroughs that will have a remarkable impact on our lives in large part because this understanding will confirm and teach us that the experiences we have and choose to have, unequivocally change our brains in ways that also change our futures. Dario will assay how a variety of Latin folk music and dance and avant garde experiences, and yes Hendrix, are synthesized to produce new directions and techniques in perhaps our era’s central instrument, the guitar.

Koran Agan, host

Charlie Roman, guitar;  Rocky Chiu, guitar;  Ellie Goodman, violin;  Abe Pollack, bass

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.

Charlie Roman is a guitar player who is highly inspired by Django Reinhardt and the particular sound and musical charm surrounding his career in the 1930’s. Drawing from the language of that era, Charlie focuses his sound on Django and other players of the time such as Oscar Aleman, Baro and Matelo Ferret, and the later Tchan Tchou Vidal. Taking inspiration from all of these greats Charlie has come up with a sound that is distinctly old school.


Koran Agan, host

Josh Dunn, guitar;  Gabe Terracciano, violin;  Ian Hutchison, bass

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.

Joshua grew up in the far south of Tasmania, Australia. He was first introduced to the music of Django Reinhardt at the age of 15 and has since had the opportunity to study and perform with some of the leading exponents of gypsy jazz in both Australia and abroad. Since moving to New York in 2017 on a Fulbright Scholarship, Joshua is already establishing himself as a sought-after guitarist in the traditional jazz and gypsy jazz scene. He has developed a musical style focused on the first generation of jazz guitarists including Django, Charlie Christian and Eddie Lang, combining their music with an innovative and thoroughly individual approach to the instrument.

Mar 05
Tulis McCall, host

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

David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes;  Rene Hart, bass;  Kevin Twigg, drums;  Elliot Peper, bongos

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.

David Amram image
Mar 06
Susan Kolodny, ;  Shane O'Hanlon, ;  Mark Solomon, ;  Anton Yakovlev, ;  Michael Collins,
Five Live: An Evening of Engaging Readings image

Join us for a night of readings featuring Susan Kolodny, Shane O'Hanlon, Mark Solomon, Anton Yakovlev, and Michael Collins -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

Deborah Latz, curator

Gabrielle Stravelli, voice;  Joshua Richman, piano;  Pat O'Leary, bass
Voxecstatic: Gabrielle Stravelli

For her VoxEcstatic Series debut, Gabrielle will share original compositions from her 2017 release "Dream Ago", which received 5 stars from Downbeat. She will also debut new original material alongside her signature fresh takes on standards, jazz and pop. She'll be joined by longtime collaborators Joshua Richman on piano and Pat O'Leary on bass.

“Listening to the jazz singer Gabrielle Stravelli is like imbibing a potent cocktail whose flavor changes as you drain the glass. In the first couple of sips, the predominant taste is the sparkling wine that has drifted to the top, for Ms. Stravelli’s bright, rippling voice exudes a natural effervescence. Before long, it darkens, and the heady liquor underneath kicks in... As she dipped and swooped, twirling notes and phrases with a confidence and playfulness that recalled Ella Fitzgerald in her prime, Ms. Stravelli began interpreting lyrics with a ferocity that her vocal pyrotechnics accentuated..." — Stephen Holden, the New York Times

“Just when the shore of song seems lost for all the fog, the voice of Gabrielle Stravelli cuts through like a lighthouse of emotional integrity." —Tyran Grillo, Downbeat

Deborah Latz, curator

Vanisha Gould, voice;  Ludovica Burtone, violin;  Leandro Pellegrino, guitar;  Dan Pappalardo, bass
VoxEcstatic: Vanisha Gould Group image

California native Vanisha Gould came to New York in 2015 and is quickly making a name for herself on the Jazz scene. With a voice rooted in Jazz and Blues, she has made it her mission to write and sing music that inspires.

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Cover is given where known
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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times