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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Tuesday
Mar 13
6:00PM  NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Nicole Ferraro, host

Jamie Brickhouse Andrea Coleman Mel Dockery Sandi Marx
New York Story Exchange image

HEAR STORIES! TELL STORIES!

Featured stories by Jamie Brickhouse, Andrea Coleman, Mel Dockery, and Sandi Marx

Have a 5-minute story to tell? Sign up for our 5-for-5 open mic!

8:00PM  OLLI SOIKKELI, CESAR GARABINI
Cesar Garabini, guitar;  Olli Soikkeli, guitar

Django-style Finnish guitar whiz will be playing duets with Cesar Garabini, the mostly-Brazilian 7-string guitar artist. Gypsy meets choro! Brazilian chorinho and Gypsy jazz are a natural pair. Both matured in the early 20th century influenced by urbanization, industrialization, European classical music, African rhythms, popular dance music, and the dawn of the recording industry.

"Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django." --The Wall Street Journal

Olli Soikkeli, Cesar Garabini image
9:30PM  ANDY BIANCO QUARTET
Andy Bianco, guitar, comp.;  Seth Trachy, tenor sax;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Eric Halvorson, drums
ANDY BIANCO Quartet image

While Andy Bianco is a relative new shooter in the modern jazz realm of six string aficionado's, there is little doubt he is as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. The band is A list and a first call fire storm of swing that can touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time.

"One wishes McLaughlin would hire Bianco as his tonal guru, as the latter’s sound is closer to the Mahavishnu Orchestra than anything McLaughlin is doing these days..."-Stanley Zappa, "Forces of the Wild" review, New York City Jazz Record, August 2013

  www.andybiancomusic.com

Wednesday Mar 14
6:00PM  KALIA VANDEVER QUARTET
Kalia Vandever, trombone;  Theo Walentiny, piano;  Nick Dunston, bass;  Connor Parks, drums
Kalia Vandever Quartet  image

Kalia Vandever's quartet is comprised of her closest friends and collaborators. They will be playing all original compositions of Kalia's; inspired by her family, heritage, and relationship with improvisation.

  kaliavandever.com

8:00PM  JEFF DAVIS DRAGON FATHER TRIO
Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
Jeff Davis Dragon Father Trio image

Drummer/composer Jeff Davis presents tonight a new trio featuring improvising greats Ben Monder and Eivind Opsvik. Having performed together for many years, in a number of ensembles, Davis, Monder and Opsvik play with a hypnotic ease, creating moods that are at times peaceful and other times explosive. The debut performance of this exciting new trio is not to be missed.

“Mr. Davis, a drummer and composer of sure footing but adventurous inclination...”-- Nate Chinen (New York Times)

9:30PM  AARON IRWIN SEXTET
Aaron Irwin, clarinet;  Peter Hess, clarinet, tenor sax;  Matthew McDonald, trombone;  Chris Commer, french horn;  Terry McManus, guitar;  Gary Wang, bass
Aaron Irwin Sextet image

"The balance between the composed and improvised is finely wrought, making the line between them virtually invisible, with the only giveaway being larger structure which is uses the familiar recapitulation. The cumulative effect...is a quiet intensity, almost an eavesdropping of a private conversation. Emotionally complex while being aurally transparent, the music ends up feeling like an long-gone acquaintance who has been missed, but whose newly-found presence is immediately comfortable. Strange, but wonderful." - All About Jazz (Bud Kopman)

  http://www.aaronirwin.com/

Thursday
Mar 15
6:00PM  SLAPERING HOL PRESS PRESENTS: SHP POETS AT CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ IN NYC
Sally Bliumis-Dunn Susana H. Case Peggy Ellsberg HeidiLynn Nilsson Mervyn Taylor Lillo Way
Slapering Hol Press Presents: SHP Poets at Cornelia Street Café in NYC image

Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Susana H. Case, Peggy Ellsberg, HeidiLynn Nilsson, Mervyn Taylor, and 2017 chapbook winner, Lillo Way, will read from their new work.

  writerscenter.org

8:00PM  NICK SANDERS TRIO
Nick Sanders, piano;  Henry Fraser, bass;  Devin Gray, drums
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Nick Sanders returns to Cornelia St. Cafe with his trio on this occasion with Henry Fraser on bass and Devin Gray on drums as they explore new, original compositions and unique renditions of jazz standards.

“When you look at the sum total of this work—Sanders’ twisted visions, caliginous constructs, lighthearted gestures, and weighty thoughts—you see honesty, integrity, and artistry guided by personal expression. In art, be it musical or otherwise, that’s more valuable than gold.” -All About Jazz

9:30PM  JULIAN SHORE QUARTET
Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Edward Perez, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Julian Shore returns to Cornelia Street Café for a set of original compositions and improvisations. This top- flight quartet celebrates the thrill of spontaneity— presenting music of exploration and reflection.

"Julian Shore shows deep maturity as a composer and bandleader,” -Downbeat "His name belongs among the leaders of the young Jazz piano scene,” -JazzTimes

Friday
Mar 16
6:00PM  THE STORIES THAT MAKE US: A POETRY READING
Joseph O. Legaspi Aldrin Valdez Richard Jeffrey Newman
The Stories that Make Us: A Poetry Reading image

Three poets from different perspectives explore how the stories we tell make us who we are.

8:35PM  RALPH ALESSI AND THIS AGAINST THAT
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Andy Milne, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Ralph Alessi and this against that image

Playing new music for upcoming recording for ECM records with special guest.

Reservations highly recommended

  www.ralphalessi.com

Saturday
Mar 17
6:00PM  THE FAMILY REPERTORY COMPANY'S SERIES OF SHORT STORIES (STAGED READING)
Marvin Camillo,director

The Family Repertory Company's Series of Short Stories (staged reading) image

This is a staged reading of 3 of our 6 one-acts: Short stories that will be performed in late April (dates and locations tbd)!

Play: Petty @ the Pedi: Cast: Darius Journigan, Ruba Mansouri, Najat Washington, April Brucker, Elizabeth Marcano, Franklin Cisco Burns, Danielle Tyler, Perry Garrett Jr.

Play: The Purse: Cast: Traci Timmons, Nicole Choate

Play: Speech Therapy: Cast: Efren Sanchez, Franklin Cisco Burns

  www.facebook.com/TheFamilyRepertoryCompany

8:35PM  MAT MANERI “DUST”
Mat Maneri, viola, comp.;  Lucian Ban, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums
Mat Maneri “DUST” image

Over the course of a twenty-five year career, Mat Maneri has defined the voice of the viola and violin in jazz and improvised music and “has changed the way the jazz world listens to the Violin & Viola” All About Jazz. Born in Brooklyn in 1969, Maneri has established an international reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation, praised for his high degree of individualism, a distinctive marriage of jazz and microtonal music, and his work with 20th century icons of improvised music. In 1990, Mat co-founded the legendary Joe Maneri Quartet with his father, drummer Randy Peterson and bassists Ed Schuller and John Lockwood. The quartet’s recordings for ECM Records, Hatology and Leo Records were widely acknowledged by critics and fellow musicians as among the most important developments in 20th century improvised music. Maneri’s 1999 solo debut on ECM Records marked his emergence as a musician with a singular, uncompromised voice. Since then, the long list of musicians with whom he has worked includes icons such as Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Paul Motian and William Parker, as well as influential bandleaders such as Joe Morris, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp, Marilyn Crispell, Joelle Leandre, Kris Davis, Tim Berne and Craig Taborn. Maneri’s recordings as a leader (trio, quartet and quintet) have been documented on Hatology, Aum Fidelity, Leo Records and Thirsty Ear.

Mat will bring his newly formed quartet DUST featuring some of today’s best improvisers – bassist John Hebert, pianist Lucian Ban and drummer Randy Peterson. The quartet will feature prominently Mat’s music and material from a recorded session to be released as DUST. (M.M. photo by Antonio Porcar).

Sunday
Mar 18
6:00PM  COMPCORD ENSEMBLE
Michiyo Suzuki, clarinet;  Gene Pritsker, guitar;  Mat Fieldes, bass;  Cesare Papetti, percussion
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CompCord Ensemble takes the stage at Cornelia Street Café to present an eclectic program of new chamber compositions for clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass, and drum set. Clarinet wizard Michiyo Suzuki, composer-guitarist Gene Pritsker, bassist extraordinaire Mat Fieldes, and the multitalented drummer-percussionist Cesare Papetti perform music of Lukas Ligeti, Erwan Borek, Ginka Mizuki, and Dan Cooper, as well as new compositions written especially for the event: 'Citi-zen' by Debra Kaye, and 'Pilgrimage' by Gene Pritsker.

  www.composersconcordance.com www.facebook.com/events/607628912909258/

8:01PM  MICHAEL BLANCO QUARTET
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Billy Drummond , drums
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Bassist and composer Michael Blanco returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe with an all-star line up of collaborators: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, guitarist Mike Moreno, and master drummer Billy Drummond. The quartet will be supporting their latest album release Spirit Forward on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and will be performing compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies".

"Sporting a rich, dark sound on the bass, Michael Blanco has been a highly sought-after talent since arriving in New York in 2000. A gifted bassist whose muscular lines are matched by lyrical upper register work on his solos, Michael particularly shines as a composer."-- Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine

  http://www.blancobass.com/

Monday
Mar 19
6:00PM  PHILOSOPHY SERIES: MAGICAL ART: THE POWER OF IMAGES IN HITCHCOCK'S VERTIGO
Joseph Biehl, curator

Nickolas Pappas, author
Philosophy Series: Magical Art: The Power of Images in Hitchcock's Vertigo image

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a brilliant, suspenseful mystery exploring the often dangerous intimacy between love, compulsion, and death. It is also a profound meditation on the power of art. While it invites us to go on seeing art as a mimesis - a "representation," or "imitation" of life - it also cryptically asks whether art objects might do more than merely represent life, even whether they might exercise power over death. James Stewart's Scotty has been compared to Orpheus in quest of Eurydice; I suggest that he's worth comparing to Admetus, who wished he could be Orpheus, and who imagines clinging to a statue to recapture his lost wife. The spell cast by Hitchcock in Vertigo shows us just how bewitching art can be when it has us under its sway.

  www.philosophy.nyc

8:30PM  NOA FORT
Noa Fort, voice, piano;  Josh Deutsh, trumpet;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
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Noa Fort, whose music transcends category but is influened by Jazz and free improvised music, returns to Cornelia St Cafe for a set of music from her debut album that was released in January 2018, as well as newer music. She is joined by Josh Deutsh on trumpet, Dan Loomis on bass and Ronen Itzik on drums.

" Over the past few years, pianist/singer Noa Fort has been concretizing a remarkably terse, succinct, purposefully pensive sound that draws on her jazz background as well as western classical music and her own Israeli heritage... Fort expands into the darkly lyrical, neoromantically glittering terrain that’s become her signature sound over the past few years." -New York Music Daily

  www.noafort.com/

Tuesday
Mar 20
6:00PM  ANDRÉ CARVALHO GROUP
Caleb Curtis, alto saxophone;  Jeremy Powell, soprano/tenor saxophone;  André Matos, guitar;  André Carvalho, double bass, composition;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
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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.

“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.” — JazzTrail.net

  www.andrecarvalhobass.com/ www.facebook.com/carvalhobass/

8:00PM  STEVE SANDBERG QUARTET
Steve Sandberg, piano;  Joe Deninzon, violin;  Michael O’brien, bass;  Tiago Michelin, drums
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The Steve Sandberg Quartet blends classical and world music genres with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. Both exhilarating and deeply poetic, the Quartet fulfills Sandberg’s lifelong dream to create original compositions that draw on his extensive experience with world and classical music, and present them in a live acoustic band. Sandberg has toured with David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, Ruben Blades, Mario Rivera, and was nominated for three Emmys for his music for “Dora the Explorer.” “a breathtaking composite of world music, jazz, and classical expressions. In other words, it's Sandberg's whole musical existence merging into a single stream. In these eight tracks, he delivers unto us an exultant music that's incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.”--Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

  stevesandbergmusic.com

9:30PM  TOMOKO OMURA ROOTS QUINTET
Tomoko Omura, 5 string violin;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Tomoko Omura Roots quintet image

Tomoko Omura Roots Quintet is a modern jazz quintet that plays Tomoko's compositions, inspired by Japanese culture, person, folk tales and melodies. Following the 2015 release of “Roots”, the quintet is working on the next album with a whole new set of music.

“With a clear and sturdy violin attack, and an inventive voice as an improviser…[Tomoko] is a rising talent worth watching” - New York Times

  http://www.tomokoomura.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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