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Jul 16
Sana Nagano, violin, compositions;  Michael Attias, sax;  Keisuke Matsuno, guitar;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Max Jaffe, drums
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Smashing Humans is a 5 piece avant-jazz band that is created by Tokyo native, NYC violinist Sana Nagano. Her compositions are naturally motivic with grid-like melody lines, along with underlining relentless rhythmic intensity. Sana Nagano is the kind of musician/improviser that recalls the very best of experimental jazz violin, resurrecting the spirits of Billy Bang, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the full breadth of modernism all in one.

“Smashing Humans’ performance has some elements of jazz standards, but was evidently infused with improvisations.” “Elegant orchestrations of sounds, clearly conducted by the violinist” - Greg Stewart, Ragazine

Cole Davis, bass;  Vaughn Stoffey, guitar;  Manuel Schmeidel, piano;  Jongkuk Kim, drums;  Immanuel Wilkins, alto saxophone;  Joey Chang, piano
Cole Davis Quartet & Immanuel Wilkins/Joey Chang image

Cole Davis’s passion for the uplifting power of music translates into every note he plays. He and his band, the Cole Davis Group, communicate with their unique style of contemporary jazz—global rhythms embrace groove, melodies replace technology and what emerges is both healing and celebratory.

“This is the first live performance of the duo, performing an hour's worth of completely improvised music.” -Immanuel Wilkins

Jul 17
Steven Silverman, piano
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An all-Chopin program illustrating how radically innovative this music not only was, but still is!

STEVEN SILVERMAN, a native of Washington D.C., has performed extensively as a pianist and harpsichordist in solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States and at the prestigious Salle Cortot in Paris, France. The New York Times called Mr. Silverman's New York solo piano debut "a splendid affair...his playing had dimension, atmosphere, energy and discipline -- wedded to a sense of rhythm that would not quit.” Bernard Holland, reviewing Mr. Silverman's 1988 New York recital in the Times, said that "it took only a few bars to hear that he is a sound and thoughtful musician, and his recital Saturday gave pleasure." The Washington Post commented that "his playing was blessed by warmth, intelligence, and unshakable ability to capture the essence of the music." The Alexandria Gazette remarked that "Steven Silverman's offering was all that a piano recital can be: an absorbing program executed with technical perfection and individual style." Mr. Silverman performs not only the standard piano literature, but also memorable but less-performed works including both of Charles Ives' Piano Sonatas, Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata, the De Fall harpsichord concerto, and the complete Goyescas of Granados. Mr. Silverman holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Eugene Bossart, Charles Crowder, Benning Dexter, Ann Schein, and the great pianist Andrejz Wasowski.

Steve Sandberg, piano;  Jay Rodriguez, tenor sax;  Premik Russell Tubbs, reeds
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Steve Sandberg is an eclectic musician with a lifetime of experience in many worlds of music. Dan Bilawsky, on All About Jazz, calls Mr. Sandberg’s music “a breathtaking composite of world music, jazz, and classical expressions ... an exultant music that's incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.” Fleet-fingered saxophonist and reedsman Jay Rodriguez has played it all: salsa with Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, hip-hop with DJ Premier and Groove Collective, straight-ahead with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Barron and Doc Cheatham. – NPR Multi-reeds player Premik has worked with everyone from Santana, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin to String and Lady Gaga.

Tonight these musicians will perform in duos and trios for the first time together!

Timo Vollbrecht, tenor sax;  Keisuke Matsuno, guitar;  Elias Stemeseder, piano;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Jason Burger, drums
Timo Vollbrecht FLY MAGIC, CD Release image

FLY MAGIC is the band of saxophonist-composer Timo Vollbrecht. Based out of New York and with roots in Berlin’s progressive music scene, he creates a magical blend of emotional intensity and vivacious energy, resulting in a genuine sound that often depicts the sensation of flying. The band transcends the limitations of musical genre by combining elements from jazz, post-rock, minimalism, folk, improv and experimental soundscapes.

At Cornelia Street, FLY MAGIC is presenting their brand-new album “Faces in Places”, a collection of musical portraits inspired by people from nine different countries.

”Luminously fine German saxophonist-bandleader […] blessed with fluidity and intricate twists” - New York City Jazz Record



Wednesday Jul 18
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Alon Benjamini, drums;  Ben Tiberio, bass
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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, and many more.

Leo Sherman, bass, comp.;  Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Ben Winkleman, piano;  Peter Kronreif, drums

TONEWHEEL is a quintet based in New York City, led by bassist-composer Leo Sherman. The project is inspired by stories: new and old, factual and fictional. The stories range from simple, like the feeling of take-off on a plane, to far-reaching travels of the imagination. Each piece is programmatic and features the instrumentalists as characters, the melodies and song structure as the plot, and the harmonic language as a setting.

"Leo Sherman, who I have had the pleasure of working with, not only swings hard but has a depth of harmonic understanding and listens deeply to the musical conversation. One of the new voices on bass for the future.” -Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters).

Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Tom DiCarlo, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
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‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016) Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music inspired by dance movements and music from her upcoming record City Animals featuring a stellar line-up of musicians. Yuhan's music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan. Yuhan’s new record City Animals will be released in Winter 2018 through Sunnyside Records.

Jul 19
Ana Garcia and Lane Dombois image

Ana Garcia is a percussionist and composer, Lane Dombois is a guitarist and writer. They typically write together for the stage--but tonight they are separately performing original songs outside of the theatrical context, Ana leading a small ensemble and Lane performing solo.

Frank Messina, host

Mark Torgl of Toxic Avenger Ken Korb, harmonica;  Rene Hart, bass;  Robbie Winterhawk, conga;  Eliot Peper, bongos;  Michael Trapp, guitar;  Kristine Rommel , vocals;  Kevin Twigg, drums;  Joe Hardy Wiley, guitar, vocals;  Special guests, Ang Lee, Jackson Nardelli, Rose Nardelli

Get ready for a night of revelry and remembrance as we celebrate the life of filmmaker Joe Nardelli — who touched many lives with his artistic creations including his coda film, Toxic Tutu. In pure Nardelli spirit, you are encouraged to attend in costume...or simply as you are! At Joe's request, all proceeds will benefit Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

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Jul 20
Aya Ishida, vocals, composition;  Berta Moreno, tenor sax;  Ray Gallon, piano;  Aidan O'Donnell, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
Aya Ishida:

NYC based jazz vocalist and composer Aya Ishida will bring the music from her debut album "Day by Day". She will perform some jazz standers with great arrangements and some of her originals with a band.

Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Alex Ritz, drums
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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.)

Jul 21
Singer Songwriter Sabrina Parker image

Sabrina Parker is a twenty-one year old singer/songwriter born in Brooklyn, who after spending the first three years of her life in Puerto Rico, was raised in North London. She currently studies History at London School of Economics. Sabrina made her open mic debut in Woodstock, New York in 2011 and hasn’t stopped performing since then. She can regularly be seen in music nights around London at venues such as The Bedford, Notting Hill Arts Club, and The Troubadour. She has also performed internationally in cities such as Tokyo and New York. She has opened for iconic Glaswegian indie band The Bathers at The Lexington, and Autoheart at The Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston for their acoustic album launch. Her self released debut single 'Fire and Ice' was heavily supported on BBC London Introducing presented by Gary Crowley. Now newly signed to 'Man In The Moon Records’, the label set up by Nick Stewart (the man who famously signed U2 to Island Records) Sabrina has released two new singles, 'Write You Down' and 'Babysit Your Happiness'.

Mario Pavone, bass, comp.;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Peter McEachern, trombone;  Gerald Cleaver, drums

Mario Pavone, Vertical Quintet image
Jul 22
Mindy Matijasevic Debbie Bazza Ken Watter Missy Grynkiewicz Rhonda Hansome
Divorced Divas of Comedy image

Five hilarious and divorced comics deliver the funny. Guaranteed laughter!

Philippe Lemm, drums;  Angelo Di Loreto, piano;  Jeff Koch, bass
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Exciting, colorful and energetic. The Philippe Lemm Trio, comprised of Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm and American pianist and bassist Angelo Di Loreto and Jeff Koch, was voted “Best Group” at the International B-Jazz Competition as well as “Best Solist”. The group’s performance of Di Loreto’s original composition “Salt Road” earned an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award in 2013

“Stunning, beautiful, and magnificent music was performed at the 2017 Northwest Jazz Festival. An overwhelming audience favorite. The Philippe Lemm Trio are consummate musicians with intricate and exciting arrangements. One of the most refreshing jazz music to hit our festival in years!” Tony Zambito, Artistic Director North West Jazz Festival

"From the first note till the last on the edge of your seat.......mesmerized by the trio"- Erik Raayman, Draai om je ore

Santiago Leibson, piano;  Eli Asher , trumpet;  Yuma Uesaka, tenor sax;  Shawn Lovato, bass;  Mareike Wiening, drums
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Open Tabs is a quintet founded by pianist Santiago Leibson and bassist Shawn Lovato, composers “with a distinctive compositional approach and a knack for finding the right partners to bring it to life” (All About Jazz). Such partners include Eli Asher on the trumpet, Yuma Uesaka on the tenor saxophone, and drummer Mareike Wiening, all who are engaging, sensitive, and fearless improvisers. The collective uses both strict and loose composed frameworks in order to explore different contexts and modes of improvisation. This approach to composition and improvisation results in varying moments including strict rhythmic interaction, displays of dark improvised harmonic structures, and sonic hat tipping to the traditions of American improvised music.

Jul 23
V. Hansmann, host

Ethelbert Miller, featured poet;  Miriam O’Neal Al Abondado Sarah Wetzel

Please join featured poet, Ethelbert Miller, and three estimable poets, Miriam O’Neal, Al Abonado, and Sarah Wetzel.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs. For fourteen years, Miller has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In April 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. Miller currently serves on the faculty at the University of Houston/Victoria and hosts the weekly morning radio show On the Margin, which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3. The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, published in 2016 by Willow Books, is a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his career as a poet. Miller’s most recent book is If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press.

DM Salsberg, guitar, piano, lead vocals;  Georgia Weber, double bass, backing vocals;  Omer Ashano, violin, backing vocals
DM Salsberg with Georgia Weber and Omer Ashano image

"Honey-sweet mezzo-soprano. DM Salsberg, sensitive, acoustic guitar-wielding chanteuse — exposed, but not self-conscious — is not afraid to let her audience in."

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times