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ART ON THE WALLS

Thursday
Aug 24
6:00PM  THE IMPERFECT PERFECT SHOW
Terry Moore, Nelsie Spencer, hosts

The Imperfect Perfect Show image

The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producers Terry Moore and Nelsie Spencer. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

8:00PM  BRAZIL FEST: ZÉ LUIS QUARTET
Billy Newman, host

Zé Luis, tenor sax, flutes;  Richard Padron, guitar;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums

The Zé Luis Quartet project displays an open, hip and free manner of treating Brazilian rhythms, never seen before. Fronted by famed sax and flute player Zé Luis, whose resume includes performing with Brazilian greats such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tania Maria and Bebel Gilberto, the band propels art to the future. Having performed and recorded with music leaders Adam Rudof and Go: Organic Orchestra, Mario Adnet, Arthur Lipner, JJ Sansaverino, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Banda Black Rio among others, Zé brings myriad range and style to the forum.

"Echoes of Jobim - Zé Luis: Real Brazilian Roots"--Pat Cole/Down Beat

  http://www.zeluis.com

Brazil Fest: Zé Luis Quartet image
9:30PM  BRAZIL FEST: VITOR GONÇALVES QUARTET
Billy Newman, host

Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Todd Neufeld, guitar;  Or Bareket, bass;  Daniel Dor, drums
Brazil Fest: Vitor Gonçalves Quartet image

Vitor Gonçalves, has been making his mark as a skilled and imaginative improviser in NYC. Since his arrival in New York last summer he has been taking the city’s jazz and Brazilian music scenes by storm with his versatile and multi-talented appearances on piano and accordion, sharing the stage with such musicians as Clarence Penn, Joey Baron, John Ellis, Joel Frahm and Vinícius Cantuária.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has toured with the likes of Maria Bethânia and collaborated with Hermeto Pascoal. He was a long-time member of the innovative Itiberê Orquestra Família, with whom he recorded three acclaimed albums.

His current quartet features his own compositions- a confluence of his Brazilian background and the influence of the New York music scene. He’ll also be featuring some gems of Brazilian composers such as Baden Powell and Tom Jobim, rearranged and reinterpreted with a sense of space and freedom.

Friday
Aug 25
6:00PM  MARY LYN MAISCOTT
Mary Lyn Maiscott, vocals, guitar;  Joan Chew, violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals;  Graig Janssen, guitar, piano, harmony vocals
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Singer-songwriter Mary Lyn Maiscott returns to the Cornelia Street Café with a range of original alt-rock songs, including “hauntingly beautiful” (Vanity Fair) ballads, as well as a surprising cover or two. Having started out writing poetry, Mary Lyn blends catchy melodies with literate lyrics about such subjects as requited and unrequited love, metaphysical mysteries, free spirits, and the thievery of time. She’s joined by the multitalented Joan Chew (violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals) and Graig Janssen (guitar, piano, harmony vocals).

“Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels.”--Guillermo Henry, Radio Etiopia, Mexico City

  marylynmaiscott.com www.facebook.com/Mary-Lyn-Maiscott-244668802244909/

9:00PM  BRAZIL FEST: BILLY NEWMAN QUINTET
Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor, sopranino sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brazil Fest: Billy Newman Quintet image

Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman".

  www.billynewman.com

10:30PM  BRAZIL FEST: JIM NOLET & ARCOMUNDO
Billy Newman, host

Jim Nolet, viola;  Marcia Lopes, voice;  Mario Manga, viola, cavaquinho, cello;  Alessandro D'Loia, percussion
Brazil Fest: Jim Nolet & Arcomundo image

“Jim Nolet, the finest jazz violinist playing. …highly virtuoistic, superb technique…” -All About Jazz “Jim Nolet has the agility and coherence of straightforward jazz.” -Jon Parales, The New York Times Jazz violist Jim Nolet known through the 80’s and 90’s as an original charter member and frontline of the Jazz Passengers, a band member of David Murray and Cecil Taylor among others. A long time NY Jazz sensation, tours his home town here with Marcia Lopes this fall in celebration of their new release. Since the early 2000's Nolet sustained his artistic focus on Brazilian jazz and world music influences, composing, arranging, performing and recording in Sao Paulo as well as studying Brazilian percussion. Arco Voz's core ensemble is generally viola/violin, cello, double bass with traditional percussion and delicate vocals.

  www.arcomundo.com

Saturday
Aug 26
6:00PM  ALBERT MARQUES TRIO + LAGE LUND
Lage Lund, guitar;  Albert Marques, piano;  Manel Fortia, double bass;  Raphael Pannier, drums
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Albert Marques is a Catalan transplant from Spain whose passion at the piano is only matched by his huge humanity and kindness. This is not cartoon jazz, or a stereotypical Latin Jazz trio. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment. Every note is played with grit, reality, and love. – Arturo O’Farrill

  www.albertmarques.com www.facebook.com/albertmarquestrio/

9:00PM  BRAZIL FEST : RUBENS SALLES GROUP
Billy Newman, host

Rubens Salles, piano;  John Clark, french horn;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brazil Fest : Rubens Salles Group image

Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles brings his unique piano style to Cornelia Street Café . Based in New York for the past five years, Mr. Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs. Classically trained, Rubens is a lover of rhythms, educated in Jazz and a champion of new concepts.

  www.rubenssalles.com

STREAMING LINK: www.youtube.com/peixinho1

10:30PM  BRAZIL FEST: SUSAN PEREIRA AND SABOR BRASIL
Billy Newman, host

Susan Pereira, voice, percussion;  Noah Bless, trombone;  Deanna Witkowski, piano;  Itaiguara, bass;  Vanderlei Pereira, drums

Vocalist, pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger Susan Pereira is one of the most versatile musicians on New York’s Brazilian music scene, and leads the acclaimed Brazilian jazz group Sabor Brasil (co-founded with drummer Vanderlei Pereira). While deeply rooted in traditional Brazilian styles, Susan’s broad background in jazz and world music has enabled her to develop a distinct musical personality. Fluent in Portuguese, she is a singer who blends a silky, rich tone with superior vocal technique, and is a particularly skilled lyric interpreter and scat singer. Susan’s percussive piano style is enhanced by her mastery of complex Brazilian rhythms and her original Brazilian jazz compositions are a popular part of her performances. Susan Pereira and Sabor Brasil have appeared at Lincoln Center, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Jazz in June (Lincoln, Nebraska), the Savannah Jazz Festival, the Hartford Jazz Festival, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Iridium and Birdland, among many other notable venues.

  http://www.susanpereira.com

Brazil Fest: SUSAN PEREIRA AND SABOR BRASIL image
Sunday
Aug 27
6:00PM  FELIX JARRAR AND BRITTANY GOODWIN SHOWCASE #1
Felix Jarrar, piano

Sara Lin Yoder, soprano;  Emily Hughes, soprano;  Petra Jarrar, soprano/actress;  Joey Rodriguez, baritone;  Frank Fainer, baritone;  Elyse Kakacek, soprano;  Brady DelVecchio, tenor;  Chelsea Feltman, soprano;  Ricky DeRosa, tenor;  Brittany Goodwin, director
Felix Jarrar and Brittany Goodwin Showcase #1 image

Cornelia Street Cafe presents the first New York City piano-voice showcase of award-winning composer/pianist/writer Felix Jarrar and librettist/actress/director Brittany Goodwin. The program includes three world premiere performances, including arias from their jazz opera, Tabula Rasa, which is scheduled to premiere in May 2018, and Jarrar's new opera-in-progress, Mother Goose.

  www.felixjarrarmusic.com www.youtube.com/channel/UCUFVO-XfEudRQFBud6u0_Wg

8:35PM  MICHAEL BLANCO QUARTET
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Clarence Penn, drums;  Michael Blanco, bass
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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 Gilad Hekselman and master drummer Clarence Penn. The quartet will be supporting their new 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

  www.blancobass.com/

Monday
Aug 28
6:00PM  BENNINGTON WRITERS - CUBA WRITERS PROGRAM
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

Alden Jones Tim Weed Ann Hood Michael Ruhlman
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Cuba Writers Program image

Please join tonight’s amiable and talented instructors at the Cuba Writers Program - Alden Jones, Tim Weed, Ann Hood, and Michael Ruhlman.

The Cuba Writers Program is an eight-day program in Cuba combining writing workshops with ethical travel, conversations with Cuban writers, lectures on the history of Cuba and its literary legacy, and visits to art collections and sites of political, aesthetic, and historical interest. This year the Cuba Writers Program will run from May 14-22, 2018. Tim Weed and Alden Jones are the co-founders and co-directors of the program, while Ann Hood is a valued faculty member and Michael Ruhlman, a guest lecturer. Visit cubawritersprogram.com for more information.

  vleecker.com cubawritersprogram.com

8:30PM  MARKO STUPAREVIC AND MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA IN CONCERT
Margarita Rovenskaya, piano;  Marko Stuparevic , piano
Marko Stuparevic and Margarita Rovenskaya in Concert image

International competition winners and active solo and chamber musicians Marko Stuparevic and Margarita Rovenskaya play music for solo piano and four hands by Chopin, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Bozic.

  www.margaritarovenskaya.com www.hartford.edu/hcd/music/music-faculty/marko-stuparevic.aspx

Tuesday
Aug 29
6:00PM  MARIA GUIDA TRIO
Maria Guida, vocals;  Jeff Barone, guitar;  Harvie S, bass
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Maria Guida sings/swings the standards; fresh takes on songs you've heard before.

  www.mariaguida.com/ www.facebook.com/MariaGuidaSinger/

8:00PM  HERBIE COLEMAN
Nick Sanders, piano;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
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Herbie Coleman pays homage to the more obscure music of Herbie Nichols, Ornette Coleman and Carla Bley among others. The members of the band also compose original compositions written in the style of these great jazz composers. Featuring Nick Sanders – piano, Alex LoRe – alto saxophone, Martin Nevin – bass and Kenneth Salters – drums, the group seeks to bring a deeper awareness to these composers by performing music which isn't often played in public.

9:30PM  RICHARD SEARS QUINTET
Richard Sears, piano;  Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Maria Grand, tenor sax;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Michael Davis, drums

Richard Sears is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer. His most recent recording, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, and was named “one of 2016’s best release” by AllAboutJazz. Over the past several years, Sears has performed with, the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, the Billy Hart Quartet, Andrew Cyrille, Marc Ribot, Eric Revis, Dayna Stephens, and many others. This quintet - featuring many of Sears's primary collaborators - will be presenting music composed after the release of "Altadena".

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Wednesday Aug 30
6:00PM  FAITH IN LOVE
Written and Performed by Lisa Faith Phillips

Sean Mahony, piano
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After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lisa Faith is back with her new show Faith in Love.

From falling in love while dancing with Bette Midler & Mick Jagger in their Beast of Burden video to working as a stripper to pay for graduate school at the London School of Economics and a surprise night in jail, Lisa weaves her “wildly funny” (The Huffington Post) stories of love with humor and song. The gifted Sean Mahony is on piano.

Best of the Fringe! Phillips is an incredible storyteller. (DC Metro Theater Arts)

“Phillips mixes absurdism and social satire to hilarious results…onstage she is a force of nature and bubbly wit, confident in both body and brains.” The Huffington Post

  Lisafaithphillips.com seanmahony.com

8:01PM  MARTIN NEVIN GROUP
Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Sam Harris, piano;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums

Bassist Martin Nevin, will present an evening featuring music from his debut album which was recently recorded. 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)

  http://martinnevinbass.com

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Thursday
Aug 31
6:00PM  DORIAN DEVINS QUARTET SUMMER RESIDENCY, PART 2
Dorian Devins, vocals;  Lou Rainone, piano;  Paul Gill, bass;  tba
Dorian Devins Quartet Summer Residency, Part 2 image

A summer selection of jazz, bossa nova/samba, standards, and more.

"(Devins) takes a less often traveled road and blazes a new trail in standards interpretation." - All About Jazz "..her vocal artistry transcends the traditional singer mode and moves more to a blending of melody and harmonic invention as part of the band" -@ Critical jazz

  www.doriandevins.com soundcloud.com/doriandevins

8:00PM  CALEB CURTIS QUINTET
Caleb Curtis, alto sax;  Josh Lawrence, trumpet;  Chet Doxas, tenor sax;  Noah Garabedian, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
Caleb Curtis Quintet image

A three horn quintet that can run screaming down the halls and meditate on the acoustic textures of their music. These five instrumentalists won’t let you tell them what to do. Each of them are celebrated composers and improvisers, and in this new group they will find exciting ground to cover.

"A sonic architect on the alto saxophone, Caleb Curtis builds melodic and methodical structures that are compelling and immediately recognizable." - Jazz Speaks

  calebcurtis.com

9:30PM  CARMEN STAAF TRIO
Carmen Staaf, piano;  Edward Perez, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Carmen Staaf Trio image

Jazz pianist Carmen Staaf has become a rising presence on the New York and world jazz scenes since graduating from the Monk Institute last year. Her trio, featuring bassist Edward Perez (Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D’Rivera) and drummer Jimmy Macbride (Lage Lund, Nir Felder) will perform originals, improvisations and music by Chopin, Shorter and Strayhorn.

  www.carmenstaaf.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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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