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Aug 29
Maria Guida, vocals;  Jeff Barone, guitar;  Harvie S, bass
Maria Guida Trio image

Maria Guida sings/swings the standards; fresh takes on songs you've heard before.

Nick Sanders, piano;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
Herbie Coleman image

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.

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
Written and Performed by Lisa Faith Phillips

Sean Mahony, piano
Faith in Love image

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

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)

Martin Nevin Group image
Aug 31
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

Caleb Curtis, alto sax;  Josh Lawrence, trumpet;  Chet Doxas, tenor sax;  Noah Garabedian, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
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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

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.

Sep 01
Tamuz Nissim, vocals;  George Nazos, guitar;  Harvie S, bass
Tamuz Nissim & George Nazos Trio image

Israeli vocalist Nissim and Greek guitarist Nazos met in the Netherlands as music students and intrigued each other both personally and musically. They started performing together in 2009 and in 2015 they moved to NYC, where they are currently based. Their common CD ‘Liquid Melodies’ (2017) got extensive airplay worldwide, reached #57 in the Jazz Week charts and got warm reviews from the Jazz press. Their arrangement for Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm was chosen for Jeff Hanley's show ‘Jazz Happening now’, an NPR one hour show that is broadcasted in 43 radio stations around the States. ​

"Tamuz Nissim covers just about every imaginable jazz related style from straight melody to scat singing to vocalese and singing atmospheric tones. Put her together with guitarist George Nazos and you have a combination that works so amazingly well through each style that it is stunning." Dave Rogers WTJU Radio.

​ At their show at Cornelia street cafe they will be joined by bassist Harvie S and will present songs from their latest album as well as new repertoire of originals and Jazz standards.

Zach Lapidus, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Paul Wells, drums
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Noise Ceiling is a collective trio comprising of Zach Lapidus on piano, Peter Brendler on bass and Paul Wells on drums. The three musicians contribute both their unique compositional styles and musical skills to this collaborative endeavor. Please don't miss their first performance at The Cornelia Street Café.

Sep 02
Andy Christie, host; Rory Scholl, guest host

Mark Pagan Jim O'Grady Chris Griggs Trish Parry
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 Mark Pagan (Upright Citizen's Brigade); Jim O'Grady (NPR's This American Life), Chris Griggs (Peoples Improv Theater), and Trish Parry (The Beer Show)

Hosted by Rory Scholl (Peoples Improv Theater)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
Dan Weiss Trio image

With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

Sep 03
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Eugenia Balcells, multimedia artist
Entertaining Science: BE DAZZLED image

From Barcelona we bring to you the spectacular moving images and sounds of Eugenia Balcells, joined tonight by chemist Roald Hoffmann in an artistic and scientific exploration of color and light. The work of multimedia artist Eugenia Balcells is nothing less than an invocation of the foundations of the universe and of life: matter and energy, light, color and the chemical elements. You will be captivated by a visual tour of several of her installations and films; among them, FREQUENCIES and COLOR WHEEL. In the first of these the luminous fingerprint that each element emits merges with those from others, a metaphor of the beginnings. The second film is a kind of Borgian Aleph, a universal catalogue of images in movement organized following the structure of the light spectrum. And Herr Möbius may make an appearance.

Koran Agan, host

Ellie Goodman, violin;  James Robinson, bass;  Josh Kaye, guitar
DjANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Ellie Goodman image

Ellie Goodman is an award winning jazz, bluegrass and hot swing violinist from Santa Monica, CA. In the last six years living in New York, Goodman has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Festival, placed as a finalist at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s ‘Grand Masters’ Fiddle Contest, and was featured a member of the house band on NBC’s critically acclaimed show ‘Maya and Marty’. With a myriad of influences from western swing to bebop, and an alumni of Berklee College of Music, Goodman brings together an eclectic blend of old and new into a tightly knit, high energy quartet that performs regularly around New York City.


Sep 04
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
AMRAM & CO image

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.

Sep 05
Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Lefteris Bournias, clarinet;  Bradley Jones, bass;  Reggie Nicholson, drums
Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra “Rituals for Peace 2 image

Ensemble Elektra brings a fresh perspective to creative music, connecting the modern beat of New York's life with its members' multi-ethnic roots. Their mission is to integrate musical traditions and styles and to emphasize building peace through live music rituals. The group will play original compositions by Elektra Kurtis from the newly released cd “Bridges from the East” mixed with more recent ones.

Elektra Kurtis grew up in a community of Greek refugees in Poland, continued her musical studies in Helsinki, Finland, and then came to NY. Her compositions reflect her multi-cultural musical experiences: classical Western, Greek, Arabic and jazz music. The Ensemble is a quintet: 2 violins, clarinet, bass and drums.

And featuring: Curtis Stewart (violinist with Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, PUBLIQuartet), and Lefteris Bournias (Regina Carter, leader of Apollo Orchestras) Bradley Jones ( bassist with: Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Elvin Jones) and Reggie Nicholson (drummer with: Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Bang, Leroy Jenkins).

Deborah Latz, curator

Deanna Witkowski, piano, voice;  Daniel Foose, bass;  Scott Latzky, drums
Voxecstatic: Deanna Witkowski Trio image

An "astonishingly versatile bandleader" (Time Out New York) heralded for her wide stylistic range and her disregard for conventional harmonic boundaries.

pianist/composer/vocalist Deanna Witkowski makes her VoxEcstatic debut on the cusp of the release of her sixth recording, Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns. With a set spanning breathtaking arrangements of Chopin and Cole Porter, original pop, sacred music, and contemporary Brazilian music, Witkowski's trio reflects her aesthetic to create what Hermeto Pascoal calls "universal music."

In addition to her 2016 win for best pianist at the 2016 HotHouse New York Jazz Fan Awards, Witkowski is the 2017 winner of a new commission for the Colorado Chorale, and the 2017 winner of the Hymn Society in the US and Canada's psalm contest. As a 2018 Sacatar Institute Fellow, she will spend two months next spring doing research in Bahia related to her upcoming Brazilian music project, the Nossa Senhora Suite.

Deborah Latz, curator

Verena McBee, voice;  Billy Test, piano;  Ethan O'Reilly, bass;  Jon Di Fior, drums;  Special Guests Christian Contreras, tenor, soprano sax;  Gabriel Dowdy-Terracciano, violin
Voxecstatic: Verena McBee image

“Verena McBee is a powerful and very expressive singer…” — Scott Yanow

Born and raised in Northern Germany Verena McBee has always been connected to the arts studying both, classical music (piano, flute & vocals) and German literature at the University in her hometown of Osnabrueck in Germany.

She has appeared with David Kikoski & Mark Soskin on piano and also shared the stage as a guest with Cecil McBee, George Cables and Victor Lewis.

This year McBee’s second album, “U-PHORIA”, will come out with all compositions by her husband, jazz bassist and Grammy Award Winner, Cecil McBee. Tonight, Verena's band will give a little taste of the upcoming album!

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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