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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
Noise Ceiling image

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
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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!

Wednesday Sep 06
Bethany Birkett Lee Eypper Gayle Kirschenbaum Miki Noam Jessica Phillips Laszlo Santha
Writes of Fall image

Autumnal Equinox is almost here! Writers on Hudson chimes you into our most colorful season with six different voices: Bethany Birkett, Lee Eypper, Gayle Kirschenbaum, Miki Noam, Jessica Phillips and Laszlo Santha. We are Emmy-Award winners (ok, just Gayle is), short story writers, filmmakers, playwrights, actors, photographers, web series directors and world travelers who love NYC and would like to share our stories with you.

Alyssa McDoom, vocals;  Evan Wright, guitar;  Daryl Johns, bass;  Charlie Culbert, drums

Songwriter Alyssa Mcdoom writes music inspired by folk music of the '60s and '70s and electric elements of '80s pop. In combination with her rooted musical foundation, the outcome delivers songs that evoke a modern take on these inspirations, special and sentimental. A singer whose emotional melodies are an ethereal dreamlike confluence of artists such as Joan Baez, Carole King, and Florence Welch.

"She is what we look forward to, as she will carry on the tradition and add her own distinctive mark on music. Alyssa has the qualities of a true artist that can do something significant in this field."

Alyssa McDoom Quartet image
Immanuel Wilkins , alto sax;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Daryl Johns, bass;  Kweku Sumbry, drums
Immanuel Wilkins Quartet image

The Immanuel Wilkins Quartet is a group of young musician's in pursuit of the deepest spiritual layers of the music. They are presenting some original music that is rooted in melody, blues and rhythmic vitality.

"Immanuel Wilkins truly exemplifies the best qualities of the human experience and is deserving of recognition for his dedicated pursuit of musical excellence;".

Sep 07
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.

Marc Mommaas, tenor sax;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums

Saxophonist Marc Mommaas is a gifted communicator and strong presence in today’s global jazz scene. He’s a William Borden Award recipient, co-director of the New York Jazz Workshop and the Hudson Jazzworks Program, a faculty member of the New School and composer of innovative works featured on Global Motion, Balance, Landmarc and Irreversible Momentum. Mommaas is a Sunnyside Records artist.

Corneliastreet Cafe is a special venue where the best of the best come together to develop new forms and explore new sounds. Many of Mommaas’ compositions had their debut on this stage and it was here where Mommaas made his mark in NYC as a leader twenty years ago. Needless to say Mommaas has a personal relationship with this stage and tonight he will bring in a stellar formation of reknown artists whom are on top of their game.


MARC MOMMAAS Quartet image
Sep 08
Ann Z. Leventhal Jon O. Newman
THE JON AND ANN SHOW: A Reading image

Married couple and writers, Ann Z. Leventhal, and a federal judge, Jon O. Newman, each just published new books (Ann's AMONG THE SURVIVORS and Jon's BENCHED: Abortion, Terrorists, Drones, Crooks, Supreme Court, Kennedy, Nixon, Demi Moore, and Other Tales from the Life of a Federal Judge). Come meet them and hear what they have to say about their books, their lives, and life in general.

Leo Genovese, piano;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Juini Booth, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
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Leo Genovese presents a dynamic quartet of all star improvisers.

Drum kit donated by

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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