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Paintings by EDWARD CHING

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Sep 16
Emily Elizabeth, vocals;  Teriver Cheung, guitar;  and Monica Allison, guest vocalist
Emily Elizabeth Duo image
Emily Elizabeth, vocalist from the heart of the United States, was immersed in music from childhood. She studied classical piano and voice throughout her upbringing and was drawn to jazz after hearing Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band play at her tiny high school in Kansas.

In 2006 She began her collegiate music studies in classical piano at the University of Kansas, and began studying voice exclusively shortly after. Living close to the famed Kansas City, Emily performed anywhere she could and drove late nights just to hear local Kansas City musicians. While studying at the University of Kansas Emily had the opportunity to study with Jazz pianists Wayne Hawkins and Dr. Ben Markley.

In the fall of 2009 Emily moved to the jazz capitol of the world, New York City to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has studied with Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson and Amy London as well as worked with Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin. Some of Emily Elizabeth's appearances include the Garage Restaurant, NY, NY Kenny's Castaways, NY, NY and Miles' Cafe, NY, NY.

$8.00 includes a drink

Billy Newman, host

Rogerio Souza, guitar;  Billy Newman, guitar;  Leonardo Lucini, bass;  Ranjan Ramchandani , percussion;  Dennis Lichtman, mandolin, clarinet
New Brazilian Perspectives: Rogerio Souza image
Brazilian 7 string guitarist Rogerio Souza is back for a 3rd year at Cornelia Street Cafe as part of his Tour of the USA. He will be joined by Guitarist Billy Newman, Bassist Leonardo Lucini , Percussionist Ranjan Ramchandani and Mandolin/Clarinet Dennis Lichtman for an exhilarating show of his own Sambas and Choros, the Brazilian Compositions of Billy Newman plus the music of Baden Powell and Pixinguinha amongst other classic composers. The music is modern, intricate, human, romantic, the highest Brazilian aesthetic,right here in the heart of Greenwich Village

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 17
Ted Jonathan, host

Matthew Yeager Lauren Schmidt Tony Gloeggler
$ 8 includes your first drink
Oscar Noriega, woodwinds;  Stephanie Griffin, viola;  Carl Maguire, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Carl Maguire, Far From Almost Always image
The premiere of Far From Almost Always, composed by Carl Maguire for Floriculture. Performing in New York City for over a decade, Floriculture has developed a kaleidoscopic and tactile sound in its rhythmically sensuous music. The band's sound comes from Maguire's involved compositions being realized by the rarefied musicianship of the members, Stephanie Griffin, Oscar Noriega, John Hebert, Dan Weiss, and Carl Maguire. The musicians have a fluid sensitivity to create a musical space where sound magnifies, stretches, and churns our perceptions. "The most astonishing aspect of the music is its great musical vision and coherence... It is nothing you've heard before, a wonderful mix of many known things, but then just not. It is different, and no matter how much you listen to it, you will discover new things." (Stef Gijssels)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 18
Colette Inez and Barbara Truncellito: A Poetry Reading image

Colette will be reading from her new collection, Horseplay as well as from her other work.

Barbara will be reading from In Tribes of Running Rain as well as from her other work.

$8.00 includes a drink

Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Ellery Eskelin , tenor sax;  Harris Eisenstadt, drums
Harris Eisenstadt and September Trio image
September Trio began at the invitation of Pedro Costa when he curated The Stone summer 2010. Their first recording (Clean Feed, 2011) ended up on numerous top ten lists. They're leaving for a ten-day Europe tour the day after this Cornelia concert, and recording the second record in Portugal at the end of the tour for a spring 2013 release.

"It’s unlikely that there’s ever been a CD quite like this one... the performances here are at a remarkably high level... tremendous cumulative power, testimony to Eisenstadt’s gifts as an orchestrator, whether composing or playing percussion."" --Stuart Broomer, New York City Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday Sep 19
Hostess: Madeline Millán

The Pen American Women Writers image
The Pen American Women Writers are celebrating their 20th Anniversary and giving tribute to Ilsa Gilbert, coordinator of the monthly meetings.

$ 8 includes a drink

Teddy Klausner, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Jim Black, drums
Jim Black Trio image
Playing original music from their recently released cd "Somatic" on the Winter & Winter label. They recently started adding compositions by Paul Motian and remixes of jazz standards to their live repertoire.

After 12 years leading post-rock improv band AlasNoAxis, Jim Black goes in the absolute opposite direction, forming a new piano trio. "I wanted to have a band that could 'do anything, go anywhere.' Something very tactile, interactive, and could play music ranging from melodic songs to complicated forms to jazz standards, in our own way."

"Black’s new trio, debuting on Somatic, might surprise those familiar with his recent history, in that it forsakes electricity for his swinging take on the piano tradition. Black’s all original program retains his simple understated melodies, which here launch more lyrical jazz improvisations." --John Sharpe, The New York City Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 20
Norbert Hirschhorn Michael Tyrell
Poetry image
$ 8 includes a drink
Julian Shore, piano;  Sasha Dobson, voice;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Shelly Tzarafi, voice;  Alexa Barchini, voice;  Phil Donkin, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
Julian Shore image
Julian Shore’s compositions are based around the expansion and development of the beautifully simple. Memorable, honest and effortless, the songs flow with the organic freedom found in jazz, but with the clarity of intent one might find in a lullaby. With two dextrous singers carrying the melodic duties, the music glides and skips whether the songs feature lyrics or ephemeral vocalese. Teaming up with acclaimed guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, Shore’s new record “Filaments” depicts moments, memories and ideas in vivid imagery, while remaining unpredictable and full of humor. He will be celebrating the album’s release at Cornelia Street Cafe with a showcase of the music featured on the record as well as some new previously unperformed compositions.

“Gorgeous vocals float atop the rhythmic palette laid down by Shore [and the rhythm section]. He’s an extremely precocious [and] serious musician.” --JAZZIZ magazine

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 21
Kat Georges, host

Zev Torres, Featured Poet;  TK, Guest Poet
Son of Pony image
Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 8 includes a drink

Ben Waltzer, piano;  Dwayne Burno, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Ben Waltzer Trio image
Brilliantly performed…very impressive. – Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of “100 Dreams Ago.” This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. – NY TIMES

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

Sep 22
Nacho Arimany, percussion

Rooted in the Mediterranean flavors of Flamenco, West Africa and South india, world-percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany engages the jazzy forms of Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz , the great taste and sensitivity of argentinean saxophonist Julio Botti along with Michael O'Brian's emotive bass lines in a colorful dialogue that brings an authentic approach to today's avant-garde music.

"Jazz and Flamenco may have crossed paths before, but Nacho Arimany brings a fresh approach with ideas that have yet to be discovered" ---- ALL ABOUT JAZZ

Nacho Arimany’s rich music career began at the age of six as a classical piano student and singer with RTVE Choir and National Orchestra of Spain. He has toured globally, and collaborated with artists from myriad musical traditions over the past 15 years. His debut Album Silence-Light, with his World-Flamenco Septet, including guitarist Lionel Loueke, was considered by All About Jazz one of the Top ten Jazz Albums of 2007, and has gained great reviews in France and Spain.

His performances as a flamenco percussionist have also been awarded and highly acclaimed in Spain and throughout Europe, alongside dancers Joaquin Cortés, Rafaela Carrasco, and Rocío Molina, among others. In 2010 he premiered with success an original duet in the US with Flamenco dancer Rafaela Carrasco at New York City Center's Fall For Dance Festival.

Nacho Arimany currently lives in New York City where he teaches principles of Healing with Sound & Music at the New York Open Center Music Institute, and Flamenco percussion master classes at NYU Steinhardt. He is recording and writing with artists such as Lizz Wright and Angelique Kidjo, and collaborating with La Mama Theatre in one of their newest productions: Nacho Arimany-Landscapes of the Soul, a multimedia show created and directed by Arimany that will premiere next October at La Mama-The Club Theatre.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Logan Richardson, alto sax;  Craig Taborn, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Nasheet Waits’ Equality is a band whose position and philosophy are revealed in the name. All members contribute material and have an equal responsibility for the execution of its content. The group’s first eponymous recording Equality was released in 2009 on the Fresh Sound label. The group included Jason Moran, Logan Richardson and Tarus Mateen. Equality has also been graced with the presence of Stanley Cowell, piano and John Hebert, bass. Whatever the personnel, a seamless nature exists. The goal simply is to offer creative music with energy and integrity.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Nasheet Waits' Equality Band image
Sep 23
Matthew Aucoin, piano, poetry
Matthew Aucoin: Recital and Reading image

Composer, poet, conductor, and pianist Matthew Aucoin will perform a recital/reading including -- but not limited to! -- his own compositions, his poetry, and his piano arrangements of everything from Verdi to Radiohead.

Matthew Aucoin is a composer, conductor, poet, and pianist. He is currently an assistant conductor at the Metropolitan Opera (The Tempest) and music director/composer-in-residence at the Peabody Essex Museum. A recent graduate of Harvard College, Matt's opera Hart Crane premiered this past spring at the Loeb Drama Center under his baton, and his opera From Sandover has been performed at Cornelia St. through the New York Composers' Collaborative; he is continuing his composition study at Juilliard. His poetry and prose has appeared in The Harvard Advocate, The Boston Globe, Plain China, and The Gamut. He recently made his symphonic debut with Boston's Longwood Symphony, and has served as music director of the Dunster House Opera and Opera Boston Underground as well as an assistant conductor/repetiteur at the Spoleto Festival, the Berliner Staatsoper, the Caramoor Festival, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Neel Murgai, sitar;  Rashaan Carter, bass;  Sameer Gupta, drums, tabla
Carnatic Sundays: NAMASKAR by Sameer Gupta image
NAMASKAR is a fresh and innovative approach towards Indian, jazz and soul music, embodying the integrative spirit of our time. The ensemble combines well known compositions from the Indian Golden Era of Bollywood with North and South Indian ragas, and modern American jazz in all its diversity, to craft an irresistibly beautiful artistic statement. Percussionist Sameer Gupta, known as one of the few percussionists representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian Classical music on tabla, leads a world-class ensemble featuring pianist Marc Cary, who adds an urban inflection with his vibrant acoustic piano and fender rhodes gliding effortlessly between jazz and Indian themes. Rounding out the ensemble are Carnatic violinist Arun Ramamurthy, sitarist Neel Murgai, and bassist Rashaan Carter.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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