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Photographs by Linda Zecchino

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Thursday
Sep 28
6:00PM  FIVE LIVE: AN EVENING OF ENGAGING PROSE
Paul Beckman Karen Moulding Peg Alford Pursell Thaddeus Rutkowski Laurie Stone
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Join us for a night of readings featuring Paul Beckman, Karen Moulding, Peg Alford Pursell, Thaddeus Rutkowski, and Laurie Stone -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

8:01PM  JIM BLACK TRIO
Elias Stemeseder, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Jim Black , drums
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After 12 years of leading his singer-less-songwriting-post-rock-improv band AlasNoAxis, Jim black goes in the absolute opposite musical direction by forming a new piano trio featuring one of the most in demand NY musicians, Desomnd White on bass, and the young Austrian pianist to watch out for, Elias Stemeseder.

Friday
Sep 29
6:00PM  SPUYTEN DUYVIL PRESENTS: POETS IN PERFORMANCE
Richard Blevins Janet Hamill Karen Corinne Herceg t thilleman Jeffrey Cyphers Wright Anton Yakovlev Michael Lewis Smith
Spuyten Duyvil Presents: Poets In Performance image

Richard Blevins, Janet Hamill, Karen Corinne Herceg, t thilleman, Jeffrey Cyphers Wright reading from their latest work with Anton Yakovlev as Moderator

With Musical Accompaniment from Michael Lewis Smith plus Q&A Panel

8:30PM  AUBREY JOHNSON GROUP
Aubrey Johnson, voice, comp.;  Matt Sheens, piano, comp.;  Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jeremy Noller, drums
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Aubrey Johnson is a vocalist and composer whose style is rooted in jazz, Brazilian, and creative contemporary music, with and without words. Since arriving in New York in 2011 she has been performing her original music and arrangements with her sextet, as well as doing considerable work as a side person in the jazz and classical scenes, and teaching at Queens College and Montclair State University. She is currently working on her debut album, which will be released on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label in May 2018. Aubrey has been called a "formidable vocalist" and "adept improviser" by the Boston Globe and Downbeat magazine describes her voice as "ethereal" and "hauntingly intimate".

  aubreyjohnsonmusic.com

10:00PM  LISANNE TREMBLAY “ECDYSES”
Lisanne Tremblay, violin, comp.;  Liberty Ellman, guitar;  Carlo De Rosa, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
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Lisanne Tremblay's latest project “Ecdyses” explores the ongoing processes of self-transformation through a journey that travels organically from various world music inspirations to free collective improvisations. Her new ensemble pushes the boundaries of instrumental roles and navigates through a renewed sonic world of intricate textures to express shared human experiences such as vulnerability and strength. The New York- based violinist and composer has shared the stage with outstanding artists such as Greg Osby, Liberty Ellman, Stephan Crump, John Hébert, Gerald Cleaver, and E.J. Strickland, and her distinctive approach captured the attention of many through her debut album “Violinization,” which was released in 2015 on Greg Osby’s “Inner Circle Music” label. “A gifted improviser with a highly unconventional yet utterly arresting melodic gift, Lisanne puts the full expressive powers of the violin on display and makes a compelling case for the instrument's broader inclusion in modern jazz.” Seton Hawkins, Hot House Jazz Magazine

  lisannetremblay.com

Saturday
Sep 30
6:00PM  LOVE.SEX.DEATH. A CABARET
Written and performed by Sarah Chalfy

Love.Sex.Death. A Cabaret image

Acclaimed singer and actress Sarah Chalfy performs her solo cabaret act, spanning two centuries and three languages, singing songs that explore the three most common subjects in all art: Love, Sex, and Death.

Sarah Chalfy is a musical denizen of cabarets, clubs, concert halls, cathedrals, and theaters throughout NY, the US, and Europe. Her repertoire spans the medieval through heavy metal, five languages and countless genres. She has been noted by the NY Times for her "appealing..dramatic bent and command of tone color", and her "clear tone, agility, and abundant spirit". She has performed with the likes of Paul Gemignani, Mark Morris, Richard Foreman, and Werner Herzog. She continues her exploration of the relationship between music and words with every performance she gives. Upcoming projects include a solo theatrical/cabaret show of early Italian arias, in the character of the Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi, and the release of her recently-recorded cabaret album.

  sarahchalfy.com facebook.com/sarahchalfy

8:35PM  MARIO PAVONE, VERTICAL SEXTET
Mario Pavone, bass, comp.;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Tony Malaby, tenor, soprano sax;  Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Peter McEachern, trombone;  Michael Sarin , drums

The group will play new music in support of its acclaimed new release on Clean Feed records.

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Sunday
Oct 01
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: ASTROBIOLOGY, ACCORDIONOLOGY
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Caleb Scharf, astrobiologist, author;  The Yorkvillians
Entertaining Science: ASTROBIOLOGY, ACCORDIONOLOGY image

Einstein once said that the most incomprehensible thing about the cosmos is that it's comprehensible. He didn't go far enough, the truly incomprehensible thing is that the universe can be comprehended by itself! Somehow this big, crazy universe has built structures out of itself capable of self-awareness, and capable of turning around and examining the universe in turn - the ultimate bootstrap. Piecing together how this happened is one of the 'big questions' facing science. Join astrobiologist and author Caleb Scharf in examining some of the evidence so far, from cosmic webs and dark matter, to trillions of planets, Earth's apparent unusualness, and new ways of thinking about the phenomenon we call life.

Joining in this exploration of life in the universe is the exciting new musical group The Yorkvillians. From the term for residents of the Yorkville neighborhood on the UES of Manhattan - this instrumental combo led by composer-bassist Dan Cooper and composer-accordionist William Schimmel makes its Cornelia St. Café debut. With Michiyo Suzuki - clarinet, and Max Maples - drum set. Original compositions, including Cooper’s ‘El Planeta Rojo’ and ‘Moon Almost Alive,’ reflect upon the evening’s theme.

8:35PM  DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, DAN LEVINSON
Koran Agan, host

Dan Levinson, clarinet;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Danny Weller, bass

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. Featured this month will be New York's own Dan Levinson. Joined by the host Koran Agan, Dan Levinson will perform repertoire of Django Reinhardt's compositions as well as some some standards favored by Django.

Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan Levinson’s roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program.

  http://www.danlevinson.com

DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Dan Levinson image
Monday
Oct 02
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

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.

  www.davidamram.com

Tuesday
Oct 03
6:00PM  FOUR WAY BOOKS & FRIENDS FALL 2017 LAUNCH READING
Kevin McIlvoy Kevin Pilkington Joan Silber
 Four Way Books & Friends Fall 2017 Launch Reading image

Join us for a reading with Four Way Books author Kevin McIlvoy (57 Octaves Below Middle C) and friends of the press Kevin Pilkington (Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems) and Joan Silber (Fools). Books will be available for sale and $10 gets you a drink.

  www.facebook.com/fourwaybooks

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: ROSE ELLIS - LIKE SONGS LIKE MOONS
Deborah Latz, curator

Rose Ellis, voice, compositions;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Luke Sellick, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
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New York based Dutch vocalist and songwriter Rose Ellis has a remarkable sensitivity for lyrics and melody. She recently released her album ‘Like Songs Like Moons’ which was received by critics as a “first rate debut album” (All About Jazz) and a “refreshing and lyrical centerpiece” (Albore jazz Japan). For her composition ‘Early In The Morning’ Rose received the ASCAP Composers Award 2016 at Lincoln Center.

Rose is “a real storyteller”(JazzFlits) and adds weight to her lyrics with her “crystal clear intonation, adept phrasing, and luminescent spirit” (Dan McClenaghan).

While much of her inspiration comes from jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, Rose always seeks to be original, relating to the world as it is today. Her concerts are intimate, engaging and exceptionally moving.
  www.roseellismusic.com

9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: COMPASS 'MARITIME COWBOY' RELEASE
Deborah Latz, curator

Christine de Michele, voice, piano, songwriting;  Christian Nourijanian, keyboards;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Dustin Kaufman, drums
VoxEcstatic: Compass 'Maritime Cowboy' Release image

Christine de Michele aka Compass is a published singer-songwriter who explores life’s curiosities through an ocean-minded lens. In 2017 Compass released her first LP ‘Maritime Cowboy’ - a concept album and character which nods to her past, present and future. After a 30-day public street performance experiment throughout New York City, and a chance encounter with GRAMMY-winning producer, Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith) Compass recorded Maritime Cowboy in the Catskill Mountain town of Kingston, NY.

"I love this soul-touching record." - Sony Music’s Vinny Rich

"When she sings, it's like the whole universe is speaking to all of us." - Evelyn Lindner, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
  www.iamcompassmusic.com

Wednesday Oct 04
6:00PM  DESERT FOXX + 1
Louis Cohen, guitar;  Mike DeiCont, bass;  Alex Kirkpatrick, drums;  Levon Henry, multi-instrumentalist
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Desert Foxx joins forces with improviser/singer-songwriter Levon Henry.

Desert Foxx is guitarist Louis Cohen (LA), upright bassist Mike DeiCont (Toronto), and drummer Alex Kirkpatrick (New Jersey). Their music is dynamically extreme and openhearted—rustic and lyrical like Neil Young, filtered through the cosmic fire of Albert Ayler with the patient contemplation of Paul Motian. Their debut release “Kill Together” was recorded and mixed by Yi-Wen Lai-Tremewan, mastered by the great David Torn, and released on the Amsterdam-based label Flea Boy Records.

This is a special quartet performance featuring Levon Henry - a woodwind multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer/arranger, and documentarian currently living in New York City.

  www.yourfriendsdesertfoxx.com www.levonhenry.com

8:00PM  NOAM WIESENBERG QUINTET
Philip Dizack, trumpet;  Immanuel Wilkins, alto sax;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Noam Wiesenberg, bass;  Kush Abadey, drums
Noam Wiesenberg Quintet image

After recording his first record as a leader, Noam Wiesenberg is bringing his band to Cornelia St. Cafe for the first live performance of this original & cinematic music from the record!

  www.noamwiesenberg.com

STREAMING LINK: https://youtu.be/CGFah2ExMEU

9:30PM  NITZAN GAVRIELI TRIO
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums

Since moving to New York in 2007, Israeli pianist and composer Nitzan Gavrieli has been performing nationally and internationally with his trio and as a sideman. Nitzan brings his new trio to Cornelia Street Cafe for a set of original music featuring some of New York's top musicians on the scene.

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Thursday
Oct 05
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

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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.

8:01PM  SAM BARDFELD TRIO, CD RELEASE: THE GREAT ENTHUSIASMS
Sam Bardfeld, violin;  Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums
Sam Bardfeld Trio, CD Release: The Great Enthusiasms image

CD Release for violinist Sam Bardfeld's new recording "The Great Enthusiasms" on BJUR records. The trio features Bardfeld (violin), Kris Davis (piano) and Michael Sarin (drums) and features music that falls somewhere in the overlapping vectors of inside, outside, and downtown jazz. Bardfeld is a member of the Jazz Passengers and a frequent collaborator with Bruce Springsteen. His previous recordings have earned acclaim (including 4 stars in Downbeat) and he has played festivals and clubs throughout Europe with his groups.

"Sam Bardfeld is a marvelously gifted violinist, composer and arranger" K. Leander Williams, TimeOutNY

  www.SamBardfeld.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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