See the previous week's performances.  September 03-September 10, 2017 See the next week's performances.

See the previous week's performances. September, 2017 See the next week's performances.
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
27 28 29 30 31 1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30

* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
minimum per set
* Reservations for shows downstairs can only be made by phone:



All art is for sale. Please inquire

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!

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
Gualichu image

Leo Genovese presents a dynamic quartet of all star improvisers.

Sep 09
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Clara Francesca John Martello
Italian American Writers Association image

The Italian American Writers Association, on behalf of National Translation Month, presents: Celebrating Pirandello's 150th Birthday....with a dramatic bilingual reading by Clara Francesca & John Martello!

Ben Monder, guitar;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Andrew Cyrille, drums
Ben Monder Trio image

Ben Monder and Tony Malaby, whose musical relationship goes back 20 years, team up with veteran master drummer Andrew Cyrille for a night of sonic explorations.

"Mr. Monder has a deep rapport with Mr. Malaby: Depending on the moment, they can seem like dance partners, sparring partners or members of a relay team. What they create is hallucinatory, indebted both to free-jazz avatars like Albert Ayler and the combustible side of prig-rock. "--New York Times

Sep 10
Gordon Gilbert, host

Remembrances of 9-11 image

No politics, no rants, no diatribes. Only personal remembrances of that day, expressed in poetry, prose, music and song.

Featuring: Kathryn Adisman, Carol Alexander Rosalie Calabrese, Patricia Carragon, Steve Dalachinsky, Lewis Grupper, Bob Heman, Linda Kleinbub, Leilani McInerny, Linda Morales, Ronnie Norpel, Frank Perrero, Fred Simpson, Griselda Steiner, Zev Torres, and Barry Wallenstein

Jorn Swart, piano, comp.;  Benni von Gutzeit, viola;  Lucas Pino, bass clarinet

The Malnoia trio, featuring Swart with Benni von Gutzeit (of the Turtle Island Quartet) on viola, and Lucas Pino (whose "No Net Nonet" has had a residency at Smalls Jazz Club for over three years) on bass clarinet, possesses the ability to sweep the listener up in a moving musical experience that has been described as "hallucinogenic chamber music".

"Jorn is a musician of great sensibility, with a very inventive mind. He will surprise us, I'm sure, and so will his music." - Jean-Michel Pilc­

Malnoia trio image
Félix Lemerle, guitar;  Nathan Brown, bass;  Peter Traunmueller, drums
Nathan Brown Trio image

Every so often a musician and his ensemble come along and stamp their name on today’s musical landscape. With their new release “This is the Moment” (Release Date: September 8th, 2017), led by bassist Nathan Brown, the trio does just that. Joined on the new release by Felix Lemerle on guitar and Peter Traunmueller on drums, Brown and his comrades show why their musicianship and compositional skills are gaining the attention they deserve. The new release is a collection of original compositions along with interpretations of selections from Walter Davis Jr, Grant Green, Leslie Bricusse and Frederik Hollander. Jump on board with the Nathan Brown Trio and enjoy the ride.

Drum kit donated by

See the previous week's performances. PREVIOUS WEEK         Scheduled performances from September 03-September 10, 2017         NEXT WEEK See the next week's performances.

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