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Monday,  Nov 19 - 6:00PM 
Joseph Biehl, curator, host

Jody Azzouni, philosopher, author
Philosophy Series: Non-Conscious Knowing: Drones, Cash Machines and Roomba image

We think being conscious is special. Computers and drones are formidable but they’re not conscious. Maybe so, but can a being or entity think and know things without being conscious? Absolutely. Consciousness isn’t needed for that. Indeed, consciousness isn’t needed for a lot of things, which raises a big question: What is consciousness for?

Bio: Jody Azzouni is a philosopher originally from Brooklyn who also writes short stories. His philosophy books include Semantic Perception, and Ontology Without Borders, among many others. Among his short stories are “We’re Wolves,” and “The Meaning of Life.” You can find more of his fiction and poetry at He teaches at Tufts University.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Nov 19 - 8:30PM 
Vincent Kiray Gaby Pho Jasmine Lavariega Eli Pandolfi, french horn;  and Mark Gould, trumpet
Orchestra Confidential: Book Launch image

Mark Gould, through music and commentary, will share his new book, Orchestra Confidential, with stories from life inside the Metropolitan Opera orchestra.

Mark Gould, former co-principal trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, teaches at Julliard School of Music and Mannes and the New School, and is founder and bandleader of Pink Baby Monster.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Nov 20 - 6:00PM 
Robin Hirsch, stories;  Janet R. Kirchheimer, poems, film;  Raquel Solomon, music;  Ann Weiss, storytelling
Kristallnacht: An 80th Anniversary Commemoration image
Eighty years ago (on November 9, 1938) all over Germany, at the instigation of the Nazi government, Jewish businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and synagogues were ransacked, torched and gutted. In English, it is sometimes referred to as The Night of Broken Glass because of the shattered windows and the shards of glass which littered streets all over Germany.

Janet R. Kirchheimer is the author of HOW TO SPOT ONE OF US (2007). She is currently producing AFTER, a cinematic documentary that explores poetry written about the Holocaust featuring the works of renowned, contemporary poets. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, as well as online publications. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and received a Drisha Institute for Jewish Education Arts Fellowship. Janet teaches a variety of creative writing workshops and Jewish-themed classes and is a gold-star, licensed New York City sightseeing guide.

Robin Hirsch is a former Oxford, Fulbright and English-Speaking Union Scholar and the author of the acclaimed memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, for portions of which he received two NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowships. It has been called "one of the best books ever written on the long arm of the Holocaust" (Jewish Book News), "a luminous evocation of a vanished European world, masterfully performed" (American Theatre Magazine), and "completely glorious" (The Village Voice). On Kristallnacht, Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Minister of Propaganda, commandeered a suite at the Hotel Kempinski to watch the Fasanenstrasse synagogue, where Robin's famiy had worshiped for generations, burn to the ground. In 1977, together with two other artists, he founded the Cornelia Street Café

Raquel Solomon is a poet, guitarist, and songwriter/composer. Her poetry has appeared in various journals and is forthcoming in Mudfish

Ann Weiss is the daughter of two survivors from Poland. She has worked as a researcher, writer, documentary filmmaker, librarian and educator. In October of 1986, during a tour of Auschwitz, she unexpectedly came upon a locked archive whose contents were to become the inspiration for THE LAST ALBUM: Eyes from the Ashes of Auschwitz-Birkenau. There she discovered over 2000 personal photographs, confiscated from Jews deported in 1943. These were the photos they couldn’t leave behind. Millions of photos were brought by millions of people to Nazi slave labor and death camps, but there was a secret Nazi edict to destroy not only the people, but also the symbols of their memories, i.e. all their personal photos, all their letters and all their drawings. Historians have surmised that, out of all the transports, only the photos from this one transport miraculously survived.
 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Nov 20 - 8:00PM 
Chet Doxas, tenor sax;  Ethan Iverson, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
Chet Doxas  Trio image

Saxophonist, Chet Doxas, welcomes pianist, Ethan Iverson and bassist, Thomas Morgan for a set of improvised music and standards. Together, these three musicians will find their way through an evening of music that is sure to promise some magic moments.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Nov 20 - 9:30PM 
Marianne Solivan, voice;  Matt Nelson, tenor sax;  Kenny Brooks, tenor sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Kenneth Salters, drums;  Sam Bevan, bass
Evan Francis Sextet image

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." MLK

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Nov 21 - 6:00PM 
Felix Jarrar, piano/composition;  Eugenia Forteza, soprano;  Inbal Milliger, mezzo-soprano;  Michael Kelly, baritone
Felix Jarrar and friends image

Award-winning composer and pianist Felix Jarrar presents a recital that includes a diverse selection of art songs and operatic excerpts. Soprano Eugenia Forteza, mezzo-soprano Inbal Milliger, and baritone Michael Kelly will perform alongside Jarrar at the piano.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Nov 21 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Tobias Meinhart, tenor sax;  Ingrid Jensen, trumpet;  Yago Vazquez, piano;  Marcos Varela, bass;  Jesse Simpson, drums
Tobias Meinhart Quintet, Vinyl Release & Film Screening image

The Band is releasing their limited Vinyl Special Edition (Neuklang Records). It was recorded live during a tour in Europe, which was also the subject for a documentary by filmmaker Mariana Meraz. The film will be shown before the concert.

The quintet has been playing together for many years and developed a level of trust where anything is possible.

'One of the best Cds I heard this year' - -Rochester City Newspaper

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Nov 22 - 6:00PM 
Happy Thanksgiving!!! image

Join us for our celebrated annual Thanksgiving feast (see link below for menu details)! But make reservations soon as we will fill up!

Friday,  Nov 23 - 6:00PM 
Joe Pino, trumpet/flugelhorn;  Santiago Leibson, piano;  Emiliano Lasansky, bass;  Andrew Kushnir, drums
Joe Pino & The Keep It Movin’ Quartet  image

High energy, straight-ahead bebop. Featuring Joe’s original compositions and arrangements, with influences of Freddie Hubbard and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Nov 23 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
John McNeil, trumpet;  Jeremy Udden, saxophone;  Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass;  tba, drums
Hush Point image

The members of the iconic quartet Hush Point have set aside their political differences and accusations of infidelity in order to prepare a large gaggle of jazz compositions that show off their trademark brilliance and inventiveness to good advantage. They plan to present this same gaggle at the venerable Cornelia Street Café on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. You, the fortunate partakers, will have your holliday season dreams fulfilled.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Saturday,  Nov 24 - 6:00PM 
Albert Marques, piano;  Pablo Menares, double bass;  Raphael Pannier, drums;  Victor Pablo, percussion

Albert Marques is a Catalan transplant from Spain whose passion at the piano is only matched by his huge humanity and kindness. This is not cartoon jazz, or a stereotypical Latin Jazz quartet. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment. Every note is played with grit, reality, and love. – Arturo O’Farrill

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Nov 24 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
John McNeil, trumpet;  Jeremy Udden, saxophone;  Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass;  tba, drums
Hush Point image

The members of the iconic quartet Hush Point have set aside their political differences and accusations of infidelity in order to prepare a large gaggle of jazz compositions that show off their trademark brilliance and inventiveness to good advantage. They plan to present this same gaggle at the venerable Cornelia Street Café on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. You, the fortunate partakers, will have your holliday season dreams fulfilled.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Nov 25 - 6:00PM 
Roberta Michel, flute;  Kenji Haba, guitar
Flute and Guitar: Roberta Michel & Kenji Haba image

Guitarist, Kenji Haba together with a lyrical flutist, Roberta Michel, presents flute & guitar music by Maximo Pujol, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov, and more.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Nov 25 - 8:00PM 
Matt Panayides, guitar, comp.;  Matt Vashlishan, ewi;  Robert Sabin, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Matt Panayides: Field Theory NYC image

Formed in the Spring of 2018 Field Theory has been performing and creating new music in venues throughout the New York area. Created by composer and guitarist Matt Panayides, it features Matt Vashlishan on wind synth (EWI), Bob Sabin on bass and Mark Ferber on drums. This quartet has been playing together in a variety of configurations and settings for more then a decade. In this project the band explores a more electrified space, with a unique texture formed between the wind synth and the electric guitar. Grounded by the supportive upright bass and enveloped within a cushion of rhythm, this music is alive. The group is excited to be returning once again to Cornelia Street Cafe to debut the project in this unique and beloved space. Over this past summer, Panayides took the compositions and spirit of the group to Asia. He performed this music to packed houses in both Seoul and Shanghai collaborating with a variety of well known local musicians.

"Panayides entertains and impresses in equal measure. A major new talent for new times.”--Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Nov 25 - 9:30PM 
Burak Bedikyan, piano;  Jed Levy, saxophone;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Tim Horner, drums

Burak Bedikyan is an international jazz pianist and a prolific composer who released four critically acclaimed albums on the prestigious SteepleChase Records. Pursuing his career in NYC since 2017, the Turkish/Armenian artist joins forces with veteran saxophonist Jed Levy and the solid rhythm section featuring Peter Brendler on bass and Tim Horner on drums. The band will perform a set of Bedikyan's originals from his previous albums as well as some of his new compositions.

"His intelligent inventiveness and charming virtuosity have all coalesced into a superb and mature work. If he stays the course Bedikyan is certainly assured a bright future and a promising career”--All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Nov 26 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Willa Carroll Eli Burrell Ricky Tykal Ray

Tonight, three estimable poets, Willa Carroll, Eli Burrell, and Ricky Tykal Ray will read from their recently published books. They'll be joined by V. Hansmann who will read a work-in-progress.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Nov 26 - 8:30PM 
Jocelyn Medina, voice, composition;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Matt Pavolka, bass
Jocelyn Medina Trio image

Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina returns to Cornelia Street Cafe, debuting fresh original material, explorations of world music from Brazil and India, and contemporary jazz repertoire, including selections from her new Kenny Wheeler tribute project. As a storyteller, Medina’s lyrics recount personal experiences that reflect universal themes and a socially conscious worldview, affirming through both music and words the theme of our shared commonality. Filling out her trio is long-time collaborator Pete McCann on guitar and Matt Pavolka on bass.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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