See the previous week's performances.   December 07-December 14, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Dec 07 - 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.

Thursday,  Dec 07 - 8:00PM 
MATT HOLMAN’S OUTLANDS
Matt Holman, trumpet, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums

Hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” Holman has distinguished himself as a a composer and soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles of our time include those led by Darcy James Argue, John Hollenbeck, and Fred Hersch. As a leader, Holman’s chamber jazz recordings When Flooded (2013, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) and The Tenth Muse (2017, New Focus Recordings) feature “richly orchestrated tapestries of sound and beautifully developed melodic ideas,” (Down Beat) that draw “inspiration from a large gamut of musical sources that stretch far beyond jazz” (Hot House).

Holman’s new project OUTLANDS features original music inspired by his native state of Arizona.


 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum    http://www.mattholman.com

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Thursday,  Dec 07 - 9:30PM 
NICK BRUST QUINTET
Nick Brust, sax;  Ben Eunson, guitar;  Tuomo Uusitalo, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums

"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" -Will Vinson


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http:// www.nickbrustjazz.com

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Friday,  Dec 08 - 6:00PM 
OBERMAN, GARDINIER, AND HELAL READ NEW WORK AND OLD
Miller Oberman Suzanne Gardinier Marwa Helal
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Join us for a night of poetry readings featuring Miller Oberman, Suzanne Gardinier, and Marwa Helal. Hear stories of change and boundary crossing, writing the body visible, and immigration.



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Dec 08 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
COLIN STRANAHAN’S PACEMAKER
Colin Stranahan, drums, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eden Ladin, piano;  Or Bareket, bass
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Pacemaker” is an appropriate name for a band led by a drummer, the beating heart of the rhythm section. But for drummer and bandleader Colin Stranahan, the name has a deeper, more mysterious meaning. Colin’s grandfather Glen had a pacemaker, and the device seemed to posses special powers in the mind of young Colin.

Playing wide-ranging sets of original compositions by Stranahan and his bandmates, as well as music by the drummer Paul Motian.


 $10 cover plus $15 minimum    http://www.colinstranahanmusic.com

Saturday,  Dec 09 - 6:00PM 
GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Penelope Karageorge, host

Jill McManus Boots Maleson Stephan Morrow
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The Greek-American Writers Association invites you to a dazzling evening of music, comedy, poetry and story. Acclaimed jazz pianist Jill McManus and the great bassist Boots Maleson will perform. Director/actor/author Stephan Morrow will premiere a new piece.

The Open Mic will astound you with its talented and original artists.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Dec 09 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
SCOTT LEE, CLONING AMERICANA
Scott Lee, bass, compositions;  Billy Drewes, reeds, compositions;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
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Cloning Americana explores the range of modern improvisational music in the context of the current political and cultural landscape. The group expresses their lament at how far we have moved away from the American values of respect, compassion, and tolerance.

" With the tactful touch of classic jazz, these established musicians craft an album at once effortlessly charming and heavy with nostalgia for the America of decades past. " " Such elegance and understatement maybe more revolutionary than wildly flaring saxophones and blaring drum rhythms. " --Sharon Mizrahi,NYC Jazz Record


 $10 cover plus $15 minimum    http://www.scottleemusic.com/

Sunday,  Dec 10 - 6:00PM 
TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME: FOUR VISCERAL CONTEMPORARY POETS
Philip Fried Rachel Eliza Griffiths Richard Hoffman D. Nurkse
Together For the First Time: Four Visceral  Contemporary Poets image @ Lynn Saville 2017

Four poets who have never shared a stage, and who each have recent celebrated publications, will offer cutting edge responses to the challenge facing every artist in America today --or present poems whose only purpose is to tease out an inner truth.



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Dec 10 - 8:00PM 
ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: NOA FORT QUARTET
Or Bareket, host

Noa Fort, voice;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzek, drums;  tba, piano
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Israeli born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds. Recently regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting and original artists” (New York Music Daily), she draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, tabla studies, jazz singing and rock/punk/ska keyboard playing into her original music.


 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Dec 10 - 9:30PM 
ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: IDAN MORIM QUINTET
Idan Morim, guitar;  Adam O'Farill , trumpet;  Micha Gilad, piano;  Almog Sharvit, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Idan Morim, a young guitarist making a name for himself in the NYC Music scene over the last few years, will be performing his original music along side a band of unique and powerful talents. Performing under his projects name I.M Idans work is rooted in Jazz and improvised music while reaching into different music spheres along the way.


 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Dec 11 - 6:00PM 
BEYOND THE MARKETPLACE MELTING POT: A RETURN TO MEANINGFUL MUSIC CLASSIFICATION
Joseph Biehl, curator

Jason Cutmore
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Tonight, our acclaimed Philosophy series returns!

It has been said that there are not different "types" or categories of music, only good music and bad music. How can we know the difference between good and bad music however? Well, on some accounts, there are indeed different types ('low' vs 'high' art), some of which are by definition bad, others good. Yet, on other accounts, music is music – there are no essential differences in kind, and it is simply each listener's favorable or unfavorable reaction to any given song or piece of music that decides its quality. In very broad strokes, these two contrasting orientations represent attitudes common in modernist and postmodernist theories, respectively. In the former, Western classical music was privileged (unjustly, in some respects) above all other kinds. However, the latter orientation, which is currently in fashion, seems to reduce all musical meaning and appraisal to little more than our own mental projections. In this presentation, a third, alternative way to identify musical "types" is proposed, one that seeks to illuminate meaningful musical distinctions in the natures and functions of three musical kinds (folk, mass, and art music), with some surprising results. A brief piano performance will precede the talk.



 $10.00 includes a drink    http://www.philosophy.nyc

Monday,  Dec 11 - 8:30PM 
CABARET CLASSIQUE RIDES AGAIN AT CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
Lisa Daehlin, soprano;  Tor Morten Kjřsnes, piano
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 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Tuesday,  Dec 12 - 6:00PM 
NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Nicole Ferraro, host

Jean Le Bec Asher Novek Thomas Pryor Gianmarco Soresi
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HEAR STORIES! TELL STORIES!

Featured stories by Jean Le Bec, Asher Novek, Thomas Pryor, and Gianmarco Soresi

Have a 5-minute story to tell? Sign up for our 5-for-5 open mic!



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Dec 12 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
CARMEN STAAF'S "DAY DREAM" ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Carmen Staaf, piano, comp.;  Nicole Zuraitis, voice;  Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Jon Michel, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Carmen Staaf's

After graduating from the Thelonious Monk Institute in 2016 (where she studied under Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock), pianist and composer Carmen Staaf has been increasingly busy as a side person, performing with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Thana Alexa, Allegra Levy, Joe Phillips and Numinous, and many others. She is also a uniquely personal composer and arranger, drawing from the jazz tradition as well as her experience with klezmer, classical, Cuban and South Indian genres.

For her new record "Day Dream", Staaf enlists a star-studded ensemble to interpret her extraordinary arrangements of jazz classics and originals. Featuring vocals, horns, bass, drums, kora and percussion, this diverse group explores familiar songs with creativity, grace and innovation.

"A most impressive pianist" - Bob Brookmeyer


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.carmenstaaf.com

Wednesday,  Dec 13 - 6:00PM 
INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Andrey Gritsman, host

David Lehman
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Intercultural Poetry presents Russian Poetry in Translation

Poets presented: Vadimir Mayakovsky, Vladislav Khodasevich, Osip Mandestam, Anna Akhmatova; contemporary Russian poets - Vladimir Gandelsman and Vladimir Druk.

David Lehman, great American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief of Best American Poetry https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/david-lehman

Andrey Gritsman, Russian-American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief of Interpoezia www.andreygritsman.com


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Dec 13 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
NEW YORK BOJAIRA PROJECT
Alfonso Cid, flamenco vocals, flute;  Jesús Hernández, piano;  Tim Ferguson, bass;  Mark Holen, drums
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The fusion between Jazz and Flamenco is one of the most exciting musical and artistic expressions emerging in the world today. The result, in the case of The New York Bojaira Project, is a powerful combination of energy and subtlety on stage. An original and versatile fusion, blending the depth and intensity of jazz harmony and improvisation, with the excitement of flamenco rhythms.

"This is excellent contemporary Flamenco... A must for music lovers of all kinds."--Patrick Dalmace, Jazz Hot Magazine, Paris, France.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.newyorkbojairaproject.com/

Thursday,  Dec 14 - 6:00PM 
JESSICA CRANDALL AND ELLEN MANDEL
Soprano Jessica Crandall sings music by Ellen Mandel

Jessica Crandall, vocals;  Ellen Mandel, piano, composition
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Jessica and Ellen perform lyrical, dramatic, and humorous songs from their new CD I SO LIKED SPRING, with texts by Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and more! When Crandall sings Mandel, the music soars!

Mandel’s music is “Ardent, spiky, and freshly organic” NY Times



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://ellenmandel.com

Thursday,  Dec 14 - 8:00PM 
NITZAN GAVRIELI TRIO
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Rick Rosato, 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.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.nitzangavrieli.com

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Thursday,  Dec 14 - 9:30PM 
ZYGMON
Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Felix Lecaros, drums;  Seth Trachy, tenor sax
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Zygmon performs modern instrumental adaptations of Cameroonian Baka Pygmy music. A melding of diverse influences with the music of one of the oldest cultures on the planet.

"Music driven by a subtle twilight infused pulsation, one is confused as to whether traveling forward or backwards in time" World Sound Review


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.sethtrachy.com

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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