See the previous week's performances.   February 23-March 02, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Feb 23 - 6:00PM 
Sally Bliumis-Dunn Cindy Beer-Fouy Peggy Ellsberg Jennifer Franklin Margo Taft Stever
Slapering Hol Press Reading: Featuring Spree MacDonald image

Slapering Hol Press Presents Spree MacDonald, winner of the 2016 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition. Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Cindy Beer-Fouy, Peggy Ellsberg, Jennifer Franklin, and Margo Taft Stever will read with MacDonald to celebrate the launch of his chapbook, Milksop Codicil.

"Into the 'headwaters of hurt' is where Spree MacDonald takes us, between branches that overhang and roots that trip, with a jambalaya of words and references that in the end prove the only way out of here. This writer uses his own weaknesses, his 'blunder toe,' to navigate a treacherous landscape, bringing the whole country to bear witness to the swamp living in its belly. At play with sound and music, he charges into this 'labor hood of Atlantis,' this 'poorly lit paradise.' Here is a spirit, wise, but not jaded, chided, but not overruled. Milksop Codicil is a poetic trance, full of bayou magic, and common sense." —Mervyn Taylor, author of The Waving Gallery

"A stunning contribution, and a gift of rare honey in rock hard times. McDonald combs through the ruins of empire, and environmental collapse with a punishing clarity to make something torn and new. Few thinkers have written so deftly of whiteness from within, and McDonald’s keen ear for the rites of black joy is a testimony to what a politics of love might sound like. This poetry dances us into revolution." —Tsitsi Jaji, author of Beating the Graves and Africa in Stereo

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Feb 23 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Perry Smith, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Johannes Felscher, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

The music for this performance was created while attending the Musicians in Residence program at the Banff Creative Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada. Drawing on such influences as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and continuing his process of turning words into sound, Paul Jones presents an evening of original music set in the Jazz idiom.

“creativity up to his eyeballs” (Midwest Review), a “force to be reckoned with” (StepTempest) 4 Stars Dowbeat Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Paul Jones Sextet image
Friday,  Feb 24 - 6:00PM 
Bernard Block, host

Phillip Giambri Pauline Findlay Fred Simpson Barbara Branca
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 16th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Feb 24 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Santi Debriano, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums

The latest album by Cuban drummer Francisco Mela and The Crash Trio entitled “FE,” represents many of the experiences he has encountered through his musical journey thus far. Mela views the project as a form of free expression that he’s developed by playing alongside master musicians such as Kenny Barron, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Gary Bartz, Gerald Cannon, Leo Genovese, and Chucho Valdés, and states “Much of my past is reflected in my new album, and through playing with The Crash Trio.”

“This Crash Trio production pushes contemporary jazz further into the future, and showcases Mela's development and musical growth as an artist, with more, assuredly to follow.”--All About Jazz, James Nadal

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 25 - 6:00PM 
Tahira Clayton, vocals;  Addison Frei, piano;  Tamir Shmerling, bass;  Curtis Nowosad, drums
Tahira Clayton + Trio image

Tahira Clayton returns to Cornelia Street Café with her trio. The group will dive into the contemporary jazz compositions of internationally acclaimed pianist, Addison Frei, as well as few favorite reimagined standards.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Feb 25 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Jeremy Powell, tenor sax;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Sam Minaie, bass;  tba, drums
Tom Chang Quintet image

Contemporary jazz guitarist, Tom Chang leads a quintet featuring some of the finest improvisers in the New York jazz scene. The music will encompass modern jazz to contemporary classical all with a heavy emphasis on groove and melody.

"What separates these tracks from other rock-leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It feels authentic. And then the brief funk tune "Scatterbrain" emerges about halfway though the album, there's chicken-scratch guitar and a simple yet heavy beat that screams The Meters. But later, things get eerie, as is someone was mixing funk with a New York jazz edge. That someone was Chang." --Brad Faberman (Downbeat Mag.)
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 26 - 3:00PM 
A solo, spoken word piece written and performed by Tulis McCall

This funny and gently in-your-face rumination muses on how we ignore and euphemize aging until we reach that tipping point where the future is shorter than the past. "If you are older than I, thank you for beating the bushes and leaving a trail,” says McCall. “If you are younger than I, think of me as waiting for you on the other side of your mid-life crisis. If you are my peer, welcome to the Bar Car. Drinks are on the house.”

“The spectacular Tulis McCall’s Are You Serious? is frank, funny, and refreshingly honest, tackling tough topics and taking the audience on a verbal roller coaster ride that feels both familiar and terrifying.” – Austin Fimmano, Plays to See.

“Frank, funny, and refreshingly honest” See More Plays

“Hilarious, touching, and provocative” Robert Creighton (Creator and star of Cagney)

WINNER - United Solo Festival 2016 - BEST STAND-UP

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Feb 26 - 6:00PM 
Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Jannina Norpoth, violin;  Nick Revel, viola;  Amanda Gookin, cello
Elektra Kurtis with PUBLIQuartet image

Elektra Kurtis’s new string series On the Wings of Strings

Elektra Kurtis and the PUBLIQuartet perform an eclectic program of original works Violinist and composer Elektra Kurtis will be joined by PUBLIQuartet, in a program of original compositions, interpretations and improvisations of romantic virtuosity, world music flair, and cutting edge modern sound. The members of PUBLIQuartet are Curtis Stewart, violin; Jannina Norpoth, violin; Nick Revel, viola; and Amanda Gookin, cello.

When speaking of the PUBLIQuartet, Ms. Kurtis says, “Expect to be transformed by a new generation of string players with a refreshing perspective on contemporary classical music. I am excited to perform with them and proud to have them play my music.”

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 26 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Sofia Ribeiro, voice;  Juan Andres Ospina, piano;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Marcelo Woloski, percussion
Sofia Ribeiro image

Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from Portugal, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a very deep connection to Portuguese traditional music - Fado - and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia's artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong, emotional and uplifting performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her warm and charming sound.

"Mar Sonoro" is a journey where emotions, images and poetry interact through Sofia's splendid voice and a superb ensemble of international top musicians living in New York. Blending elements of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music, the new album is once again the result of the powerful combination of this exceptional singer's talent as a vocalist and composer with the brilliant arrangements and production of Colombian pianist Juan Andres Ospina, including several original compositions, two 'fados', and adaptations of poems by Portuguese writers Fernando Pessoa and Sophia de Mello Breyner, and also by the Colombian writer Jose Asuncion Silva.

"A tasty, classy outing, this is that something else jazz sweet tooths have been looking for. "Chris Spector, Midwest Record, USA

"Sofia Ribeiro's agile, luminous voice is ideal, and sings with power and subtlety, superbly matched by Ospina, KIampanis and Woloski." Raul de Gama, The World Music Report

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Feb 27 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

Kay Iguh Hugo dos Santos Casey Walker Sofi Stambo
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  An Evening of Disquiet image

Tonight, join four representative readers of the Disquiet Literary Program: Kay Iguh, Hugo dos Santos, Casey Walker, and Sofi Stambo.

The DISQUIET International Literary Program aims to deepen mutual understanding among writers from North America and writers from Portugal. The seventh annual program will take place June 25–July 7, 2017, in Lisbon. The program takes its inspiration from The Book of Disquiet, the great Lisbon poet Fernando Pessoa’s masterpiece; from the city of Lisbon itself; and from the late Portuguese poet Alberto de Lacerda, who believed above all in the importance of literary community. DISQUIET is a project of US-based Dzanc Books and the Portuguese Centro Nacional de Cultura with support from the Luso-American Development Foundation and many other organizations.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Feb 27 - 8:30PM 
Dave Ross, guitar;  Eriq Robinson, trumpet;  William Hooker, drums/spoken word
William Hooker Trio

William Hooker presents a music and spoken word performance titled "At-One-Ment," featuring guitarist Dave Ross,Trumpeter Eriq Robinson and drummer/spoken word artist William Hooker.

"William Hooker is an artistic whole, a vast circle of vision and execution. A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines him as one of the most important composers and players in jazz." Thomas Stanley.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Feb 28 - 6:00PM 
Lisa Faith Phillips, writer, performer

Sean Mahony, piano
Faith in Love image

After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lisa Faith is back with her new show Faith in Love.

From hanging with Joey Ramone at CBGB’s and dancing with Bette Midler & Mick Jagger in their Beast of Burden video to the power of a great love letter, Lisa weaves her “wildly funny” (The Huffington Post) stories of love with humor and song. Sean Mahony is on piano.

Best of the Fringe! Phillips is an incredible storyteller. (DC Metro Theater Arts)

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 28 - 8:00PM 
Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Daniel Dor, drums

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta's tunes are rhythmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tell stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz. The Quintet's latest recording, "Partenika", was selected as one of the best 10 CD of 2016 by Ben Ratliff for The New York Times. The Jazz Journalist Assotiation, Downbeat and All Music also included this work among their best jazz recordings of the year. The Quintet will be presenting the new material that will be included on their next CD.

“It’s an ambitious record by a strong new group” Ben Ratliff for The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 28 - 9:30PM 
Carmen Staaf, piano;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Carmen Staaf Trio image

Under the mentorship of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock, pianist Carmen Staaf recently completed her two-year residency at the Thelonious Monk Institute. She returns to Cornelia St. Cafe with her trio featuring celebrated bassist Jorge Roeder and rising star drummer Colin Stranahan.

"Pianist Carmen Staaf is blessed with terrific timing, powerful technique, and a unique capacity to swing complex melodic and harmonic ideas." - Eli Newberger, The Berkshire Edge

"She swings! A most impressive pianist." - Bob Brookmeyer

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 01 - 6:00PM 
Charles Borkhuis Andrew Levy

Charles Borkhuis and Andrew Levy will read from their new books from BlazeVOX books and Chax Press respectively and sign books for sale after the reading.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Mar 01 - 8:00PM 
Mareike Wiening, drums;  Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Florian Weber, piano;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Johannes Felscher, bass
Mareike Wiening Quintet image

Brooklyn-based German drummer Mareike Wiening released her first album „Crosswalk" as a bandleader in 2014. Since then she has been successfully playing her music in Europe and the US. Wiening’s Quintet returns to Cornelia Street Café with an outstanding group of international musicians, including Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Florian Weber on Piano, Alex Goodman on Guitar and Johannes Felscher on Bass.

“Thoroughly modern, progressive jazz, Mareike Wiening’s music has many layers that unfold with each repeated hearing. The band as a unit is superb, with each soloist's voice clearly speaking, obviously inspired by the compositions, the arrangements and how the other players sound behind them.” (- All About Jazz 2014)
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 01 - 9:30PM 
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
Yuhan Su Quintet image

A native of Taiwan, New York based-vibraphonist Yuhan Su’s second album A Room Of One's Own is an intensely impressionistic work that captivates with its creative energy. The album has listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and also received the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan. The Yuhan Su Quintet returns to Cornelia with new music featuring Yuhan Su on vibraphone/compositions, Matt Holman on Trumpet/Flugelhorn, Alex LoRe on Saxophone, Petros Klampanis on Bass, and Nathan Ellman-Bell on Drums.

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Mar 02 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Josh, Deborah, 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.

Thursday,  Mar 02 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Gary Versace, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Rob Garcia, drums

The Rob Garcia 4 is a working group that has been, "among the vanguard of modern jazz" (The NYC Jazz Record) since 2009. Garcia has led them through performances at major venues and festivals around the world, such as Smalls Jazz Club, The Kitano, The Cornelia Street Cafe, Firehouse 12, Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, The Rex (Toronto), Jamboree (Barcelona), The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Kingston Jazz Festival (Canada) and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. The group has released four critically acclaimed albums on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. The latest, Finding Love In An Oligarchy On A Dying Planet, features Noah Preminger, Gary Versace, Masa Kamaguchi and special guests, jazz legend Joe Lovano, vocalist Kate McGarry, and actor, musician and activist Brendan Burke.

“Thoughtful original music delivered with rare conviction.” - Jazz Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Rob Garcia Quartet image
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