See the previous week's performances.   March 16-March 23, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Friday,  Mar 16 - 6:00PM 
Joseph O. Legaspi Aldrin Valdez Richard Jeffrey Newman
The Stories that Make Us: A Poetry Reading image

Three poets from different perspectives explore how the stories we tell make us who we are.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Mar 16 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Andy Milne, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Ralph Alessi and this against that image

Playing new music for upcoming recording for ECM records with special guest.

Reservations highly recommended

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 17 - 6:00PM 
Marvin Camillo,director

The Family Repertory Company's Series of Short Stories (staged reading) image

This is a staged reading of 3 of our 6 one-acts: Short stories that will be performed in late April (dates and locations tbd)!

Play: Petty @ the Pedi: Cast: Darius Journigan, Ruba Mansouri, Najat Washington, April Brucker, Elizabeth Marcano, Franklin Cisco Burns, Danielle Tyler, Perry Garrett Jr.

Play: The Purse: Cast: Traci Timmons, Nicole Choate

Play: Speech Therapy: Cast: Efren Sanchez, Franklin Cisco Burns

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 17 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mat Maneri, viola, comp.;  Lucian Ban, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums
Mat Maneri “DUST” image

Over the course of a twenty-five year career, Mat Maneri has defined the voice of the viola and violin in jazz and improvised music and “has changed the way the jazz world listens to the Violin & Viola” All About Jazz. Born in Brooklyn in 1969, Maneri has established an international reputation as one of the most original and compelling artists of his generation, praised for his high degree of individualism, a distinctive marriage of jazz and microtonal music, and his work with 20th century icons of improvised music. In 1990, Mat co-founded the legendary Joe Maneri Quartet with his father, drummer Randy Peterson and bassists Ed Schuller and John Lockwood. The quartet’s recordings for ECM Records, Hatology and Leo Records were widely acknowledged by critics and fellow musicians as among the most important developments in 20th century improvised music. Maneri’s 1999 solo debut on ECM Records marked his emergence as a musician with a singular, uncompromised voice. Since then, the long list of musicians with whom he has worked includes icons such as Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, Paul Motian and William Parker, as well as influential bandleaders such as Joe Morris, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp, Marilyn Crispell, Joelle Leandre, Kris Davis, Tim Berne and Craig Taborn. Maneri’s recordings as a leader (trio, quartet and quintet) have been documented on Hatology, Aum Fidelity, Leo Records and Thirsty Ear.

Mat will bring his newly formed quartet DUST featuring some of today’s best improvisers – bassist John Hebert, pianist Lucian Ban and drummer Randy Peterson. The quartet will feature prominently Mat’s music and material from a recorded session to be released as DUST. (M.M. photo by Antonio Porcar).

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Sunday,  Mar 18 - 6:00PM 
Michiyo Suzuki, clarinet;  Gene Pritsker, guitar;  Mat Fieldes, bass;  Cesare Papetti, percussion
CompCord Ensemble image

CompCord Ensemble takes the stage at Cornelia Street Café to present an eclectic program of new chamber compositions for clarinet, electric guitar, electric bass, and drum set. Clarinet wizard Michiyo Suzuki, composer-guitarist Gene Pritsker, bassist extraordinaire Mat Fieldes, and the multitalented drummer-percussionist Cesare Papetti perform music of Lukas Ligeti, Erwan Borek, Ginka Mizuki, and Dan Cooper, as well as new compositions written especially for the event: 'Citi-zen' by Debra Kaye, and 'Pilgrimage' by Gene Pritsker.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Mar 18 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Billy Drummond , drums
Michael Blanco Quartet image

Bassist and composer Michael Blanco returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe with an all-star line up of collaborators: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, guitarist Mike Moreno, and master drummer Billy Drummond. The quartet will be supporting their latest album release Spirit Forward on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and will be performing compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies".

"Sporting a rich, dark sound on the bass, Michael Blanco has been a highly sought-after talent since arriving in New York in 2000. A gifted bassist whose muscular lines are matched by lyrical upper register work on his solos, Michael particularly shines as a composer."-- Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Mar 19 - 6:00PM 
Joseph Biehl, curator

Nickolas Pappas, author
Philosophy Series: Magical Art: The Power of Images in Hitchcock's Vertigo image

Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo is a brilliant, suspenseful mystery exploring the often dangerous intimacy between love, compulsion, and death. It is also a profound meditation on the power of art. While it invites us to go on seeing art as a mimesis - a "representation," or "imitation" of life - it also cryptically asks whether art objects might do more than merely represent life, even whether they might exercise power over death. James Stewart's Scotty has been compared to Orpheus in quest of Eurydice; I suggest that he's worth comparing to Admetus, who wished he could be Orpheus, and who imagines clinging to a statue to recapture his lost wife. The spell cast by Hitchcock in Vertigo shows us just how bewitching art can be when it has us under its sway.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Mar 19 - 8:30PM 
Noa Fort, voice, piano;  Josh Deutsh, trumpet;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Noa Fort image

Noa Fort, whose music transcends category but is influened by Jazz and free improvised music, returns to Cornelia St Cafe for a set of music from her debut album that was released in January 2018, as well as newer music. She is joined by Josh Deutsh on trumpet, Dan Loomis on bass and Ronen Itzik on drums.

" Over the past few years, pianist/singer Noa Fort has been concretizing a remarkably terse, succinct, purposefully pensive sound that draws on her jazz background as well as western classical music and her own Israeli heritage... Fort expands into the darkly lyrical, neoromantically glittering terrain that’s become her signature sound over the past few years." -New York Music Daily

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 20 - 6:00PM 
Caleb Curtis, alto saxophone;  Jeremy Powell, soprano/tenor saxophone;  André Matos, guitar;  André Carvalho, double bass, composition;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
André Carvalho Group image

With two releases under his name, the Portuguese bass player André Carvalho, has been intensely dedicated to composition since he first picked up the bass. He has a special vision in conjuring his own groups and he is currently preparing and composing for his first stateside release.

His first two albums, "Hajime" and "Memória de Amiba" show Carvalho's highly personal perspective in music featuring an original blend of contemporary jazz with elements from Portuguese music. Both projects got raving reviews from Portuguese and International media. André was awarded the prize "Carlos Paredes" in 2012, a prestigious prize that recognizes Portuguese music projects, as well as a "Best Group" recognition in the Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

“André Carvalho is a Portuguese bassist and composer with an attractive compositional voice well founded in the modern trends of jazz… Carvalho, who recorded two albums so far…, reveals cleverness in the way he composes. In addition to the pleasurability one can feel while absorbing melodies and grooves, there’s always a certain amount of ambiguity that floats in the air and keeps us focused on its textures.” —

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 20 - 8:00PM 
Steve Sandberg, piano;  Joe Deninzon, violin;  Michael O’brien, bass;  Tiago Michelin, drums
Steve Sandberg Quartet image

The Steve Sandberg Quartet blends classical and world music genres with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. Both exhilarating and deeply poetic, the Quartet fulfills Sandberg’s lifelong dream to create original compositions that draw on his extensive experience with world and classical music, and present them in a live acoustic band. Sandberg has toured with David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, Ruben Blades, Mario Rivera, and was nominated for three Emmys for his music for “Dora the Explorer.” “a breathtaking composite of world music, jazz, and classical expressions. In other words, it's Sandberg's whole musical existence merging into a single stream. In these eight tracks, he delivers unto us an exultant music that's incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.”--Dan Bilawsky (All About Jazz)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 20 - 9:30PM 
Tomoko Omura, 5 string violin;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Tomoko Omura Roots quintet image

Tomoko Omura Roots Quintet is a modern jazz quintet that plays Tomoko's compositions, inspired by Japanese culture, person, folk tales and melodies. Following the 2015 release of “Roots”, the quintet is working on the next album with a whole new set of music.

“With a clear and sturdy violin attack, and an inventive voice as an improviser…[Tomoko] is a rising talent worth watching” - New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 21 - 6:00PM 
Cancelled Due To Weather!!

Keisha-Gaye Anderson Terence Degnan Candace Wiley Anton Yakovlev Tianna Romero McLardy
Voices of Poetry – Back in the City image

Join us at this great venue in the heart of Greenwich Village – which has been (justly) called a literary landmark - for an evening of exceptional poetry & music, featuring four acclaimed poets and amazingly talented musician (making her NYC debut).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Wednesday,  Mar 21 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sheila Jordan, vocals;  Cameron Brown, bass
Sheila Jordan & Cameron Brown image

It started in Toledo, Ohio, early 50’s, Sheila sitting in with Charles Mingus and Lee Konitz: she said, “but there’s no piano.” Charles said, “you don’t need a piano.” She sang and she was hooked: on the sound, on the silence, on the transparency, on the freedom. It became her favorite way to perform. When she approached Cameron to join her, nearly 20 years ago, it was a dream come true for him. Not only because it was Sheila, not only because he knew how much it would mean to his growth as a musician, not only because of his love for the human voice, but also because it fit right in with his affinity for the transparent sound he had found playing with Don Cherry. Sheila did jazz operas with Don, shares a birthday with him and has written lyrics to his songs. You’ll hear these as well as standards, jazz standards, original music, lyrics and poetry. Sheila and Cam take you back to her dear friend, Charlie Parker; they delight in having all of modern jazz history at their fingertips. And the duo format colors everything they play with a particular intensity, intimacy and poignancy. Sheila was designated a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012.

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 21 - 9:30PM 
Sheila Jordan, voice;  Cameron Brown, bass

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum 
Thursday,  Mar 22 - 6:00PM 
Mark Wagenaar John Barr Jim Tilley Ellen Rachlin
Red Hen Press at Cornelia Street Cafe image

Red Hen Press presents Mark Wagenaar, John Barr, Jim Tilley, and Ellen Rachlin for a night of poetry and literature!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Mar 22 - 8:00PM 
Jen Shyu, vocals, moon lute, gayageum, soribuk drum, biwa, piano, dance, gong
Jen Shyu's Nine Doors image

2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2017 Downbeat Rising Star Female Vocalist Jen Shyu will perform her solo work Nine Doors 1st set and an improvised duo with the unparalleled and world-renowned guitarist Ben Monder (2014 Doris Duke Impact Awardee) on the 2nd set. Nine Doors is a powerful and ecstatic piece that evokes at spiritual levels both personal and global. It was inspired by the loss of Shyu’s friend Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” who died with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident at the age of 30. Raharjo was a master of the Javanese art of shadow puppetry called wayang kulit. His 6-year-old daughter, who survived the crash, is the central character in Shyu’s piece. Time stops as she encounters powerful female legends—from the Wehali Kingdom of Timor to the Korean folkloric myth of Baridegi, the mother of all shamans—who become her guides. A mysterious phone booth in a gardener's yard in Otsuchi, Japan, which has become a comfort to the families who lost loved ones in the 2011 Tsunami, also enters into the story, with the gardener having given Shyu permission to compose a piece with his poetry titled “Phone of the Wind” (“Kaze no Denwa”). The work reflects the parallels that exist between life and death, different cultures, and the importance of empathy over destructive assumptions that divide humanity.

Jen Shyu is " of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music..." -- David Hadju, The Nation

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum,

Thursday,  Mar 22 - 9:30PM 
Jen Shyu, voice, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar
Jen Shyu, Ben Monder Duo image

Shyu and Monder have performed duo many times, each time completely different with new insights and never-heard-before texts and textures.

Jen Shyu is " of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music..." -- David Hadju, The Nation

“Ben Monder is a very evolved kind of musician — great chord voicing and just excellent playing.” —Pat Metheny

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Mar 23 - 6:00PM 
Nick Brust, sax;  Ben Eunson, guitar;  Tuomo Uusitalo, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Nick Brust Quintet image

"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

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Mar 23 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ben Street, bass
Dan Weiss Trio image

With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

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