See the previous week's performances.   March 08-March 15, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Mar 08 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, host and curator

The Imperfect Perfect Show image

The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producer Terry Moore. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Thursday,  Mar 08 - 8:00PM 
Emi Makabe, voice, shamisen, comp.;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion;  Thomas Morgan, bass
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Emi Makabe is a Japanese vocalist and composer based in New York City. Her songs encompass jazz, pop, classical, and improvised music, as well as her background in Japanese music. She sings in English, Japanese, and without lyrics. Since completion of her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 2015 she has performed her original music with her band, string quartet, and solo, singing and playing shamisen, a Japanese traditional string instrument.

"rapturous, adventurous Japanese folk-influenced jazz" by New York Music Daily

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Mar 08 - 9:30PM 
Thomas Morgan, bass;  Margit Nejlima, bass
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The two bass players bring their book of music and invite everyone to a performance with intimacy and transparency as leading directives.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  Mar 09 - 6:00PM 
Jasper Dutz, alto saxophone, bass clarinet;  Chris "Stomp" Garriga, drums;  John Koozin , bass
Three Hunters Premiere: Jazz Trio image

Jasper Dutz, Chris "Stomp" Garriga, and John Koozin are three working musicians in the NYC area and beyond. They have performed in ensembles together at venues including Nublu, Rockwood Music Hall, The Glassbox Theater, and Cornelia St. Cafe. However, they are excited to perform as a trio titled "Three Hunters" for the first time at Cornelia St. Cafe. Their music is inspired by jazz, folk, and classical music, as well as the folklore created by J.R.R. Tolkien and more.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Mar 09 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Tom Rainey, drums
Ben Monder, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey Trio image

Ben Monder and Tony Malaby, whose musical relationship goes back 20 years, team up with veteran master drummer Tom Rainey 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

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Saturday,  Mar 10 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Laura Caparotti Angela Alaimo O’Donnell
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Tonight, IAWA welcomes Laura Caparotti and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Mar 10 - 8:30PM 
Courtney Hartman, guitar, voice
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Lauded as one of the great guitarists of her generation, Courtney brings equal command as both a singer and writer. Her songs are ruminations on her travels; luminous melodies interwoven between guitar and voice.

“A distinctive guitar stylist... and a songwriter that delights and disturbs.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 10 - 10:00PM 
Celia Woodsmith, voice;  Johnny Duke, guitar;  Justin Goldner, bass;  John Hadfield, percussion
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Grammy nominated songwriter and performer Celia Woodsmith is a force to be reckoned with. The vocal lovechild of Bonnie Raitt and Mahalia Jackson, Woodsmith combines her vocal prowess and songwriting chops together for a riveting live performance.

"Unvarnished and Intimate (...) But then sounds like she's about to part the dead sea" -Boston Globe

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 11 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Tori Piskin, Grisbel Cabrera, Stephen Davis and Lauren Ashley Smith.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Mar 11 - 8:00PM 
Benjamin Sutin, violin;  Elijah Shiffer, alto sax;  Alec Goldfarb, guitar;  Robbie Lee, piano;  Mat Muntz, bass;  Tim Rachbach, drums
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Founded by violinist and composer Benjamin Sutin, in 2014, Klazz-Ma-Tazz blurs the boundaries of labels and genres. Rooted in the contemporary jazz fusion idiom, their music explores a unique chemistry of worldly musical influences and are dedicated to performing and recording original compositions and uniquely reimagined interpretations of traditional folk music from around the world, catered to a nostalgic yet progressive audience. Klazz-Ma-Tazz released their debut album, Tangibility, in September, 2015 on OneTrickDog* Records. The album has since received airplay on radio stations across the US and has multiplied the band’s global fan base. Tangibility was launched with sold out sets at Greenwich Village's cultural haven, The Cornelia Street Cafe to rave reviews by Fred Stal of RG Magazine, who described the music: “Wild, yet reserved, the music of Klazz-Ma-Tazz will surprise you, excite you and calm you, all in one sitting”.

"...a truly extraordinary, inimitable group who deserve to be vastly better known than they are." - New York Music Daily

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 11 - 9:30PM 
Astrid Kuljanic, voice;  Alex Perry, piano;  Mat Muntz, bass;  Zack O'Farrill , drums

Renowned for her complex musical sensibility and supple sound, Croatian vocalist, arranger and composer Astrid Kuljanic has immersed herself in an eclectic variety of musical traditions. Her love for jazz brought her to New York, where she had the opportunity to study and perform with world-class musicians, including Theo Bleckman, Gretchen Parlato and Rogerio Boccato at Manhattan School of Music, obtaining Master of Music in Jazz Performance. Astrid’s wide range of interests led her to study Brazilian percussion, Indian classical music, and live performance with electronics.

"Astrid and her players sound like they’re having a blast and the music is again hard to classify, but the whole thing is head-spinning good."--World Music Central

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Astrid Kuljanic Quartet image
Monday,  Mar 12 - 6:00PM 
Katherine Ella Wood, vocals;  Jonathan M. Michel, bass;  Charles Goold, drums;  Reuben Allen, piano
Katherine Ella Wood & the Jazz Festivity image

Tonight we'll be celebrating the joy of life, sharing some of our favorite jazz standards with unique arrangements that also pay tribute to our Caribbean, American, and Eastern European histories. On the bandstand will be Jonathan M. Michel on Bass, Charles Goold on Drums, Reuben Allen on Piano, and Katherine on Vocals—it'll be her birthday show and Cornelia St. Café premiere!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Mar 12 - 8:30PM 
Sabina Petra, composer/writer

Ally Bonino Laura Yen Solito Natasha Thweatt Sabina Petra Wiley DeWeese, piano
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MERCURY is a brand new musical that tells the courageous story of Geraldyn Cobb: a woman who battled for her right to go into space before Alan Shepard or John Glenn ever did, and took her fight all the way to Congress. This is its very first reading.

Directed by Tracy Michailidis.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 13 - 6:00PM 
Nicole Ferraro, host

Jamie Brickhouse Andrea Coleman Mel Dockery Sandi Marx
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Featured stories by Jamie Brickhouse, Andrea Coleman, Mel Dockery, and Sandi Marx

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

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Mar 13 - 8:00PM 
Cesar Garabini, guitar;  Olli Soikkeli, guitar

Django-style Finnish guitar whiz will be playing duets with Cesar Garabini, the mostly-Brazilian 7-string guitar artist. Gypsy meets choro! Brazilian chorinho and Gypsy jazz are a natural pair. Both matured in the early 20th century influenced by urbanization, industrialization, European classical music, African rhythms, popular dance music, and the dawn of the recording industry.

"Olli Soikkeli, is a riveting Finnish guitarist who combines astonishing dexterity and speed with pure soul in a way that places him among the worthiest current day successors to the legacy of the great Django." --The Wall Street Journal

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Tuesday,  Mar 13 - 9:30PM 
Andy Bianco, guitar, comp.;  Seth Trachy, tenor sax;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Eric Halvorson, drums
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While Andy Bianco is a relative new shooter in the modern jazz realm of six string aficionado's, there is little doubt he is as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. The band is A list and a first call fire storm of swing that can touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time.

"One wishes McLaughlin would hire Bianco as his tonal guru, as the latter’s sound is closer to the Mahavishnu Orchestra than anything McLaughlin is doing these days..."-Stanley Zappa, "Forces of the Wild" review, New York City Jazz Record, August 2013

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 14 - 6:00PM 
Kalia Vandever, trombone;  Theo Walentiny, piano;  Nick Dunston, bass;  Connor Parks, drums
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Kalia Vandever's quartet is comprised of her closest friends and collaborators. They will be playing all original compositions of Kalia's; inspired by her family, heritage, and relationship with improvisation.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 14 - 8:00PM 
Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
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Drummer/composer Jeff Davis presents tonight a new trio featuring improvising greats Ben Monder and Eivind Opsvik. Having performed together for many years, in a number of ensembles, Davis, Monder and Opsvik play with a hypnotic ease, creating moods that are at times peaceful and other times explosive. The debut performance of this exciting new trio is not to be missed.

“Mr. Davis, a drummer and composer of sure footing but adventurous inclination...”-- Nate Chinen (New York Times)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Mar 14 - 9:30PM 
Aaron Irwin, clarinet;  Peter Hess, clarinet, tenor sax;  Matthew McDonald, trombone;  Chris Commer, french horn;  Terry McManus, guitar;  Gary Wang, bass
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"The balance between the composed and improvised is finely wrought, making the line between them virtually invisible, with the only giveaway being larger structure which is uses the familiar recapitulation. The cumulative a quiet intensity, almost an eavesdropping of a private conversation. Emotionally complex while being aurally transparent, the music ends up feeling like an long-gone acquaintance who has been missed, but whose newly-found presence is immediately comfortable. Strange, but wonderful." - All About Jazz (Bud Kopman)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Mar 15 - 6:00PM 
Sally Bliumis-Dunn Susana H. Case Peggy Ellsberg HeidiLynn Nilsson Mervyn Taylor Lillo Way
Slapering Hol Press Presents: SHP Poets at Cornelia Street Café in NYC image

Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Susana H. Case, Peggy Ellsberg, HeidiLynn Nilsson, Mervyn Taylor, and 2017 chapbook winner, Lillo Way, will read from their new work.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Mar 15 - 8:00PM 
Nick Sanders, piano;  Henry Fraser, bass;  Devin Gray, drums
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Nick Sanders returns to Cornelia St. Cafe with his trio on this occasion with Henry Fraser on bass and Devin Gray on drums as they explore new, original compositions and unique renditions of jazz standards.

“When you look at the sum total of this work—Sanders’ twisted visions, caliginous constructs, lighthearted gestures, and weighty thoughts—you see honesty, integrity, and artistry guided by personal expression. In art, be it musical or otherwise, that’s more valuable than gold.” -All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Mar 15 - 9:30PM 
Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Edward Perez, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Julian Shore returns to Cornelia Street Café for a set of original compositions and improvisations. This top- flight quartet celebrates the thrill of spontaneity— presenting music of exploration and reflection.

"Julian Shore shows deep maturity as a composer and bandleader,” -Downbeat "His name belongs among the leaders of the young Jazz piano scene,” -JazzTimes

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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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