See the previous week's performances.   April 17-April 24, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Apr 17 - 6:00PM 
Cynthia Manick, curator; Ed Toney, host

Rachel Eliza Griffiths Rosebud Ben-Oni Leila Ortiz Tala Abu Rahmeh Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Soul Sister Revue 5- Year Anniversary Show image

For a night of tales and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue for its 5-year anniversary show at Cornelia Street Café where we ask “what does Soul mean to you?” Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Apr 17 - 8:00PM 
Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Randy Ingram, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Owen Howard, drums

In his first live performance in eight years, Canadian vibraphonist Dan McCarthy returns to his home away from home at the Cornelia Street Café to showcase his new band, and a repertoire of all original material. "Dan plays every selection as if it was the last opportunity—with deep feeling, expectancy and freedom—the very things that makes jazz so appealing." Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz New York

"An extraordinary musical ability and a boundless imagination" - Gary Burton, vibraphone pioneer and 7-time Grammy winner

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Dan McCarthy Quartet image
Tuesday,  Apr 17 - 9:30PM 
Pablo Masis, trumpet;  David Juarez, guitar;  Perrin Grace, bass;  Eric Reeves, drums
Pablo Masis Quartet image

Trumpeter Pablo Masis returns to Cornelia Street Cafe to present an evening of his compositions. Some were composed while teaching music in Kabul Afghanistan, along with others that have been developed in late 2017 and early 2018. Selections from his recent recording, "Rubicon", which debuted at Cornelia Street Cafe, will also be showcased. Joining him for the evening will be David Juarez on guitar, Perrin Grace on bass, and Eric Reeves on drums.

"Pablo Masis blows his trumpet with the temperament of a romantic poet" - Portland Tribune

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 18 - 6:00PM 
Ruth Danon Sally Dawidoff Hermine Meinhard
Celebrate Poetry Month and Ruth Danon’s Latest Collection, Word Has It image
A Reading and Book Signing Featuring Ruth Danon, Sally Dawidoff, and Hermine Meinhard.

Ruth Danon’s extraordinary poems take us directly into states of feeling and perception that are subtle and profound. With rare economy and surefootedness, they conjure and then pierce one small mystery after another. I was amazed by the virtuosity of their voice, which ranges from casual, quotidian intimacy to the kind of authority that comes only from a lifetime of wrangling with ambitious poems. Danon strips away all but the essential. There’s no filler, no obfuscation, no decoration. These are necessary poems. - Chase Twichell, author, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been (winner of Kingsley Tufts Award)

Through her unique, brilliant, and astonishingly intimate poetry, Sally Dawidoff compels us to wrestle with the maddening complexities of human relationships. Her extraordinary attentiveness to the nuances of language enables profound new levels of fascination and understanding. - Stephen Massimilla, author, Cooking with the Muse (multi-genre) and The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat (poems)

In these lucid dreams of revelation, Hermine Meinhard takes as her starting point the most mysterious territory of the soul. Amazed and hurt, joking in fear, loving and experienced, she is one of those few artists (Kafka and Fra Angelico come to mind) whose simplicity and skill deliver the refreshment of a deeper tenderness toward being. - Brooks Haxton, author, They Lift Their Wings to Cry (poems) and My Blue Piano (translation)

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Apr 18 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet;  Andrew Hadro, saxophone;  Julian Shore, piano;  Rogerio Boccato, dance, percussion
Andrew Hadro, CD Release: For Us, The Living image

For Us, The Living is a project to honor tradition through innovation. For Us, The Living II: Marcescence is the second recording in this series. All of the compositions recorded on this album were written by living composers. This is a dedication to the musical giants upon whose shoulders We stand. Rather than re- interpret and re-perform long-standing works, we wish to extend the timeline of jazz with new compositions and performances by the best living composers and musicians today.

“Hadro succeeds big time on For Us, The Living. He pays tribute to the history of improvised music by shining a spotlight on artists who are working on its next chapters right now.”-- DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE EDITOR'S PICK

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 19 - 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,  Apr 19 - 8:00PM 
Matt Marantz, saxophone;  Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Peter Slavov Quartet image

Better known as a sideman with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Alfredo Rodriguez and others, bassist Peter Slavov has been writing music since his early days as a professional musician. He and his quartet will be performing some of this music, as well as new music written for the occasion.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 19 - 9:30PM 
Tom Guarna, guitar;  Jon Cowherd , piano;  Orlando Le Fleming, bass;  Nate Smith, drums
Tom Guarna image

Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer, bandleader and arranger Tom Guarna creates plush compositions with memorable melodies by combining modern jazz with a touch of modern classical influence. His natural ability to play and compose with phrasing reminiscent of his idols, paired with a relentless drive to refine and invent a unique guitar style has made him a desired commodity in the music industry, performing and recording with such artist as Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Mulgrew Miller, George Cables, Aaron Goldberg, Mark Turner, Randy Brecker. His work with pianist Manuel Valera earned him a Grammy Nomination in 2012. Guarna will be recording a new CD in May of 2016. The group features bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd.

"An unequivocally modern record that focuses on both his compositional acumen and a broader textural palette . . . it's about time that the secret already known amongst musicians finally becomes public knowledge."-- John Kelman, All About

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Apr 20 - 6:00PM 
Sarah Carrier, flute;  Ashleé Miller, clarinet;  Nolan Tsang, trumpet;  Jillian Blythe, cello
The Parhelion Trio Presents: Orbits and Trumpet/Cello image

Orbits, a duo featuring Sarah Carrier (flute), Ashleé Miller (clarinet) of The Parhelion Trio, will present works by American composer Sunny Knable. This will be followed by Trumpetcello, a contemporary classical duo featuring Nolan Tsang and Jillian Blythe. The duo will premier new electro-acoustic works, improvisations, and projections.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Apr 20 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dave Kikoski, piano;  Alex Claffy, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums

The amazing Dave Kikoski has put together a very exciting new trio. Kikoski has been one of the most in demand pianist in the world for over 25 years. Come hear some very exciting new music.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 21 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host; Brad Lawrence, guest host

Erin Barker Richard Cardillo Andy Ross Craig Mangum
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Erin Barker (TedMed; Producer/host The Story Collider), Richard Cardillo (5-time Moth StorySlam Champion), Andy Ross (The Onion News Network), and Craig Mangum (Moth GrandSlam Champion).

With guest host Brad Lawrence (Hotsy Totsy Burlesque)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Greg Ward, alto sax;  Igor Lumpert, tenor sax;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Igor Lumpert & Innertextures image

"Igor absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) Great City of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. The way he plays Bop makes you feel like you're in a fight for your life. The folk music of the Balkans is in his blood and bones, and he weaves extended lines over 11/8 like it’s a two-beat polka. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed.

That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living."--Billy F

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 22 - 6:00PM 
Magic Times: A Village Trip Event: Caffe Cino image

Caffe Cino and the Birth of Off-Off Broadway and Off Broadway today. An evening of live music and memories celebrating the marriage of social justice and theater in Greenwich Village.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 22 - 8:00PM 
Matt Davis, guitar;  Paul Jones, saxophone;  Leon Boykins, bass;  Peter Kronrief, drums
Matt Davis Quartet image

Guitarist and composer Matt Davis has developed an uncommonly unique and personal musical voice on his instrument. He'll be joined this evening by a group of rising stars in NYC, performing original music inspired by conversations with humans.

"Breathtaking" - New York Jazz Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Apr 22 - 9:30PM 
David Bixler, alto sax;  Jon Cowherd, piano;  Luke Selick, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion
Bixler, Cowherd, Selick, Boccato image

Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler continues to establish himself as a multi-faceted artist. David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, among others. His collaboration with pianist Arturo O’Farrill has resulted in many fruitful offerings, including a Latin GRAMMY for Final Night at Birdland and a GRAMMY nomination for 40 Acres and a Mule.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Apr 23 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Mark Wunderlich, featured reader;  Winsome Minott Anna Evans Christopher Frizelle

Please join tonight’s featured reader, Mark Wunderlich, and three estimable writers, Winsome Minott, Anna Evans, and Christopher Frizelle.

Poet Mark Wunderlich was appointed as Director of the Bennington Writing Seminars in August 2017. His most recent volume, The Earth Avails, was published by Graywolf in 2014, receiving the 2015 Rilke Prize. Voluntary Servitude, his second book, came out in 2004 also through Graywolf. His first, The Anchorage, was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 1999, earning the Lambda Literary Award. His poems, interviews, reviews, and translations have appeared widely. Wunderlich has taught at Stanford and Barnard College and in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University, Ohio University, San Francisco State University, and Sarah Lawrence. As an arts administrator, he has worked at the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, the University of Arizona Poetry Center, Poets & Writers and the Napa Valley Writers Conference. He lives in the Hudson River Valley and has taught at Bennington College since 2004.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Apr 24 - 6:00PM 
Alicia Ostriker Mimi Schwartz

Join Alicia Ostriker and Mimi Schwartz, two prizewinning writers reading from their new books—essays and poems set in New York, Brooklyn, Germany, Afghanistan, Vermont, Israel…

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Apr 24 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Kinan Azmeh , clarinet;  Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Josh Myers, bass;  John Hadfield, percussion
Kinan Azmeh City Band  image

Formed in 2006 in New York City, the Kinan Azmeh CityBand immediately gained recognition for their virtuosic and high energy performance, receiving praise from critics and audiences alike. With this New York ensemble, Azmeh strives to reach a balance between classical music, jazz, and the music of his homeland, Syria. Azmeh's expressive clarinet meets Kyle Sanna’s rustic guitar, soaring at times over the dynamic and volatile backdrop of John Hadfield’s percussion and Josh Myers’ double bass. Each band member has come from varied backgrounds to add their personal flair to this ensemble, resulting in a thoroughly exciting and rewarding listening experience.

Their recent album "Elastic City" has toured the US,Canada, France, England, Germany, Holland, Egypt, Lebanon,and Turkey.

"Spell Binding" by the New Yorker, "Intensely soulful"--NY Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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