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Wednesday,  May 09 - 6:00PM 
MAY DAY, MAY DAY: POETRY FOR TIMES OF CRISIS
Timothy Liu Paul LaTorre Karthik Purushothaman Scott Wordsman
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Attention, Ladies and Gentlemen. We know the news today comes scented with napalm, weathermen touting the temperature out to be a sweet 360 degrees Celsius. But, worry not. During these “times that beg questions,” as Rilke wrote, would you like “to be among those in the know”? Join us on this flight across today's turbulent skies of politics and society—all aboard get upgraded to first-class!



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  May 09 - 8:00PM 
MAREIKE WIENING QUINTET
Mareike Wiening, drums;  Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Johannes Felscher, bass
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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, Glenn Zaleski 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)


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

Wednesday,  May 09 - 9:30PM 
YUHAN SU QUINTET
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
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Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su continues her journey with her quintet and will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music from her upcoming album City Animals. Yuhan's music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan.

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


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

Thursday,  May 10 - 6:00PM 
TRANSLATIONS AND TRANSGRESSIONS: AN NYCT OPEN MIC NIGHT
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Do you like poetry and fiction open mic nights? Now what if we add translation to the mix? Come join us for Translations and Transgressions, the third annual New York Circle of Translators open mic night! Our literary translator members will read their translations of international literature as well as their own writing.


 $10.00 includes a drink    http://nyctranslators.org/ http://www.facebook.com/New-York-Circle-of-Translators-177293745622520/

Thursday,  May 10 - 8:00PM 
JESS KORMAN, “STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING DOORS”
Jess Korman, piano, voice, comp.;  Mark Wade , bass
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Following a long nap, Korman returns with a trove of brand-new songs about love, performance art, gluten and mortality… plus some old favorites and standards, lots of guests and oddball surprises.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  May 11 - 6:00PM 
PHIL COHEN/ROBIN HIRSCH
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Oh to be a mischling, now that Trump is here: Readings in and against identity politics by 1 1/2 Jews.

Poems and prose exploring the vagaries and varieties of a not quite Jewish experience (Phil) and a not fully English experience (Robin).

Phil Cohen is a poet, urban ethnographer. and political activist. His memoir READING ROOM ONLY: Memoir of a Radical Bibliophile (Five Leaves 2013), details his rebellion against middle class upbringing and subsequent adventures in the counter culture of the 1960's. GRAPHOLOGIES, (Mica Press 2015), co-produced with his partner, the painter Jean McNeil, is an image/text which explores the emotional hinterland of the East Anglian land and seascape, where he now lives and sails. His most recent book ARCHIVE THAT, COMRADE: Left Legacies and the Counter Culture of Remembrance, published this month by PM Press, examines memory and identity politics from a left wing perspective.

Robin Hirsch, our longstanding (40+ years) Minister of Culture, grew up in London, went to the same public (i.e., private--you know how the English are) school as Phil Cohen: St. Paul's, founded in 1509 by John Colet, Dean of St. Paul's. He then went to Oxford (while poor Phil had to suffer the indignity of Cambridge). As the son of German Jews who had escaped Hitler just in time to be bombed by their erstwhile countrymen, he had his own struggles fitting into the fabric of English society. This is explored in his memoir, LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI: Creating a Life in the Shadow of History. He is also the author (with the collaboration and interference of his children) of FEG: Stupid Poems for Intelligent Children and, most recently, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Cornelia Street, Volume 1 of THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: Stories from the Cornelia Street Cafe--49 more volumes to come
 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  May 11 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
MARIO PAVONE, DIALECT TRIO
Mario Pavone, bass, comp.;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums

This trio will celebrate the release of CHROME (Playscape) .... this critically praised CD has placed on numerous Best CDs of 2017 lists such as Jim Macnie (Downbeat) and Robert Iannapollo (NYC Jazz Record , Cadence)

In the March 2018 issue of Jazz Times , Dan Bilawsky called the recording "... utterly captivating " and " one cohesive and coherent beast of a record".

The trio will play pieces from the cd as well as new material.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Saturday,  May 12 - 6:00PM 
ITALIAN AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, host

Tiziana Rinaldi John Barrale
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Tonight, IAWA welcomes Tiziana Rinaldi and John Barrale.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  May 12 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
JACOB SACKS QUARTET
Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
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Using close interplay, violent counterpoint, and creative interpretations of original music – the ensemble searches for the unpredictable and explores the unexpected.

“Jacob Sacks is a pianist of exploratory temperament, drawn to open space and shrewd irresolution.” Nate Chinen--New York Times

JACOB SACKS QUARTET Jacob Sacks, piano; Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, bass; Dan Weiss, drum
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.jacobsacks.com

Sunday,  May 13 - 6:00PM 
CONCEPT LAB
Seth Boustead, host

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Concept Lab is a process-oriented exploration of musical creativity featuring some of New York's most exciting composers and performers including the Iktus Duo, Jeff Hudgins of superband Bombay Rickey, members of the Iceburg composers collective and Carnegie Hall's Ensemble Connect."

May 13 we'll perform new pieces inspired by Jungian archetypes, American minimalism, Aztec mythology and French Impressionist art by composers Seth Boustead, Will Rowe, Jeff Hudgins, Gilbert Galindo and Ana Lara.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  May 13 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
DAVID AMBROSIO QUARTET
Tim Hagens, trumpet;  Joel Frahm, tenor sax;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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NY bassist David Ambrosio returns to Cornelia Street Cafe for a debut performance with his new quartet featuring a powerful front line of NY veterans; trumpet player Tim Hagens and saxophonist Joel Frahm, The dynamic Billy Mintz rounds out the group on drums. After being sideman with a wide variety of musicians from Terry Gibbs to Kenny Werner and Joseph Jarmon, as well as his numerous long standing group collaborations, David will present a night of his own compositions exploring the "chord-less" quartet format.

"Ambrosio has sensitivity to dynamic concerns and an ability to react instantly"- Chris Kelsey, Jazz Times


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

Monday,  May 14 - 6:00PM 
DOS MADRES PRESS READING
David M. Katz Daniel Shapiro Anne Whitehouse
Dos Madres Press Reading image Left to right: Daniel Shapiro (© Elsa Ruiz); Anne Whitehouse (© Stephen Whitehouse); David M. Katz (© Linda Stern)

Three New York poets published by the Ohio-based small press read from their latest work. This event launches Shapiro's newest collection, Child with a Swan's Wings.



 $10.00 includes a drink    http://www.dosmadres.com/

Monday,  May 14 - 8:30PM 
QUARTETTO TOMASSINI
Patrisa Tomassini, violin;  Lorenza Ponce, violin;  Ina Paris, viola;  Nelly Rocha, cello
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Quartetto Tomassini is one of the city's most dynamic string ensembles. Redefining the contemporary string quartet, the group will perform a medley of Latin Tangos, Latin Jazz, and American Standards.

"These four women worked masterfully to put on a performance that was impassioned, inspiring, and downright fun...Quartetto Tomassini is a relief for when a concert of mainstream music simply won’t do. This group takes you on a well-curated journey of tango, mixed with other musical elements – they are sure to not disappoint!" Kelby Khan, Center Stage



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://www.quartettotomassini.com

Tuesday,  May 15 - 6:00PM 
PHILOSOPHY SERIES: "A LAWYER, A POET, AND A PHILOSOPHER WALK INTO A BAR...
Joseph Biehl, curator, host

Leo Glickman Jane LeCroy
Philosophy Series:

...to talk about American Misery."

Are you miserable? If you are, you certainly have company. Misery has been on the rise in our society for some time, and the suffering is widespread: we, the people, feel lonely, neglected, forgotten, increasingly poor in health, in habit, and in purchasing power. A sense of helplessness shrouds the land. The manifestations of this are grim. Some take the agony of their despair and direct it outward, destroying the lives of concert attendees, night club patrons, students, and those who have the temerity or misfortune to set foot on the wrong side of the street. Others take aim at themselves, opting to end their lives either swiftly by the gun or slowly by a prescription. From many more we see anger and resentment as they spew racism, sexism, religious prejudice, and generalized contempt for anyone who believes differently. Political anger and polarization swells to fill the void as hope retreats and the willingness to see ourselves in each other withers away. But why? How come? What is the source of this misery? And how might we go about relieving it? How might we heal? Join us - and help us - as we raise these questions and more. Oh, and there will be singing!



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

Tuesday,  May 15 - 8:00PM 
LAUREN LEE QUARTET
Lauren Lee, piano, voice, comp.;  Brad Mulholland, saxophoe;  Marcos Varela, bass;  Andy O'Neill, drums
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Leading a pioneering quartet with a fresh perspective, enterprising young vocalist/pianist Lauren Lee twists and reworks standard jazz notions by blending them with influences as far reaching as Scandinavian folk music, Gregorian Chant, and the Feminist Punk Movement. Her playfulness and endless sense of adventure as a composer and improviser led her to be described by JazzWeekly as creating "music without a net" as she strives to explore the outskirts of what is possible in jazz in her own way.

"Wayne Shorter described jazz as a challenge, and we believe that Lauren has addressed this challenge most successfully, especially with her vocalese, which is firmly rooted in the trio as an instrumental texture"- - www.lahabitaciondeljazz.com


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

Tuesday,  May 15 - 9:30PM 
BRAD WHITELY QUINTET
Michael Eaton, tenor sax;  Tom Guarna, guitar;  Brad Whiteley, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
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Pianist Brad Whiteley has been part of the New York City music scene for over 12 years. After recently working with artists including Regina Spektor, David Byrne, Wally De Backer (Gotye), Kellylee Evans, and Ben l’Oncle Soul, Brad is focusing again on his own original jazz compositions. This show will feature his piano quintet performing music from his 2014 album “Pathless Land” and his upcoming album “Presence”, both on Destiny Records.

4 Stars “With his first album, Pathless Land, New York pianist-organist Brad Whiteley offers more than a smart record. He shows us how it’s done.”--Brad Farberman Downbeat Magazine


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

Wednesday,  May 16 - 6:00PM 
LAUGHTER WITHOUT BORDERS- ONE SPECIAL EVENING- TWO GREAT SOLO SHOWS
Linda Mendoza Jennifer Rawlings
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“Cursed: My Road to Hollywood”- even when you are cursed you can’t let history define your future. written and performed by Linda Mendoza - acclaimed director ( 30 Rock, Brooklyn 99, Blackish, The Tick, The Mindy Project)

“I ONLY SMOKE IN WAR ZONES” true stories from the battlefield both home and abroad written and performed by Jennifer Rawlings- comic, writer, filmmaker, kick-ass mom ( Comedy Central, two TEDx talks, “I AM BATTLE COMIC”, The New York Times, director Forgotten Voices :Women In BOSNIA)


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Wednesday,  May 16 - 8:00PM 
ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL SARID
Or Bareket, host

Daniel Sarid, piano;  Nadav Masel, bass;  Ofer Bymel, drums
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Uru is the latest project of composer and pianist Daniel Sarid. The piano, bass, drum trio combines a myriad of different and at times seemingly contradicting influences into a unique sound that blends tradition with avant-garde.

The trio will perform compositions from Sarid's Latest album titled "loventurous" as well as new compositions due to be recorded in the near future.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  May 16 - 9:30PM 
ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: ALMOG SHARVI
Adam O'Farrill , trumpet;  Brandon Seabrook, guitar;  Micha Gilad, piano;  Almog Sharvit, bass;  Luckas Koenig, drums

Dive deep into a world of dark, sparkling compositions and rousing, vigorous instrumentation with the music of bassist and composer Almog Sharvit. Like his name, which means “Coral” in his native Hebrew, Sharvit’s pieces are colorful and diverse, offering textures so rich and varied you’ll want to run your hand across them, and surprises as sudden as a polyp peeking its head out of the reef.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://https://soundcloud.com/Almogsharvit

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