See the previous week's performances.   December 18-December 25, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Dec 18 - 6:00PM 
ANIMALS IN MY EAR
Adam Fisher, cello, vocals, compositions;  Ethan Mann, guitar;  Rex Benincasa, drums, percussion
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Cellist, composer, and vocalist Adam Fisher presents ANIMALS IN MY EAR, an evening of his hilarious and poetic animal songs, in the songwriting tradition of Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, and Tom Lehrer. Each animal gets its own musical and lyrical voice, from the rockabilly "Feed the Kitty", to the Latin-tinged "Tango in the Deep", to the Brazilian "Blue-Toed Rhinoceros". A virtuoso classically trained at Juilliard, Fisher revels in the lush bowed sound of his chosen instrument. But here he builds improvised solos more like a jazz horn player, or strums, plucks, and slaps his cello like an oversized Gypsy guitar, as he winds his way through clever metaphorical lyrics, with catchy melodies that just may get caught in your ear.

With special guests TBA.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Dec 18 - 8:00PM 
CYNTHIA SOL
Cynthia Sol, vocals;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Alex Wyatt, drums;  Richard Padron, guitar;  tba, bass
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Cynthia Sol is fast becoming the premier female artist in Latin music.

Her Latin side gives her music incredible passion and emotion, while her American side gives her the freedom to develop her natural talent and pursue her artistic dreams. Cynthia’s debut EP was produced by renowned Grammy winning composer and producer David Kahne.


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

Tuesday,  Dec 18 - 9:30PM 
JOE PINO QUINTET
Joe Pino, trumpet/flugelhorn;  Philip Weberndorfer, guitar;  Santiago Liebson, piano;  Emiliano Lasansky, bass;  Andrew Kushnir, drums
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High energy straight-ahead jazz featuring Joe’s original compositions and arrangements. Influenced by the music of Freddie Hubbard, and Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers.

“Joe Pino is a great young player. A fresh new voice on the scene!” - International Jazz Trumpet Artist, Jim Rotondi


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://joepinojazz.com

Wednesday,  Dec 19 - 6:00PM 
TALES WELL TOLD: A CHRISTMAS STOCKING
with Michèle LaRue

Tales Well Told: A Christmas Stocking image Arthur Cohen

TALES WELL TOLD—Vibrant performances capturing America's Gilded Age!

Actress Michèle LaRue gifts the Café with a potpourri of holiday Tales Well Told: Famous and forgotten stories from America’s Gilded Age:

The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry

The Christmas Sing in Our Village, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

Their Dear Little Ghost, by Elia W. Peattie

plus . . . a surprise, from Louisa May Alcott



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://michelelarue.com

Wednesday,  Dec 19 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
KYLE NASSER QUINTET
Kyle Nasser, tenor, soprano sax;  Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Ethan Iverson, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums

Nasser brings some of NYCs finest improvisers to play the music they recently recorded for his sophomore album as a leader. “superlative musicianship as a performer, writer and a bandleader…ardent creativity and urbane artistic composure” – All About Jazz

"cerebral without being pretentious, gnarly but far from vulgar...an ever-evolving terrain of advanced harmony and raw emotion." - Ed Enright, DownBeat


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Thursday,  Dec 20 - 6:00PM 
THE IMPERFECT PERFECT SHOW
Terry Moore, host and curator

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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,  Dec 20 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
ALEX LORE QUARTET
Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Desmond White, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums

Praised by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as a saxophonist who is “…making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light–toned players,” Alex LoRe is one of the most in-demand saxophonist/composers on the current New York scene. With a strong upbringing in classical music, men­tored by such masters as Lee Konitz and James Moody, LoRe’s playing and compositions reflect a myri­ad of influences ranging from the European classical repertoire to post–bop jazz to 21st century pop music. In 2016, he released his second album entitled More Figs and Blue Things on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label.

Alex LoRe, says saxophonist and educator Bunky Green, “will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.”-–Downbeat Magazine


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

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Friday,  Dec 21 - 6:00PM 
GHOST CITY CABARET: WINTER SOLSTICE OPEN
K, emcee

Kathryn Adisman Ron Kolm Ptr Kozlowski Mindy Matijasevic Eve Packer Susan Weiman Fred Simpson Su Polo
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In this final show of the series … as the hate crimes are mounting in Trump’s America and the city is disappearing under our feet … a variety of Downtown artists – poets, musicians, comedians, story tellers -- gather on the darkest day of the year to celebrate the fact: We are still here, on Earth!

Join us for the festivities – which include a Birthday Party (and cake!) – to mark the turning toward the light.



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Dec 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
GILAD HEKSELMAN & FRIENDS
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Joel Ross, vibraphone
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 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.giladhekselman.com

Saturday,  Dec 22 - 6:00PM 
DANCE OF THE WORD RINGING IN THE HOLIDAYS
Alan Baxter, M.C.

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Ringing in the Holidays, with poetry, music and song, special dance #s.

With poets- Gordon Gilbert, Zev Shanken, Philip DePinto, Evelyn Katz, Peggy Fitzgerald, Paul Knopf (piano), Rick Eckerley (guitar and song), The Elegant Ivory Duo (piano and song), Mindy Levokove, Cleopatra Amaris, and Evie Ivy, dancing.

Cleopatra Amaris will perform a holiday “candle dance,” and Mindy Levokove dances outfitted in “garbage,” as “unfettered commerce." Evie, will do a holiday dance and traditional belly dance. And other surprises.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Dec 22 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
GILAD HEKSELMAN & FRIENDS
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.giladhekselman.com

Sunday,  Dec 23 - 6:00PM 
JAVIER ROSARIO TRIO
Javier Rosario, guitar;  Zak King, drums;  Aaron Holthus, bass;  Special guest: Matt Savage, piano
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The trio features original music by virtuoso Dominican guitarist, Javier Rosario. The music is composed and arranged for the melodies to be fully orchestrated by the electric guitar with the accompaniment of drums and bass. Javier's non traditional harmonic and melodic approach to the instrument, heavily influenced by classical, jazz and electronic music charged with incredible speed, makes it quite different, engaging, new, memorable and exciting.

-“Javier Rosario is a masterful and deeply musical guitarist. His playing is always dynamic and beautiful.” –Joe Morris

“A riveting player with an innate, powerful virtuosity.” –Santiago Diaz



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

Sunday,  Dec 23 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
JEFF DAVIS QUARTET
Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Jonathan Goldberger, guitar;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
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Drummer/composer Jeff Davis returns to Cornelia Street tonight with an adventurous quartet featuring improvising greats Jason Rigby, Jonathan Goldberger and Russ Lossing. Having performed together for many years in a number of ensembles, the quartet weaves hypnoticly through Davis’s compositions, creating a listening experience that is joyous and electric. This exciting quartet is not to be missed.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.jeffdavisdrums.org

Tuesday,  Dec 25 - 3:00PM 
SANTA KLEZ
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet, alto sax;  Karen Waltuch, viola;  Rachelle Garniez, accordion, piano, vocals;  Dave Hofstra, double bass;  Eve Sicular, drums, bandleader
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Two Shows: 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.!

The cafe is very happy to welcome back one of our favorite bands, Santa Klez, for two very special Christmas Day shows!


 35.00 includes a drink    http://MetropolitanKlezmer.com

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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