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Tuesday,  Jan 06 - 6:00PM 
Carol Bergman & friends

NOMADS: A literary event image

A literary and performance event with author Carol Bergman and her theatrical friends who will read from her quirky new collection of very short stories, aphorisms, anecdotes, verbal snapshots and mini-essays. In these subtle, profound and original works, each using a different narrative persona, Bergman demonstrates her experience as a phrasemaker and storyteller. Like Lydia Davis and Czeslaw Milosz, her writing is both unique and difficult to classify. Humorous, perceptive, precise, wry, sometimes chilling, she writes about war and peace, love and disappointment, the mundane and the sublime, with deep attention and warmth.

Copies of “Nomads” will be available for purchase and signing.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jan 06 - 8:30PM 
Jon Irabagon , tenor sax;  Broc Hempel, piano;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Christian Coleman, drums
Christian Coleman, CD Release: Cooper Ridge image

New York-based drummer/composer Christian Coleman and Australian pianist Gavin Ahearn worked and recorded together in Sydney in 2008. They got together again in New York to record in January of 2014. The superb recording came under the radar of SteepleChase LookOut label resulting in this release.

The session was further joined by Jon Irabagon and Sam Minaie. Broc Hempel will be taking the reins at the piano for this west village CD release party.

"Another aspect of Coleman's musicianship that adds to his improvisational ability is a unique blend: a very finely honed sensitivity towards other musicians combined with an independent exploratory streak that can urge fellow musicians onto greater heights." --

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 07 - 6:00PM 
Sara Wallace Susan Brennan David R. Lincoln
Night Fest: Prose And Poetry image

A celebration of the dead of winter in poetry and prose with Susan Brennan, David R. Lincoln, and Sara Wallace.

 $8.00 includes a drink    http://

Wednesday,  Jan 07 - 8:00PM 
Yoosun Nam, alto, soprano sax;  Keisuke Matsuno, guitar;  Carlo De Rosa, bass;  Kyumin Shim, piano;  Jesse Simpson, drums

A native of South Korea, New York-based Jazz Saxophonist Yoosun Nam recently released her debut album "Light of the City" with her own group. Yoosun had been performing her original compositions with her group for three years in New York City when she became inspired to document their work. The idea for the title ‘Light of the City’ came from her experiences in New York with inspirational young artists who are so passionate about their dreams. In addition to the quintet, Yoosun's mentor Chris Cheek is featured on tenor saxophone.

"She has a good concept: it's modern and fresh sounding. She plays with a good sound, good rhythm and she has good ideas."--Chris Cheek

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Yoosun Nam Quintet image
Wednesday,  Jan 07 - 9:30PM 
Noah Garabedian, bass;  Curtis Macdonald, alto sax;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Anna Webber, tenor sax;  Kenny Warren, bass;  Alex Ritz, drums
Noah Garabedian image

Bassist and composer Noah Garabedian brings his sextet to present an evening of original music off of their recent debut album, on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records. Big Butter And The Egg Men is a horn heavy ensemble that combines robust harmonies rooted in baroque music and afro-beat, with collective improvisation, and contemporary grooves.

"Noah is a positively organic bass player, an incredible artist..." - San Francisco Chronicle "Noah Garabedian's sextet deals with concepts of polyphony, harmony, and counterpoint that embody the best aspirations of jazz from its beginnings." -- The New York CIty Jazz Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Jan 08 - 6:00PM 
Tal Gur, compositions, saxophones;  Eyal Maoz, guitar;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Nick Anderson, drums
Tal Gur: Under Contractions image

"Under Contractions", released August 2014, is Tal Gur's critically acclaimed 3rd album which has reached #4 on CMJ's Jazz Chart and received many warm reviews. The starting point of the composition is a birth of an idea which is a consequence of non inspirational vacuum. It develops musically throughout the next pieces as the band uses contemporary improvisational models to build the primary motif, alongside reconstructing meaningful events in life such as birth of a child, migration and perspectives over ongoing war situation. A journey into your minds eye.

Gur's work—alternately focused and free, specific and vague, and sure and indecisive—is a mirror into his mind and emotional state(s). Actually, it's really a look at the opposing emotions that we all wrestle with. - All About Jazz

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Jan 08 - 8:30PM 
Ben Flocks, tenor sax;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Ben Flocks Trio image

Tonight at Cornelia Street Cafe, saxophonist Ben Flocks presents his acoustic trio featuring bassist Martin Nevin and legendary drummer Matt Wilson. Ben and his band swing freely and effortlessly, reminiscent of Sonny Rollins' famed saxophone trio. Alongside familiar melodies, ballads, and blues, expect to hear music from Ben's debut album Battle Mountain. The record features lyrical and deep-grooved originals, time-honored standards rendered in fresh arrangements, and traditional songs from the blues and country/folk repertoires.

"(Ben's) solos were reminiscent of Rollins, too: joyful eruptions of improvised melody, bubbling with rhythm. He blew the crowd away."--Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 09 - 8:00PM 
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara, drums
Reverse Blue image Peter Gannushkin

Reverse Blue is prolific guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson's latest project, featuring Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums. The band's debut album was released in October 2014 on Relative Pitch Records. Reverse Blue offers Halvorson a different sonic palette than her critically acclaimed Trio/Quintet/Septet configurations - bringing new musical personalities and timbres to her work, albeit within a classic quartet instrumentation. The band originally formed for a one-off concert at the Blue Note in New York City, part of Search and Restore's "Spontaneous Constructions", a series designed to generate new collaborations between musicians who hadn't previously played together. The four musicians immediately felt a strong shared connection, and Halvorson began compose a new book of music specifically for this group. The other three also contributed at least one new composition each, adding to the strong collective nature of the new ensemble.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 09 - 9:30PM 
Tomas Fujiwara, drums, comp.;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Brandon Seabrook, drums
The Tomas Fujiwara Trio image Peter Gannushkin

The Tomas Fujiwara Trio is a brilliant new trio developing an innovative musical vocabulary. Drummer and composer Tomas Fujiwara propels this group with his characteristic energy and subtle rhythmic feel. Guitarist Brandon Seabrook and trumpeter Ralph Alessi add their own potent ideas to the mix. The resulting improvisational alchemy begins at the very distant peripheries of our sonic universe, building inward towards a rich and fiery center. All three musicians are confident in their approach, daring as they set their sights, and highly selective in the application of their musicianship. This band is sure to begin making waves wherever they perform. At their live concert at Barbes in Brooklyn, September 11, 2013, they carried an infatuated audience along on an exquisite journey. Surely this is a must-see band for 2014 and beyond. --Cisco Bradley,

"The drummer Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting...His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint...conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope." - Nate Chinen, New York Times
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 09 - 11:00PM 
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Kevin Hays, piano;  Michael Blanco, bass, comp.;  Clarence Penn, drums
Michael Blanco Quartet  image

Melodic, grooving, and adventurous. This newly formed group performs compelling original music by bassist and composer Michael Blanco and features an all-star line up of musicians: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, virtuoso pianist Kevin Hays, and master drummer Clarence Penn. The group will present compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies", and will premier new material written especially for the occasion.

"Michael Blanco is an imaginative bandleader, an emerging composer and a damn fine bassist." - Fred Hersch

"Michael Blanco is a resourceful young bassist with two albums to his name, and a reputation confirmed by the caliber of his partners."--Nate Chinen, The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 10 - 6:00PM 
Terry Vakirtzoglou, voice;  Glafkos Kontemeniotis, piano;  George Maniatis, drums;  Andrea Veneziani, bass
Terry Vakirtzoglou image

Terry Vakirtzoglouis a NYC based jazz vocalist from Greece. After 3 years in the city she has been an active member of the jazz scene performing in different venues while sharing the stage with various musicians. Inspired from everyday life and human behavior Terry has created her own way to tell her story through original songs and creative arrangements from the jazz repertoire as well as from the rock/pop genre she grew up with. Influenced by her Greek heritage, her sound combines her jazz education with her cultural background.

" Terry has a colorful and soulful sound when at the same time she delivers with honesty the stories behind the lyrics." concert review from concert at " Le Poisson Rouge"

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 10 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Jean-Michel Pilc, piano;  John Hadfield, percussion;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Maria Manousaki, violin;  Gokce Erem, violin;  Peter Kiral, viola;  Colin Stokes, cello
Petros Klampanis, Greek What? image

Petros Klampanis brings his group, Contextual to the Cornelia Street Cafe on Saturday the 10th of January. For this event entitled "Greek What?", he invites some of the most creative Greek musicians who live in NY: songwriter, singer and accordionist Magda Giannikou (of Banda Magda), guitarist & composer Costas Baltazanis, electric bassist extra-ordinaire Panagiotis Andreou and immaculate oudist and vocalist Mavrothi Kontanis.

The audience will have the chance to listen to Klampanis' latest compositions, that will be included in his upcoming album "Minor Dispute", as well as Greek songs arranged especially for that performance.

Special Guests:

Magda Giannikou: voice & accordion, Costas Baltazanis: acoustic guitar, Panagiotis Andreou: electric bass, Mavrrothi Kontanis: oud.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http:// Gilad Hekselman:guitar, Jean-Michel Pilc: piano, John Hadfield: percussion, Maria Manousaki & Gokc


Sunday,  Jan 11 - 6:00PM 
Robert Carnevale Donna Baier Stein Priscilla Orr Michael T. Young
Tiferet Journal: A Reading image

The poets of Tiferet Journal will read from the journal and from their collections. If time permits, an open reading will follow.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Jan 11 - 8:30PM 
Patrick Cornelius, alto sax, flute;  Jason Palmer, trumpet;  John Ellis, tenor sax, bass clarinet;  Michael Fahie, trombone;  Miles Okazaki, guitar;  Fabian Almazan, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Patrick Cornelius Octet image

Multi-award winning alto saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius presents an encore performance of "While We're Still Young," his suite for octet featuring songs inspired by the children's poetry of A.A. Milne. Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America as part of the 2012 "New Jazz Works" program, this work's debut performance was originally broadcast live on "The Checkout with Josh Jackson," and later on NPR's "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater." "While We're Still Young" pays tribute to the classic whimsical adventures of Christopher Robin from Milne's 1924 collection "When We Were Very Young", all the while giving a nod to timeless compositional masters like Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, Thad Jones, and Claude Debussy, and providing the members of an all-star ensemble plenty of space for development and expression. For more information, music, and video.

“a bold and gifted sax player” --All About Jazz

“a dynamic New York altoist” --The Guardian

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jan 12 - 6:00PM 
Liz Stretch, host

Henry Hargreaves, photographer;  Caitlin Levin, food artist;  Chef Dan Latham, our very own celebrity chef
Fork it Over : Our Food Talk/Taste Series image
The Cornelia Street Café presents its inaugural Fork it Over food talk as part of an ongoing series.

Boundary-pushing photographer, Henry Hargreaves and artist, Caitlin Levin will speak about their personal relationship to food and what it is that inspires them to be working as artists using food as the medium.

Known for their collaborations as food artists – turning the mundane into works of art - they will share the personal, very human tale of their relationship with their subject matter.

We will hear the story of their food as art love affair and ongoing exploration of all things comestible.

This is food intimacy. It will inspire and entertain. Share the passion.

Chef Dan Latham will offer food pairings that marry the spoken word.
 $ 25 includes a taste

Monday,  Jan 12 - 8:30PM 
Vicky Chow, host

Kate Stenberg, violin;  Petr Masek, violin;  Charlton Lee, viola;  Kathryn Bates, cello
Contagious Sounds: Del Sol String Quartet image

The San Francisco based Del Sol String Quartet, two-time winner of the top Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, is breaking the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances of new music with a global pulse.

“…the tonal beauty of the four string instruments, anchored by the otherworldly burr of the didgeridoo, create a hypnotic sound world well worth exploring.” (NY Times, November 26, 2014)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Jan 13 - 6:00PM 
Thomas Pryor, host

Judith Heineman Michael Schwartz Robert White Don Rosler
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Jan 13 - 8:30PM 
Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Scott Neumann, drums
Neu3 image

Brooklyn-based Drummer/Composer Scott Neumann presents Neu3 with saxophonist Michael Blake and bassist Mark Helias. This loose-limbed trio exudes inspiration from the possibilities of freedom, while nodding to the guideposts of compositions. Scott’s compositions contain a balance of lyricism, rhythmic pulse and openness of structure that maximizes the bold improvisational capabilities of these fine musicians. The eloquence of their group interaction looms large.

“Neu3 creates a furnace of ideas where creativity is inspired, swing incessant and performances exhilirating.” – DownBeat Magazine (4 Stars)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times