See the previous week's performances.   January 09-January 16, 2012  See the next week's performances.
Monday,  Jan 09 - 6:00PM 

$10 includes your first drink

Let's Talk Dirty image
Monday,  Jan 09 - 8:30PM 
Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  David Binney, alto sax;  Matt Mitchell, fender rhodes;  Kenny Wollesen, drums
Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Quinsin Nachoff has been described as 'an impressive display of sizzling, post-Coltrane inventiveness.' (LA Times) and as a composer his work has been heralded as 'one of the most innovative chamber jazz recordings in recent years.' --AllAboutJazz

His latest project, Flux, brings together the unique voices and prolific talents of New Yorkers David Binney, Matt Mitchell and Kenny Wollesen. The music can be described as 'a world that spans jazz and pop inflection to create something at once familiar and “wondrous strange”' (Wholenote Magazine)

'a fascinating mind…exquisite, forlorn tenor.' --Downbeat Magazine

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Quinsin Nachoff's Flux image
Monday,  Jan 09 - 10:00PM 
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Combining the personnel of his ensembles Renku and Spun Tree, Michaël Attias presents a special concert of music composed in the past two years celebrating the ever-modern special clarion sonority of the alto/trumpet frontline. Weaving sun light and green cells to make a tree rise and dance in the ear! Molecular maze, dance of the atoms, reed brass wood metal...

After migrations spanning North Africa, the Middle East, Western Europe and the American Midwest, saxophonist Michaël Attias settled in New York City in 1994 where he currently enjoys rich activity as leader, sideman, composer, and improviser. Exposing himself to a wide range of situations and collaborations, he has created a supple, passionate and uncompromising language in which to render the diversity of his imagination and commitments. All About Jazz has called him "a significant new voice on the alto saxophone"; All Music Guide has described his playing as "both lyrical and explorative."

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jan 10 - 6:00PM 
Tommy Pryor, host

Lisa Burns Nicole Ferraro Julia Joseph Francesca Rizzo Adam Wade
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image
The neighborhood’s awake, and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Lisa Burns ~ Mary Weiss (Shangri-las) said about Lisa's recent recording: "Lisa Burns is a gutsy, sensitive and honest singer. The songs on Channeling Mary are written and sung straight from the street, heart and her gut. She is the real deal, and I admire her talent." Blue-eyed girl group soul said-Joe Vig blogspot. Lisa has recorded for MCA and Atlantic Records. Yes vinyl. Splendid ~ described her voice as sounding like a little girl who has spent too much time in nightclubs.

Nicole Ferraro’s non-fiction essays have appeared in various publications including The New York Times, Our Town, New York Press, and Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood. She’s just completed her memoir on the subject of repressed grief and, in accord with the subject matter, is hiding it under her bed. By day she is the Executive Editor of, where she writes a column about the future of the Internet.

Julia Joseph is one of the finest performers of song out there today. She lets you know in every note that soul, swing, heart and intelligence can never go out of style. She has strong roots in classic soul, jazz, Latin and rhythm & blues, but her music is timeless. It allows you to leave your contemporary moment and float in its world. In Julia's world, dreams come alive and the human heart speaks clearly for all.

Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, PHC. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s “This American Life,” & has columns in & He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s “Baseball: A New York Love Story.”

Francesca Rizzo is an award-winning trans-media storyteller creating in film, theater, print and the web. Her first popular solo show, The Cherry Sisters: True Stories from the Kitchen Table got its start at Cornelia Street and her newest show, the hilarious (Never Underestimate) Dames Like Her will return to Cornelia Street soon.

Adam Wade is a record 16-time StorySLAM winner, and a 2-time GrandSLAM Champion at The Moth. He's written for The NY Times and Glamour Magazine and has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central. You can find him online at

$7.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Jan 10 - 8:30PM 
Nate Radley, guitar, compositions;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Pete Rende, piano;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Ted Poor, drums
Nate Radley Group, CD Release:The Big Eyes image
The Nate Radley group comes to Cornelia Street to celebrate the release of their first cd "The Big Eyes" on Fresh Sound/New Talent.

Brooklyn-based Nate Radley has performed in the United States and Europe and with bands such as Bad Touch, Marc Mommaas' Landmarc, the Alan Ferber Nonet, Jon Gordon, the Maria Schnieder Orchestra, Dave Smith, Akiko Pavolka, John McNeil, Andrew Rathbun, and others. Nate Radley's playing has been described as "intuitive", "abstract", and "compositional."

"There are guitarists who live on the edge and guitarists who play pretty. Few, like Radley, do both." Thomas Conrad, AllAboutJazz-New York (now known as The New York City Jazz Record)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 11 - 6:00PM 
Robin Hirsch
JEWFEST: The Cafe and the Jewish Question image
Our Minister of Culture/Wine Czar/Dean of Faculty kicks off our January Jewish Jamboree with a reading from his memoir-in-progress, THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: Stories from the Cornelia Street Cafe.

What happens when a Wandering Jew stops wandering? At the end of LAST DANCE AT THE HOTEL KEMPINSKI, Robin's earlier memoir, our hero had found a measure of peace, had even, for want of a better word, settled down. He had married, produced two children, and however tentatively, begun to explore the notion of home...

But the notion of home, for a Wandering Jew, is a complex one. For Robin, it includes, most tenderly, the Cornelia Street Café, which he opened in 1977 together with two other artists, an Irish-American actor and an Argentinean-Italian-Canadian painter and sculptor. Over the last thirty-four years it has been a home not just for three starving artists, as they then appeared to themselves to be, but for a whole host of performers: from Carolyne Mas and The Songwriters Exchange to Eve Ensler and the Vagina Monologues, from Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann to Poet Laureate Billy Collins, from Senator Eugene McCarthy reading his poetry to neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks reading his prose, from members of Monty Python to members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, from comedians to cellists, from stiltwalkers to ventriloquists. And for all kinds of civilians and celebrities.

Amid the turmoil of this passing throng, however, the sheer act of standing still after half a lifetime of wandering allows our hero, an exile from his native country, in which his parents were themselves exiles, to sift the nuances of arrivals and departures, of family and community, of longing and fulfillment, of exile and homecoming. And all this in a city where to stand still at all is at once an achievement and an act of betrayal.

In 1987, on its 10th anniversary, New York's Mayor Koch proclaimed the Cornelia Street Café "a culinary as well as a cultural landmark."

In THE WHOLE WORLD PASSES THROUGH: Stories from the Cornelia Street Café, Robin Hirsch picks up the personal history begun in Last Dance and finds in the midst of a myriad of other people's stories the continuation of his own.

$15 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Jan 11 - 8:30PM 
Kris Davis, piano;  Matt Maneri, viola;  Oscar Noriega, bass clarinet, clarinet;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Ches Smith, drums
Kris Davis Quintet image
Davis has presented her music at Cornelia Street Cafe for the past 10 years and this concert celebrates that anniversary. For the special occasion she is presenting this exciting new ensemble and a collection of new compositions. "Over the last couple of years in New York one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis."--Ben Ratliff, NY Times

$10 cover plus $10 minimum
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Thursday,  Jan 12 - 6:00PM 
Peri Smilow, vocals;  Ed Alstrom, piano, musical direction
JEWFEST: The Great (Jewish) American Songbook! image
Peri Smilow sings The Great (Jewish) American Songbook: An evening of Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Sondheim and the magic that brought Jews to create the "sound" of this country!

Peri Smilow uses music to make the world better. As an international performing artist, composer, educator and activist she has a unique ability to move people of all ages, building on her talent, passion, and commitment to community to create social change.

Peri’s music and message of tikkun olam have been heard throughout the US, Canada, England, Singapore and Israel. She has served as Artist-in-Residence at the World Union for Progressive Judaism’s Connections Conference in Israel (2009) and at the Limmud Conference in England. Peri was commissioned to write and perform a new piece of music in celebration of the release of the WRJ’s The Torah: A Women’s Commentary. She has been a visiting artist at the Reform movement’s summer camps and has served as visiting faculty at the Hava Nashira National Songleader Institute.

Her music is sung widely through the US. She has released four albums of original music including Songs of Peace, Ashrey and The Freedom Music Project featuring an electrifying 18-voice choir of young Black and Jewish singers performing the music of Passover and the Civil Rights Movement. FMP was nominated Best Gospel Album of the Year by the Just Plain Folks Music Awards and was featured on NBC and ABC TV and on NPR and Voice of America radio.

Peri’s most recent release, Blessings draws on Peri’s experience as cancer survivor, wife and mother and celebrates the importance of her relationships with loved ones, friends, community and faith. Blessings was co-produced by Grammy-award winner Ben Wisch.

As an added bonus, she is being accompanied tonight by Ed Alstrom, who steals away from his regular gig as the weekend organist at Yankee Stadium

$15.00 includes a drink

 $15.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Jan 12 - 8:30PM 
Jamie Baum, flutes;  Amir Elsaffar, trumpet;  Douglas Yates, alto sax, bass clarinet;  Brad Shepik, guitar;  John Escreet, piano;  Zack Lober, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
While award-winning jazz flutist/composer Jamie Baum has been known for her classically-influenced, innovative compositions, her latest project reflects her several trips to South Asia where she had many opportunities to learn and perform with musicians there. Like her earlier projects, her goal isn’t to perform with stylistic authenticity, but to communicate the excitement, spirit and energy felt and heard in those forms in a modern jazz context.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jamie Baum Septet image
Friday,  Jan 13 - 6:00PM 
Adam Larson, saxophones;  Michael Rodriguez, trumpet;  Adam Kromelow, piano;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Jason Burger, drums
The Adam Larson Quintet image

Having performed at several venues throughout the city, saxophonist Adam Larson makes his debut at Cornelia St. with a formidable arrangement of his quintet. Showcasing original compositions from Larson and his fellow bandmates, the quintet eagerly awaits the opportunity to share their music with you, for what is sure to be a great night!

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Friday,  Jan 13 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Gary Versace, organ;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Ellery Eskelin Trio image Scott Friedlander
Inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in Baltimore in the early sixties, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin explores the organ trio format with stellar bandmates Gary Versace and Gerald Cleaver. Come check out this NYC weekend engagement as the band prepares for their first European tour.

"...brilliant and consummately versatile..." --Time Out New York

$15 cover plus $10 minimum
 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 14 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Tony Iovino John Keahey
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

Tonight's program: Murder, Mayhem and a Love of Sicily

$7.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Jan 14 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Gary Versace, organ;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Ellery Eskelin Trio image Scott Friedlander
Inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in Baltimore in the early sixties, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin explores the organ trio format with stellar bandmates Gary Versace and Gerald Cleaver. Come check out this NYC weekend engagement as the band prepares for their first European tour.

"...brilliant and consummately versatile..." --Time Out New York

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jan 15 - 6:00PM 
Malesha Jessie, host


Hosted by Malesha Jessie, soprano, whom TimeOut Magazine calls the Punk Diva. Come hear live operatic singing in a cabaret setting sprinkled with comedy and an urban edge. Singers who wish to participate in the evening should write Malesha at to ensure a slot.

Composers, collaborators, and experimental operatic acts are welcome!

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jan 15 - 8:30PM 
Citlalli Guevara, piano;  Slavina Zhelezova, piano
Dance on the Keys: from Waltz to Tango: featuring works by Brahms, Mozart, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Piazzolla

The critically acclaimed Guevara-Zhelezova piano duo is known for its dynamic interpretations, energetic stage performances and original programming. The duo combines the cultural heritages and temperaments of Latin America and Eastern Europe and is committed to bringing a vast repertoire ranging from Baroque to newly commissioned works to audiences of all ages all over the world.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Classical At The Cornelia: Dance On The Keys image
Monday,  Jan 16 - 6:00PM 
Ted Jonathan, host

Yu Yan Chen Joe Weil Fred Yannantuono

Fine poets, great journal.

$ 7 includes a drink

Monday,  Jan 16 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, host

Wyatt Cenac Dave Hill Dan Nainan Leslie Goshko Zero Boy Rock Albers
John Morrison hosts Wyatt Cenac, Dave Hill, Dan Nainan, Leslie Goshko, Zero Boy & Rock Albers.

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows." – The NY Post

"Critic's Pick" – TimeOut NY

"Works for me." – Morrison

$20 Door (includes one drink) Cash only.


See the previous week's performances.  PREVIOUS WEEK    Scheduled performances from
January 09-January 16, 2012   
NEXT WEEK  See the next week's performances.

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