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Sunday,  Jul 13 - 6:00PM 
Gayle Kirschenbaum Laszlo Santha Lee Eypper Bethany Birkett Miki Noam
Writers on Hudson: Writes of Summer image

Writers on Hudson presents a mosaic of voices from the shores of New York.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Jul 13 - 8:30PM 
Manuel Valera, piano;  Samuel Torres, percusssion
Jazz Latido: Manuel Valera, Samuel Torres Duo image

When the imposing talents of two of today’s most versatile Latin jazz artists meld with the organic richness of some of the world’s greatest cultural traditions, the results are guaranteed to be as fresh and virtuosic as they are revealing and magical. That’s what transpires on Samuel Torres and Manuel Valera Duet, an intimate setting of Piano and Latin Percussion

Based in New York City, Grammy nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera was born and raised in Havana, Cuba has become well known in the NYC modern jazz scene, garnering national reviews and lending his talents as a pianist and composer to such notable artist as Paquito D’Rivera, Brian Lynch, Dafnis Prieto, Lenny White and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Samuel Torres from Bogota- Colombia transcends the conventional definition of a Percussionist. He’s a fully developed musician in the true meaning of the word -- an artist who passionately follows his intuitions, ever broadening his horizons while further honing his wide-ranging, world class skills.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jul 14 - 6:00PM 
Russell Stern, piano, composition

Russell Stern is an acclaimed concert pianist, composer and music director. Russell's original compositions utilize his experience in many styles of music, which includes classical, jazz, rock, musical theatre and new age, to express the inspiration of his heart. His recordings take the listener on a journey through life's dreams, love, celebrations, challenges, serenity and adventure. Russell will perform selections from his recently released CD “Awakening” as well as selections from his first CD “Secrets of the Night”. Both CD’s will be available at the concert and also can be purchased on his website and through CD Baby.

"Russell Stern is one of the most refreshingly, brilliant pianists I have heard in a long, long time, but it is his movingly beautiful and original piano compositions that single him out as truly special." - The Amazing Kreskin

"Russell's music aspires to nothing short of heaven, its rhapsodic waves of sound splash and play up and down the perfect white expanse of keys in great sighs and storms of emotion. It is major league from top to bottom." - Evan Pritchard for Resonance Magazine

 $8.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Jul 14 - 8:30PM 
Sam Yulsman, piano, electronics
Classical At The Cornelia: come/unbound image

New works for chamber ensemble, solo piano and electronics by composer Sam Yulsman.

Sam Yulsman is a composer and pianist based in New York City. His music spans multiple genres, and involves both improvised, fully-composed material, and electronics. He has collaborated and toured with artists from around the world, including the counter)induction ensemble, Wet Ink, the Westerlies brass quartet, Jesse Kranzler, Art Lande, and Kent Mclagan.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jul 15 - 6:00PM 
Dave Hall, vocals, composition
Dave Hall: Songs of Brooklyn image

Dave Hall’s “Songs of Brooklyn” is a cycle of poems that trace the history of Brooklyn from the 16th through the 21st centuries. With titles such as “Weeksville,” “Greenwood,” “The Mermaid Parade” and “Beards and Beer,” the songs range from touching to funny and capture the life and spirit of the borough through the centuries.

Dave Hall is a singer and composer who transcends boundaries. Praising his “well-crafted compositions relating poignant tales of love, loss and small town life,” the New York Times described him as “an artist of considerable lyrical clout.” A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Dave has written folk, pop-rock, musical theater and chamber music. He’s released several CDs of original songs and he has toured throughout the US. His musicals for children have been performed in New York City and his zany “Angela’s Flying Bed” was a big hit at the 2007 NY International Fringe Festival. Presently devoted to composing song cycles, he brings one of his newest works “Songs of Brooklyn,” for voice, piano and cello, to his first–ever performance at the Cornelia Street Café.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jul 15 - 8:30PM 
Blanca Cecilia González, violin;  Jesse Elder, piano
1in2 image

From the innermost seed, found in silent reflection, to the outermost deed of a poignant sound, love is the thread. On this evening a mighty spring will erupt and overflow, as will so many tender little eternities.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jul 15 - 10:00PM 
Jesse Elder, piano;  Chris Smith, bass;  Andrew Atkinson, drums
Jesse Elder Trio image

This new trio will embark on it's second flirtation with the stage, bringing to life a series of short stories, both original and familiar. The music, and the ensemble itself, is a triangular entity of budding exploration, desirous of your ears, hearts and minds. Come enjoy the balancing strength and flexibility of the ancient formation of three.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 16 - 6:00PM 
Steve Dalachinsky Puma Perl David Lawton Steve Herrera Bryan Eich and Chloe' Skye
Poetics Explosion! image

An evening celebrating the language of NYC poets and music makers. Sponsored by Poetry Teachers NYC.

Featuring Steve Dalachinsky, Puma Perl, David Lawton, Steve Herrera, Bryan Eich and Chloe' Skye!

 $8.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Jul 16 - 8:30PM 
Haruka Yabuno, piano;  Ehud Ettun, bass

"The Yabuno Ettun Project (YEP) is a highly creative collaboration between Japanese pianist Haruka Yabuno and Israeli bassist Ehud Ettun. Each one an imaginative composer, the two have created a unique interaction on stage and in the studio. Their performances have been described by listeners as "captivating" and "fascinating." - Their new debut album release, "BiPolar", features originals as well as duo arrangements of influential compositions."

"Two young masters creating dialogues of mesmerizing possibilities."-- Blue Monk Moods

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 17 - 6:00PM 
Craig Werth, vocals, multi-intrumentals;  Michael Lydon, guitar, vocals
Craig Werth, In Concert — with special guest, Michael Lydon image

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Craig Werth, visits Cornelia Street with the warmth, insight and humor of his original songs. Craig's gentle reverence for music and sense of wonder and affection for the world and the people in it yields radiant songs about everyday heroes and the trials and amusements of life as a human. His most recent solo album is a Folk DJ favorite, receiving multiple "top new album of the year" nods from DJs across North America. Accompanying himself with guitars, bouzouki, ukulele and banjo, Werth evokes both tears and laughter in every performance.

 $8.00 includes a drink http://

Thursday,  Jul 17 - 8:30PM 
Caleb Curtis, alto sax;  Kenny Pexton, tenor sax;  Adam Coté, bass;  Shawn Baltazor, drums
Walking Distance image

Based in Brooklyn, Walking Distance is a fiery collective of powerful improvisers playing music they love. The saxophonists intertwine in sound and concept, blending seamlessly so that it can be difficult to hear them as separate instruments, and and at other times engaged in a spirited debate with the drums and bass. The band engages in a wide range of possibilities; from melodic swing and grooving rock, to free bop and soulful ballads,with a dash of terror-inducing chaos. Formed in June 2012 during the Catskill Jazz Factory’s inaugural Artist Residency, Walking Distance is quickly gaining traction and notice. They will release their first album in early 2015.
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jul 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone;  Tom Rainey, drums
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock has been living in the UK since 1989 and has recently moved to Brooklyn. She performed and recorded with: Kenny Wheeler, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Norma Winstone, Veryan Weston, Luc Ex,Django Bates’ Human Chain, Evan Parker, The Continuum Ensemble and others. As part of the F-ire Collective, she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004,was nominated for the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Rising Star’ in 2005 and won a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006. She won the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize the and was one of the final nominees for the 2009 Westfalen Jazz Preis. Her current groups are Anti-House, Sleepthief with Tom Rainey and Liam Noble (Sleepthief,Intakt CD146) ,her two-piano nonet Nein and Ingrid Laubrock Quintet and a co-led trio with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. Since 2000 she has been performing regularly in New York with numerous groups and has toured Europe and the U.S. with Anthony Braxton and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant. Additionally, Halvorson has performed alongside and interpreted the music of Joe Morris, Nels Cline, John Tchicai, Taylor Ho Bynum, Matana Roberts, Tony Malaby, Elliott Sharp, Myra Melford, Andrea Parkins, Tyshawn Sorey, Marc Ribot and Jason Moran. Current projects which Mary composes for and performs with include The Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hebert and Ches Smith (Dragon's Head, Firehouse 12 Records, 2008); a chamber-music duo with violist Jessica Pavone (On and Off, Skirl Records, 2007); and the avant-rock band People (Misbegotten Man, I & Ear Records, 2007).

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O'Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Tom Varner, Ken Werner, Denny Zeitlin. Current activities include performing and recording music with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson as well as playing with many of the aforementioned artists.

"there is some magic happening here - a beautiful contrast beetween Zen-like calm and alarming bombast that makes Pool School a must hear" Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

“Halvorson’s sound is immediately distinctive, viscerally powerful and, yes, intriguingly ‘anti-guitar’”. Brian Morton, Jazz Review

“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." Josef Woodard, L.A. Times.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Saturday,  Jul 19 - 6:00PM 
Kyungmi Nam, piano
A Summertime Classical Concert: Pianist Kyungmi Nam & Guest Artists image
Acclaimed by New York Concert Review as "…an awareness of detail… a clear sense of compositional structure…, a lively, vibrant sound and a wide palette of dynamics and colors", pianist Kyungmi Nam has given numerous concerts as soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area. She gave her New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2005, as the winner of Young Artist Piano Award presented by Artists International Presentations, Inc. Kyungmi Nam has been awarded with prizes from competitions in the U.S., South Korea, and Italy including the Debussy Prize from IBLA Grand Prize International Competition in 2006. Her orchestra engagements include the World Premiere of Henry Martin's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the conductor Richard Auldon Clark and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in 2007.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Jul 19 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Jason Rigby, drums;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums

Tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby’s explosive triumvirate showcases current and new works from a recent and soon-to-be-relesed recording. Having garnered attention from his previous efforts as both sideman and leader, Rigby’s trio pays energy, excitement, creativity and cohesive elasticity in spades.

DETROIT-CLEVELAND TRIO combines the creative powers of Detroit natives Cameron Brown and Gerald Cleaver, with Cleveland native Rigby. Ah, the midwest. Hailed as “a truly lyrical musician” and “New York’s rising start of tenor sax” with a “pioneering voice that deftly combines many influences,” Rigby is known for his compelling inside-outside improvising. Cameron Brown is one of the greatest living bass veterans, a driving and creative constant and has worked with the likes of Don Cherry, Art Blakey, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, as well as with Dannie Richmond as a member of the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. Gerald Cleaver is an unstoppable modern drummer who consistently dazzles with his creative depth, having performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill, Michael Formanek, Mat Maneri, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, to name a few.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Jul 20 - 8:30PM 
Rubens Salles, piano;  John Clark, french horn;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums;  Kavita Shah, voice;  Brandon Wright, sax
New Brazilian Perspectives: Rubens Salles image

Based in New York for the past five years, Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs.

At Cornelia, Rubens and band perform tunes from his latest album, ‘Liquid Gravity’ (available on iTunes), heavily influenced by free jazz icons such as Cecil Taylor, composer Charles Ives, Brazilian legend Hermeto Pascoal, and traditional folk styles like baião, bumba-meu-boi and choro. Rubens explains: “Liquid Gravity plays with new forms of tension and resolution, and we attempt to take the audience to a different perception in Jazz”.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Sunday,  Jul 20 - 10:00PM 
Edsel Gomez
New Brazilian Perspectives: Edsel Gomez image

Edsel Gomez is today one of the premier Latin Jazz pianists in the world. Born in Puerto Rico, he began piano studies at age five. He grew up in a musical environment that allowed him to master afro- Caribbean rhythms in depth, working since childhood with an incredible array of Latin music Artists. Berklee College of music Alumni, class of ’85, Gomez lived in Brazil from 1986 to 1996, where he studied extensively Brazilian music and worked with several Brazilian icons. Gomez’s personal approach to fusing jazz with Latin, African and Brazilian music gives him a unique personality and musical voice.

He has collaborated and toured with Jack DeJohnette, Don Byron, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Brian Lynch, Eddie Palmieri among several others. CUBIST MUSIC, his US debut recording was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Latin Jazz Category and a JJA award and is to date highly praised by Jazz Legend Chick Corea as one of his favorite recordings.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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