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Friday,  Jul 25 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Ben Monder, guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Jeff Williams, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 
Saturday,  Jul 26 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 

Sunday,  Jul 27 - 6:00PM 
Jesse Scheinin, saxophone, vocals, compositions;  band tba
Jesse and Forever image

Jesse and Forever is part David Bowie, part Coltrane quartet. Led by saxophonist and singer-songwriter Jesse Scheinin, their debut CD was described in the San Jose Mercury News as being "an album of dreamy songs laced with ecstasy and longing... Scheinin is well on his way toward working out a solution to the age-old conflict between Dionysian and Apollonian impulses, between his urge to cut loose and his desire to explore music's recondite mysteries."

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Jul 27 - 8:30PM 
Dan Rufolo, piano;  Adam Larson, tenor sax;  Pat Carroll, alto sax;  Jimmy MacBride , drums
Dan Rufolo Quintet image

Pianist/composer Dan Rufolo, having showcased four different groups in just under five years at Cornelia Street, brings yet another collaboration to the stage. This group keeps with Rufolo's ethos of "group above self", creating a musical environment that values all collective input and produces memorable, stimulating music.

Best, -Dan -- -Daniel Rufolo Jazz Pianist and Composer
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jul 28 - 6:00PM 
Poets Gary J. Whitehead, Michael T. Young, and Peter Marcus image

Gary J. Whitehead, Michael T. Young, and Peter Marcus gather for an evening of presenting new and recently published works. These well-published poets all hail from the New York area and, while stylistically different, craft poems that are rich in imagery, metaphor, sound and story.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jul 28 - 8:30PM 
Songwriter Series: Sam Willmott and Grace McClean image

Sam Willmott is the winner of th 2012 Fred Ebb Award for songwriting, and the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award for Lyrics. He’s been a composer in residence at Goodspeed Musicals and the Eugene O’Neil Theatre. He holds a residency at the York Theatre (NYC), is a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and is an alum of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters’ Project.

Grace McLean is “electrifying” says Huffington Post. A cast member in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, Grace also performs both solo, and with her band Grace McLean & Them Apples, with whom she’s released the single “Natural Disaster,” and the EP Make Me Breakfast. A new EP of all-looping songs is forthcoming. Her pop opera, In The Green, about 12th century German mystic Hildegard von Bingen, is in development.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Jul 28 - 10:00PM 
Songwriter Series: Shaina Taub and Ben Scheuer image

Shaina Taub is “a powerhouse of quiet emotion." (The New Statesman) Winner of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Award, and fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Yaddo Colony, the Sundance Institute and the Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Project, Shaina serves on the music theatre faculty at Pace University Arts. She performs and records with her band The Shaina Taub Trio.

Benjamin Scheuer is the curator of the Cornelia Street Songwriter Series. He is writer and performer of the one-man musical THE LION (“The best new musical I’ve seen this year.” –Huffington Post) and the leader of the band Escapist Papers. Scheuer is the winner of the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting. Says the NYTimes, "Scheuer gets to the heart of the matter."

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jul 29 - 6:00PM 
Moira Lo Bianco, piano
Satie a' la carte image

Inspired by the eccentric pianist’s approach to life and music, Moira Lo Bianco plays Erik Satie’s best-known pieces in a concert that is less a recital than a translation – and celebration – of Satie’s eccentric approach to music and life. A longtime admirer of his sparseness, repetition and connectedness to spirituality, Moira presents Satie her way. There will be music, umbrellas, bubbles and special guests for a show that you can't miss!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jul 29 - 8:30PM 
Olli Hirvonen, guitar;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bel, drums

Brooklyn-based post-jazz power trio led by the enigmatic Finnish guitarist Olli Hirvonen. They make music inspired by modern jazz, alternative rock and avant-garde.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Wednesday,  Jul 30 - 6:00PM 
Stephanie Carlin, vox/guitar;  Carey Clayton, guitar;  Javi Santiago, piano;  Stephen Harms, bass;  Wes Reid, drums
Avidya And The Kleshas image

Like their namesake, Avidya & The Kleshas' music is shrouded in mystery and cannot be confined to one box. Their latest release "Tree Of Series" is a record for refined tastes, fraught with ever-changing shapes and carefully crafted lyrics. Buddhist texts describe Avidya and four other Kleshas as the fog in our consciousness, the mental states that cloud the mind, i.e why we suffer. Translated from Sanskrit, this incapacity to see reality for what it is defines “avidya,” which is the root klesha in all of us; it is the source of our other mental states of discomfort.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Jul 30 - 8:30PM 
Ricky Rodriguez, bass, comp.;  Myron Walden, alto sax;  Luis Perdomo, piano;  Rudy Royston, drums;  Tom Guarna, guitar
Ricky Rodriguez Quintet  image

" Ricky Rodriguez's music displays a mix in some of the Puertorrican;s rhythm with a combination of Classical music, Rock music and modern Jazz sound's.

" This band performing for South Florida JAZZ is very special because all of the players are absolutely top-tier. Venezuelan-born pianist Edward Simon is among the most highly regarded pianists, especially in the modern Latin idiom. Bassist Ricky Rodriguez has a big, aggressive sound and perfect intonation, and drummer Adam Cruz, also known for his long association with pianists Danilo Perez and Edward Simon as well as the Mingus Big Band, is at the forefront of a growing wave of jazz innovation and 21st century cross-cultural rhythm. A special guest is vibist Stefon Harris, Jazz Journalists Association Mallet Player of the Year, who is among the top three on his instrument. This band will be en fuego! "--allaboutjazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 31 - 6:00PM 
Karl Leone, poet;  Bryan Meador, painter
Creative Collect Presents: In Performance image

Create Collect: In Performance features multi-genre writers who put their text in motion. We are dedicated to the interconectedness of poetry/the written word and performance (of language/sound/text, of the body, of material(s), of ritual, of somatics). This installment at The Cornelia St. Cafe will feature a collaboration between poet Karl C. Leone and painter Bryan Meador. The paintings will be on site to view! The evening will also feature two other readings by the actress/ performance artist Trae Harris as well as the writer/performer REZM ORAH. Music by Angelus.

 $8.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Jul 31 - 8:30PM 
Rich Perry, tenor sax;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Michael Blanco Quintet image

Bassist and composer Michael Blanco returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe, bringing a new batch of compositions written especially for this stellar line up of top-notch musicians: veteran tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, guitarist Lage Lund, pianist Adam Birnbaum, and master drummer Clarence Penn. In addition to the new material, the group will present music from Michael's most recent album: No Time Like the Present (Nineteen-Eight Records).

"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

Friday,  Aug 01 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

The Monthly: 2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Pet Writing Project image

Hot enough for ya? Duh! The Dog Days of Summer are here. Cool off as Three Rooms Press celebrate the Dog Daze, a literary salon with stories and poems by and about NYC’s favorite pets (don’t worry — we’ll cover cats too!).

Our featured lineup includes award-winning author and poet VICTORIA REDEL (Loverboy, Make Me Do Things); New York Times health & science writer PAM BELLUCK (Island Practice); professor, writer, pundit and political satirist JULIANNA FORIANO (host of TV’s Absurdity Today); poet, editor, astrologer T.C. GARDSTEIN (Circuit) plus the debut performance of short story writer TIA LEWIS. Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat (not Cat!) Georges will co-host the event.

The Monthly at Cornelia Street Cafe, a unique series curated by Three Rooms Press that brings together leading poets, intellectuals, performers and budding rebels on a different topic each month.

Food & drink available during the performance or upstairs after the show

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Aug 01 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Jim Black, drums
Mary Halvorson Fest. : Mary Halvorson Trio image

Mary Halvorson, Chris Lightcap, and Jim Black will perform in a trio formation for the first time.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). In addition to her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and her quintet, which adds trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, Ms. Halvorson co-leads a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew and Secret Keeper. She is also an active member of bands led by Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Curtis Hasselbring, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

Bassist Chris Lightcap has performed across 5 continents with such artists as Marc Ribot, Tomasz Stanko, The Swell Season, Mark Turner, Ed Blackwell, Chris Potter, John Scofield, Glen Hansard, Sheila Jordan, Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, James Carter, Diane Reeves, Butch Morris, Siunny Murray, Ben Monder, Tom Harrell and others. He currently plays in over a dozen performing ensembles including bands led by Regina Carter, Matt Wilson, Craig Taborn, Chad Taylor and Joe Morris, and his playing is featured on over 60 albums. In addition to his work as a sideman he has led a variety of bands since 2000 and has produced three critically acclaimed albums of original music. His latest, “Deluxe” on Clean Feed Records was called “superb” by The Wall Street Journal and was named one of the best releases of 2010 by the New York Times, NPR, the Village Voice, and Jazz Times, among other publications. The CD features his group Bigmouth which also includes Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek on tenor saxophones, Craig Taborn on keyboards and Gerald Cleaver on drums. In 2011 he received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America. Bigmouth premiered Lightcap's resulting work, Lost and Found at the Earshot Jazz Festival on October 28, 2012 in Seattle, WA. The work was subsequently broadcast on NPR. This music will soon be released on Lightcap’s forthcoming Bigmouth CD on Clean Feed Records.

Born in 1967 and raised in Seattle, WA, Jim Black moved to Brooklyn in 1991 and has since been traveling and touring almost non-stop in Europe, Asia, and the US. He plays drums and composes for of the collective bands Human Feel, Pachora, Endangered Blood, and BB&C (Tim Berne, Jim Black, & Nels Cline.) He has recorded 6 albums as a leader with his band “AlasNoAxis” for the Winter & Winter label. Jim has recorded and toured with many bands such as Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Dave Liebman/Ellery Eskelin Quartet, Uri Caine's various ensembles, Laurie Anderson, as well as recordings and tours with Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Ray Anderson, and Steve Coleman. He appears on over 150 professionally released recordings. In addition to performing and recording, he also teach regularly in workshops around the world as well as programming and performing on his own laptop based sampler instrument.

Photos of Mary Halvorson and Jim Black by Peter Gannushkin. Photo of Chris Lightcap by Petra Cvelalbar.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum,

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