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Sunday,  Aug 10 - 6:00PM 
Nelida Tirado, dancer;  Roberto Castellon, guitar
De Mi Fuente image Chasi Annexy

Join Nelida Tirado and friends in a raw flamenco night of music and dance. Nelida Tirado featured in Dance Magazine's list of "25 Artists to Watch" will take you on a passionate journey of intense emotion touching on traditional and contemporary flamenco featuring stellar guitarist Roberto Castellon.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Aug 10 - 8:30PM 
Melody Fader, piano;  Hamilton Berry, cello;  Roseminna Watson, violin
Classical Festival: Melody Fader image

Melody Fader will play solo piano music of Chopin and Mozart, and then Hamilton Berry (cello) and Roseminna Watson (violin) will join with Melody to play the Beautiful Brahms C major piano trio, op. 87

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Aug 11 - 6:00PM 
Greg Harrington, violin;  Simon Mulligan, piano
Cinema Monday image

Violinist Gregory Harrington and pianist Simon Mulligan collaborate to celebrate the magical music of the cinema taking in themes from classics as Cinema Paradiso, Schindler's List and Scent of a Woman to Gravity and HBOs Band of Brothers.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Aug 11 - 8:30PM 
Azusa Ueno, piano
Classical Festival: Metamorphosis image

Pianist Azusa Ueno explores the music of composers who lived and worked during important artistic and historical eras of transition, and whose musical styles underwent intriguing and progressive changes over the course of their lifetimes. Works by Claude Debussy, Ernest Bloch, and Charles Griffes.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Aug 12 - 6:00PM 
Thomas Pryor, host; Barbara Aliprantis, guest host

Slash Coleman Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi’ Karen Pillsworth Janet Restino
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

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

According to George Gershwin: “Summer time and the living is easy…” and I say, the perfect time to listen to Stories: From Stoops to Nuts - Barbara Aliprantis, Guest Curator/Emcee

 $8.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Aug 12 - 8:30PM 
Elektra Kurtis, violin, composition;  Nicole Verderosa, cello;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Brad Christopher Jones, bass;  Reggie Nicholson, percussion
Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra “Bridges from the East with a Classical Twist image M. Monko

Our Classical Festival concludes with Elektra Kurtis:

Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra are BRIDGING cultural borders and genres of music, using the essence of Mediterranean music, spiced with Polish, Greek and Arabic flavor, based in contemporary Jazz and Classical music forms. The group brings a fresh perspective to creative music, fusing the modern beat of New York's life with its members' multi-ethnic roots. The program will range from Polish classical contemporary music to original compositions by Elektra Kurtis for two violins and for Ensemble Elektra

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Wednesday,  Aug 13 - 6:00PM 
Alejandro Beelmann, drums;  Federico Hilal, bass;  Gustavo Corrado, piano;  Gustavo Firmenich, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Tango Jazz Quartet image

"Tango Jazz Quartet" is: Alejandro Beelmann on drums, Federico Hilal on bass, Gustavo Corrado on piano, and Gustavo Firmenich on tenor saxophone and clarinet.

Mixing the melodic and rhythmic patterns of Tango with the harmonies and improvisation of jazz, Tango Jazz Quartet creates a new concept of music - receiving an enthusiastic reaction both in Argentina and abroad.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Aug 13 - 8:30PM 
Greg Ward, host

Tivon Pennicott, tenor sax;  Mike Battaglia, piano;  Spencer Murphy, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
Sax Fest: Sound Quartet image

Sound Quartet, lead by Tivon Pennicott, has been performing for 2 years. Thus far, they have built a sound so attractive and unique, their musical genre cannot be specified. Tivon Pennicott, who grew up in Marietta Georgia, but with strong Jamaican roots, brought the group together to achieve freedom of expression amongst like thinkers. The music's intensions are for healing. The rest of the group consists of Spencer Murphy, from Syracuse New York mostly known for his weekly residency at Smalls Jazz Club. Spencer's emphasis on the feeling of the groove provide a firm foundation to creatively build upon in every performance. Kenneth Salters originally, from Columbia South Carolina tastefully guides the band rhythmically, and contributes various tambours as the music develops in the moment. He has performed with various artists in NY scene with groups such as Myron Walden's Countrified, Elysian Fields and The Blood Sugars. Mike Battaglia, having grown up in South Philadelphia, is influenced by a number of musical genres, which allow the band breathing room to enter into any musical dimension fathomable. Sound Quartet has its album debut release in early Fall entitled "Lover of Nature".

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Aug 14 - 8:30PM 
Greg Ward, alto sax;  Dave Miller, guitar;  Zack Lober, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
Sax Fest: Greg Ward Quartet image

Greg Ward, NYC-based saxophonist and composer, returns the Cornelia Street Cafe as a leader with a new quartet to present two sets of original music. Don't miss it!

"I'm thinking of Greg Ward, whose long and searching alto saxophone solo in "Third Option" is one of the best things I've heard on record this year."- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times (4/27/10 review on Mike Reed's People, Places & Things)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Aug 15 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host

Albert Alabedra, flamenco fusion;  featuring Noemi Perez
Flamenco-Fusion Festival: Albert Alabedra image

‘‘The Flame’ Festival is a three day celebration derived from the monthly series “The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz” – a series of concerts showcasing the work of musicians whose artistic vision, although strongly based in Jazz sounds and approaches, latches onto the roots of Flamenco.

 $15.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Aug 15 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Greg Ward, host

Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, tenor sax;  Steven Feifke, piano;  Raviv Markovitz, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Sax Fest: Chad Lefkowitz-Brown Quartet image

International award winning saxophonist, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, brings his quartet to Cornelia Street Cafe for an evening of originals and reimagined standards with some of New York's exceptionally talented players.

"Lefkowitz-Brown (has) mastered the art of using a single improvised phrase to elicit complex emotions--James Rozzi, JazzIz Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Aug 16 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host

Nacho Arimany, percussion;  Robert Rodriguez, piano;  Michael O'Brian, bass;  Julio Botti , saxophone
Flamenco-Fusion Festival: Nacho Arimany image

Rooted in the Mediterranean flavors of Flamenco, West Africa and South India, world-percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Nacho Arimany engages the jazz and creative forms of pianist Robert Rodriguez, along with Michael O'Brian's emotive bass lines and the great talent of Grammy nominee saxophonist Julio Botti in a colorful and powerful dialogue that brings an authentic approach to today's avant-garde music.

 $15.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Aug 16 - 9:00PM 
Jesse Harris, guitar, vocals;  Will Graefe, electric guitar;  Jeremy Gustin, drums
Jesse Harris with Star Rover image

Grammy Award winner Jesse Harris collaborates with Brooklyn electric guitar/drum duo Star Rover for new album and Northeast tour. Combining rock, exotica, folk and jazz, this new trio plays new songs by Harris, including several instrumentals, as well as songs from Harris' catalog. They also cover the Rogers and Hart standard "Where Or When."

"Jesse Harris...writes terse, compact songs with circular tunes that don’t waste words."--NY Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Aug 16 - 10:30PM 
Adrianne Lenker, voice;  Buck Meek, guitar
Adrianne Lenker & Buck Meek image

Hailing from Minneapolis, the city that birthed legends like Paul Westerberg, Bob Mould and His Royal Purpleness, Adrianne Lenker is an authentic, passionate singer, songwriter, and performer. Shortly after graduating Berklee, Lenker moved to New York City in 2012 and released her newest, and what she considers to be her true debut album, Hours Were the Birds. Her vocal influences have ranged from Billie Holiday to Bjork, and her sound has been described by blogs as "a mix of Laura Marling, Coco Rosie and Joni Mitchell." ( She won the 2013 Kerville Folk Festival's New Folk Competition, and was a finalist in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition. She has opened up for Susan Tedeschi at Joe's Pub in NYC, as well as Ryan Montbleau at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. She is a poignant and versatile songwriter, and a exceptional guitarist. In a time of assembled artistry Adrianne is a breathe of fresh air. Hours Were the Birds could possibly be just a glimpse into the future of this amazing young woman.

Texas bred, Brookyln based musician Buck Meek has been writing love songs and outlaw ballads since the end of the world in 2012. It's been said that his songs sound like the hypothetical child of George Jones and Joan Vollmer. Buck is a Berklee College of Music graduate and has been working as a guitarist since age 15, performing and touring across the United States and Europe as a bandleader for Shine and Mobtet, and as a sideman for various bands and artists, such as Moishe Circus, Adrianne Lenker, The Pleasant Revolution, Django Porter, Amanda Jones, and Dylan Meek.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Aug 17 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host

Rebeca Vallejo, vocals
Flamenco-Fusion Festival: Rebeca Vallejo image
Rebeca Vallejo is known for combining her ancestral Flamenco roots, her deep love and understanding of Brazilian music, with the language of Jazz,; Rebeca Vallejo deftly weaves all these elements into a sound that is truly unique. “Azúcar, Canela” reaches beyond what’s purely “entertaining” in order to create a unifying journey where three musical cultures, three countries (Spain, Brazil, US), and three different types of “blues” converge.

 $15.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Aug 17 - 8:30PM 
Alexandra Honigsberg, curator and host

Tanya Kalmanovitch Mat Maneri Greg Williams
Viola Fest! Night One image

Opening night of our 3-night ViolaFest! and its romance of storytelling features viola duet improv without borders from veteran world travelers Tanya Kalmanovitch and Mat Maneri. In the tradition of chamber music, yet stylistically uncategorizable, their focus is on the interaction itself: using the broadest palette of musical gestures, inflections, and vocabularies to the act of communicating simply and deeply. As lovely appetizers to this feast, we have the ancient story of Abraham’s almost-sacrifice of his son Isaac in Gilad Hochman’s Akedah for solo viola as told by an American Viola Society featured artist, Greg Williams, plus the world premiere of Gene Pritsker’s (Cloud Atlas) Folk-like Melodies for solo viola by Wolf’s Gang’s artistic director and ViolaFest! host, Alexandra Honigsberg, that takes us from Eastern-tanged fiddle dances to tango to ancient Greece and sultry Naples and back again. Begin the journey with us!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

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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