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Monday,  Aug 18 - 8:30PM 
Alexandra Honigsberg, curator and host

Jessica Meyer, solo loop viola
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From her triumphant preview at Spectrum (7/17), this is what Jessica Meyer, co-founder of cutting-edge new music collective counter)induction, says of her new show and CD: “In my new solo show titled "Sounds of Being," I am performing a set of my pieces for viola and Loop Pedal that explore the question: “How can certain sounds convey a specific emotional experience?” Aesthetically, my pieces with loop machine are sculptures of all the sounds that musically inspire me: fragile timbres, wailing gestures, and percussive grooves. I am fascinated by sounds that live in between the sounds, and love exploring how to use my instrument in new ways to convey anxiety, closeness, anger, bliss, torment, joy, loneliness, and passion. This will be a surround-sound sensory experience where music allows the listener to access this certain series of feelings, framed by my own personal stories and anecdotes.”

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Aug 19 - 6:00PM 
Paul Hecht, director & presenter

Bob Kaliban, actor;  Paul Hecht, actor;  Ellen Mandel, composer/pianist;  Barbara Feldon, actor;  Caitlin Davies, singer
Tribute to Ogden Nash image
Words by Ogden Nash as delivered by fine stage actors, together with original music by Ellen Mandel.

Barbara Feldon: -Was a chorus girl at the Copacabana nightclub in New York City. -As a contestant on the 1950s game show The $64,000 Question, she ultimately won the top prize. -In the early '60s, she appeared as a sultry seductress (most famously, lounging on a tiger-skin rug) in TV ads for Top Brass. -Performed the one-woman play Love for Better and Verse in the mid-1990s. -In the early 2000s, authored the book Living Alone and Loving It: A Guide to Relishing the Solo Life.

Ellen Mandel has created music for over fifty plays, at the Jean Cocteau Rep, Mint, Arkansas Rep, Riverside Shakespeare, Asolo, Peterborough Players, and Tennessee Rep. She has scored four films, and released three CDs of her songs to poems: THE CAT AND THE MOON, her brand new CD with songs to WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, and Daniel Neer lyrics, A WIND HAS BLOWN THE RAIN AWAY, her E.E. Cummings songs, and THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS, songs to poems by Cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, and others. This spring Ellen wrote music and recorded the cast album for Aesop's Fables. Her next CD will be her songs for cutting edge British poet Glyn Maxwell's Agamemnon Home, sung by a trio of women including Jessica Crandall.

Paul Hecht is an English-born Canadian stage, film, and television actor best known for playing radio newsman Ross Buckingham in Howard Stern's Private Parts. Born in London, England, Hecht graduated from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1963. He made his Broadway debut in 1968 in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, for which he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play. Additional Broadway credits include 1776, The Rothschilds, The Great God Brown, Herzl, Caesar and Cleopatra, Noises Off, and The Invention of Love. He received the Obie Award for his performance in the off-Broadway production of Enrico IV in 1989

BOB KALIBAN started out on Broadway too many years ago to admit to, in The Conquering Hero, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Ben Franklin in Paris. He has appeared in hundreds of on-camera commercials and thousands of voice overs. A Union activist, Bob served as President of the Screen Actors Guild--New York Division, many years on the Board of Directors, and over forty years as a Trustee of SAG's Pension & Health Plans.

Caitlin Davies is an actress, singer, and audiobook narrator. New York theater credits include Pericles (Hudson Warehouse), A Christmas Carol (Barefoot Theater Company), Thalassa (The WorkShop Theater Company), Men (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), and workshops and readings at The Barrow Group, Metropolitan Playhouse, and The WorkShop Theater Company. Regionally she has performed at the Peterborough Players, Capital Repertory Theatre, The Hanover Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company. She is a recent graduate of Brown/Trinity Rep’s MFA Acting program.

$ 15 includes a drink
 $15 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Aug 19 - 8:30PM 
Alexandra Honigsberg, curator; Wolf's Gang, host

Viola Fest! Night Three image

Tonight’s grand finale of our ViolaFest! journey is an imrpov, new music, re-imagined Salon Jam hosted by eclectic chamber music collective Wolf's Gang and its artistic director, Alexandra Honigsberg, with myriad viola delicacies, including a viola quartet arrangement of The Beatles’ seminal Eleanor Rigby (1st pop tune to use only string quintet – 2 violas!) by Steven L. Rosenhaus, and more surprise guest artists; open to professional violists and friends (come early and sign up!).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Wednesday,  Aug 20 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

David Acker, guitar;  Mark Soskin, piano;  Ze Mauricio, percussion;  Leco Reis , bass
Brazil Fest: David Acker Quartet image

A musical performer and educator with a career that spans thirty years, David Acker has performed with musicians including Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, Bernard Purdie, Grady Tate, Glenn Moore, Marty Ehrlich, Ron McLure, Will Lee, Nat Adderly jr., Patti Austin, Richard Bona, Gil Goldstien, Mark Soskin, Peggy Stern, Steve LaSpina, Mike Clark, Jeff Andrews, Jerome Harris,and many others on the stage and in the recording studio. Davids' long held love of the Brazilian musical tradition is reflected in his playing and compositional style. He uses the language of traditional and modern Brazilian grooves in combination with a jazz sensibility. Along with his choice of violao (acoustic nylon string guitar) as his instrument of choice, David accomplishes a real melding of styles. Recently, David has been performing and recording with the Brazilian composer and pianist Rubens Salles. Acker's current recordings include “Angles in Time and Space”, “Echoes and Images” ,“Handmade” and " Songs From the Long View"..

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Aug 20 - 10:00PM 
Felipe Coelho, nylon string guitar;  Edi Machado, vocals, percussion;  Andrew Scott Potter, drums;  Tony Cimorosi, bass;  Joao Machado, percussion
Brazil Fest: BONS RITMOS image

Flying in from Florianopolis Brazil in their first NYC appearance, "BONS RITMOS " concentrates on Afro Bahian rhythms , Pernambucano influences and Rio de Janeiro samba and Brazilian composers.. Recent tours from Bons Ritmos include Triboz Rio de Janeiro, Jurere Jazz Fest , Luiz Calixto Festival de Coco in Arcoverde Pernambuco, as well as presentations in New York , Miami, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles , Florianopolis , Porto de Galinhas Jazz and Blues Fest. Based in Brazil , "Bons Ritmos" features two time Billboard World Music charting artist , Edi Machado on vocals with Joao Machado on percussion from Salvador ,Bahia. Also featured is Andrew Scott Potter, veteran drummer from New York who has lived in Brazil 28 years , and played and or recorded with top Brazilian and New York artists, and has recorded more than 10 recordings under his name.. He is a bridge between the flavors of Modern Jazz and Brazilian music.

Special guests include , from Brazil, Felipe Coelho on accoustic guitar, who has released four recordings and toured Europe ,Brazil and the United States and veteran New York bassist , Tony Cimorosi who has two recordings released under his name also.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Aug 21 - 6:00PM 
Olga Vinokur, piano;  Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano;  Eva Leon, violin
Classical At The Cornelia: Spanish Passion image

Celebrating Spanish music for violin, voice and piano. Works by Rodrigo, Turina, Albeniz, Granados, Falla.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Aug 21 - 8:30PM 
Livio Almeida, tenor sax, flute;  Eduardo Bello, bass;  Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Zack O'Farrill, drums
Brazil Fest: Livio Almeida Quartet image

Livio Almeida is a young emerging voice on saxophone. A Brazilian native, Livio already played with renowned figures in the Jazz scene such as Grammy winner Arturo O'Farrill, Boris Koslov, Reuben Rodriguez among others... In addition to being a member of the amazing O'Farrill brothers band, he is developing his own project where he blends the modern jazz styles attributed to young musicians of his generation with traditional Brazilian music. The result is a fresh and vibrant set of music that has been very well received wherever it is performed.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Aug 21 - 10:00PM 
Miho Nobuzane, piano;  Tetsuya Sato, bass;  Adriano Santos, drums
Brazil Fest: Miho Nobuzane Trio image

Mainly performing in New York, a versatile jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist Miho Nobuzane was born in Osaka, Japan.. After she moved into New York, she began to distinguish herself immediately in the Brazilian music scene. Subsequently expanding to various music genres where she performed with such well-known great musicians as; Bernard "pretty" Purdie, Filo Machado, Sergio Brandao, Nilson Matta, Lincoln Goines, David Finck, Cafe, Portinho, Victor Jones, Hendrik Meurkens, Carla Cook, Ron Affif, Bakithi Kumalo, Francis Mbappe, Martha Reeves & Vandellas, and many others. Her first album “Make YOU Happy” (Brazilian Jazz) has broadcasted worldwide i in New York “WBGO 88.3”, FM radio stations in Brazil, and was ranked No.3 in the Brazilian Jazz category of the year 2007 by Saul Zavarce, the on-air host and producer of “Fiesta Jazz” PBS FM 106.7 in Australia. She was also featured on "La Guagua" radiomix 89.1FM in Buenos Aires, Argentina.urrently, Miho is a regular pianist of “Bernard Purdie & Friends” led by the world’s most recorded legendary drummer Bernard “pretty” Purdie for performances and recordings. Miho also has performed with her own band at major New York City venues such as Blue Note New York, Kitano NY, Flushing Town Hall, Iridium, BB King, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joe's Pub, SOB's, Zinc Bar- as well as touring the world. Jazz Improv magazine wrote:ー“MAKE YOU HAPPY” is an impressive release, in which Nobuzane deftly demonstrates well-honed skills as a pianist, composer, and arranger. No doubt she would be a powerful contributor as soloist and accompanist in almost any situation.ー On January 2014, Miho just released her 2nd album “Simple Words ~Jazz loves Brazil” which includes 10 of her compositions out of 15 songs. It has broadcasted by WBGO 88.3FM “Latin Jazz Cruise”. In addition, her silky voice is showed off in the new album, more activity as a singer in the future is also expected.

Miho's dynamic approach to the keyboard sets her apart from the others ! Her playing is refreshing and her crossover style is magnificent -- she plays it all. Miho's new CD has been well worth waiting for. --Bernard “pretty” Purdie

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Aug 22 - 9:00PM 
Billy Newman, guitar;  Michael Attias, alto sax;  Ben Holmes, trumpet;  Leco Reis, bass;  Vanderlei Pereira, drums
Brazil Fest: Billy Newman Quintet  image

Billy Newman is a Jazz and Brazilian guitarist/composer who has performed in New York City for over twenty years.

Since 1987 he has been traveling to Brazil in order to research Brazilian music and perform with local musicians Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife and Florianopolis including Rogerio Souza, Rodrigo Lessa, Marcos Cesar and Celsinho Silva. While a recipient of Composer’s residencies three years in a row from the prestigious Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, he had the opportunity to compose much music in the Brazilian genres. He performs his original music with the “The Billy Newman Quintet”(aka Brooklyn Brazil Bop) as well as Frevo, Samba, Baião, Choro, the fantastic styles of Brazilian Instrumental. The Quintet includes some of the best Brazilian and American musicians in the city including Leco Reis -Bass, Vanderlei Pereira - drums and Michael Attias -Alto sax, Ben Holmes - trumpet His groups have played at many venues (Cornelia Street Cafe, Joe’s Pub, Barbés) and at many major cultural venues in the city including The Guggenheim, Museum of Modern Art and Brooklyn Museum.

Billy has completed two CDs of his original compositions. He has written a book on Brazilian Guitar published by Alfred Music/National Guitar Workshop in 2002.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Aug 22 - 10:30PM 
Helio Alves, piano;  Ben Allison, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion;  Alex Kautz, drums
Brazil Fest: Helio Alves Quartet image

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few. Helio has also released four albums under his own name: "Trios" (1998), "Portrait in Black & White" (2004), "It's Clear" (2009) and most recently, "Musica" featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Aug 23 - 6:00PM 
Hommy Ramos, trombone;  Nelson Bello, percussion
TROMBEATZ….  A Caribbean Thing !!! image

Trombeatz is the New Latin Jazz Group in Town! Full of fusion, they will be presenting some of their new repertoire, that will be coming out in their spankin new recording: TROMBEATZ… A Caribbean Thing!!! to be release by mid- October, 2014.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Aug 23 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Rez Abbasi, guitar;  Ben Stivers, organ;  Jaimeo Brown, drums

This trio will explore a variety of Abbasi's original music as well as some covers from Jarrett, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and more. Abbasi was voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and has recently won his 2nd Chamber Music America NJW grant for composing.

"Live now or don't live at all"-- RA

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Rez Abbasi Organ Trio image
Sunday,  Aug 24 - 6:00PM 
Olivia Baltimore, vocals;  Eric Burns, guitar;  Nicki Adams, keys;  Patrick Adams, trumpet;  Ian Stapp, bass;  Mike King, drums
Gems image

Love and Life lessons told through musical favorites by an unusual suspect, our own lovely Olivia. Featuring the band Robot Mommy.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Aug 24 - 8:30PM 
David Ullmann, guitar ;  Deric Dickens, drums;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Brian Drye, trombone;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Mike McGinnis, alto saxophone;  Chris Speed, clarinet;  Gary Wang, bass
The David Ullmann 8 image

The David Ullmann 8: Manhattan CD Release for Corduroy

“This guitarist weaves an intoxicating tale." —DownBeat

David Ullmann's well crafted tunes are harmonically modern while retaining a singable appeal. This is most evident on his latest release where he draws from '70s TV show themes for inspiration. The sound is both modern and classic without becoming nostalgic.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Aug 25 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

E. Ethelbert Miller, featured reader;  Elaine Fletcher Chapman Miriam O’Neal Joseph Tobias

E. Ethelbert Miller is tonight’s featured reader. Joining him will be Elaine Fletcher Chapman; Miriam O’Neal: and Joseph Tobias.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. Born in 1950, he grew up in New York City. Miller chairs the board of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank located in Washington, D.C. And he serves as editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. The author of several collections of poetry, Miller has published two memoirs, Fathering Words: The Making of an African American Writer (2000) and The 5th Inning (2009). Recently, He has begun hosting and producing the television show, The Scholars, which airs on UDC-TV. Miller has taught at UNLV, American University, George Mason University, and Emory and Henry College. For several years, he was a core faculty member of the Bennington Writing Seminars, where he endowed the Annual Poetry vs. Prose Softball Game. Miller can often be heard on National Public Radio.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Aug 25 - 8:30PM 
Ricardo Grilli, guitar, composition;  Christian Li, piano;  Edward Perez, bass;  E.J. Strickland, drums;  and special guest Chris Cheek, saxophones
Ricardo Grilli Group  image

The Ricardo Grilli Group comes to Cornelia Street Cafe for the first time presenting brand new compositions as well as music from his debut album. Their sound can be described as a blend between Jazz and Brazilian Music, featuring intricate rhythms, harmonies and high energy improvisation where each member of the group brings their own ideas to contribute to the sound. Influences from artists such as Mark Turner, Milton Nascimento, Brad Mehldau and The Brian Blade Fellowship.

A free copy of Ricardo's new CD will be given out with each paid admission!

"... Ricardo Grilli may be one of the best original talents I have come across..." - Brent Black, Critical Jazz

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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