See the previous week's performances.   August 18-August 25, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Friday,  Aug 18 - 6:00PM 
ROBERTA ALLEN+ MEMBERS OF ROBERTA ALLEN’S WRITING WORKSHOPS
Roberta Allen Francine Witt Annabel Lee Susan Shaw Nicole Cattell Joanne Ross
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Roberta will read from her ninth book, a new story collection The Princess of Herself, praised by Laurie Anderson and others. Additional readers include Francine Witt, Annabel Lee, Susan Shaw, Nicole Cattell, and Joanne Ross.

Francine Witt is a much published and award winning flash writer.

Annabel Lee, who Is writing a novel, is the author of several poetry books.

Susan Shaw, a painter and published flash writer, is writing a memoir in shorts.

Nicole Cattell, a Guggenheim Fellow + Award Winning Documentary Director and Producer, is writing about mermaids and the search for love.

Joanne Ross, a photographer, is writing flash fiction.

"Roberta Allen’s sharp, jarring stories are bitingly honest and funny as hell. These sixty-ish characters grapple with messy pasts, simmering rivalries, and longings both sexual and transcendent. Rarely has anyone written so frankly about aging, and the ways we create our own past." --Dawn Raffel, author of The Hidden Life of Objects


 $10.00 includes a drink    http://www.robertaallen.com

Friday,  Aug 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
PERCUSSION FEST: VALERIE NARANO, BARRY OLSEN
John Hadfield, host

Valerie Naranjo, gyil;  Barry Olsen, kuar, gangaa, piano
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For centuries communities in West Africa have played the gyil, a mallet keyboard instrument whose vibration is believed to balance and harmonize the water content of the body to bring healing and balance; and to transport the soul of a person when they die. Although tremendously complex, the nature of this traditional marimba/percussion music is deliciously soulful and direct. Valerie Naranjo, Barry Olsen (and an occasional special quest) will share this music in a rare New York appearance.

“fling their entire bodies into executing their fantastically complicated lines… intense, incantatory"--Mark Adamo, The Washington Post


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.mandaramusic.com

Saturday,  Aug 19 - 6:00PM 
TWO FRENCH GUYS PLAY JAZZ
Anthony Cohen, vocals;  Simon Nicolas, piano
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The best of classic jazz ballads delivered up with a French flair. Let "Two French Guys" serenade and transport you with a refreshing jaunt through the songbooks of legends like Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. Elegant piano stylings join with smooth crooning to indulge your nostalgia for an era of romance, innocence, and optimism.


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Aug 19 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
STRANAHAN, ZALESKI, ROSATO TRIO
Colin Stranahan, drums;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass
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All new music. The band comes back together for this very special night to premier some new brand new compositions to be recorded at the beginning of next year.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Aug 20 - 6:00PM 
THE JEN & JIMMY SHOW!
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Tushar Signh, Jason Chatfield, Von Decarlo and Dan Lamorte


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Aug 20 - 8:30PM 
MAMIKO WATANABE TRIO
Mamiko Watanabe, piano;  Santi Debriano, bass;  Francesco Mela, drums

Originally from Japan, pianist/composer Mamiko Watanabe has been performing regularly in New York with numerous groups.

For tonight's show at Cornelia Street Cafe, she brings her own trio supported by bassist Ameen Saleem and drummer Francisco Mela to present some of her new compositions, songs from the CD "Mother Earth" and jazz standards."

"'Mother Earth' is a sterling example of a mainstream piano disc - immediate, gregarious, stirring, and inspired with flair to spare, with no superfluous anything. Even better, the trio's collective technique serves the music (as a whole), not individual egos. Like the best piano trios, Watanabe's threesome has the focus and interplay of a working band." - Jazz Inside Magazine


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.mamikowatanabe.com

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Sunday,  Aug 20 - 10:00PM 
JOEL COTTON TRIO
Joel Cotton, tenor sax;  Ian Kenselaar, bass;  Micah Thomas, drums
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The band "Consequence" has been in the making for the past five years. It consists of Joel on saxophone and Micah Walker on drums with bass and piano. The name Consequence comes from a personal connection Joel has with people. He believes that all of the interactions and relationships we have with people directly influence who we become.

The night will be filled with original music as well as familiar themes from American and African traditions.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.joelcottonmusic.com

Monday,  Aug 21 - 6:00PM 
WHAT WERE THE ’60S REALLY LIKE? SPOKEN WORD/PERFORMANCE/OPEN
K, host

Ellen Mandel, piano, vocals;  Ptr Kozlowski, guitar, vocals;  Anoek; Madeline Artenberg Barbara Ann Branca Bonny Finberg Dorothy Friedman; Karen Kramer Rifka Kreiter Mindy Matijasevic Su Polo Marti Resnick
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Chapter 4: Freewheelin’ Women

Join us for an All-Women Lineup as we celebrate a cultural revolution that is alive TODAY! Inspired by the news Bob Dylan would be awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature and a literal question the host was asked by her kid brother, “What Were the ‘60s REALLY Like?” debuted Inauguration Day in response to a Trump presidency.

Women who are Children of the ‘60s give birth to a ‘herstory’ that speaks to Now…

Behold the Herculean trials of one woman’s pursuit of false gods in “Himself: A History of Dead Love.” Take a tour of “Cities in Europe” to the soundtrack of the Beatles. Hitch a ride out of your middle-class roots in “Saved by Kerouac.” Drive a VW bus cross country with “a guy named Robbie” and discover the meaning of: “A Mind Blown.” Hear how the iconic leader of The Mothers of Invention helps mend a broken heart in “How Frank Zappa Saved My Life.” Get into “Trouble” that leads to “Disappearances” in an exploration of sexuality after innocence is lost. Find out how New York's love of rock 'n roll started with DJ Murray the K at the Brooklyn Fox in “Little Brooklyn Foxes”—from someone who was there!

And, introducing "The Po-ettes" – Madeline Artenberg, Barbara Ann Branca, Su Polo – channeling your favorite Girl Group songs of the '60s.


 $10.00 includes a drink    http://thevillager.com/2017/01/11/and-a-60s-child-shall-lead-them/

Monday,  Aug 21 - 8:30PM 
VOXFEST: DEBORAH LATZ QUARTET
Deborah Latz, curator

Deborah Latz, voice;  Jim Ridl, piano;  Ray Parker, bass;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glochenspeil
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Deborah’s eclectic and creative vocal interpretations are what make her a unique musical communicator. Latz’ theater training adds another level of focus and intensity to her delivery, which takes the audience on unexpected journeys. For her third, critically acclaimed, CD release (2012), “Fig Tree”, Latz collaborated with Malian Griot, Abdoulaye Diabate on her original song, “She Was” to bring a hauntingly cross cultural look at loss. “sur l’instant”, her fourth release (2015), was recorded in Paris, France with longtime friend and luminary jazz pianist, Alain Jean-Marie. Together Alain and Deborah discovered the essence of each tune ‘in the moment’, which resulted in an intimate and powerful musical conversation.

“The directness of Latz’s delivery is a matter of wised-up, mature consolation, the honesty of shared confidence.” — Jon Garelick, DownBeat Magazine, 4 Stars

“Deborah is a beautiful singer and a great talent. Fig Tree is wonderful. Really wonderful!” — Sheila Jordan, 2012 NEA Jazz Master

“Deborah Latz has confidence in the paradoxical power of understatement, a confidence only a true artist can possess.” — Steve Futterman, Writer for the The New Yorker about jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.deborahlatz.com

Monday,  Aug 21 - 10:00PM 
VOXFEST: KELLEY SUTTENFIELD
Deborah Latz, curator

Kelley Suttenfield, voice;  Sean Harkness, guitar;  Adam Fisher, cello
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Kelley Suttenfield is an acoustic jazz vocalist whose lush resonance and graceful approach have captivated fans and critics alike. In the words of writer Carol Banks Weber (AXS.com), she “breathes her own loving, sensitive and reverent persona into every lyric.”

For this concert, she will present her latest project "Nacht Turns", a collection of songs for voice, guitar, and cello, joined by guitarist Sean Harkness, and cellist Adam Fisher.

“A warm, sensual and distinctive vocal sound marks Kelley Suttenfield as someone rather special in the somewhat overcrowded arena in which today’s jazz singers must perform.” — Bruce Crowther, Jazz Mostly

“A wonderfully intimate jazz vocalist, Suttenfield brings the singer/songwriter to the cabaret breathing new life into modern chestnuts of love and longing.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.kelleysuttenfield.com

Tuesday,  Aug 22 - 6:00PM 
THE WEEKLY READERS VILLAGE CD RELEASE SHOW
Tom Beckham, vibes;  Janet Grice, bassoon;  Carlos Cuevas, melodica/piano;  Lee Tomboulian, accordion;  Dave Silllman, percussion;  Cliff Schmitt, bass
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The Readers make their Cornelia St. Cafe debut and celebrate their Village Cd Release Party!



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://leetomboulian.com

Tuesday,  Aug 22 - 8:00PM 
VOXFEST: PEGGY CHEW SONIC CALLIGRAPHY
Deborah Latz, curator

Peggy Chew, voice;  Chris Washburne, trombone;  Adrian Frey, piano
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Sonic Calligraphy, a jazz duo from Zurich, Switzerland with Chinese American vocalist Peggy Chew and Swiss pianist Adrian Frey, will play in trio with their featured guest, NY trombonist Chris Washburne to create a colorful and fascinating soundscape with folk melodies from China, poetry improvisations from the Tang dynasty and beyond, jazz standards, and songs from the pianist sung with the singer’s lyrics.

Since 2001, Sonic Calligraphy has played throughout Switzerland as well as several tours in China, Hong Kong, and the US. They have released two CDs “Sonic Calligraphy” and “Sonic Calligraphy,The Flow of Things.” Festival appearances include: JZ Shanghai Music Festival, Culturescapes Festival, Leung Ping-Kwan Poetry Retrospective in Hong Kong, and the Altrisuoni Jazz Festival.

"Marks the birth of Sino-syncopated cool...a stunning blend of jazz with Chinese and Taiwanese traditional folksongs...Chew’s angelic alto voice radiates with equal soul and warmth in English and her native tongue, and Frey’s command of the keyboard spans the styles of Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner. This dynamic musical duo has fulfilled Duke Ellington's prophecy of an Afro-Eurasian eclipse.” — Philadelphia Weekly, Eugene Holley Jr.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.soniccalligraphy.com

Tuesday,  Aug 22 - 9:30PM 
VOXFEST: ANAÏS MAVIEL / LEONID GALAGANOV / ALEXIS MARCELO
Deborah Latz, curator

Anaïs Maviel, voice, percussion;  Alexis Marcelo, piano, keyboards;  Leonid Galaganov, drums, flutes, voice
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These three have been working together in various combinations and have naturally become a trio. Open- minded in their approach to jazz, cross-cultural interplayers, deeply committed to beauty, they will present original music that stretches ties between traditions and irreverence. Promising alchemy!

"Fascinating multi- world sounds” — John Pietaro, The Cultural Worker

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.anaismaviel.com

Wednesday,  Aug 23 - 6:00PM 
THE CRIMSON RAGDOLLS DUET
Ali Dineen Joanna Sternberg

The Crimson Ragdolls are a non-male band made up of 4 people. (Ali Dineen, Joanna Sternberg, Megg Farrell and Zoe Christiansen.) We are based in New York City. We are all multi-instrumentalists, singers, composers, songwriters, and visual artists. Our music covers the genres of Blues, Ragtime, Jazz, French Songs, Gospel, Folk Music, Originals and even some more. This is a special duet edition featuring Ali and Joanna! And we always wear red.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XSe-9N4te20 http://www.facebook.com/thecrimsonragdolls/

Wednesday,  Aug 23 - 8:00PM 
VOXFEST: VADIM NESELOVSKYI TRIO FEAT. AUBREY JOHNSON PRESENTS: GET UP AND GO
Deborah Latz, curator

Vadim Neselovskyi, piano, voice, composition;  Aubrey Johnson, voice;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums, percussion
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Critics have praised NY-based pianist/composer Vadim Neselovskyi for “extraordinary playing” (Los Angeles Times), “exceptional composition skills” (musicweb-international.com) and “feathery touch” (New York Times). While mostly known as one of the key members of multiple GRAMMY® winner Gary Burton’s Quintet, and as a featured pianist and composer on Burton’s Concord Records release “Next Generation,” Vadim is rapidly gaining reputation as a band leader, creating a “thrilling blend of classical and jazz” (jazzreview.com).

For the concert at Cornelia Street Underground he will present his latest recording “Get Up And Go” (JazzFamily/BluJazz/Neuklang). Vadim’s working trio will be joined by vocalist Aubrey Johnson, whose voice has been called “magnificent” by Ran Blake and "hauntingly intimate” (Downbeat).

“Vadim…sounds the most promising of the young improvisers.” —The Guardian

"This trio has the potential...to prepare the ground for kind of music that doesn’t have a name yet…” — JazzPodium

“More than just a strong pianist, he’s a composer who blends form and freedom in new ways.” — John Kellman, All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.vadimneselovskyi.com

Wednesday,  Aug 23 - 9:30PM 
VOXFEST: JÚLIA KAROSI
Deborah Latz, curator

Júlia Karosi, voice;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Peter Kronreif, drums
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“Júlia Karosi is one of Hungary’s top jazz vocalists. After graduating from the Franz Liszt Music Academy in Budapest, Júlia founded her own quartet in 2011. “Hidden Roots” is her second CD as a leader and the follow- up to the successful “Stroller of the City Streets” released in February 2012. “Hidden Roots” contain’s a number of Júlia’s new compositions and as the name eludes to, arrangements of Hungarian folk songs. The compositions are beautifully and intelligently written, performed with great inspiration, crossing all boundaries of jazz.”

"Júlia Karosi is a vocalist who brings her passion for music into her original compositions and lyrics. Her sound encompasses rich lows, pure high notes and a soulful timbre, while her spot-on intonation in both lyrics and improvisation makes her musical intentions perfectly clear." — Judy Niemack

"Júlia Karosi's brilliant album,”Hidden Roots”, offers compelling evidence that jazz has truly become a global music. Here, Budapest- based vocalist Karosi and her extraordinary quartet effortlessly combine modern jazz with classic Hungarian folk songs." — Thomas Cunniffe

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.juliakarosi.com/en

Thursday,  Aug 24 - 6:00PM 
THE IMPERFECT PERFECT SHOW
Terry Moore, Nelsie Spencer, hosts

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The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producers Terry Moore and Nelsie Spencer. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Thursday,  Aug 24 - 8:00PM 
BRAZIL FEST: ZÉ LUIS QUARTET
Billy Newman, host

Zé Luis, tenor sax, flutes;  Richard Padron, guitar;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums

The Zé Luis Quartet project displays an open, hip and free manner of treating Brazilian rhythms, never seen before. Fronted by famed sax and flute player Zé Luis, whose resume includes performing with Brazilian greats such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tania Maria and Bebel Gilberto, the band propels art to the future. Having performed and recorded with music leaders Adam Rudof and Go: Organic Orchestra, Mario Adnet, Arthur Lipner, JJ Sansaverino, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Banda Black Rio among others, Zé brings myriad range and style to the forum.

"Echoes of Jobim - Zé Luis: Real Brazilian Roots"--Pat Cole/Down Beat


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.zeluis.com

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Thursday,  Aug 24 - 9:30PM 
BRAZIL FEST: VITOR GONÇALVES QUARTET
Billy Newman, host

Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Todd Neufeld, guitar;  Or Bareket, bass;  Daniel Dor, drums
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Vitor Gonçalves, has been making his mark as a skilled and imaginative improviser in NYC. Since his arrival in New York last summer he has been taking the city’s jazz and Brazilian music scenes by storm with his versatile and multi-talented appearances on piano and accordion, sharing the stage with such musicians as Clarence Penn, Joey Baron, John Ellis, Joel Frahm and Vinícius Cantuária.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he has toured with the likes of Maria Bethânia and collaborated with Hermeto Pascoal. He was a long-time member of the innovative Itiberê Orquestra Família, with whom he recorded three acclaimed albums.

His current quartet features his own compositions- a confluence of his Brazilian background and the influence of the New York music scene. He’ll also be featuring some gems of Brazilian composers such as Baden Powell and Tom Jobim, rearranged and reinterpreted with a sense of space and freedom.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  Aug 25 - 6:00PM 
MARY LYN MAISCOTT
Mary Lyn Maiscott, vocals, guitar;  Joan Chew, violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals;  Graig Janssen, guitar, piano, harmony vocals
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Singer-songwriter Mary Lyn Maiscott returns to the Cornelia Street Café with a range of original alt-rock songs, including “hauntingly beautiful” (Vanity Fair) ballads, as well as a surprising cover or two. Having started out writing poetry, Mary Lyn blends catchy melodies with literate lyrics about such subjects as requited and unrequited love, metaphysical mysteries, free spirits, and the thievery of time. She’s joined by the multitalented Joan Chew (violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals) and Graig Janssen (guitar, piano, harmony vocals).

“Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels.”--Guillermo Henry, Radio Etiopia, Mexico City



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum    http://marylynmaiscott.com http://www.facebook.com/Mary-Lyn-Maiscott-244668802244909/

Friday,  Aug 25 - 9:00PM 
BRAZIL FEST: BILLY NEWMAN QUINTET
Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor, sopranino sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
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Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman".


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.billynewman.com

Friday,  Aug 25 - 10:30PM 
BRAZIL FEST: JIM NOLET & ARCOMUNDO
Billy Newman, host

Jim Nolet, viola;  Marcia Lopes, voice;  Mario Manga, viola, cavaquinho, cello;  Alessandro D'Loia, percussion
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“Jim Nolet, the finest jazz violinist playing. …highly virtuoistic, superb technique…” -All About Jazz “Jim Nolet has the agility and coherence of straightforward jazz.” -Jon Parales, The New York Times Jazz violist Jim Nolet known through the 80’s and 90’s as an original charter member and frontline of the Jazz Passengers, a band member of David Murray and Cecil Taylor among others. A long time NY Jazz sensation, tours his home town here with Marcia Lopes this fall in celebration of their new release. Since the early 2000's Nolet sustained his artistic focus on Brazilian jazz and world music influences, composing, arranging, performing and recording in Sao Paulo as well as studying Brazilian percussion. Arco Voz's core ensemble is generally viola/violin, cello, double bass with traditional percussion and delicate vocals.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.arcomundo.com

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