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Sunday,  May 28 - 6:00PM 
Wendy Wood Kwitny Peter Kwitny
full circle: words and music image

During Cornelia Street Cafe’s early years, poet Wendy Wood Kwitny (House of Affection, Sheep Meadow Press, New York), was just about her son’s age when she read with some of the Cafe’s finest poets. Coming full circle, she’ll read from her latest collection, followed by her son, singer/songwriter, Peter Kwitny (lead vocalist, The Kelseys, Empty Mug Records, Ann Arbor; LaGuardia Performing Arts H.S. alum) whose music is, as someone once said, crazy beautiful.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  May 28 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Ron Stabinsky, piano;  Moppa Elliott, bass;  Kevin Shea, drums
Mostly Other People Do the Killing, CD Release: Loafer's Hollow image

Mostly Other People Do the Killing return to Corneila St. in their trio configuration performing compositions by Moppa Elliott from their current release, "Loafer's Hollow" as well as standards, pop songs, lieder, and anything else that happens to cross their minds.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  May 29 - 6:00PM 
Words & Music in Celebration of Maeve Brennan

Emilie Conway, vocals;  Darragh Hennessy, piano;  Marcos Varela, double bass
Emilie Conway Trio: You Won't Forget Me image

Award winning Irish jazz vocalist, Emilie Conway, whose stage debut was an impromptu session in Chicago’s Green Mill with Kurt Elling and Jon Hendricks in ‘99, performs a unique and varied programme that includes her own personal tribute to Irish-American writer, Maeve Brennan, with Darragh Hennessy, piano, (IRL) and Marcos Varela, double bass, (NYC).

"A wonderful talent. Emilie Conway sings her songs from her heart. She really means what she sings.” - Sheila Jordan, USA

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  May 29 - 8:30PM 
for Voices and Plucked Strings

Veronica Gonzalez, soprano;  Rachel Elezi, soprano;  Jorge Prego, tenor;  Chris Baum, baroque guitar;  Annalisa Ewald, lute and vihuela
Music from Baroque Spain, Italy and England image

Haunting music from the Iberian Peninsula, Italy and England sung by superb sopranos Veronica Gonzalez and Rachel Elezi with acclaimed tenor, Jorge Prego, guest artist, to the accompaniment of Chris Baum and Annalisa Ewald playing baroque guitar, lute and vihuela.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  May 30 - 6:00PM 
Larissa Shmailo, author; Dean Kostos, host

Marc Vincenz Lee Ann Brown Tim Fitts Ron Kolm Irina Mashinski

Please join us for a celebration of Larissa Shmailo's latest collection of poetry, "Medusa's Country." The party features special guests Marc Vincenz (MadHat/Plume); Lee Ann Brown (Tender Buttons Press), Tim Fitts (Painted Bride Quarterly), Ron Kolm (The Unbearables), and Irina Mashinski (Compass/Cardinal Points) hosted by Benjamin Salter prize winner Dean Kostos. The merriment doubles as we also celebrate Larissa's Gemini birth. Come experience the stunning power of the Medusa!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  May 30 - 8:00PM 
Anthony Smith, vibes, piano;  Laura Angyal, voice;  Carlos Cuevas, bass;  Marcos Varela, bass;  Dan Monaghan, drums

Vibraphonist Anthony Smith presents Retrosonik, a NYC-based quintet dedicated to reimagining classic songs of the 1980s, with modern jazz sensibilities. “I grew up with this music,” Smith says, “so it is as ingrained in me as the original standards of the thirties and forties were, for jazz musicians of the past century. I’ve wanted to do this project for a long time.” Retrosonik features Hungarian vocalist Laura Angyal, along with pianist Carlos Cuevas, bassist Marcos Varela, and drummer Dan Monaghan. The repertoire spans the entire 80s decade, breathing new life into pop gems by iconic groups like U2, The Police, INXS, Duran Duran, and many more. Retrosonik will release its debut recording, “Songs From a Lighter Planet,” later this year.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Anthony Smith Quartet image
Tuesday,  May 30 - 9:30PM 
Gene Segal, guitar;  Ron Oswanski, organ;  Bruce Cox, drums
Gene Segal Spiral image

Guitarist/composer Gene Segal is celebrating the release of his 4th album "Spiral", for which he has assembles an organ trio. With his unpredictable, open, unconventional style still intact Segal applies a mini paradigm shift to straighter jazz and reveals a new dimension.

" Born In Moscow Russia raised in New York by immigrant parents, Gene Segal brings a defined presence along with some formidable skills." Mark F Turner

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  May 31 - 6:00PM 
Eleanor Levine Gemma Cooper-Novack Mark Belair Ohan Hominis
An Evening of Offerings from Unsolicited Press image

Join poets Eleanor Levine, Gemma Cooper-Novack, Ohan Hominis, and Mark Belair as they read from their own collections, all recently published by the dynamic new publisher, Unsolicited Press.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  May 31 - 8:00PM 
Curtis Nowosad, piano, comp.;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Andrew Renfroe, guitar;  Michael King, piano;  Barry Stephenson, bass
CNQ image

CNQ (Curtis Nowosad Quintet) is a band that aims to bridge the gap between jazz tradition and present. Led by Canadian-born, NYC-based drummer Curtis Nowosad, the band features some of NYC’s most exciting musicians: Marquis Hill on trumpet, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Michael King on piano and Barry Stephenson on bass. CNQ will be performing original compositions by the leader, as well as drawing from a repertoire of daring and inventive arrangements of music by artists as diverse as Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Gil Scott-Heron, Pink Floyd, 2PAC and many others; much of this repertoire appears on both of Nowosad’s albums, including the WCMA-winning, JUNO-nominated Dialectics.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  May 31 - 9:30PM 
Billy Test, piano, comp.;  Marc Mommaas, tenor sax;  Ron Horton, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Curtis Nowosad, drums

TEST SUBJECTS is a brand-new quintet featuring the music of NYC-based pianist Billy Test. Musically the group draws from the entire lineage of jazz, from swinging tradition to the avant garde, with influences from 20th century classical music and beyond. Featuring a front line of tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas and trumpeter Ron Horton, with Marty Kenney and Curtis Nowosad rounding out the rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively, the group aims to make interactive, adventurous music that is as accessible as it is forward-thinking.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jun 01 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists Salon image

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Thursday,  Jun 01 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Kevn Hays, piano;  Clarence Penn, drums;  Michael Blanco, bass
Michael Blanco Quartet image

Melodic, grooving, and adventurous. This dynamic quartet performs compelling original music by bassist and composer Michael Blanco and features an all-star line up of collaborators: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Kevin Hays, and master drummer Clarence Penn. The group will be supporting their new album release Spirit Forward on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and will be performing compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies".

"Sporting a rich, dark sound on the bass, Michael Blanco has been a highly sought-after talent since arriving in New York in 2000. A gifted bassist whose muscular lines are matched by lyrical upper register work on his solos, Michael particularly shines as a composer."--Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine

"Sporting a rich, dark sound on the bass, Michael Blanco has been a highly sought-after talent since arriving in New York in 2000. A gifted bassist whose muscular lines are matched by lyrical upper register work on his solos, Michael particularly shines as a composer."-- Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jun 02 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

The Monthly: NYC DADA Poetry and Performance Salon image

Three Rooms Press presents The Tenth Annual NYC DADA Poetry and Performance Salon featuring Maintenant 11: A Journal of Contemporary DADA Writing and Art

Prepare for an evening of disruptive, challenging and controversial art and writing as Three Rooms Press celebrates A Decade of DADA salons at Cornelia Street Cafe, Friday, June 2, 6 pm. The event will feature performances by modern day Dadaists whose work continues the spirit of the avant garde art movement sprung from the horror of World War I. The event will also celebrate the launch of Maintenant 11: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing and Art, published annually since 2008 by Three Rooms Press.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Jun 02 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Dayna Stephens, tenor sax;  Philip Dizack, trumpet;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Jaimeo Brown, drums

"Playing with pureness of intention, saxophonist and composer Dayna Stephens admits always searching to find what’s singable. That search often results in live improvisations and written compositions that challenge traditional concepts of harmony, pushing phrasing and sending beautiful and unintentional melodies in unlikely directions. To hear his music is to fall in love with whatever instrument he uses to channel his ideas. A master of tenor, soprano and baritone saxophones and, more recently, Nyle Steiner’s EWI, Dayna has traveled and recorded with a cross section of such distinctive voices as Ambrose Akinmusire, Taylor Eigsti, Becca Stevens, Al Foster, Theo Hill, Roy Hargrove and Brad Mehldau". (Stephanie Jones for Hot House) For this performance will featuring music from Dayna's latest release "Gratitude" as well as new compositions yet to be heard written for this band in particular.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Dayna Stephens Quartet image
Saturday,  Jun 03 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Ed Gavagan Robin Gelfenbien Richard Greene Jim O'Grady
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from ED GAVAGAN (The Moth Radio Hour), ROBIN GELFENBIEN (Yum's The Word), RICHARD GREENE (Peoples Improv Theater), and JIM O'GRADY (WNYC reporter).

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Jun 03 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Scott DuBois, guitar;  Michael Bates, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums;  special guest tba, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Scott DuBois Quartet image

Guitarist/Composer and ACT recording artist Scott DuBois’ music is described by Jazz Times as “fascinating”, by Cadence Magazine as “exceptional…faultless, a perfect gem” and by The New York City Jazz Record as “captivating music for the meditative thinker." He has recorded two CDs with David Liebman for the historic Soul Note record label and three CDs for Sunnyside Records. Landscape Scripture was named one of the "Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2012" by National Public Radio. In 2015 DuBois signed with the ACT record label and released his sixth album, Winter Light, which was named one of the best "Albums of the Year" by the New York City Jazz Record, one of the "Best Releases of 2016" by All About Jazz, one of the "25 Favorite Discs of 2015" by New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery, one of "ten albums of 2015 to track down" by The Los Angeles Times, and one of the "Best Albums of the Year 2016" by All About Jazz Italia. DuBois was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2005 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery wrote that Scott is, “one of the best and most adventurous guitarists in New York City", and Spain’s largest jazz media source,, calls Scott, “one of the best modern jazz guitarists.” Tonight DuBois is joined by a special guest tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist, along with the dynamic rhythm section consisting of Michael Bates on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums.

***** (5 stars) “Wonderful, evocative…a profound delight.”--DownBeat Magazine (Paul de Barros)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jun 04 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Charlie Burnham, vocals, composition;  Joanna Sternberg, bass;  Alex Teachey, astronomer

In case you’re wondering what this is about, it’s Entertaining Science, of course! Tonight, it’s Charlie Burnham, Joanna Sternberg and Alex Teachey. Charlie, a great singer, songwriter, and entertainer, is the heir to the great swing jazz violinists like Stuff Smith and Stephane Grappelli. He will be playing with Joanna Sternberg, a wonderful bassist and singer/songwriter. Charlie says “We are the twin exostars singing songs from planet earth.”

Alex is a young astronomer who will tell us about how he and his colleagues study the changes in star light over time, looking for exomoons and sniffing the atmospheres of alien worlds. Resonances matter.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Jun 04 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass
DjanGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Koran Agan image

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. This month Koran Agan and his trio will interpret Django Reinhardt's compositions and some of the man's favorite numbers from the American song book.

New York City based guitarist Koran Agan has kept a busy schedule gigging five nights a week, touring and recording for the past decade. He has been leading his trio and his, heavily influenced by Django Reinhardt, gypsy jazz quartet Anouman trough countless performances in the city and beyond. With his interpretations of the great american song book, be-bop classics and the music of great Django Reinhardt his guitar work became highly sought after.

Venues in which Koran performed include: Montreal International Jazz Festival, New York City Winter Jezz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, Django Reinhardt Northwest Festival and many more. fingers and locomotive chording. Ben Ratliff - The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


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