See the previous week's performances.   December 12-December 19, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Dec 12 - 6:00PM 
Nicole Ferraro, host

Jean Le Bec Asher Novek Thomas Pryor Gianmarco Soresi
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Featured stories by Jean Le Bec, Asher Novek, Thomas Pryor, and Gianmarco Soresi

Have a 5-minute story to tell? Sign up for our 5-for-5 open mic!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Dec 12 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Carmen Staaf, piano, comp.;  Nicole Zuraitis, voice;  Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Jon Michel, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Carmen Staaf's

After graduating from the Thelonious Monk Institute in 2016 (where she studied under Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock), pianist and composer Carmen Staaf has been increasingly busy as a side person, performing with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Thana Alexa, Allegra Levy, Joe Phillips and Numinous, and many others. She is also a uniquely personal composer and arranger, drawing from the jazz tradition as well as her experience with klezmer, classical, Cuban and South Indian genres.

For her new record "Day Dream", Staaf enlists a star-studded ensemble to interpret her extraordinary arrangements of jazz classics and originals. Featuring vocals, horns, bass, drums, kora and percussion, this diverse group explores familiar songs with creativity, grace and innovation.

"A most impressive pianist" - Bob Brookmeyer

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Dec 13 - 6:00PM 
Andrey Gritsman, host

David Lehman
Intercultural Poetry image

Intercultural Poetry presents Russian Poetry in Translation

Poets presented: Vadimir Mayakovsky, Vladislav Khodasevich, Osip Mandestam, Anna Akhmatova; contemporary Russian poets - Vladimir Gandelsman and Vladimir Druk.

David Lehman, great American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief of Best American Poetry

Andrey Gritsman, Russian-American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief of Interpoezia

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Dec 13 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Alfonso Cid, flamenco vocals, flute;  Jesús Hernández, piano;  Tim Ferguson, bass;  Mark Holen, drums
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The fusion between Jazz and Flamenco is one of the most exciting musical and artistic expressions emerging in the world today. The result, in the case of The New York Bojaira Project, is a powerful combination of energy and subtlety on stage. An original and versatile fusion, blending the depth and intensity of jazz harmony and improvisation, with the excitement of flamenco rhythms.

"This is excellent contemporary Flamenco... A must for music lovers of all kinds."--Patrick Dalmace, Jazz Hot Magazine, Paris, France.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Dec 14 - 6:00PM 
Soprano Jessica Crandall sings music by Ellen Mandel

Jessica Crandall, vocals;  Ellen Mandel, piano, composition

Jessica and Ellen perform lyrical, dramatic, and humorous songs from their new CD I SO LIKED SPRING, with texts by Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and more! When Crandall sings Mandel, the music soars!

Mandel’s music is “Ardent, spiky, and freshly organic” NY Times

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Dec 14 - 8:00PM 
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums

Since moving to New York in 2007, Israeli pianist and composer Nitzan Gavrieli has been performing nationally and internationally with his trio and as a sideman. Nitzan brings his new trio to Cornelia Street Cafe for a set of original music featuring some of New York's top musicians on the scene.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Nitzan Gavrieli trio image
Thursday,  Dec 14 - 9:30PM 
Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Felix Lecaros, drums;  Seth Trachy, tenor sax
Zygmon image

Zygmon performs modern instrumental adaptations of Cameroonian Baka Pygmy music. A melding of diverse influences with the music of one of the oldest cultures on the planet.

"Music driven by a subtle twilight infused pulsation, one is confused as to whether traveling forward or backwards in time" World Sound Review

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Dec 15 - 6:00PM 
sings Jazz Standards, Originals, And Contemporary Songs

Audrey Silver, vocals;  Bruce Barth, piano;  Paul Beaudry, bass;  Anthony Picciotti, drums;  Alex Norris, trumpet
Audrey Silver, Jazz Singer & Songwriter image

Audrey will be performing works from her recently released album, Very Early, as well as from her next album, which she expects to release in the next year.

Since releasingVery Early at The Cornelia Street Cafe in October 2016, the album has received substantial, nationwide air-time, peaking at #100 on the Jazz Week chart, #12 on CMJ chart, and #10 on the RMR chart. Of note, it has been in regular rotation on WBGO throughout much of the year, and Michael Bourne hosted Audrey on his Singers Unlimited Show on WBGO on October 15.

"There's immediate comfort in encountering Audrey Silver's music for the first time. Her voice is an open invitation, an instrument of confession and creation that immediately transports you to someplace else. That's evident from her first utterances through her last words on Very Early.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Dec 15 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Sara Serpa, voice;  Sofía Rei, voice;  Aubrey Johnson, voice;  André Matos, guitar;  Erik Friedlander, cello;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Sara Serpa & City Fragments image

“Sara Serpa is a fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape..” Nate Chinen, JazzTimes

Born in Lisboa, Portugal and based in New York since 2008, Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, bandleader and improviser who has been voted by the Downbeat Critics Poll 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 as "Female Vocalist Rising Star". While Serpa is mostly known for her wordless singing with such jazz luminaries as Greg Osby, Grammy-Award nominee Danilo Perez, or as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook with Guggenheim Fellow and legendary pianist Ran Blake, she has also been collaborating with innovators like John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Aya Nishina, Kris Davis to name a few.Described by the JazzTimes magazine as “ one of the most exciting avant- gardists on the New York scene" and by the New York Times as "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook", Serpa has produced six albums as a leader, (with the labels Clean Feed, Tzadik and Inner Circle Music), the latest being a partnership with Portuguese guitarist André Matos, "All The Dreams" (2016), which was noted by the All About Jazz as "“their music is art at the point where minimalism and cangiante merge".

This unique ensemble of three voices, guitar, cello, and drums features the impressive line-up of musicians with Serpa, Aubrey Johnson, and Sofia Rei with guitarist André Matos, cellist Erik Friedlander, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Serpa's desire to collaborate with other singers and create a communal relationship between their voices and instrumentalists inspired the project. The ensemble has been developing and working on "Breathe," an eight-movement piece penned by Serpa and based on French philosopher/feminist Luce Irigaray's book Between East and West (2002) . Irigaray’s particular focus on breath inspired Serpa to write music to excerpts of this book, creating an eight movement piece that brings awareness to body, breath, gender, ethnicity, globalization and nature.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Dec 16 - 6:00PM 
Edith Lettner, saxophones & duduk;  Jed Distler, piano
Edith Lettner & Jed Distler Duo image

Edith Lettner (saxophones & duduk) and Jed Distler (piano) both come from eclectic musical backgrounds and both bring to their performances an immense wealth of experience and musical savvy. The duo’s tight, energetic interplay delivers an always engaging, ever-surprising mix of improvised musical offerings. As a special feature of this evening’s program, they will include music of Austrian composer Anton Bruckner, played in their own imaginative, interpretive style. Not to be missed.

The evening made possible with generous support by the Austrian Cultural Forum nyc

 $10.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Dec 16 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass
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With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Dec 17 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Joe Tumay, Tushar Singh and Emma William.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Dec 17 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, host

Liz Rosa, voice;  Helio Alves, piano;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  tba, guitar
New Brazilian Perspectives: Liz Rosa image

Born in Natal, Rio Grande Do Norte, Brazil and rooted in Rio de Janeiro, singer Liz Rosa’s has captured the attention of listeners and critics worldwide with her interpretations of the classic Brazilian songbook. Liz has performed in many respected venues and festivals around the world and she has also performed with well- known Brazilian artists including João Bosco, João Donato and Roberto Menescal. After establishing her presence in Brazil and Europe, in October/2016 Liz Rosa moved to New York City to pursue the next levels of her musical development.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Monday,  Dec 18 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Katie Pryor John West Susan Scarf Merrell Nancy Jainchill Ryan Harbage
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Transgenre Night image

Please join four admirable writers – Katie Pryor, John West, Susan Scarf Merrell, Nancy Jainchill, and Ryan Harbage.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Dec 18 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, motelmeister

Jessica Kirson Matt Ruby Cory Jarvis Ellen Karis Jim Mendrinos Taffy Jaffe
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 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Tuesday,  Dec 19 - 6:00PM 
Nick Finzer, trombone;  Lucas Pino, saxophone;  Alex Wintz, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Dave Baron, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
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Nick Finzer’s main ensemble is a trombone driven group that combines the rich traditions of jazz, with the repertoire of the American Songbook and the music of contemporary jazz artists such as Michael Brecker and Chick Corea, not to mention a healthy handful of original compositions. The ensemble takes strong influence from the musical styles and band sounds of a number of non- trombone led groups, including groups led by Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Miguel Zenon and Dafnis Prieto fusing contrapuntal writing with musical melodies and strong improvisational contributions from each member of the band. This group is focused on creating improvised music that builds on the tradition of jazz, and presents a modern twist on a trombone fronted group.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Dec 19 - 8:00PM 
Jure Pukl, tenor sax;  Darius Jones, alto sax;  Kris Davis, piano;  Carlo DeRosa, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Jure Pukl/Darius Jones’ MEAT  image

Meat is a collaboration of two forward reaching horn players enlisting some of the heaviest hitters in the NY Jazz scene.

“There are a couple major ways an alto saxophonist can handle the instrument. You can clench and bridle, in the manner of an avant-gardist like Oliver Lake, using the horn to signify something like refusal. Or you can tease the listener, dilate your sound, give it the vibrato of a body overcome. If you’re Darius Jones, the most visceral and distinctive alto saxophonist of this era, you go for both.” - The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Dec 19 - 9:30PM 
Elias Stemeseder, piano;  Henry Fraser, bass;  Jason Nazary, drums;  Mat Maneri, viola
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Dogtown is an exciting new collaboration between pianist Elias Stemeseder, bassist Henry Fraser and drummer Jason Nazary. This evening they are joined by violist Mat Maneri for an evening of new original music and improvisations.

"A true revelation.“ - Paolo Peviani, All About Jazz

“Violist Mat Maneri has a sound all his own: with his mahogany tone and muscular low register, he slithers from note to note like a satiated snake.” – Chicago Reader

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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