See the previous week's performances.   July 18-July 25, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Wednesday,  Jul 18 - 6:00PM 
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Alon Benjamini, drums;  Ben Tiberio, bass
Ryan Slatko Trio image

Miami native Ryan Slatko has studied with Ari Hoenig, Gil Goldstein, Taylor Eigsti and Shai Maestro. He was the musical director for “Lights Out,” a musical about Nat King Cole starring Dulé Hill and Daniel J. Watts. He placed 3rd in the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and has performed or recorded with Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Ulysses Owens Jr, Linda Oh, Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker, and many more.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 18 - 8:00PM 
Leo Sherman, bass, comp.;  Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Ben Winkleman, piano;  Peter Kronreif, drums

TONEWHEEL is a quintet based in New York City, led by bassist-composer Leo Sherman. The project is inspired by stories: new and old, factual and fictional. The stories range from simple, like the feeling of take-off on a plane, to far-reaching travels of the imagination. Each piece is programmatic and features the instrumentalists as characters, the melodies and song structure as the plot, and the harmonic language as a setting.

"Leo Sherman, who I have had the pleasure of working with, not only swings hard but has a depth of harmonic understanding and listens deeply to the musical conversation. One of the new voices on bass for the future.” -Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters).

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 18 - 9:30PM 
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Tom DiCarlo, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Yuhan Su Quartet  image

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016) Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music inspired by dance movements and music from her upcoming record City Animals featuring a stellar line-up of musicians. Yuhan's music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan. Yuhan’s new record City Animals will be released in Winter 2018 through Sunnyside Records.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 19 - 6:00PM 
Ana Garcia and Lane Dombois image

Ana Garcia is a percussionist and composer, Lane Dombois is a guitarist and writer. They typically write together for the stage--but tonight they are separately performing original songs outside of the theatrical context, Ana leading a small ensemble and Lane performing solo.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Jul 19 - 8:00PM 
Frank Messina, host

Mark Torgl of Toxic Avenger Ken Korb, harmonica;  Rene Hart, bass;  Robbie Winterhawk, conga;  Eliot Peper, bongos;  Michael Trapp, guitar;  Kristine Rommel , vocals;  Kevin Twigg, drums;  Joe Hardy Wiley, guitar, vocals;  Special guests, Ang Lee, Jackson Nardelli, Rose Nardelli

Get ready for a night of revelry and remembrance as we celebrate the life of filmmaker Joe Nardelli — who touched many lives with his artistic creations including his coda film, Toxic Tutu. In pure Nardelli spirit, you are encouraged to attend in costume...or simply as you are! At Joe's request, all proceeds will benefit Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Joe Nardelli Celebration image
Friday,  Jul 20 - 6:00PM 
Aya Ishida, vocals, composition;  Berta Moreno, tenor sax;  Ray Gallon, piano;  Aidan O'Donnell, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
Aya Ishida:

NYC based jazz vocalist and composer Aya Ishida will bring the music from her debut album "Day by Day". She will perform some jazz standers with great arrangements and some of her originals with a band.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Jul 20 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Alex Ritz, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image

Contemporary jazz guitarist, Tom Chang leads a quintet featuring some of the finest improvisers in the New York jazz scene. The music will encompass modern jazz to contemporary classical all with a heavy emphasis on groove and melody.

"What separates these tracks from other rock-leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It feels authentic. And then the brief funk tune "Scatterbrain" emerges about halfway though the album, there's chicken-scratch guitar and a simple yet heavy beat that screams The Meters. But later, things get eerie, as is someone was mixing funk with a New York jazz edge. That someone was Chang." --Brad Faberman (Downbeat Mag.)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jul 21 - 6:00PM 
Singer Songwriter Sabrina Parker image

Sabrina Parker is a twenty-one year old singer/songwriter born in Brooklyn, who after spending the first three years of her life in Puerto Rico, was raised in North London. She currently studies History at London School of Economics. Sabrina made her open mic debut in Woodstock, New York in 2011 and hasn’t stopped performing since then. She can regularly be seen in music nights around London at venues such as The Bedford, Notting Hill Arts Club, and The Troubadour. She has also performed internationally in cities such as Tokyo and New York. She has opened for iconic Glaswegian indie band The Bathers at The Lexington, and Autoheart at The Servants Jazz Quarters in Dalston for their acoustic album launch. Her self released debut single 'Fire and Ice' was heavily supported on BBC London Introducing presented by Gary Crowley. Now newly signed to 'Man In The Moon Records’, the label set up by Nick Stewart (the man who famously signed U2 to Island Records) Sabrina has released two new singles, 'Write You Down' and 'Babysit Your Happiness'.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Jul 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mario Pavone, bass, comp.;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Peter McEachern, trombone;  Gerald Cleaver, drums

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Mario Pavone, Vertical Quintet image
Sunday,  Jul 22 - 6:00PM 
Mindy Matijasevic Debbie Bazza Ken Watter Missy Grynkiewicz Rhonda Hansome
Divorced Divas of Comedy image

Five hilarious and divorced comics deliver the funny. Guaranteed laughter!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Jul 22 - 8:00PM 
Philippe Lemm, drums;  Angelo Di Loreto, piano;  Jeff Koch, bass
Philippe Lemm Trio image

Exciting, colorful and energetic. The Philippe Lemm Trio, comprised of Dutch drummer Philippe Lemm and American pianist and bassist Angelo Di Loreto and Jeff Koch, was voted “Best Group” at the International B-Jazz Competition as well as “Best Solist”. The group’s performance of Di Loreto’s original composition “Salt Road” earned an ASCAP Jazz Composer Award in 2013

“Stunning, beautiful, and magnificent music was performed at the 2017 Northwest Jazz Festival. An overwhelming audience favorite. The Philippe Lemm Trio are consummate musicians with intricate and exciting arrangements. One of the most refreshing jazz music to hit our festival in years!” Tony Zambito, Artistic Director North West Jazz Festival

"From the first note till the last on the edge of your seat.......mesmerized by the trio"- Erik Raayman, Draai om je ore

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Jul 22 - 9:30PM 
Santiago Leibson, piano;  Eli Asher , trumpet;  Yuma Uesaka, tenor sax;  Shawn Lovato, bass;  Mareike Wiening, drums
Open Tabs image

Open Tabs is a quintet founded by pianist Santiago Leibson and bassist Shawn Lovato, composers “with a distinctive compositional approach and a knack for finding the right partners to bring it to life” (All About Jazz). Such partners include Eli Asher on the trumpet, Yuma Uesaka on the tenor saxophone, and drummer Mareike Wiening, all who are engaging, sensitive, and fearless improvisers. The collective uses both strict and loose composed frameworks in order to explore different contexts and modes of improvisation. This approach to composition and improvisation results in varying moments including strict rhythmic interaction, displays of dark improvised harmonic structures, and sonic hat tipping to the traditions of American improvised music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Jul 23 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Ethelbert Miller, featured poet;  Miriam O’Neal Al Abondado Sasha Wade

Please join featured poet, Ethelbert Miller, and three estimable poets, Miriam O’Neal, Al Abondado, and Sasha Wade.

E. Ethelbert Miller is a writer and literary activist. He is the author of several collections of poetry and two memoirs. For fourteen years, Miller has been the editor of Poet Lore, the oldest poetry magazine published in the United States. In April 2015, Miller was inducted into the Washington, DC Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature and the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Distinguished Honor. Miller currently serves on the faculty at the University of Houston/Victoria and hosts the weekly morning radio show On the Margin, which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3. The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller, published in 2016 by Willow Books, is a comprehensive collection that represents over 40 years of his career as a poet. Miller’s most recent book is If God Invented Baseball, published by City Point Press.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Jul 23 - 8:30PM 
DM Salsberg, guitar, piano, lead vocals;  Georgia Weber, double bass, backing vocals;  Omer Ashano, violin, backing vocals
DM Salsberg with Georgia Weber and Omer Ashano image

"Honey-sweet mezzo-soprano. DM Salsberg, sensitive, acoustic guitar-wielding chanteuse — exposed, but not self-conscious — is not afraid to let her audience in."

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jul 24 - 6:00PM 
Tom McDermott, piano, vocals

Famed New Orleans pianist TOM McDERMOTT has toured the world with his piano; in NYC alone he has played Carnegie Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Joe's Pub, the Lincoln Center Summer Series, and of course the Cornelia Street Café. But he’s also a writer and an artist, and in 2017 Sagging Meniscus Press published a collection of his limericks and pencil sketches entitled FIVE LINES NO WAITING. This show will feature a beguiling mixture of limericks and associated piano-playing.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jul 24 - 8:00PM 
Rebecca Nicole Chubay, voice, guitar;  Sam Javitch, piano;  Yoav Eshed, guitar;  Lauren Seay, bass;  Kazuhiro Odagiri, drums
Rebecca Nicole Chubay Quintet image

New York Area native and Berklee graduate Rebecca Nicole Chubay is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter with a special love for improvisation. She brings top musicians to her project, mixing classic and contemporary jazz with the sounds of indie rock and impressionist classical music. Her lyrics express a variety of shades of the human condition.

The show will feature fully arranged versions of work from her first EP "Jazz Impressionism," as well as other original music and classic standards from around the world.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jul 24 - 9:30PM 
Nicki Adams, keyboard;  Patrick Adams, trumpet;  Eric Burns, guitar;  Doug Berns, bass;  Peter Manheim, drums
Robot Mommy image

From out of Robot Mommy’s 150 watt convectional womb come a stream of improvised algorhythmic automatons programmed to please past and future artificial aesthetes.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 25 - 6:00PM 
César Haas, guitar;  Diego Ferreira, tenor saxophone;  Anthony Bianco, bass;  Michael Yaw , drums
César Haas Quartet image

César Haas is a Brazilian jazz guitarist recently arrived in the NYC jazz scene. César is a Doctor of Musical Arts student at Eastman School of Music, where he also teaches jazz theory and improvisation courses along with private jazz guitar lessons. The group will be performing originals and arrangements of jazz tunes and Brazilian music.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 25 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Jon Irabagon, tenor sax;  Brian Marsella, trumpet;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums
Jon Irabagon Quartet image

Jon Irabagon returns to the Cornelia Underground with a far reaching not to be missed new quartet

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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