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Wednesday,  Sep 19 - 6:00PM 
Brian Krock, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Olli Hirvonen, guitar;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Devin Gray, drum set
Brian Krock’s liddle  image

Best known as the brain behind Big Heart Machine, Brian Krock has been hailed as a “versatile reedist… with influences from progressive metal to Carnatic music to late-20th-century classical” (New York Times) who writes music that is “cognizant of a world beyond jazz” (Stereogum). Krock will be presenting music from his forthcoming album, liddle- set for release in early 2019- featuring long-time cohorts Olli Hirvonen, Marty Kenney, and Devin Gray.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Sep 19 - 8:00PM 
Tarek Yamani, piano;  Sam Minaie, bass;  John Davis, drums

Tarek Yamani’s critically acclaimed album “Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic” is an exploration of classical Arabic music within the frameworks of jazz.The result, a genre often dubbed as “Afro-Tarab” is a jazz piano trio performance which includes edgy reinterpretations of Muwashahat (an old Arabic musical form), traditional music from Mesopotamia as well as original jazz compositions based on rhythms and modes from the Levant. This program has been previously performed at prestigious venues such as the MuCEM, Smithsonian Museum, Atrium at Lincoln Center, World Bank Preston Auditorium, Detroit Institute of Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sunset Sunside, Dizzy’s Club, and National Sawdust to name a few.

Yamani’s resonant chords echo hauntingly in a provocative improvisation with a touch of thrilling angularity.” - All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tarek Yamani Trio image
Wednesday,  Sep 19 - 9:30PM 
Matt Davis, guitar;  Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Leon Boykins, bass;  Peter Kronreif, drums
Matt Davis Quartet image

Hailed as “Inspired” by Downbeat and “Eloquent” by Jazztimes, guitarist and composer Matt Davis’ original work brings forth strong melodies and extended harmony and draws from an unusually wide range of influences. This quartet will be performing unique arrangements of standards, as well as Davis’ originals. Please visit for more information.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Sep 20 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, host and curator

The Imperfect Perfect Show image

The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producer Terry Moore. 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,  Sep 20 - 8:00PM 
Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Mark Feldman, violin;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Dan McCarthy Quartet image

Contemporary vibraphonist Dan McCarthy returns to Cornelia Street with some of New York's finest improvisors to present an evening of original and avant-garde jazz. Known for his "show-stopping" and "arresting" style (George Harris, All About Jazz Los Angeles), McCarthy has been a regular performer on the NY jazz scene since 2004. He has performed or recorded with musicians such as Steve Swallow, Ben Monder, Ari Hoenig, and George Garzone.

Dan's dark and brooding compositional style, along with his unexpected and angular improvisation, has led Nate Chinen at The New York Times to label Dan as "a vibraphonist with a charismatic and pointedly contemporary style".

"A extraordinary musical ability and a boundless imagination" - Gary Burton
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Sep 20 - 9:30PM 
Don Braden, tenor sax;  Oscar Perez, piano;  Endea Owens, bass;  Alvester Garnett, drums
Oscar Perez Trio featuring Don Braden image

After three albums that garnered much acclimation, Oscar Perez brings together his trio plus master saxophonist Don Braden on September 20, 2018 at Cornelia Street Cafe. Rounding out the group are stellar musicians Endea Owens on bass and Alvester Garnett on drums.

JazzTimes praised Perez as “an extraordinary composer who blends the rhythmic complexity of Latin American music with the elegant harmonies of jazz,” while DownBeat chimed in by marveling over the music’s “wondrous interaction of piano and band.”

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Sep 21 - 6:00PM 
Barry Wallenstein, poetry;  Alan Rosenthal, piano;  Ken Filiano, bass;  KaORi Yamada-Lategano, drums;  Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, guest poet
An Evening of Song, Poetry, and Music image

 10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum; $10.00 total for students 
Friday,  Sep 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tom Guarna, guitar;  Peter Bernstein, guitar;  Joe Martin, bass;  Chris Smith, drums
Tom Guarna Trio with special guest Peter Bernstein image

Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer, bandleader and arranger Tom Guarna creates plush compositions with memorable melodies by combining modern jazz with a touch of modern classical influence. His natural ability to play and compose with phrasing reminiscent of his idols, paired with a relentless drive to refine and invent a unique guitar style has made him a desired commodity in the music industry, performing and recording with such artist as Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Mulgrew Miller, George Cables, Aaron Goldberg,

"An unequivocally modern record that focuses on both his compositional acumen and a broader textural palette . . . it's about time that the secret already known amongst musicians finally becomes public knowledge."-- John Kelman, All About

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Sep 22 - 6:00PM 
Albert Marques, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums

Albert Marques is a Catalan transplant from Spain whose passion at the piano is only matched by his huge humanity and kindness. This is not cartoon jazz, or a stereotypical Latin Jazz trio. It is modern, fusing elements of Rock, Jazz, Flamenco, and R&B with a healthy dose of introspection, and not a fake moment. Every note is played with grit, reality, and love. - Arturo O’Farrill

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Sep 22 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mike Moreno, guitar;  Lage Lund, guitar;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
Jochen Rueckert quartet

Jochen Rueckert presents his double guitar quartet "Guitar Center" with longtime collaborators Mike Moreno and Lage Lund. Since both are known to imitate horn players, you can think of this as a two horn band if you'd like. In either case, it will be a competition for not comping too much at the most appropriate time.

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 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Sep 23 - 5:30PM 
Cafe Play: Two shows: 5:30/8:00PM image

Upstairs in our back room!

 $45.00 includes dinner

Sunday,  Sep 23 - 6:00PM 
Elizabeth Brunazzi Denizé Lauture
The Patience of Dogs image

Recent poems from The South and Haitian poetry in translation by Elizabeth Brunazzi, with Denizé Lauture.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Sep 23 - 9:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Kavita Shah, voice;  Felipe Viegas, piano;  Juancho Herrera, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Yayo Serka, drums
New Brazilian Perspectives, Kavita Shah  image

KAVITA SHAH is a vocalist, composer, and ethnographer who makes work in deep engagement with the jazz idiom while addressing and advancing its global sensibilities. Hailed by NPR for possessing an “amazing dexterity for musical languages,” here Kavita presents her new "Lusophone Music Project," uniting Portuguese-language music from Brazil, Cape Verde, and the Indian Ocean. This project is inspired by Kavita's ethnographic field research in northeastern Brazil, Cape Verde, and India, supported in part by the Jerome Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Sep 23 - 8:00PM 
Rubens Salles, piano;  John Clark, french horn;  Michel Gentile, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums

Pianist Rubens Salles brings his unique style to the NYC scene, to launch his already celebrated newest album, Liquid Gravity Plus. This unconventional Brazilian-born composer explores a sophisticated mix of contemporary and classical influences. Liquid Gravity Plus brings a unique selection of originals and acclaimed standards and the result is absolutely unexpected. Rubens’ version of Girl from Ipanema, for instance, moves far away from Bossa Nova to offer new parameters in Brazilian rhythm; in Rarefeito, his own composition, Rubens traverses the intense world of melody proposing a fresh new approach in Polytonal Improvisation.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

New Brazilian Perspectives: Rubens Salles image
Monday,  Sep 24 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Naomi Wax Marilyn Zion Nancy Jainchill Sally Eckhoff
BENNINGTON WRITERS  -  Nonfiction image

Please join Naomi Wax, Marilyn Zion, Nancy Jainchill, Sally Eckhoff, tonight’s nonfictioneers.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Sep 24 - 8:30PM 
Joshua Fried, live electronics;  Jed Distler, piano
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New York's Musical Trickster" Joshua Fried's Radio Wonderland dazzlingly transforms live commercial FM radio into recombinant funk, while "the downtown keyboard magus" (The New Yorker) Jed Distler puts his acoustic piano through two centuries of keyboard history.

Pair Joshua and Jed together and you’ve got No Soap Radio Wonderland: music that’s spontaneous, funny, stylistically unpredictable and just plain entertaining.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Sep 25 - 6:00PM 
Neil Silberblatt, host

Keisha-Gaye Anderson Nicole Callihan Philip F. Clark JP Howard
Voices of Poetry – Back in the City image
Formed by poet/poetry activist Neil Silberblatt in 2012, Voices of Poetry – which has organized & presented a series of poetry events in four states (NY, NJ, CT & MA) – has maintained its goal of bringing great contemporary poetry to people, and vice versa. Those events have featured current and former Poets Laureate, award-winning poets/editors/teachers, and poets who are just beginning their exploration of this craft.

In furtherance of that goal, we are honored to present this event at this great venue in the heart of Greenwich Village, which has been justly called a literary (& culinary) landmark. This event will feature a quartet of acclaimed poets who richly deserve to be heard and whose work deserves to be savored.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Sep 25 - 6:30PM 
Cafe Play image

Upstairs in our back room!

 $45.00 includes dinner

Tuesday,  Sep 25 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Bryn Roberts, piano;  Will Vinson, saxophones;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jonathan Pinson, drums
Bryn Roberts, Will Vinson Quartet image

Roberts and Vinson are mainstays of the NYC jazz scene, and have been playing together since meeting in 2002, drawn together by their modern compositional and improvisational styles. Their group has performed in New York, Los Angeles, Vancouver, and at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

"Bryn Roberts has poise, elegance, a beautiful touch and a natural melodic flow. His musical imagination always tells a story and his delivery is organic and unforced. I love to hear him play." -Bill Charlap

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum http://

Wednesday,  Sep 26 - 6:00PM 
Shelley Stenhouse Ruby Stenhouse Tony Gloeggler
Shelley Stenhouse, Ruby Stenhouse & Tony Gloeggler: A Reading image

Shelley Stenhouse won the Pavement Saw Press Award for her poetry collection, PANTS, and her latest collection, Impunity (published by NYQ Books), was selected by Huffington Post as one of “20 Of The Best Books From Independent Presses You Should Know About.” She received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, an Allen Ginsberg Award, and was a National Poetry Series finalist. Her poetry and fiction have been published in New York Quarterly, Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Nimrod International Journal, Margie, Third Coast, Enizagam, Brooklyn Rail, Washington Square, Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets (among others). Shelley has read on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

Ruby Stenhouse is a writer and performer from Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated from Brown University in 2017 with degrees in art history and French and now works as a gallery associate for a New York and London based gallery. From a young age she studied dance under performance artist, choreographer, and writer Mary Paula Hunter. Since moving to New York last year, she has performed in Sibyl Kempson’s 12 Shouts of the Ten Forgotten Heavens at the Whitney Museum and was invited to sit for Maria Baranova’s ongoing photography project, Faces of the Downtown Scene. Her writing has been featured on the Rhode Island Public Radio segment This I Believe—New England. Ruby is honored, thrilled, and a little nervous to be performing alongside her longtime writing mentor and immensely talented aunt, Shelley Stenhouse.

Tony Gloeggler is a life-long resident of New York City and has managed group homes for the mentally challenged for over 35 years. His work has appeared in Rattle, Columbia Poetry Review, Chiron Review, New Ohio Review, The Paterson Literary Review, and The New York Times. His poem “1969” is the 6th most viewed poem in Rattle’s 25-year history. His books include One Wish Left (Pavement Saw Press 2002) and Until the Last Light Leaves (NYQ Books 2015). His next book, What Kind of Man, will be published by NYQ Books in late 2018.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Sep 26 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Barry Altschul, drums;  Joe Fonda, bass;  Jon Irabagon, tenor sax
Barry Altschul, 3Dom Factor image

Legendary drummer and percussionist Barry Altschul has shared the stage with uncompromising artists such as Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Sam Rivers, Anthony Braxton, Paul Bley and many more. His current trio, the 3Dom Factor, released their debut record last year on TUM Records. Their follow-up CD, Tales of the Unforeseen, comes out this year, and Barry and crew celebrate its release tonight at the Cornelia St Cafe, featuring Joe Fonda on bass and Jon Irabagon on saxophone. They will be performing some jazz classics, some of Barry's originals as well as some free group improvisations.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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