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Wednesday,  Apr 26 - 6:00PM 
Cynthia Manick, curator; Ed Toney, host

LeRonn P. Brooks Janel Cloyd Yadira De La Riva Noel Quiñones Purvi Shah
Soul Sister Revue image

For a night of tales and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue for its 4-year anniversary at Cornelia Street Café where we ask "what does soul mean to you?" Soul Sister Revue highlights those established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Apr 26 - 8:00PM 
Mareike Wiening Rich Perry Alex Goodman, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Johannes Felscher, bass

Brooklyn-based German drummer Mareike Wiening released her first album „Crosswalk" as a bandleader in 2014. Since then she has been successfully playing her music in Europe and the US. Wiening’s Quintet returns to Cornelia Street Café with an outstanding group of international musicians, including Rich Perry on tenor saxophone, Florian Weber on Piano, Alex Goodman on Guitar and Johannes Felscher on Bass.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Mareike Wiening Quintet image
Wednesday,  Apr 26 - 9:30PM 
Tobias Meinhart, tenor sax, ewi;  Charles Altura, guitar;  Yago Vazquez, piano;  Orlando LeFleming, bass;  Jesse Simpson, drums
Tobias Meinhart Quintet, Natural Perception image

Natural Perception is Tobias Meinhart’s debut album for ENJA Records. After spending five years living and playing in New York City, the saxophonist has compiled a series of original compositions that he feels represent his personal exploration of the spiritual power of music. The concept of the album was heavily inspired by Alejandro Jodorowski’s book, The Spiritual Journey, and especially the mental and emotional state that Jodorowski describes as “Empty mind, full heart.” To make a performance of such proportions possible, Tobias put together a band with whom he feels completely free, and thus capable of reaching a level of playing that is transcendent.

"One of Germany's biggest talents on the saxophone." Jazzthing

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 27 - 6:00PM 
Rhonda Hansome and David Cantor:  At the Corner of Comedy and Song image

Comedian Rhonda Hansome and songwriter David Cantor join forces for the first time to showcase their talents in a unique and delightful double-bill.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Apr 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, 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

Friday,  Apr 28 - 6:00PM 
Zoe Christianson, clarinet, accordion;  Ali Dineen, piano, accordion, washboard;  Megg Farrell, tenor banjo, ukulele;  Joanna Sternberg, upright bass
The Crimson Ragdolls image

The Crimson Ragdolls are a non-male jazz quartet performing a selection of favorites from the 1920s era, contemporary tunes, and some old songs with new lyrics. Four part harmonies and ragtime make for a good time! Featuring Zoe Christianson (clarinet, accordion), Ali Dineen (piano, accordion, washboard), Megg Farrell (tenor banjo, ukulele) and Joanna Sternberg (upright bass).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Friday,  Apr 28 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Tomas Fujiwara, drums, comp.;  Adam Hopkins, bass;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Brian Settles, tenor sax;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet
Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up image MELANIE MINICHINO

In describing Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up, Jim Macnie of The Village Voice says, “The drummer has named his band appropriately. Ensembles can go anywhere if the intra-group chemistry is cooking…Fujiwara sounds like he's got his mates on speed dial.” The band’s first record (Actionspeak, 482 Music) was named one of the best debuts of 2010 by the New York City Jazz Record and received a four-star review in Downbeat. The group’s second album (The Air is Different, 482 Music) "continues upon a course, teeming with unanticipated shifts in strategy, but not executed in shock-therapy mode. With a superfine support system of revered improvisers, Fujiwara reaps the benefits of a distinctly fresh musical climate. With off-kilter patterns, cunning geometric architectures and sudden paradigm shifts, the band merges a search and conquer tactical component with an acutely balanced mix of structure and free-form dialogues." (Glenn Astarita, Jazz Review). It was included on several Best-of-2012 lists including All About Jazz Italia and Something Else. "The Air Is Different is wildly creative music that never veers into inaccessibility. If you're wondering where jazz might be headed in the new millennium, it's a good place to start." (Robert Bush, All About Jazz). The band's third album (After All Is Said, 482 Music), "layered and cohesive, rhythmically diverse, with a lean but muscular sound that defines Fujiwara's distinctive approach to melody and harmony," (Terrell Holmes, New York City Jazz Record) was released in April, 2015; "One of the most accessible, challenging and inventive recordings of recent vintage." (Troy Collins, All About Jazz)

"Tomas Fujiwara works with rhythm as a pliable substance, solid but ever shifting...His style is forward-driving but rarely blunt or aggressive, and never random. He has a way of spreading out the center of a pulse while setting up a rigorous scaffolding of restraint... a conception of the drum set as a full-canvas instrument, almost orchestral in its scope." -- Nate Chinen, New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://WWW.TOMASFUJIWARA.COM

Saturday,  Apr 29 - 6:00PM 
Albert Marques, piano;  Marcos Varela, double 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,  Apr 29 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Chris Cheek, tenor sax;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums

Guitarist-composer Sebastian Noelle has spent much of his life traveling the elusive path between two worlds. In life, he travels back and forth between his native Germany and his adopted home of New York City; in his art, he navigates the more fluid boundaries between the abstract and the emotional. Throughout that nomadic existence, music has provided a constant source of shelter, an idea that unifies the wide-ranging music on Noelle’s third CD.

On Shelter, Noelle leads a stellar quintet that brings together some of the most forward-thinking and limitless musicians in modern jazz: saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Amina Figarova, Armen Donelian), pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Darcy James Argue, Donny McCaslin), and drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney).

“A guitarist probably best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger” - Nate Chinen (New York Times)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 30 - 6:00PM 
Keith Lane, vocals, electric guitar, piano;  Melody Fader, piano;  Mitch Corber, videographer
Keith Lane's SPRING SUN image

April 30 is Walpurgis Night, the night before the celebration of spring - the following day. Keith Lane and Melody Fader cook up a spicy gumbo that transcends genres of classical, pop, jazz, New Orleans and rock. Together, Fader and Lane take you on a musical voyage through the four months of spring.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 30 - 8:30PM 
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  tba, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Yuhan Su Quintet image

A native of Taiwan, New York-based vibraphonist/composer Yuhan Su returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with a series of new music entitled Viaje featuring her quintet. 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.

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Apr 30 - 10:00PM 
Russ Lossing, piano, comp.;  Adam Kolker, tenor, sopranino sax, bass clarinet;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Dayeon Seok, drums

King Vulture has been performing steadily for over two years and will go into the studio this May to record our first album. The compositions are highly malleable and the players are masterful and fluid improvisers and interpreters; you never know what will happen. Performing Russ Lossing's compositions designed to enable and inspire creative improvisations.

"…The pianist, Russ Lossing, illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.” --- JAZZMAN MAGAZINE (FR)

"Adam Kolker is One of the best saxophonists working today." -ERIC QUENOT - JAZZ MAN (PARIS)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://dayeon

Monday,  May 01 - 6:00PM 
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image

Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

 $15.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  May 01 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
AMRAM & CO image

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  May 02 - 6:00PM 
Joseph Biehl, curator

Lou Marinoff
Philosophy Series: The Power of Dao: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony image

Dao -- often translated as "the Way" -- is China's original and invaluable contribution to philosophy. Ineffable yet inexhaustible, Dao is metaphysically profound, empirically sound, and aesthetically renowned. From quantum physics to modern medicine, from fractal geometry to martial arts, from family relations to warring states, Dao's insights are pervasive and effective. Daoism's practices rank with those of Buddhism and Stoicism in cultivating peoples' "best selves." Dao conduces to individual serenity, social harmony, and political unity. This talk will be based on Lou Marinoff's book "The Power of Dao," using its case studies to illustrate some foundational ideas and their applications.

Lou Marinoff is Professor of Philosophy and Asian Studies at The City College of New York, and founding president of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association. He has authored internationally best-selling books on philosophy for everyday life. The Power of Tao reflects Lou's lifelong devotion to Chinese philosophy. In youth he was a student of venerable Sing Ming Li, a grandmaster of Kung Fu and practitioner of Chinese medicine. In maturity Lou became a cultural advisor to venerable Xi Yongshin, Abbott of Shaolin Temple. As faculty of Horasis and the WEF, he serves global forums. His hobbies include photography, music, and tennis. Dao is his constant guide. More information at

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  May 02 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Matt Davis, guitar;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Johannes Felscher, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Paul Jones Sextet image

The music for this performance was created while attending the Musicians in Residence program at the Banff Creative Arts Centre in Alberta, Canada. Drawing on such influences as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly, and continuing his process of turning words into sound, Paul Jones presents an evening of original music set in the Jazz idiom.

“creativity up to his eyeballs” (Midwest Review), a “force to be reckoned with”--(StepTempest) 4 Stars Dowbeat Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  May 03 - 6:00PM 
Charles Fort Carole Stone John J. Ronan

Charles Fort, Carole Stone and John J. Ronan, distinguished poets published by The Backwaters Press, join in a tribute to the award-winner publisher celebrating its 20th anniversary.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  May 03 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Tony Malaby, saxophones;  Ernesto Jodos, piano;  Javier Moreno, bass, comp.;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Javier Moreno Quartet, CD Release: Marais del Sueño image

The music of Marais del Sueño, from Javier Moreno, double bass player and composer based in New York, mixes the current contemporary avant garde jazz, with the impressionistic - Mediterranean legacy of the Catalan composer Federico Mompou and the folk roots from the also Spanish composer from Enrique Granados.

The quartet exposes a very high interaction between the musical personality of each performer. The artistic approach of the band is guided by a very strong melodic identity and through this fact the subtle and minimalist ambient of Música callada from Mompou, is finding a perfect space. In the same way, the energetic explosions with ‘free’ spots featured by the personal and powerful compositional suites from Javier Moreno , meets the ideal atmosphere in the rhythm and pulse of the Oriental Dance of Granados giving the final touch to a unique and colorful musical picture.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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