See the previous week's performances.   October 17-October 24, 2017  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Oct 17 - 6:00PM 
Jeanne Marie Beaumont Michael Collins Karen Garthe Natasha Sajé Edwin Torres
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Join us for a night of readings featuring Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Michael Collins, Karen Garthe, Natasha Sajé, and Edwin Torres -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Oct 17 - 8:00PM 
Andre Matos, guitar;  Leo Genovese, piano;  Mai Kalamuchi, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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Guitarist André Matos presents a quartet featuring some of the most brilliant improvisers. New York based and Portuguese native, André Matos has been developing a wide range of projects in the city and abroad. The core trio of Matos, Tony Malaby and Billy Mintz is frequently extended with guests, namely the virtuoso bass player Mal Kalamuchi. It´s the second appearance of this band at the Café.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Oct 17 - 9:30PM 
Adam Kolker, tenor sax;  Steve Cardenas, guitar;  Billy Mintz, drums
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The trio will be performing music from their latest CD, “Beckon’” Kolker’s “most intellectual, most ethereal, and most soulful album.” [Jazz Times]

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 6:00PM 
Grace Bauer, Patricia Behrens Susana H. Case, Mary Florio Emma Goldman-Sherman Michele Lent Hirsch Donna Kaz, Sarah Key Elizabeth Lara Amy Lemmon, Susan Rothbard Elaine Sexton Margo Taft Stever Katherine Barrett Swett, Kathrine Varnes
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An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, eds. Grace Bauer & Julie Kane

New York City launch reading for an anthology of poets addressing current politics in all its manifestations, including sexual politics. These are poets and poems of resistance and celebration—of female bodies, of female-centered myths, of life, of survival.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 8:00PM 
Alex Wyatt, drums;  Kyle Wilson, tenor sax;  Jon DeLucia, alto sax;  Danny Fox, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass

With his dynamic ensemble, drummer/composer Alex Wyatt brings his singular compositional voice and playing style to Cornelia Street Café, presenting a mostly new collection of music since his well-regarded debut release There’s Always Something. Expressive, lyrical, creative, passionate, and song-like, the music doesn’t shy away from simple melodies or adventurous development. With an ensemble of some of the finest players and improvisers in today’s field, Wyatt combines elements of mainstream jazz, folk, and rock, resulting in a set of refreshingly original music. Jazz critic Brent Black writes, “The entire sextet may have stumbled upon the perfect marriage of modern jazz with a touch of the old Blue Note sound…”

“…there is an incredibly well thought out ebb and flow to this release… Wyatt plays with the finesse of a Paul Motion and the rhythmic complexity of a Max Roach.” Brent Black,

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Oct 18 - 9:30PM 
Kyle Sanna, guitar;  Andrew Smiley, guitar;  Red Wierenga, keyboard;  Ben Gallina, bass;  Alex Wyatt, drums
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FORMED IN 2008, Salo is a New York City-based ensemble that blurs the lines between jazz, new music, and rock. Performances by Salo are visceral and polished at the same time, each member lending their individual sound to the beautiful, wild, and unpredictable compositions of bassist and leader Benjamin Gallina. This unique outing will feature the rhythm section taking center stage.

"Full of unpredictable energy, cadenced affinity and cross-genre influences, it wriggles out of one confine after another, creating​ small snippets of friction and long passages of intrigue." ​-​-Karl Ackermann, of All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 19 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, Nelsie Spencer, hosts

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The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producers Terry Moore and Nelsie Spencer. 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,  Oct 19 - 8:00PM 
Andrew Van Tassel, alto, soprano sax;  Matthew Sheens, piano;  Raviv Markovitz, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Andrew Van Tassel returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe to present his original music with a stellar band. Stemming from his recent release, "It's Where You Are", the music features influences from folk, classical, rock, and contemporary jazz music.

"His new album It's Where You Are confirms what many musicians already know, this guy is the real deal..." -- Jazz Critic Jon Neudorf

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Oct 19 - 9:30PM 
Matthew Sheens, piano;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Sam Zerna, bass;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion
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The Matthew Sheens quartet will be playing music from all three of his original albums, plus some previews from his unreleased project. Expect vibrant, imagery-based music influenced by the music of West Africa, Brazil and mad New York City living.

“Sheens is an outstanding pianist, stoked full of creative ideas with limitless technique. His innovative and luminous playing was totally captivating.” - Adelaide Advertiser

“Sheens has really hit his stride….The signposts indicate that Sheens could push off into any number of directions. Whichever path or paths Sheens chooses to go down it'll be a journey well worth following.” All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Oct 20 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

Rebecca Perez Melodic Joel Gonzalez Leah Ana Rodriguez
The Monthly: An evening of BRONX POWER POETRY image

An evening of BRONX POWER POETRY Featuring Award-winning Bronx-based poets including Rebecca Perez | Melodic | Joel Gonzalez | Leah Ana Rodriguez and More!

Today’s young Bronx poets are making noise in new ways.breaking new ground on rhythm and rhyme, taboo themes, and personal identity. Three Rooms Press has hand-picked leading poets from the new wave of Bronx artists to feature in a rare collective Manhattan appearance. Poets include Rebecca Perez, Melodic, Joel Gonzalez and Leah Ana Rodriguez. The event will also feature an open poetry mic, hosted by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges. Admission $10, includes a free drink.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Oct 20 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ben Street, 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

Saturday,  Oct 21 - 6:00PM 
Matt Robbins, vocals, keys;  Dave Levy, trumpet;  Caleb Curtis, alto sax, flute;  Jeremy Powell, tenor sax, clarinet;  Eric Burns, guitar;  Adrian Moring, bass;  Britt Ciampa, drums

Harry Nilsson's classic fable of Oblio, the only round headed boy growing up in The Land of Point where the law of the land is that Everything Must Have a Point. New arrangements of Nilsson's soundtrack performed live with Fred Wolf's iconic animations make this an immersive and engrossing experience. Look out for Nilsson Schmilsson selections!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Oct 21 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Lage Lund, guitar;  Sullivan Fortner, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  tba, drums
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"Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He's a wonderful player. Scary actually!" - Kurt Rosenwinkel

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Oct 22 - 6:00PM 
Diane Block, violin;  Terry Batts, cello;  Fred Simpson, percussion/poet;  LinDel Sandlin Bernard Block, special guests
Gemini Journey presents: Movie Music Magic! image

Come journey with us as we perform our newest musical program which will premiere here at the Cornelia Street "Underground". We will explore our common experience through the lens of cinematic music: musical soundtracks from French foreign film to classic Hollywood film with memorable scores by iconic film composers--and a few surprises thrown in!

Featuring Diane Block, violinist; Terry Batts, cellist; Fred Simpson, percussionist/poet and special guest poets/spoken word artists LinDel Sandlin and Bernard Block

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Oct 22 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sara Serpa, voice;  Kris Davis, piano;  Chris Tordini, bass
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Born in Lisboa, Portugal and based in New York since 2008, Sara Serpa is a jazz vocalist, composer, bandleader and improviser who has been voted by the Downbeat Critics Poll 2014, 2015, 2016 and 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, Zeena Parkins, Mark Turner, Erik Friedlander, Ingrid Laubrock 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 Andr Matos, "Primavera" (2014), which was noted by the New York Times as "a gemlike in its precision and beauty".

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Oct 23 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann and Oona Patrick, co-hosts

Tess Callahan, featured reader;  Carrie Cooperider Danielle Decatur Parks Kugle
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Join for four talented fiction writers - Tess Callahan, Carrie Cooperider, Danielle Decatur, and Parks Kugle.

Tess Callahan is the author of the recently published novel, April & Oliver, from Grand Central Publishing. Her short work has appeared in AGNI, Narrative, The New York Times Magazine, New York Newsday, Boston College Magazine, and NPR’s ‘Three Books’ Series, among others. She is working on a new novel. Callahan works as a teacher of creative writing and an editor, as well as curating the website , a toolbox for aspiring writers. She holds a BA in English from Boston College, an M.Ed from SUNY Buffalo, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Most importantly, she owes her sanity to the eight paws in her life.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Oct 23 - 8:30PM 
David Lopato, paino;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums

Manhattan-based pianist/composer David Lopato has performed as a leader and sideman throughout the world. As a composer he has received numerous grants from the N.E.A., New York Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the Beards Fund. He also received a Fulbright Fellowship to study Javanese Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, where he lived for a year. As a performer he has toured his own music in configurations ranging from solo piano to 10-piece ensembles. He has performed with Dave Liebman, Dewey Redman, Joe Lovano, Mark Helias, Ray Anderson, Wadada Leo Smith, Jane Ira Bloom, Steve Gorn and numerous others. He own recordings have been released on the Lumina, Enemy and Global Coolant labels. For 15 years he curated and produced the modern jazz concert series at InHouse in downtown Manhattan. He currently teaches privately and at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he has been on the faculty for the last 25 years. A recording of his most ambitious work “Gendhing for a Spirit Rising”, gamelan-influenced music for large ensemble, was just released on Global Coolant Records.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Oct 24 - 6:00PM 
Jasper Dutz, reeds & recorders;  Michael Wang, trombone and recorders;  Jeremy Corren, piano;  John Koozin, bass;  Jongkuk "JK" Kim, drums

The Debut concert of a quirky band! Featuring musicians from across the United States and Asia, "We Have a Tune" blends jazz & comedy with other genres to add a lighthearted spin to these heavy times.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Oct 24 - 8:00PM 
Bez Vise, voice, piano
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For over 10 years, Bez Vise has been contributing his highly creative talent in audio and video production, combined with his infectious energetic personality to hundreds of projects, many of them achieving worldwide successes. From working with top music industry names to world class athletes, to longest running media production companies. Bez Vise has been there for over a decade, shaping audio and video standards. Raising the bar, one project at a time.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times