See the previous week's performances.   January 13-January 20, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Saturday,  Jan 13 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Joanna Clapps Herman Joseph Salvatore
Italian American Writers Association image

The Italian American Writers Association is celebrating its 26th Anniversary. Since 1991, IAWA has given voice to writers through its literary series every 2nd Saturday of the month. Readings begin with an Open Mic: IAWA-East is held even months at Sidewalk Café and IAWA-West continues at Cornelia Street Café on odd months.

Tonight, IAWA welcome educators and authors ... Joanna Clapps Herman and Joseph Salvatore.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Jan 13 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Tim Hagans, trumpet;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums

Join Andrew Rathbun as he returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with this stellar ensemble as they play compositions from Andrew’s last record, Numbers & Letters, as well as pieces from the just recorded new CD "Character Study."

This band has a “gritty-cool character” while exhibiting “super sophisticated playing” (Jazzwise). Rathbun’s compositions have been described as "lyrical, with great facility in developing complex moods” (Toronto Star).

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

APAP Fest: Andrew Rathbun Quintet image
Sunday,  Jan 14 - 6:00PM 
Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Julia Henderson, cello
Desdemona: Fantasies and Visions image

Desdemona is a flexible group dedicated to performing classical music of all eras. They return to the Cornelia Street Café in string trio form performing a program of Fantasies and Visions. Come enjoy the dulcet polyphony of Henry Purcell, Sofia Gubaidulina’s mystical characters, and a frolic through Luciano Berio's youthful Divertimento.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Jan 14 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Marina Elana, flamenco dance;  Juan Pedro Jiménez, guitar;  Alfonso Cid, voice
Nueva York Flamenco City image

You don’t have to travel to Spain to experience flamenco. Ever since the Spanish bolero school dancer Fanny Elssler set foot on the New York stage in 1840 New York City has had a vibrant flamenco scene. “Nueva York Flamenco City” is comprised of singer and flautist Alfonso Cid, flamenco guitarist Juan Pedro Jiménez and dancer Marina Elana.

Alfonso is a native of Seville, Spain and a well-known artist in the USA and abroad. Fresh from a tour of Spain with the New York Bojaira Jazz Flamenco Project, he has also toured the United States with many of the main flamenco companies in the country, Israel with the Jerusalem Andalusian Orchestra, and has traveled all over the world with famous bachata artist Romeo Santos.

Marina began training at an early age in Spanish classical dance and flamenco with Adela Clara and continued with La Mónica and Yaelisa in the San Francisco Bay Area. In Spain, she studied in Sevilla and Madrid with artists such as Yolanda Heredia, Belen Maya, Isabel Bayon and Soledad Barrio. Marina has performed with companies across the United States including Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco, Maria Benitez’s Teatro Flamenco in Santa Fe and Yaelisa & Caminos Flamencos. Marina has been a company member of Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca since 2012.

Juan Pedro Jiménez is a native flamenco guitarist from Cádiz, Spain. He has toured throughout Spain in settings from the most traditional to educational demonstrations and theater productions. He has recently moves to the USA and has integrated rapidly in the New York flamenco scene.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Jan 15 - 6:00PM 
Elena Mindlina, soprano;  Ernest Shteynberg, piano
Birthday Love Sharing: A Musical Journey image

After their successful debut at Cornelia's in December, the brilliant duo Elena Mindlina (soprano) and Ernest Shteynberg (piano) return with their show "Birthday Love Sharing" to celebrate Elena's birthday and share their love and talent through Elena's most beloved melodies from Italy, Germany, Russia, Naples, and the USA. Come to enjoy a unique musical journey from opera to jazz!

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Jan 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
John Hadfield, host

Jenny Luna, voice, percussion;  Kane Mathis, oud;  Eylem Basald, violin;  Marandi Hostetter, violin;  Zoe Christiansen, clarinet;  John Murchison, kanun;  Adam Good, bass;  Shane Shannahan, percussion;  Philip Mayer, percussion
Percussion Fest: Seyyah image

Combining the forces of some of city's finest performers of Turkish music, Seyyah draws on a wide repertoire from Ottoman classical music to pop. Collectively, this large ensemble gives voice to a sound that reflects the origins and tradition of the music of Asia Minor while expressing the distinctly modern sound of music in New York City today.

 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jan 16 - 6:00PM 
Michael Lydon, vocals, guitar;  Ellen Mandel, vocals, piano;  Mike Weatherly, bass, vocals;  and The Gospel Entertainers
Michael Lydon image

Singer-songwriter and writer Michael Lydon, currently celebrating fifty years as a founding editor of Rolling Stone, is back at Cornelia St Café, singing and playing his originals and standards with his longtime partner Ellen Mandel, vocals and piano, Mike Weatherly, bass and vocals, and New Jersey's premiere gospel trio, The Gospel Entertainers.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jan 16 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
John Hadfield, percussion;  Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass
Percussion Fest: John Hadfield Group image

As part of the Cornelia Street Café winter percussion festival John Hadfield assembled an ensemble of adventurous and inspiring musicians that will perform on August 16th at 8pm. They will perform original compositions and explorative improvisations.

Time Out New York has recently pointed out “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable” and Modern Drummer Magazine said “Hadfield delivers a fluid groove, strong yet never intrusive, punctuated by adroitly chosen accents. His skillful sound-weaving choices create the illusion of a seamless multi-percussion section”

 $10 cover Plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 17 - 6:00PM 
Charlie Carr Baker, voice, guitar;  Vince di Mura, piano
Charlie Carr Baker with Special Guest Vince di Mura image

Charlie Carr Baker is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter, born and raised in NYC, where he attended the legendary LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts (the “Fame” School). He’s a recent graduate of Princeton University, where he met his professor, jazz pianist Vince di Mura, who will accompany him while Baker plays guitar and sings. His lyrically intricate songwriting ranges from love songs to biting social commentary, and will appeal to fans of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Fleet Foxes, and Father John Misty.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 17 - 8:00PM 
John Hadfield, host

Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam;  María Grand, tenor sax;  Miles Okazaki, guitar
Percussion Fest: Yathi Trio image

Named after the symmetrical patterns used in South Indian music, the Yathi Trio creatively juxtaposes the unique and complementary timbres of South Indian percussion, guitar, and tenor saxophone. Rhythmically intricate études serve as points of departure for spontaneous convergences.

"The opener, mridangam master Rajna Swaminathan’s local sextet RAJAS, landed soundly on the promise side. Her pieces for violin, horns, percussion guitar and her own deft drumming wedded beauty by courting chaos, with the methods of loose-knit latter-day jazz at the service of a recognizably South-Asian melody and pulse."— Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times, 2014

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 17 - 9:30PM 
John Hadfield, host

Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, Kora and Oud

Orakel is an electro-acoustic project of Kora/oud player, Kane Mathis and tabla player, Roshni Samlal, who began their collaboration at the Brooklyn Raga Massive. They create a new context for traditional elements of Indian classical percussion as it encounters the repertoire of the African Kora and Middle-Eastern Oud.

“….remarkable mastery….”Afropop Worldwide

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Percussion Fest: Orakel image
Thursday,  Jan 18 - 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,  Jan 18 - 8:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Richard Miller, guitar;  Itaiguara Brandao, bass;  tba, drums

Richard Miller earned a Ph. D. in music theory from Catholic University of America and a Masters in guitar performance from Manhattan School of Music. He currently teaches music theory and ear training at Columbia University and is the Director of Education Programs for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance. Lambert Academic Publishing recently published his dissertation, "The Guitar in the Brazilian Choro."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Brazil Fest: Richard Miller Trio image
Thursday,  Jan 18 - 9:30PM 
Frank London, trumpet;  Jeff Hudgins, saxophone;  Sean Moran, guitar;  Rene Hart, bass;  Brian Adler, drums, perc.
Brazili Fest: Brian Adler's Hermato Vive! image

Hermeto Vive! draws from the sounds and rhythms of nature, the psychedelic 70's and the alternate reality of our dreamworlds. Inspired by composer Hermeto Pascoal, Brian Adler's Hermeto Vive! reimagines his music in a fun, quirky and danceable manner.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jan 19 - 6:00PM 
Kelley Suttenfield, voice;  Tosh Sheridan, guitar;  Adam Fisher, cello

Kelley Suttenfield is an acoustic jazz vocalist whose lush resonance and graceful approach have captivated fans and critics alike. In the words of writer Carol Banks Weber (, she “breathes her own loving, sensitive and reverent persona into every lyric.”

For this concert, she will present her latest project Nacht Turns, a collection of songs for voice, guitar, and cello, joined by guitarist Tosh Sheridan, and cellist Adam Fisher.

“A warm, sensual and distinctive vocal sound marks Kelley Suttenfield as someone rather special in the somewhat overcrowded arena in which today’s jazz singers must perform.” — Bruce Crowther, Jazz

“A wonderfully intimate jazz vocalist, Suttenfield brings the singer/songwriter to the cabaret breathing new life into modern chestnuts of love and longing.” – Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Jan 19 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Arthur Kampela, guitar, voice;  Denise Puricelli, piano;  Vasko Dukovski, bass clarinet;  José Moura, bass

Kampela’s music navigates between hybridism and complexity. Traditional forms such as “Bossas-Novas” and “Sambas” receive similar compositional treatment as their more strictly “avant-garde" counterparts. His cultural heritage ranges from modernism (Webern, Stravinsky, Ferneyhough, Ligeti etc.) to Jobim, João Gilberto and Tropicalismo (a countercultural dissolution of pop music initiated by Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze etc.) Kampela’s music intersects at the point where ergonomic or physical aspects and structural concerns, interact.  

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Brazil Fest: Arthur Kampela image
Friday,  Jan 19 - 10:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Rubens Salles, piano, comp.;  John Clark, french horn;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brazil Fest: Rubens Salles Group image

Brazilian virtuoso Rubens Salles brings his unique piano style to Cornelia Street Café . Based in New York for the past five years, Mr. Salles hails from Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, a region where his music was powered by a mix of African-originated rhythms, local beats and beliefs. Classically trained, Rubens is a lover of rhythms, educated in Jazz and a champion of new concepts. Rubens has been featured at Globo TV, Latin America’s largest television network, by highly respected journalist Lucas Mendes, who is also a correspondent for BBC Brazil.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum


Saturday,  Jan 20 - 6:00PM 
Albert Marques, piano;  Cole Davis, double bass;  Raphael Pannier, 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,  Jan 20 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor, sopranino sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Leco Reis, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Brazil Fest: Billy Newman Quintet image

Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman".

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Jan 20 - 10:00PM 
Sergio Krakowski, pandeiro
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Sergio has dedicated his whole life to the Pandeiro, also known as the Brazilian Tambourine. A complete “hand drum kit”, this instrument has always been considered a symbol of Brazilian Music and Culture. Crossing whatever national and cultural barrier, Sergio made this instrument a possible tool in various musical genres, from the Choro, the foundation of Brazilian Music, to Jazz, Contemporary and Electronic Music. In twenty years of career, Sergio Krakowski has shared the stage with artists such as Maria Bethânia, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Lionel Loueke, Donny McCaslin, Kevin Hays, Anat Cohen, David Binney, Edmar Castañeda, Cyro Baptista, Gregoire Maret, Tigran Hamasyan, Dan Weiss, Miles Okazaki, John Escreet, Nate Wood, Lenine, Chico César, David Linx, Chano Domínguez, Maria João, Mario Laginha, Nelson Veras, Yamandú Costa and Hamilton de Holanda. Besides his musical career, Sergio plunged into the application of his knowledge acquired in a Computer Music PhD to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine, creating real time dialogues between percussionist and computer. This research turned into an electronic music project named “Talking Drums“ that has been commissioned by the NY State Council of the Arts and presented in a myriad of stages such as The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, Drom - NYC, (Le) Poisson Rouge - NYC, Oi Futuro - Rio de Janeiro, and at the Museum of Moving Image - Queens - NYC, as part of the NY Electronic Art Festival 2015.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

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