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Monday,  Jan 29 - 6:00PM 
JIM STORY & LESLEY DORMEN: A Literary Evening image

A delightful evening of current fiction! Jim Story and Lesley Dormen will read from their new and recent work.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Jan 29 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Peter Sparacino, saxophones;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass

To commemorate the birthday of Django Reinhardt, Cornelia Street Café will extend the monthly Django At Cornelia concert series to three nights.

A band of like minded stalwarts of the NYC jazz scene, Anouman takes the music of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt as its jumping off point but by no means final destination. Consisting of Peter Sparacino (saxophone and woodwinds), Koran Agan (lead guitar), Eduardo Belo (bass), and Josh Kaye (rhythm guitar), Anouman is equipped to realize any spontaneous musical vision and performs their virtuosic and exciting originals to packed houses and foot-stomping, glasses-raised acclaim.

Anouman has most recently performed at the Winter JazzFest in NYC, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival, Charm City DjangoFest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival and many more.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Tuesday,  Jan 30 - 6:00PM 
Codjoe, Fasano, Francis, Stockman image

Poetry Reading - New work and old from Joseph Fasano, Ama Codjoe, Soren Stockman, and Brian Francis!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jan 30 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sami Arefin, guitar;  Michael Joseph Harris, guitar;  Eddie Hrybyk, bass
Django Fest: UltraFaux image

Baltimore based UltraFaux performs original acoustic music with Romani, Manouche, swing, funk, blues, and musette influences. The band is an acoustic powerhouse of two guitars and upright bass. Sami Arefin and Michael Joseph Harris trade dazzling leads and harmonize together on rich gypsy ­inspired melodies.The dynamic Eddie Hrybyk on upright bass holds down the steady swinging pulse and brings his passion for improvisation to the group. The musicians of Ultrafaux are also the core trio of Hot Club of Baltimore, a larger ensemble which features vocalist Alexis Tantau, specializing in the music of Django Reinhardt and early French Jazz.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jan 31 - 6:00PM 
Kristina Koller, vocals;  Fima Chupakhin, piano;  Chris Talio, bass;  Joe Spinelli, drums
Kristina Koller “Perception” Album Release image
Progressive jazz vocalist, Kristina Koller infuses jazz with r&b and rock elements into her original takes on jazz standards, pop tunes, as well as her own compositions. She will be celebrating the release of her debut album “Perception”.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Jan 31 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Igor Lumpert, tenor sax;  Masa Kamaguchi, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
Igor Lumpert & Innertextures, CD Release: Eleven image

"Igor absorbs the clatter and racket of the once (and maybe once again) Great City of New York. Fragmented words that you pass on the street or that seep into your ears in bars. He can make everyone in a room grow silent enough to hear his breath over the long notes of a ballad. The way he plays Bop makes you feel like you're in a fight for your life. The folk music of the Balkans is in his blood and bones, and he weaves extended lines over 11/8 like it’s a two-beat polka. He can veer and swerve outside the margins, leaving structure and melody in the dust and turning sound into emotion and making you feel like you’re being psychoanalyzed.

That’s the thing about Igor: He’s always thinking. Always listening. Always playing. Always living. And always digging so deep that you think: I’m dead. Buried. Six feet underground. And then he digs you back out, and you see the light, and you’re glad to be among the living."--Billy F

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 01 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists Salon image

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Thursday,  Feb 01 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Zack Foley, voice;  Jesse Elder , piano;  Chris Tordini, bass;  Devin Gray, drums
Zack Foley Quartet, CD Release image

One of the most sublime and delightful finds on New York City’s youth-infused jazz scene is the Zack Foley Quartet. The combo can shift in mode or mood with felicity, from beguilingly relaxed to heavy improv… Foley’s attitude is ironic, defying romantic convention. He strips away the neat sentiments we associate with jazz standards and exposes the bare meaning—even artifice—at their root. The result is to reveal songs as small treasures, often tinged with the acknowledgment and acceptance of loss, songs that sparkle amid the otherwise cynical cacophony of the age. There is a depth of spiritual wisdom, psychic insight and struggle, and meditative practice that inform the music, throughout. - Vanity Fair

"The band summons a melancholy undertow that inevitably evolves, resolves, transcends."--David Friend, Vanity Fair

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Feb 02 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes, hosts

Anne Waldman Steven Taylor Devin Brahja Waldman Ambrose Bye Steve Dalachinsky
The Monthly: WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Tribute image

Three Rooms Press presents a birthday tribute to legendary Beat icon and postmodern trailblazer William S. Burroughs. The event will be highlighted by work from internationally-acclaimed feminist/activist and performance artist Anne Waldman, author and editor Steven Taylor, with fast-speaking music with Devin Brahja Waldman and Ambrose Bye, Burroughs excerpts by poet Steve Dalachinsky, plus a very special preview of DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS: Burroughs & Ginsberg in Conversation (forthcoming from Three Rooms Press). Three Rooms Press co-directors Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges host.

William S. Burroughs was a Beat Generation writer known for his startling, nontraditional accounts of underground culture, most famously in the book Naked Lunch. Born on February 5, 1914, in St. Louis, Missouri, Burroughs is frequently cited as a major influence on countercultural figures in the world of music, art, and literature.

 $15.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Feb 02 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  James Hurt, piano;  Tarus Mateen, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums

Duane Eubanks assembles a forward thinking rhythm section for a night of originals and on-the-spot improvised compositions. This group of open minded creative musicians is sure to break ground and go unexpected places musically.

“Duane is one of my all-time favorite brass men. One of the most honest musicians I've come across. He plays from the heart, coming from such a rich musical family tree.” Roy Hargrove - Grammy Award winning trumpeter

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Duane Eubanks Quartet image
Saturday,  Feb 03 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Kevin Allison Gastor Almonte Sandi Marx Joey Novick
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Kevin Allison (creator of the RISK!! podcast and book), Gastor Almonte (Comedy Central's This Is Not Happening), Sandi Marx (7-time Moth Story Slam Champion), and Joey Novick (Comedy Central)

with host ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 03 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Lage Lund, guitar;  Peter Bernstein, guitar
Lage Lund, Peter Bernstein Duo image

A rare duo performance by two of the most evocative and swinging guitarists in contemporary jazz.

"Of the younger cats, Lage is THE one. He's a wonderful player. Scary actually!" - Kurt Rosenwinkel

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 04 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Howard Worman, biologist;  William Hooker, musician;  Brad Garton, musician
Entertaining Science: From Nuclear Membranes to Aging... image

From Nuclear Membranes to Aging – What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been!

Columbia University internist and cell biologist Howard Worman –once a student in Roland Hoffmann’s physical chemistry course – will tell us about his studies of the membranes that surround the cell nucleus. Scientists long thought defects in the nuclear membrane would be incompatible with life, but it turns out that mutations in genes encoding its proteins cause organ-selective disorders as well as a premature aging syndrome, and provides clues to how we all grow old.

Moving to another membrane – the one that produces the sound of the drum –will be a duo of the great “jazz” drummer, bandleader and poet William Hooker, who has recorded over 70 CDs of wide ranging work (the latest, avant garde improvisations on classic Italian songs) and Brad Garton, chair of Columbia’s Computer Music Center. Brad and William have been exploring brainwave triggers of sound during improvisation, and may feature in their set.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Feb 04 - 8:30PM 
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte , drums
Jane Ira Bloom Early Americans image

Award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with her trio to perform songs from their critically acclaimed release “Early Americans” and beyond. “Early Americans” (Sono Luminus) was recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy for best surround sound album. Longtime band-mates Mark Helias (bass) and Bobby Previte (drums) join Bloom for an evening of high wire improvisation over the groove. Don’t miss these fearless American originals.

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum http://

Monday,  Feb 05 - 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,  Feb 05 - 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

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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