See the previous week's performances.   November 25-December 02, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Sunday,  Nov 25 - 6:00PM 
Roberta Michel, flute;  Kenji Haba, guitar
Flute and Guitar: Roberta Michel & Kenji Haba image

Guitarist, Kenji Haba together with a lyrical flutist, Roberta Michel, presents flute & guitar music by Maximo Pujol, Astor Piazzolla, Osvaldo Golijov, and more.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Nov 25 - 8:00PM 
Matt Panayides, guitar, comp.;  Matt Vashlishan, ewi;  Robert Sabin, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Matt Panayides: Field Theory NYC image

Formed in the Spring of 2018 Field Theory has been performing and creating new music in venues throughout the New York area. Created by composer and guitarist Matt Panayides, it features Matt Vashlishan on wind synth (EWI), Bob Sabin on bass and Mark Ferber on drums. This quartet has been playing together in a variety of configurations and settings for more then a decade. In this project the band explores a more electrified space, with a unique texture formed between the wind synth and the electric guitar. Grounded by the supportive upright bass and enveloped within a cushion of rhythm, this music is alive. The group is excited to be returning once again to Cornelia Street Cafe to debut the project in this unique and beloved space. Over this past summer, Panayides took the compositions and spirit of the group to Asia. He performed this music to packed houses in both Seoul and Shanghai collaborating with a variety of well known local musicians.

"Panayides entertains and impresses in equal measure. A major new talent for new times.”--Chris Spector, Midwest Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Nov 25 - 9:30PM 
Burak Bedikyan, piano;  Jed Levy, saxophone;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Tim Horner, drums

Burak Bedikyan is an international jazz pianist and a prolific composer who released four critically acclaimed albums on the prestigious SteepleChase Records. Pursuing his career in NYC since 2017, the Turkish/Armenian artist joins forces with veteran saxophonist Jed Levy and the solid rhythm section featuring Peter Brendler on bass and Tim Horner on drums. The band will perform a set of Bedikyan's originals from his previous albums as well as some of his new compositions.

"His intelligent inventiveness and charming virtuosity have all coalesced into a superb and mature work. If he stays the course Bedikyan is certainly assured a bright future and a promising career”--All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Nov 26 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Willa Carroll Eli Burrell Ricky Tykal Ray

Tonight, three estimable poets, Willa Carroll, Eli Burrell, and Ricky Tykal Ray will read from their recently published books. They'll be joined by V. Hansmann who will read a work-in-progress.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Nov 26 - 8:30PM 
Jocelyn Medina, voice, composition;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Matt Pavolka, bass
Jocelyn Medina Trio image

Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina returns to Cornelia Street Cafe, debuting fresh original material, explorations of world music from Brazil and India, and contemporary jazz repertoire, including selections from her new Kenny Wheeler tribute project. As a storyteller, Medina’s lyrics recount personal experiences that reflect universal themes and a socially conscious worldview, affirming through both music and words the theme of our shared commonality. Filling out her trio is long-time collaborator Pete McCann on guitar and Matt Pavolka on bass.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Nov 27 - 6:00PM 
Vicki Burns, vocals;  Art Hirahara, piano;  Sam Bevan, bass;  Hashem Assadullahi, saxophone
Vicki Burns image

After making New York City her home in 2009, Vicki has performed at such venues as Birdland, The Iridium, The Metropolitan Room, Jazz at the Kitano, Zinc Bar, The Cupping Room Cafe, North Square and a monthly residency at the elegant Lexington Hotel. Known for her the beauty of her tone and her powerful 3 octave range, Vicki Burns brings her soulful interpretations of unusual standards and original music back for an early evening set at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Upon hearing Vicki Burns sing for the first time, drumming legend Max Roach stated that her singing was a "gold mine" and Christian McBride says: "Vicki Burns' singing is wonderful!" And the late jazz impresario, Herb Wong who reviewed Vicki's first CD "Siren Song" summed up by saying that "Avoiding the predictability of safe havens, her music brims with many more surprises and uncharted delights in the jazz tradition. Vicki Burns is irresistible."

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Nov 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Gordon Grdina, guitar, oud;  Mark Feldman, violin;  Hank Roberts, cello;  Mark Helias, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums

This quintet, led by oud/guitar player Gordon Grdina, brings together Arabic Maqam, Persian Dastgah and western improvised music creating intricate and delicate music with a deep connection to the past. This exciting new project defies categorization.

“A guitar player of unbridled musical ingenuity. Few musicians—especially guitarists and oud players—have a vision as broad and seemingly limitless as him.” ~World Music Report

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Gordon Grdina image
Wednesday,  Nov 28 - 6:00PM 
Captivated: Storytelling with Catherine Chung & Tea Obreht image

Hosted by Village of Crickets

Join two of the most captivating voices in contemporary fiction for an evening of storytelling at Cornelia Street Cafe in the West Village. Award-winning novelists, Catherine Chung and Tea Obreht both have second novels forthcoming, and both are known to delight their audiences. This is one is not to be missed.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by Adelphi University MFA Program in Creative Writing

 No cover 

Wednesday,  Nov 28 - 8:00PM 
María Grand, tenor sax;  Kanoa Mendenhall, bass;  Savannah Harris, drums
María Grand Trio image Adrien Tillman

María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist; she is based in New York and has performed in projects including musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Jen Shyu, Steve Lehman, Aaron Parks, etc. María writes and performs her original compositions with her ensemble, DiaTribe; her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of 2017’s best debuts” by the NYCJazzRecord. The NYT calls her “an engrossing young tenor saxophonist with a zesty attack and a solid tonal range”, while Vijay Iyer says she is “a fantastic young saxophonist, virtuosic, conceptually daring, with a lush tone, a powerful vision, and a deepening emotional resonance.”
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Nov 28 - 9:30PM 
Dayna Stephens, bass;  Chris Fishman, piano;  Savannah Harris, drums

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Dayna Stephens Trio image
Thursday,  Nov 29 - 6:00PM 
Karen Tennison, vocals;  Chris McCarthy, piano;  Daan Kleijn, guitar;  Richard Mikel, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Karen Tennison Quintet image

Karen and her power house of a band perform vocal jazz like you've always and never heard, with her stunning original arrangements of classic standards along side thought-provoking arrangements of Dolly Parton, Tears For Fears, and not-so-standard standards. She loves singing non-lyric based melodies with other instruments and breaking through the stigma that a vocalist always has to sing words.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Nov 29 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Igor Lumpert, tenor sax, comp.;  Russ Losing, piano;  Drew Gress, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums

Igor Lumpert 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.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Igor Lumpert Quartet image
Friday,  Nov 30 - 6:00PM 
Three Poets:  Fasano, Montilla, Cerpa image

Acclaimed poets Joseph Fasano, Yesenia Montilla, and Andres Cerpa read their poetry.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Nov 30 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, compositions, & surprises;  Robin Hirsch, café stories, reminiscences;  René Hart, bass;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspeiel;  Elliot Peper, bongos;  Adam Amram, percussion;  + surprise guests
David Amram/Robin Hirsch Belated Birthday Bash image

Happy Belated 164th Birthday, David and Robin! The legendary David Amram, composer, conductor, author, Beat legend and American icon, celebrated his somethingth birthday on November 17th. As usual there will be music, readings, tributes and bibulation.

By a synchronous fluke, the cafe's founder and Minister of Culture, Robin Hirsch, celebrated a slightly less venerable birthday the following day and joins the festivities as MC and junior celebrant. He will doubtless read cafe stories from the last 41+ years He has promised his children he will refrain from singing . . .

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

Saturday,  Dec 01 - 2:00PM 
Michael Jacobsohn, host and curator

Underground Cinema image

 $10.00 includes a drink 
Saturday,  Dec 01 - 6:00PM 
Tracy Rowland, host

Jim O'Grady Christian Finnegan Adrien Behn Colin Wilhm
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 Jim O'Grady (WNYC, The Moth), Christian Finnegan (The Chapelle Show, RISK!), Adrien Behn (Storytelling at Halyards, The Moth), and Colin Wilhm (Catfish, The Jinx)

Host: Tracy Rowland (Story Collider, RISK!)

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

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Dec 01 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Joe Morris , guitar;  Dezron Douglas, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Joe Morris Trio image

“If Ornette Coleman were Jim Hall, he’d be Joe Morris.” - Gary Giddins, The Village Voice

The legendary master improviser Joe Morris teams up with longtime collaborator Gerald Cleaver and, for the first time, the great young bassist, Dezron Douglas.

The three will improvise their way through the night and offer a unique perspective of the guitar trio.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Dec 02 - 6:00PM 
Dave Soldier, host

Peter Pesic, author;  Denman Maroney, piano;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Bob Meyer, drums;  Lisa Karrer, vocalist;  Wally Glickman, poet

Many voices sounding together: how do musicians intertwine them? how does the mind make sense of them? Peter Pesic, author of Polyphonic Minds: Music of the Hemispheres and Music and the Making of Modern Science (both from MIT Press) will speak about the ways we can understand the mind as functioning through a kind of neural polyphony performed by our hundred billion neurons. To explore this, we'll experience the cubist jazz of alt.timers, a trio of distinguished old timers—Denman Maroney (piano), Ratzo Harris (bass), Bob Meyer (drums), joined by vocalist Lisa Karrer and poet Wally Glickman.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Dec 02 - 8:30PM 
Peter Sparacino, saxophones;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass

A band of like minded stalwarts of the NYC gypsy 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, Charm City DjangoFest, Django by the Sea Jazz Festival, and Cornelia St. Django Fest while its members have performed at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester Jazz Festival, and the Quebec International Jazz Festival among many others as well as across Canada, Europe, South America and Asia.

 $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