See the previous week's performances.   February 14-February 21, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Wednesday,  Feb 14 - 6:00PM 
Malena Dayen, vocals;  David Rosenmeyer, piano;  Or Bareket, bass
New Aires Tango image

The unique collaboration of tango singer Malena Dayen and pianist/arranger David Rosenmeyer invites us to delve into each song as a whole world within itself.

The repertoire that New Aires Tango performs is drawn mainly from the golden age of tango singers and writers. Yet music from other styles such as folkloric Argentinean, Mexican and Cuban songs are presented under the same umbrella to reflect on the lineage and influence of the Tango tradition.

 $25.00 includes a glass of bubbly 

Wednesday,  Feb 14 - 8:00PM 
Sofia Ribeiro, voice;  Juan Andrés Ospina, piano
Sofia Ribeiro image

Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from Portugal, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. With a solid background in jazz studies, a deep connection to Portuguese traditional music, and endless hours of listening to Brazilian legendary musicians, Sofia’s artistry challenges the boundaries of music labels. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded New York based singer and composer has captivated audiences all over the world with her powerful, charming sound.

Currently living in between New York and Bogotá (Colombia), Juan Andrés Ospina is one of the most active and prominent exponents of a very outstanding generation of Colombian musicians. His debut album as a leader "BBB" was referred by All About Jazz as one of the “best jazz albums of the year”. In the past years, Juan Ospina has produced, arranged and recorded the piano in several international awarded albums, and has toured widely as musical director of Sofia Ribeiro’s group, Marta Gómez, Fonseca, and Banda Magda. 14-times Grammy Awarded Paquito D’Rivera Quintet has performed some of his original compositions in important venues such as New York’s Blue Note and the Carnegie Hall.

These two incredible artists, who have already released two albums together, present us a dreamful duo project, which allows us to fully appreciate their impressive skills as interpreters, composers and improvisers.

 $25 includes glass of champagne 

Wednesday,  Feb 14 - 9:30PM 
Sasha Papernik, voice;  Justin Poindexter, guitar, banjo, voice;  Kyle Saulnier, bass

Russian-American pianist Sasha Papernik and her trio celebrate Valentine's Day with a far-reaching program of love songs and rags. Featuring music of Berlin, Gershwin, the Everly Brothers, Burt Bacharach, John Prine and Scott Joplin

"Uncommonly attractive and entertaining...managing a comfortable balance between the formal and the casual"--The Washington Post

 $25 includes glass of champagne

Sasha Papernik Trio, Romance & Ragtime image
Thursday,  Feb 15 - 6:00PM 
Andrey Gritsman, host

Vladimir Druk Alla Dubrovskaya Vladimir Gandelsman Slava Polishchuk Bakhyt Kenzheev Anna Halberstadt Victor Sanchuk Rita Balmina
Intercultural Poetry image

Intercultural Poetry presents new 2017 issue of international Russian poetry journal INTERPOEZIA.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Feb 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Petros Klampanis, bass, looper, voice;  Julian Shore, piano;  Roni Eytan, harmonica
Petros Klampanis Trio image

Bassist, composer, arranger and producer Petros Klampanis returns to Cornelia Street Cafe, in order to present music from his recent albums CHROMA and MINOR DISPUTE, as well as some songs from his upcoming album, with the excellent pianist Julian Shore. Roni Eytan, a young prodigy harmonica player from Israel, will join the two musicians for two of Klampanis' original composition.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Friday,  Feb 16 - 6:00PM 
David Lopato, piano, composer;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Mike Sarin, drums;  Lucas Pino, saxes, clarinet
The David Lopato Quartet image

Old and new compositions by Lopato spanning the entire tradition of jazz performed by this seasoned quartet of virtuoso musicians.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Friday,  Feb 16 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Marc Hannaford, piano;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Randy Peterson, drums
Tony Malaby Quartet image

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Saturday,  Feb 17 - 6:00PM 
Verena McBee, vocals, arrangements;  John DiMartino, piano;  Zwelakhe Duma BellLePere, double bass;  Mario Fabrizio, drums;  Christian Contreras, soprano, tenor saxophones;  Gabe Dowdy- Terracciano, violin, special guests
Verena McBee Quartet plus Special Guests! image

The “Verena McBee Quartet” will give a sneak peak into her upcoming album “U-PHORIA” with all compositions by Grammy Award winning bassist Cecil McBee– The album's tunes will be performed in great company with composers such as Charlie Parker, Theloneous Monk, the Gershwin brothers, Friedrich Hollaender, contemporary composer Ellen Mandel, along with Verena’s originals & some touching and entertaining arrangements also written by the vocalist.

"Verena McBee is a powerful and very expressive singer with a wide range. Born and raised in Germany, she was classically trained and had a busy career working as an actress. Since moving to New York in 2007, she has developed into a fine jazz singer and appeared in many venues, generally in the New York area." - Scott Yanow, Jazz Journalist / Historian / Author

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 17 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mike Moreno, guitar;  Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums

Exiled German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert presents his working quartet. The band from New York City plays Jochen's compositions containing surprisingly more optimistically swinging sections rich with chords than one would expect from a teutonic drummer, sprinkled with the occasional 3/8 bar for good measure. Jochen's deliberate avoidance of formal music education, albeit initially for budgetary reasons, provides a great lack of erudite nonsense in his writing. Jochen is celebrating his 4th album, titled "Charm Offensive" (Pirouet records, 2016).

"Melodies that have a habit of insinuating themselves deep in your head"-- Downbeat

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Jochen Rueckert Quartet image
Sunday,  Feb 18 - 6:00PM 
Seth Boustead Alicia Walter Iktus Duo Talia Dicker Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry Jeff Hudgins
Concept Lab  image

Concept Lab is a new experimental music series that gives composers and performers space to push boundaries and genre limitations. Inspired by the Mills College scene in the 1960's which gave the world the Kronos Quartet and the music of Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros, to name a few, Concept Lab is a creative crucible out of which we seek to forge a new music.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Sunday,  Feb 18 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, host

Yulia Musayelyan, flute;  Songyi Jeon, voice;  Gaia Wilmer, saxophones;  Gustavo D’Amico, saxophones;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Mayo Pamplona, bass;  Richie Barshay, drums

Hailing from South Brazil, Gaia Wilmer is a saxophone player, composer and arranger who combines her influences from Brazilian harmony, rhythms, and melodies with contemporary jazz and free improvised music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

GAIA WILMER Septet image
Monday,  Feb 19 - 6:00PM 
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Ben Tiberio, bass;  Mike Piolet, drums
Ryan Slatko Trio image

Miami native Ryan Slatko has studied with Ari Hoenig, Gil Goldstein, Taylor Eigsti and Shai Maestro. He was the musical director for “Lights Out,” a musical about Nat King Cole starring Dulé Hill and Daniel J. Watts. He placed 3rd in the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and has performed or recorded with Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Ulysses Owens Jr, Linda Oh, Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker, Ari Hoenig and many more.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Feb 19 - 8:30PM 
John Morrison, motelmeister; Liam McEneaney

Janeane Garofalo Phoebe Robinson Mike Drucker Angry Bob Margaret Dodge Troy Alan
Morrison Motel image

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Tuesday,  Feb 20 - 6:00PM 
Jocelyn Medina, voice, composition;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Pete McCann, guitar
Jocelyn Medina Trio image

Brooklyn-based vocalist/composer Jocelyn Medina presents an intimate set of original music, jazz and Brazilian repertoire. The performance will feature material from her latest album, Common Ground, fusing jazz harmonies with raga-based melodies from India and polyrhythms from Africa. 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 are long-time band mates and recording ensemble players Pete McCann (guitar) and Evan Gregor (bass).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 20 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Anat Fort, piano;  Michael Attias, alto sax;  Gary Wang, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Anat Fort Quartet image Yossi Zwecker

"The pianist Anat Fort’s compositions move with a rolling, languorous grace, allowing light to enter from different angles. Undertones of the blues crop up briefly, often tossed into an impressionist thicket of arpeggios and wandering lines. Her most recent album, “Birdwatching,” on ECM, features the Italian clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi; it’s a subtle triumph.” The NY Times

Anat Fort returns to Cornelia Strest Cafe with a new quartet featuring Michael Attias on Saxophone, Gary Wang on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. They will be exploring Fort’s compositions as well as the composition of Paul Motian.
 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Feb 21 - 6:00PM 
with Michèle LaRue

Tales Well Told: stories from America's Gilded Age image Photo: Arthur Cohen

Michèle LaRue returns with two vibrant, vintage "Tales Well Told: Stories From America's Gilded Age" writers. She tours nationally with a repertoire of 30 Tales, but the Cafe--her New York performance home for more than two decades--holds a special place in her heart.

The Bedquilt: Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s suspenseful tale of a spinster’s astonishing art: "She never knew how her great idea came to her ... so beautifully difficult a pattern could be only for the angels in heaven to quilt."


Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s lively A Quilting Bee in Our Village: "One Sometimes wonders if it will ever be possible in our village to attain absolute rest and completion with regard to ... quilts."

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

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