See the previous week's performances.   February 06-February 13, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Tuesday,  Feb 06 - 6:00PM 
Justin Booth Anthony Cappo Michael Collins Kem Joy Ukwu Aida Zilelian
Five Live: An Evening of Engaging Readings image

Join us for a night of readings featuring Justin Booth, Anthony Cappo, Michael Collins, Kem Joy Ukwu, and Aida Zilelian -- an array of talents, forms and styles, not to be missed!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Feb 06 - 8:00PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Lara Solnicki, voice;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass
Voxecstatic: The Lara Solnicki NYC Trio image

Canadian vocalist, composer and poet Lara Solnicki makes her NYC and Cornelia Street Cafe debut in a concert featuring Marta Sanchez, piano and Rick Rosato, bass. A vocal purist whose repertoire includes Henry Purcell, her poetic compositions, Kate Bush as well as standards, the artists will be performing a range of material, including songs from her acclaimed second CD "Whose Shadow", released in 2015 on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music label.

"A spellbinding voice... boldly unique style... a vocal purist... riveting. With exceptional tonal control and her mastery of inflection, Lara Solnicki has without doubt, affirmed her position as a world class jazz singer." − Everett. R. Davis, All About Jazz

"Lara Solnicki's voice is dark and sweet and invites you in with such ease you find yourself changing plans for the rest of the night." − Tom Allen, Musician, Broadcaster, Host of Shift, CBC Radio 2

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Feb 06 - 9:30PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Aimée Allen, voice;  François Moutin, bass;  Billy Test, piano

A soulful and cerebral singer and songwriter, Aimée Allen leads a very special trio performing selections from her upcoming release of music about transcendence. Her collaboration with these world-class musicians, particularly Moutin, is not to be missed.

“A brilliant singer and even more thoughtful lyricist" – H. Allen Williams, JazzTimes

“A fully fledged composer, lyricist and vocalist, her ideas are filled with depth and meaning and her lyrics profoundly unique.” - Constance Tucker, All About Vocals

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

VoxEcstatic: Aimée Allen Trio featuring François Moutin & Billy Test image
Wednesday,  Feb 07 - 6:00PM 
Allan Graubard Carolyn McGee Valery Oisteanu David Coulter
The Novel of the Tupinamba Indian by Eugenio F. Granell image

“…one of the finest novels written by surrealists”; just published by City Lights…

Celebrate with us this black comedy of the Spanish Civil War -- where satire and laughter reign in a carnival of burning ruins. No group is sacrosanct; no one escapes the wit of its author, Eugenio F. Granell; revolutionary combatant forced into exile who emerged as a major, surrealist artist and writer post-WWII. Newly translated into English by David Coulter.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Feb 07 - 8:00PM 
Marianne Solivan, voice;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Kenny Brooks, tenor sax;  Kurt Kotheimer, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums;  Matt Nelson, tenor sax
Evan Francis Group image

Drawing from the less typical elements of North American and Afro-Latin music, The Evan Francis Group will perform this original, boundary-pushing music with the help of two rising masters of the New York music scene.

"San Francisco's Evan Francis Group comes off like a cross between a big band, a funk combo and an Afro- Cuban jazz ensemble. The leader's vibrant compositions, brainy yet approachable, tie the eclectic mix together."--Time Out New York

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Feb 07 - 9:30PM 
Daniel Meron, piano;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Daniel Meron:

Pianist composer Daniel Meron is celebrating the release of his new album "This Was Now" with some of NYC's finest musicians. The group will play selections from the album as well as new compositions by Meron, featuring guitarist Yotam Silberstein as special guest.

“As a writer, Meron produces some beautiful themes and melodies; as a player, he has a crisp, strong, style that enables him to move readily from warm, engaging ballads to fast, hard bop, passages with apparent ease". - All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Feb 08 - 6:00PM 

Dorian Devins Jazz Quartet image

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 
Thursday,  Feb 08 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Perry Smith, guitar;  Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Jarrett Cherner, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums
Perry Smith Quintet, CD Release: New Angel image

Guitarist Perry Smith combines the tradition of Jazz with broad influences from R&B, Rock and Folk to create his signature style. Originally from California, Smith is now based in Brooklyn where he leads his own group and is a sideman for jazz and contemporary artists. Smith is an active player in the greater New York jazz scene and hosts a weekly series in Brooklyn called The Nest Session. Supported by the Jazz Foundation of America and KeyedUp, Smith performs every Wednesday at the Nest Session with some of NYC's finest jazz musicians. Smith is gearing up to release his third album as a leader “New Angel.” The project features 10 original compositions for his quintet, expanding on the traditions of jazz with a fresh approach to modern composing and improvising.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Feb 09 - 6:00PM 
Bernard Block, host

Phillip Giambri Maria Chisolm Saara Dutton Pauline Findlay
From Whitman to Ginsberg:  Poems that Challenge Conventional Wisdom image

The 19th Edition of this "politically engaged" Poetry Series--not polemics, not diatribes but Poetry "from the people, for the people," as Whitman stated.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Friday,  Feb 09 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mark Helias, bass;  Gerry Hemingway, drums;  Ray Anderson, trombone
BassDrumBone image

BassDrumBone is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. Three improvisors, composers, bandleaders and friends are touring and performing music from their new double cd, The Long Road as well as the pieces from their nine previous recordings.

"Four decades on and still going strong, this venerable group, comprised of established musicians who share aesthetic outlooks and common histories, is something of a rarity by contemporary standards.”--Troy Collins, All About Jazz

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Feb 10 - 6:00PM 
Penelope Karageorge, host; Dean Papademetriou. guest host

Eleni Tzatimakis Peter Botteas Vassiliki Rapti Dimitrios Bafaloukos Nanos Valaoritis
Greek American Writers Association image

The Greek-American Writers Association and Somerset Hall Press invite you to a special Valentine’s Day program, premiering a staged New York reading of Nightfall Hotel: a Surrealist Romeo and Juliet. Written by Greece’s acclaimed, best-selling avant-garde poet, Nanos Valaoritis, the drama features a new translation by poet Vassiliki Rapti. This riveting play draws the audience into an intimate encounter with a couple in a locked room. Actors Eleni Tzatimakis and Peter Botteas perform. Also in the spirit of romance, love poems from Lili Bita’s acclaimed FleshFire will be read. Botteas and Rapti will present poetry from her Avaton and Transitorium. Somerset Hall publisher Dean Papademetriou will host.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Feb 10 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums

Using close interplay, violent counterpoint, and creative interpretations of original music – the ensemble searches for the unpredictable and explores the unexpected.

“Jacob Sacks is a pianist of exploratory temperament, drawn to open space and shrewd irresolution.” Nate Chinen--New York Times

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Sunday,  Feb 11 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

The Jen & Jimmy Show! image

Featured Comics: Chris Hamilton, John O'Connor, Hattie Hayes, and Dave Columbo.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Feb 11 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
Sebastian Noelle Trio image

Guitarist-composer Sebastian Noelle has spent much of his life traveling the elusive path between two worlds. In life, he travels back and forth between his native Germany and his adopted home of New York City; in his art, he navigates the more fluid boundaries between the abstract and the emotional. Throughout that nomadic existence, music has provided a constant source of shelter, an idea that unifies the wide-ranging music on Noelle’s third CD.

On Shelter, Noelle leads a stellar quintet that brings together some of the most forward-thinking and limitless musicians in modern jazz: saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Amina Figarova, Armen Donelian), pianist Matt Mitchell (Dave Douglas, Tim Berne), bassist Matt Clohesy (Seamus Blake, Darcy James Argue, Donny McCaslin), and drummer Dan Weiss (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Dave Binney).

“A guitarist probably best known for his integral role in Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society, Mr. Noelle has a rewarding new album, “Shelter,” that showcases his embrace of both lyrical intricacies and rockish swagger” - Nate Chinen (New York Times)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Feb 12 - 6:00PM 
Dave Juarez, guitar, compositions;  Max Zooi, saxophone;  Albert Marques, piano;  Marty Isenberg, bass;  Eric Reeves, drums
Dave Juarez's

"Stories" is a new band that intends to tie together the music with the events that brought it to life.

"He doesn't sound like anybody else to me and it's obvious that he has a great control of the guitar" - John Abercrombie

"Scorching intensity and substance from start to finish". Jazz Times

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday,  Feb 12 - 8:30PM 
Richard Hoehler, writer, performer

E. image

Award-winning playwright and actor Richard Hoehler’s accolade to his longtime mentor and friend, Edith (E.) Speziali. The worlds of Oscar Wilde and Spalding Gray collide serendipitously as a remarkable twenty-one-year relationship is rendered with irreverent wit, bold pronouncements, and some good old fashioned cursing.

I’m so glad I wasted my life! –E. Speziali

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Feb 13 - 6:00PM 
Michele Carlo, host

Anoush Froundjian Dawn Fraser Jennifer Glick Justin McElwee
New York Story Exchange image

New York, “the city that never sleeps,” where everyone has a story to tell…

The New York STORY Exchange continues in 2018 with a rotating host each month and four featured performers, followed by the “5 for 5 Open STORY Exchange”: Up to five audience members can get five minutes each onstage to share stories, poems, spoken word or music! Sign up is from 5:45–6:10pm.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Feb 13 - 8:00PM 
Robin Verheyen, alto sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Rodrigo Rebecarren, drums

REVOLUTIONS celebrates the instant and spirit of revolutions around the world and through history. At a moment when social and societal change is more urgent than ever, REVOLUTIONS seeks to remind that the flash of change often comes quickly and unexpectedly. By revisiting and honoring the spirit of history’s great revolutions we make ourselves ready to move forward when change comes to our society. The ensemble will play passionate original compositions and folk songs to honor the revolutions of the Caribbean and South America.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Dan Loomis' REVOLUTIONS image
Tuesday,  Feb 13 - 9:30PM 
Andre Matos, guitar;  Andre Carvalho, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Andre Matos Trio image

Guitarist André Matos presents a trio 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.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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