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Sunday,  Mar 12 - 6:00PM 
Dave Glasser, alto saxophone;  Yaniv Taubenhouse, piano
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Glasser/Taubenhouse presents the friendship and musical work of saxophonist Dave Glasser and pianist Yaniv Taubenhouse. The group's repertoire contains mostly songs that were written in the first half of the twentieth century. In their musical approach, Glasser/Taubenhouse perform melodic, freely adventurous improvised interpretations within a composition's structure. Listeners are treated to a soaring journey of beauty, emotion, and technical mastery.

“Glasser’s sound, technical approach, melodic inventiveness, and relentless swinging provide a superlative model of how to play modern straight-ahead jazz“ - Craig W. Hurst, jazzREVIEW

"Taubenhouse's musical personality and vision is so strong. His music has an intensity which comes from this purity of vision, but which, however, is balanced and underpinned by an emotional optimism that is very appealing.“ -Budd Kopman, All About Jazz

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 12 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Kevn Hays, piano;  Clarence Penn, drums;  Michael Blanco, bass
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Melodic, grooving, and adventurous. This dynamic quartet performs compelling original music by bassist and composer Michael Blanco and features an all-star line up of collaborators: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Kevin Hays, and master drummer Clarence Penn. The group will be supporting their new album release Spirit Forward on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and will be performing compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies".

Michael Blanco Quartet: Melodic, grooving, and adventurous. This dynamic quartet performs compelling original music by bassist and composer Michael Blanco and features an all-star line up of collaborators: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, pianist Kevin Hays, and master drummer Clarence Penn. The group will be supporting their new album release Spirit Forward on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, and will be performing compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies".

"Sporting a rich, dark sound on the bass, Michael Blanco has been a highly sought-after talent since arriving in New York in 2000. A gifted bassist whose muscular lines are matched by lyrical upper register work on his solos, Michael particularly shines as a composer."-- Seton Hawkins, Hot House Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Mar 13 - 6:00PM 
A reading of a new play by Nicholas Daddazio

Wade Karlin Alexandra Rieloff Thomas McGuigan Harli Cooper and Robin Hirsch

In 1987, a NYC family: father, mother, and two teenage children, are evicted from their apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. They move into their van, and their lives unravel in two acts...

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Mar 13 - 8:30PM 
Hitomi Honda, host, curator

Tempei Nakamura, piano;  Hitomi Honda, piano;  Erin Rogers, saxophone;  Mio Kanahara, vocal;  tba, violin
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Pianist, Hitomi Honda brings new composers from unique backgrounds with their personal sounds.

Plus, a performance of John Cage, vocal piece.

Featured composers tonight: Tempei Nakamura, Linda Buckley, Hannah Seline, and Howie Kenty

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Mar 14 - 6:00PM 
Nicole Ferraro, host

Lindsey Steinert Charlie Bruce Ilsa Jule Richard Cardillo
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Featured stories tonight by Lindsey Steinert, Charlie Bruce, Ilsa Jule, and Scott Gawlicki

Have a 5-minute story to tell? Sign up for our 5-for-5 open mic!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Mar 14 - 8:00PM 
Curtis Nowosad, piano, comp.;  Duane Eubanks, tenor sax;  Andrew Renfroe, guitar;  Michael King, piano;  Barry Stephenson, bass
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CNQ (Curtis Nowosad Quintet) is a band that aims to bridge the gap between jazz tradition and present. Led by Canadian-born, NYC-based drummer Curtis Nowosad, the band features some of NYC’s most exciting musicians: Marquis Hill on trumpet, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, Michael King on piano and Barry Stephenson on bass. CNQ will be performing original compositions by the leader, as well as drawing from a repertoire of daring and inventive arrangements of music by artists as diverse as Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Gil Scott-Heron, Pink Floyd, 2PAC and many others; much of this repertoire appears on both of Nowosad’s albums, including the WCMA-winning, JUNO-nominated Dialectics.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 14 - 9:30PM 
Billy Test, drums;  Marc Mommaas, tenor sax;  Ron Horton , trumpet, flugelhorn;  Martin Kenney, bass;  Curtis Nowosad, drums

TEST SUBJECTS is a brand-new quintet featuring the music of NYC-based pianist Billy Test. Musically the group draws from the entire lineage of jazz, from swinging tradition to the avant garde, with influences from 20th century classical music and beyond. Featuring a front line of tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas and trumpeter Ron Horton, with Marty Kenney and Curtis Nowosad rounding out the rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively, the group aims to make interactive, adventurous music that is as accessible as it is forward-thinking.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Mar 15 - 6:00PM 
Alison Hawthorne Deming Carl Rosenstock

Tonight Alison & Carl will be reading from respective new books, to help us navigate these parlous times …

Alison Hawthorne Deming's STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (Penguin 2016), is a work exploring art and place as consolation for losses in family and nature, a means to build again a sense of self and world in face of devastating loss.

Alison Deming knows more about the world than almost anybody, and thank the stars she's willing to share her wisdom. --Bill McKibben author Deep Economy

Carl Rosenstock’s THE MYSTERY OF SYSTEMS (CW Books 2017) parses those spaces where truth lies.

Carl Rosenstock's way with words is labyrinthine and his imagination is gargantuan. Reading his poems is tantamount to a free fall through music and light.” — Deborah DeNicola

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Mar 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Adam O'Farrill, trumpet;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums;  Stephan Crump, bass, comp.
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Rhombal features veteran explorer Ellery Eskelin engaging with brilliant young trumpeter Adam O’Farrill in the midst of a deep rhythm team chemistry Crump and Sorey have formed in collaboration for over a decade, primarily in the Vijay Iyer Trio. The group celebrates the arrival of the double LP vinyl edition of their eponymous debut album, which has garnered broad critical acclaim, including numerous “Best of 2016” listings.

”bristles with the unexpected and the lively” Downbeat (****)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Mar 16 - 6:00PM 
Terry Moore, Nelsie Spencer, hosts

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The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producers Terry Moore and Nelsie Spencer. 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,  Mar 16 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Igor Lumpert, tenor sax, accordion;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums
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Igor Lumpert is a slovenian saxophonist and composer, currently living and working in NYC. His name is one of the most well-known/frequently alluded to names in the countries of Tito’s Ex Yugoslavia, now home to a thriving jazz scene, unfortunately badly known in the rest of the world.

Lumpert returns to Cornelia Street Cafe with his adventurous group, Innertextures. The group features New York’s finest musicians Jonathan Finlayson, Drew Gress, Kenny Grohowski and Chris Dingman

"What makes Igor’s music and playing so unique is its complexity. There is a quality to his playing and compositions that has absorbed the rich traditions of jazz music in this country but has also added something new and unidentifiable. His compositions flow with ease and vitality off odd time signatures. There is also darkness and a mystery to his sound that is all his own. No one else sounds like that."-Jane Ira Bloom, sax, Grammy winner

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Friday,  Mar 17 - 6:00PM 
David Lopato, piano;  Lucas Pino, saxes, clarinet;  Ratzo Harris, string bass;  Michael Sarin, drums

The highly eclectic pianist/composer DAVID LOPATO will be performing a program of original compositions at CSC with a quartet of brilliant musicians. Lopato, recipient of multiple composition and performance grants from the NEA, NYFA, Meet The Composer et al, has toured his own compositions from solo piano to 10-piece ensemble internationally for three decades. He has worked with Dave Liebman, Dewey Redman, Joe Lovano, Wadada Leo Smith, Ray Anderson, Mark Helias and Steve Reich, among others, and has recorded his own compositions on the Lumina, Enemy, Unity and Global Coolant labels.

“Lopato’s performances are as impressive and strikingly individual as his compositions” - Cadence Magazine

"an inventive and resourceful pianist...his compositions never faltering for a second” - The New York Times

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Friday,  Mar 17 - 9:00PM 
Song Yi Jeon, voice;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Rogerio Boccato, percussion, drums
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Vocalist and composer Song Yi Jeon will be performing some of her original music and Brazilian contemporary music with two great Brazilian musicians.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Mar 17 - 10:30PM 
Song Yi Jeon, voice, comp.;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Kenji Herbert, guitar;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Alex Wyatt, drums
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Korean Jazz vocalist, composer Song Yi Jeon will present her originals with her quintet.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 18 - 6:00PM 
Steve Dalachinsky Thomas Fucaloro Aimee Herman Matthew Hupert Jane Lecroy Puma Perl George Wallace
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A literary reading

Savory Sounds From New York’s Tastiest Talents!

 $10.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Mar 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Michaël Attias, alto sax;  Aruán Ortiz, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums

"Like a high-quality electronic product manufactured by the Panasonic Corporation, the career of alto saxophonist Michaël Attias has always involved being slightly ahead of his time...” – Ken Waxman, JazzWord

Celebrating the release of Nerve Dance, saxophonist/composer/bandleader/conceptualist Michaël Attias’ sixth album (available on Clean Feed Records, March 10, 2017), which deals with the aesthetics of spontaneity, the theory of elasticity and the concept of equality in music, is an expansive, spirited debut from Michaël Attias’ new Quartet, featuring Aruán Ortiz (piano), John Hébert (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums). On Nerve Dance, we are regaled with hearing four hearts, minds and bodies hooking up at an extremely high level on nine Attias compositions, and two from Hébert. Each piece exercises a different set of muscles and faculties for the band, and every member of the Quartet carries within them the historical knowledge and a fluency in the multitude of dialects of this music; consequently we hear them free within the compositions, deep into the zone of this collective creation, transcending their respective instruments and completely surrendering to the music. There exists an instinctual, visceral need in Attias and his cohorts to play music that is honest, that rejects inertness and fully embraces the meaning of creativity and evolution. This music is found on Nerve Dance.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Mar 19 - 6:00PM 
Maria Mazziotti Yehoshua November Carol V. Davis Maria Lisella Baruch November
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Featuring award-winning poets of Italian and Jewish descent.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Mar 19 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Billy Newman, host

Kathryn Christie, vocals;  Q Morrow, guitar;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Ross Pederson, drums;  Helio Alves, piano
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Kathryn Christie is back at Cornelia Street for another evening of music by Brazilian singer-songwriter Djavan. Her strong background in jazz paired with a deep passion for Brazilian music creates an intimate and unique performance not to be missed. Kathryn's effortless voice showcases the joy and sadness of Djavan's songwriting, backed by an outstanding band.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://

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