See the previous week's performances.   March 22-March 29, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Thursday,  Mar 22 - 6:00PM 
Mark Wagenaar John Barr Jim Tilley Ellen Rachlin
Red Hen Press at Cornelia Street Cafe image

Red Hen Press presents Mark Wagenaar, John Barr, Jim Tilley, and Ellen Rachlin for a night of poetry and literature!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Thursday,  Mar 22 - 8:00PM 
Jen Shyu, vocals, moon lute, gayageum, soribuk drum, biwa, piano, dance, gong
Jen Shyu's Nine Doors image

2016 Doris Duke Artist and 2017 Downbeat Rising Star Female Vocalist Jen Shyu will perform her solo work Nine Doors 1st set and an improvised duo with the unparalleled and world-renowned guitarist Ben Monder (2014 Doris Duke Impact Awardee) on the 2nd set. Nine Doors is a powerful and ecstatic piece that evokes at spiritual levels both personal and global. It was inspired by the loss of Shyu’s friend Sri Joko Raharjo “Cilik,” who died with his wife and infant son in an automobile accident at the age of 30. Raharjo was a master of the Javanese art of shadow puppetry called wayang kulit. His 6-year-old daughter, who survived the crash, is the central character in Shyu’s piece. Time stops as she encounters powerful female legends—from the Wehali Kingdom of Timor to the Korean folkloric myth of Baridegi, the mother of all shamans—who become her guides. A mysterious phone booth in a gardener's yard in Otsuchi, Japan, which has become a comfort to the families who lost loved ones in the 2011 Tsunami, also enters into the story, with the gardener having given Shyu permission to compose a piece with his poetry titled “Phone of the Wind” (“Kaze no Denwa”). The work reflects the parallels that exist between life and death, different cultures, and the importance of empathy over destructive assumptions that divide humanity.

Jen Shyu is " of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music..." -- David Hadju, The Nation

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum,

Thursday,  Mar 22 - 9:30PM 
Jen Shyu, voice, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar
Jen Shyu, Ben Monder Duo image

Shyu and Monder have performed duo many times, each time completely different with new insights and never-heard-before texts and textures.

Jen Shyu is " of the most creative vocalists in contemporary improvised music..." -- David Hadju, The Nation

“Ben Monder is a very evolved kind of musician — great chord voicing and just excellent playing.” —Pat Metheny

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Mar 23 - 6:00PM 
Nick Brust, sax;  Ben Eunson, guitar;  Tuomo Uusitalo, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
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"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" -Will Vinson

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Friday,  Mar 23 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Dan Weiss, drums;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ben Street, bass
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With his trio, including Jacob Sacks and Thomas Morgan, Weiss has released two recordings entitled, ”Now Yes When" (2006) and "Timshel" (2011), which have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation.

Weiss is quietly redefining the piano trio tradition with a blend of abstraction, cross-cultural touchstones, embedded classicism, and empathic improvisation" John Kelman

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Mar 24 - 6:00PM 
Matthew Hupert, host

Eric Alter Steve Dalachinsky Thomas Fucaloro Aimee Herman Jane Lecroy Obsidian Puma Perl George Wallace
Night in the Naked City 6 image

The World of Ideas Manifests on the Breath.

Hear New York's native voices in the 6th annual Gathering of Ideas Inhabiting Breath.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Mar 24 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Sebastian Noelle, guitar;  Marc Mommaas, tenor sax;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Thomson Kneeland, bass;  Dan Weiss , drums

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 $15 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 25 - 6:00PM 
Tomoya Aomori, cello;  Julia Kang, cello;  Hyungjin Choi, piano;  Kuriko Tsugawa, bass
AKDuo: CD release! image

Jazz Cellist/Composer Tomoya Aomori and Cellist Julia Kang with special guests Hyungjin Choi, jazz pianist and Kuriko Tsugawa, jazz bassist perform selections from AKDuo's new CD [First Impression] a fusion of Classical, jazz and pop music. Be prepared to experience a concert featuring exciting original works by Tomoya Aomori, incredible virtuosity, and imaginative arrangements of classical jazz that will leave you breathless.

AKDuo is a husband-and-wife cello duo that consists of jazz cellist/composer Tomoya Aomori and classical cellist Julia Kang. Tomoya's innovative compositions and arrangements, influenced by his Jazz and Classical background, combined with Julia's versatile and musical cello playing gives AKDuo a sound that is new and unique. Together they have appeared live on Vermont Public Radio (VPR), Kradio am1660, and have performed in many venues across the world. AKDuo has also run performance-workshops titled “Be Creative!” with young string players, encouraging them to be creative by use of improvisation to broaden their musical horizons. They have run workshops at the Juilliard School, Molloy College, Harbor Front Chamber Music Festival, and Korean Community Center. They recently released their first album [First Impression], a fusion of Classical, Jazz, and Pop music, all composed/arranged by Tomoya Aomori. The CD is available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes. AKDuo is in the artist roster for the Si-Yo Music Society Foundation (

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 25 - 8:00PM 
Or Bareket, host

Sagi Kaufman, alto sax;  Eitan Gofman, tenor sax;  Alex Levin, tenor sax;  Itai Kriss, flute;  Yoav Eshed, guitar;  Tamir Shmerling, bass;  Eviatar Slivnik , drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Greenpoint image

Brooklyn based septet. 7 piece all-star Israeli musicians playing jazz influenced original compositions. Formed in 2017, Greenpoint is composed of seven highly demanded groovy musicians, each with a strong, emotional and unique sound.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Mar 25 - 9:30PM 
Idan Morim, guitar,;  Adam O'Ffarill, trumpet;  Micha Gilad, piano;  Almog Sharvit, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Idan Morim quintet image

Idan Morim, a young guitarist making a name for himself in the NYC Music scene over the last few years, will be performing his original music along side a band of unique and powerful talents. Performing under his projects name I.M Idans work is rooted in Jazz and improvised music while reaching into different music spheres along the way.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Mar 26 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host; Rolf Potts, guest host

Ari Shaffir, comedian;  Tommy Pico, poet;  Mel Toltz, screenwriter;  Ernest White II, tv host;  Ayun Halliday, author;  Pegi Vail, filmmaker
BENNINGTON WRITERS - Snowglobes and Shrunken Heads image

To celebrate the publication of his book SOUVENIR (Bloomsbury, 2018), travel writer Rolf Potts will host an eclectic slate of world travelers recounting harrowing and humorous stories about the objects they've collected along the way and how their lives were transformed in the process.

The evening’s contributors include comedian, Ari Shaffir; poet, Tommy Pico; screenwriter, Mel Toltz; TV host, Ernest White II; author, Ayun Halliday; and filmmaker, Pegi Vail.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Mar 26 - 8:30PM 
Oscar Perez, piano;  Ted Chubb, trumpet;  Bruce Williams, saxophone;  Anthony Perez, bass;  Vince Ector, drums
Oscar Perez Quintet image

After three albums that garnered much acclimation Oscar Perez brings together a special quintet on March 26 at Cornelia Street Cafe. He’s joined by stellar musicians: trumpeter Ted Chubb, saxophonist Bruce Williams, bassist Anthony Perez, and drummer Vince Ector.

JazzTimes praised Perez as “an extraordinary composer who blends the rhythmic complexity of Latin American music with the elegant harmonies of jazz,” while DownBeat chimed in by marveling over the music’s “wondrous interaction of piano and band.”

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 27 - 6:00PM 
written and performed by Lisa Faith Phillips

Sean Mahony, piano
Faith in Love image

After a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Lisa Faith is back with her new show Faith in Love.

From falling in love while dancing with Bette Midler & Mick Jagger in their Beast of Burden video to working as a stripper to pay for graduate school at the London School of Economics and a surprise night in jail, Lisa weaves her “wildly funny” (The Huffington Post) stories of love with humor and song. The gifted Sean Mahony is on piano.

5 Stars and Best of the Fringe! Phillips is an incredible storyteller. (DC Metro Theater Arts)

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Mar 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Harish Raghavan, bass;  Immanuel Wilkins, alto saxophone;  Joel Ross, vibraphone;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Jeremy Dutton, drums
Harish Raghavan Quintet image Rene Mosele

The Harish Raghavan Quintet features some of the brightest stars of the new generation pushing the music forward. The Harish Raghavan Quintet features Immanuel Wilkins on alto saxophone, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Micah Thomas on piano and Jeremy Dutton on drums. Having had the opportunity to play and record with some of the most forward thinking composers and instrumentalists of his generation, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Eric Harland, Taylor Eigsti, Gretchen Parlato, Logan Richardson, Kurt Elling, Vijay Iyer, Charles Lloyd and many others, Raghavan has developed his compositional and band leading skills to draw from the vast and profound inspiration his fellow artists have given him, while asserting his singularity.

"One of the most exciting young bassists in jazz . . ."-- Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 6:00PM 
Darcy Dunn Brandon Duncan
El Sueno (The Dream): a reading of a new play by John McCaffrey and Mark Singer image

Columbian cocaine king Pablo Escobar is struggling with a recurring dream: he is a cat on a high red roof, reading a letter from his lover before falling to his death. To help make sense of the dream, he turns to Miami-based psychologist Dr. Ronald Splat. In this dark comedy, Don Pablo and Dr. Splat work to uncover the subconscious underpinnings of the cartel leader's disruptive slumber. Loosely inspired by the Netflix show 'Narcos,' this one-act play is hosted by local access TV legend Charlie Ward, and has nothing in common with Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 8:00PM 
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums

Since moving to New York in 2007, Israeli pianist and composer Nitzan Gavrieli has been performing nationally and internationally with his trio and as a sideman. Nitzan brings his new trio to Cornelia Street Cafe for a set of original music featuring some of New York's top musicians on the scene.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Nitzan Gavrieli trio image
Wednesday,  Mar 28 - 9:30PM 
Johannes Felscher, bass;  Lucas Pino, bass clarinet;  Johannes Ludwig, alto sax;  Peter Kronreif, drums
Johannes Felscher's Immigration Booth image

Immigration Booth is a chord-less quartet led by German-born bassist Johannes Felscher, who has been a part of the New York music scene for nearly a decade. The group is presenting its debut album ‘Hinterm Spiegel’ as well as brand-new compositions to a New York audience for the first time after multiple tours across Europe.

It merges hypnotic loops with a faint sense of melancholy and eruptive dialogues between the feisty rhythm section and the unusual yet luring combination of lead voices: bass clarinet and alto clarinet / alto saxophone.

"Full of surprising turns, inventive juxtapositions and thoughtfully minimalist layering. A very strong and sophisticated debut." (Westfalische Rundschau)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Mar 29 - 6:00PM 
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Poets Lawrence Joseph and Harry Newman return to Cornelia Street for a reading of recent work. Lawrence Joseph will read from his acclaimed So Where Are We? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017). Reviewing the book in the Times Literary Supplement, Declan Ryan wrote: “Joseph has synthesized the unlikeliest lexicons—from legalese and street slang to overheard speech and jargon—and created a taut, sinuous medium capable of handling modern life without sacrificing his ability to sing. His is a poetry of the immediate present built to outlast ephemerality.” Harry Newman will read some new work as well as from his collection of political poetry, Led from a Distance (Louisiana Literature Press, 2016), described by The Rumpus as “a powerful collection...about the moral bankruptcy and emotional numbing of war.”

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Mar 29 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Becca Stevens , voice
Gilad Hekselman Trio image

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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