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Tuesday,  Jun 26 - 6:00PM 
SONGS ON A SUMMER NIGHT
Jessica Crandall, soprano;  Ellen Mandel, piano, compositions;  Melanie Haskins, violin
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Soprano Jessica Crandall sings music by Ellen Mandel with special guest violinist Melanie Haskins

Jessica and Ellen perform lyrical, dramatic, and humorous songs with texts by E.E. Cummings, Charlotte Mew, W.B. Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and Seamus Heaney, and welcome Melanie for a group of songs for voice, piano, and violin. When Crandall sings Mandel, and with Haskins on violin-----the music soars!

Mandel’s music is “Ardent, spiky, and freshly organic” NY Times

Ellen and Jessica love making music together. They have given numerous concerts of Mandel’s music, and have released a CD: I SO LIKED SPRING. Jessica can also be heard on Mandel’s CDs There Was a World and A Very Benny Christmas. Ellen and Jessica are thrilled that Melanie joins them for this special concert!



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jun 26 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
MATTHEW SHEENS, CD RELEASE: AMERICAN COUNTERPOINT
Matthew Sheens, piano;  Sam Zerna, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums
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Written between the summer of 2016 - 2017, this is an 'American Counterpoint' extended piece that reflects on events during that time period, when larger numbers of bigoted and sometimes dangerous people found their voice, empowered largely, from the 2016 Presidential election.

Originally written for String Quartet and Rhythm section, this is an adaptation for voices, bass, drums and piano.

Listed as one of Fred Hersch’s “pianists you should know”, and described as “an outstanding pianist, stoked full of creative ideas and limitless technique....totally innovative and luminous” by the Australian, Sheens is a prolific composer and Australian pianist based in NYC.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Wednesday,  Jun 27 - 6:00PM 
INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Andrey Gritsman, host

Jeanne Marie Beaumont Phil Fried Patricia Carlin
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New books by New York Poets.



 $10.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Jun 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
ANDY BISKIN’S 16 TONS, CD RELEASE: LOMAX
Andy Biskin, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Dave Smith, trumpet;  Kenny Warren, trumpet;  Rob Garcia, drums
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Andy Biskin’s 16 Tons celebrates the legacy of legendary folklorist Alan Lomax with interpretations of songs Lomax collected for his monumental 1960 anthology, The Folk Songs of North America.

Biskin, who worked as an assistant to Lomax, has reimagined a dozen songs—ballads, hymns, children’s tunes, songs of protest—that capture the spirit and diversity of America’s folkways. The band features the unusual instrumentation of clarinet, drums, and a choir of three trumpets.

"One clarinetist worth watching is Andy Biskin, as much for his composing as his playing." —Kevin Whitehead, Fresh Air with Terry Gross

"Andy Biskin seeks to find the threads between old European folk music, early American songforms and the contemporary avant-garde." —Downbeat


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.andybiskin.com

Thursday,  Jun 28 - 6:00PM 
MY SUMMER VACATION: STORIES SWEET AND SURPRISING
Michèle LaRue
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Actress Michèle LaRue returns with more vibrant, vintage Tales Well Told—stories from America’s Gilded Age:

The Nice People. . . indeed, they are . . . but—gossip grows at a summer resort. H. C. Bunner, 1890

Miss Esther's Guest. . . is not the one she asked for. Sarah Orne Jewett, 1893



 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Thursday,  Jun 28 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
SAM BEVAN QUINTET, CD RELEASE:
Peter Apfelbaum, tenor sax, melodica;  Kenny Brooks, tenor sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute;  Sam Bevan, bass;  Jerad Lippi, drums
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Originally hailing from San Francisco before making New York City his home, bassist/composer Sam Bevan brings his original modern jazz to Cornelia St. Cafe to celebrate the release of his new album “Emergence”. His music is presented in a chord-less mini big band format that features three horns, bass and drums. This ensemble draws from Jazz, R&B, Afro-Cuban and West African traditions to from a personal engaging sound emphasizing strong singable melodies and syncopated grooves.

“Articulate, focused and highly musical, Bevan's sense of melody and rhythmic thrust showcase his talent. Tight arrangements and well conceived writing goes to show that Bevan is a multi-dimensional artist with much to offer.” Randy McElligot, Jazzreview

“Jazzman Sam Bevan is a bassist for all occasions, as his quintet session bounces easily from hard-bop to groove-oriented jazz rock. It's Bevan's combination of tone, swing and chops that makes this line so fine.” --JD Constantine, Guitar World’s Bass Guitar


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.sambevan.com

Friday,  Jun 29 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
PRIVATE EVENT
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Saturday,  Jun 30 - 6:00PM 
EVIE IVY’S DANCE OF THE WORD IN CELEBRATION OF SUMMER
Alan Baxter, host

The Elegant Ivory Duo Iris N. Schwartz Bob Heman Peggy Fitzgerald Jack Tricarico Philip DePinto Fred Simpson Paul Knopf and Evie Ivy
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An evening of Poetry, Music, Song and Dance

with The Elegant Ivory Duo – L. Egan D’Ivori and Elyzsabeth Ahne Iris N. Schwartz, Bob Heman, Peggy Fitzgerald, Jack Tricarico, Philip DePinto, Fred Simpson, Paul Knopf, Alan Baxter, MC and other performers/more information to come

Edi P. M. will dance to “Whatever Lola Wants”

Evie will dance to a medley of summer songs played by jazz legend, Paul Knopf, among other dances.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Jun 30 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
AN EVENING WITH MICHELLE LORDI
Michelle Lordi, voice, piano;  JD Allen, tenor sax;  Matthew Parrish, bass
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Philadelphia native jazz vocalist, songwriter and bandleader Michelle Lordi has received international accolades and heavy rotation on jazz radio stations far & wide for her recording projects, “Drive” (2015) and “Dream A Little Dream” ( 2017) . Michelle's profound love of the music she chooses to sing and the musicians she creates with is evident in every note of her vividly expressive and elegantly communicative voice.


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Jul 01 - 6:00PM 
LISA HOPPE’S THIRD REALITY
Davy Lazar, trumpet;  Tal Yahalom, guitar;  Lisa Hoppe, double bass, composition
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Bassist, composer, world and time traveller Lisa Hoppe presents her new band „Third Reality“ at Cornelia Street Café. The trio creates the wondrous soundtrack to a universe of unlikely events, using explorational chamber music to unfold mystical, mellow and vibrant spaces.

Taking inspiration from contemporary jazz, free improvisation and a century of Science Fiction culture, Third Reality creates pathways, streams and spheres through the absence of things.


 $10.00 includes a drink    http://www.lisa-hoppe.com http://www.facebook.com/lisahoppesthirdreality/

Sunday,  Jul 01 - 8:00PM 
DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET: SARA L'ABRIOLA
Joshua Kaye, host

Sara L'Abriola, guitar;  Francisco Batista, guitar;  Sammy Weissberg, bass
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Born in 1998 in Garrison, New York, Sara L'Abriola started playing guitar at age eight. She discovered a love for Django Reinhardt's music at age thirteen and has pursued the style ever since. Under the instruction of renowned guitarist, Stephane Wrembel, she began transcribing Django Reinhardt's solos and developing the style. At eighteen years old, she made her Carnegie Hall debut, joining the stage with Stephane Wrembel, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Al Di Meola as part of the Django A Gogo festival.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Jul 01 - 9:30PM 
DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET: THE BAILSMEN
Joshua Kaye, host

Brandon Vetrano, guitar;  Charlie Castelluzzo, guitar;  Gabriel Yonkler, sax;  Abraham Pollack, bass
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Brooklyn’s The Bailsmen play Hot Jazz and Gypsy Swing. Their sound is straight from New York by way of New Orleans and Paris, nodding to Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Classics and originals are all given a fresh spin by these young musicians.


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.thebailsmen.com.

Monday,  Jul 02 - 6:00PM 
MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!


 $15.00 includes a drink 

Monday,  Jul 02 - 8:30PM 
ZAILONG/KARL SCHWARZ
zaiLong, vocals, acoustic guitar;  Karl Schwarz, vocals, resonator guitar
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zaiLong: Music in 9 Movements +

Karl Schwarz: Traditional Acoustic Blues

A double bill of two NYC acoustic artists; one taking inspiration from the ancient philosophies of NE Asia; the other carrying on the musical heritage of the turn-of-the-century Mississippi Delta.

Hailing from NYC, zaiLong was classically trained in piano and martial arts at an early age before picking up the guitar and putting pen to paper, while expanding into modern styles of songwriting. As a musician, he has lived and worked around the globe; collaborating with hiphop legends in the U.S., indie-punk pioneers in Korea, and architects of the BritPop movement in the UK.

Having left New York to live on a remote mountain in Central China (a birthplace and center of Daoist studies for over 600 years), he has recently returned with a set of new songs, focused on stripping the performance of music down to its basic fundamentals: A simple melody, strong rhythm, and engaging lyrics; performed solely on vocals & acoustic guitar.

“Singer-guitarist Karl Schwarz has dug deep into African-American roots music, becoming fluent in styles growing out of the Mississippi Delta and the Piedmont, as well as traditional gospel and spirituals... about as authentically acoustic as it gets." - Gold Star


 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jul 03 - 6:00PM 
SINGER SONGWRITER ALEXANDRA LEFF
Alexandra Leff, vocals, guitar;  Luke Marantz, piano;  John Gray, bass;  Michael Vitali, drums
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Singer Songwriter Alexandra Leff is back at Cornelia Street Café to perform her poetic, folk-inspired songs with accompaniment by Luke Marantz (piano), John Gray (bass) and Michael Vitali (drums).


 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jul 03 - 8:00PM 
MAMIKO WATANABE TRIO
Mamiko Watanabe, piano;  Santi Debriano, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
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Pianist/composer Mamiko Watanabe has been performing regularly in New York with numerous groups. For tonight's show at Cornelia Street Cafe, she brings her trio to present some of her compositions from her new CD"Flying Without Wings" and jazz standards. This will be the creative set of music in a freestyle.

" An excellent modern jazz pianist whose playing builds on the innovations of Bill Evans and early Herbie Hancock.."--Scott Yanow; The Los Angeles Jazz Scene Magazine "Like the best piano trios, Watanabe's threesome has the focus and interplay of a working band. -Jazz Inside Magazine


 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.mamikowatanabe.com

Tuesday,  Jul 03 - 9:30PM 
GORDON GRDINA
Gordon Grdina, guitar, oud;  Oscar Noriega, saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion

Juno-winning Vancouver based Oud/Guitarist Gordon Grdina is known for his incredible versatility and ability to bring a fresh and edgy vibe to any ensemble he joins or forms. His sound is a combination of his interests in mainstream jazz, free-form improvisation and Arabic classical music.

"The prevailing ambience is one of dark mystery, but the ruggedness of Grdina’s tone makes for a palette of rich contrast.” – Jazz Times

Band is Oscar Noriega alto and clarinets Russ Lossing piano and Satoshi Takeishi drums Me on guitar and oud...

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.gordongrdinamusic.com

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