See the previous week's performances.   June 29-July 06, 2018  See the next week's performances.
Friday,  Jun 29 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 

Saturday,  Jun 30 - 6:00PM 
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
Evie Ivy’s Dance of the Word In Celebration of Summer image

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 
Michelle Lordi, voice, piano;  JD Allen, tenor sax;  Matthew Parrish, bass
An Evening with Michelle Lordi image

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 
Davy Lazar, trumpet;  Tal Yahalom, guitar;  Lisa Hoppe, double bass, composition
Lisa Hoppe’s Third Reality image

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

Sunday,  Jul 01 - 8:00PM 
Joshua Kaye, host

Sara L'Abriola, guitar;  Francisco Batista, guitar;  Sammy Weissberg, bass

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 
Joshua Kaye, host

Brandon Vetrano, guitar;  Charlie Castelluzzo, guitar;  Gabriel Yonkler, sax;  Abraham Pollack, bass

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

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

Monologues & Madness image

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, vocals, acoustic guitar;  Karl Schwarz, vocals, resonator guitar
zaiLong/Karl Schwarz image

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 
Alexandra Leff, vocals, guitar;  Luke Marantz, piano;  John Gray, bass;  Michael Vitali, drums
Singer Songwriter ALEXANDRA LEFF image

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, piano;  Santi Debriano, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums
Mamiko Watanabe Trio image

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

Tuesday,  Jul 03 - 9:30PM 
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

Gordon Grdina image
Wednesday,  Jul 04 - 1:00PM 
Robin and co., hosts

Jed Distler Ukuladies Bond Street Stilt Band Jessica Crandall Ellen Mandel Michael Lydon Abby Lee
July 4th Outdoor Celebration!!! image

Join us for an incredible outdoor celebration as the nation turns 242 and the cafe turns 41!

On Cornelia Street (in front of and inside of the cafe): Jed Distler and friends lead the celebration. Expect the unexpected in music, cheers, toasts, and stilts! With plenty of special guests including the Ukuladies, Bond Street Stilt Band, Jessica Crandall, Ellen Mandel, Michael Lydon, Abby Lee, and a cast of thousands!

Wednesday,  Jul 04 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Jeff Miles, guitar;  Rob Mosher, clarinet;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzik, drums
Dan Loomis and REVOLUTIONS image

REVOLUTIONS aims to keep revolutionary passion alive in America. To keep awake to the willingness to turn an old way on its head and do the messy, hard work of starting over to build something better. So much what is sacred to us in the cultures of the Western hemisphere was accomplished by people who were willing to completely re-imagine their world and had the unflappable persistence to see their vision through. We intend to keep that spirit alive by honoring these heroic actors in American (in the broad sense of the term, South and North America, indeed all the Western Hemisphere, bound together by our shared legacy as the ‘new world’ products of recent colonialism, population replacement, slavery and revolution from imperial oppression) revolutionary moments and movements. Our American history is rich with people who fought tirelessly for a world that seemed impossible given the parameters that they grew up with. We intend to keep that spirit of achieving the impossible, of overcoming intractable obstacles of tradition, alive by lifting up their lives and stories. Of course, REVOLUTIONS is not a history class or a book or powerful orator. It is a musical ensemble. And how can a musical ensemble tell the story of history and recount the power of revolution?? Of course, we cannot do it in the traditional way. But to bring revolution it is necessary not only to know your history but also to have an overwhelming passion for a better world. This what the music of REVOLUTIONS aims to foster. That crying-out spirit of the revolutionary moment. That all-consuming desire to move forward past the immediately possible present to the audaciously improbable future.

Only July 4th, we will look beyond the usual suspects to celebrate the lives of South American and Caribbean revolutionaries. Come hear music telling the stories of Toussaint Louverture, Simon Bolivar, Jose Atonio Paez and Francisco de Miranda.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 05 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Tom, and Josh, hosts

Artists Salon image

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

Thursday,  Jul 05 - 8:00PM 
Itai Kriss, flute;  Yoav Eshed, guitar;  Sean Wayland, keyboard;  Ben Tiberio , bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
Yoav Eshed Quintet image

Yoav Eshed Quintet award-winning guitarist Yoav Eshed features an all-star band with some of the best musicians in NYC for an unforgettable night of jazz.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 05 - 9:30PM 
Andy Bianco, guitar, comp.;  Glenn White, tenor sax;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Wayne Smith Jr., drums
ANDY BIANCO Quartet image

While Andy Bianco is a relative new shooter in the modern jazz realm of six string aficionado's, there is little doubt he is as artistically gifted as he is technically proficient. The band is A list and a first call fire storm of swing that can touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time.

"Andy Bianco is an amazing guitarist. He has great ideas, a fantastic sound, & boundless imagination & fire! This is a great collection of compositions by an exciting player who has a lot to say with his music."--Peter Bernstein

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Jul 06 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Randal Despommier , alto sax;  Jason Yeager, piano;  Danny Weller, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Jason Yeager, Randal Despommier Quartet image

Pianist/composer Jason Yeager and saxophonist/composer Randal Despommier return to the Cornelia Street Cafe, celebrating their new collaborative album, All At Onceness, just released on Red Piano Records. This genre- and centuries-spanning amalgam is a soulful mix of improvisational arrangements of Baroque, Romantic, twentieth-century, and contemporary pieces. With source material ranging from Bach to Stravinsky, Scriabin to Messiaen, these intrepid composer-improvisers stake out their own territory in a diverse program that combines folk-like melodies, evocative harmonies, and infectious rhythms.

“...[Jason Yeager] always impressed me with his talent, his curiosity and his desire to create his own music while really investigating the jazz piano tradition.” -Fred Hersch, Grammy-nominated pianist/composer and Doris Duke Fellow

“[Randal Despommier’s] Dance of Fury with Jason is multi-dimensional New Orleans hot….[Cherokee] is sensational, Randal’s masterpiece so far.”--Ran Blake, pianist/composer and MacArthur Fellow

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times