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Thursday,  Jul 12 - 6:00PM 
Sean Clapis, guitar;  Alex Tremblay, bass;  Alon Benjamini, drums
Sean Clapis’s Bad Idea image

This dynamic ensemble is a result of years of collaboration and fellowship between three distinct musical voices. Weaving highly arranged music with free improvisation, flirting with disaster and enjoying every minute of it.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Jul 12 - 8:00PM 
Billy Drewes, alto, soprano sax;  Zach Lapidus, piano;  Peter Brendler, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Peter Brendler Quartet image

Bassist Peter Brendler returns to Cornelia St. Cafe leading an exciting group featuring some of NYC's finest musicians.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 12 - 9:30PM 
Aubrey Johnson, voice;  Charlotte Greve, voice, saxophone;  Marta Sanchez, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jason Burger, drums
Room Tales image

The music of Room Lore combines the words of visionary poets such as Maya Angelou, Charles Bukowski, Giaconda Belli and others with contemporary rhythms and harmonies. The band experiments by superimposing layers, creating different atmospheres and beautiful textures.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Friday,  Jul 13 - 6:00PM 
Jules Brave, piano, bass vocals;  Mike Baretz, piano, guitar, vocals ;  Tim Holt, percussion, vocals ;  Noreen Abdon, vocals
Jules Brave & Mike Baretz image

The group debuts their newest original songs and arrangements at Cornelia Street Cafe!

Jules Brave is a NYC singer/songwriter who is eager to perform, create and learn as much as she can. She plays in a quartet alongside her friend Mike Baretz, and the group is produced by her their mentor, world-renowned pianist and artist developer, Vera Tisheff, whose musical career has involved such great artists as Leonard Bernstein, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Cyro Baptista, Duran Duran and Vanessa Carlton. Jules is focused on furthering her musicianship and creating a signature style which combines the greatness of the classics, and the sensibilities of popular music. Her eclectic style is inspired by her influences, including Leslie Odom Jr., Lake Street Dive, Lianne La Havas and John Mayer.

Mike Baretz is an NYC based composer and musician. He loves to write songs, sing, and is finding his love for chamber and film music. He is inspired by greats such as Bill Evans, Stevie Wonder, and various classical composers. He recently had one of his chamber works, “Dusk”, a piano sextet, performed, and is currently playing in NYC with a quartet group with Jules Brave, playing original songs and arrangements. He has studied with 2x Grammy winning composer Herschel Garfein, and is mentored by world-renowned pianist and artist developer Vera Tisheff, whose musical career has involved such great artists as Leonard Bernstein, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Cyro Baptista, Duran Duran and Vanessa Carlton.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Jul 13 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Jacob Sacks, piano;  Chet Doxas, tenor sax;  Jacob Garchik, trombone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza , drums
Jacob Sacks & Friends image

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 $10 minimum

Saturday,  Jul 14 - 12:00PM 
Hamilton and Burr: Destined to Duel image

This lecture examines the psychological state of Hamilton and Burr from childhood to Revolutionaries, and will discuss the interactions between these two politicians as they struggle to leave a lasting mark in a new republic.


Saturday,  Jul 14 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, host

Gordon Gilbert Susan Weiman
Italian American Writers Association image

Tonight IAWA welcomes Gordon Gilbert and Susan Weiman

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Saturday,  Jul 14 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Jeff Davis, drums, comp.
Jeff Davis, Tone Collector image

Tone Collector is a formidable trio that pushes the sonic boundaries of texture and color. Performing together since 2004, the trio blurs the lines between what is composed and what is improvised. Tone Collector recorded their debut album live at the Glenn Miller Café in Stockholm, Sweden over a two night run, and is fresh off a spring Midwest tour. Returning to the Cornelia Street Cafe tonight, this trio adventurous is not to be missed.

"Malaby, Opsvik and Davis are deeply sympathetic partners, and their interaction often reaches the highest level of cohesion.” - Nate Chinen (Jazz Times) "Without falling into the predictable game of cat and mouse, these three are capable of a varied and inspired set of improvisational call and response. Tone Collector is the sort of creative improvised music that stands out in the crowd." Cadence Magazine

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Jul 15 - 6:00PM 
Jen Lap and Jimmy Schatz, hosts

The Jen and Jimmy Show image

Featured Comics: Lawrence DeLoach, Sally Ann Hall, Marie Faustin, Rachel Green and Irene Bremis.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Jul 15 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, host

Flavio Silva, guitar;  Vitor Gonçalves, piano;  Alex Apolo Ayala, bass;  Curtis Nowosad, drums

Flavio Silva has recorded his second Album and he is celebrating the Release of "Break Free" here at Cornelia Street Cafe with this fantastic band. The Guitarist presents a rich sonic tapestry of African and Afro Brazilian sounds, Flavio is grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil and is now living here in NYC

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

New Brazilian Perspectives: Flavio Silva & Break Free - Cd Release Party image
Monday,  Jul 16 - 6:00PM 
Sana Nagano, violin, compositions;  Michael Attias, sax;  Keisuke Matsuno, guitar;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Max Jaffe, drums
Smashing Humans image

Smashing Humans is a 5 piece avant-jazz band that is created by Tokyo native, NYC violinist Sana Nagano. Her compositions are naturally motivic with grid-like melody lines, along with underlining relentless rhythmic intensity. Sana Nagano is the kind of musician/improviser that recalls the very best of experimental jazz violin, resurrecting the spirits of Billy Bang, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the full breadth of modernism all in one.

“Smashing Humans’ performance has some elements of jazz standards, but was evidently infused with improvisations.” “Elegant orchestrations of sounds, clearly conducted by the violinist” - Greg Stewart, Ragazine

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Jul 16 - 8:30PM 
Cole Davis, bass;  Vaughn Stoffey, guitar;  Manuel Schmeidel, piano;  Jongkuk Kim, drums;  Immanuel Wilkins, alto saxophone;  Joey Chang, piano
Cole Davis Quartet & Immanuel Wilkins/Joey Chang image

Cole Davis’s passion for the uplifting power of music translates into every note he plays. He and his band, the Cole Davis Group, communicate with their unique style of contemporary jazz—global rhythms embrace groove, melodies replace technology and what emerges is both healing and celebratory.

“This is the first live performance of the duo, performing an hour's worth of completely improvised music.” -Immanuel Wilkins

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jul 17 - 6:00PM 
Steven Silverman, piano
Chopin the Radical image

An all-Chopin program illustrating how radically innovative this music not only was, but still is!

STEVEN SILVERMAN, a native of Washington D.C., has performed extensively as a pianist and harpsichordist in solo, chamber, and concerto appearances throughout the United States and at the prestigious Salle Cortot in Paris, France. The New York Times called Mr. Silverman's New York solo piano debut "a splendid affair...his playing had dimension, atmosphere, energy and discipline -- wedded to a sense of rhythm that would not quit.” Bernard Holland, reviewing Mr. Silverman's 1988 New York recital in the Times, said that "it took only a few bars to hear that he is a sound and thoughtful musician, and his recital Saturday gave pleasure." The Washington Post commented that "his playing was blessed by warmth, intelligence, and unshakable ability to capture the essence of the music." The Alexandria Gazette remarked that "Steven Silverman's offering was all that a piano recital can be: an absorbing program executed with technical perfection and individual style." Mr. Silverman performs not only the standard piano literature, but also memorable but less-performed works including both of Charles Ives' Piano Sonatas, Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata, the De Fall harpsichord concerto, and the complete Goyescas of Granados. Mr. Silverman holds the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. His teachers include Eugene Bossart, Charles Crowder, Benning Dexter, Ann Schein, and the great pianist Andrejz Wasowski.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday,  Jul 17 - 8:00PM 
Steve Sandberg, piano;  Jay Rodriguez, tenor sax;  Premik Russell Tubbs, reeds
Steve Sandberg Trio image
Steve Sandberg is an eclectic musician with a lifetime of experience in many worlds of music. Dan Bilawsky, on All About Jazz, calls Mr. Sandberg’s music “a breathtaking composite of world music, jazz, and classical expressions ... an exultant music that's incredibly personal and precise in its direction, yet universal in its language and ability to connect.” Fleet-fingered saxophonist and reedsman Jay Rodriguez has played it all: salsa with Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, hip-hop with DJ Premier and Groove Collective, straight-ahead with Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Barron and Doc Cheatham. – NPR Multi-reeds player Premik has worked with everyone from Santana, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin to String and Lady Gaga.

Tonight these musicians will perform in duos and trios for the first time together!

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Jul 17 - 9:30PM 
Timo Vollbrecht, tenor sax;  Keisuke Matsuno, guitar;  Elias Stemeseder, piano;  Martin Nevin, bass;  Jason Burger, drums
Timo Vollbrecht FLY MAGIC, CD Release image

FLY MAGIC is the band of saxophonist-composer Timo Vollbrecht. Based out of New York and with roots in Berlin’s progressive music scene, he creates a magical blend of emotional intensity and vivacious energy, resulting in a genuine sound that often depicts the sensation of flying. The band transcends the limitations of musical genre by combining elements from jazz, post-rock, minimalism, folk, improv and experimental soundscapes.

At Cornelia Street, FLY MAGIC is presenting their brand-new album “Faces in Places”, a collection of musical portraits inspired by people from nine different countries.

”Luminously fine German saxophonist-bandleader […] blessed with fluidity and intricate twists” - New York City Jazz Record

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://web:


Wednesday,  Jul 18 - 6:00PM 
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Alon Benjamini, drums;  Ben Tiberio, bass
Ryan Slatko Trio image

Miami native Ryan Slatko has studied with Ari Hoenig, Gil Goldstein, Taylor Eigsti and Shai Maestro. He was the musical director for “Lights Out,” a musical about Nat King Cole starring Dulé Hill and Daniel J. Watts. He placed 3rd in the 2014 Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition, and has performed or recorded with Rich Perry, Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Tom Scott, Ulysses Owens Jr, Linda Oh, Adam Rogers, Randy Brecker, and many more.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 18 - 8:00PM 
Leo Sherman, bass, comp.;  Paul Jones, tenor sax;  Alex Goodman, guitar;  Ben Winkleman, piano;  Peter Kronreif, drums

TONEWHEEL is a quintet based in New York City, led by bassist-composer Leo Sherman. The project is inspired by stories: new and old, factual and fictional. The stories range from simple, like the feeling of take-off on a plane, to far-reaching travels of the imagination. Each piece is programmatic and features the instrumentalists as characters, the melodies and song structure as the plot, and the harmonic language as a setting.

"Leo Sherman, who I have had the pleasure of working with, not only swings hard but has a depth of harmonic understanding and listens deeply to the musical conversation. One of the new voices on bass for the future.” -Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, The Headhunters).

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Jul 18 - 9:30PM 
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Tom DiCarlo, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
Yuhan Su Quartet  image

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016) Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music inspired by dance movements and music from her upcoming record City Animals featuring a stellar line-up of musicians. Yuhan's music is innovative, emotional, cerebral and most importantly, always lyrical. Her compositions and improvisations are uniquely hers, marked with an amalgamation of complexity, intensity and emotional resonance. And though she is capable of blistering technique, she always maintains a sense of melodic lyricism and wonder in her playing. Since the release of her second record A Room Of One's Own, the album has been listed on the Best of 2016 on Downbeat magazine and received numerous music awards and nominations including the Best Jazz Album of the Year and Best Instrumentalist Award from 2016 Golden Indie Award in Taiwan. Yuhan’s new record City Animals will be released in Winter 2018 through Sunnyside Records.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  Jul 19 - 6:00PM 
Ana Garcia and Lane Dombois image

Ana Garcia is a percussionist and composer, Lane Dombois is a guitarist and writer. They typically write together for the stage--but tonight they are separately performing original songs outside of the theatrical context, Ana leading a small ensemble and Lane performing solo.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Thursday,  Jul 19 - 8:00PM 
Frank Messina, host

Mark Torgl of Toxic Avenger Ken Korb, harmonica;  Rene Hart, bass;  Robbie Winterhawk, conga;  Eliot Peper, bongos;  Michael Trapp, guitar;  Kristine Rommel , vocals;  Kevin Twigg, drums;  Joe Hardy Wiley, guitar, vocals;  Special guests, Ang Lee, Jackson Nardelli, Rose Nardelli

Get ready for a night of revelry and remembrance as we celebrate the life of filmmaker Joe Nardelli — who touched many lives with his artistic creations including his coda film, Toxic Tutu. In pure Nardelli spirit, you are encouraged to attend in costume...or simply as you are! At Joe's request, all proceeds will benefit Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

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