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Sunday,  Aug 19 - 6:00PM 
John Tibbetts, baritone;  Allison Gish, mezzo-soprano;  Felix Jarrar, piano/composition
Queens without boundaries: a recital image

Join baritone John Tibbetts, mezzo-soprano Allison Gish and award-winning composer and pianist Felix Jarrar for a gender-bending evening of works which include excerpts from Jarrar’s fifth opera Mother Goose. Other works on the program include songs by Mahler and Debussy, and the world premiere of Songs of a bygone time, a new song cycle by Jarrar which feature settings of poems by Thomas Hardy.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Aug 19 - 8:00PM 
Heather Bennett, voice;  Bill Mobley, trumpet;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Mike Richmond, bass;  Tim Horner, drums
Heather Bennett Quintet image

Jazz pianist, vocalist Heather Bennett celebrates and performs music her newest album “Lazy Afternoon” on Summit Records. It is a wonderfully arranged jazz vocal recording with a quality lineup of musicians.

From pop favorites to jazz standards this recording illustrates Heather Bennett’s arranging skills and her rather ‘dreamy-like’ voice and its gelling with an incredible cast of musicians…the vocalist sings, the instrumentalists sing…From the euphoric start of Mobley’s trumpet w/ Bennett’s voice on “Zingaro” through a spine tingling rendition of “True Colors” (of Cindy Lauper fame) this recording is done extremely well.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Sunday,  Aug 19 - 9:30PM 
Susan Tobocman, voice;  Joel Frahm, tenor sax;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Eric Halvorson, drums
Susan Tobocman Quintet image Robin Arm

"Vocalist/composer/lyricist Susan Tobocman will be performing her original material along with a few arrangements of standards. Her band includes some of New York's finest jazz musicians, featuring Joel Frahm on saxophone, Pete McCann on guitar, Evan Gregor on bass, and Eric Halvorson on drums. The late Mark Murphy described her voice as "soulful and very swinging," and Time Out New York writes: "Susan Tobocman doesn't just sing the old songs; she's penned a couple of modern-day love paeans herself. We don't think she can get any busier - Tobocman brings them in a three steady venues each week. We hope she has time soon to record even more of her compositions."

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Aug 20 - 6:00PM 
David Smith, trumpet;  Steve Kortyka, saxophone;  Alex Clough, piano;  John Tate, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
Alex Clough Quintet image

Please join the Alex Clough quintet as they play songs from their soon-to-be released album “near, far, beyond.” The show will feature a program of mostly original music and CDs will be available for purchase.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Monday,  Aug 20 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
AMRAM & CO image

This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Aug 21 - 6:00PM 
Julia Chen, piano;  David Bertrand, flutes;  Daniel Stein, bass;  Peter Manheim, drums
Julia Chen Quartet image

Original music by a Brooklyn native, with influences from jazz, Brazilian music, and R&B.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Aug 21 - 8:00PM 
Will Slater, bass;  Anthony Wonsey, piano;  Errold Lanier Jr., drums
Will Slater Trio image

Will Slater is an up and coming bassist on the NYC jazz scene. For this series he will be presenting a set of original and standard compositions that combine the beauty of the tradition of jazz with a modern edge.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Aug 21 - 9:30PM 
Minji Kim, piano;  Hwansu Kang, bass;  Jongkuk Kim, drums;  Alex Sipiagin, trumpet

Minji Kim is recently released her debut album called Every Moment and has been performed or recorded with Drew Gress, Alex Sipiagin, Dave Pietro, Alan Ferber, Brad Shepik and many others.

Minji Kim Quartet will perform at Cornelia Street Cafe with her original compositions.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Minji Kim Quartet image
Wednesday,  Aug 22 - 6:00PM 
Mikiya Ito, drums;  David Yee, saxophone;  Joshua Torvi, guitar;  Luke McCrosson, bass
Mikiya Ito Quartet image

The Mikiya Ito Quartet is a modern jazz group led by drummer Mikiya Ito. He is joined by Saxophonist David Yee, Guitarist Joshua Torvi, and Bassist Luke McCrosson. The group performs original tunes as well as reimagined classics from the jazz canon.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Aug 22 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
John Ellis, tenor sax;  Mike Moreno, guitar;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Michael Blanco Quartet image

Bassist and composer Michael Blanco returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe with an all-star line up of collaborators: tenor saxophonist John Ellis, guitarist Mike Moreno, and master drummer Clarence Penn. The quartet will be supporting their latest 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

Thursday,  Aug 23 - 6:00PM 
David Bertrand, flutes;  Chris Bacas, soprano sax;  Julia Chen, piano;  Richard Mikel, double bass;  Carter Bales , drums
David Bertrand Quartet - 'Always the Same Song' image

David Bertrand is an emerging voice on flute in the New York scene. With an approach that draws heavily from the lexicon of modern jazz saxophone, he leads a quartet devoted to playing his original music in a singular style that integrates the rhythms of his native Trinidad’s folkloric traditions with modern jazz. The group will be playing songs from their upcoming 2nd album ‘Always, the Same Song’.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Thursday,  Aug 23 - 8:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Janet Grice, bassoon;  Lee Tomboulian, piano;  Paul Sokolow, bass;  Daniel Silva, drums
Brazil Festival: Janet Grice Brazilian Jazz Bassoon image

Brazilian Jazz Bassoon will perform music by artists such as Jobim, Pixinguinha, Milton Nascimento, and Moacir Santos. Janet’s eclectic style on the bassoon is influenced by collaborations with musicians such as Nana Vasconcelos, Don Cherry, Paulo Moura and Karl Berger. She has performed in Brazil, Europe and the USA, and recorded 6 CDs of Brazilian music.

“Janet demonstrated the bassoon is equally adaptable to jazz or symphonic music.” Boston Globe

“Interesting fusion of classical and South American techniques as a base to improvise from.” Michael Nastos, AllMusic

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum http://

Thursday,  Aug 23 - 9:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Jim Nolet, viola;  Marcia Lopes, voice;  Q Morrow, violao;  tba, percussion

Since the early 2000's Nolet sustained his artistic focus on Brazilian jazz and world music influences, composing, arranging, performing and recording in Sao Paulo as well as studying Brazilian percussion. Arco Voz's core ensemble is generally viola/violin, cello, double bass with traditional percussion and delicate vocals.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Brazil Festival: Jim Nolet and Arcomundo image
Friday,  Aug 24 - 6:00PM 
Ryan Slatko, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Alon Near, bass
Ryan Slatko Trio Featuring Ari Hoenig 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

Friday,  Aug 24 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Vitor Gonçalves , accordion;  Alex Hargreaves, violin;  Sergio Krakowski, pandeiro

Vitor Gonçalves, has been making his mark as a skilled and imaginative improviser in NYC. Since his arrival in New York last summer he has been taking the city’s jazz and Brazilian music scenes by storm with his versatile and multi-talented appearances on piano and accordion, sharing the stage with such musicians as Clarence Penn, Joey Baron, John Ellis, Joel Frahm and Vinícius Cantuária.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Brazil Festival: Vitor Gonçalves Trio image
Friday,  Aug 24 - 10:00PM 
Billy Newman, host

Zé Luis, tenor sax, flutes;  Richard Padron, guitar;  
Eduardo Belo, bass;  Kenny Grohowski, drums

The Zé Luis Quartet project displays an open, hip and free manner of treating Brazilian rhythms, never seen before. Fronted by famed sax and flute player Zé Luis, whose resume includes performing with Brazilian greats such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tania Maria and Bebel Gilberto, the band propels art to the future. Having performed and recorded with music leaders Adam Rudof and Go: Organic Orchestra, Mario Adnet, Arthur Lipner, JJ Sansaverino, Robert Lamm (Chicago), Banda Black Rio among others, Zé brings myriad range and style to the forum.

"Echoes of Jobim - Zé Luis: Real Brazilian Roots" Pat Cole/Down Beat

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Brazil Festival: Zé Luis Quartet image
Saturday,  Aug 25 - 6:00PM 
Dailza Ribeiro, vocals, composition;  Elizabeth Clark, visual, conceptual artist;  Christopher Encarnacion, poet;  Glauco Lima, piano
Sparkling Sounds image

What happens when you mix a writer/singer/songwriter, a pianist, a poet and a visual artist? You are about to find out!

 $10.00 includes a drink

Saturday,  Aug 25 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Edward Perez, bass;  Alex Kautz, drums
Brazil Festival: Helio Alves Quartet image

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few. Helio has also released four albums under his own name: "Trios" (1998), "Portrait in Black & White" (2004), "It's Clear" (2009) and, "Musica" featuring Antonio Sanchez, Reuben Rogers, Claudio Roditi and Romero Lubambo. He is one of the most sought after Brazilian Jazz pianists in the world.

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

Sunday,  Aug 26 - 6:00PM 
Seth Boustead, host

Jenny Lin , piano
Concept Lab: Jenny Lin image

Concept Lab is a process-oriented exploration of musical creativity featuring finished works, works in progress, improvised works and collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects in all stages of completion. Run as a collective, Concept Lab is a showcase of the newest of the new and an exciting sneak preview of mainstays on the upcoming New York performance scene.

Concept Lab Volume IV features superstar pianist Jenny Lin performing music from her upcoming album release: The ICEBERG Etude Project, a groundbreaking exploration of keyboard virtuosity in the twenty-first century. Jenny Lin has partnered with ICEBERG New Music, a collective of 10 composers based in New York City, to create a program of solo piano etudes that juxtapose new sounds against some of the most challenging and thrilling works from the existing repertoire.

Ms. Lin will perform a diverse selection of new etudes that run the stylistic gamut from pop-inspired dance music to thorny avant-garde constructions. Each of these pieces will be paired with an existing etude - by composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Glass, Kapustin, Ligeti, and Liszt - inviting listeners to search for connections between virtuosic piano writing from the past and present.

We’ll also hear newly composed pieces from Composers Concordance members Seth Boustead, Gene Pritsker, Roger Trefousse, and Dan Cooper and a brand new work for violin and cello by Matthew Browne performed by Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry and Talia Dicker.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Sunday,  Aug 26 - 8:30PM 
Judi Silvano, vocals, songs, lyrics;  Kenny Wessel, guitar;  Bruce Arnold, processed guitar;  Adam Kolker, bass clarinet and soprano/tenor sax;  Ratzo B. Harris, bass;  Matt Wilson, drums

On Silvano’s newest release “Lessons Learned” she mixes it up with her quintet with adventurous songs that vary from tender and spiritual to raucous and whimsical.

These Songs of Life and Love reflect on a lifetime of travel and challenge with a collection of stories from her own experiences that bridge the gap between personal and global concerns.

Her 2-guitar Zephyr Band features seasoned NY players with unique orchestrations of her songs!

“Judi Silvano is an amazing vocalist and improviser … Her communication with guitarists Bruce Arnold and Kenny Wessel on “Lessons Learned” is telepathic and the music they create is fresh and inspiring!” -Vic Juris, Guitarist and Educator

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

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