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Saturday,  Sep 30 - 6:00PM 
Written and performed by Sarah Chalfy

Love.Sex.Death. A Cabaret image

Acclaimed singer and actress Sarah Chalfy performs her solo cabaret act, spanning two centuries and three languages, singing songs that explore the three most common subjects in all art: Love, Sex, and Death.

Sarah Chalfy is a musical denizen of cabarets, clubs, concert halls, cathedrals, and theaters throughout NY, the US, and Europe. Her repertoire spans the medieval through heavy metal, five languages and countless genres. She has been noted by the NY Times for her "appealing..dramatic bent and command of tone color", and her "clear tone, agility, and abundant spirit". She has performed with the likes of Paul Gemignani, Mark Morris, Richard Foreman, and Werner Herzog. She continues her exploration of the relationship between music and words with every performance she gives. Upcoming projects include a solo theatrical/cabaret show of early Italian arias, in the character of the Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi, and the release of her recently-recorded cabaret album.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Sep 30 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Mario Pavone, bass, comp.;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Tony Malaby, tenor, soprano sax;  Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet;  Peter McEachern, trombone;  Michael Sarin , drums

The group will play new music in support of its acclaimed new release on Clean Feed records.

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum 

Mario Pavone, VERTICAL SEXTET image
Sunday,  Oct 01 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Caleb Scharf, astrobiologist, author;  The Yorkvillians
Entertaining Science: ASTROBIOLOGY, ACCORDIONOLOGY image

Einstein once said that the most incomprehensible thing about the cosmos is that it's comprehensible. He didn't go far enough, the truly incomprehensible thing is that the universe can be comprehended by itself! Somehow this big, crazy universe has built structures out of itself capable of self-awareness, and capable of turning around and examining the universe in turn - the ultimate bootstrap. Piecing together how this happened is one of the 'big questions' facing science. Join astrobiologist and author Caleb Scharf in examining some of the evidence so far, from cosmic webs and dark matter, to trillions of planets, Earth's apparent unusualness, and new ways of thinking about the phenomenon we call life.

Joining in this exploration of life in the universe is the exciting new musical group The Yorkvillians. From the term for residents of the Yorkville neighborhood on the UES of Manhattan - this instrumental combo led by composer-bassist Dan Cooper and composer-accordionist William Schimmel makes its Cornelia St. Café debut. With Michiyo Suzuki - clarinet, and Max Maples - drum set. Original compositions, including Cooper’s ‘El Planeta Rojo’ and ‘Moon Almost Alive,’ reflect upon the evening’s theme.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Sunday,  Oct 01 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Koran Agan, host

Dan Levinson, clarinet;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Danny Weller, bass

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. Featured this month will be New York's own Dan Levinson. Joined by the host Koran Agan, Dan Levinson will perform repertoire of Django Reinhardt's compositions as well as some some standards favored by Django.

Equally at home as both leader and sideman, Dan Levinson’s roster of musical associates includes such names as Mel Tormé, Wynton Marsalis and Dick Hyman. Originally from Los Angeles, Dan has been based in New York since 1983, although his busy schedule often takes him across the continent and around the world. He has performed in Brazil with filmmaker Woody Allen’s band, as well as in Japan, Iceland, Latvia, and eighteen European countries. From 1990 to 2002 Dan toured with singer/guitarist Leon Redbone. Since 1993 he has been a member of Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, with whom he has appeared at Carnegie Hall, on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio program.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Monday,  Oct 02 - 6:00PM 
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,  Oct 02 - 8:30PM 
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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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,  Oct 03 - 6:00PM 
Kevin McIlvoy Kevin Pilkington Joan Silber
 Four Way Books & Friends Fall 2017 Launch Reading image

Join us for a reading with Four Way Books author Kevin McIlvoy (57 Octaves Below Middle C) and friends of the press Kevin Pilkington (Where You Want to Be: New and Selected Poems) and Joan Silber (Fools). Books will be available for sale and $10 gets you a drink.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Tuesday,  Oct 03 - 8:00PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Rose Ellis, voice, compositions;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Luke Sellick, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums
VoxEcstatic: Rose Ellis - Like Songs Like Moons image

New York based Dutch vocalist and songwriter Rose Ellis has a remarkable sensitivity for lyrics and melody. She recently released her album ‘Like Songs Like Moons’ which was received by critics as a “first rate debut album” (All About Jazz) and a “refreshing and lyrical centerpiece” (Albore jazz Japan). For her composition ‘Early In The Morning’ Rose received the ASCAP Composers Award 2016 at Lincoln Center.

Rose is “a real storyteller”(JazzFlits) and adds weight to her lyrics with her “crystal clear intonation, adept phrasing, and luminescent spirit” (Dan McClenaghan).

While much of her inspiration comes from jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday, Rose always seeks to be original, relating to the world as it is today. Her concerts are intimate, engaging and exceptionally moving.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Tuesday,  Oct 03 - 9:30PM 
Deborah Latz, curator

Christine de Michele, voice, piano, songwriting;  Christian Nourijanian, keyboards;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Dustin Kaufman, drums
VoxEcstatic: Compass 'Maritime Cowboy' Release image

Christine de Michele aka Compass is a published singer-songwriter who explores life’s curiosities through an ocean-minded lens. In 2017 Compass released her first LP ‘Maritime Cowboy’ - a concept album and character which nods to her past, present and future. After a 30-day public street performance experiment throughout New York City, and a chance encounter with GRAMMY-winning producer, Malcolm Burn (Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Patti Smith) Compass recorded Maritime Cowboy in the Catskill Mountain town of Kingston, NY.

"I love this soul-touching record." - Sony Music’s Vinny Rich

"When she sings, it's like the whole universe is speaking to all of us." - Evelyn Lindner, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Oct 04 - 6:00PM 
Louis Cohen, guitar;  Mike DeiCont, bass;  Alex Kirkpatrick, drums;  Levon Henry, multi-instrumentalist
Desert Foxx + 1 image

Desert Foxx joins forces with improviser/singer-songwriter Levon Henry.

Desert Foxx is guitarist Louis Cohen (LA), upright bassist Mike DeiCont (Toronto), and drummer Alex Kirkpatrick (New Jersey). Their music is dynamically extreme and openhearted—rustic and lyrical like Neil Young, filtered through the cosmic fire of Albert Ayler with the patient contemplation of Paul Motian. Their debut release “Kill Together” was recorded and mixed by Yi-Wen Lai-Tremewan, mastered by the great David Torn, and released on the Amsterdam-based label Flea Boy Records.

This is a special quartet performance featuring Levon Henry - a woodwind multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, composer/arranger, and documentarian currently living in New York City.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Oct 04 - 8:00PM 
Philip Dizack, trumpet;  Immanuel Wilkins, alto sax;  Shai Maestro, piano;  Noam Wiesenberg, bass;  Kush Abadey, drums
Noam Wiesenberg Quintet image

After recording his first record as a leader, Noam Wiesenberg is bringing his band to Cornelia St. Cafe for the first live performance of this original & cinematic music from the record!

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum


Wednesday,  Oct 04 - 9:30PM 
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Peter Slavov, 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
Thursday,  Oct 05 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Josh, and Tom, 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,  Oct 05 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Sam Bardfeld, violin;  Kris Davis, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums
Sam Bardfeld Trio, CD Release: The Great Enthusiasms image

CD Release for violinist Sam Bardfeld's new recording "The Great Enthusiasms" on BJUR records. The trio features Bardfeld (violin), Kris Davis (piano) and Michael Sarin (drums) and features music that falls somewhere in the overlapping vectors of inside, outside, and downtown jazz. Bardfeld is a member of the Jazz Passengers and a frequent collaborator with Bruce Springsteen. His previous recordings have earned acclaim (including 4 stars in Downbeat) and he has played festivals and clubs throughout Europe with his groups.

"Sam Bardfeld is a marvelously gifted violinist, composer and arranger" K. Leander Williams, TimeOutNY

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Oct 06 - 6:00PM 
A new play written and performed by by Claudette Sutherland

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A romance of the road, Dog Man summons up a girl's lost childhood of small-towns and farmsteads seen from the back seat of a Buick evoking the yearly journeys made by a girl and her parents as they cross-crossed middle America, racing greyhounds in the 40s and 50s. The daughter in middle age cannot bear to let go of the father she loves more than anyone in the world and in taking care of him, re-lives her itinerant past even as she is losing him.

 $10.00 includes a drink

Friday,  Oct 06 - 8:30PM 
Brandon Seabrook, guitar, comp.;  Daniel Levin, cello;  Henry Fraser, bass

Voted Best Guitarist NYC by the Village Voice in 2012, Brandon Seabrook brings a brand new trio to the Cornelia St Cafe featuring Henry Fraser on bass and Daniel Levin on Cello. A seemingly chaotic avalanche of improvisation on strings, abruptly tamed by intricate composition.

"Seabrook is one of NYC's great musical individualists." - NY Music Daily

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Brandon Seabrook Trio image
Friday,  Oct 06 - 10:00PM 
Olli Hirvonen, guitar;  Brian Krock, sax;  Marty Kenney, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
Olli Hirvonen ESCAPE image

Olli Hirvonen ESCAPE is a new group formed by the award winning Finnish guitarist Hirvonen, exploring the fringes of jazz, fusion, and metal.

"He’s great! He’s a big talent. He has a natural talent.” -John McLaughlin

 $10 cover plus $15 minimum

Saturday,  Oct 07 - 6:00PM 
Andy Christie, host

Gastor Almonte Martin Dockery Susan Kent Andy Ross
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from GASTOR ALMONTE (Comedy Central); MARTIN DOCKERY ("Fantastic." - N.Y. Times; "Best of Fest" -Orlando), SUSAN KENT (The Moth Radio Hour; Snap Judgement), and ANDY ROSS (Mad Magazine; Real Characters)

with host ANDY CHRISTIE - N.Y. Times; The Moth Radio Hour

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Oct 07 - 8:30PM 
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Saturday,  Oct 07 - 10:30PM 
Yuhan Su, vibraphone;  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jimmy Macbride, drums
Yuhan Su Quintet image

Listing as Rising Star Vibraphonist at DownBeat critic poll 2017, Yuhan Su continues her journey with her quintet and will return to Cornelia Street Cafe presenting a series of new music entitled Viaje and City Animals. 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.

‘Like the best fiction, it’s entirely enveloping’ - Downbeat (December, 2016)

 $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