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Dec 21
Ted Jonathan, host

Steve Cannon Linda Lerner Savonna Smith
New York Quarterly image
The legendary blind professor and his entourage will grace our space, we're pleased.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
John Morrison, host

Kumail Nanjiani Moody McCarthy Jared Logan Brooke van Poppelen Liam McEneaney Larry MacPhee
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .

"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
– The NY Post

John Morrison writes:

Kumail Nanjiani, just named to Comedy Central's "Hot List" for 2009. Fresh from "Late Night w/David Letterman", our good friend Kumail returns to celebrate with us... come see for yourself why this funny man will be living in LA and refusing our calls very soon.

Writer/actor/comic Moody McCarthy. When not touring China and the U.S., Moody hangs out on "Last Comic Standing" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live". Funny wordsmith, that Moody, and we're glad to finally get him. Joining Moody, fresh from "Live at Gotham", we're happy to welcome back Jared Logan. Chicago's loss is our gain!

Sirius Radio's Brooke Van Poppelen joins us to share her "NY is Retarded" P.O.V., always a joy... come see for yourself why she was nominated as a 2009 "Emerging Comic" of NYC by ECNY.

Good and great friend of the room Liam McEneaney returns, bubbly as ever. When not hosting his much acclaimed weekly show "Tell Your Friends!" or touring Europe, Liam writes and tells jokes very, very well..

Toss in Motel regular Larry MacPhee and a special surprise guest or two and you have got yourself 90 minutes of fine comedy, fresh baked while you watch. Please, join us if you can for this very special show. We'll leave the light on for you.
 Cover $10

Dec 22
Autumn Giles & Martin Rock, host

Allison Power, New School ;  Alison Roh Park, NYU;  Zachary Pace, SLC;  Maria DiLorenzo, Hunter
The best of the next generation.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Tim Green, saxophone;  Luques Curtis, bass;  Obed Calvaire, drums;  Soren Moller, piano
Soren Moller Group image
The Soren Moller Group was founded in 2004 by Danish pianist and composer Soren Moller to participate in the Carnegie Hall Workshop For Jazz Ensembles representing New York. As a Fulbright scholar studying Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music Soren Moller hand picked musicians with a personal sound and the technical proficiency to explore music from both sides of the Atlantic.

The beauty of the Soren Moller Group is that they perform without stylistic presumptions, which enables the group to play original compositions and arrangements based on everything from Afro-Cuban rhythms to classical impressionism.

The Soren Moller Group consists of musicians all familiar to the New York jazz audience: Obed Calvaire on drums, Tim Green on alto saxophone and Luques Curtis on bass.

Listening to the Soren Moller Group is a powerful experience, a tour de force of improvisational energy and emotion.

"It was a joyful and powerful experience listening to the Soren Moller Group at the Carnegie Hall Workshop in 2004. This band consists of some of New York's most talented and original modern jazz players, unafraid of taking musical risks and exploring the depths of their original compositions"
-Dave Liebman, saxophonist.

More info/listen to music at
 Cover $10

Wednesday Dec 23 6:00PM  PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman & Hila Ratzabi, co-host

Just in time to put these poets under your tree.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jon Sobel, host

Khalil Madyun Robert Ross David Bennett Cohen

8:30 - Khalil Madyun - a touch of traditional R&B in an acoustic NeoSoul package... "a songwriter whose songs could become this generation's Stevie Wonder or Bernie Taupin."

9:15 - Robert Ross - "A fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues rock guitarist... cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter. Time after time Ross delivers the goods." - NY Daily News

10 - David Bennett Cohen - Since playing at Woodstock with Country Joe and the Fish, keyboardist Cohen has has played and/or recorded with The Blues Project, Mick Taylor, The Luther Tucker Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin, Melvin Van Peebles, Happy and Artie Traum, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles... the list goes on.

 Cover $10

Dec 26
Sparda Deleon, voice;  NexxCashmere, beats
HIP HOP image
Pre-Album launch of "THE ADVENTURES OF TOMY GREEN" by Sparda Deleon and producer NexxCashmere

SPARDA DELEON: Born in the Bronx, and coming from a very difficult childhood of poverty and abuse Sparda's passion and talent for music were apparent at a very early age, when he would engage in freestyle battles in school. When faced with the harsh reality of the no-future dead-end life offered by the streets, he chose to put all his energy into a career as a hip hop artist. His dream is more than one of a personal success because his goal is to inspire everyone to become free from mental bondage and the mentality of lack and despair. It is in fact the constant pain and struggle that he faced that changed him and scared him, but at the same time gave him a chance to grow, improve and focus harder on making a positive change. Sparda Deleon, aka the neo of the Hip Hop Matrix, now embodies the power to overcome all obstacles and inspire the world to look beyond the appearance of their difficult reality and choose to create a world of infinite positive possibilities.

cover $20 includes a drink
The concert admission also includes free admittance to the After Party until midnight.
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Matt Darriau, reeds;  Katie Down, voice, flute, harmonica, glass....;  with special guests Peck allmond, mbira, winds;  Mathias Kunzli, Percussion, The Hang;  Noah Hoffeld, cello
Matt Darriau-Katie Down: LYRE BIRD image
LYRE BIRD, is a New York duo exploring unusual instruments of wind, water, earth and metal. Live instruments and loops create intricate, evocative textures and groove. The musicians are Matt Darriau of Klezmatics and Paradox Trio fame, known for his expertise on Bulgarian instruments such as the kaval and gaida as well as many other woodwinds including sax, clarinet, flutes, etc. Katie Down is a theatrical sound designer and composer and has been playing homemade instruments and found objects for many years including glass harmonica, steel cello, lithophone, as well as flute and voice. They premiered their group at the Stone, NYC in April, 2008.

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 Cover $10

Dec 27
Deborah Latz, vocals;  Danny Fox, piano;  Evan Gregor, bass;  Elisabeth Keledjian, drums
Deborah Latz Quartet image
Deborah has just returned from her European Lifeline Tour! She played in Paris at Café Universel, Point Bar, Jazz Club 9 and at Atelier de la Main d’Or with legendary pianist Alain Jean-Marie, and in Livorno, Italy at Jazz Club Il Paradosso. Critics have called New York-based jazz vocalist Deborah Latz “one of the finest balladeers in some time” (Jazz Society Of Oregon), “undeniably unique” (, and (AllAboutJazz-NewYork) says of her, “Her free vocal line is clear and perfectly centered. Her technical facility is most evident, however, when she sustains a pitch at a pianissimo for several measures”.

"When it comes to singing at very slow tempos, few are in Deborah Latz's league... Lifeline is a gem..."
— Scott Yanow, L.A. JAZZ SCENE
 Cover $10

Eri Yamamoto, piano;  David Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
 Eri Yamamoto Trio
The Eri Yamamoto Trio, with its unique sound and repertoire, has built a strong following in New York, has made recent tours of the UK, Wales, Spain, Ireland, Germany and Japan, with appearances at such major festivals as Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/ Derry, Ireland; and Shiga, Japan. The trio will release their new album "In Each Day, Something Good" (AUM Fidelity) in January, 2010. Let's have a good time with the trio !
 Cover $10
Dec 28
Robin Hirsch
In anticipation of the New Year, our Minister of Culture performs ROSH HASHANAH from his much lauded seven-part performance cycle, MOSAIC: FRAGMENTS OF A JEWISH LIFE.

"Completely glorious"
Village Voice

"A luminous evocation of a vanished European world, masterfully performed."
American Theatre Magazine

"A reminder that the most radical departure of all is the risk taken by a single performer, wrapped in the language of his solitary soul."
Bennington Banner

Frank J. Oteri, host

Phillip Cheah, Male soprano and baritone;  Trudy Chan, piano;  w/ special guest Franny Geller, soprano
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Still reeling from their 2009 Bastille Day French recital on this stage, we've invited Baritone/male soprano Phillip Cheah and pianist Trudy Chan back to the Schizoid Series at the Cornelia Street Cafe on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM for a schizoid exploration of yet another country with great musical traditions... merry old England, since, afterall, 'tis the season of Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", etc. But don't expect much British caroling. Instead keep your ears open for a program spanning art songs, piano solos and 4-hand pieces by the likes of Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Howard Skempton, Noel Coward, Gilbert & Sullivan, and much much more.... So come one, come all....
 Cover $10
Drum kit donated by

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