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Dec 26
Eri Yamamoto, piano;  Dave Ambrosio, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
Eri Yamamoto Trio
Since moving to the United States in 1995, Eri Yamamoto has established herself as one of jazz's most original and compelling pianists and composers.

The Eri Yamamoto Trio, featuring bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi, has developed a unique sound and repertoire, and has built a strong following in New York and abroad. Recent tours include performances in the U. S., Europe, and Japan, with appearances at major festivals in Cheltenham, England; Terrassa, Spain; Bray/Derry, Ireland; Time Zones in Bari, Italy; and Shiga, Japan.

"Pianist Eri Yamamoto is one of jazz's most dynamic talents. Her compositional style augments her deft, inventive playing" -All About Jazz New York
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dec 27
Brant Lyon, host

Jeanann Verlee, featured performer
Poetry-Music Reading Series with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

Open mic-sign up (arrive early to make the list).

JEANANN VERLEE is a poet, editor, and former punk rocker. Author of “Racing Hummingbirds,” and recipient of the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry, Jeanann has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is Poetry Editor for Union Station Literary Magazine, serves as curator of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series at Bowery Poetry Club, and is an acclaimed performance poet with a variety of NYC and National Poetry Slam titles.

Poet, fic writer, and composer BRANT LYON co-edits poems for Uphook Press, BigCity Lit, and Spiny Babbler (Nepal), and writes music for poets, as on his CD, “Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me.” His poemusic has received airplay on WMFU, WKCR, and Radio Nepal, and has been performed at peace conferences in NY, NJ, VA, and NM. He otherwise invites poets to detonate music and poetry together at “Hydrogen Jukebox”, where poemusic explodes on the tongue.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink),

Melody Fader, piano;  Amy Sue Barston, cello
Melody Fader & Amy Sue Barston image
Melody Fader and Amy Sue Barston will come together for a delightful evening of cello and piano solos and duos, playing music of Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Adam Silverman, and others.

Melody Fader is a New York Based pianist. She has a special affinity for the music of Chopin, but is at ease playing music from all other eras, from baroque through current day composers. Miss Fader is the resident pianist for the New Chamber Ballet, which performs five times each year at City Center Studios in New York City. She has recently performed chamber music with members of the Minnesota Orchestra in Minneapolis, as well as playing many solo Chopin recitals around the country this past year, honoring the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth. She is currently in the process of releasing a new album Chopin's piano music, and will be performing Beethoven's "Emperor" concerto with the Farmington Valley Symphony this December. Miss Fader also has a love for dance, movement, inter arts collaborations, and has a yoga teaching certification from Laughing Lotus. Miss Fader is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music.

"...a selection of Gyorgy Ligetie's etudes for piano, performed with great panache by Melody Fader"-Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times

Praised as "passionate and elegant" by The New York Times, cellist Amy Sue Barston has performed as soloist on stages throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, Caramoor, Bargemusic, Haan Hall (Jerusalem), The Power House (Australia), and Prussia Cove (England). She has performed Osvaldo Golijov's Omaramor in twenty international cities, receiving twenty consecutive standing ovations. Of the world premiere of Ned Rorem's Aftermath at Ravinia, The Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "the deep, rich tones of Barston's cello haunted the vocal line like a sorrowing vision." At seventeen she appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony on live television, won Grand Prize in the Society of American Musicians' Competition, and has since performed as soloist with dozens of orchestras. In 2010 alone she gave thirty solo recitals and masterclasses, spanning from New York to New Zealand. She studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld at USC where she won the “Most Outstanding Graduate Award,” and Joel Krosnick at Juilliard, where she earned her Masters degree and is frequently Guest Faculty. Amy is a devoted teacher; students commute hundreds of miles for lessons and occasionally come from as far as Alaska and Japan.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dec 28
Julie Hardy, Host

Tammy Scheffler, Voice;  Hadar Noiberg, Flute;  Daniel Ori, Bass;  Keita Ogawa, Percussion
Blue Tuesdays:Tammy Scheffler and Losabres image
Losabres Quartet is a newly formed project of four jazz musicians from New York City. Inspired by the possibilities of their unique instrumentation, the group members compose and arrange original music that blends Mediterranean grooves and flavors with jazz and fusion in fresh and exciting ways. Their performance is filled with humor, emotion and soul. Each member of the group brings their own background and influences, and contributes to the group’s unique sound.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Julie Hardy, Host

Blue Tuesdays:Lola Danza image
“With a stunning voice that elongates words and phrases with almost ethereal clarity, Danza follows her own muse stylistically, preferring the spare and airy to the busy and hot.” - Bob Young Boston Herald.

This appearance at Cornelia Street Café will mark the premier of Lola Danza’s latest musical works which will soon be released on her upcoming album “Human Condition”. Exquisite, Unique, Extraordinary, Honest and Passionate are the ways to describe Lola Danza as a vocalist and composer. Ms. Danza’s music is innovative and the result is the creation of a new idiom in music. She infuses beautiful flowing melodies and creative improvised lines with effortless mastery. With her four-octave range and vast array of vocal technique, Ms. Danza’s voice is rich, full and resonate. Lola’s music reveals a special connection to her soul that cultivates mutual inspiration between the musicians and enchants the audience. Lola’s music and compositions encompass myriad musical styles that span the world: from Asia to Latin America and including the influences of classical, jazz, contemporary American, gypsy, folk, and Flamenco music. Ms. Danza has performed with world renowned jazz artists such as Steve Kuhn, Sheila Jordan, Ornette Coleman, Mat Maneri, John Lockwood and Leni Stern.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday Dec 29
Pete McCann, guitar, compositions;  John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Henry Hey, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jordan Perlson, drums
Pete McCann image
Nineteen Eight Records recently released Extra Mile, guitarist Pete McCann's fourth recording as a leader. An integral part of the New York City jazz scene for over 20 years, Guitar Player magazine writes that McCann" continues to make strong personal statements with his sophisticated harmonic sensibility, blistering chops and improvisational daring." His other recordings, Most Folks (Omnitone), Parable and You Remind Me of Someone (Palmetto), also received critical acclaim.

A sought-after sideman from duos to big bands, he has appeared on over 60 CDs. McCann has performed with Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, Patti Austin, Brian Blade, Bobby Previte and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. He received his music degree from the University of North Texas and teaches at City College of New York and the NYU Summer Guitar Intensive in New York City.

"Pete McCann may try to fly under the radar, but his powers as a superhero guitarist are certainly revealed on this exceptional album."
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dec 30
Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone;  Tom Rainey, drums
Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock has been living in the UK since 1989 and has recently moved to Brooklyn. She performed and recorded with: Kenny Wheeler, Tim Berne, Mark Helias, Michael Formanek, Mary Halvorson, Tyshawn Sorey, Evan Parker, Steve Beresford, John Edwards, Norma Winstone, Veryan Weston, Luc Ex,Django Bates’ Human Chain, Evan Parker, The Continuum Ensemble and others. As part of the F-ire Collective, she won the BBC Jazz Award for Innovation in 2004,was nominated for the BBC Jazz Award for ‘Rising Star’ in 2005 and won a Fellowship in Jazz Composition by the Arts Foundation in 2006. She won the 2009 SWR German Radio Jazz Prize the and was one of the final nominees for the 2009 Westfalen Jazz Preis. Her current groups are Anti-House, Sleepthief with Tom Rainey and Liam Noble (Sleepthief,Intakt CD146) ,her two-piano nonet Nein and Ingrid Laubrock Quintet and a co-led trio with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

Mary Halvorson is a guitarist, composer and improviser living in Brooklyn. Since 2000 she has been performing regularly in New York with numerous groups and has toured Europe and the U.S. with Anthony Braxton and Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant. Additionally, Halvorson has performed alongside and interpreted the music of Joe Morris, Nels Cline, John Tchicai, Taylor Ho Bynum, Matana Roberts, Tony Malaby, Elliott Sharp, Myra Melford, Andrea Parkins, Tyshawn Sorey, Marc Ribot and Jason Moran. Current projects which Mary composes for and performs with include The Mary Halvorson Trio with John Hebert and Ches Smith (Dragon's Head, Firehouse 12 Records, 2008); a chamber-music duo with violist Jessica Pavone (On and Off, Skirl Records, 2007); and the avant-rock band People (Misbegotten Man, I & Ear Records, 2007).

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1979 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Julian Arguelles, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, Jane Ira Bloom, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Mark Ducret, Mark Feldman, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Lovano, Tony Malaby, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, Mike Nock, Simon Nabatov, New and Used, Anita O'Day, Andrea Parkins, Herb Robertson, Angelica Sanchez, Louis Sclavis, Brad Shepik, Tom Varner, Ken Werner, Denny Zeitlin. Current activities include performing and recording music with Ingrid Laubrock and Mary Halvorson as well as playing with many of the aforementioned artists.

"there is some magic happening here - a beautiful contrast beetween Zen-like calm and alarming bombast that makes Pool School a must hear" Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times

“Halvorson’s sound is immediately distinctive, viscerally powerful and, yes, intriguingly ‘anti-guitar’”. Brian Morton, Jazz Review

“Tom Rainey is a player who swerves between avant-garde notions and a mainstream sensibility, and when he plays, the smell of invention is in the air." Josef Woodard, L.A. Times.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Dec 31

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.

Admission $20 which includes a glass of champagne.

Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Chris Pattishall, piano;  Linda Oh, bass;  Jason Brown, drums
Vocalist NINA MOFFITT uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Nina learned to integrate diverse musical influences at an early age through collaborations with her father, pianist Peter Moffitt, and through studying the music of masters such as Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, and Wayne Shorter. These influences led Nina to develop herself as both a storyteller and an instrumentalist alike, bridging the gap between lyrical delivery and collective improvisation. Nina recently received her B.A. with honors in cultural anthropology at Oberlin College, where she studied at the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory with mezzo soprano Lorraine Manz and jazz professors Wendell Logan, Marcus Belgrave, Robert Ferazza, Peter Dominguez and Paul Samuels. This past January of 2010, Nina released her new EP Where I Have Been (now available on iTunes), a collection of her arrangements by composers ranging from Ravi Coltrane to Joanna Newsom. Visit Nina on the web at, become a fan on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

(includes glass of champagne)
 Cover $20 (includes one house drink)

Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Glenn Turner, vocals;  Dan Rosengard, piano;  Brad Jones, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums
Ribs and Brisket Revue image
“Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.”
— Jamie Renton, Straight No Chaser UK

“Mr. Shapiro, transforms the ritual of a Friday night Shabbat service into a rollicking downtown jam.” — The New York Times

Shapiro’s “Essen” Chosen as “Number 1 CD of 2008.” — David Pulizzi, Jazziz

Woodwind player and composer Paul Shapiro, who’s earned wide acclaim for his three Tzadik CDs and his dynamic performances, brings his fabled “Ribs and Brisket Revue” —an uplifting, funky-historical Harlemite Yiddish Swing band back to the famed Cornelia Street Café for their sixth straight New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue’ is featured on Shapiro’s CD “Essen” which was released last year on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records to rave reviews:

“Everything here is lively, witty, well-played and just plain excellent. And it all serves as a potent reminder that a jazz record can still be a whole mess of freewheeling fun without sacrificing a lick of intelligence or creativity.” — David Pulizzi, Jazziz

As a member of the Microscopic Septet in the 1980s and early 1990s, Shapiro was part of a small but vibrant community of jazz musicians who refused to submit to the narrow, neoconservative ethos of the day, and chose instead to celebrate the entire tradition, from early swing to the avant-garde. You can hear that joyous open-mindedness in all of Shapiro's subsequent work, including his two previous albums for John Zorn's Tzadik label, Midnight Minyan and It's in the Twilight, which subject traditional synagogue melodies to a variety of treatments, from rhythm and blues to modal jazz.

(includes glass of champagne)
 Cover $60 (includes one house drink)

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