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Dec 26
Sparda Deleon, voice;  NexxCashmere, beats
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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
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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
Dec 29
Marc Ostrow: Together Again! image
Composer. Songwriter. Entertainment and Entertaining Lawyer Extraordinaire. Marc Ostrow returns to Cornelia Street with his legal file stuffed full of original songs, stories and sly humor. From wistful to wisecracking, from the sublime to the ridiculous, you'll be charmed by his pop, jazz and musical theater tunes and yes, even the occasional piano piece and art song. Reserve now, Marc's last appearance here was sold out!
 Cover $10
Wednesday Dec 30
Ryan Meagher, guitar;  Matt Blostein, alto saxophone;  Geoff Kraly, electric bass;  Vinnie Sperrazza, drums
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Ryan Meagher's Atroefy is modern jazz for the indie-rocker. Original music full of guitar-driven compositions, elaborate, yet singable melodies, unpredictable forms and meters, and well-placed improvisation (both by the individuals and by the group collectively).

"Meagher succeeds in fusing his potent knowledge of harmony and melodic playing with a harder edge."
-Dimitry Ekshtut of Jazz Improv New York
 Cover $10

Dec 31
Sasha Hirsch, piano;  Brett Chalfin, drums;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Benjamin Hirsch, trumpet;  Sam Dillon , tenor saxophone
Reprising their sold out show from last New Year's Eve, these young musicians come home from across the river and across the country. With special guests, including Benjy Hirsch on trumpet & Sam Dillon on tenor sax.
Paul Shapiro, saxophone, clarinet & vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  John-Martin Green, vocals;  Dan Rosengard, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums
And downstairs in the cabaret what more exhilarating way to bring in the New Year than with Paul Shapiro's fabulous footstomping RIBS & BRISKET REVUE,* w/ the incredible Cilla Owens and John-Martin Green on vocals,and Paul's wonderful six-piece band.

“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

“On his new album, "Essen" (Tzadik), Shapiro explores the cultural mash-up that occurred in American popular music when Jewish music -- Yiddish theater songs, vaudeville tunes, klezmer songs and novelties -- met blues, jazz, rhythm 'n' blues and swing. The result is a collection that touches history in several ways, yet always manages to make a contemporary statement that's fun to listen to. His crack band, Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue, can sound like a Lower East Side wedding outfit, an R&B group, a strip club combo and a cooking funk band.”
— Kirk Silsbee, The Jewish Journal, LA

“For the past few years, Paul Shapiro, a New York-based saxophonist with serious new-jazz and R&B credentials, has put a postmodern spin on Jewish musical themes, honoring the past yet never forgetting that over-the-top humor and extroverted theatricality (and culinary obsession) are grand elements of the tradition.”
— Steve Futterman, Barnes & Noble

“Suppose Mickey Katz were alive today. Not alive in tribute. Not alive as a mere incredible clarinet player, but suppose someone could play like Mickey Katz, someone who got how Mickey would sound today and made his music sound like today's hip R&B. Then suppose that this person could convey the craziness of Katz, even better, could channel the earlier craziness of Slim Gaillard, Cab Calloway, the Barton Brothers, even add to it…. It would take someone like, say, Paul Shapiro, him of the Midnight Minyan, yes it would. And here he is with his Ribs and Brisket Revue doing just that. Ahhh, life is good.”
—Ari Davidow, KlezmerShack

“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.
Shapiro's growing interest in Jewish music eventually led him to a pocket of repertoire from the 1930s and 1940s that occupies a fascinating middle ground between big band swing, Yiddish pop and early R&B. For the past several years, he has been presenting these finds, many of which take food as their theme, at Cornelia Street as part of his Ribs and Brisket Revue.”
— Alexander Gelfand, NEXTBOOK

Ribs and Brisket Revue is chicken soup for the weary, postmodern soul. The most fun you’ll have at a concert this year!

$55 includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut midnight

*Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket


Jan 01
Kat Georges, host

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Our annual Bukowski night. Bring one of his or one of his that you wrote.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Heather Masse, voice;  Jed Wilson, piano;  Karl Doty, bass;  Joel Arnow, drums
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New York-based singer song-maker Heather Masse, is a member of the acclaimed Juno-award winning Canadian band The Wailin' Jennys, and has performed at 100s of venues across Europe, Canada, and the states. She has appeared regularly on Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion, where she was privileged to share the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Arlo Guthrie, and Tom Rush. She has performed with the bluegrass band "The Wayfaring Strangers" on NPR's World Cafe, and at Boston's Symphony Hall with the Boston Pops Orchestra. Heather also performs locally with a Brooklyn-based collaboration, Heather & the Barbarians. She recently released "Many Moons" an E.P. of jazz-inspired folk duets with pianist Jed Wilson. Heather grew up in rural Maine and began singing at an early age. Having taken a degree in Jazz Voice from the New England Conservatory of Music, Heather is steeped in the jazz tradition, which informs her distinct approach to singing music of all sorts. Heather's rich, soulful, voice elegantly moves through numerous styles organically and with sincerity - a quality learned from some of her early influences disparate as Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, and Chet Baker. Heather's newest project, The Heather Masse Band will release a full-length album on November 10th, 2009 of Heather's original songs and music on Red House Records
 Cover $10
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