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* Cover is given where known

* There is a one-drink
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Dec 27
Andy Christie, host

Dave Dickerson Ophira Eisenberg Jim O'Grady
Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh, possibly make you think, and almost certainly make you glad you don't live with them. But listen closely, because only three of these people are telling the truth. The fourth is making it all up.

After the stories have been told, all four performers return to the stage and defend their stories while the audience rakes them over the coals with a fact-finding question and answer session, refereed by the host.

Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of "Congratulations, Einstein," from the empty-handed losers.

Ever wondered what it would be like to represent a constituency? Me too. So our year-end show offers the standard prize T-shirt OR a senate seat in the state of your choice. (Subject to availability, Pay to Play guidelines, and limitations imposed by The U.S. Constitution.) Good luck!
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Ray Anderson, trombone;  Mark Dresser, bass
Ray Anderson - Mark Dresser Duo image
Andrerson by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe/Dresser by Peter Gannushkin

The mark of a great artist has always been to go beyond technical excellence and impart a personal vision - a sense of style and self-expression that is indelibly his own. Among modern jazz musicians, no one rises to that standard more than trombonist Ray Anderson, whose sublime mastery of the tricks of his trade is equalled by the bountiful spirit he pours into his one-of-a-kind sound.

The man who wrote If I Ever Had a Home It Was a Slide Trombone, one of his many original compositions, has inhabited every nook and cranny of his horn. Described by critic Gary Giddins as “one of the most compellingly original trombonists,” he is by turns a supremely lyrical player and bold texturalist, a warmly natural-sounding soloist and footloose innovator. Broadening the trombone's sonic scope with his extended techniques, brilliantly unconventional use of the plunger mute and demonstrative vocal-like tones, he played a major role in reawakening interest in the instrument in the '80s.

Mark Dresser (b. 1952) has been composing and performing solo contrabass and ensemble music professionally since 1972 throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Emerging from the L.A. "free" jazz scene of the early 70's, Dresser performed with the "Black Music Infinity", led by Stanley Crouch, and included Bobby Bradford, Arthur Blythe, David Murray, and James Newton. Concurrently he was performing with the San Diego Symphony. After completing B.A. and M.A. degrees at UCSD where he studied with contrabass virtuoso Bertram Turetzky and a 1983 Fulbright Fellowship in Italy with maestro Franco Petracchi, Dresser relocated to New York in 1986 after being invited to join the quartet of composer/saxophonist, Anthony Braxton. Dresser played with Braxton's longest performing quartet for nine years.

His current collaborative projects include the trio, C/D/E, master drummer Andrew Cyrille and with multi-reed player virtuoso, Marty Ehrlich, a duo, trio and quartet with hyperpianist, Denman Maroney, the Marks Brothers with fellow bassist Mark Helias, a duo with the cello virtuoso, Frances-Marie Uitti , a duo with the gifted drummer Susie Ibarra, and a duo with celebrated trombonist, Ray Anderson,
 Cover $10

Dec 28
Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones;  Michael Formanek, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
Ingrid Laubrock - Tom Rainey - Michael Formanek image
"Ingrid Laubrock—a uniquely adventurous saxophonist and bandleader on the British scene since mid decade—has made an album so exceptional that the German-born, London-based musician hasn't gone so much global as galactic."
Chris May, All About Jazz
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About Michael Formanek:
Michael Formanek may have one of the most diverse biographies in contemporary improvised music. At first glance his list of musical affiliations is both intriguing and confusing. Spanning nearly twenty three years he has played and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Kevin Mahogany, Fred Hersch, Marimolin, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, James Emery, Bob Mintzer, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, Eddie Daniels, George Coleman, Franco Ambrosetti, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Rosenthal, Bob Moses, Daniel Schnyder, and Gunther Schuller.
"...deep propusion, big beefy tone, a strong sense of line, individuality expressed through avoiding the expected."
- Village Voice
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About Tom Rainey:
"He 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

Dec 29
Stacey Cervellino, songs;  Meyung Kim , piano
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Medea Unstrung is pop opera. Medea, a misguided teenager new to the upper class suburban town of Corinth watches, as her boyfriend Jason is swept away by the popular crowd. She is forced to question her identity and her love in a world of high school haves and have-nots. Told through the sideshow, carnival-like lens of teenage Medea with original music influenced by opera, electronica and rock, Medea Unstrung is a unique modern day musical.

Dress is a social and political satire with music, movement, and dance told in the Technicolor style of a 1950's sitcom. The war is over but the Communists are still lurking in the backyard. Characters Susie, Ace, Betty, Bill, Madge, Mitch and Ralph the Negro Milkman must navigate and overcome the Cold War paranoia and forced morality that surrounds them.

Stacey Cervellino is an actor, singer, writer, and director. She has worked with many talented artists and actors including Austin Pendelton, Stephen Belber, Sam Weisman, and David Lindsay Abaire. Her show DRESS, a satire featuring her original music and writing, premiered at the AOT festival in 2006 and saw it's second incarnation just a few weeks ago at the West End Theater and in a early incarnation at HERE Performance Space in 2000. Other NYC credits include Jamal Girls(the musical) at EST, Becoming Natasha at The Culture Project, HERE and Collective Unconscious. Boston Credits include Songs for a New World with Speakeasy Stage, The Threepenny Opera, A Dolls House, King Lear, and Drifting Elegant with the New Repertory Theatre. Stacey teaches movement and acting and has taught in Boston, Lativa, New Mexico, Vermont, and at Brandeis University, Brooklyn College and Hunter College. She holds an MFA in acting from Brandeis University and has studied classical acting at LAMDA. She has been writing and singing for years, did not write her first song until she took a voice workshop with Meyung Kim at the Roy Hart Theater in France. This is her second collaboration with Meyung Kim at Cornelia Street.

Meyung Kim is an Asian American theater artist who grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania. She's created original experimental works with theater artists and companies in New York City, performing at The Culture Project, La Mama, The Vineyard Theater, Here, Dance Theater Workshop and The New York Theater Workshop. She has collaborated and worked with Richard Calibans' Cucaracha Theater, Synaesthetic Theater, David Lindsay-Abaire and Stephen Koplowitz and Company. She has studied extensively with the Roy Hart Theater, and Jonathan Hart-Makwaia using the 8-octave voice to create and perform innovative music in New York City, The Netherlands and France. This past spring she performed in a new piece created by SITI Company's Leon Ingulsrud and Barney O'Hanlon titled 23 Seconds about John Cage. Currently she's an MFA candidate in Naropa University's Contemporary Performance Program in Boulder, Colorado, created and directed by Wendell Beavers, the former Director of New York University's Experimental Theater Wing, her alma mater.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Eri Yamamoto, piano;  Lewis Barnes, trumpet;  Rob Brown, alto saxophone;  Steve Swell, trombone;  Kevin Tkacz, bass;  Ikuo Takeuchi, drums
 Eri Yamamoto  image
photo by Jorge Monjardino

 Cover $10
Wednesday Dec 31 7:00PM  COMING HOME
Peter Drinan, saxophone;  Nikki Warren, vibes;  Sasha Hirsch, piano;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Brett Chalfin, drums
This is a reunion of the young and vigorous Brooklyn Jazz Quntet, hence the title Coming Home

Our fabulous New Year's Eve Dinner is served from 6pm upstairs, a lighter menu is also available downstairs
 Cover $10

Paul Shapiro, saxophone & clarinet;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Dan Rosengard, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Joe Ham, 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 Babi Floyd on vocals,and Paul's wonderful six-piece band.

Ribs and Brisket's new album Essen is out on Tzadik Records:

This is from Shapiro's fabled "Ribs and Brisket Revue" and it's from the Shapiro who's more of an avant-klezmer vaudevillian than one of the most powerful multicultural saxophonists in New York... In other words, it's the downtown New York jazz version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz.

Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish...¦ Shapiro tips his beret to Slim Gaillard with a couple of his tunes in praise of kosher cuisine, pours soul sauce and reggae beats over Jewish comedy songs and generally rips into things with just the right mix of irreverence and affection... Respect is due to John Zorn's Tzadik label for bringing this unique recording to the world. There really is no one else doing it quite like Shapiro!

$50 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

 Cover $50

Jan 01
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts

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. All are welcome.
Jan 02
Kathi Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Feature: Charles Bukowski Tribute

A tribute reading to Charles Bukowski, in addition to the open reading.

Poet Charles Bukowski was truly one of the few and far between: a champion of the outsider, the lost and lonely, the outcasts from society. His work resonates well in the post-holiday drip that we feel each year, especially since his passing in 1994.

At this tribute reading, you are welcome to bring your favorite Bukowski poem, or read an original poem that was inspired by Bukowski. We’ll be showing videos of Bukowski, giving away books and other prizes. Plus a select number of readers including Host Kathi Georges will bring Bukowski poems to life in a very special performance.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Mario Pavone , bass/compositions;  Steven Bernstein, trumpet/slide trumpet/arrangements;  Charles Burnham, violin;  Lauren Sevian, baritone saxophone;  Peter Madsen, piano;  Michael Sarin, drums
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Mario Pavone brings in the folksy, bluesy sextet from his high water group ... deez to blues

"Bassist/composer/bandleader Mario Pavone has a stellar reputation among fans of avant-garde jazz, particularly given his years as bassist for the Thomas Chapin Trio. But Pavone's agreeable music should hold appeal for listeners of both inside and outside persuasions, from those enamored of hard bop and post bop through to those favoring more open-ended styles of jazz exploration."
—Dave Lynch, All Music Guide
 Cover $10

Jan 03
Nikolaj Hess, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Tony Moreno, drums;  Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone
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Dutch tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Sunnyside Recording Artist) and Danish pianist and co-leader Nikolaj Hess will be playing at the Corneliastreet cafe with the highly acclaimed group GLOBAL MOTION. This concert will feature compositions from Mommaas’ and Hess’ latest recording projects. Global Motion includes the stellar rhythm section Jay Anderson on Bass and Tony Moreno on drums. Stop by and start the year with fresh colors and new energy.

'Global Motion is always in stylistic motion, spanning bop, ECM-esque soundscapes and free-form chamber dreams.......' -
- Ed Enright - DOWNBEAT

- on Marc Mommaas:
‘A fearless improviser on both tenor and soprano, Mommaas has the ability and sense of spontaneous composition to start from almost nothing and build solos that were alive with energy and commitment, fairly bristling with power…..’
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ , John Kelman

Cover $12/$8 for students
 Cover $10

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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