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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
Ryan Meagher's Atroefy image
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

Son of Pony  image
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
Gnu Vox Special: Heather Masse  image
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
Jan 02
Andy Christie

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.

"Whom For The Holidays?"

Four performers tell holiday chestnuts. Three are true, but one is a complete fabrication. Interrogate the cast, uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

With stories by

MARTIN DOCKERY - "Fantastic." N.Y. Times

OPHIRA EISENBERG - Comedy Central; "Marvelous." The Scotsman

TRACY ROWLAND - Moth GrandSlam Storyteller

PETER LUBELL - TV Editor/Producer


Cover $12 (includes one house drink)
 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Tony Moreno, drums, cymbals, compositions;  Ron Horton, trumpet;  Marc Mommaas, saxophone;  Johannes Weidenmuller, bass;  Gary Varsace, piano
Tony Moreno Group image
This Quintet is composed around a very special group of musicians. Everyone is both a wonderful performer and composer and bandleader in their own right. The repertoire is based on originals contributed from various band members. In addition, adding some compositions from Paul Motian, Gordon Parish and perhaps some standards.

More info:
 Cover $10

Jan 03
Roald Hoffmann

Lukas Ligeti Elliott Sharp
Entertaining Science -- EXTREMES image

Life explores every condition -- imagine organisms flourishing in water near boiling and acid enough to hurt you and me. And microorganisms are not the only extremophiles -- scientists love to subject matter to extreme conditions. Roald Hoffmann will talk about extremophiles and the strange things that happen to molecules squeezed to pressure like those at the center of earth. And why scientists would be interested.

Both Lukas Ligeti and Elliott Sharp traffic in extremes: purest acoustic sounds to electronics and heavy computer processing, molto pianissimo to triple forte, amorphous clouds of sound to deep grooving, hypercomplex notated composition to totally free improvising. Any of these elements may turn up in their playing together and as a result, their concerts – they will join Roald -- are reliably unpredictable and filled with surprise.

 Cover $10


Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Rafiq Bhatia, guitar/loops;  Jackson Hill, bass;  Kassa Overall, drums;  Kyle Wilson, tenor saxophone
NINA MOFFITT, an independent young vocalist from Brooklyn, NY, uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. 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 such influences 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 also 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. On January 3rd, 2010, Nina will release her new EP Where I Have Been (2010), a collection of recent arrangements by the quintet, featuring Nina Moffitt, vocals; Tim Bennett, alto saxophone; Rafiq Bhatia, guitar & loops; Jackson Hill, bass; and Alex Morris, drums; with a guest appearance from Jordan Goldstein on alto saxophone. The EP features four 10-minute tracks, including "I Loves You Porgy," by George & Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward (from Porgy & Bess), "6&7," by Ravi Coltrane (BMI), "Lush Life," by Billy Strayhorn, and "Emily," by Joanna Newsom (BMI). Join us at the Cornelia Street Cafe to raise a glass and celebrate the completion of this EP with a special performance by the Nina Moffitt Quintet!

cover $10/$5 for students

Jan 04
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
AMRAM & CO image
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.
 Cover $10
Jan 05
Brant Lyon, host

HYDROGEN JUKEBOX comes to Cornelia Street !!!

Popular Poetry-Music Reading Series comes to Cornelia in 2010!

Kicking off the new season, featured poets, David Avendano and Moira T. Smith, jamming with the Hydro Juke improv band, The Ne'er-do-wells.

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

David Avendano, from Mexico City, started writing poetry at 11 years of age, when a tsunami of feelings brought irreversible change to his life, the use of words giving light to his nascent soul made easier to feel, su aliento, la voz gritan al mundo mil palabras y demas, utilizando letras con sentido, dejenos en paz...

Moira T. Smith is a poet/singer-songwriter/artist who grew up listening to her father's inspired collection of 78s: blues, jazz and traditional music of the 1920's and '30's. She is, despite this, a thoroughly modern girl on a mission to wholeheartedly embody the fullness of her mythos--and do it in a cool-ass pair of boots, as she flashes her darkly glittering musical gems and preaches the Victrola blues in a ring-tone world gone screwy.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Tracy Rowland John Grady Melanie Hamlett Kurt Gerstmann Margot Leitman Faye Lane
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

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