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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
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“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)

Jan 02
Jed Distler, composer

Joshua Fried, live electronics, boombox, steering wheel;  Jed Distler, piano
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No Soap Radio Wonderland

Joshua and Jed ring in 2011 with their latest edition of No Soap Radio Wonderland. Epic grove-based technologically enhanced improvisation. A Buick steering wheel and old shoes hit with sticks control the audio processing—as Joshua turns live radio into recombinant fun, while Jed, completely unplugged at his Yamaha Grand, audio processes everything around him with brain, fingers, and the skin of his teeth.

Joshua Fried's work spans experimental music, DJ culture and performance art. He's known for remixing They Might Be Giants, drumming on old shoes, and putting headphones on Downtown's most mercurial stars. Fried has performed solo at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, Joe's Pub, le Poisson Rouge, CBGB, in LA, Boston, San Diego, Chicago, in Japan and in Europe. Guitarist Fred Frith soloed on Fried's first single, and Fried has produced or remixed for artists including Chaka Khan, Ofra Haza and avant-drone master David First. His awards include two NYFA Fellowships, an NEA Fellowship, and residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo and Bellagio.

$10 music charge plus $7 admission which includes a drink

Jamie Baum, flutes;  Taylor Haskins, trumpet;  Doug Yates, alto sax/bass clarinet;  Brad Shepik, guitar;  George Colligan, piano;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
“…on a cold night in January this reviewer decided to experience the Jamie Baum Septet at Joe’s Pub in the east village. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary. Each tune was gripping, and played to perfection by the ensemble. The best compliment that can be given to such compositional creativity is that all concept of the passage of time was lost… I had been transported…for what seemed like precious few moments, but it was enough to leave me breathless and wanting more.” -- All About Jazz
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
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Jan 03
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

Ralph Badagliacca, Sarah Brown, Judith Caporale, Linda Cherry, Valerie David

Taffy Jaffe, Carl Kissin, Karen Krugman, Mark Mangan, Robert Pusilo

Francesca Rizzo, Lori Richardson, Flash Rosenberg, Danielle Sonnenberg

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
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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 (includes one house drink)
Jan 04
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Eileen Myles Douglas A. Martin Ryan Doyle May David McConnell
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Douglas A. Martin's books include Outline of My Lover, They Change the Subject, Branwell, a novel based on the life of Branwell Brontë, and Your Body Figured. Outline of My Lover was selected as an International Book of the Year in the Times Literary Supplement and was adapted by The Forsythe Company, along with "Irony Is Not Enough: Essay On My Life As Catherine Deneuve (2nd draft)" by Anne Carson. His most recent novel is Once You Go Back.

Ryan Doyle May's work has appeared in Almagre Literary Journal, Bombay Gin, Ganymede, Pax Americana, and others. His chapbook, The Anatomy of Gray, was recently released by the Corresponding Society.

David McConnell is the author of The Silver Hearted. His novel The Firebrat came out in 2003. His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely in magazines and anthologies.

Eileen Myles was born in Boston and moved to New York in 1974. Her Inferno (a poet's novel) is just out from OR books. Sorry Tree is her most recent book of poems. She contributes to a wide number of publications including Art Forum, Parkett, The Believer, Vice, Cabinet, The Nation, TimeOut, Book Forum and AnOther Magazine. For her collection of essays, The Importance of Being Iceland, she received a Warhol/Creative Capital grant. In 2010 the Poetry Society of America awarded Eileen the Shelley Prize.

$ 7 includes a drink

 Cover $7

Dave Allen, guitar;  John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress , bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
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With two critically acclaimed CDs behind him, guitarist and composer Dave Allen pushes on with this stellar group of forward-thinking improvisers. The group features the inimitable rhythmic team of Drew Gress and Tom Rainey along with the great alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher. Allen's compositions draw from a wealth of modern composers as well as poets, painters, and filmmakers, pushing the envelope between highly structured, complex forms and spontaneous improvisation.

"Allen has found a true voice, his effortless technique downplays the apparent complexity, paradoxically creating a cool surface sheen that has a white heat glowing beneath that seduces both the body and mind--again and again." -All About Jazz

“An exciting and unique player in the mold of Pat Metheny, Ben Monder and Adam Rogers. Monster chops, harmonic resourcefulness, strong melodic sense, seamless group interaction, considerable compositional talent and a kick-ass group of talented players make this CD an electrifying piece of work."-Lyle Robinson,
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Wednesday Jan 05 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

A monthly nonfiction reading series that brings together up-and-coming and established writers to share their work with the rest of the world. Freerange practices the method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being constrained by traditional categories or labels of their genre. This principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat.



Art is a lie that makes us realize truth. -- Pablo Picasso
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

David Cook, piano;  Marco Panascia, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums
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After years of playing with Lizz Wright, Francois Moutin, Sunny Jain and many more, this performance celebrates the release of "Pathway" (BJURecords), David Cook's first recording as a leader. With stellar longtime collaborators Marco Panascia and Mark Ferber, the group will feature Cook's original writing from the album, as well as the New York debut of new works from across the jazz spectrum and beyond.

"Pathway is the work of a dedicated artist who has found his authentic and clear voice as a pianist and composer. The music on this recording is fresh, original, daring." - Bruce Barth
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Jan 06
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, 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.
Tim Berne, saxophones, composer;  Oscar Noriega, woodwinds;  Matt Mitchell, piano;  Ches Smith, drums
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Los Totopos, Tim Berne's new touring band, is a potent blend of new voices and new ideas. Oscar Noriega (woodwinds), Matt Mitchell (keyboards) and Ches Smith (percussion) bring fresh sounds and vibrant energy. Berne responds with a stunning book of new pieces balancing compositional rigor with fluid group improvisation. Hypnotic rhythms and long, seductive melodies collide with jagged dissonances and surprising textural shifts. A lush, organic blend of saxophones and clarinets is layered with electronic and acoustic keyboards and an ever-changing tapestry of percussion. Freedom and discipline, consonance and discord, past, present and future- all work together to power this new band from Tim Berne.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Drum kit donated by

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