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Thursday,  Dec 27 - 6:00PM 
Jennifer Rawlings, writer, performer

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum
Thursday,  Dec 27 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
Billy Newman, guitar, comp.;  Eric Schugren, tenor, soprano sax;  Evan Francis, alto sax, flute, clarinet;  Leco Reis, bass;  Matt Kane, drums
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Out of the meeting of the two very different urban cultures of Rio de Janeiro and Brooklyn, NY, an exciting dialogue is born. North and South American rhythms and musical forms express the pulse of the cities. Samba, Bebop, Choro, all find their place in a rich and varied musical repertoire that combines structure and arrangement with free-flowing jazz improvisation. Influences range from the swinging, cerebral tunes of Lennie Tristano from Queens , the angles of Chicagoan tenor saxophonist John Gilmore's improvisations, to the kaleidoscopic inventions of Hermeto Pascoal from Alagoas, Brazil and Choros of Pixinguinha. The Billy Newman Quintet brings together five talented musicians with an abundance of new ideas based on solid musical grounding and a fascination with the cross-cultures we live in today. Brooklyn-born guitarist/composer Billy Newman, a jazz musician has lived, studied and performed in Brazil and his passion for Brazilian music is the inspiration for this dynamic and innovative group. Billy has been the recipient of numerous composers residencies, and is the curator for Brazilian Expressions, a series that is in it's 6th year at the Cornelia Street Cafe. He has released several recordings the latest released in May is "The Solo Guitar of Billy Newman".

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  Dec 28 - 6:00PM 
Michelle Lordi, vocals;  Matthew Parrish, bass;  Tim Motzer, guitar, special effects
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Critically acclaimed Vocalist Michelle Lordi’s home burned to the ground on the day after Christmas 2017. The day after the fire, she showed up ready to host & sing at the jazz session she’s been hosting for the past four years. This passion for singing in creating beauty out of pain and loss is evident in her elegant and joyful voice. She will be celebrating & sharing this joy with jazz standards and her original compositions at the esteemed Cornelia Street Café.

An emotionally insightful performer with an arrestingly beautiful sound.” — ANDREW GILBERT, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Friday,  Dec 28 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Tom Chang, guitar, comp.;  Jeremy Powell, tenor sax;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax;  Jakob Dreyer, bass;  Felix Lecaros, drums
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Contemporary jazz guitarist, Tom Chang leads a quintet featuring some of the finest improvisers in the New York jazz scene. The music will encompass modern jazz to contemporary classical all with a heavy emphasis on groove and melody.

"What separates these tracks from other rock-leaning cuts made by jazz musicians today? It feels authentic. And then the brief funk tune "Scatterbrain" emerges about halfway though the album, there's chicken-scratch guitar and a simple yet heavy beat that screams The Meters. But later, things get eerie, as is someone was mixing funk with a New York jazz edge. That someone was Chang." --Brad Faberman (Downbeat Mag.)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Dec 29 - 6:00PM 
Antonio Lizana, flamenco cantaor (vocals), alto sax;  Albert Marques, piano;  Alexis Cuadrado, double bass;  Zack O'Farrill, drums

With intensity and fervor, Albert Marques and Antonio Lizana bridge the worlds of Flamenco and Contemporary Jazz. Marques is pianist and composer from Barcelona with a fresh, deeply rhythmic style influenced by Latin Jazz and Flamenco. He has recorded four albums under his own name, and has worked on many projects in Spain, France and the United States with musicians like Nir Felder, Perico Sambeat, Leon Parker, Marc Miralta and Ari Hoenig. Lizana is admired as both a Jazz saxophonist and Flamenco vocalist. He has mastered both traditions, and enjoyed international recognition for his recordings and performances. Among his many credits is collaborating on a recent CD with Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra that won a Grammy for Best Instrumental Latin Jazz Album.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Saturday,  Dec 29 - 8:30 & 10:00pm 
Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, voice;  Cilla Owen, voice;  Jerry Korman, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue image

"A heaping platter of rhythm and blues and jazz served with a schmear of classic Yiddish culture is the special of the day for this joyful outfit. Led by the exuberant saxophonist Shapiro and featuring the vocalist Cilla Owens, the Revue is always willing to time warp to an era when sympathetic musical genres regularly shared the same table."--The New Yorker

Paul Shapiro, who's been called "the downtown version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz" leads his band Ribs & Brisket Revue through a lively set that swings hard and is funny to boot. From The Ballad of Irving to Yiddishe Mambo with some Dunkin’ Bagel schmeared in between “Shapiro stirs klezmer, swing and R&B, seasoning it all with a potent Yiddish tinge,” reported Time Out. Shapiro has performed with notables such as Lou Reed, Queen Latifah, Brooklyn Funk Essentials, The Microscopic Septet, Arturo O’Farrill, Rufus Wainwright, Michael Jackson and Ofra Haza, but it was his 2003 release on John Zorn's Tzadik label entitled Midnight Minyan that started him on a path that recently found him on the cover of Charles Hersch' scholarly tome Jews and Jazz and performing at international festivals celebrating Jewish culture. His wonderfully multi-ethnic and highly talented ensemble brings together many genres and is extremely fun, listenable and danceable.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Dec 30 - 6:00PM 
Malena Dayen, vocals;  David Rosenmeyer, piano
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The unique collaboration of tango singer Malena Dayen and pianist/arranger David Rosenmeyer invites us to delve into each song as a whole world within itself.

The repertoire that New Aires Tango performs is drawn mainly from the golden age of tango singers and writers. Yet music from other styles such as folkloric Argentinean, Mexican and Cuban songs are presented under the same umbrella to reflect on the lineage and influence of the Tango tradition.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sunday,  Dec 30 - 8:00 & 9:30pm 
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.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Monday,  Dec 31 - 6:00PM 
Rory Scholl, host

Andy Christie Brad Lawrence Tracy Rowland Adam Wade
The Liar Show: New Year's Eve Edition!!! image

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!

Tonight The Liar Show welcomes stories from Andy Christie (founder of The Liar Show), Brad Lawrence (Producer and host of The Liar Show), Tracy Rowland (Producer and host of The Liar Show), and Adam Wade (36 time winner of the Moth)

Host: Rory Scholl (Producer and host of The Liar Show)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

 $25.00 includes a glass of bubbly!

Monday,  Dec 31 - 8:30PM 
Alix Elias Richard Marshall Woody Regan
The Food of Love is BAD FOR YOU! image

Great songs about all those things we know good and well aren’t good for us. Alcohol, dope, tobacco, high cholesterol foods, falling in love with the wrong person, etc.etc., irresistible pastimes and vices that hit us where we live— below the belt. A non p.c. evening of songs from 1910 to present day— the enduring appeal of Bad-For-You subject matter is (to quote Mae West) "only human”.

Veteran performers Alix Elias, Richard Marshall, and Woody Regan make up the trio “The Food Of Love”, which has been playing in and around NYC for several years.

 35.00 includes a glass of bubbly 

Monday,  Dec 31 - 10:30PM 
David Amram image

The one - the only!

 $65.00 icludes a glass of bubbly at midnight! 

Tuesday,  Jan 01 - 3:00PM 
Robin Hirsch, host

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On this, our final day, we bring back the Songwriters Exchange - Cornelia's great singer/songwriter series from the 1980s. Performers will include David Massengill, Ellen Mandel, Michael Lydon, Jessica Crandall, Daniel Cainer, Christine Lavin, Nick Ullett, Dillie Keene, Jess Korman, Benjamin Scheuer, Marc Ostrow, Leslie Goshko, and Tracy Michailidis & Co.

 $10.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Jan 01 - 7:00PM 
Robin, Tom, and Josh, hosts

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The salon of all salons! Join us as the celebration of 41 years continues with EVERYONE ON EARTH WHO HAS EVER PERFORMED HERE!

Including...Jennifer Rawlings, Francesca Rizzo, Tulis McCall, Lisa Faith Phillips, Natalie Schmidt, Taffy Jaffe, Natalia Peruz, half the 3pm show, AND...a final later night farewell concert....Arturo O'Farrill, Adam O'Farrill, Zack O'Farrill, and the Ghosts of O'Farrills Past!

 $10.00 includes a drink 

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