Cornelia Street Cafe Presents Morrison Motel & More this Week


Cornelia Street Café (29 Cornelia Street, between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village)
presents Morrison Motel on Monday, October 18. Look below for a complete listing of this week's events.

Mon Oct 18
(Ted Alexandro; Amy Schumer; Hannibal Buress; Matt McCarthy; Liz Miele; Andy Pitz; Zero Boy, vocal acrobat)

Almost seven years running as "one of the city's best alt-comedy shows" - the NY Post, this month's Motel comedians include: Ted Alexandro - "Late Show with David Letterman", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", two "Comedy Central Presents" half-hour specials, Montreal Comedy Festival; Amy Schumer - "Last Comic Standing", "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", "30 Rock", co-hosts "A Different Spin" on FUSE; Hannibal Buress - "Live at Gotham", 2010 ECNY Best Male Comedian, "The Awkward Kings of Comedy", current writer for Saturday Night Live; Matt McCarthy - "Live at Gotham", "John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show", hosts "Action Pack" on AMC, new CD out: "Come Clean"; Liz Miele - "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart", "Live at Gotham", NY and Boston Comedy Festivals; Andy Pitz - "Late Night with David Letterman", "Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson", tours nationally and internationally, CD: "Believe You Me"; Zero Boy - Vocal acrobat uses a unique blend of voice and mime, NPR's "The Next Big Thing", Burning Man & Howl Festivals.

$10 door, $7 item minimum, cast subject to change.
John Morrison, Host.

Tue Oct 19
(Amanda Baisinger, vocals; John Shannon, guitar; Pete Rende, piano, accordion; Garth Stevenson, bass; Dan Mintzer, drums)

Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Amanda Baisinger will perform some of her most recent original material Tuesday, October 19. Baisinger's jazz sound combined with soulful lyrics will shape her latest collection of songs, which are scheduled for an upcoming CD release, following up on the success of her "Short Songs" album. "Short Songs" was acclaimed for Baisinger's poetic expressions of personal experience, her mellow combination of jazz and pop that created a warm and romantic atmosphere. Her influences range from Milton Nacimento to Billie Holiday but her singing style and story-telling are most reminiscent of Joni Mitchell.

"With stunningly smoky vocals reminiscent of Paula Cole, the lilt of Joni Mitchell and the lush, jazzy warmth of Norah Jones, Amanda Baisinger enchants her listeners with a combination of elegance, emotion and sophisticated artistry. Her voice slides gently over languid melodies, the resonance filling in all the little pockets of harmony that dance between pop, jazz and folk. Always, there is a beautiful, exquisite haze that fills the air when her music begins. Whether it's a soundtrack to an evening of candle light or thoughtful driving music you're after, "Short Songs" is one of the most quietly striking albums of its sort to grace our warehouse in ages." CD Baby

Julie Hardy, Host. Cover $10.

Wed Oct 20

(Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocals; Cilla Owens, vocals; Glenn Turner, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Booker King, bass; Mo Roberts, drums)

"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.

Cover $10.

Thu Oct 21
LOTTIE PORCH (vocals, poetry) with THE DOUBLE SHARPS*



also: poet ANAHI ROSSINI

Lottie Porch (aka Lottie Da): "Lottie takes her vocal solos into theatrical territory with poise and style." - New York Post

Rich Villar: "...he hits every rubric for a successful oral poem while reaching deeper to not tell us he's proud of his heritages but leaving us with the lasting image of a son receiving bendicion from his ancestors and being sent out to continue the work." - Letras Latinas Blog, University of Notre Dame

"Po'Jazz at Cornelia Street is one big friendly party of good words, good sounds, and good food." - Gladys Serrano, Mutable Music

Doors open at 5:30; Jazz begins at 5:45.

$15 ($10 students with ID) includes one drink (cash only)
Golda Solomon, host. Cover $15.

Thu Oct 21
(Mark Helias, bass; Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Ches Smith, drums)

This engagement is an offshoot of my trio Open Loose and features a longtime collaborator, Ellery Eskelin on tenor saxophone and a drummer, who is new to me, Ches Smith. The pieces utilize the technique of modular taxis designed to generate responses and reactions from the participants on and off the stage. We will be performing mostly new and undocumented music.

"Mark Helias is one of the finest acoustic bass players in the contemporary jazz avant-garde, a guy who can play inside as well as out and who stretches the boundaries in both directions." Will Layman Pop Matters

Cover $10.