Cornelia Street Cafe Presents Morrison Motel & More this Week

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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
8:30PM MORRISON MOTEL
(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
8:30PM BLUE TUESDAYS:AMANDA BAISINGER
(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. www.myspace.com/amandabaisinger.

Wed Oct 20
8:30PM RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE

(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. www.paulshapiromusic.com.

Thu Oct 21
6:00PM "THE MEDICINE WOMAN OF JAZZ" WITH PO'JAZZ
Po'Jazz presents A FALL CORNUCOPIA OF WORDS & JAZZ
LOTTIE PORCH (vocals, poetry) with THE DOUBLE SHARPS*

*DAN LIPSITZ (sax) PIERRE PISCITELLI (piano) NATHANIEL SCHROEDER (bass) MILES ARNTZEN (drums)

Poets from ACENTOS: RICH VILLAR, GLORIA FONTANEZ, JANI ROSADO

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. www.lottieporch.com.

Thu Oct 21
8:30PM MARK HELIAS TRIO
(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. www.markhelias.com.

Fri Oct 22
9:00PM & 10:30PM BEN WALTZER QUINTET
(Ben Waltzer, piano; Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Dwayne Burno, bass; Otis Brown III, drums)

The pianist is able to conjure mystery with a feathery touch here and some graceful dissonance there. Known for the eloquence of his trio work, which updates Ellington's Piano in the Foreground approach, Waltzer's also got a nice little horn-band concept. Tonight he'll have Bill McHenry and Duane Eubanks out front; both will have plenty to chew on, because the songbook can be meaty. - Jim Macnie, Village Voice, 4/23/10.

"Brilliantly performed...very impressive." - Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of "100 Dreams Ago."

"Intelligence and originality leap from the young pianist." - Francis Davis, Village Voice.

Cover $10. www.Benwaltzer.com.

Sat Oct 23
6:00PM THE LIAR SHOW
(Ben Lillie, Physicist; Host of "The Story Collider"; Carter Edwards, Upright Citizens Brigade; Daisy Rosario, Moth Urban Storytelling GrandSlam Champion; Matthew Mercier, Writer and teacher; Mississippi Review; Glimmer Train)

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.

Andy Christie. Cover $15.

Sat Oct 23
9:00PM & 10:30PM BEN WALTZER QUINTET
(Ben Waltzer, piano; Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone; Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Dwayne Burno, bass; Otis brown III, drums)

The pianist is able to conjure mystery with a feathery touch here and some graceful dissonance there. Known for the eloquence of his trio work, which updates Ellington's Piano in the Foreground approach, Waltzer's also got a nice little horn-band concept. Tonight he'll have Bill McHenry and Duane Eubanks out front; both will have plenty to chew on, because the songbook can be meaty. - Jim Macnie, Village Voice, 4/23/10.

"Brilliantly performed...very impressive." - Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of "100 Dreams Ago."

"Intelligence and originality leap from the young pianist." - Francis Davis, Village Voice.

Cover $10. www.Benwaltzer.com.

Sun Oct 24
6:00PM FOUR HORSEMEN OPEN MIC POETRY

Among Bob's poets tonight will be Gordon Gilbert Jr., Viviana Grell, Robert Gibbons, Lee Kostrinsky, Patricia Carragon, Cindy Hochman, Elizabeth Harrington, Cynthia Toronto, Frank Simone, Ronna Lebo, Eve Packer, and Boni Joy.
Bob Quatrone, host. Cover $7.

Sun Oct 24
8:30PM JACOB GARCHIK TRIO
(Jacob Garchik, trombone, compositions; Jacob Sacks, piano; Dan Weiss, drums)

Trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik has worked with Slavic Soul Party, Lee Konitz and the Kronos Quartet. Here he presents elegant and energetic compositions for a unique, bass-less trio. Three of the busiest young freelancers in New York explore, exchange ideas, and play.
"Mr. Garchik played fast and exact phrases, finding strange routes through familiar chord changes and leaving a lot of empty space; he was temperate, building intensity without shouting. " Ben Ratliff, the New York Times, August 2010.

Cover $10. www.jacobgarchik.com.

Mon Oct 25
8:30PM 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MUSIC PRESENTS:THE BATTERIES DUO
(Gareth Flowers, trumpet; Steven Beck, piano)

Gareth Flowers, trumpeter of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) presents two sets this evening. The first is for a trumpet and piano duo, featuring the pianist StEve Beck and the cornet solos of Herbert L. Clarke, a turn of the (20th) century composer, the second set is with The Batteries Duo, an electro-acoustic trumpet and laptop duo with Josh Frank.

Originally from Arlingon, Virginia, Gareth Flowers is an electro-acoustic trumpeter, know for "shimmering vibrato" and "wide-ranging lines" (NYTimes, June '10) and has performed with the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) since 2003. Although his musical journey has included performances with the major orchestras of San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Seoul, he relishes making music on an intimate scale, and performs with ICE, the TILT Creative Brass Band, the Argento New Music Project, and the Tri-Centric Foundation's (Anthony Braxton) orchestra. He often performs in theatrical productions on Broadway, and has recorded for many fine musicians including Gabriel Kahane, Anthony Coleman, and duYun. As a composer/performer, he has performed his own eccentric electro-acoustic Inventions at the Clark Studio Theater of Lincoln Center, and the Tank.

Steven Beck, piano, is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where his teachers were Seymour Lipkin and Peter Serkin. Mr. Beck made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra. He toured Japan as a soloist with the New York Symphonic Ensemble, and has appeared with the New Juilliard Ensemble, Sequitur, and the Virginia Symphony. Mr. Beck has performed as soloist and chamber musician at the Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theater, and Steinway Hall. He is an Artist Presenter and regular performer at Bargemusic, and performs frequently as a musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has worked with Elliot Carter, Henri Dutilleux, and George Perle, and has appeared with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, Sospeso, Friends and Enemies of New Music, and Counterinduction.

Trumpeter, composer, and producer, Josh Frank leads an eclectic musical life in New York City. Over the past few years Josh's engagements have ranged from writing music for companies such as Corcoran, and Vornado Realty, to producing musical events for Rock and Republic Jeans. As a trumpet player, Josh has performed with pop artists such as Sufjan Stevens, members of The National, Boyz II Men and regularly plays with the ground-breaking ensemble The Knights. As a producer, Josh has worked on classical albums released on Sony Classical and produces regularly with engineer Bill Siegmund at Digital Island Studios. Josh has started his own company, Galien Productions, which creates and licenses music for media.

The music of Herbert L. Clarke is delightfully lighthearted, tuneful, and virtuosic, and was often heard during summertime in parks all across the country, usually performed by a community band, in a truly Americana fashion.

The Batteries Duo is the first and only electro-acoustic trumpet duo of it's kind in New York's creative music scene. Using primarily trumpets and samplers, the Batteries duo creates a unique breed of sound art. Drawing on inspiration from Medeski, Martin and Wood to Bill Frisell to electronic artists such as Deadelus, and the Books, The Batteries duo combines found sounds and sampled material which they mashup against their virtuosic and vibrational trumpet playing to create a unique variety of nu jazz/indie-electronica/post-classicism. Their set will be in support of their late-summer release of Les Amusements, their freshman EP.

Frank J Oteri, Host. Cover $10. www.thegflo.com.

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CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

www.corneliastreetcafe.com.

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