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Burton Greene (Mon) Marcus Rojas's Big Happy (Tue) Sanda & the New Gang (Wed) Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue (Thu) This Week at Cornelia Street


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This Week At Cornelia Street Cafe

Mon Jul 02
(George Schuller, drums;Ed Schuller, bass;Burton Greene, piano) This is a new group, although the players know each other and have been friends for years. The idea of the piano trio is to present jazz which emcompasses a wide history of the jazz piano literature. We play “inside", “outside", “up and down", for that matter.. The group members have vast experiences in all kinds of jazz forms.. from the 1940's and '50's until the present avant improvised music. Along the way there are ethnic quotes from Balkan and other native folk sources, and a distinct feeling for the classics as well. Come down and hears us... You'll be surprised!

Burton Greene has been on the jazz scene since 1962 first in New York, and then in Europe since the early 70's. He's one of the creators of the “NYC downtown in sound". His early 60's group the Freeform Improvisation Ensemble with Alan Silva was a trail blazer for the free improv groups that followed. Burton was an original member of the Jazz Composers Guild in 1964. Since that time he has over 40 recordings of his music in a wide range of contexts, solo to large ensemble, acoustic and electronic musics. Burton spends a lot of time in New York these days, matriculating from his home on a houseboat in Amsterdam. Reviewer Derek Taylor in a recent issue of All About Jazz writes “Burton Greene ranks as one of the seasoned survivors in creative improvised music. Like a handful of his ESP (Records) peers he's still at it after all these years, plugging away at his craft and creating chameleonic music along the way... Greene sounds great as well, foraging over the finely tuned ivories with a self-assurance and acuity ideally suited to the auspicious surroundings."

(Michael Blake, saxophones;Charlie Burnham, violin;Dave Phelps, guitar;Calvin Weston, drums;Marcus Rojas, tuba) Marcus Rojas conjoins some of the most intensely happy downtown players.

Tue Jul 03
(Sanda Weigl, voice;Lucian Ban, piano;Alex Harding, saxophones;Sam Bardfeld, violin;Sean Conlly, bass;Gerald Cleaver, drums) Romanian expatriate singer Sanda Weigl has quite a personal history. She first learned gypsy songs as a child and found early success as a child star on Romanian television. Later she was a rock singer in East Berlin, and was tossed into prison for protesting against the communist regime. In the 1990 she moved to the USA and she quickly became known as the “Gypsy Queen of Downtown New York". Avant-jazz neighbors from Sanda's adopted home New York City, including illuminaries like the Romanian born pianist Lucian Ban on piano (and arrangements), Alex Harding on sax, Sam Bardfeld violin, Sean Conlly on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums serve as a balancing beam for her thunderous, mezmerizing and sinfully spooky vocal “Gypnastics".

Wed Jul 04
(Jambalaya Brass Band;Samba de Tres;Michael Lydon;Poez;Maria Cangiano;and others) All day celebration on the street to commemorate the 231st birthday of the US and the 30th birthday of US

Thu Jul 05
(Stacey Cervellino;Meyung Kim)

New songs from old poems

STACEY CERVELLINO, is an actor, director, singer, writer, and co- director of Isadora Productions. Her 1st play D*R*E*S*S, an original piece with music and dance spoofing 1950's Cold War America, was developed at Brandeis University, at HERE Performance Space, NY in 2000 and in 2006 at the WestEnd Theater, NY. She recently performed in the Jamal Lullibies by Emily Conbere in the EST Youngblood Festival and with EST in the Battle of the Bards. She can currently be seen at the Culture Project in Isadora Productions play Becoming Natasha. She teaches acting and movement in New York City.

Meyung Kim has written, directed, performed and sung in New York City at The Kitchen, La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop, Here, The Vineyard, New York Theater Workshop, The Culture Project, etc... She recently performed a night of original voice and song with Margreet Ravenstein at The New York Open Center and at Het Bethanienklooster in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is a student of Jonathan Hart Makwaia and the Roy Hart Theater in France.

(Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocal;Babi Floyd, vocals;Cilla Owens, vocals;Brian Mitchell, piano;Booker King, bass;Tony Lewis, drums) Paul Shapiro's Ribs and Brisket Revue is back! Revving up the engines for their first release on Tzadik Records later this year the crew will return to Cornelia Street for three shows, Thursday May 3rd, Thursday June 7th & Thursday July 5th. They'll be playing their old favories “Ot Azoy" and “Dunkin' Bagel", but adding more Yiddishkeit with the addition of “Tsouris" by the Barton Brothers, Sophie Tucker's rare Yiddish version of the classic “Mama Goes where Papa Goes" and some new originals as well.

Fri Jul 06
(Mark Helias, bass;Gerry Hemingway, drums;Ray Anderson, trombone) BassDrumBone has been functioning as a cooperative ensemble since 1977. Mark Helias, Gerry Hemingway, and Ray Anderson have too many credits as bandleaders, composers and performers to mention here. Their concert on December 21, 2006 at the Cornelia Street Caf will exhibit individual virtuosity, new compositions and telepathic group improvisations resulting from three decades of collaboration. Be There.

Sat Jul 07
(Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;Andrew D'Angelo, alto saxophone;Jacob Sacks, piano;Gerald Cleaver, drums;Chris Lightcap, bass, compositions)

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