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RIBS & BRISKET REVUE New Year's Eve at Cornelia Street

RIBS & BRISKET REVUE- for the Grateful Web

Paul Shapiro, saxophone & clarinet; Cilla Owens, vocals; Babi Floyd, vocals; Dan Rosengard, piano; Booker King, bass; Joe Ham, drums

And downstairs in the cabaret what more exhilarating way to bring in the New Year than with Paul Shapiro's fabulous foot-stomping RIBS & BRISKET REVUE,* w/ the incredible Cilla Owens and Babi Floyd on vocals,and Paul's wonderful six-piece band.

Ribs and Brisket's new album Essen is out on Tzadik Records:

THE BUFFALO NEWS:
This is from Shapiro's fabled "Ribs and Brisket Revue" and it's from the Shapiro who's more of an avant-klezmer vaudevillian than one of the most powerful multicultural saxophonists in New York... In other words, it's the downtown New York jazz version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz.

STRAIGHT NO CHASER- UK:
Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish..; Shapiro tips his beret to Slim Gaillard with a couple of his tunes in praise of kosher cuisine, pours soul sauce and reggae beats over Jewish comedy songs and generally rips into things with just the right mix of irreverence and affection... Respect is due to John Zorn's Tzadik label for bringing this unique recording to the world. There really is no one else doing it quite like Shapiro!

$50 includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne at midnight

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

This Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe (NYC)

Michael Formanek- for the Grateful Web

Sat  Dec 27
9:00PM & 10:30PM RAY ANDERSON - MARK DRESSER DUO

(Ray Anderson, trombone; Mark Dresser, bass) 

Sun  Dec 28
8:30PM INGRID LAUBROCK - TOM RAINEY - MICHAEL FORMANEK

(Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones; Michael Formanek, bass; Tom Rainey, drums)

"Ingrid Laubrock—a uniquely adventurous saxophonist and bandleader on the British scene since mid decade—has made an album so exceptional that the German-born, London-based musician hasn't gone so much global as galactic."  Chris May, All About Jazz

About Michael Formanek:

Michael Formanek may have one of the most diverse biographies in contemporary improvised music. At first glance his list of musical affiliations is both intriguing and confusing. Spanning nearly twenty three years he has played and/or recorded with Tim Berne, Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Marty Ehrlich, Chet Baker, Tony Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Kevin Mahogany, Fred Hersch, Marimolin, Dave Liebman, Uri Caine, Joe Henderson, Mark Isham, James Emery, Bob Mintzer, Mingus Dynasty, Mingus Big Band, Terumasa Hino, Cedar Walton, Attila Zoller, Eddie Daniels, George Coleman, Franco Ambrosetti, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Rosenthal, Bob Moses, Daniel Schnyder, and Gunther Schuller.  "...deep propusion, big beefy tone, a strong sense of line, individuality expressed through avoiding the expected." - Village Voice

About Tom Rainey:
"He 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.

Mon  Dec 29
8:30PM   ERI YAMAMOTO " THANK YOU 2008 SPECIAL BAND"
(Eri Yamamoto, piano; Lewis Barnes, trumpet; Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Steve Swell, trombone; Kevin Tkacz, bass; Ikuo Takeuchi, drums)

This Weekend At Cornelia Street Cafe NYC w/ John McNeil

John McNeil will play the Corneila Cafe- for the Grateful Web

Fri Nov 28 & Sat Nov 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM THE JOHN MCNEIL HARMONIC EXTRAVAGANZA! @ the Cornelia Street Cafe

(John McNeil, trumpet; Tom Beckham, vibraphone; Nate Radley, guitar; Mike McGuirk, bass)

The John McNeil Harmonic Extravaganza! - A THANKSGIVING TREAT!

After blowing your diet completely and spending yet another torturous holiday with family members you can't stand, you now have the opportunity to wipe the slate clean.  John McNeil's Harmonic Extravaganza is just the thing to erase the evil memories of Thanksgiving and to steel you against Yuletide challenges yet to come.

You see, this is no ordinary music; the chords and tonal colors generated by this band are specifically designed to resonate within your cerebral cortex and stimulate your pleasure centers with endorphins.  In other words, this band puts the "hip" in hippocampus, the "myg" in amygdala and removes the "dull" from medulla. It's like electroshock therapy without the drooling and loss of short-term memory.

Sun  Nov 30 
8:30PM ALEJANDRO FLÓREZ'S TIBAGUI

(Sam Sadigursky, clarinet, flute; Sebastián Cruz, tiple, guitar; Alejandro Flórez, bandola, tiple, guitar; Andreas Guarín, guitar; Pedro Giraudo, bass; Franco Pinna, drums, percussion)

Three unique acoustic guitars plus drums, bass, clarinet and flute, playing music that is rich in danceable rhythms, elaborate melodies and sophisticated harmonies, based on Colombian tradition but injected with a jazz ingredient full of improvisation, interaction and innovative character.

Mon  Dec 01 
8:30PM AMRAM & CO

(David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; John de Witt, bass; Adam Amram, percussion; John Ventimiglia, actor)

David Amram Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John Dewitt, Adam Amram, actor John Ventimiglia and surprise guests celebrating the publication of Amram's new book, "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat" classics of jazz, world music, spoken word and amram's compositions.

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.

Garaj Mahal's New CD, 'w00t,' - Street Date 9/9/2008

photos by Susan J. Weiand- for the Grateful Web

When you hear your first Garaj Mahal note, leading into an innovative fusion of funky jazz with a tasty world music flair, all other thoughts leave your mind as the music takes you on an unforgettable voyage. Fans return to experience the band again and again because they know they will always hear something new and progressive from these four first-class musicians: guitar and sitar virtuoso Fareed Haque, world-renowned bass master and educator Kai Eckhardt, gospel-inspired funky jazz keyboardist Eric Levy, and consistently in-the-pocket, natural-born drummer Alan Hertz, Garaj Mahal combines a century of musical experience to create a sound that's always new, freshly infused with a wide spectrum of musical expression, and always smoking hot.

Touring extensively since their formation in 2000, Garaj Mahal continues to earn critical acclaim and a rowing fanbase thanks to their ability to deliver serious "shut-up-and-listen" grooves while simultaneously bringing the dance floor alive. Their collective musical experience allows them to constantly push the envelope of composition and improvisation. Garaj Mahal's sound - a convergence of jazz-style improvisation, mystical Middle-Eastern atmospheres, and danceable American funk - attracts music lovers from all parts of the spectrum and creates a profoundly unique experience.

Each band member dedicates every drop of his education, history, and life-long passion for music to their audience every time they step on stage. The band member's virtuosity is no surprise when you look at even a few of the artists they've performed and/or recorded with over the years, including Dizzy Gillespie, John McLaughlin, Sting, Cassandra Wilson, Dave Holland, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Steve Smith, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Les Claypool, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, MMW, Steve Kimock, and Michael Manring.

UPCOMING GARAJ MAHAL TOUR DATES:

# Aug. 24 Orton Park Fest, Madison, WI
# Aug. 26 the Waterfront, Menomonie, WI
# Aug. 27 Martyr's, Chicago, IL
# Aug. 29 Strip Mines Music Fest, Carbondale, IL
# Aug. 30 The Jazz Kitchen, Indianapolis, IN
# Aug. 31 Grateful Fest/ Nelson Ledges, Garrettsville, OH
# Sept. 18 Fez Ballroom, Portland, OR
# Sept. 19 Jazzbones, Tacoma, WA
# Sept. 20 Nectar, Seattle, WA
# Sept. 23 Sierra Nevada Brewing, Chico, CA
# Sept. 24 Red Fox Tavern, Eureka, CA
# Sept. 25 Caspar Inn, Caspar, CA
# Sept. 26 12 Galaxies, San Francisco, CA
# Sept. 27 Biltmore Casino, Crystal Bay, NV
# Oct. 26 MN State, Mankato, MN
# Oct. 28 Duffy's, Chicago, IL
# Oct. 30 Lula Lounge, Toronto Ontario Can
# Oct. 31 Pepper Jack's, Hamilton Ontario Can
# Nov. 1 Maverick's, Ottawa Ontario Can

Shakedown Street

shakedownIn the live music venues of the Rocky Mountain region, there are only a few bands that consistently draw large crowds. One of the more notorious is Shakedown Street. By virtue of their success, they have proven that Grateful Dead music is an American musical institution that is rallied by hundreds of thousands and hard to resist . By necessity and demand, there are literally dozens of Grateful Dead cover bands in this country. However, Shakedown Street has garnered a national reputation as being the mother of all Dead bands!! Shakedown Street has provided a musical and spiritual public service for "deadheads" for over 17 years. The Band has performed numerous times with former members of the Grateful Dead including; Vince Welnick (keyboards), Tom Constanten (Keyboards), and Bob Bralove (the Dead's longtime sound designer.) Shakedown Street has also played with and opened for many national acts including three shows with Hot Tuna, twice with the J.G.B. Band, twice with The David Nelson Band, Merl Suanders and the Rainforest Band, several shows with Spirit, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Jerry Jeff Walker, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Arlo Guthrie, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and many others.

The Band still includes original members Ted Galloway (guitar, Vocals), Rick Starkey (bass, sax, flute, and vocals) and Bryant Jones (keyboards, organ) from Manitou Springs Colorado. David Recker (guitar, vocals) from Leadville, Colorado, and Trevor "Bones" David have both been with the band over 7 years. The band is hotter than ever, and obviously having the time of their lives during performances reaching some of the most intense levels in 16 plus years of Shakedown Street. To assure consistent high quality sound, Shakedown Street employs the full time dedicated expertise of The Ray Sound Company, which has worked closely with the group over 15 years.

Including the best of the Dead, original compositions, and other great tunes, Shakedown Street has a vast repertoire (over 400 and expanding) featuring many styles of music (rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, swing) thus having the musical capability to provide something for everybody. To keep things interesting and to keep the fans from burning out, Shakedown Street never repeats a show, won't repeat any song in a five night run (except at gunpoint or for big tips), and never really plays the same song the same way twice. This compels the fans to make every show in a multi-night run - they want to see what the band is going to do next and how they are going to do it!!!

Performing up to 200 shows a year for the last 16 years, Shakedown Street continues to be the hardest working band in the Rockies averaging 50,000 miles a year from Salt Lake City to Santa Fe. Headlining at the largest club venues and theaters in the Rockies in a never ending rotation, Shakedown Street enjoys the reputation and security of drawing large crowds everywhere. They perform at numerous benefits each year for humanitarian or environmental causes such as the Guatemalan medical relief project, the rain forest benefit, and the annual Boulder County Rape Crisis Team benefit, Shakedown Street has always been eager to help the local and global community with financial assistance.

Shakedown Street is more than a musical production. It's a mobile road carnival, a mobile party unit, a revelous extravaganza!! It's a celebration of the life of Jerry Garcia and the Dead; a celebration of our own lives. The Shakedown Street audience typically is a demographic mix of hippies, yuppies, bikers, professionals, college students, good ol' boys, rednecks, nuns, caballeros, ex-presidents, vaqueros, and insurance salesmen who range in age from three to ninety-three, and seemingly appear to and know and love one another extremely well. Enjoy the party!