See the previous week's performances.   December 24-December 31, 2011  See the next week's performances.
Saturday,  Dec 24 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Julie Hardy: host

Janis Siegel, vocals;  John di Martino, piano, melodica, whistling;  Boris Koslov, bass;  James Shipp, percussion
Blue Tuesdays welcomes Janis Siegel in a special Christmas Eve performance - featuring John di Martino on piano, Boris Koslov on bass, and James Shipp on percussion.

Join Janis and her musical cohorts, John di Martino (piano and more), Boris Koslov (bass) and James Shipp ( percussion and more) for a "No Christmas Zone" evening, as they embark on their very first performance together. There will be song, spoken word, inspired lunacy, whistling, strange chords, new music and pulsating rhythms.

Over the past four decades, the voice of Janis Siegel, a nine-time Grammy winner and a seventeen-time Grammy nominee, has been an undeniable force in The Manhattan Transfer’s diverse musical catalog. Alongside her career as a founding member of this musical institution, Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise.

$20.00 cover plus a $10.00 minimum


Monday,  Dec 26 - 6:00PM 
Joshua Rebell, host

Michael Brofman Jed Distler Melody Fader Liz Magnes
Classical at the Cornelia: Solo Voyage!  image
Tonight the cafe welcomes four of its favorite piano masters for a holiday blend of short solo performances and perhaps a spontaneous duet!

A relaxed intimate evening - sure to be filled with great musical surprises!

$7.00 includes a drink


Monday,  Dec 26 - 8:30PM 
Tania Stavreva, piano
Classical at the Cornelia: Modern Rhythms image

Described by the critics as "exceptional", "bold", "dynamic" and "fearsomely talented", Bulgarian-born young concert pianist Tania Stavreva will perform an unique mix of 20th and 21st century music by composers from five different countries: Alberto Ginastera (Argentina), Nikolai Kapustin (Russia), Mason Bates (USA), Erik Satie (France), Scott Wollschleger (USA), Tim Daoust (USA), Vesselin Stoyanov (Bulgaria) and Pancho & Alexander Vladigerov (Bulgaria). Some of the composers are very influenced by jazz, electronica, French impressionism and minimalism. All these modern styles are incorporated remarkably within each composition and they offer a modern view on what the classical music recital could look like today.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum 

Tuesday,  Dec 27 - 6:00PM 
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Raphael Allison Mary Block Mark Gurarie Sarah Levine

Join us for this month's installment of The Graduate Poets Series, featuring poets from NYU, Hunter, Sarah Lawrence, and The New School.

What is The Graduate Poets Series? Over the course of the season, hosts Seth Graves and Emily Brandt welcome the diverse talent of New York City's MFA community. Once each month, you'll have the chance to see and hear four of the city's most stunning young poets before they start racking up six-figure advances. Hundreds of poets have made their stage debut in this supportive peer environment, discovering their toilers in the field and forming collegial relationships.

Raphael Allison is in his first year at Hunter's MFA. His poems have appeared in Tin House, Willow Springs, and Painted Bride Quarterly.

Mary Block is a writer living and working in New York City. She is originally from Miami, Florida. Her poetry has been featured in Explosion-Proof and in Why I Am Not A Painter, an anthology of the work of young NYC poets. Mary is a second year candidate in poetry at NYU's Creative Writing Program and serves as Interviews Editor at Washington Square Review. Mary works as an editorial assistant at Partners In Health, a global health nonprofit, and in her free time she likes to travel, attempt yoga, and drink with friends.

Mark Gurarie graduated the New School's MFA program in 2011. His writing has appeared in Everyday Genius, 16th & Mission Review, Spot Lit Mag, and The Faster Times. He lives in Brooklyn, where he co-curates the Mental Marginalia Reading Series, and lends ugly vocals and bass guitar to the band Galapagos Now!. He also maintains a blog on a variety of specifically unimportant topics (

Sarah Levine is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has been published in Ghost Town, Westchester Review, and Dear Sir. In July she was invited to read at the New York Poetry Festival with The Southern Writers Series.

$7.00 includes a drink


Tuesday,  Dec 27 - 8:30PM 
Caleb Curtis, alto saxophone;  Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Mike Pinto, vibraphone;  Dylan Shamat, bass;  Rodney Green, drums
Brooklyn-based alto saxophonist and composer Caleb Curtis leads his newest ensemble "The Wheelhouse Band" as they play his compositions. Originally from Michigan, Caleb has found himself among a large community of exciting musicians in NY, performing at many jazz clubs in the city. Curtis' melodically driven songs draw inspiration from the long legacy and tradition of jazz music. Trumpeter Duane Eubanks, drummer Rodney Green, vibraphonist Mike Pinto, and bassist Dylan Shamat bring creativity and excitement to this performance.


Caleb Curtis and the Wheelhouse Band image
Wednesday,  Dec 28 - 6:00PM 
Fareed Bitar
An important new book "Footprints in the Mist-A Palestinian Soul"

$ 7 includes a drink

Wednesday,  Dec 28 - 8:30PM 
Billy Newman, host

Sebastian Cruz, guitar;  Stomu Takeish, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio is an imaginative and playful concoction of Colombian influences and urban electricity.” Jim Shulstad,

“Everything sounds spontaneous for Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio. From an overwhelming calmness to an uncontrollable “descarga.” Cruz has decided to put his calm aside to assert his fury.” Luis Daniel Vega, Rolling Stone – Latin America

New Brazilian Perspectives:Sebastian Cruz and the Cheap Landscape Trio image
Thursday,  Dec 29 - 6:00PM 
Valery Oisteanu, poet;  David Cieri, piano
There's nothing like Jazz & Poetry for the holidays, no matter how far away you roam.

$ 7 includes a drink

Thursday,  Dec 29 - 8:30PM 
Tom Chang, guitar & compositions;  Greg Ward, alto saxophone;  Sam Trapchak, bass;  Christian Coleman, drums
Tom Chang Quartet image
NY Jazz Guitarist Tom Chang has performed and or recorded with Greg Osby, Joey Calderazzo, Rich Perry, as well as pop icons the Supremes, Luther Vandross and Southern Indian Percussion Master Subash Chandran.

His newly formed unit will perform original contemporary jazz compositions influenced by Southern Indian Carnatic concepts as well as contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz.

Thursday,  Dec 29 - 10:30PM 
Sam Trapchak , bass;  Tom Chang , guitar;  Greg Ward, alto sax;  Christian Coleman, drums
Sam Trapchak - Put Together Funny image
Bassist Sam Trapchak heads up this dynamic, newly formed quartet on the heels of recording it's first album over the summer. Although jazz is their common ground, the band's unique sound is the result of a proficiency in a wide range of styles such as heavy metal, afro-beat and country. The concert will feature innovative and highly varied compositions by Trapchak and guitarist Tom Chang.

"Equally accessible and stimulating. Replete with infectious melodies, risk-taking compositions, and cohesive variety" - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

"A modernized, unconventional type of jazz that's derivative of most everything and a duplication of nothing.”- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else! Reviews

Friday,  Dec 30 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
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.

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.

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.


Saturday,  Dec 31 - 5:30PM 
Andy Christie, host

Leslie Goshko Andy Ross Ed Gavagan

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.

For this special New Year's Eve edition, The Liar Show welcomes LESLIE GOSHKO (Manhattan Monologue Champion), ANDY ROSS (Mad Magazine), ANDY CHRISTIE (NY Times; WFUV), ED GAVAGAN (The Moth Radio Hour)

Hosted by Andy Christie

$25.00 includes a glass of champagne


Saturday,  Dec 31 - 8:00PM 
Adam O, trumpet;  Livio Almeida, tenor sax;  Mike Saks, bass;  Zaccai Curtis, piano;  Zack O, drums
The O'Farrill Brothers Quintet image
As the sons of GRAMMY award-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill, Adam and Zachary O'Farrill have performed in some of the most prominent jazz settings, including the Carefusion Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Marian's Jazz Room, and the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival. They are now stepping forward with their own band, and their own debut album, Giant Peach, which Wall Street Journal says, "bristles with confidence and creativity." The band provides an eclectic mix of styles in jazz, with innovative, original compositions. Ever since their formation in2009, the O'Farrill Brothers Band has performed in some of the most exciting venues in NYC, such as Birdland Jazz Club, The Jazz Gallery, Cornelia Street Café, and more. The band members have performed with the likes of Joshua Redman, Stefon Harris, Esperanza Spalding, Arturo O'Farrill, DJ Logic, Branford Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, and Slide Hampton.

$25 cover (includes glass of champagne)
$15 students (no champagne)

Saturday,  Dec 31 - 10:30PM 
Arturo O'Farrill, piano;  Bill Ware, vibes;  Alex Blake, bass;  Jaime Affoumado, drums
ARTURO O’FARRILL, pianist, composer, educator, and winner of the Latin Jazz USA Outstanding Achievement Award for 2003, was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. In 2002, Mr. O’Farrill created the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra (ALJO) for Jazz at Lincoln Center due in part to a large and very demanding body of substantial music in the genre of Latin and Afro Cuban Jazz that deserves to be much more widely appreciated and experienced by the general jazz audience. His debut album with the Orchestra, Una Noche Inolvidable, earned a GRAMMY Award nomination in 2006 and the Orchestra’s second album, Song for Chico, earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2009. In February 2011, Mr. O’Farrill and the ALJO released their third and newest album, 40 Acres and a Burro.

cover $75 (includes glass of champagne)

Arturo O'Farrill Quartet image
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