The Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street, NYC 10014 212-989-9319
New Year's Eve At Cornelia Street Cafe
RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE: Host: Paul Shapiro SPECTACULAR 5-COURSE DINNER in our gorgeous upstairs dining-rooms Served from 6pm $75 * and in the downstairs cabaret the fabulous foot-stomping RIBS AND BRISKET REVUE 10pm $45 (includes a glass of Pierre Gimmonet Premier Cru Champagne) * DINNER AND SHOW TOGETHER $110
Back in the 30's and 40's bluesy, comedic, swing musicians like Louie Jordan and Cab Calloway made some great music that still sounds fresh today. Yiddish was a pretty active street language in New York City at that time, and it was woven into the music: Slim Gaillard singing Matzo Balls", Mildred Bailey recording A Bee Gezindt", and Calloway's hysterical Yiddish/gibberish cantillation intro to Ot Azoy" (That's the Way). Saxophonist/composer Paul Shapiro celebrates this interplay of 40's hipster swing with some Yiddish thrown in at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Calling it the Ribs and Brisket Revue*, the band features Babi Floyd & Cilla Owens (vocals), Brian Mitchell (piano) Booker King (bass), Tony Lewis (drums).
Paul was visited in a dream state by the ghost of Fats Waller who convinced him that R&B originally stood for Ribs & Brisket.
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