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Sun, October 21, 2012
As reviewed in the New York Times Weekend Section August 27th 2010.
A great new tradition!
Every Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on our brunch menu on Sunday mornings from 10am to 2pm. **Please note that the live music is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a short break in the middle.
Tickets are just $10 to cover for live music and does not include food or drink. Children 13 and under are free for the music. We have a full brunch menu available upon request.
On select weekends we welcome Rabbi Dan Ain from The New Shul to lead thoughtful discussion on theology, spirituality and the movements of the cosmos. The Rebbe's table to open to all to attend.
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue
All age show- bring the kids...
Featuring: Cilla Owens, Glenn Turner, Jerry Korman, Booker King and Tony Lewis
JAZZIZ MAGAZINE David Pulizzi:
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
STRAIGHT NO CHASER- UK Jamie Renton
Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.
THE BUFFALO NEWS Jeff Simon
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.
THE JEWISH JOURNAL- Los Angeles Kirk Silsbee
On his new album, "Essen" (Tzadik), Shapiro explores the cultural mash-up that occurred in American popular music when Jewish music -- Yiddish theater songs, vaudeville tunes, klezmer songs and novelties -- met blues, jazz, rhythm 'n' blues and swing. The result is a collection that touches history in several ways, yet always manages to make a contemporary statement that's fun to listen to. His crack band, Paul Shapiro's Ribs & Brisket Revue, can sound like a Lower East Side wedding outfit, an R&B group, a strip club combo and a cooking funk band.
BARNES AND NOBLE Steve Futterman
For the past few years, Paul Shapiro, a New York-based saxophonist with serious new-jazz and R&B credentials, has put a postmodern spin on Jewish musical themes, honoring the past yet never forgetting that over-the-top humor and extroverted theatricality (and culinary obsession) are grand elements of the tradition.
THE KlezmerShack Ari Davidow
Suppose Mickey Katz were alive today. Not alive in tribute. Not alive as a mere incredible clarinet player, but suppose someone could play like Mickey Katz, someone who got how Mickey would sound today and made his music sound like today's hip R&B. Then suppose that this person could convey the craziness of Katz, even better, could channel the earlier craziness of Slim Gaillard, Cab Calloway, the Barton Brothers, even add to it…. It would take someone like, say, Paul Shapiro, him of the Midnight Minyan, yes it would. And here he is with his Ribs and Brisket Revue doing just that. Ahhh, life is good.
NEXTBOOK Alexander Gelfand
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.
Shapiro's growing interest in Jewish music eventually led him to a pocket of repertoire from the 1930s and 1940s that occupies a fascinating middle ground between big band swing, Yiddish pop and early R&B. For the past several years, he has been presenting these finds, many of which take food as their theme, at Cornelia Street as part of his Ribs and Brisket Revue.
THE BUFFALO NEWS Jeff Simon
(Tzadik). Among the biggest surprises in the entire history of the Art of Jazz series at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is the number of people who’d never heard of Paul Shapiro, went anyway and who walked away from the concert ardent fans (and with Shapiro CDs in their hands, no less.) 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. “An over-the-top exploration of the crossroads of Yiddish bop, swing and comedy” is how John Zorn’s label Tzadik describes the novelty disc which is full of archaeological digs into a favorite Shapiro bygone era when “there was Cab Calloway doing a mock cantorial sendup of a Yiddish folk song ‘Un-Da-Zay’ ” and “the jazz singer Mildred Bailey did ‘A Bee Gezunt’ ” not to mention Slim Gaillard’s “Matzo Balls” “Mishugenah Mambo” and “Dunkin Bagel.” In other words, it’s the downtown New York jazz version of Jewish novelty maestro Mickey Katz.