December 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

Still searching for the perfect New Year’s Eve night? Je te present: The Ribs & Brisket Revue

One night in a dream-fugue Paul Shapiro was visited by the ghost of Fats Wallard. Fats conferred on Paul one great secret: RnB meant not Rhythm & Blues, but rather Ribs & Brisket. So began the Ribs & Brisket Revue, a six-piece firecracker band marrying Klezmer and Jazz, Borscht Belt and Blues, Rhythm & Jews. Ribs and Brisket Revue is chicken soup for the weary, postmodern soul.

Say the critics:

“Hard blowing, finger-snapping, klezmer-inflected jazz and wailing big city blues that suddenly slips into Yiddish.”
— Jamie Renton, Straight No Chaser UK

“Mr. Shapiro, transforms the ritual of a Friday night Shabbat service into a rollicking downtown jam.” — The New York Times

“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 channel the earlier craziness of Slim Gaillard, Cab Calloway, the Barton Brothers…. 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.”-Ari Davidow, KlezmerShack

$55 includes a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Vintage Brut Champagne at midnight…or the do whole thing right, with dinner upstairs and ribs and brisket downstairs, all for $100.

Here’s a video of the Revue in action on NYE ’09.


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