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2011 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

The Mayor of Morristown in northern New Jersey will host a free all day concert on the Town Green on Saturday, August 20th. The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will run from noon until 10:00 p.m. and features the Rusty Paul Band, the Duke Ellington Legacy Band, the Winard Harper Sextet, Baby Soda and the Jerry Vezza Quartet.

The music begins at noon with two sets by the Rusty Paul Band, led by the son of the legendary guitarist Les Paul. With a special blend of jazz, blues and funk, the six musicians will pay tribute to the great Les Paul as well as feature other popular tunes.

At 2:00, the Duke Ellington Legacy Band, under the leadership of Duke’s grandson Edward Kennedy Ellington II, takes the stage. With fresh arrangements by pianist Norman Simmons and sax great Virginia Mayhew, this 9-piece ensemble is dedicated to keeping Duke’s music alive and current. Most recently, the Legacy Band headlined the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Jazzfest 2011.

Following the Legacy Band will be the popular Winard Harper Sextet. Regarded as one of the elite jazz drummers on the current scene, Harper has performed with many jazz legends including Dr. Billy Taylor, Betty Carter, Dexter Gordon and Ray Bryant. Surrounding himself with extraordinary young musicians, Harper is an explosive drummer who is in demand all over the world.

At 6:00, five young musicians known as Baby Soda take the stage. On the forefront of a new movement known as street jazz, Baby Soda draws on an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz and gospel. The band maintains a busy schedule of performances which includes venues such as the Village Vanguard, the Knitting Factory and the Louis Armstrong House.

The festival closes with the Jerry Vezza Quartet featuring two of the regions’ most popular jazz musicians, pianist Jerry Vezza and singer/guitarist Grover Kemble. Joining Jerry and Grover will be Tom Sayek on drums and Rick Crane on bass.

The brainchild of Mayor Timothy Dougherty, the festival has been made possible by business sponsors including PSE&G, JCP&L, Riker Danzig, Brown and Brown Metro, The Metropolitan, 40 Park, Weichert Realtors, Roots, Trenk Depasquale, TSS Facility Services, Integra Management Corporation, Realty Management Associates, Belle Associates, Inglesino Pearlman and the Grasshopper Restaurant. Additional sponsors include WBGO, the Star-Ledger and the New Jersey Jazz Society.

The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will take place on the Green in Morristown rain or shine from noon until 10:00 p.m. Admission is free and many local restaurants will be offering specials for festival attendees. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.


Irish Rockabilly sensation Imelda May returns to the States

After her show stopping performance with Jeff Beck for the Les Paul tribute on the Grammys, Imelda May has been invited back to perform with Beck, including two shows at New York's Iridium.  These exclusive shows will feature Imelda May + Jeff Beck performing songs written and performed by the legendary Les Paul - with Imelda reviving the extraordinary vocals of Mary Ford in her own unique style. The show will also feature some great rock & roll classics - all performed with Imelda's great band.  In addition to these shows, Imelda will be performing two shows at Bonnaroo, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and even more headlining performances!
Dublin-born May, who has previously shared stages with Jeff Beck as well as Van Morrison, made her major label debut in late 2009 with Love Tattoo (Verve), which shot to #1 on the Irish charts, ahead of Bruce Springsteen and Eminem. Throughout the U.K. and Ireland, she has won honors from Rising Star of 2009 and Jazz Artist of 2009 to Best Female Newcomer.  Shaking up traditional jazz with a magnificent voice that channels both Janis Joplin and Patsy Cline, her mix of jazz, rockabilly and blues yields a cool, swinging fusion both classic and oddly modern.  Her fierce, unbridled concert performances have a reputation for being impassioned events.

Tour Dates
Jun 8 & 9 - Iridium Jazz Club - New York, NY
Jun 11 - Chastain Amphitheatre - Atlanta, GA
Jun 12 - Bonnaroo - Mancester, TN
Jun 14 - Wellmont Theater - Montclair, NJ
Jun 15 - Paramount - Asbury Park, NJ
Jun 16 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 17 - Bardavon Theatre - Poughkeepsie, NH
Jun 19 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival - Telluride, CO
Jun 20 - Riverwalk Center Music Festival - Breckenridge, CO

Steve Miller W/ The Les Paul Trio

THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB WILL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE LES PAUL THE MAN, HIS MUSIC AND HIS LEGACY EVERY MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO.  Tonight will feature: STEVE MILLER WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO at the Iridium Jazz Club

The Les Paul Trio consists of:  LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

A portion of door proceeds will be contributed to the Les Paul Foundation.

Upcoming shows include:

NOV 16 STANLEY JORDAN WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

NOV 17 JUDY BARNETT'S JAZZ-A-TERIA 8PM-10PM

NOV 18-22
PHAROAH SANDERS BAND FEATURING RAVI COLTRANE

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
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SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)
LES PAUL TRIO SETS REMAIN AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Stanley Jordan W/ The Les Paul Trio

THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB WILL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE LES PAUL THE MAN, HIS MUSIC AND HIS LEGACY EVERY MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO AND SPECIAL GUESTS:

LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

UPCOMING SHOWS -- NOVEMBER SCHEDULE

NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

NOV. 10 DOUG ACOSTA & THE MIKE BERKOWITZ ORCHESTRA 'YOUR HIT PARADE'  8PM-10PM

NOV. 11 ENDANGERED SPECIES: THE MUSIC OF WAYNE SHORTER

FEATURING THE WAYNE SHORTER TRIBUTE BIG BAND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF DAVID WEISS

DIEGO URCOLA AND AVISHAI COHEN- TRUMPET
MICHAEL DEASE AND ANDY HUNTER- TROMBONE
MARCUS STRICKLAND AND JD ALLEN- TENOR SAX
TIM GREEN- ALTO SAX
NORBERT STACHEL- BARITONE SAX AND BASS CLARINET
XAVIER DAVIS- PIANO
DWAYNE BURNO- BASS
GENE JACKSON- DRUMS

NOV. 12-13 MOSE ALLISON

FRIDAY NOV 13 THE PHEROMONES-MIDNIGHT
JESSE RAY – VOCAL, JEFF IRWIN - LEAD GUITAR, ANDREW NORMAN - GUITAR/VOCALS, CRAIG SCHREIBER – BASS, JERRY MCBREARTY - DRUMS

NOV. 14-15 HEATH BROS
JIMMY HEATH —SAXES, TOOTIE HEATH --PERCUSSION
JEB PATTON—PIANO, DAVID WONG-- BASS

NOV. 16 STANLEY JORDAN WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

NOV 17 JUDY BARNETT'S JAZZ-A-TERIA 8PM-10PM

NOV. 18-22
PHAROAH SANDERS BAND FEATURING RAVI COLTRANE

NOV. 23 MIKE STERN WITH LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT – BASS, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO

NOV 24
TERESE GENECCO & HER LITTLE BIG BAND 8PM-10PM

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)
LES PAUL TRIO SETS REMAIN AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Larry Coryell W/ The Les Paul Trio At The Iridium Jazz Club

THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB WILL CONTINUE TO CELEBRATE LES PAUL THE MAN, HIS MUSIC AND HIS LEGACY EVERY MONDAY NIGHT WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO AND SPECIAL GUESTS
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

With Special Guests

OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL
OCT. 26 BUCKY PIZZARELLI
NOV. 2 & 16 STANLEY JORDAN
NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER
NOV. 23 & 30 MIKE STERN
DEC. 7 & 14 PAT MARTINO WITH ELDAR
DEC. 21 & 28 JOSE FELICIANO

THIS WEEK AT IRIDIUM

MON. OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO 8 & 10PM
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT – BASS, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO

TUE. OCT 20  CHARLI PERSIP & SUPERSOUND CD CELEBRATION

WED. OCT 21 ED PALERMO BIG BAND 8:30 & 10:30PM

OCT. 22-25 – JACOFEST-A TRIBUTE TO JACO PASTORIUS
VICTOR BAILEY-ELECTRIC BASS,
TM STEVENS-ELECTRIC BASS, VOCALS
DELMAR BROWN-KEYBOARDS, VOCALS
GIL GOLDSTEIN-KEYBOARDS, ARRANGER
MILES EVANS, TRUMPET
TIM OUIMETTE-TRUMPET
ANDREW SHERON-ELECTRIC BASS
ALEX FOSTER-ALTO SAX
BUTCH THOMAS-TENOR SAX
KENWOOD DENNARD-DRUMS, VOCALS, KEYBOARDS
PEDRO MARTINEZ-LATIN PERCUSSIONIST  
FALU-NORTH INDIAN FEMALE VOCALIST
BILLY "SPACEMAN" PATTERSON-GUITARIST
GRACIE FINNIGAN-FOX-VOCALIST
DAVID BARGERON-TROMBONE, TUBA

OCT. 24 JAKE HERTZOG MIDNIGHT

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
SETS AT 8:30 & 10:30PM (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED)
LES PAUL TRIO SETS REMAIN AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

The Les Paul Trio With Special Guests At The Iridium Jazz Club Upcoming Schedule

The Iridium Jazz Club will continue to celebrate Les Paul the man, his music and his legacy every Monday night with

THE LES PAUL TRIO
LOU PALLO – GUITAR, JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO, NICKI PARROTT – BASS

With Special Guests
OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL
OCT. 26 BUCKY PIZZARELLI
NOV. 2 & 16 STANLEY JORDAN
NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER
NOV. 23 & 30 MIKE STERN
DEC. 7 & 14 PAT MARTINO WITH ELDAR
DEC. 21 & 28 JOSE FELICIANO


OCT. 19 LARRY CORYELL


LARRY CORYELL is one of the world's acknowledged guitar masters. He has recorded more than 75 albums over the past 40 years as a bandleader, soloist and 'featured accompanist'. Hailed by his legion of fans as one of "the guitar gods" in the late 1970s and as a "truly Renaissance musician who excels at all styles of playing", he has also been christened as "a true pioneer of rock-jazz fusion" by the New York Times, and dubbed "the Godfather of Fusion" by Dan Ouellette of Down Beat Magazine.
http://larrycoryell.net/

OCT 26 BUCKY PIZZARELLI  

For more than six decades, the legendary Bucky Pizzarelli has had a stellar career. “The complete jazz musician”, he was a fixture in jazz and the studios since the early ‘50s. The list of big bands and vocalists with whom Bucky has performed and recorded reads like a veritable Who's Who of Jazz. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand, playing and touring with Benny Goodman, Zoot Sims, Bud Freeman, and Stephane Grappelli, and, later, recording with George Van Eps, Carl Kress and George Barnes. His superior mastery of the seven-string guitar is unparalleled. The beloved guitarist has developed a very personal style that sets him apart. He lives in Saddle River, New Jersey, with his wife, Ruth.

“...moves effortlessly from the daunting format of the solo guitar to playing solid, swinging rhythm and single string solos..” RIVERWALK.ORG


NOV. 2 & 16 STANLEY JORDAN

From the moment he made his debut in 1985 with the gold-selling Grammy® nominated album Magic Touch, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has proven himself as a forward thinking innovator. With his nimbly executed “touch” or “tap” technique, he ushered a dazzling and spellbinding new sound into the world of progressive instrumental music.
http://www.stanleyjordan.com/

NOV. 9 STEVE MILLER

Steve Miller is one of the most famous blues-rock guitarists to emerge from the 1960s. From his early days in San Francisco to his top-selling pop/rock hits of the  '70s and early '80s  "The Joker," "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock'n Me," and "Abracadabra. Born in Milwaukee, Wi. in 1943 Steve was befriended by guitar pioneer Les Paul who was a frequent visitor to the Miller household and is considered Les’s ‘Godson’.  A portion of the door proceeds for this show will benefit the Les Paul Foundation dedicated to keeping his legacy alive for future generations.

NOV. 23 & 30 MIKE STERN


In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, five-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers of his generation.
http://www.mikestern.org/

DEC. 7 & 14 PAT MARTINO WITH ELDAR


Pat began playing professionally in 1961. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Stanley Clark, Eric Kloss, Trudy Pitts, Willis Jackson, Lloyd Price, Woody Herman, Chuck Israels, Charles Earland, Barry Miles and Joe Pesci. Since 1967, Pat has been touring as a leader. He has been a Recording Artist for Vanguard, Prestige, Warner Brothers, Muse, Columbia, King, Paddlewheel, Evidence, Sony, 32 Jazz, High Note, Milestone, Polydor, Concord, Fantasy, House of Blues, Mythos, Mainstream, Cobblestone, Atlantic and, most currently, Blue Note Records.
http://patmartino.com/

Eldar left his native Kyrgystan for the United States in 1998, a boy of 11 with a slight grasp of English but an astonishing natural talent that immediately captured the attention of the jazz world. In the last seven years, with the support of his family, he has established American roots as he continued his education, absorbed the culture, and emerged as one of the most distinctive jazz pianists of the new generation.
http://www.eldarjazz.com/

Rock In Peace For Les Paul

Legendary recording artist, studio pioneer, and virtuoso guitarist Les Paul passed away at the age of 94 on August 13, 2009, due to complications from pneumonia. Despite having earned more than 30 gold records during his career, Paul is most famous for inventing the multi-track recorder and overdubbing his guitar playing. In addition, he nearly single-handedly popularized and revolutionized the solid-body guitar by experimenting with feedback, distortion, and note-holding. The electric guitar's ubiquitous role in rock and roll is largely due to Paul's contributions even though country, pop, jazz, and swing remained the innovator's music of choice. However, his name remains synonymous with the Gibson guitar named after him; more than 50 years after its introduction, it remains the model most commonly associated with rock--and musicians such as Slash, Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, and Jimmy Page. The Wisconsin native's hits include "Wither Thou Goest," "How High the Moon," and "Vaya Con Dios." A multiple Grammy winner, Paul is also a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee, and National Medal of Arts recipient.

LesPaulA private Funeral service will be held in New York. A service in Waukesha, WI will be announced at a later date. Details will follow and will be announced for all services. Memorial tributes for the public will be announced at a future date.  The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Les Paul Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

For the past twelve years Les Paul appeared every Monday night at the Iridium Jazz Club despite advancing age and sever arthritis each week he delivered a first class show packed with his trademark guitar licks, hit songs and his patented ribald good humor.  An amazing run for any artist, but for Les this is what he lived for.  He was from the old school of the ‘show must go on’ so in that spirit the Iridium Jazz Club will continue to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy.

Iridium Jazz Club Honors Les Paul
Monday, August 17, 2009
8 & 10PM

Featuring:  BUCKY PIZZARELLI WITH THE LES PAUL & HIS TRIO - JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS - Plus Surprise Guests

IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB
1650 BROADWAY (CORNER OF 51ST)
NEW YORK, NY 10023
RESERVATIONS: 212-582-2121
HTTP://WWW.IRIDIUMJAZZCLUB.COM/
Sets at 8:00 & 10:00PM

Les Paul: 1915-2009

Les Paul, acclaimed guitar player, entertainer and inventor, passed away today from complications of severe pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plain, New York, surrounded by family and loved ones. He had been receiving the best available treatment through this final battle and in keeping with his persona, he showed incredible strength, tenacity and courage. The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks for the thoughts and prayers from his dear friends and fans. Les Paul was 94.

les-paulOne of the foremost influences on 20th century sound and responsible for the world’s most famous guitar, the Les Paul model, Les Paul’s prestigious career in music and invention spans from the 1930s to the present. Though he’s indisputably one of America’s most popular, influential, and accomplished electric guitarists, Les Paul is best known as an early innovator in the development of the solid body guitar. His groundbreaking design would become the template for Gibson’s best-selling electric, the Les Paul model, introduced in 1952. Today, countless musical legends still consider Paul’s iconic guitar unmatched in sound and prowess. Among Paul’s most enduring contributions are those in the technological realm, including ingenious developments in multi-track recording, guitar effects, and the mechanics of sound in general.

Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wisconsin on June 9, 1915, Les Paul was already performing publicly as a honky-tonk guitarist by the age of 13. So clear was his calling that Paul dropped out of high school at 17 to play in Sunny Joe Wolverton’s Radio Band in St. Louis. As Paul’s mentor, Wolverton was the one to christen him with the stage name “Rhubarb Red,” a moniker that would follow him to Chicago in 1934. There, Paul became a bonafide radio star, known as both hillbilly picker Rhubarb Red and Django Reinhardt-informed jazz guitarist Les Paul. His first recordings were done in 1936 on an acoustic—alone as Rhubarb Red, as well as backing blues singer Georgia White. The next year he formed his first trio, but by 1938 he’d moved to New York to begin his tenure on national radio with one of the more popular dance orchestras in the country, Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians.

Tinkering with electronics and guitar amplification since his youth, Les Paul began constructing his own electric guitar in the late ’30s. Unhappy with the first generation of commercially available hollowbodies because of their thin tone, lack of sustain, and feedback problems, Paul opted to build an entirely new structure. “I was interested in proving that a vibration-free top was the way to go,” he has said. “I even built a guitar out of a railroad rail to prove it. What I wanted was to amplify pure string vibration, without the resonance of the wood getting involved in the sound.” With the good graces of Epiphone president Epi Stathopoulo, Paul used the Epiphone plant and machinery in 1941 to bring his vision to fruition. He affectionately dubbed the guitar “The Log.”  

Les Paul’s tireless experiments sometimes proved to be dangerous, and he nearly electrocuted himself in 1940 during a session in the cellar of his Queens apartment. During the next two years of rehabilitation, Les earned his living producing radio music. Forced to put the Pennsylvanians and the rest of his career on hold, Les Paul moved to Hollywood. During World War II, he was drafted into the Army but permitted to stay in California, where he became a regular player for Armed Forces Radio Service. By 1943 he had assembled a trio that regularly performed live, on the radio, and on V-Discs. In 1944 he entered the jazz spotlight—thanks to his dazzling work filling in for Oscar Moore alongside Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, and other superstars —at the first of the prestigious Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts.

By his mid-thirties, Paul had successfully combined Reinhardt-inspired jazz playing and the western swing and twang of his Rhubarb Red persona into one distinctive, electrifying style. In the Les Paul Trio he translated the dizzying runs and unusual harmonies found on Jazz at the Philharmonic into a slower, subtler, more commercial approach. His novelty instrumentals were tighter, brasher, and punctuated with effects. Overall, the trademark Les Paul sound was razor-sharp, clean-shaven, and divinely smooth.

As small combos eclipsed big bands toward the end of World War II, Les Paul Trio’s popularity grew. They cut records for Decca both alone and behind the likes of Helen Forrest, the Andrews Sisters, the Delta Rhythm Boys, Dick Hayes, and, most notably, Bing Crosby. Since 1945, when the crooner brought them into the studio to back him on a few numbers, the Trio had become regular guests on Crosby’s hit radio show. The highlight of the session was Paul’s first No. 1 hit and million-seller, the gorgeous “It’s Been a Long, Long Time.”

lesMeanwhile, Paul began to experiment with dubbing live tracks over recorded tracks, also altering the playback speed. This resulted in “Lover (When You’re Near Me),” his revolutionary 1947 predecessor to multi-track recording. The hit instrumental featured Les Paul on eight different electric guitar parts, all playing together. In 1948, Paul nearly lost his life to a devastating car crash that shattered his right arm and elbow. Still, he convinced doctors to set his broken arm in the guitar-picking and cradling position. Laid up but undaunted, Paul acquired a first generation Ampex tape recorder from Crosby in 1949, and began his most important multi-tracking adventure, adding a fourth head to the recorder to create sound-on-sound recordings. While tinkering with the machine and its many possibilities, he also came up with tape delay. These tricks, along with another recent Les Paul innovation—close mic-ing vocals—were integrated for the first time on a single recording: the 1950 No. 1 tour de force “How High the Moon.” This historic track was performed during a duo with future wife Mary Ford. The couple’s prolific string of hits for Capitol Records not only included some of the most popular recordings of the early 1950s, but also wrote the book on contemporary studio production. The dense but crystal clear harmonic layering of guitars and vocals, along with Ford’s close mic-ed voice and Paul’s guitar effects, produced distinctively contemporary recordings with unprecedented sonic qualities. Through hits, tours, and popular radio shows, Paul and Ford kept one foot in the technological vanguard and the other in the cultural mainstream.

All the while, Les Paul continued to pine for the perfect guitar. Though The Log came close, it wasn’t quite what he was after. In the early 1950s, Gibson Guitar would cultivate a partnership with Paul that would lead to the creation of the guitar he’d seen only in his dreams. In 1948, Gibson elected to design its first solidbody, and Paul, a self-described “dyed-in-the-wool Gibson man,” seemed the right man for the job. Gibson avidly courted the guitar legend, even driving deep into the Pennsylvania mountains to deliver the first model to newlyweds Les Paul and Mary Ford. “Les played it, and his eyes lighted up,” then-Gibson President Ted McCarty has recalled. The year was 1950, and Paul had just signed on as the namesake of Gibson’s first electric solidbody, with exclusive design privileges. Working closely with Paul, Gibson forged a relationship that would change popular culture forever. The Gibson Les Paul model—the most powerful and respected electric guitar in history—began with the 1952 release of the Les Paul Goldtop. After introducing the original Les Paul Goldtop in 1952, Gibson issued the Black Beauty, the mahogany-topped Les Paul Custom, in 1954. The Les Paul Junior (1954) and Special (1955) were also introduced before the canonical Les Paul Standard hit the market in 1958. With revolutionary humbucker pickups, this sunburst classic has remained unchanged for the half-century since it hit the market.

“The world has lost a truly innovative and exceptional human being today. I cannot imagine life without Les Paul. He would walk into a room and put a smile on anyone’s face. His musical charm was extraordinary and his techniques unmatched anywhere in the world,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. “We will dedicate ourselves to preserving Les’ legacy to insure that it lives on forever. He touched so many lives throughout his remarkable life and his influence extends around the globe and across every boundary. I have lost a dear, personal friend and mentor, a man who has changed so many of our lives for the better.”

“I don’t think any words can describe the man we know as Les Paul adequately. The English language does not contain words that can pay enough homage to someone like Les. As the “Father of the Electric Guitar”, he was not only one of the world’s greatest innovators  but a legend who created, inspired and contributed to the success of musicians around the world,” said Dave Berryman, President of Gibson Guitar. “I have had the privilege to know and work with Les for many, many years and his passing has left a deep personal void. He was simply put – remarkable in every way. As a person, a musician, a friend, an inventor. He will be sorely missed by us all,”

les-paulWith the rise of the rock ’n’ roll revolution of 1955, Les Paul and Mary Ford’s popularity began to wane with younger listeners, though Paul would prove to be a massive influence on younger generation of guitarists. Still, Paul and Ford maintained their iconic presence with their wildly popular television show, which ran from 1953-1960. In 1964, the couple, parents to a son and daughter, divorced. Paul began playing in Japan, and recorded an LP for London Records before poor health forced him to take time off—as much as someone so inspired can take time off.  In the 1977, Paul resurfaced with a Grammy-winning Chet Atkins collaboration, Chester and Lester. Then the ailing guitarist, who’d already suffered arthritis and permanent hearing loss, had a heart attack, followed by bypass surgery.

Ever stubborn, Les recovered, and returned to live performance in the late 1980s. Even releasing the 2005 double-Grammy winner Les Paul & Friends: American Made World Played, featuring collaborations with a veritable who’s who of the electric guitar, including dozens of illustrious fans like Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Joe Perry. In 2008, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame paid tribute to Les Paul in a week-long celebration of his life which culminated with a live performance by Les himself.  Until recently Les continued to perform two weekly New York shows with the Les Paul Trio, at The Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, for over twelve years where a literal who’s who of the entertainment world has paid homage.  It has been an honor to have Les Paul perform at The Iridium Jazz Club  for the past twelve years hosting such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and others and is a tragic loss to owner Ron Sturm both personally and professionally. Iridium intends to celebrate Les Paul's music and legacy every Monday night.

Les Paul has since become the only individual to share membership into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Les is survived by his three sons Lester (Rus) G.  Paul, Gene W. Paul and Robert (Bobby) R. Paul, his daughter Colleen Wess, son-in-law Gary Wess, long time friend Arlene Palmer,  five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A private Funeral service will be held in New York. A service in Waukesha, WI will be announced at a later date. Details will follow and will be announced for all services. Memorial tributes for the public will be announced at a future date.   The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Les Paul Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

Stanley Jordan With The Les Paul Trio

stanley-jordanStanley Jordan plays with an uncommon depth of feeling. Many who see him perform for the first time are struck by the emotional intensity of his playing. There are times when he seems totally immersed in the music. As a listener, it is hard not to be affected by this feeling. Before you know it, you are drawn in to a new musical world with its own rules and its own seemingly limitless possibilities. And whether he's spinning out ever-new variations on songs he's played for years, or creating new songs on the spot, his shows are dependably unpredictable.

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The Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased To Present:

STANLEY JORDAN WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO
JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS  

MONDAY JULY 20 & 27

SETS AT 8:00 & 10:00PM

Bucky Pizzarelli With The Les Paul Trio

John 'Bucky' Pizzarelli (1926) began his professional career in 1943 at 17 years old playing in the Vaughn Monroe dance band. He toured and recorded with Monroe through 1951, and in 1952 he joined NBC as a staff musician. At NBC, for many years, he played in the Doc Severinson Band on the Tonight Show. He also toured and recorded with Benny Goodman into the 1980's.

bucky pizzarelliIn New York, Pizzarelli worked mainly as a freelance musician in the studios and he appeared on many recordings as part of the rhythm section. One of the era's most solid rhythm players, Pizzarelli was in high demand to provide propulsion and background for other musicians.

His recordings as leader began to appear in the 1970's with recordings like Green Guitar Blues. On this recording Pizzarelli established a pattern he repeated throughout his career. That is, playing and recording some of the great historic guitar compositions from the 1930's. On this recording he pays homage to Carl Kress and Dick McDonough by including Chicken A La Swing. A few years later he paid tribute to these two guitarists again on his Guitar Quintet LP. On April Kisses from 1999, he includes original music by Carl Kress, George Van Eps and George M. Smith.

Bucky Pizzarelli has carried forward other jazz guitar traditions as well.

His extraordinary skill as a rhythm player places him in the company of the great rhythm players like Freddie Greene and Barry Galbraith. And he has brought forward the great chord solo tradition begun by George Van Eps and Dick McDonough. Like George Van Eps, Bucky Pizzarelli adopted the seven-string electric guitar (in fact, playing the Gretsch Van Eps model for many years). And, although this guitar is very popular today, for many years, Bucky Pizzarelli, was considered the only guitarist next to George Van Eps, to play the seven-string electric guitar exclusively.

Along with being a dedicated preservationist of the old guitar music and the early styles of playing, Bucky Pizzarelli has also developed a very personal style that sets him apart. Recordings like Love Songs and NY Swing present a picture of the complete jazz musician and guitarist who moves effortlessly from the daunting format of the solo guitar to playing solid, swinging rhythm and single string solos in an ensemble setting.

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The Iridium Jazz Club Is Pleased To Present:

BUCKY PIZZARELLI WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO MONDAY, JULY 6TH Sets at 8 & 10PM   JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS