Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mick Taylor will make a rare NYC appearance for a week of shows at The Iridium May 9-14. The final night of the run will mark the launch of "Guitar World & The Iridium Present," a new monthly series highlighting the world's best guitarists performing with The Les Paul Trio. Tickets are on-sale today, with an exclusive pre-sale available to fans of The Iridium on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/yzOqIV
Taylor, ranked #37 on Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 100 Guitarists of All Time list, joined the Stones for their most iconic records from 1969-1974, including 'Let It Bleed,' 'Sticky Fingers,' and 'Exile on Main Street.' He came to the band at the age of 20 following several years with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, and after his tenure with the Stones went on to perform with everyone from Bob Dylan to Percy Sledge. At the Iridium, Taylor will perform May 9-13 with an all-star band featuring Max Middleon (keyboards), Wilbur Bascomb (bass), Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums), and Jon Paris (guitar/vocals). For May 14th's Guitar World & The Iridium Present show, Taylor will be joined by Middleton and The Les Paul Trio.
Since Les Paul's death in 2009, his Trio--guitarist Lou Pallo, bassist Nicki Parrott, and pianist John Colianni--has carried on his legacy, performing every Monday night with special guests that have included guitar heroes from a variety of genres, including Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Ted Nugent, and Robert Randolph. IridiumLive, the club's new record label launching April 3, will capture the magic of these and other special performances at The Iridium with their HD 32-track studio. The first release, 'A Jazz Tribute to Les,' features the Trio performing with Nels Cline of Wilco, Stanley Jordan, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Jane Monheit.
In Les' honor, The Iridium seeks to balance living legends like Taylor with cutting edge guitarists like Wayne Krantz, who will perform with the Trio April 9 and celebrate his record release at the club April 12-15. A portion of the door from each Les Paul Monday show goes to benefit The Les Paul Foundation, which pays tribute to Paul's memory by supporting music education, engineering and innovation.
WHO: Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor
WHAT: "Guitar World & The Iridium Present" Series Launch
WHERE: The Iridium, 1650 Broadway (@ 51st St), NYC
WHEN: May 9-14 @ 8 & 10pm
For a complete calendar of events at the Iridium, visit: http://www.theiridium.com/calendar
The Iridium on the Web: http://www.theiridium.com http://www.facebook.com/iridiumjazzclub http://twitter.com/iridiumjazzclub
Guitar World on the Web:http://www.guitarworld.comhttps://www.facebook.com/GuitarWorldhttp://twitter.com/guitarworld
Watch Live Online at: http://www.iridiumlive.net
The Les Paul Foundation: http://www.lespaulfoundation.org/
About The Iridium:
Deemed "hallowed ground" by legendary guitarist Steve Miller, The Iridium stage has played a part in launching the careers of countless artists, though it may be known best as The Home of Les Paul. Called "The Father of the Electric Guitar," Paul performed at The Iridium weekly for more than 12 years until his passing in 2009. Today, the Les Paul Trio continues on in his honor, showcasing the diversity of the electric guitar every Monday night with world-class special guests that have included Jeff Beck, Ted Nugent, Nels Cline, and Robert Randolph among others.
About Guitar World:
Guitar World is the world’s leading guitar magazine. Professionals and beginners alike turn to Guitar World for top coverage of their favorite artists, from rock titans like Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Metallica's Kirk Hammett to contemporary stars like the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl and Tool's Adam Jones. For over 30 years, Guitar World magazine has offered broad-ranging interviews that cover technique, instruments and lifestyles as well as Guitar World’s famously accurate transcriptions of the greatest songs in rock, metal, blues, punk and more. Not only is it the category leader in retail outlets like Walmart, Guitar World is now available digitally on iTunes, Amazon and the Nook. Guitarworld.com is the home of all the latest and greatest guitar news, lessons, tablature, behind the scenes and videos. Guitar World's "Lick of the Day" is one of the top downloaded apps on the iTunes store and was most recently voted "App of the Week." Find out more at www.GuitarWorld.com