Marshall Crenshaw Confirms Run at the Iridium, 10/29-31
Marshall Crenshaw has confirmed a one-of-a-kind run at NYC's Iridium on October 29, 30, and 31 to honor the unsung heroes of the Gibson Les Paul guitar. The Iridium was Les Paul's home for more than a decade, so it's only fitting that Crenshaw will perform there with the late guitar giant's band, The Les Paul Trio. Also joining Crenshaw will be E Street Band keyboard/accordion player Charlie Giordano; Eagles guitarist SteuArt Smith; Late Show drummer Anton Fig; and special guest vocalist Nikki Jean, whose pop-soul debut, 'Pennies in a Jar' (S-Curve), features co-writes with legendary songwriters including Bob Dylan, Carole King, Burt Bacharach, Lamont Dozier, and Jimmy Webb. Opening night will be broadcast live online in HD audio and video at: http://www.theiridium.com/iridiumlive
For these special shows, Crenshaw will salute some of the early pioneers of the Gibson Les Paul, including Mickey Baker (Mickey and Sylvia), FrAnnie Beecher (Bill Haley), Al Nevins (The Three Suns), Jim Hall, and Freddy King.
"I was honored when The Iridium asked me about appearing with the Les Paul Trio," says Crenshaw. "Then it got me thinking about some of my favorite players who used Gibson Les Pauls, some of whom are obscure now even though they were big stars in their day. It'll be a blast to pay tribute to these great musical stylists, along with Nikki Jean and the other great people who've agreed to join us."
Nikki Jean's debut was released this summer to praise from The Wall Street Journal, People, and the NY Daily News, and earned her performances on Letterman, Tavis Smiley, and NPR's Weekend Edition among others.
The Iridium will donate 20% of the door on 10/31 to The Les Paul Foundation as part of their trademark Les Paul Mondays series, which celebrates Paul's profound impact on guitarists everywhere by inviting "Best of Breed" players from all genres to perform with his trio (guitarist Lou Pallo, pianist John Coliani, and bassist Nicki Parrot). The Les Paul Foundation seeks to honor Paul's legacy by supporting music education, engineering and innovation.