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Jane Lee Hooker, Ellen Kaye, Vernon Reid and More Set for The Iridium This Summer

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Coming up at The Iridium are: NYC's all-women blues band Jane Lee HOOKER on July 23; Ellen Kaye with UK guitarist PAUL ROSE and Ethan Fein and the LiveIt!LIVE Band on July 26; VERNON REID POWER TRIO on July 29; and soul singer/songwriter/guitarist Raul Midon on September 24 & 25. Scroll down for details!


THE IRIDIUM Calendar: As of June 27, 2016
*Tickets available at TicketWeb via The Iridium's website and The Iridium Box Office: 1650 Broadway at 51st Street / 212.582.2121
**There is a $15.00 food/drink minimum at all shows per person.
JAZZ
Mon. June 27 | 8:30pm - BRIAN NEWMAN Presents: Eyes On The City - An Album Preview
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Featuring the Brian Newman Octet plus special guests
Playing Eyes On The City in its entirety plus other classics. Brian Newman, best known as Lady Gaga's jazz bandleader, collaborated with the pop superstar and legendary singer Tony Bennett on their 2014 Grammy-winning album Cheek to Cheek which featured arraignments by Newman and his band. The single, "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" debuted at number one on the Billboard Charts. Brian is will soon be releasing his own album Eyes On The City, produced by Cheek to Cheek producer Dae Bennett, showcasing his band and their talents.
SWING
Tues. June 28 | 8:30pm - Jerry Costanzo & HIS ORCHESTRA - "Hello Mr. Cole" - A Tribute to Nat King Cole
TICKET PRICE: $30.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Popular NYC Singer and bandleader Jerry Costanzo will perform a mix of timeless standards inspired by the great Nat King Cole. Jerry and his orchestra pay tribute to what some have called "The Voice Of The 20th Century." Jerry will be performing classic favorites, such as "Straighten Up And Fly Right," "Walking My Baby Back Home," "Nature Boy," "Unforgettable," as well as original Nat Cole inspired arrangements from his CD releases, "Destination Moon," "Can't We Be Friends" and "Invitation." Jerry will be accompanied by his all-star 9-piece swing orchestra.
BLUES/ROCK
Wed. June 29 | 8:30pm - Ricky Byrd BLUES BAND
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Ricky Byrd was a 2015 Rock and Roll hall of fame Inductee with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Founder/CEO of Ricky Byrd's Clean Getaway
Byrd is Recovery Troubadour and activist who has performed, recorded and/or toured with Roger Daltrey, Ian Hunter, Southside Johnny, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Mavis Staples, Billy Squier, Darlene Love, Ronnie Spector,BrIan Wilson, Steve Miller, Graham Nash, Don Felder, Alice Cooper, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Mick Taylor, Dion, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Bramlett, Billie Joe Armstrong, Bill Medley, Paul Shaffer and more.
POP/ROCK
Thurs. June 30 | 8:30pm - CHINA CRISIS
TICKET PRICE: $27.00; $40.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: English pop/rock band China Crisis rose to fame in the 1980s, with five Top 40 singles and three Top 40 albums in the UK, as well as commercial success worldwide.
JAZZ
Fri. July 1 & Sat. July 2 | 8pm - Ed Palermo BIG BAND BBQ playing the music of Zappa, Rundgren, Tull, King Crimson, Beatles & more
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Since 1980, The Ed Palermo Big Band has been playing unique arrangements of Frank Zappa's music. Palermo himself has worked with Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, and also arranged music for JAmes Brown.
SOUL R&B
Wed. July 6 | 8pm - LINDSEY WEBSTER
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: The success of Lindsey Webster's first album and winning "Best Acoustic Song" in the Independent Music Awards caught the eye of Atlanta Records, whom she signed with to release her second album, You Change. Appropriately titled, You Change shows a real transition and beautiful growth for Webster as an artist. While humbled her voice has been compared to R&B royalty Sade, Mariah Carey, and Anita Baker, Lindsey looks to bring her distinct style to Soul R&B and continue to make music that resonates with her fans.
BLUES
Thurs. July 7 | 8pm & 10pm - MATT SCHOFIELD
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $35.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: A British Blues Hall of Fame, Matt Schofield is lauded as the British blues guitarist today.
ROCK
Fri. July 8 & Sat. July 9 | 8:30pm & 10:30pm - THE Michael Landau GROUP
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Instrumental solo artist and composer Michael Landau is a prolific session guitarist who has played on hundreds of records since the 1980's. Some session highlights include: Pink Floyd, MiLes Davis, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Michael Jackson and Rod Stewart. He has recently shared the stage in band projects with Robben Ford, Steve Gadd, Jimmy Herring and Wayne Krantz, and toured with Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and his own project The Michael Landau Group. With many releases under his own name, the latest being the critically acclaimed Organic Instrumentals on Tone Center Records, his music flows intensely, ranging from spooky ballads with beautiful improvisation to rowdy voodoo Rock 'n' Roll with vocals. This all-star band features Andy Hess on bass, Gary Novak on drums.
JAZZ
Mon. July 11 | 8pm - Presented by Citi Beyond: DAVE DAMIANI & THE NO VACANCY ORCHESTRA with special guest Molly Ringwald
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Dave Damiani & The No Vacancy Orchestra have been traveling the country promoting the new SINATRA 100 book doing shows in Los Angeles, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Palm Springs. They have performed with Renee Olstead, George Benson, Jane Monheit, Landau Murphy Jr, Steve Tyrell, Billy Vera, Johnny Mandel, Haley Reinhart, Dave Koz, and will be joined by Molly Ringwald for this special performance.
JAZZ
Tues. July 12 | 8pm - Veronica Swift
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Veronica Swift, age 22, is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Last month, she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica's first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 for "Women in Jazz" series at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. She will headline at the Telluride Jazz Festival in Colorado this summer - her 10th appearance there - but first as a headliner.
ROCK
Wed. July 13 | 8pm - MIKE DELGUIDICE (from the Billy Joel Band and his own band Big Shot)
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $35.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike DelGuidice has been turning heads and wowing audiences both on-stage with Billy Joel, and as the leader of his own band BIG SHOT. DelGuidice returns to The Iridium backed by one of the most dynamic and seasoned bands in the industry, performing originals as well as songs by Sting, James Taylor, Led Zeppelin, Rush, The Beatles, McCartney, Elton John and more.
BLUES
Thurs. July 14 | 8pm - TINSLEY ELLIS
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $35.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Guitarist, singer and songwriter Tinsley Ellis plays a blend of Memphis rhythm and blues, Southwest blues, and urban funk. Tinsley Ellis is releasing 'Red Clay Soul' on June 3rd, and this will be a part of his tour in celebration of this new CD. Tinsley's last album, 'Tough Love' is up for a Blues Foundation Award this year.
ROCK/BLUES
Fri. July 15 | 8:30pm - THE BELL BOTTOM BLUES
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: The ultimate Clapton tribute band will be performing a special show to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs.
BLUES ROCK
Sat. July 16 | 8pm - KIM SIMMONDS and SAVOY BROWN
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown celebrate 50 continuous years of touring including more than 5,000 gigs from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Fillmore East and West, and now back at The Iridium! One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970's. Last Spring, the band released The Devil To Pay, Simmonds' 46th album, and it shows what 50 years giving one-hundred and ten percent can do.
BLUES/SWING
Tues. July 19 | 8:30pm - SHARon Clark "The Swing Set" with the Chris Grasso Trio
TICKET PRICE: $30.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Washington, D.C. standout Sharón Clark has brought festival and concert audiences to their feet across the U.S. and Europe, and she won New York's Bistro Award for Best Vocalist.
BLUES
Wed. July 20 | 8:30pm - BLUES CARAVAN 2016: BLUE SISTERS - Layla Zoe, Tasha Taylor, Ina Forsman
TICKET PRICE: $20.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Now in its 12th triumphant year, the Blues Caravan is a touring showcase for the hottest young acts on the Ruf label. With past treks helping launch stars including Joanne Shaw Taylor, Laurence Jones and Samantha Fish, it's a springboard for the blues scene's next-big-things, and a magnet for fans who want to catch them before lift-off. In 2016, we've got a Blues Caravan lineup sure to Raise the Roof each night as it rolls across the USA and Europe. The Blue Sisters are Ina Forsman (Finland), Layla Zoe (Canada), Tasha Taylor (USA).
BLUES
Thurs. July 21 | 8pm - TANGIERS BLUES BAND with opening act Matt Rae
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: The Tangiers Blues Band line-up changes from show to show, with a deep rotation of musicians they have known and jammed with for many years, and in many different configurations. The band has performed their eclectic set of blues from clubs in NYC like The Iridium to the stages at Bonnaroo, opening for Gregg Allman and playing at Preservation Hall during Jazz Fest in New Orleans and Voodoo Fest. Some of the musicians that have joined the band on stage have included Dave Grohl, Tom Morello, Perry Farrell, Phil Lesh, Mike McCready, Lars Ulrich, members of the Dave Matthews Band and My Morning Jacket, Donald Fagen and Cage The Elephant.
BLUES
Sat. July 23 | 8pm & 10pm - Jane Lee HOOKER
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Jane Lee Hooker is a band of five women from New York City who infuse the grit and attitude of their hometown into the blues. With double lead guitars, a hard-driving rhythm section, and soul-scouring vocals, JLH honors the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Johnny Winter, Big Mama Thornton, and other blues greats. They've shared bills with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones), the Wailers, J*Davey Knowles, and the Death Valley Girls, among others. Individually, the members of JLH have played for thousands of fans while sharing bills with bands like Motörhead, MC5, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith, and Deep Purple.
ROCK
Mon. July 25 | 8pm - Mark Hudson: Mondays On The Hudson with Special Guests
TICKET PRICE: $27.50; $37.50 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Mark first came on the scene in a rock band with his brothers, Bill and Brett-the Hudson Brothers. Their band, deeply influenced by the Beatles, had two top-20 hits, "So You Are A Star" and "Rendezvous" produced by Bernie Taupin for Elton John's Rocket Records. Over the past 20 years Mark has written and produced hits for a laundry list of superstars including Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne, Harry Nilsson, Cher, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and Celine Dion.
CABARET/ROCK
Tues. July 26 | 8pm - Ellen Kaye with UK guitarist PAUL ROSE and Ethan Fein and the LiveIt!LIVE Band
TICKET PRICE: $35.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Entrepreneur/Nightclub Singer Ellen Kaye's singing career took off when she was booked at the original Monkey Bar, playing there every Friday and Saturday night for two years. She's performed in some of New York City's most prestigious rooms, including Town Hall. Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops, and regularly at The Iridium.
ROCK
Fri. July 29 | 8pm & 10pm - VERNON REID Power Trio
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $35.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: As the lead guitarist of Living Colour and a co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Vernon Reid has done a great deal to undermine stereotypical expectations of what music black artists ought to play; his rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his anarchic, lightning-fast solos have become something of a hallmark as well.
ROCK
Sat. July 30, Aug. 6 & Sat. Aug. 13 | 7pm & 10pm - MIKE PETERS (of The Alarm)
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $40.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Achieving over 15 Top 40 UK singles and over 5 million album sales worldwide along the way, Mike Peters formed The Alarm in 1981, first becoming successful with classic singles such as 'Sixty Eight Guns' and 'Rain In The Summertime.'
BLUES/FOLK/ROCK
Thurs. Aug. 4 & Fri. Aug. 5 | 8pm - DAVY KNOWLES
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Blues, rock, roots and Americana all have a promising future in the talented hands of Davy Knowles. He joined Peter Frampton, a mentor and the co-producer of his sophomore album, for a date on Frampton's Guitar Circus Tour, which included a stirring take on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that also featured the wizardry of Sonny Landreth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z45ePUh4So0). He has played opener slots for Warren Haynes & Gov't Mule, Jeff Beck, the Sammy Hagar/Joe Satriani "super group" Chickenfoot (Satriani has dubbed Davy, "My new favorite modern-day bluesman.") The Who, George Thorogood, Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
JAZZ
Wed. Aug. 10 & Fri. Aug. 12 | 8pm & 10pm - JAVON JACKSON, RON CARTER, BILLY DRUMMOND
TICKET PRICE: $30.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Javon Jackson came into international prominence as a member of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed MiLes Davis Quintet and is among the most original, prolific, and influential bassists in jazz. Billy Drummond first came to prominence in the late 1980s in the bands of three jazz legends: Horace Silver, J.J. Johnson, and Sonny Rollins, and is widely acknowledged as one of the great drummers of his generation.
JAZZ
Mon. Aug. 15 & Tues. Aug. 16 | 8pm - TUCK & PATTI
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $35.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: For 36 years this unique, genre-crossing vocal/guitar jazz duo has cast its passionate musical spell worldwide, capturing the hearts of lovers, the respect of jazz buffs and the jaw-dropping awe of guitarists and singers.
JAZZ
Fri. Aug. 19 & Sat. Aug. 20 | 8pm & 10pm - Ed Palermo BIG BAND featuring Napoleon Murphy Brock plays Zappa & Rundgren
TICKET PRICE: $30.00; $40.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Since 1980, The Ed Palermo Big Band has been playing unique arrangements of Frank Zappa's music. Palermo himself has worked with Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lena Horne, and also arranged music for JAmes Brown.
BLUES
Wed. Aug. 24 | 8pm - JAREKUS SINGLETON
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: At just 30 years old, Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton's cutting-edge sound-equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions-is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans.
JAZZ FUSION
Thurs. Aug. 25 & Fri. Aug. 26 | 8pm - STANLEY JORDAN
TICKET PRICE: $25.00; $35.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Grammy-nominated guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan was a frequent guest with Les Paul during Paul's legendary Monday night at The Iridium. Today, Jordan performs frequently as a soloist and with his band, as well as collaborating with jam bands such as the Dave Matthews Band, String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh, moe., and Umphrey's McGee.
BLUES/JAZZ
Sat. Aug. 27 | 8pm - Solomon Hicks
TICKET PRICE: $20.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: 20-year-old Harlem-based guitar prodigy Solomon Hicks. Hicks has been the lead guitarist with the 'ALL STARS BAND' since age 13. He has already toured all over the world and is a mainstay in today's NYC blues/jazz scene.
FOLK/ROCK/WORLD FUSION
Thurs. Sept. 8 | 8pm - THE RAGBIRDS
TICKET PRICE: $20.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: The Ragbirds music - a genre-bending hybrid of indie-pop melodies, global rhythms and songwriting styles influenced from all over the world - is as broad as their audience, which stretched from the group's hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, to the shores of Osaka, Japan (where they scored a Number One pop hit with the song "Book of Matches"). Written and recorded in the wake of the birth of co-founders Erin Zindle and Randall Moore's first child, The Threshold & The Hearth - the band's fifth studio album, was release March 25 on Rock Ridge Music.
R&B/SOUL
Fri. Sept. 9 & Sat. Sept. 10 | 8pm - Bettye Lavette
TICKET PRICE: $45.00; $65.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: 2016 Grammy nominee Bettye Lavette is one of very few of her contemporaries who were recording during the birth of soul music in the 60s and is still creating vital recordings today. Her first single was "My Man-He's a Loving Man" on Atlantic Records. The record charted #7 R&B and put her on her first national tour, with Ben E. King, Clyde McPhatter, and other Atlantic stars of the time. She continued recording throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's including stints on Atco, Epic, and Motown.
JAZZ
Thurs. Sept. 15 | 8pm & 10pm - Alex Skolnick TRIO: East Coast Unbound Tour 2016
TICKET PRICE: $25.00
ABOUT THE SHOW: Take the elegance of jazz guitar as inspired by Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Joe Pass. Blend it with the greatest melodies of heavy metal (Ozzy Osbourne, Scorpions and Aerosmith, et al). What do you get? Alex Skolnick Trio (AST). Known for their sophisticated re-harmonizations of heavy classics as well as quirky originals, AST perform with a depth, humor, and character that enthralls fans across the musical spectrum.
FOLK-ROCK
Fri. Sept. 16 | 8pm - AZTEC TWO-STEP
TICKET PRICE: $30.00; $40.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Celebrating their 45th Anniversary this year, Aztec Two-Step remains one of acoustic music's most beloved and enduring acts. In 1972, Aztec Two-Step, whose name comes from a poem by beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, burst upon the scene with their self-titled debut album on Elektra Records. Since then Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have spent a lifetime making music together as a folk-rock duo. Their first album, along with their subsequent albums for RCA Records, were staples of progressive FM and college radio and helped to bring the folk-rock music of the 1960s into the 70s and beyond.
SOUL/LATIN
Sat. Sept. 24 & Sun. Sept. 25 | 8pm & 10pm - Raul Midon
TICKET PRICE: $35.00; $45.00 Preferred Seating
ABOUT THE SHOW: Singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón has collaborated with such heroes as Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder, along with contributing to recordings by Jason Mraz, Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg and the soundtrack to Spike Lee's She Hate Me. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released seven albums since 1999, including the hit Studio Productions State of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005), A World Within a World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and Synthesis(Decca/Universal, 2009). Midón's most recent release is the captivating CD/DVD Invisible Chains - Live from NYC. His forthcoming album has the singer-guitarist adding producer-engineer to his portfolio of talents, with special computer software for the blind enabling him to engineer sessions on his own in his home studio. This project includes collaborations with Bill Withers, R&B singer-songwriter Lizz Wright, Cameroonian jazz bassist Richard Bona and Grammy-winning jazz singer Dianne Reeves.

The Iridium and its legacy as "The Home of Les Paul" has established the audiophile venue as a musical landmark in New York City, known as a destination for intimately experiencing the best jazz, blues and rock artists in the world. Over the last 20 years, The Iridium has built up a reputation for attracting iconic instrumentalists and vocalists seven nights a week, and as a result has grown in the diversity of its music offerings as emerging songwriters seek to join in the room's rich history of music discovery. Among the superstar acts that have graced The Iridium stage are Les Paul, who played weekly at The Iridium for more than 12 years until his passing in 2009, Jeff Beck, Steve Miller, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Zakk Wylde, Joe Satriani, The Rolling Stones' Mick Taylor and Charlie Watts, Max Roach, Michael Brecker, among many others. Today, in addition to its consistent draw of legendary rock guitarists and jazz and blues musicians, The Iridium regularly showcases next generation talent spanning a variety of genres including folk, indie pop, alt rock, R&B, cabaret and world music.

The "Father of the Electric Guitar," Les Paul is revered as a pioneer in electric guitars and music recording, having designed the sound system The Iridium uses to this day. This influence has led to The Iridium becoming one of the only NYC concert venues to double as a live recording studio boasting its own music label - IridiumLive. Since 2011, notable releases on the IridiumLive label have included Grammy-winning guitarist Albert Lee's 'Live At The Iridium' and 'Les Paul Trio And Friends: A Jazz Tribute to Les' featuring Les Paul's band performing with special guests Nels Cline of Wilco, jazz guitar legend Stanley Jordan, Jane Monheit, and Bucky Pizzarelli. Jeff Beck's Grammy-nominated 'Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul' is also among the historical recordings at The Iridium.


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