[Dixielandjazz] Les Paul 90th Birthday Salute at JVC

Steve barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 1 20:34:59 PDT 2005

Here is THE birthday party that all guitar lovers should attend. Note that
Philadelphia jazz legend Pat Martino will be performing. He is without
question, one of the greatest.

Steve Barbone


I'm thrilled and awed by all the admiration I'm receiving surrounding my
90th birthday. I think it's wonderful and I'm so glad to be around to be a
part of it.  It's much more than I could ever have dreamed. ­ Les Paul

NEW YORK, NY ­ One of the world's greatest gatherings of guitarists will
take the stage for ALL FOR PAUL: LES PAUL'S 90th BIRTHDAY SALUTE, a
star-studded celebration presented by Gibson Guitar at the JVC Jazz Festival
­ New York, at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 19, at 8:00 p.m.  Don¹t fret,
you can still pick seats for the concert at the Box Office, 57th Street &
7th Avenue, or by calling CarnegieCharge at (212) 247-7800.

Although the concert is 10 days after Les Paul¹s actual birthday, the party
will still be in full swing with Les at the helm of the stellar line-up of
jazz, rock, blues and classical guitarists and other special guests. Also
joining Les for the celebration are his long-time band members John
Colliani, piano; Lou Pallo, guitar; and Nicky Parrott, bass.

Les Paul, the father of the electric guitar, was born June 9, 1915, in
Waukesha, WI.  The five-time Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of
Famer is the inventor of the solid body electric guitar and the pioneer of
multi-track recording, the use of reverb and other techniques.  A limited
edition autobiography, Les Paul in His Own Words, is scheduled for release
on his birthday with each numbered copy signed by the man himself. He¹ll
also receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement
Award.  He continues his longstanding weekly performances at Iridium and is
recording an album (to be released this summer) of collaborations with some
of music's hottest artists.  A second book, The Les Paul Legacy, will be
released in coming months; and in June Capitol/EMI will reissue "Les Paul
with Mary Ford: The Best of The Capitol Masters (90th Birthday Edition)"
with new artwork, bonus tracks and liner notes written by Paul.  Guitarists
around the world favor his signature line of Gibson guitars, which debuted
in 1952.  

The all-star celebration features:

Tommy Emmanuel, a household name in his native Australia with fans all over
the world, began his professional career at the age of four and has played
and/or recorded with Eric Clapton, Chet Atkins, Air Supply, Stevie Wonder
and others.  He has more than 100 concerts left on this year's schedule
alone and his 15th and latest CD, "Endless Road," continues to win praise.

Jose Feliciano has recorded nearly 70 albums and has earned 16 Grammy
nominations and six Grammy Awards.  His cover of the Doors' "Light My Fire"
has become a classic and his version of "Feliz Navidad" is a Christmas

Peter Frampton became one of the biggest arena rock acts of the 70s with his
mainstream breakthrough double live album "Frampton Comes Alive."   In the
mid-90s, he recorded a follow-up "Frampton Comes Alive II" and recorded and
toured with Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings and Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band.
A new compilation of his music, "Frampton Gold," was released in April and
included tunes from "Alive II" and his 2003 album "Now."

Steve Lukather rose to fame as guitarist, vocalist and a songwriter with the
chart topping, Grammy Award winning band Toto.  He branched out with a solo
career, recording four albums, and collaborated with Larry Carlton for the
Grammy Award winning live album "No Substitutions."

Pat Martino has been performing professionally for over 40 years, working
with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Woody Herman and others.  He overcame
an aneurysm and re-learned his craft, enabling him to continue recording,
performing and teaching to great acclaim.

Steve Miller, with a string of multi-platinum albums including "Fly Like An
Eagle" and the 80s classic "Abracadabra," dazzles fans and critics alike
with his rock, jazz and blues influenced music. Les taught five-year old
Steve some chords on his new Gibson guitar and his father was the best man
when Les married Mary Ford; so it¹s doubly special for Steve to be on-hand
to celebrate the birthday of his life-long friend.

A master of the seven-string guitar, Bucky Pizzarelli toured with Vaughn
Monroe and Benny Goodman and has recorded with his son John on occasion
since the early 80s.

By the time he was 15, Neal Schon was traveling the world with Santana.  In
1973, he left the band to join Gregg Rolie in what would become the
mega-group Journey and is now the only original member of the band that has
been on every album.  In addition to Journey, which celebrates a new album,
"Generations," and hits the road on June 26 for the 30th Anniversary tour,
Schon has maintained a solo career that produced the Grammy nominated album
"Voice" and his latest solo offering, ³i on U,² as well as "WorldPlay" with
his band Soul SirkUs.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd became known as one of the young guns of blues music
when he released his first record ³Ledbetter Heights² in 1995 while still in
his teens.  The Gold record was followed by "Trouble Is Š," which earned him
a Grammy nomination, and his most recent outing "The Place You're In" is the
first album on which he does the majority of the lead vocals.

Blues-rock guitarist Derek Trucks hones his skills onstage with The Derek
Trucks Band and the Allman Brothers Band, where his slide playing has been
compared to the late Duane Allman.  He began performing professionally at
the age of 11 and has shared the stage with music legends Buddy Guy, Bob
Dylan and Stephen Stills.

Keyboardist Edgar Winter has been thrilling audiences and garnering critical
acclaim throughout his 35-five year career with such hits as "Frankenstein"
and "Free Ride" with The Edgar Winter Group. He has more than 20 albums and
numerous collaborations to his credit in addition to film, television
projects and live performances where he continues to display his cutting
edge style.

Madeleine Peyroux's voice has been described as timeless, dark and haunting,
but she lights up the stage with her musical stories.  A former street
musician in Paris, she took the music world by storm in 1996 with her debut
"Dreamland" and is reaping even greater accolades with her new CD, "Careless
Love," and an extensive worldwide tour.

The rhythm section features Steve Lukather along with Will Lee and Omar

Many people know Will Lee as the bassist for Paul Shaffer's CBS Orchestra on
the "Late Show with David Letterman," but he's also a highly sought after
session man.  Lee has toured with Horace Silver and Bette Midler and has
recorded with a Who's Who of top performers including David Sanborn, Frank
Sinatra, Ringo Starr and Barbra Streisand.  His solo CD "OH!" topped the
Jazz Beyond chart in Japan.

Omar Hakim, fusion drummer and consummate session man, got his first big
break when he joined Carly Simon's backing band.  He soon went on to perform
with David Bowie, Sting, Madonna and Celine Dion as well as jazz greats
Miles Davis, Roy Ayers and George Benson. His two solo albums combine jazz,
R&B and pop and gave him a platform to showcase his vocals earning him a
Grammy nomination for his CD "Rhythm Deep."

Added to the "house band" is special guest Eumir Deodato.

More special guests to be announced shortly.

For more information, visit the official JVC Jazz Festival ­ New York
website at www.festivalproductions.net.

Tickets for All for Paul: Les Paul 90th Birthday Salute are available at
Carnegie Hall, 57th & 7th Avenue, (212) 247-7800 or www.CarnegieHall.org.
For information and a Festival brochure, call (212) 501-1390 or (212)
501-1393 for Group Sales weekdays from 10:00 a.m. ­ 6:00 p.m. or write JVC
Jazz Festival ­ New York, P.O. Box 1169, Ansonia Station, New York, NY

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