Live Music Performances at New York's Famous Iridium Jazz ClubIridium Jazz Club, at 51st Street (1650 Broadway New York City, NY 10019)
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What a great event! Intimate space, no bad seats. Wonderful waitstaff. Food/drinks = good value and choices. My first time to a club in NYC and I loved it and plan to go again next time. Not touristy at all. (They could use more souvenirs - LOL!) Safe, easily-accessed venue. (Its downstairs, though, which is a little confusing when you first arrive.) High quality musicians. Our only quibble was with the shortish sets. Thanks, Goldstar!
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Carol Sudhalter is wonderful. However, Iridium is remarkably overpriced, targeting the wealthy and/or ignorant tourists. Their management is greedy: e.g., $12-15 for a mere 2-3 ounces of wine. They also TAX the very expensive per-set MUSIC COVER CHARGE -- this is simply Not Done in jazz venues, and may be illegal. The music charge should be separate from the food and beverage bill, at the least. I could not possibly have afforded to remain for the second half of my friend's birthday celebration performance. To complicate matters, the $25 (first-set) music charge had been added -- and taxed -- on my check, depsite my having bought tickets from Goldstar already. A revised bill was brought to me, and it was someone else's check; eventually this was straightened out, but I am not happy; although, I'm sure I contributed to the confusion. I've lived in Manhattan 35 years and have attended hundreds of jazz performances, but I don't expect to visit Iridium again. It's always been too expensive, which is why I felt I couldn't even come to hear Les Paul over the years. It's not economically accessible to most jazz aficionados. I hope the musicians (my friends) were adequately paid and well-treated last evening.
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May 31, 2013: Gerald Clayton Trio
Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today´s jazz lexicon. Hailed by The New York Times for his “huge, authoritative presence,” Clayton is well on his way toward etching his own enduring mark in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Never has this been more apparent than in Life Forum, his latest recording on Concord Jazz and his most ambitious project to date.
June 2, 2013: Paquito D'Rivera Havana Nights
Paquito D’Rivera defies categorization. The winner of eleven Grammy Awards, he is celebrated both for his artistry in Latin jazz and his achievements as a classical composer. His numerous recordings include more than 30 solo albums. In 1988, he was a founding member of the United Nation Orchestra, a 15-piece ensemble organized by Dizzy Gillespie to showcase the fusion of Latin and Caribbean influences with jazz. D’Rivera continues to appear as guest conductor. A Grammy was awarded the United Nation Orchestra in 1991, the same year D’Rivera received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Carnegie Hall for his contributions to Latin music. Additionally, D’Rivera’s highly acclaimed ensembles- the Chamber Jazz Ensemble, the Paquito D’Rivera Big Band, and the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet are in great demand world wide.
June 3, 2013: Lee Ritenour and The Les Paul Trio with Special Guests Bill Evans & Anton Fig
Grammy-winning contemporary jazz-funk-rock guitarist Lee Ritenour celebrates what would've been Les Paul’s 98th birthday with saxophonist Bill Evans and drummer Antony Fig. Ritenour got his start at age 16 in a session with the Mamas and the Papas. He's since gone on to record over 40 albums, with 35 hit songs, including the Top 15 “Is It You." He also founded the successful contemporary jazz combo Fourplay, whose debut album spent a record 33 weeks at No.1 on the Billboard chart. His 2010 disc, Lee Ritenour's Six-String Theory, was a multiple award winner, and he released his latest, Rhythm Sessions, in 2012.
June 11, 2013: Nobody's Business Trio
Cadden Jones, Alecia Evans and Linda Sue Moshier are all experienced actors and singers, who've performed worldwide on stage in Broadway and other tours and as cabaret singers.
(Lineup information is current at time of publication, but subject to change without notice.)
About the Ticket Supplier: ScoBar Entertainment
The Iridium Jazz Club has been thrilling International jazz fans since 1994 and is proud to announce an even better Iridium Jazz Club, now located at 1650 Broadway at 51st, in a historic jazz neighborhood. The New Iridium Jazz Club has been designed to be among the best live music experiences available anywhere! Improvements to the club include a new state of the art Meyer Sound System conceived by no less an authority than the legendary guitarist Les Paul, Acoustics, Lighting, Design and a Recording Studio. What hasn't changed is Iridium's stellar roster of jazz artists, including Les Paul who plays every Monday, along with our Wine Spectator award winning wine list and upscale cuisine.