Jazz Club Plans Live Releases

The Iridium, the Midtown music club known for its one-night-only collaborations and its long association with the late guitar legend Les Paul, announced on Wednesday that it had reached a deal with the media company Entertainment One to distribute its new record label, IridiumLive. The imprint will issue its first releases in the fall, with live recordings by artists including Nels Cline, Stanley Jordan and Gregg Rolie.

IridiumLive, said Doug Yoel, who serves as the producer on all of the label’s releases, is dedicated to audiophile-quality live recordings from the club.

“One-of-a-kind performances are taking place all the time at the Iridium,” Mr. Yoel said. “Our goal is to record as many of these moments as possible, and give music lovers the chance to hear and own them. It’s akin to the Grateful Dead’s ‘Dick’s Picks’ series; these are our golden moments that we wanted to share.”

The first albums, set for a Sept. 25 release, include the compilation “The Les Paul Trio & Friends: A Jazz Tribute to Les,” featuring Messrs. Cline and Jordan, as well as Bucky Pizzarelli and Jane Monheit. Also on tap is a full live show by Mr. Rolie, the keyboardist and founding member of both Santana and Journey, featuring guitarist Alan Haynes. On Oct. 30, IridiumLive will release performances by the Donna Jean Godchaux Band and Corky Laing & the Memory Thieves.

In addition to being available at the club, in stores and online, releases in the Iridium’s “Freshly Burned” series will be available for purchase immediately following performances. The club’s regular high-definition audio-video broadcasts have included concerts by Mick Taylor, Marshall Crenshaw, Adrian Belew and others. They are available at www.iridiumlive.com.

Article posted as seen in the Wall Street Journal.

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