‘Front And Center’ At NYC’s Iridium

Article as posted by Pollstar, October 17, 2013

Iridium Jazz Club’s Ron Sturm and “Front And Center” executive producer Don Maggi talk with Pollstar about why the club is a most excellent venue for the PBS music series.

Even without national television exposure the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City’s Times Square is a well-known room among music lovers.  The home of Les Paul’s legendary Monday night shows for more than 12 years, the Iridium has a rep for being able to provide a special, intimate ambience that brings artists and fans together.

As the location for several episodes of PBS’s Front And Center, the Iridium has hostedBuddy GuyJake BuggTrainRock Candy Funk Party feat. Joe BonamassaZakk Wylde & The Les Paul TrioJJ Grey & Mofo, and the Stephen StillsKenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg group, The Rides.

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The Rides airing Nov. 16

The Rides live at The Iridium NYC

Airing November 16, 2013

Stephen Stills’ blues-rock “super group,” whose debut album was inspired by his 1968 Super Sessionalbum, features guitar wizard Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the Electric Flag’s Barry Goldberg at The Iridium.

“Playing at the Iridium for PBS’s Front & Center was our first live gig as a band. The energy in that intimate space felt so powerful and invigorating. It was an honor to play there and we’re thrilled it was captured on film.” – The Rides

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Rock Candy Funk Party airing Nov. 9

Rock Candy Funk Party live at The Iridium NYC

Airing November 9, 2013

With a sound as celebratory as the name suggests, Rock Candy Funk Party is powered by a collaboration of world-class musicians — producer Tal Bergman (drums), Joe Bonamassa (guitar), Ron DeJesus of Planet Funk (guitar), Mike Merritt of Conan O’Brien’s late show band (bass), and Renato Neto, who record and toured with Prince for nearly a decade (keys). Filmed at The Iridium, highlights include “Octopus-e” and “New York Song.”

“Playing for Front and Center was a great experience for me and the band. You can really hear the enjoyment we all had playing the music we love so much for everyone.” - Tal Bergman (founding member and drummer)

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Zakk Wylde & The Les Paul Trio airing Nov. 2

Zakk Wylde live at the Iridium NYC

Airing November 2, 2013

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne) and The Iridium’s regular Monday night house band pay tribute to the man, the myth and the legend that was Les Paul, the ‘father of the electric guitar.’

“It’s always a blast sitting in with the Les Paul Trio at The Iridium. I am beyond honored that our performance paying tribute to the legacy of Saint Les was captured for PBS’s Front & Center.” – Zaak Wylde

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Jake Bugg airing Oct. 26

Jake Bugg live at The Iridium NYC

Airing October, 26, 2013

The 19-year-old English singer-songwriter brings his UK chart-topping songs to The Iridium.

 ”It was an honor to be part of such an intimate show for PBS Front & Center, and amazing to play the room Les Paul made famous & so many of my heroes had played. Thanks for the opportunity PBS!” - Jake Bugg

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Buddy Guy airing Oct. 19

Buddy Guy live at The Iridium NYC

Airing October 19th, 2013 at 11:00pm EST — October 20th at midnight.

In the event you missed it our exclusive Buddy Guy performance featuring Quinn Sullivan and Gary Clark Jr. will be airing on PBS/Front and Center.

The pioneer of the Chicago blues sound brought his legendary showmanship to The Iridium and wowed the crowd with his stories and guitar mastery. It’s a can’t miss show that is fun for viewers of all ages.

 “Having the opportunity to perform the blues both up close and personal at the legendary Iridium and for the world to enjoy on Front and Center was an amazing experience.” – Buddy Guy

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JJ Grey & Mofro airing Oct. 5

JJ Grey live at the Iridium

Full of Southern style and sass, JJ Grey and his band blend front porch soul and down-home storytelling in a laying-it-on-the-line show. Filmed at The Iridium.  Songs include “Your Lady, She’s Shady” and “The Sweetest Thing.”

“It was great to do a show with Front and Center. As a musician, getting to do what I do for a national TV audience without any commercial interruption is a real treat. I’m just glad we got to experience it.” – JJ Grey

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Train live at the Iridium NYC

Airing September 28, 2013.

Pat Monahan and company perform their latest album, California 37, in its entirety at The Iridium. Highlights include “50 Ways to Say Goodbye,” “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Bruises.”

“Performing California 37 front to back for Front and Center was a great experience. We love the show and we’ve never done an album top to bottom like that before. So glad we got to do that in NYC for PBS!” - Pat Monahan


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Front & Center Live at the Iridium premiers this fall

Public Television Launches New Season of Music Performance Series Front and Center September 2013 (check local listings)


Season two line-up features performances from Jack Johnson, Train, Buddy Guy, Jake Bugg, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Rides, Zakk Wylde & the Les Paul Trio, Rock Candy Funk Party, and JJ Grey & Mofro


August 14, 2013 (New York, NY)—A new season of the popular music performance series Front and Center (formerly Front Row Center) premieres nationwide on public television in September 2013 (check local listings) with nine, one-hour episodes. The diverse musical line-up spanning genres and generations includes Jack Johnson, Train, Buddy Guy, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Rides (featuring Barry Goldberg, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Stephen Stills), Rock Candy Funk Party (featuring Tal Bergman, Ron DeJesus, Mike Merritt, Renato Neto, and Joe Bonamassa), Zakk Wylde & the Les Paul Trio, Jake Bugg, and JJ Grey & Mofro. Read more

Winter webcasts with Albert Lee, Genya Ravan, Paul Gilbert and Brazilian All Stars – in HD!

From the Meyer sound system designed in part by Les Paul to the club’s new state of the art HD recording/broadcast studio, The Iridium is the premier live music destination for audiophiles in New York. If you can’t make it out to the club this month, be sure to check out one of these upcoming HD webcasts at http://www.iridiumlive.com

Wed, Feb 6 – Genya Ravan

Sat, Feb 9 – Albert Lee

Mon, Feb 18 – Paul Gilbert with Les Paul Trio

Fri, Mar 15 – Brazilian Jazz All Stars / Jazz Samba & Jobim

Stay tuned for more announcements on upcoming webcasts and releases on the club’s IridiumLive label, which has already released live performances from The Grateful Dead’s Donna Jean Godchaux, Wilco’s Nels Cline, Stanley Jordan, and more.

Still haven’t seen an IridiumLive webcast? See what you’re missing!   Click here for IridiumLive HD Highlights.

Winter special, 2 Limited Edition IridiumLive CDs for $25! Available at the club and @ the IridiumLive Store.