Guitar Shop TV’s New York correspondent Jill Nicolini introduces us to one of the city’s coolest clubs, The Iridium, featuring an impressive live performance by the legendary jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan. Jordan is renowned for his distinctive two-handed tapping technique and amazing improvisations, and we capture some great moments from this jazz/fusion icon’s recent Iridium appearence.
The Iridium is one of the most beautiful nightclubs in New York and a step up visually from the typical cramped jazz club. The club’s management hired noted designer Larry Bogdanow to create a space that provides an intimate experience, while still offering great views of the stage from virtually every table.
Les Paul played a steady Monday night gig at the Iridium until he passed away in 2009 at age 94. His shows were enthusiastically attended by everyone from speed-metal guitarists to jazz fans and tourists. He also designed Iridium’s state of the art Meyer Sound System. Mike Stern is another great “local” guitarist who plays at the venue frequently. In keeping with owner Ronald Strum’s stated intention to also discover and nurture talent “on the way up,” young jazz guitarists like Ben Tyree and underground luminaries like Wayne Krantz also play the Iridium.
Located near Times Square, the Iridium has been one of the cornerstones of the city’s jazz revival. The club has its own recording studio, which has led to live releases from such jazz greats as Jacky Terrasson, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron, Benny Carter, The Jazz Messengers, Sweets Edison, and Clark Terry.
In memory of Les Paul, Iridum also features a program of some of the world’s leading guitarists, such as Stanley Jordan, performing every Monday night.