Marshall Crenshaw may be known for a lot of things, but slacker isn't one of them. Some readers may not be aware of Crenshaw’s portrayal of John Lennon in the off-Broadway hit Beatlemania, but they might remember him as Buddy Holly in the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba, which starred Lou Diamond Philips.
Marshall Crenshaw has confirmed a one-of-a-kind run at NYC's Iridium Jazz Club on October 29, 30 and 31 to honor the unsung heroes of the Gibson Les Paul. The Iridium was the late Les Paul's home for more than a decade, so it's only fitting that Crenshaw will perform there with the late guitar giant's band, The Les Paul Trio.
A few days ago, I caught another very cool show at The Iridium on Broadway and 51st Street here in Manhattan. It was the opening night of a two-night visit by Tony Levin's band, Stick Men, and the Adrian Belew Trio.
When Les Paul passed away at the age of 94 on August 13, 2009, most obituaries overstated a few of his contributions and understated others. Some claimed he invented the electric guitar (he didn’t even invent the solidbody guitar, though he was among the first to experiment with its design) while barely mentioning his pioneering work in the development of multitrack recording. And while many articles mentioned his namesake Gibson Les Paul guitar, few discussed just how great a guitarist he was.