The Iridium opened in January 1994 at 63rd Street and 8th Avenue as the “Iridium Room Jazz Club”, a basement room below the Merlot restaurant across from Lincoln Center booking “traditional, swinging jazz musicians of the second or third level”. The original location underwent three renovations, then in August 2001 moved to its current location at 1650 Broadway on 51st Street. Unlike many of New York City’s jazz clubs, The Iridium has remained open to the present day, with the help of some major renovations to keep up with the number of attendees.
There have been many major releases recorded live at Iridium, from artists like Kenny Garrett, Jacky Terrasson, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron, Benny Carter, The Jazz Messengers, Sweets Edison, and Clark Terry.
Beginning in 1995 and continuing until his death at age 94, guitar legend Les Paul performed weekly at the club.
According to New York magazine, “the Iridium does its best to recreate the halcyon days of the 1920s and 1930s. Sure, the air’s no longer smoky, the décor’s a shadow of what it was and you’re sitting knee-to-knee with the European tourists at the next table, but true jazz aficionados overlook those minor details to hear sets played by some of the best-known names in the biz: vocalist Jimmy Scott, guitarist Mike Stern, saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, and the Mingus Legacy bands, to name a few.”
Rik’s 1992’s platinum certified album “Ipso Facto” is now available in its entirety in our online store. Purchase tracks individually, or save $4 on the full album!
A NIGHT AT WOODSTOCK
The legendary Woodstock Festival was one of the most important events in pop-music history. Join us for a night devoted to this amazing lineup of ’60s rock, featuring the music of The Who, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Jefferson Airplane and more, backed by full orchestra!
The FWSO is one of the most successful orchestras in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of 250,000 adults and children from all walks of life. Over the last nine seasons, Music Director Miguel Harth-Bedoya has transformed the FWSO into an ensemble that is recognized and admired the world over for its artistic excellence and commitment to community engagement.
Mr. Franco is the Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Caminos del Inka Ensemble and Music Director of the Philharmonia of Kansas City. He is also increasingly active in the U.S. and South America, and has appeared with several orchestras including the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, Corpus Christi Symphony, Medellin Philharmonic, and EAFIT Symphony.
SongStudio in Toronto • July 16 – 22, 2011
From Saturday July 16 through to Friday July 22, 2011, for the seventh year in a row, enjoy intimate concerts and Q&A sessions with well-known and up-and-coming songwriters, info sessions with music producers, publishers and other industry types, as well as one-on-one access to engaged and passionate faculty members, who also happen to be acclaimed songwriters.
Held on the downtown campus of Toronto’s Ryerson University, this “week-long adventure in songwriting” will be led by music industry veterans Rik Emmett and Blair Packham, along with musicians/songwriters Bill McKetrick and Allister Bradley.
As always, the week will focus on learning how to write your best songs ever. There will be many chances for performing in front of supportive, attentive audiences in a warm, nurturing environment.
SongStudio’s format is designed to help you acquire strategies and tools to help turn your ideas into real, finished songs. Good songs that speak to your audience. If you have something to express through song, we can help. Maybe you only write lyrics. At SongStudio, chances are you’ll meet someone who needs help with their words, or who only writes music. And in the meantime, we can help you make your lyrics communicate more effectively, and help you learn how to write effective, compelling melodies and chord changes.
Something else happens at our workshops. Some might call it networking. We prefer to think of it as making friends, and if the last four years are any indication, many of the friendships made at our past workshops will be for life. This is a beautiful thing. So often, songwriting is a solitary art. When the experience can be shared, a community builds.
At SongStudio you will sing, you will laugh, you will listen, you’ll “talk shop”, but most of all, you will grow as a writer and as an artist.