Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays featuring NELS CLINE (WILCO) w/ The Les Paul Trio

Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays featuring NELS CLINE (WILCO) w/ The Les Paul Trio

Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays featuring NELS CLINE (WILCO) w/ The Les Paul Trio

07/11 8:00 PM & 10:00PM - $32.50.00

Les Paul Guitar Tribute Mondays featuring NELS CLINE w/ The Les Paul Trio

Nels Cline


Legendary recording artist, studio pioneer, and virtuoso guitarist Les Paul passed away at the age of 94 on August 13, 2009. Donations can be made to the Les Paul Foundation, 236 West 30th Street, 7th Floor, New York, New York 10001.

We intend to honor our great friend Les Paul by presenting world class guitarists that embodied his spirit every Monday night to join The Legendary Les Paul Trio.

Joining the Les Paul Trio this night will be the Nels Cline.

Nels Cline is one of the most versatile, imaginative and original guitarists active today. Combining breathtaking technique with an informed musical intelligence, the self-taught Cline displays a mastery of guitar expression that encompasses delicate lyricism, sonic abstractions, and skull-crunching flights of fancy, inspiring Jazz Times to call him “The World’s Most Dangerous Guitarist.” Born in Los Angeles in 1956, his earliest musical influences included Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, John Fahey and Duane Allman. Cline claims his most valuable music training came from his work with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Eric von Essen, with whom he performed as a duo from 1977 until von Essen’s untimely death in 1997. In the late 1970s, Cline formed the influential chamber-jazz group Quartet Music with von Essen, violinist Jeff Gauthier, and his brother, percussionist Alex Cline.

Cline’s first appearance on an album was on woodwindist Vinny Golia’s 1978 record, Openhearted, and his first work as a bandleader was 1988’s Angelica with New York City altoist Tim Berne. Since then, Cline has performed on over 100 albums in the jazz, pop, rock, country, and experimental music genres. Some of the musicians he has performed and/or recorded with include: Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Rickie Lee Jones, Julius Hemphill, Charlie Haden, Tim Berne, Mark Dresser, Bobby Bradford, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore, Gregg Bendian, Mark Isham, The Geraldine Fibbers, Mike Watt, Devin Sarno, Zeena Parkins, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Kaiser, The Scott Amendola Band, Banyan and Carla Bozulich.

At present, Cline is the lead guitarist for the rock band Wilco, which he joined in 2004, and is active with his long-standing trio, The Nels Cline Singers featuring Scott Amendola on drums and Trevor Dunn on bass.  Their latest album, Initiate, was released in April 2010 to critical claim, with the LA Times calling it “engrossing and ceaselessly inventive, Initiate isn’t always easy listening, but it’s essential for lovers of jazz and its fertile frontier.” Cline’s multimedia collaboration with poet David Breskin and artist Ed Ruscha, DIRTY BABY, was released in September 2010.

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