Photograph: Nelson G. Onofre
Time Out says
Posted: Mon Feb 22 2010
Iridium lures upscale crowds with a lineup that’s split between household names and those known only to the jazz-savvy. The sight lines and sound system are truly worthy of celebration. Long the site of a Monday-night residency by guitar icon Les Paul, the club now hosts a steady stream of veteran pickers who perform in Paul's honor.
What's on at Iridium
Honey-voiced Harlem singer Shemekia Copeland (daughter of famed guitarist Johnny Copeland) sometimes follows arty tangents or covers outside-the-box songsmiths like Joni Mitchell, but blues remains her love and birthright.
Soon there will be more former American Idol contestants than there are actual civilians. Here's 2010 winner Lee DeWyze, gigging behind last year's strummy folk-pop effort, Frames.
Categories, Jazz & Experimental
Onetime indie-rocker JC Hopkins now pens jazzy love tunes; his Biggish Band has backed up Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux. Here, vocalist Queen Esther plays the starring role.