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Albert Lee

Mon, Jul 15, 2013

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$26.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes country rock guitarist Albert Lee, touring in celebration of his 70th birthday and in support of the new documentary about his exciting career. Band members joining Mr. Lee are John Thomas (keys), Will MacGregor (bass) and Jason Smith (drums). Show time Monday at 7:30pm. Doors at 5:30pm.

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"When Saint Peter asks me to chronicle my time down here on earth, I'll be able to say (with pride if that's allowed) that for a while I played rhythm guitar in a band with Albert Lee." - Emmylou Harris

Albert Lee, known for his signature Ernie Ball guitar and lightning speed playing, has not only worked in the studio and on tour with some of the biggest names in music, but he has also maintained a solo career of his own. As part of his 70th Birthday Celebration, Albert will be collaborating with musicians, past and present, to craft a brand new solo effort. The documentary, featuring a live concert to be filmed in 2013, will see Albert and a host of stars and musicians performing together not only original tracks from the new album, but also classic favorites spanning Albert's career and the history of rock 'n' roll.

In the early 60s, a time of wah-wah pedals and distortion with Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton fronting the music scene, Albert had his first taste of commercial success playing with Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds. Albert settled in Encino, and would throw regular parties for the likes of John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Ringo Starr and Jimmy Webb. Albert met his wife while rehearsing up in Santa Barbara with Joe Cocker and his band. From touring with Joe came the chance to tour with Emmylou Harris and The Hot Band. After attending a gig one night, Albert was invited to replace one of his guitar heroes, James Burton, who was soon departing to play with Elvis Presley. Shortly after, with the help of Emmylou's husband and producer Brian Ahearn, alongside The Hot Band, Albert finally recorded his first solo album, Hiding (1979). Then came a series of collaborations with long-time friend Eric Clapton, touring for a couple of years with the band throughout the U.K and the U.S, as well as travelling east for a special celebratory concert at the Budokan in Japan. 1983 saw Albert begin touring with the Everly Brothers.

Albert continued to play on the road, working with a variety of artists and bands including Rosanne Cash and eventually Gerry Hogan, who invited Albert to front his band, Hogan's Heroes.This was the start of something both extremely different but hugely enjoyable for Albert, who at first was somewhat nervous about leading a band for the first time, but soon found his feet and in turn great success with the group. More recently, Albert began working with Bill Wyman. In 2002 Albert received a Grammy for his work on Brad Paisley's Cluster Pluck. He also received nominations for tracks on three other solo CDs of his own. Today, Albert continues to dazzle on solo efforts and collaborations alike.

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