70th Birthday Celebration!
Tue, Jul 22 -
Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes country guitarist Albert Lee, touring in celebration of his 70th birthday. Band members joining Mr. Lee are JT Thomas (keyboards), Will MacGregor (bass) and Jason Smith (drums).
"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. Yet revered as one of the world's greatest guitarists, admits he is still searching for the perfect performance after 50 years in music. “I like to think I’m playing as well as I ever have done, and the reason for that is I haven’t really stopped,” said Lee. “I keep looking for that perfect night on stage.”
Lee’s musical resume reads like a Who’s Who of rock and roll stardom, having worked with Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. Lee also enjoyed a never-to-be-forgotten time playing with Eric Clapton for five years and toured regularly with the Everly Brothers. Lee is recognized for both his adaptability and technical brilliance, equally at home for his guitar licks at breakneck speed or playing melodic, slower passages. “Albert’s skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and when he gets into his stride, I can’t even keep up with him,” Clapton once said.
Albert continues to play on the road, after working with a variety of artists and bands including Rosanne Cash and 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 collaboration alike.
Lee Ritenour and Dave GrusinTue, Aug 25 - Sun, Aug 30
Grammy-winning genre-melding guitiarist and pianist
GrandMothers of InventionTue, Sep 1 - Wed, Sep 2
“Great news for Zappaphiles! Short of Frank himself coming back from beyond to bend ears and brains, this is about as close to an authentic live version of Zappa’s music as you can possibly get….. Reaction on the fan web sites has been nothing short of rapturous.” – Prague Post