Guitar god Jeff Beck paid a fitting tribute to Les Paul last summer with a live performance celebrating his friend and mentor’s music. The show took place on what would have been Paul’s 95th birthday at New York City’s Iridium Jazz Club, where the Wizard of Waukesha held a residency for the last 14 years of his life. Sponsored by Gibson Guitar and billed as “A Celebration of Les Paul,” the show featured Beck and The Imelda May Band, as well as guests including Brian Setzer, Gary “U.S.” Bonds and Trombone Shorty.  
“Les was my inspiration,” said Beck. “For years, I had always wanted to do something for Les to show him how much I respected and admired what he had done. Les used to play every week at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, so for me it was the obvious and fitting place for a ‘salute’ to him.”
Jeff Beck: Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul will be released on CD, DVD and Blu-Ray in the U.K. on February 21 and in the U.S. on February 22. The CD will feature the 20-song set from the Iridium show, while the DVD/Blu-Ray will include seven extra live performances as well as bonus footage and interviews.

Jeff Beck and the Imelda May Band, “Tiger Rag”

Following these releases, Beck will take the “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party” on the road for a short U.S. tour. He will once again be backed by The Imelda May Band and its enchanting singer Imelda May, who joined Beck on stage at the 2010 Grammy Awards for a spot-on rendition of Paul’s “How High the Moon.”

Earlier this month, Beck’s latest album, Emotion & Commotion, was nominated for five Grammy awards, including Best Rock Album, Best Rock Instrumental Performance (“Hammerhead”), Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (“I Put a Spell On You” with Joss Stone), Best Pop Instrumental Performance (“Nessun Dorma”) and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (for Steve Lipson). Beck is also nominated in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category for “Imagine,” his collaboration with Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1 & Oumou Sangare. This marks the most nominations ever for Beck in a single year and makes him the most nominated artist in the Rock field, in addition to being the most nominated British artist for this year’s awards. Beck has previously won five Grammy awards.

Jeff Beck: Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul CD track list:
1. Double Talkin’ Baby
2. Cruisin’
3. The Train Kept a Rollin’
4. Cry Me a River
5. How High the Moon
6. I’m Sitting on Top of the World
7. Bye Bye Blues
8. The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
9. Vaya con Dios
10. Mockin’ Bird Hill
11. I’m a Fool to Care
12. Tiger Rag
13. Peter Gunn
14. Rockin’ is Our Bizness
15. Apache
16. Sleep Walk
17. New Orleans
18. (Remember) Walking in the Sand
19. Please Mr. Jailer
20. Twenty Flight Rock

DVD/Blu-Ray track list:
1. Baby Let’s Play House
2. Double Talkin’ Baby
3. Cruisin’
4. Train Kept a Rollin’
5. Poor Boy
6. Cry Me a River
7. My Baby Left Me
8. How High the Moon
9. Sitting on Top of the World
10. Bye Bye Blues
11. The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
12. Vaya con Dios
13. Mockin’ Bird Hill
14. I’m a Fool to Care
15. Tiger Rag
16. Peter Gunn
17. Rocking is Our Business
18. Apache
19. Sleep Walk
20. New Orleans
21. Walking in the Sand
22. Please Mr. Jailer
23. Casting My Spell on You
24. Twenty Flight Rock
25. The Girl Can’t Help It
26. Rock around the Clock
27. Shake, Rattle & Roll

“Jeff Beck: Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul” tour dates:
March24 - 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)
March25 - Keswick Theater (Philadelphia, PA)
March26 - The Wang Centre (Boston, MA)
March28 - Beacon Theatre (New York, NY)
March29 - State Theatre (New Brunswick, NJ)
March31 - Michigan Theatre (Ann Arbor, MI)
April1 - Cadillac Palace Theatre (Chicago, IL)
April4 - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (Grand Prairie, TX)
April5 - Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theatre (Austin, TX)
April8 - Fox Theater (Pomona, CA)
April9 - The Fillmore (San Francisco, CA)