Les Paul, who continues to perform weekly at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, is currently in the studio recording a new album of all-star collaborations with many of music's best-known artists, including Eric Clapton, Sting, Peter Frampton, Johnny Rzeznik, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joan Osborne, Richie Sambora, and many more to be announced. The to-be-titled CD is planned for release this summer by Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing. On June 7, Capitol/EMM will reissue Les Paul with Mary Ford: The Best of The Capitol Masters (90th Birthday Edition), a collection of Les Paul's finest Capitol recordings, with new artwork, 3 bonus tracks and a new package essay written by Les Paul. On his birthday, Les Paul will receive the Songwriters' Hall of Fame's Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, and on June 19, he will perform as a Spotlight Artist with special guests at New York’s JVC Jazz Festival.
Les Paul, born June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, is not just one of the world's finest guitarists of all time, but is also a Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer, five-time Grammy Award winner, the inventor of the solid body electric guitar, and the pioneer of numerous enduring studio techniques, including multi-track recording and the use of reverb. His signature Les Paul line of Gibson guitars debuted in 1952 and quickly grew into a family of four models, the Junior, Special, Standard and Custom, all of which became Gibson classics. Gibson's Les Paul guitars, including new custom models from Jimmy Page and Joe Perry, are universally hailed as the best and are the top choice for many of the world's premier players.
Two new Les Paul books will be published in the coming months: The Les Paul Legacy (ISBN 0634048619) by Rob Lawrence is due this summer from Hal Leonard Publishing. Les Paul In His Own Words, a limited edition autobiography with each numbered copy signed by Les Paul, is scheduled for a June 9 release by Russ Cochran Publishing.
On June 9, the evening of Les Paul's 90th birthday, he will be honored with the Songwriters' Hall Of Fame Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. The honors will be bestowed at the organization's 2005 awards dinner at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel. On June 19, Les Paul will perform with special guests at New York's Carnegie Hall as a Spotlight Artist of the JVC Jazz Festival.
Les Paul continues to play weekly shows at New York's Iridium Jazz Club, with 8pm and 10pm sets every Monday evening. Summer 2005 tour dates will soon be announced.