Nationally renowned guitarists, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub, recently visited the Mahwah Museum to play Les Paul’s Sunburst 1937 Gibson L-7 Acoustic Guitar. The guitar from Les Paul’s personal collection is on display at the Museum. Loaned to the Museum by a local collector—this instrument was the first experimental one used by Les Paul in his quest to perfect the electric guitar. Although an acoustic guitar -- which ordinarily needs no amplification – the wood body of the guitar contains holes into which Paul placed phonograph needles to experiment with amplification.
Bucky Pizzarelli, a long-time resident of Upper Saddle River, is widely known for bringing Les Paul out of his self-imposed retirement in the 1970’s. Originally performing at Club 17 (just south of Lake Street, Ramsey) Pizzarelli and Paul came together as a duo in the early 70s. In 1975, they played together at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and C.W. Post Center. For years after coming out of retirement Les Paul played every Monday night at Fat Tuesdays and the Iridium in New York City and stars such as Pizzarelli would stop by to sit in. The master of the 7 string guitar, Pizzarelli, at age 86, still performs frequently.
Ed Laub, an Upper Saddle River native, began playing guitar at age 12 and soon became one of Pizzarelli’s students in 1965. He currently performs in restaurants and jazz clubs and at private parties in the region, sometimes teaming up not only with Pizzarelli, but also with other star musicians.
Laub and Pizzarelli will return to the Mahwah Museum on February 5 for a gallery talk in which they will recount stories about their friend Les Paul, discuss the beautiful guitars on display and show their prodigious guitar playing technique. Reservations are required and can be made at www.mahwahmuseum.org or by calling 201-512-0099. Space is limited for this event and there will be a charge.
This program and others at the Museum are part of the exhibit “Les Paul in Mahwah: A Tribute” which continues through June 2013. The Museum is also currently featuring “New Jersey Fights in the Civil War: Remembering Soldiers Buried in Mahwah” and the Donald Cooper model railroad.
The Museum is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and, until Christmas, on Friday nights from 6-9 p.m.
The above was submitted by the Mahwah Museum.