Lou Pallo & Rockit Live Foundation Celebrate the Legacy of Les Paul

Rockit Academy & Les Paul Foundation Announce Its Collaboration!

Students will participate in 5 weeks of intensive study with the Rockit Academy’s faculty, plus assistance from Les Paul’s former trio led by Lou Pallo (Paul’s longtime sideman), bassist Gary Mazzaroppi, and guitarist Frank Vignola. Guitarist Vinny Raniolo will also take part in addition to special guests.

There will be instrument and voice workshops focused on jazz standards that Les Paul and his Trio performed during their popular weekly Monday evening performances in Manhattan, from 1983 until Les Paul’s passing in 2009.

Photo by Mark Weiss

“It’s an honor for me to carry forward Les’s story and his music style. We’re going to teach the arrangements as the songs were interpreted by Les.” – Lou Pallo


The course of study will also include video presentations and documentaries about Les Paul, detailing his strong will and creative drive which led him to a sea of inventions that transformed the music industry; most notably sound-on-sound recording, and the solid-bodied Gibson guitar played by both rock stars and guitar lovers. The courses will culminate with a live performance with the Rockit Live Foundation’s students in combination with Les Paul’s Trio, plus special guests, at The Cutting Room in New York City on Sunday, October 21st at 1:30 p.m. Pallo will be celebrating his 84th birthday at the show.

Photo by Christopher Lentz

“This is a superb opportunity for our students to learn directly from and perform with world-class musicians, and for this we are grateful”, said Bruce Gallipani, Rockit’s Founder and Executive Director. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Rockit Live Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $25 and available online at TheCuttingRoomNYC.com or in person at the door.