Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s former sidekick, band leader and musical director for 33 years, will join the lineup performing at the sixth annual Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 30 at Eastman Theatre.
Shaffer will perform at the ceremony to honor his friend Lewis Soloff, the Grammy Award-winning trumpeter with Blood, Sweat & Tears being inducted into the hall. Shaffer played with Soloff many times, including as fellow members of the Saturday Night Live Band.
“What a lovely honor for Lew,” Shaffer said. “I hope to play a little jazz because Lew was a jazz man at heart.”
Shaffer will be joined by David Clayton-Thomas, lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears, who will perform many of the band’s hits, such as “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “Spinning Wheel.”
Shaffer is well known for his energetic and charismatic live performances. He also is the longtime producer and musical director of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and has composed several hit songs, including “It’s Raining Men.”
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