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Joel Peskin (aka; iReedMan) is probably the most famous sax player you might not have heard of. He has toured with Streisand and The Beach Boys, played in the house bands of American Idol and Dancing with the Stars, it’s his sax on the themes of Entertainment Tonight and literally hundreds of scores of feature films, tv movies and commercial jingles.
And he has a new single “Throw Me Under The Bus,” with biting lyrics and an irresistible dance beat. It is from his latest CD entitled “Don’t Burn The Bridge,” with Merry Clayton of “Gimme Shelter” fame and “20 Feet From Stardom.”
Joel is a raconteur and hails from back-in-the-day Brooklyn. He’s full of prose and vinegar and his stories are as energetic and captivating as his music. He’ll do both for you.
Born as Conesha Monét Owens, this California – Bay Area native, was touched with the gift that only God could provide, the gift to truly move people. Given the talents of all that performing arts can give, including improv and dramatic acting, dance/choreography, topped with a 5 octave vocal range in modern and classical music, it’s no wonder this “gifted” singer-songwriter, arranger, and thespian has been sought after by some of the industry’s best, most diverse and accomplished artists and producers. Some include producers Walter Afanasieff, Patrick Leonard, Steve Jordan and the great Phil Spector.
Bio Pic FinalPerforming on numerous stages whether in theater productions or world-wide touring with some of today’s most-notable and respected artists such as Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald, Toto, Huey Lewis and the News, Patti Austin, Queen Latifah and Kenny Loggins, a featured vocalist for the “Dancing With The Stars” 2006 winter tour, a mesmerizing duet with music great, Johnny Mathis on his 2008 release, “A Night To Remember”, harmonizing with the late great man of soul, Soloman Burke, while keeping the soul-singer thing alive as a backing vocalist for the second ranked “top selling” tour of 2006-07, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s Soul 2 Soul tour, and most recent, Lenny Kravitz’ “Black and White America” 8 week European tour lending backing and featured lead vocals with the tours opener, Raphael Saadiq, Monét continues to develop her already “polished” skills thoroughly in the hands of the business. Whether she’s performing R&B and Rock or singing Jazz standards, and Gospel hymns, it’s in the performance where she’s most justifiable.
Whether Monét is performing for Vice-President Joe Biden, and former President Bill Clinton at the Biden’s pre inaugural family party or for President Barack Obama at his historic Inaugural Ball, Monét continues to accomplish over 100 sold-out shows in Japan and New York at the famous “Blue Note” jazz clubs and Beacon Theater. She’s mesmerized the people “down under” while touring Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, as well as the world famous Blues Alley in Washington, DC, the Playboy Jazz Festival, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the North Sea, Montreux and Montreal Jazz festivals in Europe and Canada, as well as a historic 8 show “sell-out” at the hip “Joe’s Pub”, in New York and embarking on her 8th year with standing room only shows at the popular “Bourbon Street” club in Sao Paulo, Brazil. And it doesn’t stop there, by gaining her first “Grammy” certification from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for her backing vocals on the 1998 “Song of the Year” “My Heart Will Go On”, recorded by Celine Dion.
Sax master Joel "iReedMan" Peskin and famed soul singer Merry Clayton, who duetted with Mick Jagger on "Gimme Shelter," are releasing a blistering new version of that Rolling Stones classic on their forthcoming album "Don't Burn the Bridge," out June 4 from iReed Records.
Peskin has toured and recorded with notable artists including The Beach Boys, Barbara Streisand, Michael Buble, Frank Zappa, Christine Aguilera, Joe Sample, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Seal, Queen Latifah and many more. He has played on the hit TV show "American Idol" for three years and has been in the house band with "Dancing With The Stars," for the past eight years, and also had the original lead alto sax solo on the original "Entertainment Tonight" theme song & Beach Boys 10 million seller" Kokomo." Joel was a protégé of Jazz legendary saxophonist the Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and famed Juilliard teacher Joe Allard.