Hittin’: Mike Clark – Upstairs at Vitello’s

From: www.hollywooddrum.com   Raw. Uncensored. Honest. Fearless. Brash. Effusive. Provocative. Confrontational. Entertaining.   Words that describe equally Mike Clark’s late-night smoke-out Facebook rants and his drumming style. Mike would likely have you believe it’s a New York thing, man. You square, vanilla, boring west-coasters wouldn’t … [Read more...]

The John Beasley MONK-estra Upstairs at Vitello’s

The John Beasley MONK-estra Upstairs at Vitello’s by: Cynthia Lum, LA Art Examiner http://www.examiner.com/review/john-beasley-monk-estra-big-band-vitellos-restaurant Spectacular! What more do I need to say? February 20th the ultra-hip, ultra-cool, ultra-swinging Cat in the Hat, John Beasley’s MONK’estra BIG modern jazz BAND rocked the house at Vitellos’ … [Read more...]

The John Beasley MONK-estra Upstairs at Vitello’s

International Review of Music Live Jazz: The John Beasley MONK-estra Upstairs at Vitello’s By Don Heckman   http://irom.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/live-jazz-the-john-beasley-monk-estra-upstairs-at-vitellos/   Studio City, CA.  John Beasley described the 18 piece ensemble he brought to Vitello’s Wednesday night as a MONK’estra.  He also … [Read more...]

REVIEW: Steve Ross Puttin’ on the Ritz: The Music of Fred Astaire

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Steve Ross Puttin' on the Ritz: The Music of Fred Astaire Upstairs at Vitello's North Hollywood, CA   Steve Ross is the essence of cabaret. He sings sweetly, interprets intelligently, emotes appropriately and enunciates perfectly. He performs with style, elegance, wit and simplicity and, when you combine those characteristics with songs introduced by … [Read more...]

Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band Upstairs at Vitello’s

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Live Jazz: The Bill Holman Big Band Upstairs at Vitello’s By Don Heckman   Go to Original Article   Bill Holman and his big band made one of their rare but always welcome Southland appearances Friday night at Vitello’s. And, with a packed house listening avidly to every note, Holman once again displayed his remarkable mastery of the big band … [Read more...]

Bonnie Bowden at Vitello’s

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Live Jazz: Bonnie Bowden at Vitello’s By Norton Wright It was such a class act, it reminded me of those sophisticated nights long ago at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where the ballroom shows were graced by the likes of Lena Horne and Peggy Lee. So it was no surprise that jazz songstress Bonnie Bowden’s date on Sunday afternoon at Vitello’s … [Read more...]

LA Weekly Music Pick for Saturday – Billy Childs

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Los Angeles–born composer and pianist Billy Childs was a traditionally trained jazz pianist (spending six years in the band of the late Freddie Hubbard) but had an eye to expanding his repertoire to include elements of classical music. A decade ago Childs founded a jazz chamber ensemble including a harp, sometimes adding a string or woodwind quartet. Childs' composing … [Read more...]

Live Jazz: The Eddie Daniels Quartet at Vitello’s

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By Don Heckman Clarinetist Eddie Daniels’ masterful performance at Vitello’s Friday was – as his appearances often are – a gripping reminder of his instrument’s adventurous jazz past, present and future. Eddie Daniels For the first half of the jazz century, the clarinet was one of the music’s key voices.  Vital to the New Orleans style, a virtual … [Read more...]

Nineteen-year-old Ventura trombonist John Egizi

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Nineteen-year-old Ventura trombonist John Egizi wants to take his instrument where few players have gone before. As part of Barbara Brighton‘s Young Artists series, a 15-year-old Egizi artfully slid his way through John Coltrane‘s “Song of Praise” at Catalina — and it was nothing short of astonishing. Since then Egizi has gone on to win awards as a soloist, tour … [Read more...]

Patty Ascher tour stops at Vitello’s

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Brazilian singer and songwriter Patty Ascher will perform at Vitello's in Studio City on October 6, 2011.  This is part of her California tour in support of her new release on Zoho Music entitled Bossa, Jazz 'n' Samba.  Vitello's is located at 4349 Tujunga Avenue and the phone number is 818-769-0905.  Ascher will be backed up with the band of Marco Pontes on piano, … [Read more...]