Janis Mann
May
17
7:30 PM19:30

Janis Mann

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Award-winning vocalist and L.A. favorite Janis Mann "wows" audiences with a broad repertoire of soul-stirring ballads, hard swinging modern jazz, sensuous latin tunes, and spirited blues all presented with her own deft improvisational twist.

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Bill Cantos and friends featuring Mike Shapiro, Hussain Jiffry and special guest Amy Keys.
May
18
8:30 PM20:30

Bill Cantos and friends featuring Mike Shapiro, Hussain Jiffry and special guest Amy Keys.

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, and Mark Winkler, among many others; i

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Harvard West Lake
May
19
7:30 PM19:30

Harvard West Lake

Cover: $20 per person // Show: 7:00pm

Come see the musical stars of tomorrow. 

Four top combos from the prestigious Harvard-Westlake School, an independent coeducational college preparatory high school, will perform under the direction of Shawn Costantino, the Director of jazz studies. 

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Andy James
May
22
7:30 PM19:30

Andy James

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Andy James is celebrating an incredibly exciting year of touring and recording. She just finished a luscious album (her fifth) called “Shared Lives” entitled from a fantastic original number written by the incomparable Bill Cunliffe, her musical director and arranger.

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Billy Valentine
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Billy Valentine

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Multitalented vocalist Billy Valentine's varied career has taken him across the United States, throughout the many countries of Europe and even to Oman.

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Bill Cantos
May
25
8:30 PM20:30

Bill Cantos

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, and Mark Winkler, among many others.

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The Perri Sisters
May
26
7:30 PM19:30

The Perri Sisters

Cover: $35 per person // Show: 7:30pm

$20 per person cover charge at the bar.

For the past 2 decades they have been lending their unique signature harmony sound in live and studio performances to so many artist in the jazz, R&B, pop, rock, metal, gospel and country fields, (Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Bill Ward of Black Sabbath, Garth Brooks, George Michael, James Ingram, Lenny Kravitz, Quincy Jones, Sting, Whitney Houston and countless others.

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Kenia
May
28
7:30 PM19:30

Kenia

Cover: $20 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Brazilian songstress Kenia's beautiful, sultry voice invites you to revisit some familiar tunes and meet new songs - from gorgeous ballads to upbeat Brazilian forro, with some cool jazz on the side.

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Nita Whitaker
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

Nita Whitaker

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

A favorite singer of legendary producer David Foster, Nita has sung with some of the most famous voices of our time. She sang the original demos for Whitney Houston’s standards, “I Will Always Love You”, “I Have Nothing” and “I Look to You” working with producers David Foster and Harvey Mason Jr.

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TORMÉ Sings TORMÉ & More!
May
30
7:30 PM19:30

TORMÉ Sings TORMÉ & More!

Cover: $50 per person/$25 per person at the bar // Show: 7:30pm

Steve March-Tormé, first-born son of legendary jazz icon Mel Tormé, presents a first class performance of music and memories in tribute to the 20th anniversary of his beloved Dad’s passing. Blessed with Mel's internalized rhythm, spot on intonation & a natural sense of swing, Steve sings many of his father’s best known tunes, but in his own inimitable style.

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Barbara Morrison
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

Barbara Morrison

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Her melodic voice, with its three-and-a-half-octave range, is known worldwide, as are her rich, unique, soulful and highly spirited interpretations of both, familiar Jazz and Blues classics and original contemporary tunes.

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Paris Chansons
Jun
2
8:30 PM20:30

Paris Chansons

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm
Paris Chansons is a LA’s premier French band with a global twist!  Recently featured on the CBS/KCAL news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists such as Zaz.

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Mudbug Brass Band
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Mudbug Brass Band

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The Louisiana rooted, Los Angeles based, Mudbug Brass Band is dedicated to the "Second Line" tradition of the Crescent City, drawing from New Orleans traditional Jazz, R&B, Funk & Mardi Gras.

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Maximo Marcuso
Jun
9
6:00 PM18:00

Maximo Marcuso

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

One of the most promising Tenors of His Age

Maximo brings Grand Opera and Musical Drama to Thousands of New Fans!

Maximo has that beautiful divine voice of a tenor and with it the ability to impress and entertain his audiences in an exceptional and memorable way. At his concerts he gives people of all ages something incredibly special and unique.

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Seth MacFarlane
Jun
10
8:00 PM20:00

Seth MacFarlane

Special Show Event: $50 per person cover charge, $30 per person cover charge at the bar

Show 8:30 pm

Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane, is not only a top producer, screenwriter, director, actor, and controversial host, he also has a special way of bringing new life to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, and many more.

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Sandra Booker
Jun
12
2:30 PM14:30

Sandra Booker

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Sandra Booker is an American jazz singer/songwriter. Highly respected for her virtuosic scat ability, impeccable timing and phrasing, crystalline tone and bold musical individuality, Booker is in a league of her own.

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Bill Cantos
Jun
15
8:30 PM20:30

Bill Cantos

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, and Mark Winkler, among many others; i

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Shoshana Bush
Jun
18
6:30 PM18:30

Shoshana Bush

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Shoshana’s sound has evolved from simply straight ahead jazz to a diverse repertoire including originals and reimagined tellings of old blues songs. Inspired by Ernestine Anderson and Ester Phillips, Blossom Dearie and June Christy, Shoshana's raspy voice and unique ability to sing earnestly, as if she's telling you a story straight from her own life long, long ago, is what sets her apart.

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Pete Escovedo
Jun
19
8:00 PM20:00

Pete Escovedo

Cover: $30 per person // Show: 8:00pm

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years.

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Aubrey Logan
Jun
20
9:30 AM09:30

Aubrey Logan

Cover: $25 per person // Show 7:30pm

The media refer to #1 selling artist, Aubrey Logan as “The Queen of Sass.”  And it’s easy to see why. Her concerts are a mix of excellent musicality, jaw-dropping vocals, expert trombone-playing, a breathtaking array of originals and original takes on cover songs and, well…fun!

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Nutty
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Nutty

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Nutty brings their Jetsetter Jazz to Beverly Glen, weaving classic rock songs with straight-ahead, big band, Latin, lounge and film/TV themes to create ingenious re-arrangements that swing hard and boggle the mind.  Irreverent humor, sass and spontaneity make their shows engaging and fun, and the dark suits, skinny ties and pocket squares enhance their retro presentation.  

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Lou Forestieri featuring Corliss Dale
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

Lou Forestieri featuring Corliss Dale

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Lou Forestieri and Corliss Dale are a dynamic swinging duo that came together through music and romance nearly 20 years ago. He plays, she sings and performs, and yes...they’re married. They came together sharing many years of experience between them.

Lou has played for such jazz legends as Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Johnny Hartman, Zoot Sims and most recently, Jack Jones. He has arranged for many artists including Mel Torme, Maureen McGovern and Roberto Carlos. Lou is also an orchestral composer and has written and composed for both TV and film including the long running “Diagnosis Murder” starring Dick Van Dyke. Lou has also coached actors to play piano on film such as Jeff Bridges in “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and Angelina Jolie in “Beyond Borders”.

Corliss has a smooth and sultry style and a warm engaging presence on stage. Her rhythmic sense and ability to really swing will keep your toes tapping. Corliss has been singing and entertaining audiences professionally since she was just 16 years of age in jazz venues and cabaret clubs across the country and has also had an extensive career as a studio singer with many national jingles under her belt.

Lou and Corliss have recorded 2 albums for the Mainstem record label and enjoy writing original songs together. They happily reside in Studio City, California and continue to perform at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Joining Lou and Corliss for their engagement here at Vibrato will be Chris Colangelo on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums and Doug Webb playing saxophone.

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Maria Elena Infantino
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Maria Elena Infantino

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Maria Elena will be presenting her new song for this show. Her father was the world renowned Opera singer Luigi Infantino, and she will be releasing a remixed duet with him with a modern twist, made possible by DJ Riccardo de Benedetto.

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Téka
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Téka

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Téka is an artist with roots firmly planted in the traditions of Brazilian music…the samba, bossa nova, and choro

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Bill Cantos
Jun
29
8:30 PM20:30

Bill Cantos

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, and Mark Winkler, among many others; i

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The Buddy Rich Band Featuring  Cathy Rich and Gregg Potter
Jul
2
7:00 PM19:00

The Buddy Rich Band Featuring Cathy Rich and Gregg Potter

2017 marked Buddy Rich’s 100th birthday. Buddy’s daughter, Cathy has built a platform on which The Buddy Rich Band is celebrating her father’s music and this 100 year milestone by introducing Buddy’s music to an even younger and larger global audience. BR Band Classics like “Love For Sale,” “Mercy, Mercy,” “Birdland,” “Nutville,” “The Beat Goes On,” and “Dancing Men.”

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2 Night Event: Yellowjackets w/special guest Luciana Souza
Jul
15
7:30 PM19:30

2 Night Event: Yellowjackets w/special guest Luciana Souza

Cover: $40 per person, $20 per person cover charge at the bar // Show: 7:30pm

YELLOWJACKETS

RAISING OUR VOICE

While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981 when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voice, once again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for seven of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand against the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.

The Yellowjackets have consistently forged ahead in their evolving artistic statements. The band has recorded close to 30 albums, been nominated for 17 GRAMMY® Awards, and has adventurously amplified the eclectic, electro-acoustic soundscape, creating a unique jazz sound since its fusion beginnings.

“The band keeps moving forward,” says saxophonist Bob Mintzer who joined the group in 1990. “It’s one of the few partnership bands in the last four decades. It’s democratic, laissez-faire and accommodating to everyone in the band to contribute. We’re constantly reinventing ourselves as a reflection of what’s happening in the world.”

The Jackets are comprised of pianist/keyboardist/co-founder Russell Ferrante, bassist Dane Alderson in his second recording with the group and drummer Will Kennedy, who joined the band in 1987 and then in 2000 took a 10-year hiatus before returning to the drum chair. As a relative outsider, Souza contributes wordless vocals as well as songs sung in Portuguese and English. She was quickly won over by the band.

“They’re killers,” she says. “They’re so serious yet also so much fun. We laughed a lot during the sessions. Their curiosity is alive, and their joy is to make great music. I was originally going to just do three songs, but it ended up that I’m on over half the record.”

The collection features three old Yellowjackets tunes arranged for a fresh ride with Souza’s contributions, two co-writes with Ferrante and Souza, three new originals each for Ferrante and Mintzer, and Alderson’s first original piece for the band along with two short electronics interludes.

Unlike the last album, 2015’s Cohearence, where the music was toured before the studio recordings, Raising Our Voice grew organically from the collaborative nature of the sessions. “There was a gap between the last album and this one,” says Ferrante. “We hadn’t been playing a lot live, so most of these tunes came alive in the studio and were sparked by the electricity and chemistry with Luciana.”

Kennedy adds, “This is the album where we were the least prepared for the writing and rehearsals. It was a bit of a cram. But that gave it an excitement. And then Luciana, who came in at the last moment, was a great discovery for bringing her talents as a gift to the band.”

The Ferrante and Souza collaboration began years earlier when talking about working together. “As they were thinking of the next album, Russ came to the house and we went into my studio and we talked,” explains Souza. “He played some music and I sang along, and it was very sweet and unguarded.”

“We looked through some music that had a Brazilian feel to it,” Ferrante says. “We chose songs that lyrically fit her musicality.”

Raising Our Voice leads off with the vibrant reworking of the grooved “Man Facing North” (originally recorded on the Jackets’ 1993 album Like A River). Ferrante on piano and Mintzer on tenor sax take swinging breaks while Souza follows Alderson’s bass lines and sings counterpoint to the tenor with sweet, lilting wordless vocals that lift the song with storytelling.

Other Souza conversation-like contributions include the gorgeous ballad “Quiet” (she wrote the first half with Portuguese and English lyrics and Ferrante wrote the second half), the reworking of the Brazilian-tinged “Timeline” (a Ferrante composition from the Jackets’ 2011 album of the same name with Souza taking the lead with wordless vocals and

conversing with Mintzer) and another re-orchestrated band number, “Solitude” from Like A River, written by Ferrante, with new Portuguese lyrics by the singer who playfully engages in a fetching call-and-response with both Alderson and Mintzer.

Souza also heartens Ferrante’s sprightly “Everyone Else Is Taken” and spices his mysterious “In Search Of” which was inspired from a quote by Thomas Merton: “There is no one so wrong as the one who knows all the answers.”

Ferrante contributes the moving, introspective tune “Mutuality,” based on the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, “Network of Mutuality.” In the midst of Souza’s musing support, the harmony goes through every key (minor and major). “This is a good example of making a statement but on a subtle side,” he says. “It really connects to the title of the album, which has a political slant. It’s about waking up to see what’s going on. A lot of musicians get in their own bubbles of charts and harmony, but don’t connect to the world we live in. We need to be less preoccupied and see the urgency of making music as a resistance.”

Mintzer’s three new songs include the deep-grooved “Ecuador” (his tenor saxophone takes the tasty role of a rhythmic instrument) and the upbeat “Strange Times.” He also contributes the most unusual Yellowjackets tune, “Swinging With It,” a pure swinger complete with walking bass lines. “Straight-ahead music is a big part of my legacy,” he says.

A key component to Raising Our Voice is the band’s stellar rhythm section of Kennedy and Alderson. “We provide a good foundation for our other band mates to stand on” says Kennedy. “Inspired by music from around the world, we all listen, grow, and incorporate those influences in our sound.”

“They gave me the freedom to explore,” says Alderson, the Perth, West Australia native who now lives in Virginia. “I’m a huge fan of the RC-300 Loop Station by Boss combined with the Roland VB99 midi unit, which I used on the two short pieces, ‘Emerge’ and ‘Divert.’”

Alderson’s first full composition for the Jackets is the upbeat “Brotherly,” which buoys with his tumbling bass lines. “It was just a bag of ideas at first,” he says. “But then I corresponded with Will and we talked about grooves. We’re both big fans of the UK band Brotherly, so we were influenced by it when we put this tune together.”

“It’s a different and unusual snapshot of where the Yellowjackets are today,” says Kennedy. “We’re getting older, but we’re still inspired and listening.”

Mintzer sees a bright future for the Yellowjackets. “What attracts me about the group is how stylistically broad we are,” he says. “There are no barriers. We’re free to try new things without making the music overly complex. I always say this is the band you always wanted to be in. We’ll see where we go next.”

Yellowjackets · Raising Our Voice
Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: September 14, 2018

For media inquiries, please contact:
DL Media · 610-667-0501
Matthew Jurasek · matthew@dlmediamusic.com Maureen McFadden · maureen@dlmediamusic.com

For press materials on Yellowjackets, Mack Avenue artists or its family of imprints (including album covers, promotional photos and logos), please visit media.mackavenue.com

MACK AVENUE · the road to great music · mackavenue.com

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Yellowjackets with special guest Luciana Souza
Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

Yellowjackets with special guest Luciana Souza

Cover: $40 per person, $20 per person cover charge at the bar // Show: 7:30pm

YELLOWJACKETS

RAISING OUR VOICE

While the Los Angeles-based Yellowjackets have been a creative force on the jazz scene since 1981 when they recorded their eponymous debut, their fourth Mack Avenue Records album, Raising Our Voice, once again ups the ante with bold new strides by inviting vocalist extraordinaire Luciana Souza to collaborate with the group for seven of its thirteen tunes as well as subtly taking a resistant stand against the status quo of the cultural and political undercurrent of our times.

The Yellowjackets have consistently forged ahead in their evolving artistic statements. The band has recorded close to 30 albums, been nominated for 17 GRAMMY® Awards, and has adventurously amplified the eclectic, electro-acoustic soundscape, creating a unique jazz sound since its fusion beginnings.

“The band keeps moving forward,” says saxophonist Bob Mintzer who joined the group in 1990. “It’s one of the few partnership bands in the last four decades. It’s democratic, laissez-faire and accommodating to everyone in the band to contribute. We’re constantly reinventing ourselves as a reflection of what’s happening in the world.”

The Jackets are comprised of pianist/keyboardist/co-founder Russell Ferrante, bassist Dane Alderson in his second recording with the group and drummer Will Kennedy, who joined the band in 1987 and then in 2000 took a 10-year hiatus before returning to the drum chair. As a relative outsider, Souza contributes wordless vocals as well as songs sung in Portuguese and English. She was quickly won over by the band.

“They’re killers,” she says. “They’re so serious yet also so much fun. We laughed a lot during the sessions. Their curiosity is alive, and their joy is to make great music. I was originally going to just do three songs, but it ended up that I’m on over half the record.”

The collection features three old Yellowjackets tunes arranged for a fresh ride with Souza’s contributions, two co-writes with Ferrante and Souza, three new originals each for Ferrante and Mintzer, and Alderson’s first original piece for the band along with two short electronics interludes.

Unlike the last album, 2015’s Cohearence, where the music was toured before the studio recordings, Raising Our Voice grew organically from the collaborative nature of the sessions. “There was a gap between the last album and this one,” says Ferrante. “We hadn’t been playing a lot live, so most of these tunes came alive in the studio and were sparked by the electricity and chemistry with Luciana.”

Kennedy adds, “This is the album where we were the least prepared for the writing and rehearsals. It was a bit of a cram. But that gave it an excitement. And then Luciana, who came in at the last moment, was a great discovery for bringing her talents as a gift to the band.”

The Ferrante and Souza collaboration began years earlier when talking about working together. “As they were thinking of the next album, Russ came to the house and we went into my studio and we talked,” explains Souza. “He played some music and I sang along, and it was very sweet and unguarded.”

“We looked through some music that had a Brazilian feel to it,” Ferrante says. “We chose songs that lyrically fit her musicality.”

Raising Our Voice leads off with the vibrant reworking of the grooved “Man Facing North” (originally recorded on the Jackets’ 1993 album Like A River). Ferrante on piano and Mintzer on tenor sax take swinging breaks while Souza follows Alderson’s bass lines and sings counterpoint to the tenor with sweet, lilting wordless vocals that lift the song with storytelling.

Other Souza conversation-like contributions include the gorgeous ballad “Quiet” (she wrote the first half with Portuguese and English lyrics and Ferrante wrote the second half), the reworking of the Brazilian-tinged “Timeline” (a Ferrante composition from the Jackets’ 2011 album of the same name with Souza taking the lead with wordless vocals and

conversing with Mintzer) and another re-orchestrated band number, “Solitude” from Like A River, written by Ferrante, with new Portuguese lyrics by the singer who playfully engages in a fetching call-and-response with both Alderson and Mintzer.

Souza also heartens Ferrante’s sprightly “Everyone Else Is Taken” and spices his mysterious “In Search Of” which was inspired from a quote by Thomas Merton: “There is no one so wrong as the one who knows all the answers.”

Ferrante contributes the moving, introspective tune “Mutuality,” based on the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, “Network of Mutuality.” In the midst of Souza’s musing support, the harmony goes through every key (minor and major). “This is a good example of making a statement but on a subtle side,” he says. “It really connects to the title of the album, which has a political slant. It’s about waking up to see what’s going on. A lot of musicians get in their own bubbles of charts and harmony, but don’t connect to the world we live in. We need to be less preoccupied and see the urgency of making music as a resistance.”

Mintzer’s three new songs include the deep-grooved “Ecuador” (his tenor saxophone takes the tasty role of a rhythmic instrument) and the upbeat “Strange Times.” He also contributes the most unusual Yellowjackets tune, “Swinging With It,” a pure swinger complete with walking bass lines. “Straight-ahead music is a big part of my legacy,” he says.

A key component to Raising Our Voice is the band’s stellar rhythm section of Kennedy and Alderson. “We provide a good foundation for our other band mates to stand on” says Kennedy. “Inspired by music from around the world, we all listen, grow, and incorporate those influences in our sound.”

“They gave me the freedom to explore,” says Alderson, the Perth, West Australia native who now lives in Virginia. “I’m a huge fan of the RC-300 Loop Station by Boss combined with the Roland VB99 midi unit, which I used on the two short pieces, ‘Emerge’ and ‘Divert.’”

Alderson’s first full composition for the Jackets is the upbeat “Brotherly,” which buoys with his tumbling bass lines. “It was just a bag of ideas at first,” he says. “But then I corresponded with Will and we talked about grooves. We’re both big fans of the UK band Brotherly, so we were influenced by it when we put this tune together.”

“It’s a different and unusual snapshot of where the Yellowjackets are today,” says Kennedy. “We’re getting older, but we’re still inspired and listening.”

Mintzer sees a bright future for the Yellowjackets. “What attracts me about the group is how stylistically broad we are,” he says. “There are no barriers. We’re free to try new things without making the music overly complex. I always say this is the band you always wanted to be in. We’ll see where we go next.”

Yellowjackets · Raising Our Voice
Mack Avenue Records · Release Date: September 14, 2018

For media inquiries, please contact:
DL Media · 610-667-0501
Matthew Jurasek · matthew@dlmediamusic.com Maureen McFadden · maureen@dlmediamusic.com

For press materials on Yellowjackets, Mack Avenue artists or its family of imprints (including album covers, promotional photos and logos), please visit media.mackavenue.com

MACK AVENUE · the road to great music · mackavenue.com

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Greg Adams and East Bay Soul
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Greg Adams and East Bay Soul

Cover: $40 per person, $20 at the bar // Show: 7:30pm

The sound of Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter, arranger Greg Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. As a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own. With countless collaborations in the studio and live on stage, Adams has made his mark on a broad stretch of today’s musical landscape that includes jazz, pop, rock, R&B, soul, and funk.

It has been nearly a quarter century since the genre chameleon trumpeter and arranger became a leader in his own right with his ground breaking 1995 debut Hidden Agenda. With Greg Adams’ approach that music is a language... the CONVERSATION continues. You will sense a direct connection with the live feel of the music, the open breath of each note and the collaboration of each player.

Adams felt he had something special happening even before the band went into the studio. “I was writing less notes with my writing partner Nick Milo and with the direction that the songs were taking us, we knew we had a different approach for writing for a ten-piece band”.

Greg gives a nod to Co-Producer and pianist Nick Milo. The two have been a long time song writing team, spanning 28 years. Milo has penned songs on every Adams solo and East Bay Soul CDs. Before joining East Bay Soul in 2016, Nick was the musical director for Joe Cocker with thirteen years at the helm.

Conversation marks the fourth studio album for East Bay Soul and takes a giant leap to cement their own style - a blend of Funk, Jazz, R&B and Soul. Their combined extraordinary talents bring incredible energy to the recording with heart and soul.

Greg has lent his sound to Elton John, Rod Stewart, Santana, Phish Celine Dion,
Luther Vandross, Madonna, The Rolling Stones Bonnie Raitt, Paul Shaffer, Little Feat, Billy Preston, Peter Frampton, Chicago, The Eurhythmics, Lyle Lovett, Heart, Linda Ronstadt, Aaron Neville, The Brothers Johnson, Wilson Pickett, Huey Lewis and the News, Raphael Saadiq, Al Green, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Ray Charles, Terrence Trent Darby, Dionne Warrick and Josh Groban to name a very few.

Greg has played on over 900 hundred recordings. Beginning early with Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back” Chaka Kahn’s “Fool’s Paradise” Little Feat’s “High Roller” and Heart’s “Tell It like It Is”. You’ve heard Greg’s collaboration with Paul Shaffer on the opening theme of Late Show With David Letterman and on score arrangements in films as, Duets, Saving Silverman, Top Gun, Austin Powers In Goldmember with Smashmouth and Mask.

Teaming up with Stanley Clarke on Little Big League and on Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band with the illustrious George Martin. Greg Adams is one of the

The opening track “Look Book” transports you to the Runways of New York, Paris, Milan and Tokyo! Look Book in hand. Lights open - from a curtain and the show begins...Greg Adams trumpet portrays the model on the “cat walk”. Dwayne “Smitty” Smith’s bass conjures up the much-needed attitude to really sell it!

One of three ballads on the CD is “Our Love Divine” and defines a romance in bloom. Artfully crafted music and lyrics by Rocky Maffit, with a classic Adams’ string arrangement and breathless vocals by Darryl Walker makes the song a certain timeless classic.

“Send” is sure to become a showstopper. Opening with the melody is Greg’s flugelhorn and soon Milo takes over on keys with an explosive tour de force on acoustic piano. “Possibilities” loose groove is infectious while the titled cut “Conversation” just melts you away on an easy vibe.

Adams reprises his original arrangement on the swampy Lowell George’s Little Feat favorite “Spanish Moon”. Kay-Ta emulates George’s guitar work in his own brand. Look for Bamont’s featured funky Baritone solo.

The glue that holds down the rhythm section is Herman Matthews’ stellar drum work. The East Bay Soul Horn section captures Greg’s percussive horn style to a T with Michael Stever, Lead Trumpet, Johnnie Bamont on Alto, Tenor and Bari saxes, Steve Nieves on Alto and Tenor saxes.

On the Otis Redding’s version of “Try A Little Tenderness” East Bay Soul channels Redding’s Dictionary of Soul. From the recording booth, Greg was trying to get Herman Matthews to look up from his drum kit, to let him know “We Got It”. It is a fitting end to the album Adams says, “We really embraced the title of the CD and what we accomplished was a Conversation!

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The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel
May
15
8:00 PM20:00

The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

The BBB Featuring Bernie Dresel (13 horns, guitar, upright slap bass, and plenty of drums!) is without question one of Los Angeles’ most exciting large jazz ensembles, if not on the planet. It is one of the most innovative and original hard-swinging large jazz ensembles ever. 

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Terry Steele With A Special Mother’s Day Tribute To Luther Vandross!
May
12
7:30 PM19:30

Terry Steele With A Special Mother’s Day Tribute To Luther Vandross!

Cover: $40 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Terry Steele is a Two-Time Grammy Awards Nominee / a Two-Time ASCAP Award Winning Songwriter and has toured internationally as a professional recording artist ... with concert performances in Russia, Japan, China, Germany, Brazil, Jamaica, Israel, England as well as the USA ... touching the hearts and souls of millions of people around the world!

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Vibrato Special Event: Mother's Day Brunch
May
12
7:00 AM07:00

Vibrato Special Event: Mother's Day Brunch

JOIN US ON MOTHER'S DAY FOR A SPECIAL BRUNCH CELEBRATION AT VIBRATO!

Price for the seating is $65 per person (kids under 12 are 50% off), and for a little something extra special, guests will be offered a $20 bottomless mimosa/bloody mary option! 10:30am - 1:30pm

And of course there'll be live music, provided by the talented Jon Mayer Trio.

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The Tony Guerrero Quintet with Lia Booth
May
11
8:30 PM20:30

The Tony Guerrero Quintet with Lia Booth

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies.

The Tony Guerrero Quintet has been a staple of the Southern California jazz scene for many years. The group’s brilliant original compositions and artful original arrangements of standards from the Great American Songbook have a rare cross-generational appeal and are enjoyed by critics and fans alike.

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The Fresh Rhythm
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Fresh Rhythm

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Luke Carlsen is proud to debut his little 12 piece big band, The Fresh Rhythm, to Vibrato Grill and Jazz. Arrangements are by pianist and music director Michael Seaman that blend an old school feel with a fresh spin on the standards of the Great American Songbook. You'll be sure to get swept away in a fun, romantic and swingin' evening with the newest and youngest Millennial Big Band to hit the LA Jazz Scene. 

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Lao Tizer
May
9
7:30 PM19:30

Lao Tizer

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

The Lao Tizer Quartet returns to LA’s premiers jazz venue in support of their March 16 album & film (CD & DVD combo) release, Songs From The Swinghouse!  Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer and former “Best New Jazz Artist” nominee, Lao Tizer (Down To The Bone, Special EFX), the quartet also features bass legend, Ric Fierabracci (Grammy nominee, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham), Chicago born drum phenom, Gene Coye (Grammy nominee, Larry Carlton, Terence Blanchard) and multi-instrumentalist, Steve Nieves (Loggins & Messina, Olivia Newton John).

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James Tormé
May
8
8:00 PM20:00

James Tormé

Cover: $30 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Multi-award winning jazz vocalist James Tormé returns to Vibrato backed by the Dave Richards Dek-Tette for a one-night-only celebration of jazz icon Marty Paich, one of the greatest pianist/composer/arrangers who ever lived. 

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Joel Virgel
May
7
7:30 PM19:30

Joel Virgel

Cover: $20 per person // Show: 7:30pm

Joel was born in the French West Indies and grew up in Paris.  He has traveled extensively throughout the world, and is heir to the vocal traditions of both Europe and Africa

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Louie Cruz Beltran
May
5
7:30 PM19:30

Louie Cruz Beltran

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

With his dynamic blend of Afro Cuban rhythms, jazz, Latin jazz, pop, R&B and originals, famed conguero, bandleader, composer and vocalist Louie Cruz Beltran has shared the stage with legends Natalie Cole, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, among many more.  At the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl Louie made a huge impact.  To quote Variety “Louie was the unexpected triumph of the day.  This music is why the Playboy Jazz Festival was created!”   

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Thom Rotella
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Thom Rotella

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

Talented instrumentalist and composer, Thom Rotella has achieved both critical and commercial success.  He has produced and recorded 11 CDs as a leader that have garnered listeners throughout the world for many years.  He has also had a thriving  career writing and playing for television and films, as well as being an in-demand session player.

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Carol Bach-y-Rita
May
3
7:00 PM19:00

Carol Bach-y-Rita

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

In addition to beautifully interpreting the best of the American Songbook, Carol sings the gorgeous music of Brazil and the Americas in Spanish and Portuguese. Her sound is lush and swinging from the intimacy of a duo setting to a full big band.

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Michael Paulo
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Michael Paulo

Cover: $40 per person // Show: 7:30pm

One of the most versatile and cosmopolitan saxophonists in pop, soul and contemporary jazz for nearly 35 years, Michael Paulo has added his distinct saxpertise to a virtual who's who of artists, including Al Jarreau (Paulo's longest term touring association), James Ingram, Dave Koz, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Peter White, Oleta Adams, Kenny Loggins, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Deniece Williams, Bobby Caldwell, Johnny Mathis and more

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Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti w/Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra
May
1
8:30 PM20:30

Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti w/Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra

Cover: $40 per person // Show: 7:30pm
Vocalist Dave Damiani (CBS Vegas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sinatra 100), bassist Alex Frank (Jersey Boys, Bill Holman, Tamir Hendleman), drummer Aaron McLendon (Kurt Elling, Post Modern Jukebox) & pianist Gary Matsumoto (Sam Most).  This is known as one of the tightest quartets in the country

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Paris Chansons
Apr
28
8:30 PM20:30

Paris Chansons

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm
Paris Chansons is a LA’s premier French band with a global twist!  Recently featured on the CBS/KCAL news, they are known for their original renditions of French favorites from Aznavour, Brel, Dassin, Piaf, Macias, Dalida, all the way to contemporary artists such as Zaz.

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Bill Cantos
Apr
27
8:30 PM20:30

Bill Cantos

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, and Mark Winkler, among many others

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Joely Fisher
Apr
24
8:00 PM20:00

Joely Fisher

Cover: $45 per person // Show: 8:00pm
Triple threat, Joely Fisher stands out as a star of television, musical theatre, and motion pictures. Her “sensational and sexy” turn as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s critic darling revival of "CABARET" on Broadway.

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Joely Fisher
Apr
23
8:00 PM20:00

Joely Fisher

Cover: $45 per person // Show: 8:00pm
Triple threat, Joely Fisher stands out as a star of television, musical theatre, and motion pictures. Her “sensational and sexy” turn as Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall’s critic darling revival of "CABARET" on Broadway.

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Jonathan Karrant
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Jonathan Karrant

Cover: $25 per person // Show: 7:30pm

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Jonathan Karrant's album, “On and On” hit #4 on the Billboard Jazz charts and his album Live hit #2 on the iTunes Jazz Charts. He has received honors throughout the states including; the New York City Cabaret Honors, “Best Singer” for the Bravo California Awards and was named one of the top 12 rising jazz vocalists by Downbeat. “A voice, romantic without being cloying, warm but not forced, Jonathan carries songs with an emotional weight that reaches your soul. At the same time he can swing with the kind of jazz suave that was patented by Mel Torme.” Jazz Corner

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Bill Cantos
Apr
13
8:30 PM20:30

Bill Cantos

First seating, 6pm-8pm
No cover charge

Second seating, 9pm-11pm
Per person cover charge of $20 applies

The songs of Bill Cantos have been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Lea Salonga, Patti Austin, Brenda Russell, Herb Alpert, Cheryl Bentyne, The Imperials, Flora Purim, Helen Baylor, and Mark Winkler, among many others; in addition, he’s written new songs (with Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Mari Falcone) for the musical CHASING MEM’RIES, which recently premiered at the Geffen Playhouse. He has recorded with Elton John, Leon Russell, Josh Groban, Tony Bennett, Barry Manilow, Bob Dylan, Brian Bromberg, Jay Graydon, Andrae Crouch, and Kirk Whalum. 

Since 2008, Bill has performed regularly with Herb Alpert & Lani Hall, contributing to six of their albums including the Grammy-winning STEPPIN’ OUT. He also tours with Burt Bacharach as keyboardist and featured vocalist, and was a backing vocalist on three world tours with Phil Collins. He’s also toured with Alan Bergman, Diane Schuur, Deniece Williams, Debby Boone, and Freddie Hubbard. Bill has a deep love for Brazilian music and has worked extensively with many of Brazil’s best-known artists, including Dori Caymmi, Sergio Mendes, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, and Gal Costa. 

Bill sang and co-wrote the main title song “All Right Day” for the film HOME RUN SHOWDOWN; has sung on the soundtrack of over sixty films including SING, STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE, WALL-E, RIO, and RIO 2; contributed music to the Oscar-winning documentary 20 FEET FROM STARDOM; and performed with Dick Van Dyke in the 2017 HBO film IF YOU’RE NOT IN THE OBIT, EAT BREAKFAST.  

Bill has recorded six solo CDs; the most recent is LOVE WINS: NEW STANDARDS FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM, a collection of original songs written in the style of classic jazz standards. 

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