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Troy Dexter
Aug
8
6:30 PM18:30

Troy Dexter

Cover: $20  // Show:  7:30pm

Troy Dexter is a producer, freelance guitarist & keyboardist for the power-pop music group, Wilson Phillips, with Carnie & Wendy Wilson, Chynna Phillips and guitarist/ Musical Director, Rob Bonfiglio since 2008. Troy has also worked with a long list of other artists including Stephen Bishop, Gloria Loring, Chaka Kahn, Dionne Warwick, Kim Carnes, Tower of Power, Darlene Love, Heatwave, and the Chi-Lites.

Schooled at the Dick Grove school of music, Troy is a modern jazz artist with great soul and sensibility. His influences include guitarists Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Jeff Beck, Wes Montgomery and Ted Greene. Troy is excited to share his latest compositions that fuse love of jazz into catchy original tunes that are passionate and groove oriented.

www.troydextermusic.com
www.cdbaby.com/troydexter

Troy Dexter Band:
Troy Dexter on guitars and songs
Bob Emett on keys
Chazz Frichtel on bass
Taylor Dexter on drums

 

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The Reverend Shawn Amos
Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

The Reverend Shawn Amos

Opening Act: Pat Senatore (6:30 to 8:30)
The Reverend Shawn Amos: 9:00pm

Blues singer, The Reverend Shawn Amos, is an exhilarating entertainer whose performances are filled with the foot-stomping, call-and response energy of a 1960s Chicago blues club.

Shawn was raised in 1970s Los Angeles watching musical legends like Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones at work. The son of music agent-turned entrepreneur, Wally “Famous” Amos and R&B nightclub singer, Shirlee May, Shawn has had a rich career as both a producer and performer — overseeing new music and career retrospectives from R&B blues legends Solomon Burke, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson among scores of other legacy acts.

Shawn began releasing a series of semi-autobiographical albums in the 1990s.  His work has been lauded by the Los Angeles Times and American Songwriter.

Shawn’s life exploring, chronicling, and preserving black American music led him to the American blues songbook and a commitment to keeping this great American art form alive. 

www.shawnamos.com

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Billy Valentine
Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Billy Valentine

Cover: $20 // Show: 8:00pm

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

Lately, he's been frequenting local Los Angeles clubs, such as Café Cordiale in Sherman Oaks, and both The Vic and The Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica. Since its premiere in 2004, His glorious singing voice can be heard every week on the television series, Boston Legal, from the theme song right through to the end of each and every episode.

Billy began his professional career as a solo artist opening for such luminaries as Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack in the 1970s. He also was the lead singer for the group Young Holt Unltd.

Billy and his brother John went on to form the duo The Valentine Brothers, touring and producing four albums from 1975-1989. The duo co-wrote the memorable hit single "Money's Too Tight (To Mention)," which appeared on their album First Take. "Money's Too Tight" gained widespread popularity in 1986 when it was released as a single, and on video, performed by Simply Red.

Billy's singing career quickly expanded into theatre and film. In 1977, he toured with the first national touring company of The Wiz as one of its main orchestra voices, staying with the show for over 3 years. In the mid 1980s, he sang lead vocals for the documentary, Champions Forever, a film about Ali, Frazier and Foreman. In the early 1990s, Billy was the singing voice for the lead vocalist character in Robert Townsend's feature film, The Five Heartbeats. He joined the show It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, performing at the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles and the San Diego Rep in the late '90s.

Billy's singing talents have also been in demand as a demo recording artist for such high-profile producers and writers as Gerry Goffin, Mark Isham, Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Keeping pace with his expanding singing career, Billy has written numerous songs, collaborating with such greats as Will Jennings and co-writing three songs on the Neville Bros. Family Groove album. He also co-wrote the title track "My World" for the incomparable Ray Charles.

During the '70s and '80s, Billy tried his hand at producing with several projects, including "Crazy For You," by Sly Stone and Jesse Johnson, two songs on the feature film soundtrack, Soul Man, and the album Vesta from Vesta Williams for A&M Records.

As a musical artist, Billy feels he has been most profoundly influenced by the soulful talents of Otis Redding, Nat King Cole and Carmen MacRae.

http://billy-valentine.co

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Hefti Plays Hefti
Jan
22
6:30 PM18:30

Hefti Plays Hefti

Cover: $25 // Show: 8:00pm

The music of my father, Neal Hefti, has inspired me throughout my life; whether through the iconic songs he wrote or arranged for the likes of Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, or the classic movie and TV themes that echoed from the theaters and living rooms of my youth. When my generation ushered in the Rock era, Neal never felt threatened by it, he kept writing and listening. As his career moved for the 40’s through the 50’s, and on through the 60’s, he never fought the sea of change – he swam it. I was never surprised when Rock guitar players mentioned the Batman theme as an inspiration, as I always felt that strong melody transcends genre – the best songs can be interpreted across stylistic boundaries.

Celebrating this belief, my thought was to arrange Neal’s best, or at least my favorites, for a scaled down, electric “Big Band”, if you will, consisting of great players, able to lean backward, and look forward, performing the music of Neal Hefti.

To that end, I’ve assembled Hefti Plays Hefti, featuring vocalist Devyn Rush.

I couldn’t be happier with the results, and always look forward to bringing Hefti Plays Hefti to Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz - Paul Hefti

Hefti Plays Hefti Roster

Paul Hefti (guitar & vocal) 
Devyn Rush (vocal)
Mike Rocha (trumpet)
Kyle O’Donnell (alto sax)
Colin Kupka (tenor sax)
Ian Roller (tenor sax
Karl Vincent (bass)
Sam Webster (drums)
Mahesh Balasooriya (piano)

www.HeftiPlaysHefti.com
www.facebook.com/heftiplaysheft
@heftiplayshefti - Twitter
@heftiplayshefti – Instagram

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Pat Senatore Trio with Carlo Atti
Jan
19
6:30 PM18:30

Pat Senatore Trio with Carlo Atti

Cover: $20 // Show: 8:00pm

Pat Senatore returns to Vibrato for one night only with the phenomenal Italian saxophonist Carlo Atti!

Carlo Atti, from Bologna, Italy, is one of the greatest tenor players performing world-wide today. Pat had the pleasure of playing with him in Rome when he was there last October.  

Carlo is in town for just one week so Pat is proud to be able to introduce him to our Vibrato audiences. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Carlo — he very seldom comes to the West Coast.  

He will be playing with the Pat Senatore trio, with Tom Ranier, piano, and Christian Euman, drums.

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Melissa Morgan
Jan
14
6:30 PM18:30

Melissa Morgan

Show: 9:00pm

You have to check out this voice. It is interesting. It is sassy. It is sexy.", says producer John Clayton. Brought up in the jazz clubs of New York City, Melissa Morgan has a voice that is unexpected. From the exterior you would assume a sultry lounge singer, which does make an appearance once and awhile, but from inside she contains a powerful instrument. "Prepare to fall in love" (Bay Area Reporter), and fall in love you do. On stage she bares everything and makes you laugh while doing it. While belting a blues or tenderly massaging a ballad, she has come a long way from her appearance at the 2004 Thelonious Monk Competition. In 2009, Melissa released her debut album on Telarc Records, "Until I Met You" to enthusiastic reviews and was embraced by the jazz community as "the one we've been waiting for" (Dr. Herb Wong, jazz critic and historian). Downbeat Magazine included her on their 2009 Rising Star List and JazzTimes has named her "audacious and decidedly salty". With her new album close to completion, she has gathered together her dearest friends to tell her story of the last five years, growing in the business and as a musician. While you will always hear definitive influences from Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington and Billie Holliday, "Melissa isn't copying anybody" (London Evening Standard) and most certainly has a definitive sound all her own.

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Tony Galla
Jan
13
6:30 PM18:30

Tony Galla

Opening Act: Sabine Trio (6:30 to 8:30)
Tony Galla: 9:00pm

Blues, Italian opera, big band, or a beautiful ballad, Tony Galla does it all with passion.

Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Tony Galla has mastered diverse styles of singing. Whether it’s blues, Italian opera, big band, or caressing a beautiful ballad, Tony’s passion and gift of music is always revealed in his incredible delivery of a song. 

His credits include: The X Files, The L Word (Showtime), The TonightShow with Jay Leno, My Blue Heaven, The Wedding Planner, Mambo Kings, The Naked Gun  -- to mention a few. Tony’s voice can also be heard on many TV commercials. 

http://www.tonygalla.com
https://facebook.com/tonygalla.com

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Gia and Deep Sugar
Jan
7
6:00 PM18:00

Gia and Deep Sugar

Show: 9:00pm

Gia Ciambotti with her sultry, smokey voice heads up the band Deep Sugar, rooted in 1960’s soul music, other classic songs of that era and beyond. The band’s combined musicality speaks volumes. Their individual experience on stages across America and around the globe culminates in an innate ability to reveal a freshness within this classic genre, and the reverence to bring its full depth into focus. Gia will touch your heart, while Deep Sugar will free your soul!

Along with their shows in Southern California, here are a few well-earned credits of these gifted individuals:

Gia Ciambotti’s vast touring and recording resumé includes such notables as Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart and Natalie Cole.

Don Ian (guitar) has appeared in films and on many television networks, most recently in the finale of the hit CBS drama The Mentalist. Don has also toured extensively in the US and overseas.

Corey Coverstone (drums), from Portland OR, played seasons 1 and 2 on The Voice, also with Sophie B Hawkins and studied with Jaimie Faunt (Chick Corea).

Graham Chapman (bass) graduated with honors from California Institute of the Arts. He possesses a facile understanding of many enduring musical genres, most notably 1960’s R n’ B. 

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Scott Martin's Latin Soul Band
Jan
6
8:30 PM20:30

Scott Martin's Latin Soul Band

Opening Act: Sabine Trio (6:30pm to 8:30pm)
Scott Martin's Latin Soul Band: 9:00pm

Not many artists can boast about their Latin Jazz influence and their Soul Jazz leanings like Scott Martin can.

Scott Martin traveled the world, performing, recording, composing and arranging with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, winning a GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance. They also won 2 Billboard Music Awards, and embarked on countless World and Nationwide tours. He was an influential part of the Poncho Sanchez Band and recorded with Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore and many other jazz and soul greats.                    

Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band has performed at numerous venues and festivals in the last couple of years. They’ve performed tours of Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and Canada, they have played at the Borneo Jazz Festival, Hawaii International Jazz Festival, Temecula International Jazz Festival, KSDS ‘Jazz Live’ from the Saville Theatre, Brea Jazz Festival, Oxnard Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and many more concerts, events, and jazz clubs.                

Scott’s compositions have been featured on many recordings, and on TV shows such as “Sex and the City”, “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”, “As The World Turns” and more. Scott Martin has also performed and recorded with many artists and performers such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Mongo Santamaria, Francisco Aguabella, Ray Charles, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Barry Manilow, Dr Dre, Alex Acuna, Eddie Harris, Chick Corea, Karrin Allison, Diane Reeves, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Larry Coryell, Joe Sample, Joey Defrancesco, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Pete Escovedo, Eddie Palmieri and many others.

Scott Martin is exploding on the scene as a leader of his own band, The Latin Soul Band, after more than fourteen years of playing and recording with the GRAMMY® Award Winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band.       

http://www.scottmartinjazz.com

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Pat Senatore Retirement Party w/Special Guests
Jan
5
8:00 PM20:00

Pat Senatore Retirement Party w/Special Guests

Show: 8:00pm

Come celebrate with us as Pat Senatore and his friends entertain for the evening!

Bassist, Pat Senatore, is passing on the baton as Artistic Director for Vibrato. He's known for his impeccable sense of time, velvet sound and technical mastery. His extensive resume includes stints with Stan Kenton, The Tijuana Brass, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Eddie Harris, Joe Pass…to name a few.  He also owned and operated his own jazz club, Pasquale’s, on the beach in Malibu.

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Carol Welsman
Jan
4
8:00 PM20:00

Carol Welsman

Cover: $20 // Show: 8:00pm

CAROL WELSMAN is an internationally acclaimed singer and pianist whose expressive vocal styling and dynamic stage presence have captivated audiences around the world. She is a 6 time Juno Award Nominee (Canadian Grammy). Carol’s 11th album, Alone Together was released worldwide in the fall of 2015, and it is receiving rave reviews!

Her 12th Album “This is Carol” 20 Love Songs was released on Muzak Records in Japan in October 2016, and will be released worldwide in May 2017.

Alone Together is a collection of jazz classics, including tunes written by jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and McCoy Tyner. Carol’s unique interpretations breathe new life into the music, this time featuring an all acoustic traditional sound.

Carol is the granddaughter of Frank S. Welsman, founder and first conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, a “Distinguished Alumnus” of Berklee College of Music in Boston, and in 2010, Carol’s Peggy Lee Tribute CD was voted Top 5 Album of the Year (all genres) in USA Today. She is fluent in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

In “Alone Together,” her eleventh album, the briskly rhythmic swing of Carol's piano playing, the warm, embracing sound of her voice, combined with her irresistible way with a lyric, brightly illuminate her rising ascendency to the upper levels of the contemporary jazz vocal world.

- Don Heckman- The International Review of Music

http://carolwelsman.com/

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Gregg Arthur
Dec
30
6:30 PM18:30

Gregg Arthur

Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // Gregg Arthur: 9:00

Gregg Arthur is a musician's singer. His interpretations of the songs are lucid, groovy and informed by the tradition of jazz singing.  

"I love the way you sing. You have a fan in the way you phrase... it's perfect"  -Tony Bennett

Originally from Sydney Australia he now calls the United States his home, living in Los Angeles, California and traveling all over the world to perform the music he loves.

Gregg's training and education are firmly based in the tradition of jazz vocals and the great American Songbook, and uses his considerable abilities to interpret what he calls the "new standards", pop and smooth jazz classics from brilliant writers and performers like Sting, Elvis Costello, Joni Mitchell. Studying music in Sydney, Gregg honed his vocal skills with famed singing coach Don Graden, studied acting to enhance his singing performances at The Actors Studio and lessons with legendary acting teacher Hayes Gordon. Gregg has performed and recorded with the cream of the Australian music industry, legends like Don Burrows, Craig Scott and his dear friend the late Maestro Tommy Tycho. 

In the United States Gregg is performing and writing with legendary pianist Tom Ranier, and performing with beloved bassist Pat Senatore's trio at the prestigious venue Vibrato, owned and presented by renowned Grammy award winning trumpeter Herb Alpert.

With a sophisticated style on stage, blended with humor and great charisma, Gregg Arthur is a rare entertainer. 

"My attitude is that I am on stage collaborating with the musicians. 
We are all working together, listening to each other to create a live performance that is exciting and in the moment"

Gregg Arthur has recorded 8 albums, two with orchestra for ABC Classics & Jazz/ Universal Music; Love Story in 2011 and Unforgettable, a portrait of Nat "King" Cole in 2012. He has been praised internationally for his original smooth vocal style by Tony Bennett in the United States, radio king Alan Jones in Australia, Michael Parkinson on the BBC in the United Kingdom, and Don Heckman in the LA Times.

http://www.greggarthur.com

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Rique Pantoja Quartet
Dec
27
6:30 PM18:30

Rique Pantoja Quartet

Show: 8:00pm

The Band

Bass: Hussain Jiffry
Sax/flute: Dave Thomasson
Drums: Aaron Serfaty
Rique Pantoja: Piano/vocals

Multi-talented Rique Pantoja is a composer, arranger, songwriter and jazz pianist. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, he has been based in Los Angeles for nearly two decades, He is in great demand worldwide for concerts, recordings, TV and film work and advertising projects. 

At 19 he moved to Boston to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music (Mecca for many top young jazz musicians). After Berklee he traveled to Paris to work with legendary American jazz trumpeter Chet Baker. Back home in Brazil, his reputation preceding him, Rique quickly found acceptance among notable artists such asDjavan, Ivan Lins, Milton Nascimento, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Chico Buarque, 
Tim Maia, Gonzaguinha, Paulinho da Viola and other headliners in Brazilian music. At that time he also founded Cama de Gato (“Cat’s Cradle”), which quickly became –  and remains – one of the outstanding Brazilian jazz groups of that era and bestseller instrumental group 1986/87.  

Rique has worked with many other heavyweights on the international musical scene: Alejandro Sanz, Carlos Santana, sax master Ernie Watts, Ricky Martin, classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, Abraham Laboriel, Justo Almario, Luis Conte, Lee Ritenour, Kirk Whalum, Steps Ahead -Mike Mainieri, Sadao Watanabe,Brenda Russell, Grammy winner Israel Houghton, Frank Gambale and Alex Acuña, among many others.

Rique’s work embraces a wide range of musical styles, from jazz to modern classical to pop to gospel music, but no matter what the genre, his distinctive stylings are recognizable for their cool beat, unmistakable passion, sophisticated harmonic voicings and highly original melodic lines.  

Because of this diversity of output, Rique has made his mark not just in Brazil and the U.S., but also on the worldwide music scene. In 2008, his tune “I Believed It,” written with Zoë Theodorou, won the prestigious Covenant Awardin Canada as“Jazz/Blues Song of the Year.”  

Rique has also composed and arranged themes and underscoring for hit TV shows like “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous,” “Santa Barbara,” “Roque Santeiro,” “Another World” –  as well as TV and radio jingles for major brands such as Coca Cola, Honda, Shell Oil, Globo Reporter, deBeers Diamonds, Pepsi Cola, Nissan, Toshiba, Guaraná Brahma and Marie Claire.  

His music appears on the sound track of Disney’s hit comedy, “Jungle 2 Jungle.” And the 2010 movie “Coming And Going” (directed by Edoardo Ponti) also features his work. Recently Rique was part of the musical soundtrack of the upcoming animation “ Rio” with Sergio Mendes and film composer John Powell.  

As if that were not enough to keep him busy, Rique has still another life as a respected music educator! He teaches courses at Southern California’s Biola University; leads workshops at Maranatha Worship Training and the Los Angeles Music & Performance (LAMP) School –  Pro Tools & Logic School Audiograph – AGIbesides offering master classes at a number ofschools , including Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus.  

Pantoja’s composition Salseada appears on the Yamaha Drum module DTXtreme instrument line. Endorsements with M-Audio , Melodyne (Celemony) and Lewitt.

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Steve Huffsteter Quartet
Dec
24
6:30 PM18:30

Steve Huffsteter Quartet

Duo:  6:30 to 8:30 // Steve Huffsteter Quartet:  9:00

Steve Huffsteter was a child prodigy, who started playing trumpet at 8 and played professionally while still in high school. He performed in most of the big name bands, including: Stan Kenton, Les Brown, Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Bill Holman – to mention just a few. In addition, Steve performed/and recorded with: Willie Bobo, Paulino DaCosta, Moacir Santos, Cecilia Coleman, Tony Bennett, Nat "King" Cole, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Jack Jones, Diane Schurr, Natalie Cole, Julie Kelly, Mike Campbell, Dean Martin and many others. Steve has recorded more than 80 albums and CDs, including his own “Circles.”  

 

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Rob Lockhart Quartet
Dec
23
6:00 PM18:00

Rob Lockhart Quartet

Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // Rob Lockhart Quartet: 9:00pm

In TV and film, Rob has worked on Star Trek, Jag, Party of Five, Fish Police and many films including the jazz score of “Dillinger” with Charlie Haden.

Saxophonist Rob Lockart is a popular recording artist and educator whose resume includes performing/recording with the Woody Herman Orchestra, Doc Severinsen Big Band, Kurt Elling, Steve Houghton, and as a soloist with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In TV and film, Rob has worked on Star Trek, Jag, Party of Five, Fish Police and many films including the jazz score of “Dillinger” with Charlie Haden.

Lockart received a BM in music theory with a performers certificate and MM from Eastman School in Jazz Studies, as well as attending the Banff School with Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, and David Liebman.

http://www.csunjazz.com/about/the-faculty/rob-lockhart-saxophone/

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Mark Copeland
Dec
17
6:30 PM18:30

Mark Copeland

Duo: 6:30 to 8:30  // Mark Copeland:  9:00pm 

Crooner Mark Copeland has “... a god-like sent quality in his approach to standards. Copeland’s interpretations are all one could wish for, producing commercial music at it’s sophisticated best.” - Johnny Adams, Host of “And All That Jazz” KNRY radio, Monterey, California. Home of the Monterey Jazz Festival

"There are muses at work here. Deities named Porter, Gershwin, and Mercer nod in approval.  Listen, savor, and let Mark’s performances give voice to your own heart.” -Nick Gerard, Music Host, KSRF Radio, Los Angeles and San Diego

Performing with:  The Pat Senatore Big Band

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The Reverend Shawn Amos’ Christmas Blues Show
Dec
16
6:00 PM18:00

The Reverend Shawn Amos’ Christmas Blues Show

Duo:  6:30 to 8:30 // The Reverend Shawn Amos:  9:00pm

"An exhilarating blues singer whose performances are filled with the foot-stomping, call-and response energy of a 1960s Chicago blues club.”accent

Blues singer, The Reverend Shawn Amos, is an exhilarating entertainer whose performances are filled with the foot-stomping, call-and response energy of a 1960s Chicago blues club.

Shawn was raised in 1970s Los Angeles watching musical legends like Marvin Gaye and Quincy Jones at work. The son of music agent-turned entrepreneur, Wally “Famous” Amos and R&B nightclub singer, Shirlee May, Shawn has had a rich career as both a producer and performer — overseeing new music and career retrospectives from R&B blues legends Solomon Burke, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny “Guitar” Watson among scores of other legacy acts.

Shawn began releasing a series of semi-autobiographical albums in the 1990s.  His work has been lauded by the Los Angeles Times and American Songwriter.

Shawn’s life exploring, chronicling, and preserving black American music led him to the American blues songbook and a commitment to keeping this great American art form alive. 

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John Daversa Quartet
Dec
10
6:30 PM18:30

John Daversa Quartet

Duo:  6:30 to 8:30 // John Daversa Quartet: 9:00pm

John Daversa is a versatile and internationally respected performer (Trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, Schilke and BFM Jazz recording artist.  He is a winner of the Herb Alpert Award, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on world stages such as The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live 8 (Berlin), Hamburg Music Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival.  He has also had the opportunity to perform or record with artists such as Fiona Apple, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets.

In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which is one of the leading forces of modern jazz today.  Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album (2011), won Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity/Originality and Production in The Global Music Awards.

“Daversa's fearless exploration...takes him off the beaten path, as he creates bold and ballsy big band music for the modern epoch.”-- AllAboutJazz.com.

Daversa’s latest big band release, Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles (2016), reverently twists and melts the iconic Beatles songbook with a 40+ orchestra featuring vocal artists Renee Olstead and Katisse Buckingham. Terence Blanchard states, "This is art. This is what music should be. No re-creation. No mimicking. Just honesty. Fearless honesty." 

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Sherry Williams
Dec
9
6:30 PM18:30

Sherry Williams

Duo:  6:30 to 8:30 // Sherry Williams:  9:00pm

The buttery voice of Sherry Williams is an oasis in any madness our world offers.

When you listen to her you realize immediately that she is a consummate artist - the real thing. Williams is what they called in the old days, a storyteller - she paints pictures with words.  Yet she bridges the gap between the past and the present.  Her masterful interpretation of the lyrics makes an over worn song meaningful, or brings an unknown song to life as is evidenced in her latest release You Must Believe In Spring.  There she blends the straightforward elements of traditional pop with a decidedly mainstream jazz execution. "At each performance, my delivery is a little different, because I have experienced that additional kernel of life which changes everything; my point of view, my attitudes... My entire life experience is the point of reference from which I sing a song. I believe my gift is the ability to draw on that experience, be fully present in the moment, and unabashedly share it with the listener."  And this is who she really is - open and accessible.

It seems as though Sherry was destined to sing this kind of music. When she was a young girl in Pittsburgh, where she was born, her father often blew into his trombone mouthpiece as he moved around the house. He had a collection of 78 LPs of the big bands of the day, as well as many of the great smaller groups like Shearing, Brubeck and Hampton.  Growing up with this music, along with having classical piano lessons from age six to age sixteen, formed her musical sensibilities. She swings relentlessly, and sings ballads with exquisite phrasing and taste. In her second release, A Taste Of Sherry, she does a version of the poignantly beautiful Lush Life that will make you cry.

Recently Sherry had been working on a project with the late Jack Segal (When Sunny Gets Blue) to record some of his lesser known songs. She considers him and his material to be American Treasure and will continue with the project.

Her passion for well crafted music and her superb vocal ability clearly place her in a category in which few artists have arrived, and though she emerges from the shadows of the great ladies that have gone on before her, her style is unmistakably her own.

Sherrywilliamsmusic.com

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Graham Dechter Quartet
Dec
8
6:00 PM18:00

Graham Dechter Quartet

Shows: 7:30 and 9:00pm

Performing with:  Josh Nelson, piano // Pat Senatore, bass // Kevin Kanner, drums

An accomplished guitarist, composer and arranger, Graham Dechter plays with the kind of swinging authority and seasoned maturity that belies his young age. The 28-year-old Los Angeles native, a member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra since he was 19, shows a deep reverence for the jazz guitar tradition in his warm-toned renditions of ballads, bossas, bebop and blues. A formidable soloist and consummate accompanist, he imbues standards with rare enthusiasm and an inherent bluesiness while carving out his own path with several affecting original compositions.

 While most contemporary jazz guitarists today are coming out of the six-string trinity of John Scofield, Pat Metheny and Bill Frisell or heavily emulating modern day guitar stars like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Dechter’s tastes are firmly rooted in a different aesthetic. A talent deserving of wider recognition, Dechter follows in the lineage of his guitar heroes like Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessel, Grant Green and Herb Ellis. “I tend to veer towards the real swinging stuff,” says Dechter. “I love listening to and appreciate many different styles of music, both within and out of the jazz idiom. But in terms of my own conception, I really live in that swinging realm. Guitarists like Wes Montgomery and Barney Kessel, as well as other instrumentalists like Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ben Webster -- all of those musicians have been a huge influence on my playing.” 

 Traces of the Kessel and Ellis influence can be heard on Dechter’s debut as a leader, 2009’s soulfully swinging Right On Time (Capri), which featured the all-world rhythm section of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra in pianist Tamir Hendelman, bassist John Clayton and drummer Jeff Hamilton. Those three stellar talents are back on board for the guitarist’s 2012 follow up, Takin’ It There (Capri). Dechter’s sophomore outing bristles with exhilarating energy while exuding the same magical chemistry demonstrated on his auspicious debut. “John, Jeff and Tamir are not only huge mentors, they’re also my musical heroes. I grew up around those guys musically, having played with them in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra for the past six years. They’re so responsive and supportive musically. On top of that, they're all heavy duty leaders who tour regularly with their own groups. The way they conceive of their music -- the very tightly-knit, well thought-out arrangements -- has had a huge influence on what I do with my own group. So it’s just a natural thing making music with them."

 On Takin’ It There, a distinct Barney Kessel influence can be heard on Dechter’s deft take on Kessel’s buoyantly swinging signature tune, “Be Deedle Dee Do” while Herb Ellis’ influence is apparent in Graham’s string-bending prowess on Clayton’s blues-soaked “Grease for Graham.” Says the guitarist, “I asked John to write a tune for the new recording, and when I saw the title I cracked up. I tried to do the title justice and I put my best B.B. King hat on for that one.” The gospel-tinged title track, written three years ago by Dechter’s close friend, pianist-composer Josh Nelson, is what actually triggered the impetus for the guitarist’s second recording project. “Josh wrote the tune as a feature for me with my sound in mind, which was a huge compliment,” says Graham. “I kind of drew from it, conceptually and musically as well. There’s a definite vibe to it and I wanted the rest of the tunes to share a similar feel.”

 Elsewhere on Takin’ It There, Dechter embraces Antonio Carlos Jobim’s alluring bossa nova “Chega de Saudade (No More Blues)” with a gentle touch then burns a blue streak on an uptempo romp through Lee Morgan’s hard bop staple, “Hocus Pocus.” His stellar crew puts a funky boogaloo spin on Wes Montgomery’s “Road Song” and turns in a relaxed, swinging rendition of the Harold Arlen-Johnny Mercer standard “Come Rain or Come Shine.” George Coleman’s “Father” is a showcase for Hamilton’s brilliant brushwork while Dechter’s gorgeous ballad “Together & Apart” highlights Clayton’s unparalleled arco work on the upright bass.

Takin’ It There closes with the beautifully introspective solo guitar piece “Amanda,” which neatly segues to an exquisite rendition of Cole Porter’s “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” bringing Dechter’s sophomore outing to a poignant conclusion.

Born into a musical family -- his mother Maureen came from a musical theater tradition while his father Brad is a renowned orchestrator and composer who has worked on over 250 film scores and arranged for artists such as Johnny Mathis and Barbra Streisand. “My dad’s first passion was jazz,” Graham recalls. “When I was a little kid he would play me all these great recordings by Duke Ellington, Count Basie andNat King Cole.  So growing up, I became very accustomed to that sound and vibe." Originally a classical violinist and composer, Dechter had an eye-opening experience in high school while taking an improvisation class with bassist Marshall Hawkins at California’s Idyllwild Arts Academy. As he told Just Jazz Guitarmagazine: “Marshall is the real thing. He’s played with everyone from Miles Davis to Shirley Horn and Phineas Newborn, Jr. So getting the opportunity to study with someone who was that close to the history of the music was life-changing for me. If it weren't for Marshall, I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing today.”

In 2005, after completing his first year at the Eastman School of Music, Dechter was invited to join the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra at age 19. He subsequently returned to Los Angeles, where he began studying with Larry Koonse. Here is what Koonse, a respected and in-demand Los Angeles-based jazz and studio guitarist, had to say about Dechter: “It’s hard to fathom how someone at his age can possess so much knowledge and ability on the instrument. He has it all -- chops, harmonic depth, deep swing, melodic inventiveness and serious arranging skills. He is only at the beginning of his journey in becoming a major force in the global jazz community. I look forward to watching his journey unfold.”
    
Over the past eight years, Dechter has toured worldwide with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra appearing at major festivals in North America, Asia and Europe. In 2011, he played on Michael Bublé’s best-selling Christmas album and made followup television appearances backing the popular singer on The Today Show, Regis & Kelly, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting and on Michael Buble’s NBC Christmas special. Currently, he is the guitarist for Brazilian jazz pianist and vocal sensation, Eliane Elias. Dechter’s burgeoning list of credits also includes work with saxophonists Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson and James Moody, guitarists John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Mundell Lowe and Russell Malone, organists Larry Goldings and Atsuko Hashimoto, singers Jon Hendricks, Nancy Wilson and Kurt Elling, violinist Regina Carter, pianists Billy Taylor, Freddie Cole, Benny Green and Bill Charlap, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, trombonists Curtis Fuller and Wycliffe Gordon and trumpeters Terell Stafford, Clark Terry, Snooky Young and Wynton Marsalis.
    
As John Clayton wrote in the liner notes to Right On Time of this promising new talent: “Graham Dechter's playing is not only a joy to hear, it is a joy to be a part of. Personally, I love a warm guitar sound. Better: I love HIS warm guitar sound. Combine that with some serious swinging, clean arrangements, a high level of intensity and a dose of beautiful lines, and you've got a guitar player that is exciting to play with. The other good part of all of this is that he's still so young. There's just no telling to what wonderful places he will take us.”

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Ron Stout Quartet
Dec
3
6:30 PM18:30

Ron Stout Quartet

Music hours:  Duo:  6:30 to 8:30 // Ron Stout Quartet:  9:00

Trumpet virtuoso Ron Stout is a third-generation musician, who was winning “Best Soloist" awards from Jazz Festivals when still a teenager.

One of his first gigs was touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra where he backed up such stars as Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Mel Torme, Stan Getz and many others.  He has since worked with the Righteous Brothers, Bill Medley, Jose Feliciano, Frankie Laine, Lou Rawls, Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Short, Steve Lawrence/Eydie Gorme, Little Anthony, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Spinners, and Colin Raye and many, many more.  To those who follow big bands, trumpeter Ron Stout is well-known as a stellar sideman in ensembles led by Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Buddy Childers, Jack Sheldon, Frank Capp….and more. After years of paying dues, Stout has finally getting his due recognition as leader of his own right for his singular prowess.

http://www.csulb.edu/depts/music/jazz/ron_stout.html

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Bob Sheppard w/Pat Senatore Trio
Nov
26
6:30 PM18:30

Bob Sheppard w/Pat Senatore Trio

Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // Bob Sheppard: 9:00pm

“Friday night at Vibrato … Bob Sheppard, a master of woodwind instruments of every shape and size, gave a full fledged display of his far-ranging jazz skills, backed by bassist Pat Senatore’s equally skillful trio of masterful instrumentalists (Senatore, bass; Tom Ranier, piano; Ramon Banda, drums).

At its best – which was throughout the entire set – the music had the laid back, spontaneous creativity of a jam session. And with good reason.  Sheppard and the Senatore trio players have plenty of familiarity with each other, in all sorts of musical settings.  And a relaxed, laid back gig in the amiable environs of Vibrato’s jazz-friendly setting allowed plenty of room for the music to flow freely.

With good reason, Sheppard was at the center of it all.  And watching him proceed from one instrument to the other was not just a display of versatile technique. It was also an opportunity to enjoy the work of a masterful jazz artist – one who hasn’t yet received the widespread recognition that his talent deserves.

And there was another aspect as well.  Sheppard played tenor and soprano saxophones, flute and clarinet. Many multi-instrument doublers, when they shift instruments, tend to play each from the same musical perspective (despite their inherent differences).  But not Sheppard.  Switching easily from soprano to tenor, for example, he was always firmly in touch with the unique qualities of each – and so, too, for his approach to the flute and the clarinet. The results were compelling, a fascinating display of imaginative versatility.

Sheppard and the Senatore Trio played their way through an appealing program: some floating bossa nova, airy flute sounds on Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Wave”; lyrical soprano saxophone on “In Your Own Sweet Way”; hard driving tenor on “Easy Living”; a pairing of “Perdido” with “I Want To Be Happy.” And a lot more.
An evening, in other words, that was a reminder of how much fine jazz can be heard on any given week night in the Southland…”—- Don Heckman - International Review of Music — Review of 11-14-2014 performance

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Tony Galla
Nov
25
6:00 PM18:00

Tony Galla

Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // Tony Galla: 9:00pm

Internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Tony Galla was discovered in Buffalo, New York by renowned disc jockey Joey Reynolds, recording his first hit single, “In Love” (Swan Records). Climbing quickly up the Billboard charts, “In Love” became a national cult hit in the U.S. and throughout the UK and Europe, where it currently remains a popular hit.

Heavily influenced by the soulful sounds of artists like B.B. King and Ray Charles, Tony developed his own bluesy sound and unique passionate style quickly becoming the lead singer of the blues band, Raven.

After releasing their first album, Live at the Inferno (Discovery Records), rock legend Jimi Hendrix helped Raven land a recording contract with Clive Davis and Columbia Records, releasing a second album, Raven and the single, “Feeling Good”.

Soon Tony could be found jamming into the wee hours of the night with Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin at local nightclubs in New York City. Tony toured extensively with Raven gaining worldwide attention and opening for prominent groups like Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harem, The Byrds, The Young Rascals, Blood Sweat and Tears, Three Dog Night, B.B. King, Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy.

Today, in addition to being a favorite performer at the world-renowned Monterey Blues Festival, Tony was also invited to participate in the Taipei Blues Festival and Bose European Tour. Hailed by Jim Santella of the Buffalo, New York News…

“Tony Galla was in superb voice…evoking the spirit of master blues singers from New Orleans… Johnny Adonnis to B.B. King.”

Tony’s blues CD A.S.A.P., recorded for Provogue Records and distributed in Europe, is a collection of original songs with a classic blues flavor. His blues sound is traditional yet uniquely original and his voice is clearly identifiable. Tony has also crafted and shaped his guitar skills to compliment his heart felt style of singing that truly comes from the soul and reveals his emotional passion for the blues.

Over the years, Tony’s illustrious career is multi-faceted as an entertainer and singer. In loving homage to his Italian heritage, Tony recorded a collection of his favorite Italian songs and arias inspiring his first classic Italian language CD, entitled Dal Mio Coure a Te (From My Heart to You). This labor of love inspired a second Italian CD, An Evening In Italy garnering him worldwide attention and an increased demand for bookings across the US, appearing at the yearly Italian Festival in Monterey, California and at two of the largest Italian Festivals in the U.S. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Buffalo, NY. His latest CD, A Time for Love (Tempo d’amar), is an example of Tony’s unique vocal abilities blending American classics with the romance of Italy. Tony has also had the honor to perform for Luciano Pavarotti.

With his movie star good looks, Tony easily made the transition to film and television. His illustrious list of credits include: The X Files, The L Word (Showtime), La Dolce Vita ( Hallmark Channel Showtime), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Cybil Shepherd, Man On the Moon (Universal), My Blue Heaven (Warner Bros.), The Wedding Planner (Sony), Mambo Kings (Desilu Prod.), Naked Gun 1 (Paramount), Ricochet (Paramount), Seventh Heaven (Fox) and China Beach (Warner Bros). He is the opera voice, Sal Tuscany, on Phineas and Ferb (Disney). Tony’s voice can also be heard on many national and international TV commercials including Dunkin Doughnuts, California Cheese: “It’s the Cheese”, Macaroni Grill, Nissan Japan, the California Gas Company and even on internet websites.

Now living in Los Angeles, when Tony isn’t recording a new CD, soundtrack for a film or national commercial, he can be found at gigs all over town like the SAG Awards, Emmy’s or Grammy Awards; singing at celebrity weddings; playing at exclusive events; performing with the Long Beach Civic Concert Orchestra or performing live in Las Vegas to a sold out crowd. Tony is the featured vocalist on Living the Dream CD (Chris Tedesco-LA Jazz Big Band and Orchestra). More of his most recent endeavors to add to his credits is the movie “Letters To Juliette” and he has also currently toured with Grammy Award winner Victor Vanacore performing in a series of Pops Concerts around the US.

It is very rare to find a vocalist who has mastered such diverse styles of singing. Whether it’s blues, Italian opera, big band, or caressing a beautiful ballad Tony’s passion and gift of music is always revealed in his incredible delivery of a song.

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Tom Peterson Quartet
Nov
19
6:00 PM18:00

Tom Peterson Quartet

Duo: 6:30 to 8:30 // Tom Peterson Quartet:  9:00

Saxophonist and woodwind artist Tom Peterson is a first call player - here’s a chance to hear him in the spotlight with a stellar rhythm section.

World-class tenor saxophonist Tom Peterson has worked for many of the great composers/arrangers and bands.  

This list includes: John Williams, Pat Williams, Lennie Niehaus, Peter Matz, Tommy Newsom, Bill Holman, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabakin Big Band, the NBC Tonight Show Orchestra with Doc Severinsen, Bob Florence Limited Edition, Chris Walden, John La Barbera. Originally from Minneapolis, he attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in saxophone performance and composition.   Tom served in the U.S. Army Field Band (Studio Band) for three years before coming to California. As a freelance studio musician (woodwinds), composer and arranger, Tom can be heard on television, albums, motion pictures and jingles for television and radio.  Throughout the years, he has worked as an educator, clinician and adjudicator.

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Scott Martin's Latin Soul Band
Nov
18
6:30 PM18:30

Scott Martin's Latin Soul Band

Duo:  6:30 to 8:30 // Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band: 9:00

Not many artists can boast about their Latin Jazz influence and their Soul Jazz leanings like Scott Martin can.

Scott Martin traveled the world, performing, recording, composing and arranging with the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, winning a GRAMMY® Award for Best Latin Jazz Performance.  They also won 2 Billboard Music Awards, and embarked on countless World and Nationwide tours. He was an influential part of the Poncho Sanchez Band and recorded with Ray Charles, Billy Preston, Sam Moore and many other jazz and soul greats.

Scott Martin’s Latin Soul Band has performed at numerous venues and festivals in the last couple of years. They’ve performed tours of Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and Canada, they have played at the Borneo Jazz Festival, Hawaii International Jazz Festival, Temecula International Jazz Festival, KSDS ‘Jazz Live’ from the Saville Theatre, Brea Jazz Festival, Oxnard Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and many more concerts, events, and jazz clubs.

Scott’s compositions have been featured on many recordings, and on TV shows such as “Sex and the City”, “The Jimmy Kimmel Show”, “As The World Turns” and more.

Scott Martin has also performed and recorded with many artists and performers such as Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Jose Rizo’s Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars, Mongo Santamaria, Francisco Aguabella, Ray Charles, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Barry Manilow, Dr Dre, Alex Acuna, Eddie Harris, Chick Corea, Karrin Allison, Diane Reeves, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Larry Coryell, Joe Sample, Joey Defrancesco, Sam Moore, Billy Preston, Pete Escovedo, Eddie Palmieri and many others.

Scott Martin is exploding on the scene as a leader of his own band, The Latin Soul Band, after more than fourteen years of playing and recording with the GRAMMY® Award Winning Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band. 

http://www.scottmartinjazz.com

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John Proulx Trio
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

John Proulx Trio

Music Hours: 6:30 to 10:30

"John Proulx is front and center overflowing with fresh zeal and sparkling energy." -- Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"A joy to hear." -- Michael Feinstein

The jazz scene is abuzz about singer, pianist, composer, and MAXJAZZ recording artist, John Proulx (pronounced "Proo").  His piano playing is hot and swinging, and his voice recalls the smooth, mellow sounds of a young Chet Baker.  In addition to his own trio, John has performed with the likes of Anita O'Day, Bobby Shew, and Marian McPartland.

John is also a Grammy-winning composer.   Jazz legend, Nancy Wilson, recorded “ hese Golden Years," a song John co-wrote with lyricist D. Channsin Berry, for her 2006 Grammy-winning CD, “Turned to Blue.”   Jazz singer, Mary Stallings, also recorded “Stuck in a Dream," and “Before You Know It” (2010, “Dream”), two songs John co-wrote with lyricist K. Lawrence Dunham.

John began his formal musical education at the age of 3 in Grand Rapids, MI on Suzuki violin, but quickly switched to classical piano lessons. His grandfather, Clyde Proulx, was a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the world of jazz.  Hooked on the freedom of improvisation, his education took him to Chicago to study at Roosevelt University’s Chicago School of Performing Arts.  In 2001, John moved to Los Angeles to further his musical pursuits.  He has emerged as a young talent on the Los Angeles jazz scene and loves the wide-range of opportunities the city has to offer. Currently, John is back in LA after returning from a four-month engagement at the prestigious Feinstein’s at the Loews Regency hotel in Manhattan.

Johnproulx.com 
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