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May Jazz at Charlie O's

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Gene Harris May is Birthday Month!!!! We were once again voted Great Jazz Venue by Downbeat Magazine in 2011!

We have some really great guests and events in May at Charlie O's including birthday celebrations for Bob Sheppard (May 5), Andy Langham (May 6), Kate Reid (May 13), Denise Donatelli (May 20), Paul Kreibich (May 24) and Benn Clatworthy (May 31)—we promise that all the birthday cakes will be calorie free!

One very special night is a Tribute to Gene Harris on the 24th with special Guest pianist Bradley Young from Chicago (swinging blues and gospel flavored jazz) who is joined by Gene Harris alumni Luther Hughes, Paul Kreibich and Frank Potenza to celebrate the music and memory of Gene Harris, a true jazz giant. We will also celebrating Paul's birthday that evening. Please don't miss this night.

New to Charlie O's on May 17 is David Garfield's Contemporary Jazz Quartet featuring David, Ralph Humphrey, Larry Klimas and Ernest Tibbs, a very unique evening of jazz with extremely talented musicians.

Another great event is the return of the “Dynamic Duo"—Terry Trotter is joined by Chuck Berghofer on the 19th for a very amazing evening of beautiful music. Those are a few of this month's highlights. We also have our wonderful Friday and Saturday performers appearing with the John Heard Trio (John, Roy McCurdy, Kendall Kay, Andy Langham, Theo Saunders, Lanny Hartley) which include Louis Van Taylor on the 6th to help celebrate Andy's birthday, Julie Kelly on the 7th, Kate Reid on the 13th for Kate's birthday party, the always marvelous Rickey Woodard on the14th, Denise Donatelli on the 20th to celebrate her birthday, amazing Thom Rotella on the 21st, Janis Mann on the 27th, and Chuck Manning on the 28th. Reservations recommended for all of these performances.

Our Tuesday performances include Brandino and Friends (Brandino, Keith Fiddmont, Andy Langham, Roy McCurdy) on the 3rd, the Jim Cox Trio (Jim, John Ferraro, Domenic Genova) on the 10th, David Garfield's Contemporary Jazz Quartet featuring David Garfield, Ralph Humphry, Larry Klimas, Ernest Tibbs on the 17th, a Tribute to Gene Harris on the 24th with special guest pianist Bradley Young from Chicago (swinging blues and gospel flavored jazz) who is joined by Gene Harris alumni Luther Hughes, Paul Kreibich and Frank Potenza to celebrate the music and memory of Gene Harris, a true jazz giant. We will also celebrating Paul's birthday that evening and Benn Clatworthy will be celebrating his birthday on the 31st.

Our Wednesday shows include the Zane Musa Quartet on the 4th, the Tony Inzalaco Quintet featuring Benn Clatworthy Nolan Shaheed, Chris Colangelo and Vicki Von Eps on the 11th, the VR Smith Sextet (VR Smith, Gary Foster, Chuck Manning, Jim Szilagyi, Putter Smith, Tim Pleasant) on the 18th, the David Eastlee Quartet on the 25th. These are all great nights and reservations are recommended.

Our very special Thursday performances in May begin with a birthday celebration for Bob Sheppard on the 5th, the John Altman Quartet on the 12th, the return of the “Dynamic Duo"—Terry Trotter is joined by Chuck Berghofer on the 19th for a very amazing evening of beautiful music, and the Theo Saunders Quartet performs on the 26th. Reservations suggested for all these performances.

All of your favorite LA performers will be here in May and when you consider how busy these musicians are with studio work, recording, teaching and touring, we are so lucky to have them perform for us. At Charlie O's so many local and out of town gifted musicians will just come in and sit in with the groups who are performing. Do a good deed—bring a friend to Charlie O's to enjoy some great jazz.

Please email or call us with any questions regarding these performances. Our hours are Tuesday through Friday 3 PM to Midnight and Saturday 6 PM to Midnight. We are closed on Sunday and Monday. You can reach us through our email address charlieosjazz@cs.com or call us at 818.994.3058.

We are located at 13725 Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys (on Victory, just West of Woodman Avenue). Jo-Ann, Mike, Matt, Naomi, and Andrea look forward to seeing you in May. Thank you for your continued support of these great musicians, our wonderful staff and Charlie O's Jazz Club!

Come to Charlie O's for the best in jazz entertainment at the “ultimate jazz bar, restaurant" (Don Heckman, LA Times). Charlie O's has been voted by Downbeat magazine every year as one of the top 100 best jazz clubs in the world since 2001! “A great intimate jazz club in the valley" said Chuck Niles in the November 2003 issue of Sunset magazine. Charlie O's is where all the musicians hang and “all the best jazz players in LA are there" said Mort Sahl. Les McCann says “Charlie O's is the best jazz club in L.A. Clint Eastwood said “it's like listening to great jazz in your living room." Charlie O's is one of her favorite jazz spots says Chef Susan Feniger. Our sincere thanks to all of our local fans and to you all over the world for helping to make Charlie O's so successful! Thank you all for keeping Charlie O's dream alive. We hope to see you in May!

“Jazz is I think a bit like Malaria—once you have it in your blood, it's never going to go away."

All the best, Jo-Ann and Mike

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