Vocalist/promoter AprilWilliams, who has presented a weekly jazz night at the Wine Bistro and Down Beat Entertainment jazz fundraisers for Symphony In The Glen, is adding another venue to her lineup. Upstairs at Vitello’s is a custom-built listening room over Vitello’s Italian Restaurant in Studio City; it is called the “Upstairs Room”. Williams describes it as “like a Vegas lounge, with great sound, lights and stage and there is not a bad seat in the house.” Local musicians say this room is reminiscent of the clubs of Dante's and Shelly’s Manhole.
These were great clubs of the sixties and seventies. The Thursday night Red Carpet Jazz Series launches on February 19 with a pre-Oscar kickoff party; after a complimentary cocktail reception, there will be an evening of music by Gary Foster