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New Jazz Venue: Upstairs at Vitello's Studio City

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Gary Foster
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 (s), Tom Ranier (p), Mike Valerio (b), and Steve Shaeffer (dr).

The February 26th lineup is Christian Jacob (p), Ray Brinker (dr), and Trey Henry (b. March and April line ups will include rare appearances by Bob Bain (gtr) and Larry Goldings (organ/piano).

Join Bill Cunliffe's Blues and the Abstract Truth Take Two CD Release Party on March 5th.

Bob Sheppard's Quartet will perform on March 19th.

You can order appetizers, drinks or dinner; the cover charge for most nights is $10.00. A portion of the proceeds each week will go to music lessons for underprivileged children.

To make reservations call Upstairs at Vitello’s at 818-769-0905 for reservations.

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