Herb Alpert is a native son of Los Angeles, born and raised in Boyle Heights in East LA. From that humble neighborhood he would go on to achieve unimaginable success, as a trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and record company executive. But perhaps his legacy will be defined in history mostly through the incredible philanthropic work he has done through his organization, the Herb Alpert Foundation. To date, the foundation has donated tens of millions of dollars to support arts and music programs at colleges and universities in Southern California.
It goes without saying Alpert is the single largest supporter of jazz in Los Angeles, if not the entire world, thanks to the work of his Foundation, and to his own personal stake in promoting jazz. The latter has been done largely through his investment in a swanky supper club at the top of Beverly Glen Drive in Bel-Air. Since it’s opening in the early 2000’s, Vibrato has provided a much-needed outlet for live jazz performances, paired with a first-class dining experience. 2017 brings an exciting new development at the club, with the start of Vibrato’s Emerging Artist Series, allowing for many of LA’s up-and-coming artists a chance to play on this grand stage. We are proud to be the first in what is hopefully a successful and enduring run of new faces and sounds at this beautiful spot.
The Los Angeles Jazz Collective is proud to present four past members of the vaunted Thelonious Monk Institute of Performance, based at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and a leading incubator for the next generation of incredible jazz artists. Collectively, they have amassed an impressive resume, having performed with (to name a few): Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Bennie Maupin, Esperanza Spaulding, Marquis Hill, Joey Alexander, Lionel Loueke, Walter Smith III, Mike Moreno, Lalah Hathaway, Kurt Elling, Michael Buble, and Aretha Franklin. Alto saxophonist Josh Johnson hails from Chicago and has become one of the most sought-after sideman since moving to Los Angeles four years ago. Tenor saxophonist Daniel Rotem left his hometown of Tel Aviv to study on a full scholarship at Berklee College of Music, before coming to L.A. for the Monk Institute. Drummer Christian Euman, also from Chicago, quickly became a first-call drummer in Los Angeles even as he was still earning his Master’s degree at the Monk Institute, and is already a veteran of many musical tours of duty. L.A. native Dave Robaire has become the near-unanimous choice for jazz artists of note who visits LA and needs a bassist. Together, these four gentleman represent the very best of the emerging talent pool in Los Angeles, flooding the city with a new infusion of vitality and creativity.
We hope you join us in the maiden voyage of this new chapter in Vibrato’s programming. Many thanks to the club and to Herb Alpert for continuing to strengthen our local jazz community!