LAJC Presents – Vibrato L.A. Spotlight Series: Tom Luer & Project Popular

On Tuesday we are headed back to the top of Beverly Glen Drive, where Herb Alpert’s club is enjoying a veritable renaissance, with a steady stream of interesting and entertaining acts flowing onto the Vibrato’s main stage.  Their Emerging Artist series has been rebranded as the “L.A. Spotlight Series,” and we are glad to be invited back to present another deserving artist.

Saxophonist Tom Luer is from the town of Chippawa Falls, Wisconsin, and of course is an avid Green Bay Packers fan.  He is also an exceptional woodwind player who has enjoyed an active career since moving to Los Angeles, having performed on NBC and FOX for the Tonight Show, the Ellen Degeneres Show, the X Factor, and the American Music Awards.  He has toured with Queen Latifah, Poncho Sanchez, Engelbert Humperdinck, and the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band.  Tom has recorded with Kurt Elling, Mike Barone, Cooper Phillips, and Dave Slonaker, the latter on an album (“Intrada”) which was nominated for a Grammy in 2013.

Tom’s own pet project is called Project Popular, a working band that plays re-imagined arrangements of pop and rock classics by everyone from Stone Temple Pilots to Pearl Jam to Prince.  His album, “Project Popular” (Origin Records) has been well-received nationally, with one of his tracks (“Black Hole Sun”) even selected by NPR for a promo spot on “Morning Edition”.

Tom has kept his band together for a number of years, resulting in a cohesive unit that really knows the material and can bring out the best in these clever arrangements.  Joining Tom at Vibrato are nearly the entire original cast:  Andy Langham on piano and Edwin Livingston on bass, with the amazing and ubiquitous Will Brahm to fill in for the regular guitarist Andy Synowiec.  Vocalist Angela Parish will join the band as a special guest.

Please join Tom and Project Popular this Tuesday, and be prepared to sing along to some of your favorite jams.

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