June 27, 2013

Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications
July 5 kicks off four great jazz nights at
Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill Jazz, Beverly Glenn Cirlce

July 5th: John Daversa — Trumpet

John Daversa is a versatile and internationally respected performer (Trumpet/EVI), composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, and BFM Jazz recording artist. He is a winner of the, David Joel Miller Award, the National Trumpet Competition, the ITG Jazz Soloist Competition, and was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

Daversa’s celebrated and distinctive musical perspective has been a passport to performances on world stages such as The Today Show, Late Nite with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Live 8 (Berlin), Hamburg Music Festival, Java Jazz Festival (Jakarta), Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival. He has also had the opportunity to perform or record with artists such as Fiona Apple, Michael Bublé, Dori Caymi, Andraé Crouch, Sheryl Crow, Bob Mintzer Big Band, and The Yellowjackets.

In 1996, he founded the John Daversa Progressive Big Band, which is one of the leading forces of modern jazz in L.A. today. In 2011, the band released its first studio album, “Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album,” to critical acclaim winning Best in Show and Awards of Excellence in Creativity/Originality and Production in The Global Music Awards. “Daversa's fearless exploration...takes him off the beaten path, as he creates bold and ballsy big band music for the modern epoch.”—

In Fall 2013 John will become chairperson of Studio Music and Jazz at The Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Florida.

July 16th & 17th: Aaron Weinstein — Violin

Called “the Groucho of the violin” by Tony Bennett and “a perfect musician” by jazz guitar legend, Bucky Pizzarelli, Aaron Weinstein has earned a reputation as one of the finest jazz musicians and entertainers of his generation. As a featured soloist, Aaron has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note, the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Aaron has performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross as well as musicians as varied as New York Pops conductor, Skitch Henderson and rock guitarist, Jay Geils. He has written arrangements for vocalists including Christine Ebersole, Linda Lavin, and the Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel. Additionally, Aaron is a respected mandolinist, widely regarded as one of the instrument’s leading exponents in the jazz idiom.

Aaron is the recipient of a New York City Nightlife Award and New York City Bistro Award. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four–year talent–based scholarship. With the release of his Arbors Records debut, A Handful of Stars, (called “the rebirth of the hot jazz violin” by famed journalist, Nat Hentoff) Aaron became the youngest jazz musician to have recorded as leader for this prestigious traditionaljazz record la bel. In addition to performing and arranging, Aaron is also a bow tie rights activist. He lives in New York City.

Jule 27: Mark Copeland — Vocalist

“In a future–oriented culture of ours, one is tempted to wonder where Mark Copeland will go from here. However, that is not necessary. His latest accomplishments are quite real and large in terms of the present. When I reviewed Mark’s first release I said that there was an innocent and appealing thread of melancholy throughout the release. Well, it just got better. Listening to Copeland is always a rewarding experience, and there are moments that confirm the fact that he is an integral part of the musical spectrum. This music is the true sense of the word.” – Johnny Adams, “And All That JazzRadio Host, Carmel, California.

“There are muses at work here. Deities named Porter, Gershwin, and Mercer nod in approval. “I Happen to Like New York” is an exciting new album from Mark Copeland. Listen, savor, and let Mark’s performances give voice to your own heart". – Nick Gerard, Music Host, KSRF Radio, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Mark Copeland has preformed on many stages including the 70th, 71st and 72nd Academy Award’s Governor’s Ball, “It’s the one gig you’d want above all. The biggest stars in the world are listening to you — and you’ve got to sing well,” says Mark. The weddings of Rob Thomas and Kelsey Grammer. Mark has also preformed aboard Air Force One as in–flight Musical Entertaiment. “My arrangements are in the style of the mid–’50s to early ’60s — the sort you would have heard Judy Garland and Nat King Cole doing.”

July 30th: Frank Stallone — Guitar & Vocals

A Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist, Stallone sings and plays guitar across the globe. On July 30th at 8:30 p.m., Vibrato will once again play host the composer of “Far From Over,” the hit single from 1983’s film Staying Alive.”

Known for his American Songbook style, Stallone will perform hits from movies, blues favorites and romantic melodies. “I wanted to be a musician and singer from the very first time I opened my mouth,” recalls Stallone, “I have never for a moment been derailed from that ambition.” In addition to the ten albums he has released, Stallone has composed and recorded music for 11 films, including the first three “Rocky” films and “Rambo II.”

A unique environment located in the heart of Beverly Glen Circle, Vibrato boasts perfect acoustics with impeccable food. “My ambition is to have a club where you feel comfortable, where great musicians can play and appreciate sound and feeling — a venue for jazz players to perform,” says eight–time Grammy winner Alpert, who occasionally plays at Vibrato with his wife, Lani Hall, the Brasil 66 singer and Grammy winner for her Latin album, “Es Facil Amar.”

Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, Jazz, Etc. is a Herb Alpert restaurant in partnership with Gregg and Bob Smith of Smith Brothers restaurants.

For reservations call 310.474.9400 or visit–grill

For interviews and more information, contact:
Caroline Graham, C4 Global Communications | 310–899–2727 |