Ben von Wildenhaus

Ben von Wildenhaus performs a mostly instrumental music that New York Music Daily has described as “transcontinental noir.” He has been compared to guitarists like Marc Ribot, Sir Richard Bishop and Sandy Bull, though his live show can evoke the intentional awkwardness of Neil Hamburger. Using an electric guitar, textless vocals, found audio and just about anything that can produce a tone, Wildenhaus produces, both live and on record, a seamless amalgam of Egyptian film music, Berber desert guitar, American folk melody, and avant-garde minimalism.

Erika and the Bad Cats

 

Erika and the Bad Cats is a fresh and soulful take on classic jazz standards, with a repertoire that ranges from Ella Fitzgerald to Ray Charles to the Beatles.  New on the Seattle jazz scene, they can be seen around town at venues such as Vito’s and the Royal Room.

Johnny Astro

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Johnny Astro is a surf/lounge band from Seattle, Washington formed in 1997 by guitarist Mark Bombara. They perform instrumental surf, lounge, ’60s spy and movie soundtrack music and originals. The band combines the talents of guitarist, song writer and band leader Mark Bombara, drummer Shane Peck, vibraphonist Susan Pascal, bassist Noah Wilson and saxophonist Marty Jourard.

Jerry Zimmerman

Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

Homenaje

Homenaje, which means “tribute” in Spanish, is a trio led by guitarist Will Brahm, fusing Latin, jazz, and classical stylings. The trio incorporates these traditions with a distinct Los Angeles flavor. Will Brahm tours the world as co-leader of the New West Guitar Group, contributing arrangements and sure fire musicianship. He is a 5 time K-Jazz scholarship recipient,

Percussionist/drummer, Chris Wabich joins on the new project. He has worked with Leonard Cohen, Stanley Jordan, Mark Murphy, the Zappa family and many others.

http://homenajemusic.com/home

Lennon Aldort

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Lennon Aldort is a professional pianist, violinist, violist, and composer who grew up on Orcas Island, WA and began playing the piano at the age of three.  He studied music at the Academy in Vancouver, BC, the Conservatory in Victoria, BC, and the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA.  He earned his B.A. in music from the University of Washington in 2012.  Lennon currently resides in Seattle and plays piano for restaurants, weddings, and all manner of private events.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lennon Aldort has been playing the piano his entire life. Mostly self-taught, he blends together classical, jazz, blues, film scores, and many other genres, delivering a unique and highly personal performance.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Bar Tabac

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Bar Tabac deftly veers between pulsating exotica and tortured ballads without ever losing their sensuous warmth. The deep baritone guitar melodies from Jonathan Sampson, the mercurial drum echoes from Andru Creature and the lyrical bass lines from Aaron Harmonson combine to create refreshing interpretations of Movie Themes from the '60s and '70s as well as Sampson's own haunting tunes from film soundtracks recorded in Paris, London, New York and Seattle. At Vito's their performances may be worthy of your undivided attention, but they truly relish being enjoyed as the ideal background music for fine cocktails and sordid conversations. 

Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys.Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette.MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs.Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Julie Cascioppo

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The Italian Bombshell is back in Seattle and claiming the lounge at Vito’s as her personal playground. She drinks, flirts, tells stories, and sings all of her father's Italian favorites, interspersed with novelty numbers from Africa and classic jazz standards. The daughter of a Sicilian meat cutter and a cool blonde Norwegian beauty, Julie grew up in Seattle’s multiethnic Ballard neighborhood and was raised on her parent’s records. ” There was music playing constantly in my house. My parents played all the great singers on their stereo — Frank Sinatra, Jerry Vale, Dinah Washington, Mel Torme. It was bombarded into my psyche. I didn’t have any choice.”

Jovino Santos Neto

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Three-time Latin Grammy nominee and Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame member Jovino Santos Neto, a master pianist, composer and arranger, is among the top Brazilian musicians working today. Currently based in Seattle, Washington, he has throughout his career been closely affiliated with the Brazilian master Hermeto Pascoal.  He was an integral part of Pascoal’s group from 1977 to 1992, where he fine-tuned his artistry, performing around the world and co-producing several legendary records.Jovino’s personal style is a creative blend of energetic grooves, deep harmonies, telepathic improvisation, lyrical melodies and great ensemble playing, always inspired and informed by the colorful richness of Brazilian music. His compositions include samba, choro, baião, xote, forró, marcha and many more styles, rooted in centuries-old musical tradition while pointing to new and adventurous harmonic languages.

www.jovisan.net

The Tarantellas

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In a salute to Vito's Italian heritage, we are proud to present The Tarantellas as our dinner show on the first and third Saturdays of each month for a festive and loving tribute to "The Legendary Favorite Songs of Italy."  Bandleader/vocalist Richard Sclafani holds forth with his antique Neapolitan Mandolin, a little work of art in itself, with a unique sound that has been described as the "heart and soul of Southern Italy".  On various nights, he is accompanied by special guests, including accordion virtuoso Bonnie Birch, acoustic guitarist Juan "Giovanni" Barco, and harmony vocalist Lana Brown.  Romantic Italian love songs, classical waltzes, haunting Sicilian melodies, and wild Tarantella dances are all part of the authentic mix. Plus, The Tarantellas add their unique touch to many Italian-American favorites by Dean Martin, Al Martino, Julias LaRosa, Jerry Vale, and other great crooners of the '50s and '60s!

(Hint: Bring your Sweetheart, and upon request, The Tarantellas will perform a romantic table-side serenade just for you.)  Viva Italia!

Don't Move

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From the shadows comes a strained whisper…Don’t Move.

Hailing from Seattle, Don’t Move is a piano trio specializing in doing their own thing. Strictly instrumental, their music is improvised, deliberate, and exploratory. They push it every night. A typical set delivers a clever combination of original compositions and very non-standard standards. While their sound debates the merits of reckless behavior, against a boundless and compassionate curiosity, the end result is a perfect meal of angst, wonder, and golden creatures past.

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Jason Goessl Group

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Wisconsin native Jason Goessl built a strong pedigree in jazz, neoclassical guitar, and world music before arriving in Seattle. While here, he fell in love with electronic, experimental, and avant-garde music.

Playing only one style of music never sated Jason's appetite. His next move found him with a Telecaster draped over his shoulder, steeping himself in country swells and surf-stylings and coming full circle back to the jazz of the 1950s that fueled his earliest musical drive.

Today Jason can be heard playing guitar several nights a week, deftly traversing a musical terrain that moves from country to electronic to jazz to pop and all the spaces in between. He plays at Vito’s with such diversely styled groups as the Pornadoes, Prom Queen, Brazil Novo, and Sundae & Mr. Goessl (with spouse and fellow musician Kate Voss). Under his own headlining night, you can expect to begin with finger-picked jazz classics and expand upon the sounds as the night progresses.

Jennifer Kienzle

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Since her arrival to Seattle in 2008, international jazz vocalist Jennifer Kienzle has emerged as a singer adept at conveying a direct and honest interpretation of the American songbook. Jennifer's playful lyricism and beautiful, pure tone pull her listeners in to the stories she sings.

Jennifer and her musicians alike enjoy creating music in the moment. The songs you hear will be unique and never to be heard the same way again.

The New Triumph

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Comprised of some of the best players from Seattle's World/Jazz/Funk scenes, The New Triumph plays an energetic, eclectic and original mix of Funk,Latin and Jazz music.  Members include Camilo Estrada (bass), Scott Morning (trumpet), Arie Pytel (guitar), Adam Kessler (drums), Ivan Galvez (percussion) and Marc Hager (keys). Their album 'Starship Estrada' can be streamed, downloaded, and bought at www.thenewtriumph.bandcamp.com

www.thenewtriumphmusic.com

Jerry Zimmerman

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Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

Kareem Kandi

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem Kandihas been performing on the scene for years, gaining attention from both critics and audiences alike.  Kareem attended Cornish College of the Arts where he studied composition and performance from some of the greatest jazz musicians in Seattle WA. Currently his band plays a mixture of originals and arrangements of standards which cover many styles ranging from jazz, funk, rock, blues, and ballads. When not leading his own group Kareem can be seen and heard performing with many other top notch bands in the Northwest, most notably The Paperboys from Vancouver B.C.

For more information visit: www.kareemkandi.com

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Brad Gibson Presents

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Drummer Brad Gibson likes to feature a rotating cast of the city's best musicians in his monthly performances at Vito's. Gibson and Co. offer a contemporary spin on classic jazz repertoire, performed with a daring yet refined attitude.

 
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Kate Voss

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Voted Best Jazz Artist of 2017 from Seattle Weekly, vocalist Kate Voss sings the classics with a twist. 

www.katevoss.com

Michael Owcharuk Trio

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The Michael Owcharuk Quartet is a modern jazz ensemble influenced by the sounds of swing, rock, pop, funk, classical, and more. Performing original music written by Michael and other Seattle composers, choice jazz standards, and have been known to thrown in some TV show theme songs too. The Quartet has a rotating cast of some of Seattle's greatest musical talents, often featuring Kate Olson-sax, Nate Omdal-bass, and Jacques Willis-drums.

http://www.owcharukmusic.com

The Pornadoes

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The Pornadoes are the originators of “swingasurfajazzabilly”, a mix of four great American musical traditions: Jazz, Surf, Country Swing, and Rockabilly.  Jason “Mr. Goessl” Goessl (guitar) helms the band, switching effortlessly between the finger-picked jazz style of Chet Atkins and the blistering rock n’ roll riffs reminiscent of Link Wray.  J. “Jasper McCann” McIlvain (vocals) fronts the ensemble, equally comfortable as Darin-esque crooner of a rockabilly wailer.  Ethan “Chet Gracenote” Sobotta (bass), one of the foremost slap bass players in the Pacific Northwest, is also possessed of a keen jazz sensibility and symphonic-level virtuosity.  Tom “Tommy Ramshaft” Zgonc (drums) mixes the light-handed cymbal work of the greatest jazz drummers with the thundering beats of surf group greats like the Ventures.  Together, they create an exciting sound by “connecting the four corners of the Great American Musical Baseball Diamond.”  Coupled with McCann’s witty, narrative lyrics and the ensemble’s thoughtful arrangements, The Pornadoes strive to provide the finest in “new-fangled old-fashioned music” for the discerning listener. 

Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.

Wally Shoup

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The Wally Shoup Quartet brings its own film noir soundtrack to Vito's each time they play. Torch songs, blues ballads, Beatles and classic jazz tunes are filtered through a Lynchian prism by way of Sun Ra and John Coltrane. Led by the soulful, deep-toned alto sax of Wally Shoup and vibist Bob Rees, the quartet is equally at home casting a sultry spell or lifting off into the sonic spaceways. Bassist John Seman and drummer Mark Ostrowski round out this exceptional group, propelling the music forward with their subtle and compelling rhythmic stylings.

Casey MacGill

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Casey MacGill croons classic tunes in a style encompassing blues, ballads, and boogie. His piano weaves a spell of smoke-filled joints where little dramas played out to the sounds of tinkling keys.Casey is a native of Los Angeles, grew up with folk music, surf, 60's pop, and eventually the blues. He attended the Monterey Pop Festival, saw icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, blues artists Paul Butterfield, Junior Wells, Albert King, and the blues became the cornerstone of his musical style. He majored in music at Pasadena City College and Cal State LA, studying with jazz greats Gary Foster, Warne Marsh, and Buddy Collette.MacGill performed on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Gong Show, and the movie Frances with his trio Mood Indigo. Casey was featured in the Broadway musical Swing, opening the show and writing five songs.Casey currently plays in the group the Blue 4 Trio, on ukulele and cornet, in addition to piano, and occasionally Roy Kay's Red Hot Rhythm Club. He particularly enjoys his solo turn at Vito's for the chance to help create the ambience of a vintage cocktail lounge with his music.

Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints

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Born out of a love of the early years of swing, country and rock 'n 'roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features many of Seattle's most skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.

The band's debut album, Dream Man, was released independently in 2016. Fans, critics and deejays have delighted in Birch Pereira's "old soul,"  tenor voice, the group's clean stripped-down arrangements of musical gems from the past and Pereira's ever growing repertoire of original, yet period evoking material. The musicians assembled on record and for live performance stand out both for their obvious skill and for the obvious passion that all of the contributing players have for each of these great musical eras. The skill and passion result in performances that act like aural time traveling experiences.   

The Gin Joints perform with a variety of personnel and instruments, which allows the group to play venues as diverse as sit down dinner theaters to clubs, festivals and dances. Members often featured in the Gin Joints include Jason Goessl on guitar and Adrian Van Batenburg on drums (both pictured) as well as Jacob Zimmerman (saxophone, clarinet), Daniel Rainard (guitar), Tim Kennedy (Piano), David Bush (drums), Sam Esecson (drums), and Kate Voss (vocals).

Lushy

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Progressive cocktail pop – Think the Jetsons with fuzzy guitars – danceable and lounge-y !!!

Drink up people–it’s LUSHY! Bossa beat flavored alterna-pop that goes down nice and easy. Lounge-y and danceable with hints of exotica and a touch of electronica…nutty and hip…intriguing and soothing–must see live!

Lushy concocts a refreshing pop style that blends original samples and Bossa beats with elements of vintage-Latin jazz, exotica, surf, new wave and sixties popto create their own distinctive intercontinental sound. Most importantly, they have established a solid reputation for originality far beyond their roots in the lounge and exotica scene. What started as a lighthearted recording session among friends has now turned into a lasting and successful project. In the basement tiki den, with fully stocked cocktail bar, that is their studio, Lushy was formed and began compiling an extensive catalog of original songs. With scores of successful gigs from Vancouver BC to Los Angeles to Berlin, Lushy has steadily risen through the ranks of Seattle’s musical landscape. Led by dynamic vocalist Annabella Kirby, musical mastermind Andy Sodt, guitars wizard Matt Nims, Patrick Napper on trumpet/guitar and Shane Peck on drums. Lushy holds sway over every stage they inhabit. 

Jerry Zimmerman

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Pianist Jerry Zimmerman has been a mainstay in Seattle for nearly 50 years. It was during his 30 plus years at Canlis that he was named by the Seattle Weekly as “Seattle’s Best Piano Bar.” That was when he was doing what he loves to do most, including aspiring and professional singers in the mix. They covered the gamut of opera, jazz, show tunes, contemporary and classical. That, plus his seemingly effortless transitions from request to request has made him “one of the busiest working musicians in the area with an extensive following.” (Eastside Guide) This is currently the scene at Vito’s, where he plays for many multi-talented singers. A graduate of O’Dea High School, Seattle University, and Cornish School of Music (scholarship), Jerry has been blessed with the lifetime ability to earn a comfortable living and raise a family doing what he loves most, playing the piano. His influences include both friends and contemporaries: Erroll Garner, Dave Brubeck, George Shearing, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Peter Nero, Vince Guaraldi and Bill Evans.

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Bob Hammer

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Bob Hammer is a legendary jazz pianist, composer and arranger with a career spanning over 60 years and a star-studded list of collaborators. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University and early in his career, he worked with the likes of Bud Freeman, Red Allen, and Gene Krupa and in groups such as the Sauter/Finnegan Orchestra and the Roy Eldridge Quartet. This led to a musical relationship with Charles Mingus, who called him his “Beethoven” and featured him arranging bass parts on albums such as Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus, Townhall Concert and The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. A recording career was followed by years playing in Vegas show bands, a time as a college jazz improvisation instructor, and many other diverse arrangements. Bob Hammer plays popular and esoteric jazz classics in the style of Bud Powell, Teddy Wilson, and Nat King Cole on Sundays from 6-9 pm.

Ron Weinstein Trio

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You might have heard Ron Weinstein play with Combo Craig or Crack Sabbath, but this straight-up trio of piano, stand up bass, and drums is jazz reminiscent of the late 50's and early 60's New York style. It is one of the most energetic jazz gigs we have at Vito’s and you really can’t help but smile at the whole affair.