Akiko・ Hamilton・ Dechter (featuring Jeff Hamilton, Graham Dechter, and Akiko Tsuruga) AND The Lineage Trio

Akiko・ Hamilton・ Dechter (featuring Jeff Hamilton, Graham Dechter, and Akiko Tsuruga) AND The Lineage Trio

Thu · April 12, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Tickets starting from $25

The full dinner menu is available for purchase as soon as doors open. Your ticket purchase is the only reservation you need. A minimum of two items ($20.00) is required per person. $10 ticket INCREASE on day of show. Valet parking available with validation for $5. There is metered street parking as well but be sure to read the signs. Parking is NOT permitted on Woodbridge St. after 9pm nightly.

Jeff Hamilton
Jeff Hamilton
Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, the Clayton Brothers or co-leading the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Jeff’s recording, It’s Hamilton Time (Lake Street Records), received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. His trio’s second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! (MONS) was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, Hands On. Hamilton House-Live at Steamers (MONS) was the trio’s 2000 release. As well as recording and performing throughout the world, Jeff also teaches, arranges and composes.

Jeff has received rave reviews for his dynamic drumming. David Badham of Jazz Journal International stated in his review of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra’s release, Heart and Soul (Capri): “This is one of the finest modern big band issues I’ve heard…This is undoubtedly due to Jeff Hamilton, a most driving and technically accomplished drummer.” Jeff is equally at home in smaller formats. He is an integral part of the Clayton Brothers and Herb Wong stated in his review of their release, The Music (Capri), in JazzTimes: “Always evident is…the colorful work of the rhythm section featuring…the sensitivity and sizzle of Jeff Hamilton’s seasoned drums.” Leonard Feather of the Los Angeles Times described Jeff and his work with Oscar Peterson as “the Los Angeles-based drummer whose intelligent backing and spirited solo work met Peterson’s customarily high standards…” In his review of he Ray Brown Trio in the Denver Post, Jeff Bradley stated that Jeff “brought the crowd to its feet with his amazing hand-drumming, soft and understated yet as riveting and rewarding as any drum solo you’ve heard.”
Akiko Tsuruga
Akiko Tsuruga
She’s “Sweet and Funky,” she’s “Cute and Bad”.
A Composer. A Performer extraordinaire.

The legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith describes her this way: “Akiko's playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world. Akiko is here to stay.”

Raised in Osaka, Japan, this talented musician began studying the organ at the age of three, at the famed Yamaha Music School. After discovering her passion for jazz very early on in her musical journey, Akiko launched her career immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music.

While living and playing in Osaka, she had many opportunities to perform with world-renowned jazz musicians from the United States. Meeting Grady Tate, in particular, was a life-changing event for Akiko. He took a great interest in her after hearing her play, and ultimately convinced her that to fully pursue her career in jazz she must make the move to the United States. He further showed his belief in her talent by performing on her debut album in Japan, Harlem Dreams.

Akiko has ten albums as a leader to her credit. Her debut album in the U.S., “Sweet and Funky”, was selected as a “Best album of 2007” in DOWNBEAT Magazine. Akiko has been a regular in the DOWNBEAT polls since 2008 - culminating this year with the 65th Annual Critics Poll, coming in at #2 in the “Rising Star - Organ” category. Hot House Magazine has just named her 'Best Organ" in the 2017 Readers Poll. Her albums have constantly placed in the top ten on the National Radio Jazz Chart.

Akiko’s most recent recording, “So Cute, So Bad” is a live record date, recorded at the Alvas Showroom in Los Angeles, and features Jeff Hamilton (Drums) and Graham Dechter (Guitar). This album was released in both the U.S. and in Japan in May 2017.

Just take a listen to this dynamic performer, and I’m sure you will agree with the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith - “Akiko is here to stay!”
Graham Dechter
Graham Dechter
Born in Santa Monica, CA, guitarist Graham Dechter began his study of music at the age of 5 when he started taking violin lessons and composing orchestral pieces. He discovered his passion for guitar and jazz at Idyllwild Arts Academy, the prestigious residential arts high school. Upon graduation, Graham entered the Jazz Studies program at the Eastman School of Music. In 2005, after completing a year at Eastman, Graham moved back to Los Angeles after being invited by Jeff Hamilton to join the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (CHJO). He was 19 at the time and became the youngest member of the acclaimed orchestra. He has toured extensively in North America, Europe and Asia and has performed and recorded with some of the most respected names in music including Michael Buble, Eliane Elias, Benny Golson, James Moody, John Pizzarelli, Larry Goldings, Jon Hendricks, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling, Billy Taylor, Benny Green, Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, Curtis Fuller, Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Clark Terry, Snooky Young and Wynton Marsalis.
Alex Frank
Alex Frank
Since his 2010 graduation from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Peter Dominguez and Eddie Gomez, Alex has been fortunate to work with many talented artists and musicians in concert, as well as on recordings, and in film and television. One of the highlights was the Sinatra 100 Concert Celebration, where Alex was music director and led the band for George Benson, Jane Monheit, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., Renee Olstead, and Dave Damiani. Another highlight was playing live on-camera with the Bill Holman Big Band for the Clint Eastwood-directed film version of the Broadway smash, Jersey Boys. Other artists Alex has recorded for and/or performed with include Haley Reinhart, Bill Cunliffe, Peter Erskine, Molly Ringwald, Pat Williams, Bobby Rydell, Benny Golson, Jeff Goldblum, Spencer Day, Melissa Morgan, Matt Forbes, and, least expected, Nas. Alex is currently musical director for the No Vacancy Orchestra, and also a member of the Tamir Hendelman Trio, the Bill Holman Big Band, the Bruce Forman Trio, and Too Marvelous For Words, a tribute to Nat King Cole starring Keith David.

Recently, Alex has co-written songs for Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., Richard Shelton, Dave Damiani, and Spencer Day. One of these songs, “It’s Pure A.C.” was proclaimed as the official anthem for Atlantic City by its mayor. Other honors for Alex include being inducted into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame in 2014 as a member of Bruce Forman’s group, Cow Bop. In 2013, Alex placed second in the International Society of Bassists' biennial jazz competition. Besides his teachers at Oberlin, Alex has studied privately with jazz legend John Clayton and classical bassist David Allen Moore of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Ryan Shaw
Ryan Shaw
Ryan Shaw began his musical pursuits at the age of five on piano. By age 8, he began studying with Steve Noyd on percussion. After getting his first drum set at the age of 10, he began playing at his church regularly while participating in his school's Band and Jazz Band. Ryan then moved with his family to San Diego, California where he began attending Poway High School and participating in their Marching and Jazz Bands. He was also selected as the drummer for the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Band in 2013. Ryan is now pursuing his Jazz Studies degree at the University of Southern California, studying under Peter Erskine.

Outside of school, Ryan performs regularly with Gilbert Castellanos and Joshua White, and has had the opportunity to perform with Bob Sheppard, Bob McChesney, Graham Dechter, Rob Lockhart, Joshua White, Holly Hofmann, Mike Wofford and more. Ryan has also had the opportunity to study with Jeff Hamilton, Peter Erskine, Roy McCurdy, Kevin Kanner, Dan Schnelle, Duncan Moore, Mike Holguin, Bryan Taylor, Lance Beckford, Paul Casey, and Steve Noyd.
Venue Information:
Upstairs At Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA, 91604
http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/