Josh Nelson &  Nick Mancini - 2 and 4

Josh Nelson & Nick Mancini - 2 and 4

Fri · July 20, 2018

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

Tickets starting from $20

Off Sale

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 $6. There is metered street parking as well but be sure to read the signs. Parking is NOT permitted on Woodbridge St. after 9pm nightly.

2 and 4
Sublime artistry, boundless creativity, and consummate technique are the hallmarks of this of locally celebrated, world-class duo. Although they hail from starkly contrasting home fronts, pianist Josh Nelson (a cool Southern California native) and vibist Nick Mancini (a hothead from chilly upstate New York) possess a profoundly unique musical kinship. Both player-composers appreciate the value of a well-conceived composition and the turn of a clever melodic phrase, but it's their organic synchrony and dulcet tone that distinguish this compelling musical coupling. Join Josh and Nick as they present an evening of mostly original music with a few choice standards in both duo and quartet settings together with Alex Boneham on bass and Shawn Baltazor on drums.
Josh Nelson
Josh Nelson
born and raised in Southern California pianist-composer-bandleader Josh Nelson has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, John Clayton, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers and Peter Erskine.

Nelson toured with legendary vocalist Natalie Cole for six years and continues to tour with vocalists Gaby Moreno, Freda Payne, Alicia Olatuja, Sara Gazarek, accordionist Richard Galliano, saxophonist Tom Scott, multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and violinist Christian Howes. He taught jazz for four years at Soka University and more recently at Cal State University Northridge.
Nick Mancini
Nick Mancini
Nick Mancini is, by his own admission, most at home when behind the vibes and in front of a capacity crowd. As both a vibraphonist and as a bandleader, Mancini enjoys a reputation as one of LA’s most called-upon studio players, trusted bandleaders and kick-ass sidemen. Playing with a maturity that belies his youth, he has accrued both a band and a following that reflects his dual commitment to deep musical exploration and old-school entertainment.

As a bandleader, Nick has written, produced, and recorded two albums with his own band, The Nick Mancini Collective (Live: New York and N:OW), as well as records with Kitchen Sink (Everything But The...), Type II (Flexible Plan), and Racquel Roberts (the OurStage Grand Prize-winning The Secret of Christmas). Nick regularly appears throughout Los Angeles as a leader, at such venues as The Baked Potato Club, The Jazz Bakery, Catalina Bar and Grill, Café Metropol, Steamers, and the Pasadena Jazz Institute. During his decade in the New York scene, Nick was a regular performer at Joe’s Pub, Birdland, Fez, Mercury Lounge, the Living Room, Cornelia Street Café, Detour and Jack’s Joint. Outside of NYC and LA, he has played extensively in Europe and upstate New York, in particular the Van Dyck in Schenectady, where he’s something of a hometown hero — if not a prodigal son. Nick originally hails from Amsterdam, New York, a picturesque burg in New York’s Mohawk River Valley where his first forays into music were as a drummer.

Even at the tender age of 13, he was widely sought after among that region’s most accomplished bands. In order to apply to an orchestral program in college — he graduated cum laude from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music — he needed to learn a new instrument, one that could produce a melody. He quickly picked up the vibes, and the rest is history. Nick also received a masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music where he received the President’s Award two years in a row. “I never intended to become a vibraphone player, but my desire to communicate through melody as well as rhythm led me to the thing, and now, well, it looks as if our love is here to stay.”
Venue Information:
Upstairs At Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Ave
Studio City, CA, 91604