Imagine eating your favorite Mediterranean dish of Spanakopita, along with stuffed grape leaves, pita and humus and then suddenly having the urge to get up and do the Samba. If you have every had the pleasure of hearing live music played by such legends as Sheila E. and her father Peter Escovedo dueling it out on percussion, alongside Peter Michael and Freddie Ravel, at La Ve Lee Jazz Club, then you have no doubt had all of your five senses stimulated…at once.
What sets La Ve Lee apart from many other Jazz venues are several things. Its ambiance is a throwback to the days when musicians like Miles Davis would perform for an intimate gathering in his East Village loft in New York City. There’s nothing grandiose about La Ve Lee. It’s Jazz music, with a little Salsa and Brasilian thrown in, as it was meant to be heard. Although the acoustics are a cut above the majority of clubs in the area, the experience of being so close to the band that you can actually touch them is the first thing that makes La Ve Lee unique. Sit at their long bar and tap your foot on the barstool or at a table that hugs the stage and either way, you are up close and personal with some of Jazz music’s heavy hitters.
Dark on Sundays and Mondays, La Ve Lee Jazz Club is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 7:00 to 1:00 a.m. However, these are loose hours. If you are around for the last set of the evening, you’re not leaving at 1:00 a.m. If you’ve seen many a live gig, you know that just as a musician is just hitting his or her stride, regardless of the time, no clock is going to pull him or her off that stage. Can you even imagine asking Ricky Lawson, in the middle of his drum solo to “exit stage left?” Call the babysitter. This is going to be another late night for you!
The dress code can best be described as casual chic. While no suit and tie are required of its patrons, please don’t show up in a holey pair of Levi’s. A trendy pair of jeans is fine, but keep in mind that Jazz is by nature classier than Rock and Roll. Thinking back to the days when Jazz was just getting its footing, seeing these cats on stage, they often wore their best suits. Even today as rock musicians are donning their best rags, singers like Brenda Russell and Kátia Moraes or saxophonist Michael Paolo are dressed in something sophisticated and elegant when they’re performing at La Ve Lee Jazz Club.
Reservations are strongly recommended. This venue is as popular as it is small and intimate. Whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday night, if you want to guarantee being able to hear Marcus Miller, Steve Tavaglione, Daryl Hayott, Vinx or Scott Kinsey, you will want to call ahead and get your name on the list.
If you are wondering whether this is the same La Ve Lee Jazz Club where you saw Latin Jazz Super Star “El Rey” Tito Puente and Jazz Fusion’s Jaco Pastorius perform, you would be correct. Over the last 25 years, the list of famous singers, piano players, bassists, drummers and percussionists who’ve graced her stage is both long and extremely impressive.
Located at 12514 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, California. Their phone number is: 818-980-8158.
For an opportunity to eat the best humus and hear live music performed by some of the most extraordinary in Jazz, Latin Jazz, Samba and occasionally Rock n Roll, call La Ve Lee Jazz Club today.