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Wednesday, December 10

Christmas in Swingtime with the Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

Ladd McIntosh has orchestrated music for over 125 major motion pictures. His expertise in orchestration continues a long career as jazz composer, arranger, jazz educator, music publisher and big band leader. He is the lead orchestrator for noted film composer Harry Gregson-Williams (The Equalizer, all the Shrek films, The Town, Unstoppable, Cowboys and Aliens, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, etc.). His orchestrations may also be heard in many films by Hans Zimmer, John Powell and others.

The Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra began in 2007 and is the favorite swing band of the many swing dance fans in Los Angeles. The band captures the sound and feel of all the great bands from the swing era.

Not content to do it like it is, the LMSO does it like it WAS !

This band is all about swing music. Not modern swing, but authentic swing, as it was exuberantly played and danced to at the height of the swing era. The library of the Ladd McIntosh Swing Orchestra is an eclectic mix of authentic swing classics--lovingly transcribed by Ladd and enthusiastically played by the band--and several fresh arrangements by Ladd on wonderful standards of the swing era. All of the music comes from a time in America when popular music was swing, and swing was king.

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Thursday, December 11

Friday, December 12

Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve: Star Walkers

Upper Las Virgenes Open Space Preserve

North of US-101 and West of Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, CA 91307

6:30pm

As the nights grow longer, the darkness makes it possible for better star viewing. Bundle up and take a walk with us as we discover what the night sky has to offer. 1⁄2-mile hike to the viewing platform. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance trailhead. 2 hours

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Sunnie Paxson

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

Innovative songwriter, producer, arranger and performer Sunnie Paxson has already proven herself as a talented jazz pianist and recording artist. Paxson has toured with Grammy award winning bassist Stanley Clarke and has recorded and/or shared the stage with many including Justo Almario, Larry Carlton, Danny Gottlieb and Michael Paulo to name a few. Her compositions and performances can be heard in feature films and television including the smash hit “Desperate Housewives.”

A native of Philadelphia, Sunnie was a child piano prodigy from a musical family. Her skills were honed by studies with world-renowned pianists Bernard Peiffer, Jimmy Amadie and Ray Santisi. Paxson attended Berklee College of Music and the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts.

Paxson was voted one of “Los Angeles’ Best Jazz Performers” in Los Angeles Magazine. In the world of radio Sunnie is known on stations throughout the US as well as internationally. This was due to her successful debut solo album,Groove Suite, which contained the ultimate feel-good single “Do It (‘Til You’re Satisfied),” featuring longtime friend Clarke on bass. Jazz Week listed Sunnieas one of the top 100 artists with the most spins for two years during the peak run of this CD. Sunnie’s newest album, “ Bohemian Sun,” was released on the Roxboro Entertainment Group label. She returns to her solid jazz roots with this straight-ahead jazz trio record which consists of herself Stanley Clarke/bass and Ronald Brunner Jr /drums) featuring some of her own compositions, some standards and one song written by Clarke.

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Saturday, December 13

Monday, December 15

Laura Dickinson Album Release Concert

Upstairs at Vitellos

4349 Tujunga Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604

8:00pm

Laura Dickinson's brand new debut album is celebrating it's release with a Holiday extravaganza! "One For My Baby - To Frank Sinatra with Love" is a world-class tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes, with a fresh mix of classic throwback and modern vintage arrangements played by Los Angeles' finest first-call musicians. Join us for an evening full of swingin' Holiday arrangements, plus a full live concert of the album featuring her 10-piece band - Ray Brinker, Trey Henry, Randy Kerber, Andrew Synowiec, Brian Scanlon, John Fumo, Vince Trombetta, Jr., Terry Landry, Jim McMillen, and a surprise on first trumpet. The celebration will also include her very special guest, Miss Mel Collins.

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Monday, December 22

Thursday, January 15

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