Last month, the Jazz Internet radio-station “Martini in the Morning,” (MITM) shot their TV pilot episode of the show, in the upstairs jazz lounge at Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City.
Hosted by Brad “Martini” Chambers, the evening was packed with some of the finest Jazz singers and musicians in Los Angeles. Steve Tyrell, Nicole Henry, Carrie McDonnell, and Aubrey Logan all had their turn on stage after a warm-up performance by Bill A. Jones (who plays Rod Remington on Fox TV’s “Glee”). A live stream of all the performances was available on their site across the U.S., a first for any jazz radio music station.
MITM and Vitello’s Restaurant provided the stage for these artists to transport the audience back to those days of smoky, dim lounges where men in dapper suits would stand around and women in sparkling evening dresses would cling around, and of course, the circulation of martini glasses was endless.
MITM radio is a direct connection to that music and time, streaming old and new versions of famous standards 24/7. And if all goes well with their production, we can look forward to a TV series that will be as unique and innovative as the music it delivers to it’s audience.
The passionate undertaking of MITM is what makes this project worth watching. To hear about an exclusive jazz Internet radio station, streaming old jazz tunes is rare enough. With Pandora and Spotify already dominating Internet music streaming, MITM is taking a route not yet seen by taking their show to TV land. Banking on the idea that old jazz standards still have the power to attract audience is risky, but MITM’s approach is to allow for people to see that, although the lyrics are the same, the song takes on a whole different energy when they fall into the hands of today’s most talented jazz musicians. And to witness a live performance of the tune adds an aura of exclusivity.
Without a doubt, the Rat Pack era is responsible for some very fine jazz standards. Back then, legendary songs had mysterious origins and disputes over who said which line first were common. However, the ending credit usually didn’t matter, because the songs were so powerful, they already belonged to posterity.
Martini In The Morning prides itself in playing the “Greatest Songs Ever Written,” every weekday morning. In addition to great songs and entertainment, Brad also talks to the stars that sing this great music. We hope the production of their show ends well and we are soon treated to some extraordinary live performances.
For more information and to tune your ear to cool and obscure jazz tunes, visit martiniinthemorning.com.