Live Music: Bill A. Jones at Vitello’s

By James DeFrances

Bil A. Jones
Bil A. Jones

Studio City, CA. The E-Spot lounge in  Vitello’s restaurant was the site of the latest performance by baritone vocalist Bill A. Jones. Backed by the energetic jazz trio of pianist/arranger Paul McDonald, bassist Kirk Smith and drummer Steve Pemberton, Jones entertained the packed house last Saturday night in a way only he could have done.

Jones’ repertoire ranged from serious straight ahead swing standards to Broadway classics. His graceful stage presence and witty charm would surely turn anyone into one of his many fans after a song or two.

The set included anthems like “Where or When,” “Fly Me To The Moon,” “Ive Got You Under My Skin,” and more! Jones has performed frequently at Vitello’s in Studio City for some years now. But, although he has had an extensive music career he also has lately been drawing attention for his role as “Rod Remington” on the smash hit TV show Glee.

Bill Jones and Sally Struthers
Bill Jones and Sally Struthers

Adding to the excitement of the evening Jones brought out classic TV icon Sally Struthers to sing a duet on stage with him. The audience roared as Struthers made her way to the riser and addressed the audience in her familiar high pitched voice. They performed the classic Jule Styne number “Just in Time” together much to the delight of the audience.

Later in the night Jones performed engaging versions of “What Kind Of Fool Am I?,” Van Morrison’s “Moondance,” and finally “Mack The Knife”.

‘Twas a night of fine music, fine dining, elegance and humor in the Valley – one that will surely stay in the minds of those who were there. Until next time!

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Photos by James DeFrances. To read more reviews by (and about) James DeFrances click HERE.

 

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