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169 Star Starred
Upstairs at Vitello's
4349 Tujunga Avenue Studio City, CA 91604
818-769-0905
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Sam Wissa
Didn't eat, but it looked like bar food.
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Sam Wissa
Plenty of restaurant and street parking
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Sam Wissa
It's LA; whatever you like.
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Goldstar Member
Valet is only $3 so save the stress of finding street parking.
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Goldstar Member
Dressy casual
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Goldstar Member
Had the pizza which was quite tasty.
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At any given show, on any given record, Sanchez presents fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves colliding and churning in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.

Although born in Laredo, Texas, in 1951 to a large Mexican-American family, Sanchez grew up in a suburb of L.A., where he was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included straightahead jazz, Latin jazz and American soul. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Along the way, he taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, but eventually settled on the congas.

Whether it’s salsa, straightahead jazz, Latin jazz, or even elements of soul and blues, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. “There’s room for a lot of different sounds in our music,” he says. “I think people have come to know that that’s what Poncho Sanchez is all about. We put it all together in a pot, boil it together and come out with a big stew. This isn’t some marketing strategy to sell records. These are the sounds I grew up with. So when I play this music, I’m not telling a lie. I’m telling my story. This is the real thing.”