The Baked Potato celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Written by on June 24, 2010 in June 24, 2010, Live Reviews - Comments Off on The Baked Potato celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Review and photos by Ernie Manrique

The Baked PotatoThe Baked Potato in Studio City celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a two day festival with an all star line up in May at the Anson Ford Amphitheatre.  The Baked Potato is the oldest jazz club in California and features massive baked potatoes stuffed with delicious toppings and offers an intimate setting to listen to some of the best Jazz music in LA.

I have to say that this was one of the best shows that I’ve attended in a long time. These were by far some of the best jazz musicians around the world today! Not only were the guitars players top notch musicians but every musician who shared the stage was amazing. This was a show that any musician would have loved to see.

On Saturday evening Steve Lukather (of Toto) took the stage. It was a great set filled with awesome guitar solos. Steve shared the stage with Tal Wilkenfield on bass, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Steve Weingart on keys.  Michael Landau and his group followed with a great set. The show closed with Alan Holdsworth. Alan was just amazing on the guitar. Alan Holdsworth was accompanied by Alan Pasqua on keys, Gary Novak on drums and one of the best bass players around today, Jimmy Haslip. Saturday’s show also featured The Baked Potato Allstars, OHM featuring Chris Poland, Scott Henderson and Volto.

The Baked PotatoThe Baked PotatoThe Baked PotatoThe Baked PotatoSunday’s lineup featured the John Davis Big Band, Mitch Forman and the Baked Potato All Stars, Don Randi & Quest, The Jazz Ministry featuring Abraham Laborial Sr, Michael Landau, and Greg Mathieson. Sunday’s lineup also featured some of my favorite jazz musicians, Lee Ritenour who was also accompanied by Ernie Watts on sax. The Yellow Jackets who played a great set. The show closed with the one and only, Larry Carlton.  It was great to see and hear Larry perform. Larry invited Michael Landau up on stage to jam a song together. It was the first time they ever jammed together. This was one great weekend of music!

Please visit thebakedpotato.com for more info on upcoming events at the Baked Potato.

For more photos of the event, please visit www.myspace.com/manriquephotos