1253 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003834.094063 -118.327178
Neighborhoods: Central LA, Hollywood
Rare Great Music Performance – Last night, my husband and I went to the M Bar for the second time. We were pleasantly surprised by the jump in quality of what we had seen on our previous visit. Sylvia Brooks, with six musicians, showed what true artistry is all about. Some of the highlights were songs like Lush Life, Feelin' Good, Cry Me a River, and several hot Latin numbers we had never heard before. Ms. Brooks is absolutely gorgeous and an incredible performer. But it was her singing -- it was a revelation. This lady really understands the music, and has surrounded herself with six amazing musicians, and together they remind us of the great days of Duke Ellington, Sinatra, and Sarah Vaughn. But this group is unique in its sound, and Sylvia Brooks is definately her own original. In a time when music is so boring -- everything sounds alike -- what an absolute JOY it was to spend an evening with Sylvia Brooks and her sextette! I strongly urge anyone who loves good music and wants to see a great show to get down to the M Bar. It's a great room, the prices are reasonable, and the staff is eager to please. It's a great evening out!
Ms Brooks burns up the stage! – Saw Ms Brooks for the fist time last night and ... Wow! Great voice, great performer, fabulous band. Didn't know what to expect because this type of music is hard to find in LA ... not really jazz ... more "lounge" if that's a category ... A new interpretation of the greatest standards ever written ... Julie London, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne with a little Judy Garland for good measure ... Brooks is one gorgeous lady and when she sings, especially in that low register, she burns up the stage. The arrangements were spectacular, Tom Garvin really knows who he's working with and how to put together songs for this performer. M Bar is a great room for this type of act ... plush red velvet drapes, chandeliers, candle light and sumptuous booths (could use a little freshening up though, especially if they are going to books acts of this caliber) ... not your typical live music venue in LA ... especially if your looking for a late night spot for "one more for the road." She's got more shows coming up at the M Bar ... Brooks is a hip new interpretation of the golden era of great torch singers ... so go she her before she's gone.
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