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From approximately 1920 to 1955, Central Avenue was the heart of the African-American community in Los Angeles, with active Rhythm and Blues and Jazz music scenes. Luminaries included Eric Dolphy, Art Pepper, Chico Hamilton, Charles Mingus. Other jazz and R&B musicians associated with Central Avenue in LA include Benny Carter, Buddy Collette, Dexter Gordon, Lionel Hampton, Big Joe Turner,Hampton Hawes, Big Jay McNeely, Johnny Otis, Shifty Henry, Charlie Parker (briefly), Nat King Cole,Gerald Wilson, Onzy Matthews, Ernie Andrews and Teddy Wilson. The top jazz club on Central Avenue during its heyday was Club Alabam and *the* place to stay was the Dunbar Hotel, with a guest list that regularly included the likes of Count Basie, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and more. Originally known as the Somerville Hotel, the structure was erected in 1928 entirely by black contractors, laborers and craftsmen and black community members helped John Somerville and his wife Vada to finance the entire project. Central Avenue drew Hollywood A-List Movie Stars with Movie Studios growing from silent films to talkies, from social-conscious Depression-era films to fantastic musical extravaganzas, in a parallel world that was growing south of the fledgling studios with speakeasies, live revues and theatres, after-hours jams and music clubs, and elegant hotels. Louis B. Mayer, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Bette Davis, William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, Mae West, Howard Hughes and a long list of others drove up in Rolls Royces and Pierce Arrows, climbed the stairs to the after-hours jam above the Club Alabam and stayed all night. Through the 30s and 40s, "slumming" on Central Avenue was Hollywood's guilty secret. .Wynton Marsalis once remarked that "Central Avenue was the 52nd Street of Los Angeles. After the war, Central Avenue became no more as movement happened to move West and the New Era late 50's, 60's and 70's emerged New Club Life with Sam Cook, Jackie Wilson, Frankie Lyman, Etta James, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Redd Foxx, Little Richard, Lou Rawls, Della Reese to Billy Preston, War, The Crusaders and so many others leading the way performing at The California Club, Parisian Room, Chick Hearn’s Memory Lane, Flying Fox, Pied Piper and others. Along with Record Companies, Capitol, Atlantic, A&M Motown (after moving from Detroit) etc, pooled talent from the Jazz and “Chitlin’ Circuit Clubs” that were crucial to the growth and development of Los Angeles into the :Recording Capitol of the World” The history of “West Coast Swing”, “BeBop”, “R&B”, “Cool Jazz” and “Quiet Storm” is stunning with a “Renaissance Lifestyle” that was a “Happening” and the “Heart” of the Los Angeles African-American Community, not fully known, so now we are proud to present to you....”Central Avenue”.
One of soul music’s most respected session and touring guitarists, Tony Drake has worked with some of the genre’s top artists. Mr. Drake started playing professionally at the age of 14, at clubs and parties in the Los Angeles area along with a “permission slip” from his mother. While growing up in Compton, California, at the age of 16, he was accepted into the Dawkins Conservatory of Music where he studied classical guitar for two years, and later studied privately with the well known guitarist, John Ballock in the South Bay area. After studying with Mr. Ballock, Tony traveled with ”Little” Johnny Taylor, Mr. Johnny Taylor, Ronnie Dyson, T-Bone Walker, Etta James and many other professional groups in the 60's even alongside then unknown guitarist, Jimmy Hendrix on the same bill..
In the 70's, Mr. Drake became a staff musician for 20th Century Fox Studios doing numerous T.V. shows such as “Julia” starring Diahann Carroll, “The Lucille Ball Show” and the “Leslie Nielsen Show”. In the later part of the 70's, Mr. Drake was signed with A&M Records as a staff musician and recorded and toured with most of the artists on the label including, Herb Alpert, Merry Clayton “20 Feet From Stardom”, Cheech and Chong, James Brown and many others. He was also a member of the Count Basie Orchestra, H.B. Barnum’s Big Band, and performed on various television specials, award shows and movies such as the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethons, Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, American Music Awards, The Grammy Awards, “American Hot Wax” and “Mother, Juggs and Speed” with Bill Cosby. It was also during this time that Mr. Drake became the lead guitarist for the Checkmates and traveled extensively with them for four years. When the Checkmates disbanded, he began to tour with such groups as The Fifth Dimension, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. (when they left the group to do their own act), James Brown, Gloria Lynn, Little Esther Phillips, Aretha Franklin, Marla Gibbs, The Crusaders, Jimmy Witherspoon, Cher, Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, The Sylvers, Connie Stevens, Ray Charles, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson and others.
Tony Drake was also a one of the “LA Motown Funk Brothers” (when Motown moved their studio from Detroit) and recorded countless hit tracks with James Jamerson, Earl Palmer, David T. Walker, Ray Parker Jr., Wah Wah Watson, Bill Upchurch, Ron Brown, James Gadson, Nate Neblett and Paul Humphrey for many artists at the time. some of the greatest entertainers of all time. This experience benefitted Tony and gained him even more recognition going forward. Later in the early 80's Tony toured with groups such as The Supremes, En Vogue, The Temptations, The Sylvers, The Four Tops and others.
Throughout the mid 80's, Mr. Drake became the cherished personal guitarist of the renown singer and actress Della Reese for many years and joined back up touring with Barry White on 2 world tours in Europe, Africa, and Australia. throughout the 90's followed by touring exclusively with the great Lou Rawls.
Tony’s exquisite style and signature sound can be heard around the globe on such hit recordings as Carl Carlton’s “Bad Mamma Jamma”, Little Johnny Taylor’s “Part Time Love”, Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff”, and Marvin Gaye’s “Here My Dear”and Cher’s “Half Breed”, Joe Williams “Here’s To Life”, Ray Charles’s “A Song For You” along with many other notable recordings still going strong to date and currently head lines with Wife and Singer Lisa Gay at The Foundation Room, with their Classic Soul, R&B, Jazz Band, “Lisa Gay, Tony Drake and The Gentlemen of Thrill Band”.
Lisa Gay was born in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 1957 to a musical family. Lisa’s musical interests began at Coliseum Elementary School where she played the Cello, Ukulele, Guitar and Percussion. Lisa sang first soprano in the choir and continued her singing at Hamilton High School in Madrigals. While attending Pitzer College, Lisa majored in Education sang in the Claremont College Choir, and she decided to pursue a singing career.
Her amateur experience (1975-1978) include working in the Black Circuit clubs of Los Angeles, performing as a soloist and background singer in venues with such renowned jazz artists as Joe Williams. From this experience, she was hired as a studio background singer with her first session being with Bass legend Chuck Rainey, Drummer James Gadson and the Late Keyboard and Arranger Richard Tee from the first original Saturday Night Live group, The “Stuff Band”.
Within a few months she began her work as a background singer for Letta Mbulu of “Roots” soundtrack fame at A&M Records, Produced by Herb Alpert and opening act for Minnie Ripperton. After touring with the Letta, Lisa recorded on sessions which included Joe Cocker, while studying under Voice Master, Dini Clarke. In May, of 1978, Lisa went on tour with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., as Lead Backup Vocalist touring with them worldwide, the first show being in Las Vegas at The Sands Hotel in “The Copa Room”and along with touring, major television appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, “The Merv Griffin Show”, “The Mike Douglas Show”. Lisa also had the opportunity to be a part of several movie scores one of which included working with the acclaimed Grammy Award Winning “Waters Family” Singers Maxine, Julia and Oren Waters.
Lisa’s musicals experiences led her to write and produce on her own CD Project Releases “Watch What Happens”, Christmas “Favorite Things” and “Somewhere In My Lifetime” with her Husband, Guitarist Tony Drake and Master Violinist Mark Cargill,, launched the group on tour. “Lisa Gay and The Gentlemen of Thrill’s Living Room Show” sonic experience of Classic Soul/Jazz and Pop, into many venues, special events, concerts, political events , including the 2005 worldwide televised primary of now Mayor Antonio Villariagosa as musical head liner. Along with non-profit events for AIDS , Seniors, Educational, Environmental, Lisa has been a featured singer in AFTRA and Songwriter Showcases in Los Angeles
Since arriving in Las Vegas, Lisa’s Coave Music Company, has successfully produced events that has brought LIVE! “Music In A Class of Its Own”( that included creation of the original Jazz venue at Alexis Park Resort), capturing audiences with her smooth, yet powerful tones and riffs showcasing a unique style like no other reminiscent of “Young Ella” Fitzgerald, “Divine One” Sarah Vaughan, and Phyllis Hyman, that blends Jazz, Classic Soul, Pop, American Standards with Lisa’s sparkling personality. Backed by the sonic sounds of the incredible musicianship of “Lisa Gay, Tony Drake and The Gentlemen of Thrill Band.”. are currently head lining at “The Foundation Room” with upcoming performances at the Senior Spotlight Spectacular at The Orleans in March. Lisa and her Husband, Guitarist Tony Drake will also be featured in the upcoming “Sarah Vaughan and Billy Eckstine Tribute Show” premiers at SamsTown and Suncoast Hotel Showrooms beginning in February 2014 along with their own “Central Avenue Show” that will feature Artists from Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Barrington Scott Henderson
Who is Barrington Scott Henderson??? Well if you don’t recognize the name, you most certainly have heard the voice at one time or another. Barrington Scott Henderson a.k.a. Bo, is an accomplished diverse and one of the most versatile vocalist, displaying a 4+ octave range and has worked with several successful artists throughout the music industry. As a member of R&B group, Lakeside, Bo was featured on the hit single, “Bullseye”, singing lead with his trademark sweet falsetto and also on the Beatle’s cover, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”. Bo also recorded a duet single with Denise Williams for the notable jazz fusion group, Spyro Gyra.
In 1998, Bo Joined the legendary group, The Temptations and shared in the success of the debut platinum album, “Phoenix Rising” and was featured on lead vocals on the hit single, and music video, “How Could He Hurt You” and the music video, “Stay”. The following CD, “Ear-Resistible”, garnered a Grammy for Best Traditional R&B vocal on Motown Records in 2001. The Temptations next CD, “Awesome” (The Temptations’ 58th) gave Bo notoriety as a writer and arranger for his original composition, “My Baby”, which was long overdue. After leaving The Temptations to embark upon a solo career as an artist, writer and producer, Bo achieved some success with his first release, “Best Kept Secret” and has been busy networking, writing, producing, recording and stock piling fresh, new, hot material for future projects.
Barrington Scott Henderson aka “Bo” is a diverse singer who seemed destined for a career in music from his early youth.
Professional Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Music and Vocal Arrangements.
The Temptations – Lead and Background Vocals/Writer
Lakeside – Lead and Background Vocals
The Dramatics – Lead and Background Vocals
The Oprah Winfrey Show
Motown Christmas Show
Good Morning America
Motown Live, PBS Music Special
Bo Henderson ~ Best Kept Secret – Songwriter, Producer, Arranger, Lead and Background Vocals
The Temptations ~ Grammy Award Winning CD, Awesome – Lead and Background Vocals, Songwriter
Roger Smith ~ Consider This – Background Vocals
The Temptations ~ Ear-Resistible – Lead and Background Vocals
The Temptations ~ Grammy Award Nominated, Platinum CD, Phoenix Rising – Lead and Background Vocals
Phil Perry ~One Heart, One Love – Songwriter, Arrangement
Samantha Cole ~ Samantha Cole – Background Vocals
Benny Mardones ~ Stand By Your Man – Background Vocals
Spyro Gyra ~ Love & Other Obsessions – Duet with Denise Williams
Lakeside ~ Party Patrol – Lead and Background Vocals
Larry Springfield ~ I'm Just a Man – Background Vocals
Cherrelle ~ The Woman I Am – Background Vocals
Lakeside ~ Power – Lead and Background Vocals
Lakeside ~ Party Patrol – Lead and Background Vocals
Lakeside ~ Shared Lead Vocals “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”
Lakeside ~ Lead Vocal “Bull’s Eye”
Barrington Henderson – Headliner – Present
The Drifters – 2006-2007
Legendary Lead Singers of The Temptations – Featuring Barrington Henderson – Present
The Temptations 1998–2003
Lakeside – 1986–1996
“One Heart, One Love” – Phil Perry (featuring, “I’m Sorry”, writer/arranger)
“Stay” – The Temptations Music Video
“How Could He Hurt You” – The Temptations Music Video (lead vocal)
“Awesome” – The Temptation’s 58th album (featuring, “My Baby”, writer/arrange
Melanie Moore Seals
Sythe and Deanne
CATFISH SLIDERS - $8
Mississippi Catfish Filet lightly breaded with Cornmeal, Deep Fried till Golden Brown
placed on a Buttered Sweet Roll, topped with Tartar Sauce.
BLACK EYED PEAS with CORNBREAD - $6
Slow Cooked with Smoked Turkey & delicately seasoned served with Southern Style Cornbread.
RED BEANS, SAUSAGE and RICE - $7
New Orleans Favorite! Slow cooked with smoked turkey served with Southern Style Cornbread and Tabasco Sauce.
CHEF'S CHOICE VEGETABLES- $3
GARDEN SALAD - $6
Iceberg lettuce topped with Cherry Tomatoes, Carrots, Cheese, Cranberries & Walnuts with dressings. Add Crispy or Grilled Chicken Breast $2
SALMON GARDEN SALAD - $10
TURKEY TEMPTATION - $10
Succulent Turkey Breast, Cornbread Stuffing & Cranberry Sauce on a Buttery Croissant.
BBQ PULLED PORK SLIDERS - $8
Shredded slow cooked Pork seasoned just right with BBQ sauce on a Hawaiian Sweet Roll topped with Coleslaw and served with Fries.
CHICKEN FINGERS - $8
Fried Fresh, plain or tossed with buffalo sauce served with fries, celery and Ranch Dressing. Add Fries $1
FRIED CHICKEN WINGS - $8
Deep fried with a blend of southern seasonings cooked to perfection served with fries, celery and Ranch Dressing. Add Fries $1
FRIED BUTTERFLY SHRIMP - $9
Breaded Butterfly Shrimp fired to a Golden Brown, served with Cocktail Sauce served with Fries.
COLLARD GREEN EGG ROLL - $7
Tender braised Collard Greens with smoked Pork Hocks, crispy Bacon and Carrots, wrapped in a Wanton Wrapper,
fried to a Golden Brown, served with Sweet and Sour Sauce.
Ask your Server for our Gluten Free Menu
RON'S SPECIAL Order Any Buffet and Get a Glass of House Wine
or Draft Beer for Only $4
ADULTS - $18 / SENIORS - $14 (55+ YEARS)
TOSSED SALAD WITH DRESSINGS
ROASTED PULLED PORK SLIDERS
SALMON WITH HONEY BALSAMIC GLAZE
CHEESY SPINACH CASSEROLE
BLACK EYED PEAS
CHEF’S CHOICE VEGETABLE
CHEF’S CHOICE DESSERT
PEACH COBBLER - $5
BANANA NUT BREAD - $4
7-UP POUND CAKE - $4
RON'S FAMOUS BREAD PUDDING WITH RUM SAUCE - $8
"MICHAEL GRIMM'S" BANANA PUDDIN' - $5
Add Vanilla Ice Cream - $1
Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs, may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a medical condition.
Not all ingredients are listed. • Alert your server of any food allergies.