Herb Alpert’s Vibrato jazz club in Bel Air was the venue for a way cool event last night celebrating the women of Harvey Weinstein’s most applauded Oscar nominated documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. The night, titled ‘A Special Night Of Music Celebrating The Ladies of Twenty Feet From Stardom,’ proved to be an intimate performance from Merry Clayton and Tata Vega that wowed the industry crowd as they munched on appetizers and sipped cocktails.
The talented divas performed covers such as ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘Hold On’ and ‘Lets Stay Together’. The film seems to be the odds-on favorite to win the gold statuette for Best Documentary come March 2nd. Director Morgan Neville was graciously accepting kudos from the crowd and he introduced the talented ladies before the performance, saying how, “Amazing the journey has been from Sundance to the Academy Awards. These are incredibly talented women, and it’s been so much fun to work with them.”
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This is the latest stop for the filmmakers on the always gruesome Academy Award trail. They’ve been performing in New York and Los Angeles, and have been all over TV and the internet. The film also stars notable back up singer and The Voice finalist Judith Hill, Lisa Fischer and the wonderful Darlene Love. Love, a favorite of David Letterman’s, has an up and down life story that was just picked up by Oprah’s OWN channel. Her saga about having to clean houses for a living, then hearing her Christmas song playing as she was cleaning, which then inspired her to go back to singing, is awe inspiring to say the least.
Since Oscar ballots are due on February 25th and given that Hollywood insiders are gearing up for their calendars to be triple booked up for the next couple of weeks, last night was a lovely respite to revel in the glorious voices of these talented singers.
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