It helps to have a famous last name, and to play the vibraphone, that rarest of traditional jazz instruments (just below flute, well above pocket-comb). But what has really driven Nick Mancini’s success is his mind-bending ability to flat-out rip on the vibes, using his custom mallets to pummel us into submission with a machine-gun barrage of awesome. How can so many notes all be the right ones? It requires an incredible facility and a fertile imagination, and Mancini has both in spades. When not locked away for hours honing his craft, Mancini is a relentless hustler, performing anywhere he can, including this trendy Venice listening room. Always the community man, Mancini is sharing the evening with Leah Zeger, whose whimsical singing and nimble fiddle-playing makes gypsy-jazz music appropriate for Westside commuting nomads.

Tue., Nov. 25, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 11/25/14)

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