Lucy's 51 is a classic Toluca Lake spot, one still haunted by the gently jiving spirits of high times and late nights long since past.
This room on Riverside Drive has a formidable history: Its previous incarnation was venerable jazz club the Money Tree, a legendary joint where Hollywood musical giants like pianist Page Cavanaugh, trumpeter Jack Sheldon and drummer Earl Palmer bewitched audiences decades ago. It's also the spot where actor-jazz fan Jack Webb schemed the scandalous romantic acquisition of singer Julie London away from her husband Bobby Troup, the legendary singer-pianist who composed “Route 66.” Atmosphere the place does not lack — the very air itself seems charged with a joyous spectral voltage.
Lucy's recently instituted a steady policy of live jazz and blues performances, and Sunday evenings have become the exclusive domain of acclaimed six-string pyro-technician, author and educator Steve Trovato. Known around the world as “The Country Jazzmaster,” Trovato's masterly technique, intoxicating spontaneity and mesmerizing choice of material never fail to dazzle, and these swinging Sabbaths have quickly become the premier local destination for winding down the weekend's frolic.