New African-American Owned Beverly Hills Jazz Club Is An Anomaly
An aspiring drummer, he first began promoting acts at B.B. King's at Universal Studios, working his way into management and eventually ownership of the club. When that venture ended a few years ago, Robertson began planning what he hoped would become Los Angeles' premier venue for jazz. H.O.M.E. (House Of Music & Entertainment) opened in November, and since then Robertson has been quickly learning the ins and outs of running a full-time jazz supper club on a nightly basis.
Home is located in the former Camden House restaurant on North Camden Drive, a block west of Rodeo Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills. Robertson spent a considerable sum remodeling the restaurant with an upscale clientèle in mind: Padded seating, white linen and crystal. It boasts over 250 seats with a small bar area towards the back, putting it on a par with Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, and around 100 seats larger than Herb and Eden Alpert's Vibrato in Bel Air, the two long-time L.A. jazz venues Robertson sees himself in closest competition with.
Robertson describes his approach as "combination of an intimate concert setting and true fine dining," which he believes L.A. lacks. They've recruited former Perch and Geoffrey's of Malibu Executive Chef Shawn Davis to design a menu with entrees ranging from sea bass and caviar-chive salmon to rack of lamb.
They've also taken on experienced, full-time, sound engineers, a rarity at area jazz venues. The club recently acquired a Yamaha Concert series piano, which is more than seven feet long and rivals any found around here, short of the twin Steinways at Alvas Showroom in San Pedro.