Nominated for a Grammy with his "Live at Vine Street" album, Dave Frishberg was indeed live at Vine Street for the first of a series of Tuesday evenings at the Hollywood haven for the hip.
Frishberg may own the biggest memory bank in jazz. Just program him right, and out comes the decade of your desire. You want the '60s? Here is "Marilyn Monroe," Frishberg's haunting tribute (with an Alan Broadbent melody). The '50s? He's set lyrics to a Zoot Sims tune of those days, "Red Door," now retitled "Zoot Walks In."
Moving back to the '40s, he sings a tune Ray Nance recorded with Duke Ellington, "Otto Make That Riff Staccato." (Almost all of Frishberg's material, as he points out, is about people, some real, some fictional. When he tells you about his attorney Bernie, you're about convinced he must exist.)
The '30s are perhaps his favorite decade; it was the subject Tuesday of his opening medley, from "Song of the Wanderer" to "My Ideal." Frishberg works solo but, in effect, is accompanied by Dave Frishberg on bass (his walking left hand) and Dave Frishberg on drums (no pianist gets a more percussive sound).