George Christy Talks About Lynn von Kersting, Loverboy, The Ivy, Alita: Battle Angel and more!
Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 5:29 pm
The joy and feeling high of creation … where does it come from?
Parents often foster it, as did her dad, attorney, Robert von Kersting, who played jazz and classical music on the family stereo at their Scottsdale hacienda.
Her mother, Patou von Kersting, encouraged her beautiful daughter Lynn’s artistic talents that have graced our pages through the years.
Lynn von Kersting is the co-owner with Richard Irving of their two fabled restaurants. The Ivy on North Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood. And the Ivy At The Shore in Santa Monica.
We’re proud to have named both of them.
Lynn asked us in 1983, what do we name the restaurant? Where Richard proved to be the master chef that he is, and Lynn designed the dining room that are like no other anywhere.
Both dining rooms aided and abetted by their delightful daughter, India von Kersting, whenever she’s in town from her TV cultural hosting duties in Londontown.
In addition to the Ivy restaurants, Lynn created Indigo Seas, the favored boutique which adjoins The Ivy on Robertson Boulevard, that attracts the beau monde from here and abroad.
Lynn’s megatalents include producing the movie, Mont Reve, publishing three books (one includes the recipe for the Ivy’s famous chocolate chip cookies), and recorded several popular albums.
On St. Valentine’s Day, she released her latest album, Loverboy, in which she vocalizes many of the love songs from Steely Dan, whose lyrics by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker she adores, and other favorite selections. Including an unexpected instrumental of Gene Krupa’s 1938 hit Big Noise From Winnetka.
Lynn’s singing style is a tad torchy not unlike Dionne Warwick and Sarah Vaughan.
Her vocalizing’s is accompanied by her On the Rocks band, which we privately call the Ivy Big Boys. David Alay is a musical director and plays saxophone, Italian horn, piano, and marimba on the CD.
Gaspare Como plays bass and upright bass; Salvador Nava is on drums; Josue Peralta plays bongos, congas, Cuban cencerro, tambourine.
Her talents are immeasurable, and we’re thrilled to acknowledge them.
She generously credits her parents, Robert and Patou von Kersting, for their appreciation and love of the arts.
“I am what I am, thanks to them.”