“Bassist Pat Senatore will forever hold a place in L.A. jazz history as the owner of Pasquale’s, the jazz outpost opened in 1978 that was perched precariously on the pilings over the Malibu surf. During its six-year run, Pasquale’s brought in an amazing array of musicians, including Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard, Toots Thielemans, Carmen McRae and Eddie Harris, often with Senatore himself manning the bass chair.” -Bill Kohlhaase L.A. Weekly 1997
Pasquale’s is “the Southland’s newest and by all odds most inviting spot.” -Leonard Feather, jazz Critic, L.A. Times March 3, 1978
“Pat Senatore has created the finest jazz club in the L.A. area today.” “5-Stars” -Lee Underwood, Downbeat Magazine
“PASQUALE’S (22724 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu)-This club is worthy of the highest possible praise. Owner Pat Senatore put in a long tenure as the bassist for the Tijuana Brass and he graciously invites Los Angeles to come along with him on his well-deserved vacation by providing a venue so comfortable and soothingly beautiful that it would be worth the visit even without his extraordinary musical presentations.
Two of the four walls are windows providing clear views of the Pacific, westward and northward. The club is literally on the beach in Malibu. Patrons are provided with access to the balcony that runs along the outside of the main room. The overall effect is that of having a friend in Malibu who happens to have some very talented associates. Best of all, musicians seem to love the place well enough to just play for the fun of it. The evening I was there the Pat Senatore Trio consisted of Pat on bass, Roger Kellaway on piano, and John Guerin on drums. Kellaway was unwinding from scoring a film and Guerin was keeping his chops up. Other unbilled participants have included George Cables, Billy Higgins, John Klemmer, Freddie Hubbard and Carmen McRae.” – Rex Butters, BAM Magazine, July 20, 1979
“It was a delightful full moon drive up Pacific Coast Highway to a new jazz emporium named Pasquale’s in Malibu. This charming and immulate bistro is beautifully located on the beach side and a toss of a Las Vegas silver dollar into the terrific Pacific would be an effortless endeavor. In many ways it reminded me of the romantic San Remo on the Italian Riviera.” Lamont Patterson Evening Outlook, Sept., 25, 1981