Lee Ritenour with very special guest Mike Stern, Monday, December 3, 2012


Lee Ritenour with very special guest Mike Stern
featuring Melvin Davis and Sonny Emory

Monday, December 3
Kuumbwa Jazz

“… finely crafted, beautifully rendered jazz…” – Chicago Blues Guide

Nick-named “Captain Fingers” for his guitar skills, Lee Ritenour was playing in the company of top professionals while still in his mid-teens. Since his rise to prominence on the electric jazz/fusion wave of the late ’70s, Ritenour has continued to champion the smooth, melodic style that brought him international recognition. His special guest, guitarist Mike Stern, earned his stripes in Miles Davis’ comeback band of the early ’80s. Stern went on to co-lead the acclaimed Bob Berg/Mike Stern Quartet, with the late saxophonist Bob Berg, before heading up his own projects. He was also one of the guitarists featured on Ritenour’s 6 String Theory (from 2010), a celebration of five decades as a guitarist. Accompanying Ritenour and Stern is an ace rhythm section of bassist Melvin Davis and drummer Sonny Emory. Lee’s latest recording is Amparo (Decca Records). Stern’s latest release is called All Over The Place (Concord Records).

Lee Ritenour grew up in Los Angeles during the heyday of the Wrecking Crew (the studio musicians heard on many of the pop music hits of the ’60s). A prodigy on guitar by the age of sixteen, Ritenour was recording with the cream of the recording community. Beginning in the late ’60s, he participated in thousands of recording sessions ranging from the Mamas & Papas to Tony Bennett. During the ’70s, he hosted a regular Tuesday night gig for five years at the legendary Baked Potato with Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason, and Ernie Watts. The club became a gathering spot for many “off-duty” musicians in L.A., famous and non-famous. By this time, Ritenour had transitioned from “anonymous studio musician” to “leading light” in the evolving funk/fusion genre. Since then, he has recorded over 40 albums under his own name and in concert with others. A recording with Dave Grusin, Harlequin, won a Grammy Award in 1986. His 1981 recording of Is It You was a major hit on the contemporary jazz charts.

Apart from his work as a soloist and sideman, Ritenour has been a key player in such high profile collaborations as the smooth jazz group Fourplay. He co-founded the band with Bob James, Nathan East, and Harvey Mason, in the early ’90s and remained a member until 1997. The group’s first album charted at #1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart and stayed there for almost three months. Lee also works behind the scenes as a record producer. His production credits include the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band’s Act Your Age CD which was nominated for three Grammy Awards. You don’t necessarily have to be a guitarist to appreciate the musicianship that Ritenour brings to the stage.

Mike Stern is a guitarist with an outrageously impressive resume that includes stints with Billy Cobham, Blood Sweat and Tears, David Sanborn, Miles Davis and the Brecker Brothers. His cascading riffs have been imitated by legions of guitarists, but never successfully reproduced. An affinity for coaxing deep, multi-dimensional tones from his trademark Fender Telecaster makes for a unique contribution to any project. In a career that spans three decades and a discography that includes more than a dozen eclectic and innovative recordings, six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz and jazz-fusion guitarists and composers’ of his generation.

Lee Ritenour with very special guest Mike Stern

DATE: Monday, December 3, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $35/Adv $38/Door, No Jazztix or Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Kelly Johanns-DiCillo
Concord Music Group
464-2313 x 2470


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