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Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin Jazz Greats Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin Grammy-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour and Grammy-winning pianist Dave Grusin are celebrating Grusin's 80th birthday with a series of shows around the globe. Now stopping in Boca Raton, the acclaimed smooth-jazz duo present a show as diverse as their storied careers. Ritenour is in his sixth decade of making music. He's recorded over 40 albums, been awarded a Grammy and scored 20 Grammy nominations. In the 1990s he was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz. He's placed more than 30 songs on the Billboard charts, and worked as a collaborator or session musician with artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Frank Sinatra to Pink Floyd, Steely Dan and Simon and Garfunkel. Dave Grusin, in addition to being a renowned pianist who's earned 12 Grammys, is a premier film composer with more than 30 scores -- and one Oscar -- to his credit. He also penned the theme songs for several popular television shows in the '70s and '80s. Jazziz is the place to be as this duo creates magic with their stellar collaboration of strings and keys.
LEE RITENOUR 6p $30 (front rows $40) | 8:30p $25 (front rows $35)leeritenour.comGrowing up in L.A. in the 60s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious Alumnus of the Year award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit Is It You, which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. In the 90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboards contemporary jazz chart. Adding to this legacy is his latest CD Smoke n Mirrors; the recently completed Grammy nominated recording Amparo, (a follow-up with Dave Grusin to their highly-successful 2001 Grammy Award nominated contemporary classical crossover CD) and producer of Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Bands latest CD Act Your Age (which is nominated for 3 Grammys.Its been a long road since the seventies, when Ritenours legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato, with a band including Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason and Ernie Watts became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house till the wee hours of the morning. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Steely Dan (Aja), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Not to forget the dazzling array of talent appearing on his solo works and collaborations, notably Phil Collins, Brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Djavan and Jao Bosco, George Benson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald and opera great Renee Fleming.
Lee Ritenour About Lee RitenourWith a sound that is all his own, Ritenour is one of the most versatile and sought after guitarists in popular music. Over his career he has earned 19 Grammy nominations, a Grammy Award, numerous #1 spots on guitar polls, A Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian SJ Awards, and the prestigious Alumnus of the Year award from USC. In his nearly 50 years in the business, he has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs and was a founding member of the group Fourplay, considered the most successful group of contemporary jazz. As a young guitarist his diverse musical style became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions, covering a broad spectrum of artists ranging from his first session at 16 with the Mamas and Papas, to Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Simon & Garfunkel and Frank Sinatra. On his latest endeavor, 6 String Theory, Ritenour celebrates the instrument that has allowed him this blessing, the guitar, by producing and assembling a star-studded tribute with the greatest and soon- to- be greatest guitarists of our time. Lee jams with George Duke, Marcus Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta Night Rhythms with his own ensemble
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