The GRAMMY Museum Presents
“Great Guitars: Lee Ritenour”
Prolific Guitarist Sits Down for an Intimate Conversation
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, 8PM at the GRAMMY Sound Stage
Second Floor of The GRAMMY Museum, Doors open at 7:30 PM Tickets are $12
Tickets can be purchase in-person at the Museum Box Office, through Ticketmaster of calling 1-800-745-3000
The GRAMMY Museum is located at 800 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite A245, Los Angeles, CA 90015. With an entrance off of Figueroa Street, the Museum resides within the L.A. LIVE campus, at the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Figueroa Street in downtown Los Angeles.
On Aug. 3, 2010, The GRAMMY Museum will welcome renowned GRAMMY®-winner and jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour for an intimate interview. Before an intimate audience of 200, Ritenour will take part in a conversation about his diverse musical influences, impressive collaborations, and astounding guitar techniques. Afterwards, Ritenour will take questions from the audience and sign copies of 6 String Theory, his highly-acclaimed recently released CD in tribute to the guitar. GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, a great guitarist himself, will conduct the interview.
6 String Theory, released June 29 on Concord Records/Monster Music was conceived and co-produced by Ritenour who is also among the twenty legendary world class guitarists performing. Joining him in this tribute to the guitar, the all-star line-up includes George Benson, BB King, Slash, Steve Lukather, John Scofield, Robert Cray, and Vince Gill among many other superstars. It is being hailed as one of the greatest guitar CDs in recent memory.
Unbelievably, 2010 marks 50 years since Lee Ritenour starting playing the guitar, setting in motion a legendary career. A career that has earned him 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. During his illustrious career, he has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, and was a founding member of the group Fourplay, considered the most successful group in 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.
The GRAMMY Museum launched the “Great Guitars” program in March with folk rock icon Richard Thompson, following it up in April with blues rocker George Thorogood, and guitar prodigy Jonny Lang in June. The series will regularly feature innovators, masters and thinkers around the art of guitar playing for discussion and performance.
“Great Guitars: Lee Ritenour” will take place at 8pm in the GRAMMY Sound Stage, on the second floor of The GRAMMY Museum. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in-person at the Museum Box Office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1.800.745.3000.
For more information, please call 213.765.6800 or visit www.grammymuseum.org