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Festival Da Jazz 2018 Dave Grusin Presents The Music From West Side Story

The evening will feature world-renowned Academy Award and multiple Grammy-winning pianist/composer, Dave Grusin presenting his ingenious jazz interpretation of Bernstein’s classic West Side Story featuring contemporary Big Band arrangements by Pepe Lienhard and his Big Band.

~ Leonard Bernstein gained worldwide fame in 1961 with his musical «West Side Story» A musical in which a modern day Romeo and Juliet are involved in New York street gangs. On the harsh streets of the upper west side, two gangs battle for control of the turf.  The situation becomes complicated when a gang members falls in love with a rival’s sister.  The turf war between the American «Jets» and the Puerto Rican «Sharks» forms the dramatic backdrop of a gripping tragic romance in the style of Romeo and Juliet and plays in New York of the 1950s.

WHEN:  AUGUST 3, 2018

VENUE:  Hotel Reine Victoria 

ADDRESS: Via Rosatsch 18, 7500 St. Moritz, Switzerland

TELEPHONE: +41 81 553 90 00

  • Dave Grusin – Conductor/Piano/Keyboards
  • Pepe Lienhard and his Big Band
  • Lee Ritenour – Guitar
  • John Beasley – Additional Keyboards/Synthesizers
  • Tom Kennedy – Bass
  • Jean Paul Höchstädter – Drums
  • Bob Sheppard – Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet/Flute


Sunday, May 6, 2018 at The Baked Potato!!

Come hang with all of us at The Baked Potato this Sunday night to see the Ritenour – Ruiz – Feraud band featuring Dean Brown for 2 incredible sets at 9:30 & 11:30 PM!!

Don’t Miss Out on the Opportunity to Enter Lee’s 2018 Six String Theory Music Competition!

9 Winners in this Competition: 6 Guitarists; 1 Bassist; 1 Pianist; 1 Drummer! Last day to enter is May 31, 2018.  For additional details please visit

Please click HERE to enter! 

RIP Ndugu

Very recently, we lost a very good friend & amazing musician, Ndugu Chancler. A innovator, educator, drummer extraordinaire and personality that was so present and influential that it seems impossible that he’s gone. I felt the same way when we lost George Duke. Hopefully they’re up there today jamming away.

Ndugu & I both grew up in Los Angeles and we met each other when we were both 16… 1968… Wow… We would occasionally play casuals together and he introduced me to a 14-year-old pianist that he said was unbelievable… That was Patrice Rushen. Patrice, Ndugu and I would collaborate and be friends for the rest of our lives.

Ndugu went on to have an amazing career that included stints with Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Weather Report, Michael Jackson… Just to name a few! His drum style was entirely original and his grooves we’re undeniable! He also became a fixture and an incredible educator at USC. His flame went out way too soon, but he accomplished enough for several lifetimes… Myself & many, many others will miss him dearly…
Lee Ritenour

RIP Hugh Masekela

“Hard to believe Hugh Masekela is gone. He was one of those forces in life that you believe will go on forever… He was so strong musically, spiritually and an incredible physical presence… Let alone being one of the most beautiful musicians and players that I have met. I think if I were to define “Musical Ambassador”, there are two musicians that come to mind that were true emissaries around the world… That was BB King and Hugh Masekela.
I first recorded on one of Hughs albums in the 70’s. We would work on and off for the decades ahead, and then I had the privilege of playing with him at International Jazz day twice. The last time at the White House in 2016…
More than ever I miss him, as we need these very special music ambassadors that travel literally without borders and share their message of love and music around the world… He will be missed big-time…RIP Hugh
– Lee Ritenour