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Welcome & hello to friends and fans! Here’s to a great 19’!

Thank you for all the support you’ve shown the Ritenour family.. The end of 2018’ was incredibly challenging with the Woolsey fire & health issues….A lot of learning curves in 18’. Thankfully, there was so much love and support from family, friends & fans, it made us stronger!

January, February and March is busy with music events & shows. Tonight, January 4, I’ll be hanging out at my life long favorite club, the Baked Potato in Studio City.  Carmen and I will welcome friends and family to see our son Wesley, perform with an all-star band. Hope to see you there!

February takes us on 2 cruises to the Caribbean with Dave Grusin and Marcus Miller. In the middle of the month, we are off to Gabon, Africa for a very special show and March includes dates in Japan and the U.S.  Stay tuned for more updates very soon! Thanks and best wishes to everyone!! Lee

I would like to acknowledge the incredible outpouring of love and support from fans, friends & family for 2 life changing events.

Recently, I found out that I needed to have a medical procedure that could not wait and resulted in canceling my recent tour to Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, & New York. This was unavoidable and was an extremely difficult decision. Shortly after receiving that news, the fires began in California, that have been devastating for so many people. Unfortunately, we lost our house of 40 years in Malibu along with my recording studio & everything with it…My wife, Carmen Santos Ritenour, son Wesley Ritenour and I have been lifted & inspired by the amazing outreach & caring from folks around the world…
With deep gratitude & humbleness, we thank everyone…
Love, The Ritenour’s

Please join us tonight at the Baked Potato tonight to Celebrate Wesley’s Birthday!

Congratulations to the 2018 Six String Theory competition Winners & Finalists!!

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners & Finalists!!
Special thanks to all who registered!
Note from Lee Ritenour:
I would like to thank all the musicians that applied to the 2018 Six String Theory Competition! This year SST welcomed visitors from 182 countries. It was truly an incredible experience watching, listening and learning from all of you around the world. I am humbled by the sheer amount of talent that’s out there today. You are creating a global music community that is powerful & inspirational with new and fresh concepts.
A little bit about the voting… Competitions are difficult… (I’ve never personally liked them:). They have to be experienced as a way to gauge your own growth. Similar to the previous competition, this year‘s winners were an amazing diverse group and sometimes the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place was separated by single digits. Most of the judges wrote back to us that it was incredibly challenging to pick one over another. There were so many talented people that joined the competition.
Keep learning, growing and loving music. The gift of receiving and sharing music is one of the most fulfilling things we can experience…LR
Visit for a complete list of winners & finalists! 

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