Latest News

I am thrilled to announce that “The Vinyl LP Collection” is now available for preorder!


 Individually numbered box set features 180-gram vinyl, remastered audio and 46-page booklet featuring never-before-seen photos and new liner notes by Ritenour

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — On April 22nd, Concord Records will release The Vinyl LP Collection: a limited-edition, individually numbered box set celebrating a key period in the prolific solo career of renowned guitarist Lee Ritenour. The Collection contains five classic LPs by Ritenour: Earth Run (1986), Portrait (1987), Festival (1988), Color Rit (1989) and, on vinyl for the first time, the GRAMMY® Award-nominated Wes Bound (1993). These albums have each been remastered, pressed on audiophile-quality, 180-gram vinyl and restored with original artwork and liner notes. An accompanying 46-page booklet contains new liner notes by Ritenour plus never-before-seen photos and ephemera from an extensive scrapbook collection lovingly kept by the guitarist’s late father.

 An exclusive edition is available on my website – it includes a SIGNED print and free domestic shipping with promo code RIT2016.


Do you play Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drums? Registration is now open for Lee Ritenour’s 2016 SIX STRING THEORY COMPETITION!!!


Grammy award-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the 5th biennial Six String Theory Competition with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016 on the website by submitting two YouTube videos. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop, Funk, R&B, and World styles (Brazilian, Latin, African, Island, etc.). For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering again with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Premier Guitar, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Jazziz, D’Addario, True Fire and Guitar HD, the 2016 competition offers incredible professional opportunities and a total prize package value of over $700,000.

Prize highlights for the 2016 competition include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships; performance at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour and up-and-coming All-Star musicians from Japan; recording on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu and Scholarships and Performances at Crown Guitar Festival in scenic Montana. Other prizes include travel and hotel for performance and recording opportunities, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Monster and D’Addario prizes.

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of Ritenour, who debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The guitar-only contest was a great success and the winner, Shon Boublil, recorded a track on “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in which he just graduated in 2015. The guitar contest continued to grow in popularity and scope with another competition in 2011, which guitarist David Murray Browne won. By 2012, the competition expanded to include 3 new instruments: Piano, Bass and Drums and attracted wonderful, diverse talent from over 70 countries. Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition also became an official non-profit organization with the mission of supporting aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.

The 2012 rhythm winners Selim Munir, Hans de Wild, Michael Feinberg, and Demetrius Nabors recorded a track on Lee Ritenour’s Grammy nominated “Rhythm Sessions” starring musicians Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and more. The guitar winner, Karl Marino, is half way done with his Berklee College of Music four year scholarship. The 2014 winners performed at the illustrious Montreux Jazz Festival and the guitar grand prize winner, Tony Pusztai, recorded a track on Ritenour’s “Twist of Rit” album starring greats such as: Academy® & Grammy® winning Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, and Ernie Watts.

Legendary Advisory Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 2016 winners. Those judges include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Vince Gill, Brent Masen, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Julian Lage, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others.

For additional information on Six String Theory or to register please click here.



A Twist Of Rit – Concord Records

A Twist Of Rit is finally here!!! Lee will have additional copies for sale at Jazz Alley in Seattle August 25 – 30.  Please join everyone for the performances and have your new cd signed personally by Lee.

Featuring John Beasley, Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts, Melvin Lee Davis, Michael Thompson, Wah Wah Watson, David T. Walker, Makoto Ozone, Tom Kennedy, Dave Weckl, Paulinho Da Costa, Ronald Bruner Jr., Chris Coleman, Bob Sheppard and Rashawn Ross

“The concept for A Twist of Rit combines new material and tunes selected from earlier albums. We twisted, flipped and reconstructed those songs with a twelve-piece band. Several of the songs are from my very first album, First Course, recorded in 1975 and the Rit album in 1980.”

A Twist of Rit features Ritenour’s soaring guitar lines with 12 of his compositions ranging from the funky fusion and sophisticated jazz that he has become so well known for. All of the material was captured by his longtime GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Don Murray and the tracks were recorded with everyone performing together, old-school, but with modern, state-of-the-art recording techniques. Another album highlight will be the debut of Hungarian guitarist Tony Pusztai, Grand Prize Winner of Ritenour’s biennial, 2014 Six String Theory Competition. Pusztai was selected from over 500 entries and 72 participating countries.

Along with A Twist of Rit, Concord Records will release a five LP vinyl box set of some of Ritenour’s classic records, including Wes Bound, Festival, Color Rit, Portrait and Earth Run. Ritenour will be touring and promoting these projects throughout 2015/16.


R.I.P. BB King


“My friend, mentor, and inspiration has passed on… Hard to believe… B.B. was timeless from the first time he picked up the guitar and hit that one incredible note that everyone could identify him from. I will always treasure the recording sessions I did with him and the jam sessions… Especially at the Montreux Jazz Festivals.  Every time he performed at the festivals he would invite other guitar players to sit in with him and he was always incredibly gracious, and giving. B. B. was the inspiration for my album “Six String Theory” and the reason to bring all the guitar players together to celebrate the guitar. His music and guitar style will live forever.. B. B. King…R.I.P.”
Lee Ritenour

Margens dos Mares May 8 – 10, São Paulo Brazil at SESC Pinheiros

I’m excited to be musical director for “AS MARGENS DOS MARES”, a project that brings together musicians from  BRASIL, CABO VERDE, GUINÉ-BISSAU, MOÇAMBIQUE and  PORTUGAL.  As an American guitarist, who has had the opportunity to perform all over, I’ve always been fascinated by the diversity and originality that musicians create indigenously, bringing their roots together, and translating them into the modern world.

For three nights at SESC Pinheiros, we will explore the Portuguese language with musicians who have expanded their own musical vocabulary with their amazing careers. The artists we’ve selected powerfully represent the diverse talents from various Portuguese speaking African countries, Portugal and Brazil.

From Portugal, we have singer songwriters, Ana Bacalhau & Sara Tavares. Ana is deeply inspired by the cultural and folkloric traditions of Portuguese music with a modern perspective of her influences.Sara Tavares, a singer, composer and guitarist, combines her second generation Portuguese descent from Cape Verde with African, Portuguese and North American influenced world music, literally representing music from the edges of the seas.   

Our African artists include Manecas Costa (Guiné – Bissau),  Mayra Andrade (Cabo Verde)  and Stewart Sukuma   (Moҫambique) –they are singers, song writers and guitarist. Talented, cutting-edge musicians who have a deep understanding of their roots, and the ability to cross cultures in a contemporary fashion. 

 From Brazil, we are very happy to have with us three fantastic musicians: João Bosco, a prolific composer, guitarist and singer, is a celebrated international artist; Céu represents a new and exciting generation of singer/songwriters, and has expanded her career to Europe and the US, including working with jazz legend Herbie Hancock; Paulinho Da Costa is the perfect orchestrator of percussion, a  legendary performer who is the embodiment of “AS MARGENS DOS MARES”.

From the edges of their own experience, each of these artists bring their unique singing, playing and songwriting to the sea of talent that is our festival.   We are stimulated to explore with them as we present “AS MARGENS DOS MARES” May 8 – 10, 2015 in São Paulo Brazil at SESC Pinheiros.

1st NIGHT May 8th  Featuring  Portuguese  Main Artists w/Guests from Brasil & Africa

Main Artists Include:  

Ana Bacalhau (Portugal) (Vocalist)

Sara Tavares (Portugal) (Vocalist /guitarist)

Guest Artists Include:  

Ivan Lins (Brasil) (Vocalist /Composer)

Manecas Costa (Guiné – Bissau) (Vocalist /guitarist)

Paulinho da Costa (Brasil) (Percussionist)

2 nd  NIGHT May 9th  Featuring  African  Artists w/Guests from Brasil & Portugal

Main Artists Include:  

Manecas Costa (Guiné – Bissau) (Vocalist /guitarist)

Mayra Andrade (Cabo Verde) (Vocalist)

Stewart Sukuma   (Moҫambique) (Vocalist)

Guest Artists Include:  

Céu (Brasil) (Vocalist)

Ivan Lins (Brasil) (Vocalist/Composer)

Sara Tavares (Portugal) (Vocalist /guitarist)

Paulinho da Costa (Brasil)   (Percussionist)

3rd NIGHT May 10th Featuring  Brasilian  Artists w/Guests from Portugal & Africa

Main Artists Include:

Céu (Brasil) (Vocalist)

Ivan Lins (Brasil) (Vocalist /Composer)

Paulinho Da Costa (Brasil) (Percussionist)

Guest Artists Include:  

Lee Ritenour (USA) 

Manecas Costa  (Guiné – Bissau)

Ana Bacalhao (Portugal)

Stewart Sukuma (Moҫambique)

Mayra Andrade (Cabo Verde)


CS Productions