Six-String Theory

Lee Ritenour talks guitars and technique at installment of GRAMMY Museum's Great Guitars series
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    Lee Ritenour performs at the GRAMMY Museum on Aug. 3
August 25, 2010 -- 1:03 pm PDT

GRAMMY-winning jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour dropped by the GRAMMY Museum on Aug. 3 to discuss his latest album, 6 String Theory, for an audience of 200.

Ritenour spoke about the various guitarists he collaborated with on 6 String Theory, including Keb' Mo', B.B. King, Pat Martino, and Slash, among others. He also highlighted his musical influences and discussed various guitar techniques. Following the discussion, Ritenour took questions from the audience.

Aptly nicknamed "Captain Fingers," Ritenour is well-versed in a variety of styles including jazz, rock and Brazilian music. He began his career as a teenager, accompanying the likes of Tony Bennett and Lena Horne. In the '90s Ritenour co-founded Fourplay, one of the more successful contemporary jazz bands in history. Over his 40-year-plus career, he has played sessions and/or collaborated with artists such as Ray Charles, Phil Collins, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald, Pink Floyd, Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, and Barbra Streisand, among others. Ritenour won a GRAMMY in 1985 for Best Arrangement On An Instrumental for "Early A.M. Attitude" from his album with Dave Grusin, Harlequin.

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include The Love Project Journey (Aug. 25), An Evening With Mavis Staples (Aug. 30) and The Drop: Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses (Sept. 1).

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