Monday, January 05, 2009

Lee Ritenour Earns Grammy Nominations

With the launch of his new website Lee Ritenour has provided his fans with a full update of recent achievements and things to expect from him in the coming year.

Here is the update in his own words, “I wanted to mention that my latest album with Dave Grusin, “Amparo,” was nominated for a Grammy,” Lee writes, “Also, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s latest record ‘Act Your Age,’ that I produced, earned 3 Grammy nominations!

I’ve been in the studio again producing a new project. Her name is Annekei and she’s originally from Denmark and now living in New York City. She’s a wonderful singer/songwriter that plays piano and guitar and combines a unique, original blend of soul, jazz, and pop. The project is turning out great and should be out by late Spring 2009.

In the first part of 2009 I’ll be finishing Annekei’s album and doing some writing for a new project of mine. Some touring is being planned for the summer so look for the updates in the first quarter.

Coming up on January 31st, Dave Grusin and I have a special performance with orchestra at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica. We will be performing pieces from the new “Amparo” album, plus some acoustic jazz with Dave, Abraham Laboriel, and Will Kennedy.

Recently I participated in the tribute to BB King that was given by the Thelonious Monk Institute. It was an amazing evening of talent with many guitarists jamming with BB and included performances by Bono, The Edge, Keb Mo, Robert Cray and many others.”

For more information you can check out Lee Ritenour’s new website,

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