Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin

  • Main Stage
    Sunday 14•July•2024

Lee Ritenour (b. 1952) is one of the world's most famous guitarists. He has a spectacular sense of timing and sound. Already at 16, Ritenour was playing with The Mamas and the Papas and was soon given the very appropriate nickname Captain Fingers.

David Grusin (b. 1934) is a legendary jazz pianist, composer, and arranger for films and television programmes. Grusin has a filmography of more than 100 titles, and won an Oscar for The Milagro Beanfield War. Oscar nominations he received for The Champ, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Tootsie and The Firm, among others. He wrote music for The Graduate, winning no fewer than 12 Grammys.

In recent years, Grusin has concentrated on composing jazz and classical compositions, and on tours and sessions with Lee Ritenour and others. Together, they recorded the Grammy-winning album Harlequin in 1985. Their wee classical crossover CDs released on Universal/Decca: Two Worlds and Amparo were inspired by classical and South American music, with guest contributions by James Taylor, among others.