September, 28 2019 | 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Systematic Savings Bank presents the 2019 Springfield Jazz Festival, noon-7 p.m. Sept. 28 in Downtown Springfield!
Lee Ritenour will play the Signature Concert at the Gillioz Theatre, which is a ticketed event. The rest of the day includes free live music on two stages — Park Central Square and Park Central East.
Growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, Grammy award-winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross-section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his 40-year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic.