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In 1988, Eric Essix’s debut national release as a solo recording artist entitled First Impressions, came out on the Nova Records jazz label. Very soon after, he performed his first concert on December 29th of that year at Grundy’s Music Room in Birmingham, AL. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of that first show and his career as a recording artist, Eric returns to the Jemison Concert Hall to play songs from his catalog of 25 albums with the many artists who have helped shape his musical journey.

Joining him onstage for this landmark event, will be a stellar lineup of artists with whom he has recorded and shared the stage over the course of his career including jazz piano great, Alex Bugnon; trumpeter, Joey Sommerville, singer, Tracy Hamlin, members of his ever popular 90’s ensemble, Modern Man and his current touring band, the Eric Essix Group!

VIP will include:

*Backstage passes to Birthday Meet and Greet

*Individual Meet and Greet with Photo Op

*Exclusive Eric Essix 25/30 Merchandise Package

*Signed “More” CD

*Signed “Anthology: Limited Edition” CD

*Signed “More” Tour Poster

*Eric Essix Commemorative 25/30 Tour Lanyard

Get your tickets here.

Saturday, December 29, 2018 – 8:00 PM

Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, 1200 10th Ave South Birmingham, AL 35205


The SLO Jazz Festival features a variety of jazz, including Jeff Lorber Fusion headlining

Friday, May 18, 2018 – 8:15 pm

on the Mission Main Stage

Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo, California 93401

The Basie Summer Jazz Fest features:

Lizz Wright 4:00 pm

Bob James Trio 5:30 pm

Lee Ritenour + Dave Grusin 8:00 pm

Michael Franks 9:45 pm

Saturday, June 02, 2018 – 4:00 pm

Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701 (Middletown)

Jazz Funk Soul @ Jerry Green and Friends

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – Two Shows – 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Breckenridge Inn, 2800 Breckenridge Ln, Louisville, Kentucky 40220

The Church Street Jazz Series features the Bob James Trio with vocalist Lindsey Webster

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 8:00 pm

Harrison Opera House, 160 W Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510

The Chino Hills 2nd Annual Jazz & Blues Music Festival features a variety of musicians, including the Lao Tizer Band featuring Karen Briggs

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 3:00 pm

Big League Dreams Park, 16333 Fairfield Ranch Rd, Chino Hills, California 91709

Registration is happening and we want to hear you! If you play #Guitar #Piano #Bass #Drums, this is your chance at amazing professional music opportunities, global travel, pro recording, prizes, scholarships, mentoring and much more! Check it out and register with 2 YouTube videos at

What:  Global, Online Music Competition in Guitar, Bass, Piano and Drums

Where: by May 31, 2018. Early bird discount to March 13, 2018

Who:    Lee Ritenour & his stellar board of Judges evaluate the contestants and determine winners

When:  Registration Open January 15 through May 31, 2018; Winners Announced June 7, 2018

Prize Highlights:

  • Berklee College of Music Scholarships
  • Performance at the Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour + global travel & lodging
  • Performance at Festival da Jazz in Switzerland + global travel & lodging
  • Recording with Lee Ritenour at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu
  • Perform at NAMM 2019 for Yamaha as Clinicians
  • Global travel to Los Angeles for NAMM and recording + gig in LA
  • Monster and D’Addario Prizes
  • Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour

Legendary Musicians will work with Lee Ritenour to determine the 2018 winners include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others (see website).