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Lee Ritenour’s 2014 Six String Theory Global Music Competition!

Do you play Guitar, Bass, Drums or Piano/Keyboards?
If so, this is your chance to win incredible prizes and professional opportunities!
Registration Open Jan. 15, 2014 through May 15, 2014

We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing, diverse playing in guitar, bass, piano and drums from this year’s contestants! Thanks to all our sponsors who are making possible the 2014 Six String Theory Competition with a total prize package value of over $600,000!
Applicants accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards or Drums. Rhythm players may apply as solo, duo or trio.
Register here with 2 YouTube Videos of you playing (see Guitar & Rhythm competition pages for details)
All judging will be through the Advisory Board Judges viewing the submitted videos.
Winners will be announced June 1, 2014.
Guitar Entries will be accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country.
Rhythm Section Entries may perform in any contemporary music style (such as jazz, fusion, rock, blues, R & B, etc.).
Prizes include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Perform at an event at Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2014, Professional Mentoring, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival Scholarships & Performing, Monster & D’Addario prizes (see Guitar Competition & Rhythm Competition pages for further details)
If you’ve registered for the competition in a previous year (or even won as a finalist), you may register again. Former grand prize winners may not re-apply.

An applicant may register in both the guitar competition and rhythm competition but each would need a separate registration. Rhythm players (bass, piano/keys, drus) in a duo or trio register as a group; see Rhythm Competition page for details).

For more details visit


As we are having the 1st anniversary of our debut release we are giving our friends a small gift – a link do download the full Art of Silence album – link is valid for 48 hrs.

To celebrate the release of Lee Ritenour‘s new album Rhythm Sessions, Concord Music Group is teaming up with Yamaha, Monster, Premier Guitar, Music Connection and D’Addario to give away some amazing prizes. One lucky fan will win a Yamaha AC3R guitar signed by Lee Ritenour. Other prizes include subscriptions to Music Connection Magazine + Premier Guitar Magazine, Monster Miles Davis Headphones and guitar strings from D’Addario. Everyone who wins will also get a copy of Rhythm Sessions by Lee Ritenour. Sign up by 1/10/13 for your chance to win!

Here is the link to this contest.

Entertainment Cruise Productions “Win A Free Cabin Program” – A $5,600 Value.

Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, is the premiere cruise program for this genre. With more artists, more musicians, more events and parties than any other music cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise richly deserves the title “The Greatest Party at Sea!”

All past sailings of the cruise have been sell outs, so do not hesitate to book either Week 1 or Week 2. We look forward to seeing you on The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2013!

Join us on the luxurious Holland America m/s Westerdam, January 13 – 20, 2013 or January 20 – 27, 2013 for The Smooth Jazz Cruise.

Ports of Call: Cozumel | Belize City | Key West

Contest Rules:

  1. The contest is open to all entrants at least 21 years of age or older.
  2. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.
  3. Decisions of the contest judges are final. No substitutions will be available.
  4. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness for any and all advertising or promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, radio broadcasts, newsletters, or on and/or
  5. In accepting the prize, the winner and guest acknowledges that Jazz Cruises and any respective affiliates, employees agents and/or representatives may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize.
  6. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws.
  7. Prize includes the cabin, regularly scheduled meals on the ship, all shows and events open to the cruising public, and does not include any transportation to and from the port of embarkation, ground transportation, port charges, taxes, and gratuities. Winner is responsible for all on-board purchases and excursions during the cruise.
  8. One entry per person.

Now follow this link and win your free cabin.


Back by popular demand, Lee Ritenour launches the 3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition on Jan. 21, 2012, in partnership with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and the National Guitar Workshop. 2012 marks the expansion of the competition to include the Inaugural Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition.

Oscar® award winning and 2012 Grammy® nominated, Dave Grusin, is head of the Advisory Board for the Rhythm Section competition. Adding 3 new instruments to the competition: Piano, Bass and Drums, the contest grows to reach thousands of aspiring and upcoming new musicians from around the world. The contest kicks off January 21, 2012 and ends May 1, 2012.

The competition is the inspiration of legendary Grammy® award winning guitarist/composer and producer, Lee Ritenour, who debuted the International competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, 6 String Theory. The CD has been named Guitar International’s “Best Album of the Year,” Jazziz’ “Publisher’s Album of the Year” – and culminated in Ritenour receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player Magazine.

The CD features 20 world-class guitarists including George Benson, BB King, Slash, Vince Gill, Robert Cray, and the winner of the 2010 competition Shon Boublil. Lee Ritenour’s 2012 album, tentatively titled “Rhythm Sessions” will feature a ‘who’s who’ of all-star rhythm players, as well as a track with the winners of the 2012 rhythm section competition.

The contest continued to flourish in 2011 garnering hundreds of applicants from over 45 countries and giving 36 semifinalists the opportunity to compete and study at the world-renowned National Guitar Workshop. The 6 finalists attended the esteemed Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop and Festival where the Final Competition took place. Our 2011 winner, David Browne Murray, is a talented acoustic guitarist from Ireland.

With the success of the previous two competitions, it was a natural progression to expand the contest to include piano, bass and drums as well as guitar. Guitar Entries will be accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country. Rhythm Section Entries will be accepted in the genres of Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Blues or Contemporary.

Competitors are required to send an online video submission at Prizes for the Guitar Competition include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, professional recording and mentoring opportunities, a weeklong stay at the four-star Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT for a party of two ($8,000 value), a potential Concord Records recording contract, 36 National Guitar Workshop scholarships, 6 Crown of the Continent Scholarships, Cash, Yamaha Guitars & endorsements as well as other prizes from Monster, D’Addario Strings, and others.

There is a special cash prize of $2,500 awarded to the Classical Guitar Finalist (courtesy of sponsor James Stroud), as well as $500 cash prize to each of the 6 Guitar Finalists. Rhythm Section prizes include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments; professional mentoring; an opportunity to record on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album with Concord Music Group scheduled for release May 2012; an opportunity to perform at the esteemed Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Montana Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2012 and other prizes from Monster. Total value of 4 prize packages over $600,000.

To register and for complete contest rules, regulations and prizes visit

Got some funk? Bring it! Got some jazz? Bring that too. Bring what you got and mix it up with Brian Culbertson. Brian has posted the original studio tracks to “It’s Time” from his twelfth CD aptly titled “XII”.

Download the tracks and add your own musical genius. Add vocals, your own guitar solo, some horns — whatever you feel. Or remix it. Collaborate with others and just go crazy. Creativity will be rewarded with awesome prizes! To join the contest visit Brian’s website.

Amazing Prizes!

  • Lewitt Audio – LCT 640 multi-pattern condenser microphone ($800 value!)
  • Luna Guitars – Top-of-the-line electric or acoustic guitar
  • Mogami Cables – Enough professional instrument cables to outfit a typical home Studio!
  • PreSonus – The NEW release of Studio One, launching October 2011
  • JamHub – JamHub’s amazing silent rehearsal studio device (Bedroom model)
  • Autographed Brian Culbertson CDs
  • Distrophonix – 1,000 custom audio cards for your music
  • Mason & Hamlin – A limited edition leather coat

Last night on American Idol, saxophonist Mindi Abair performed live with contestant Paul McDonald. Steven Tyler, after McDonald’s performance last night, said, “Forget about you, who’s your sax player”?

So who is Mindi Abair?

Mindi is a woman instrumentalist in a man’s world – with her own hits on the Billboard charts alongside jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and George Benson. Mindi has long dedicated herself to education and breaking down musical barriers, and along the way, she’s found her own voice as a solo artist. Her latest CD is In Hi-Fi Stereo.

Mindi started her career with the Backstreet Boys, playing keyboards, saxophone and percussion. She was soon touring and recording with Duran Duran, Keb’ Mo’, Teena Marie, and other stars. She performed on Adam Sandler’s record What’s Your Name?, and she will be sharing the big screen with Sandler and Jennifer Aniston soon in a movie called Just Go With It. (She will be playing herself as a wedding band member.)

“Many more women come to my shows than men,” she says. “As women, we respect seeing other women doing something different and doing it well. I have women bring all their girlfriends and just have a girls night out. It’s great that women are standing together and cheering each other on.”

Source:  Concord Records