Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the biennial Six String Theory Competition for the 5th time with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016 on the website by submitting two YouTube videos. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop, Funk, R&B, and World styles (Brazilian, Latin, African, Island, etc.). For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering again with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Premier Guitar, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Jazziz, D’Addario, True Fire and Guitar HD, the 2016 competition offers incredible professional opportunities and a total prize package value of over $700,000.

Prize highlights for the 2016 competition include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships; performance at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour and up-and-coming All-Star musicians from Japan; recording on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu and Scholarships and Performances at Crown Guitar Festival in scenic Montana. Other prizes include travel and hotel for performance and recording opportunities, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Monster and D’Addario prizes.

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of Ritenour, who debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The guitar-only contest was a great success and the winner, Shon Boublil, recorded a track on “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in which he just graduated in 2015. The guitar contest continued to grow in popularity and scope with another competition in 2011, which guitarist David Murray Browne won. By 2012, the competition expanded to include 3 new instruments: Piano, Bass and Drums and attracted wonderful, diverse talent from over 70 countries. Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition also became an official non-profit organization with the mission of supporting aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.

The 2012 rhythm winners Selim Munir, Hans de Wild, Michael Feinberg, and Demetrius Nabors recorded a track on Lee Ritenour’s Grammy nominated “Rhythm Sessions” starring musicians Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and more. The guitar winner, Karl Marino, is half way done with his Berklee College of Music four year scholarship. The 2014 winners performed at the illustrious Montreux Jazz Festival and the guitar grand prize winner, Tony Pusztai, recorded a track on Ritenour’s “Twist of Rit” album starring greats such as: Academy® & Grammy® winning Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, and Ernie Watts.

Legendary Advisory Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 2016 winners. Those judges include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Vince Gill, Brent Masen, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Julian Lage, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others.


The Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Day Red Affair features Jazz 4 Soul in the 6th floor Banquet Hall.

Three shows: 7, 8:30 & 10pm

All Smooth Jazz lovers are invited to make plans now for an evening of great music, delicious food and drink and friendly hospitality in an up-close, upscale atmosphere. Get ready for the Smooth Jazz Valentine’s Day Red Affair and Aquarius Birthday Bash After-Party! Performing live in concert will be JAZZ 4 SOUL featuring the all-star ensemble of “Lady Sax” Audrey Welber, Guitarist Richard Tucker, Derrick Baldwin on keyboards and Chucky Holloway on drums.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The Claridge Hotel, Park Pl, Atlantic City, New Jersey 08401


Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 8:00 pm

Two shows on each day!

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero W, Oakland, California 94607


Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm
+ Allstar Show on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm

One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary, straight-ahead and smooth jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. Later, he learned to play saxophone and also switched to bass guitar for some time. During the ’80s, Albright became a highly requested session musician, toured with artists like Quincy Jones and Whitney Houston and also went on to record successful solo albums. After two of these hit number one on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Chart and earned him his first Grammy nominations (1989, 1990), Phil Collins asked him to front a Big Band and they toured together. He also performed and toured Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Earl Klugh, Will Downing, Jonathan Butler and Chaka Khan, among many others. Over the years, Albright has appeared on numerous TV shows, has sold over a million albums in the U.S. alone and has appeared on nearly 200 albums by other artists. Along the way, five more Grammy nominations followed: “New Beginnings”, “Sax for Stax”, “Pushing the Envelope”, “24/7” and “Slam Dunk”.

Here you can order your exclusive Hotel Package:
from 2 nights* (April 29 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 8 concerts:
from 398,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 3 nights* (April 28 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 10 concerts:
from 531,00 Euro per person in a double room
from 4 nights* (April 27 – May 1, 2016) incl. half-board & 11 concerts:
from 634,00 Euro per person in a double room



Sightseeing cruises! After party events!

April 8-10, 2016

Queens Landing, 1459 River Hwy, Mooresville, North Carolina 28117 (Charlotte area)


Be a part of this special Concert/TV show taping Alexander Zonjic from A to Z with special guest Thornetta Davis

Tickets only $20 (limited seats available)
for tickets call 313-943-2354 or

Concert includes an interview and Q & A with Alexander and Thornetta

Saturday, February 13, 2016 7:00pm

Studio A at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Av, Dearborn, MI 48126


The 2-day Las Vegas City Of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival features on Saturday, April 16, 2016 – 1:00 pm: Boney James, BWB: Norman Brown, Kirk Whalum and Rick Braun, Alex Bugnon, Althea René.
Further artists will be announced.

Government Amphitheater, 500 S Grand Central Pkwy, Las Vegas, Nevada 89154