Grab a pen or copy/paste this into your calendar…my beloved client and friend Melvin Lee Davis (known as @Keeperotln on Twitter) is performing throughout Southern California this month and then goes on a European tour with Lee Ritenour and friends, and then he heads back to the U.S. to swing through the East Coast with Chaka Khan, and then again with Lee Ritenour. Whew I’m out of breath thinking about that!

If you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, now is your chance. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Melvin Lee Davis, Lee Ritenour, Chaka Khan, and other jazz greats perform at a venue near you!

REMAINING DATES for APRIL 2013

17 Derek Bordeaux @ Original Mikes in Santa Ana, CA

Original Mikes
100 S Main St Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 550-7764
http://www.originalmikes.com/wp/reservation/

20 Rhandi and Associates @ Gourmet Italia in Temecula, CA

Gourmet Italia
27499 Ynez Road
Temecula, CA
Phone: 951.676.9194
http://www.gourmetitaliarestaurants.com/livemusic.html

24 Derek Bordeaux @ Original Mikes in Santa Ana, CA

Original Mikes
100 S Main St Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 550-7764
http://www.originalmikes.com/wp/reservation/

27 Rhandi and Associates @ Gourmet Italia in Temecula, CA

Gourmet Italia
27499 Ynez Road
Temecula, CA
Phone: 951.676.9194
http://www.gourmetitaliarestaurants.com/livemusic.html

MAY 2013 TOUR DATES

2-4 Lee Ritenour in Yerewan, Armenia @ Yans Club Music Hall

Yans Club Music Hall
74 Teryan Street
Yerevan
Armenia
+358(0)9774 67 420

5 Lee Ritenour in Georgia @ Tbilisi Event Hall

Tbilisi Event Hall
Meligishvili Str. 1
Tbilisi
Georgia
+995-595-797935

7 Lee Ritenour in Rottweil, Germany @ Alte Stallhalle Rottweil

Bruggerstrasse 4
Alte Stallhalle
Rottweil D-78628
Germany
+49 74122730

8 Lee Ritenour in Aschaffernburg, Germany @ Colos-Saal

Rossmarkt 19
Colos-Saal
Rossmarkt 19
Aschaffenburg 63739
Germany
+49 602127239

9-11 Lee Ritenour in Milan, Italy @ Blue Note

Blue Note Milano
Via Borsieri 37
Milano 20159
Italy
+39 0260856304

12 Lee Ritenour Bern, Switzerland @ Muhle Huziken Club

Muhle Hunziken Club, Bern Switzerland
Mill Hunziken concert
GmbH CH-3113 Ribigen
Switzerland
+ 0900 325 325

13 Lee Ritenour in Viena, Austria @ Borgy & Bess

Porgy & Bess
Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien
Vienna
Austria
+43-1-5128811

14 Lee Ritenour in Stuttgart, Germany @ Bix Jazz Club

BIX Jazz Club
Leonhardsplatz 28
Stuttgart
Germany
+49 711 23840997

17-18 Lee Ritenour @ Club A Trane—Berlin

Club A-Trane
Pestalozzistrasse 105
Berlin
Germany
+49 (1) 773358535

19 Lee Ritenour in Amsterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Club

North Sea Jazz Club
Pazzanistraat 1
Amsterdam 1014DB
Netherlands
+31 (1)52148900

20 Lee Ritenour @ Zoetermeer, Netherlands @ De Boerderij

Boerderij
Amerikaweg 145
Zoetermeer, Holland 2717AV
Netherlands
+31 793211012

25 Chaka Khan @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Virginia Beach, VA:

http://www.reverbnation.com/show/10261258?utm_campaign=HTML5_ShowSchedule_Widget_Details&utm_content=show_details_link&utm_medium=widget

28-29 Lee Ritenour in Boston @ Scullers

Scullers
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston , MA 02134
617-562-4111
two showtimes both nights (8pm and 10pm)
Get tickets here http://www.ticketweb.com/snl/VenueListings.action?venueId=18647&pl=scullers&page=1&resultsPerPage=40

31 Lee Ritenour in New Haven, CT at John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts

John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
203-392-5200

Copyright 2013. All Rights Reserved. Melvin Lee Davis. Natasha L. Foreman.

September Tour Dates

1 – 5 Lee Ritenour & Mike Stern @ Tokyo Jazz Festival
Dave Weckl & John Beasley (http://www.tokyo-jazz.com/index_en.html)

7 Derek Bordeaux @ Original Mikes (http://originalmikes.com)

9 Derek Bordeaux @ Salt Creek Grille (http://www.saltcreekgrille.com)

10 Gerald Albright in St Paul, MN (http://www.selbyavejazzfest.com/about.html)

14 Derek Bordeaux @ Original Mikes (http://originalmikes.com)

16 Lee Ritenour in Livermore, CA

17 Lee Ritenour in Napa, CA

21 Derek Bordeaux @ Original Mikes (http://originalmikes.com)

28 Derek Bordeaux @ Original Mikes (http://originalmikes.com)

29 Derek Bordeaux @ Salt Creek Grille (http://www.saltcreekgrille.com)

30 Derek Bordeaux @ Salt Creek Grille (http://www.saltcreekgrille.com)

Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman.
Copyright 2011. Melvin Lee Davis and Basement Productions.

Last night I had the pleasure to see my client Melvin Lee Davis tear it up on stage with other Jazz greats, Lee Ritenour, Sonny Emory and Jesse Milliner at the Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia. These Jazz masters were in Atlanta for Lee Ritenour’s 6 String Theory U.S. Tour. Those of you who know my client Melvin you know that he plays the bass like no other and has earned the title, “Keeper of the Low Notes” from Jazz legends who have played with him for over 30 years. Melvin was discovered at the age of 16 by drummer Buddy Miles, and has worked with a slew of artists around the world including Chaka Khan, Gerald Albright, Will Downing,  George Benson, Kirk and Kevin Whalum, Ledisi, Angie Stone, the Pointer Sisters, Queen Latifah,  Jeff Kashiwa, Eric Marienthal, and many more. I can’t wait for Melvin’s next solo album to be released. This will make solo album number four…and from what I have heard so far- this one will knock your socks off! Check out the picture of us backstage during intermission….

With client, friend and brotha- Melvin Lee Davis on April 3, 2011

 

Lee Ritenour of course always stirs our soul as he rocks the mess out of his guitars and engages the crowd with his amazing smile, charm and wit. Lee has so many songs under his belt that I wonder how he decides which to perform at each venue; that’s a lot of hit records to consider. He too got his start at the age of 16, but with the famous group the Mamas and Papas. At the age of 18 he was accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett. For over 40 years Lee Ritenour has blessed millions of Jazz lovers with more than 40 albums. He has won a Grammy and received 17 Grammy nominations. Lee has been working and rocking for a long time, and he still has plenty of songs left to create and share.

Lee Ritenour, Melvin Lee Davis, Jesse Milliner, and Sonny Emory jammin' on April 3, 2011

Then there is the great Sonny Emory who makes you look at a drum set in an entirely different light. I have never seen a person play drums the way Sonny does. His form, focus, and flow is jaw-dropping amazing. I can recall a concert years ago when he played with Earth, Wind, and Fire- and that was a magical night to remember. I love when bands let each musician break out in a solo, so last night when Sonny broke those drums down he had the crowd on their feet shouting, whistling, clapping, and praising this Atlanta native. When Melvin first mentioned that Sonny was performing with the band for this tour it went clear over my head, then when he said, “you know Sonny don’t you? You know…Sonny who played with Earth, Wind, and Fire…” then bam it hit me and oh my goodness I couldn’t wait to hear Sonny play. To meet him backstage was also a treat. I had already met Lee and Jesse at the Atlanta Hartsfield airport earlier that day, but this was my first time meeting Sonny- and his personality is so warm yet powerful- just like the balance of strength and grace he has to have as a drummer. What a talented person!

These musicians have an awesome synergy

But the band was not complete without what Ritenour referred to as the “foundation” of a band, the keyboardist/pianist,  Jesse Milliner from Germany. Milliner can play his butt off. Half Jamaican and half German, Ritenour said that Milliner has true soul funk blended with classic structure and organization. This man is awesome and guess what? He’s the dean over the department of Jazz and Popular Music at the University of Music in Mainz, Germany. He knows music!

If you have not heard this collaboration of musicians together then you better buy your ticket to the show nearest you! Also be sure to visit Melvin’s site ,check out his work over the years, buy his CDs and tickets to his performances, and prepare yourself his upcoming album!

© Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. natashaforeman.com