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DINNER AND DOORS 7:30 PM
After decades of laying down the foundation and galvanizing the groove on tour and in the studio for legends like Lee Ritenour, Earth Wind & Fire, The Crusaders, Bruce Hornsby, Al Jarreau, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, and Bette Midler, drummer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Sonny Emory is on the greatest creative role of his career, taking charge of every last musical detail as the founder and leader of his new band, “Full Tilt Featuring Sonny Emory”. Full Tilt is a new jazz fusion group that is a representation of the great music that influenced Emory at an early age. According to Emory, “Weather Report was one of those genre-defying groups that I loved, hence we do a cover of Elegant People on this debut project for Full Tilt.” The band is composed of some heavy-hitting music trailblazers: Sonny Emory - drums and percussion, Sean Michael Ray-bass, West Byrd-keyboards, Brian Lopes-sax, Theo Gkoutsidis- guitar, Manual Martinez-percussion. Emory is definitely keeping jazz fusion alive and well!
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 forty-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. In the 90s, Ritenour was a founding member of Fourplay, the most successful band in contemporary jazz, with keyboardist Bob James, bassist Nathan East, and drummer Harvey Mason. The first Fourplay album in 1991 spent an unprecedented 33 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s contemporary jazz chart. Adding to this legacy is his latest CD Smoke ‘n’ Mirrors; the recently completed Grammy-nominated recording Amparo, (a follow-up with Dave Grusin to their highly-successful 2001 Grammy Award nominated contemporary classical crossover CD) and producer of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band’s latest CD Act Your Age (which is nominated for 3 Grammys.
It’s been a long road since the seventies, when Ritenour’s legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato, with a band including Dave Grusin, Patrice Rushen, Harvey Mason, and Ernie Watts became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Joe Sample, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house till the wee hours of the morning. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became the foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists such as Pink Floyd (The Wall), Steely Dan (Aja), Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, B.B. King, Frank Sinatra, Simon & Garfunkel, Ray Charles, Peggy Lee, Aretha Franklin and Barbra Streisand. Not to forget the dazzling array of talent appearing on his solo works and collaborations, notably– Phil Collins, Brazilian greats Ivan Lins, Caetano Veloso, Djavan and Jao Bosco, George Benson, Chaka Kahn, Herbie Hancock, Michael McDonald and opera great Renee Fleming.
TYPES OF TICKETS
There are no bad views of our stage at The Vista, even if you are standing! Often these are the best tickets if you want to be up close and personal with your favorite artist. Be aware that holders of Standing Room - Main Floor tickets have not purchased a seat and are not guaranteed a seat. This means that for sold out shows, holders of these tickets will likely be standing. If you want to assure the exclusivity and comfort of a reserved table at a show that is likely to sell out, we recommend purchasing a Reserved Table.
Don’t like standing or bumping elbows, or maybe you want to take the worry out of fighting traffic to be early to get a table? Exclusivity may be for you! Reserved Table tickets provide ticket holders the option to have a table saved for you. When the doors open to our venue, your reserved table will be waiting for you. Please note, Reserved Table tickets must be purchased in groups of 4 or 6, as there are 4 or 6 seats per table.
VIP RESERVED FRONT 2 ROWS - INCLUDES (MEET & GREET)
Includes a table in the front two rows and general admission tickets.
Includes Champagne for the table.
OUTSIDE FOOD AND DRINK MAY NOT BE BROUGHT INTO THE VISTA ROOM
Please call us at 404-321-5000 for any questions before the show.