The Trifield Quintet with Very Special Guest - Lee Ritenour

Music hours:  6:30 to 10:30

The quintet is an off-shoot of the Trifield Guitar Project formed by guitarists Alex Sill, Karl Marino and Rami Halperin, who all met as finalists in jazz legend Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory international guitar competition. After being selected out of hundreds of contestants from over 50 countries they were inspired to form the band and were invited back to perform at the festival where they first met (The Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival in Bigfork, Montana).  The group's debut album "Montana Suite," was released during the 2013 festival featuring a long form, five part composition of the same name. 

Since Trifield’s formation, Alex Sill has continued to use the group’s name in a jazz group context, and allowed the band to become a collective of some of L.A.’s best jazz musicians.  Band members and special guest players have included bassist Ben Shepherd, piano virtuoso Vardan Ovsepian, multi-reedist Jacob Scesney, incredible jazz guitarist Larry Koonse, and guitar legend Lee Ritenour. 

The Trifield Quinet’s August 16th show at Vibrato will feature another stellar lineup including the young and talented Wesley Ritenour on drums, sax phenom Danny Janklow, the awesome Sezin Ahmet on bass, piano master Otmaro Ruiz, and Alex Sill on guitar.   A very special guest will be joining the group for this performance. 

More on the band:

-Alex Sill has been playing guitar since age 12, and recently graduated from the Jazz Studies program at Cal Arts.  He has studied and or performed with some of the world’s greatest musicians including Lyle Mays, Steve Vai, Larry Koonse, Lee Ritenour, Charlie Haden, Bennie Maupin, Sonny Emory, Ellis Hall, and many others. Alex is the recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, and winner in his category at Lee Ritenour's 2012 international Six String Theory Guitar Competition.

-Wesley Ritenour has been drumming since age 7 - ever since seeing Harvey Mason perform, has studied at Berklee College of Music, and has major live and studio recording/performance credits (Lee Ritenour, Mike Stern, John Beasley). 

-Danny Janklow is one of the LA’s most in demand saxophone players, has won several prestigious awards, and has shared the stage with some of the world’s top players. In 2013, Danny was a semi-finalist in the Thelonius Monk Jazz Competition, and was the first place winner at the 2012 Detroit Jazz Saxophone Competition. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Benny Golson, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Ben Williams, John Beasley, Jimmy Heath and many others.

 -Otmaro Ruiz is one of the most well respected piano players and composers in the current Jazz scene. Over the years, Otmaro has performed with greats such as John McLaughlin, Alex Acuna, Lee Ritenour, Herb Alpert, Vinnie Colaiuta, Charlie Haden, Tito Puente and Diane Reeves, among others. Otmaro is also known as a studio musician, musical director and arranger, and has venerable teaching credentials.

-Sezin Ahmet Türkmenoğlu (31) was born in Mugla, Turkey. He began playing bass at age of 14. He attended Istanbul Avni Akyol Anatolian Fine Arts High School. Upon graduation, Türkmenoğlu received a full scholarship to attend Istanbul Bilgi University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. He is currently a teaching assistant and doing his Masters Degree program for Jazz studies at USC Thornton School of Music. He has performed with Alan Pasqua, Otmaro Ruiz, Bennie Maupin, Ricky Ford, Aaron Serfaty, Alex Acuna, Jimmy Branly, Larry Koonse, Ramon Stagnaro, Brian Swartz, Katisse Buckingham, Bob Reynolds, Tommy King, Doug Webb, Dennis Hamm, Bruce Forman, Marvin Smitty Smith, Frank Potenza, Michelle Coltrane, Daniel Szabo…

"Just heard these young men play and can't say how much I enjoyed it. They opened for me at The Crown of The Continent Guitar Festival in Montana – a hard act to follow!”—ROBBEN FORD (Blues/Jazz/Rock Guitar Legend. Guitarist for Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell and more)

“Very sweet, sensitive playing!” - JAY GRAYDON (Grammy award winning guitarist/producer, Steely Dan, Ray Charles, and more)

"Alex Sill is one of the new lions emerging into the virtuoso group of young players.  He's a guitarist who's destined to be in the front line.  His talent on his instrument is phenomenal, and his dedication & hard work to master it began at a young age, and has never faltered.  He has absorbed the "cultural" history of the guitar, and will obviously be a cutting edge contributor to the continued evolution of this axe. His solo playing shows his maturity, way beyond his age. And maybe most important, we can hear how much he loves what he's playing. A musical slam dunk.” -  DAVE GRUSIN (Grammy Award Winning Film Composer & Jazz Pianist)

August 18
Brenna Whitaker