Ritt performing on the Main Stage @ the 35th Annual Pori Jazz Festival
in Finland, July 2000, between
Freddie Hubbard and Bela Fleck & the Flecktones.
Got to hang & play with cats from Finland, Turkey, Russia, Germany,
Georgia (the one over there), Orlando (the one over here) & Woodland
Hills. Besides playin', the highlight of the week over there was hangin'
with the guys from Buena Vista Social Club, who were headlining the festival.
I got the gig by playing a Christmas gig at Borders in Pasadena. I ended
a tune with a Picardy Third (ending a minor tune with a major third),
& this guy next to me sez, "Y'know, in ancient times that was
considered sacrilege." I go, "Whoa, Mr. Musicologist over here."
He sez, "My wife's a singer, she's over there gettin' coffee, you
should have her come up & sing with you." So she does, &
it turns out he's one of the promoters of the festival. Kismet, baby.
here for more Pori photos.
Ritt as Officer Bell
in the world
premeire production of "The People vs. Mona" at the Pasadena Playhouse,
This was a courtroom musical dramedy co-written
by Jim Wann, a co-creator of "Pump Boys & Dinettes." (In
fact I did "Pump Boys" with Jim in L.A. in '86.) Mona's accused
of killing her heinous husband, a record producer, by hitting him over
the head with a guitar. Bell's
one of the witnesses testifying at the trial. His biggest thrill in life:
Portraying Curley in the local theatre production of "Oklahoma."
(Think booming bass/baritone voice. Every note reaches the rafters. The
guy's a ham. It was a stretch, but I managed.) In the end, it turns out
I'm the murderer. When I'd confess, the crowd would erupt in applause
& I'd throw kisses to the balcony. Now that's my kind of gig. Click
here for more Mona photos.