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The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman

Thu, Aug 9 -
Sun, Aug 12, 2018




$36.50 Service fee Included All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman for four nights and six shows. Band members are: Russ Freemam (guitar, keyboards and programming), Dave Karasony (drums), Bill Heller (piano), Ricardo 'Rico' Belled (bass) and Brandon Fields (saxophone). Show times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Show times Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open Thursday at 6:00pm and Friday - Sunday at 5:30pm.

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Their latest release, True Stories (2016), was recorded over an intensive three-month span and is a refreshing elixir that will delight devout fans of The Rippingtons and attract new ones. Joined by original Rippington, alto and soprano saxophonist Brandon Fields, drummer Dave Karasony, bassist and Rhodes player Rico Belled and special guest Jeffrey Osborne, Freeman orchestrates ten compelling originals.

On True Stories Freeman’s choice of axe is a Patrick Cummings gold custom Brian Moore 30th Anniversary Russ Freeman model guitar. He plays it on all the album tracks with the exception of “Wonderland,” which features a Rosewood Fender Telecaster. The epic number transports listeners through several breathtaking, suspenseful movements that are crystallized by Freeman’s beautiful and intuitive playing. He cites this song as his favorite on the CD and you can hear the love he pours into each unforgettable moment. Amazingly, the song was recorded in one take. Thee album opens with “Wild Tales,” also it’s first single release—a fusion of jazz with touches of EDM and world influences. “Sundance,” follows featuring the lyrical saxophone of Brandon Fields and blues-filled and rockin’ and guitar lines of Freeman. “Sundance reminds me of the hard work of songwriting.

The Nashville born, LA based guitarist began studying classical guitar at age eleven and picked up the guitar four years later. Such iconic players as Larry Carlton, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Paco de Lucia and James Taylor, among others, have influenced Freeman’s own distinctive style through the years. “I have always attributed the band’s success to our loyal fans,” says the humble maverick. A testament to Freeman’s Midas touch and the reverence his peers have for him is the who list of stars who have been featured with The Rippingtons through the years. Some of those artists include vocalists Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne and The Whispers, pianists Bob James, Joe Sample and David Benoit and saxophonists Kenny G, Jeff Kashiwa, Paul Taylor and Kirk Whalum, to name a few. The Rippingtons’ irresistible auditory confection has catapulted their albums to the top of the charts time and time again. In fact, virtually all of their recordings have hit Top 5 on the Contemporary jazz charts and several have landed #1 albums including Welcome To the St. James Club, Curves Ahead, Tourist in Paradise, Sahara and Black Diamond.

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