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Stanley Clarke, Al DiMeola and Jean-Luc Ponty Reunite For Rite of Strings SummerTour

For the first time since the 1995 tour in support of their only recorded collaboration
(1995’s "Rite Of Strings"), bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al DiMeola and
violinist Jean-Luc Ponty will take to the road on an all acoustic tour that will
cover 12 cities (and two countries) between June 8 and September 3.

All three players, who are true innovators and among the most influential
instrumentalists on their respective instruments, are renowned for their ability to
span musical genres, from rock and jazz to R&B and world, although they all do share
a strong jazz foundation. A brilliant player on both acoustic and electric basses,
Stanley Clarke first came to prominence through his early work with such jazz greats
as Pharoah Sanders, Gil Evans, Dexter Gordon and Art Blakey. It was, however, during
his work with Chick Corea in Return to Forever that he emerged as a true bass icon.
The band recorded 8 albums, two of which were certified gold, and one of which "No
Mystery" won a Grammy award. After leaving Return to Forever, Clarke focused on his
R&B and funk roots on numerous solo projects and collaborations with George Duke and
Jeff Beck, among others, before joining with his Return to Forever band mate, Al
DiMeola, and with Jean-Luc Ponty, to record "The Rite of Strings." For additional
information, check out Stanley’s website,

Guitarist Al DiMeola first came to prominence as a blazing jazz player in the early
70’s, through his work with Return to Forever, which certainly enjoyed its greatest
commercial success during his two years with the pioneering ensemble. DiMeola’s
ensuing solo career has included numerous recordings that earned top honors on the
jazz and pop charts, including a gold record for 1977’s "Elegant Gypsy." Industry
accolades, including top honors in Guitar Player magazine polls, continued to
accumulate throughout the 80’s and 90’s, as DiMeola released both solo and
collaborative projects with such diverse artists as Paul Simon, Stanley Jordan, Chick
Corea, Paco de Lucia and John McLaughlin. DiMeola turned his focus toward a more
acoustic world music sound in the 90’s, a natural connection to his work with Clarke
and Ponty on "The Rite of Strings." Additional information on Al’s career can be
found at

Jean-Luc Ponty is widely regarded as an innovator who has applied his unique visionary
spin to expand the vocabulary of modern music. Abandoning his early classical
leanings for jazz in his native France, he rapidly earned a reputation as the first
jazz violinist to be as exciting as a saxophonist. Following several solo releases
that cemented his reputation throughout Europe, Ponty’s first US appearance was with
the Modern Jazz Quartet at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Collaborations through the
70’s included work with George Duke, Frank Zappa, Elton John, and John McLaughlin’s
Mahavishnu Orchestra, before his solo career also flourished, with 12 consecutive
releases all reaching the top 5 on the Billboard jazz charts. In the 1990’s Ponty,
too, found himself drawn to world beats, in his case the powerful polyrhythmic sounds
of West Africa a sound that he continues to integrate in his solo work to date. To
learn more about Jean-Luc, visit

The trio’s work on "The Rite of Strings" earned both critical and commercial success,
as they undertook a six-month tour of North America, South American and Europe. In
November of 2003, DiMeola and Ponty reunited with Clarke at his annual Stanley Clarke
Scholarship Benefit concert for Hollywood’s Musicians Institute, which eventually led
to their decision to once again head out on The Rite of Strings tour. An itinerary
for the tour is below, with additional dates in August still to be added.
June 8 Eastman Theatre Rochester, NY
June 12 Wolf Trap Filene Center Vienna, VA
June 14 Hippodrome Theatre Baltimore, MD
June 16 The Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA
June 18 Abraham Chavez Theatre El Paso, TX
June 19 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, TX
June 25 Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
July 1 Keswick Theatre Glenside, PA
July 2 Toronto Jazz Festival Toronto, Canada
July 4 Montreal Jazz Festival Montreal, Canada
August 20 Detroit Opera House Detroit, MI
August 21 New York Jazz Festival, Central Park New York, NY
August 28 Royce Hall Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 3 Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, OR

For additional information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Cary Goldberg at 310-676-1692 or Crys Spelman at 310-600-7994.

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  • Artist / Group Name: Rite of Strings
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