“It’s rare to have such an intimate event with a music
celebrity,” said Terri Pontremoli,
director of Tri-C Performing Arts and Tri-C JazzFest. “The
audience will feel they’re part of an evening out with friends.”
Shaffer already feels like a friend to the millions who stayed
up to watch him on late-night television. He spent 33 years
fronting The World’s Most
Dangerous Band as David Letterman’s music director
and quick-witted sidekick.
He has also recorded with many of the world’s top musicians;
served as musical director and producer for Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; appeared in the cult
classic film This is Spinal Tap; and voiced a character
in a Disney movie.
It all adds up to a career that filled the pages of Shaffer’s
We’ll Be Here for the Rest of Our Lives,
which was co-authored by Ritz.
The book with Shaffer is among more than 36 collaborative
autobiographies written by Ritz. (His resume also includes three
independent biographies.) As an essayist, he won a Grammy Award
for Best Liner Notes for his work on Aretha Franklin’s
Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings.
Tickets for the event featuring Shaffer and Ritz range from $5
to $15 and can be purchased at
www.tri-c.edu/paulshaffer. If available, tickets can also be
bought at the door the night of the program.
Tri-C’s 2019-2020 Performing Arts season features 10 productions
showcasing classical piano, jazz and dance. It is designed to
bring a world-class artistic experience to the Greater Cleveland
community. To learn more, visit