An Evening with Paul Shaffer & David Ritz at Tri-C

Paul Shaffer and David Ritz come to Cleveland for an evening full of stories, music and video clips from their lives in showbiz.


Sunday, October 13, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Fran and Jules Belkin Theatre
Cuyahoga Community College
2809 Woodland Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44115


General Admission – $15
Tri-C JazzFest Members and Passholders – $10
Students with valid ID – $5

All tickets bought online will include an additional service fee. Sales end on October 13, 2019.



For 33 years, Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick. He began his career in 1972 as musical director of the Toronto prouduction of Godspell. Shaffer played piano in The Magic Show on Broadway in 1974, then spent the next five years with the original Saturday Night Live band.

In addition to recording his own albums, Shaffer recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers. In 2002, he received his first Grammy – Best Country Instrumental – for the Earl Scruggs and Friends album and co-produced an avant-garde jazz album for his mentor, Tisziji Munoz. His feature film roles include Artie Fufkin in Rob Reiner’s This is Spinal Tap and appearances in Gilda LiveScrooged, and Look Who’s Talking Too.

A professional writer for the past 40 years, David Ritz is a master of the collaborative autobiography – writing 36 books for artists like Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles.

Also a lyricist, Ritz co-wrote Sexual Healing with Marvin Gaye and has collaborated on songs with Janet Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Narada Michael Walden. In 1992, he received a Grammy – Best Album Notes – for Aretha Franklin’s Queen of Soul: The Atlantic Recordings. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times and The Rolling Stone.

Join Cuyahoga Community College for an evening of lively stories and conversation about their lives in showbiz!