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AN EVENING WITH PAT METHENY featuring LARRY GRENADIER

2011-10-11
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

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Don't miss Pat Metheny in his Blue Note debut!


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An Evening with Pat Metheny ft. Larry Grenadier
FEATURING:
Pat Metheny, guitar
Larry Grenadier, bass

PAT METHENY

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954, into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his trademark playing style, which blends the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility - a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional jazz guitar sound for a new generation of players. Throughout his career, Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.

Metheny's versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Milton Nascimento, and David Bowie. He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than twenty years - an association that has been compared to the Lennon/McCartney and Ellington/Strayhorn partnerships by critics and listeners alike. Metheny's body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.

In addition to being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator. At 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he also received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later in 1996. He has also taught music workshops all over the world, from the Dutch Royal Conservatory and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz to clinics in Asia and South America. He has also been a true musical pioneer in the realm of electronic music and was one of the very first jazz musicians to treat the synthesizer as a serious musical instrument. Years before the invention of MIDI technology, Metheny was using the Synclavier as a composing tool. He also been instrumental in the development of several new kinds of guitars, including the soprano acoustic guitar, the 42-string Pikasso guitar, Ibanez's PM-100 jazz guitar, and a variety of other custom instruments.

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Metheny has garnered from critics and peers. Over the years, he has won countless polls as Best Jazz Guitarist and numerous awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 18 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories, including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group also won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammy Awards for seven consecutive albums. Metheny has spent most of his life on tour, averaging between 120 and 240 shows a year since 1974. He continues to be one of the brightest stars of the jazz community, dedicating time to both his own projects and those of emerging artists and established veterans alike, helping them to reach their audience as well as realizing their own artistic visions.

LARRY GRENADIER

Born in San Francisco, bassist Larry Grenadier fell in love with music at a young age. By age 16, he had a blossoming career playing in the San Francisco area with local musicians and those traveling through town in need of a bass player, including stand-outs like Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson, Toots Thielemans, Anita O'Day, Frank Morgan, and numerous others. He went on to study English Literature at Stanford University, graduating in 1989.

A call from legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton soon prompted Grenadier to move to Boston. He toured all over the world with Burton's band before moving to New York in 1991. After settling in NYC, Grenadier began forming musical associations with incredible talents like Kevin Hays, Bill Stewart, Renee Rosnes, Ralph Moore, Billy Drummond, Danilo Perez, David Sánchez, Tom Harrell, and Billy Hart. He also continued his associations with prominent musicians he had known from his time in Boston, including Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Mark Turner, and Chris Cheek.

In the early 1990s, Grenadier first met and played with pianist Brad Mehldau. Mehldau's trio (including Grenadier and Jorge Rossy) went on to become one of the major groups of the time, embarking on numerous tours and recording multiple albums. Grenadier also played in John Scofield's band during this period and spent a few years touring with Pat Metheny. He credits his experiences touring with Metheny's trio as a significant learning experience.

Grenadier has worked with numerous other notable musicians, including Charles Lloyd, Billy Higgins, Michael Brecker, Paul Motion, Chris Potter, Brian Blade, Leon Parker, and Danilo Perez. He continues to perform regularly with Mehldau, is a member of the collaborative trio FLY (with saxophonist Mark Turner and drummer Jeff Ballard), collaborates regularly with his wife, singer/songwriter Rebecca Martin, and is actively involved in numerous other projects as one of today's most in-demand bass players.

 

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