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Pat Metheny & Ron Carter with Ron Carter



Wed, April 20, 2016
Norfolk, CT
Show: 8 PM

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Member Presale: 2/2/16 06 AM
Public Onsale: 2/4/16 06:01 AM

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Pat Metheny & Ron Carter

20-time Grammy-Award winning jazz guitarist and composer, Pat Metheny, takes our Norfolk stage with none other the most recorded bassist is Jazz history, Grammy-Award winner, Ron Carter. When you combine both of their legacies, we’re talking about just under 100 records pressed and nearly a century’s worth being widely considered the masters of one of America’s most respected art forms. Whether you consider yourself a jazz aficionado, or someone who loves to watch masters do their work, you do not want to miss your chance to see these living legends take the stage!!

Pat Metheny

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Artist Bio

PAT METHENY was born in Lee's Summit, MO 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 soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which
blended 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, Pat Metheny has continued to
redefine the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the
improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument.

Metheny's versatility is nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed
with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to
Milton Nascimento to David Bowie. Metheny’s body of work includes compositions for solo
guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras, and ballet pieces and
even the robotic instruments of his Orchestrion project, while always sidestepping the limits of
any one genre.

As well as 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 (1996). He has also taught music workshops all
over the world, from the Dutch Royal Conservatory to the Thelonius 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 has been instrumental in the development of several
new kinds of guitars such as the soprano acoustic guitar, the 42-string Pikasso guitar, Ibanez’s
PM series jazz guitars, 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, Metheny has won countless polls
as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter
from Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of
different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best
Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition at one point winning seven consecutive
Grammies for seven consecutive albums. In 2015 he was inducted into the Downbeat Hall of
Fame, becoming only the fourth guitarist to be included (along with Django Reinhardt, Charlie
Chrisitan and Wes Montgomery) and it’s youngest member. Metheny has spent much of his life
on tour, often doing more than 100 shows a year since becoming a bandleader in the 70’s. At the
time of this writing, 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.

Ron Carter

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RON CARTER is among the most original, prolific, and  influential bassists in jazz. With more than 2,000 albums to his credit, he has recorded with many of music's greats: Tommy Flanagan, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, the Kronos Quartet, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and Bobby Timmons. In the early 1960s he performed throughout the United States in concert halls and nightclubs with Jaki Byard and Eric Dolphy.

He later toured Europe with Cannonball Adderley. From 1963 to 1968, he was a member of the classic and acclaimed Miles Davis Quintet. He was named Outstanding Bassist of the Decade by the Detroit News, Jazz Bassist of the Year by Downbeat magazine, and Most Valuable Player by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. In 1993 Ron Carter earned a Grammy award for Best Jazz Instrumental Group, the Miles Davis Tribute Band and another Grammy in 1998 for Call 'Sheet Blues', an instrumental composition from the film 'Round Midnight.

In addition to scoring and arranging music for many films, including some projects for Public Broadcasting System, Carter has composed music for A Gathering of Old Men, starring Lou Gosset Jr., The Passion of Beatrice directed by Bertrand Tavernier, and Blind Faith starring Courtney B. Vance. Carter shares his expertise in the series of books he authored, among which are Building Jazz Bass Lines and The Music of Ron Carter; the latter contains 130 of his published and recorded compositions.

Carter earned a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School in Rochester and a master's degree in double bass from the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He has also received two honorary doctorates, from the New England Conservatory of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, and was the 2002 recipient of the prestigious Hutchinson Award from the Eastman School at the University of Rochester. Most recently he was honored by the French Minister of Culture with France's premier cultural award--the medallion and title of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, given to those who have distinguished themselves in the domain of artistic or literary creation and for their contribution to the spread of arts and letters in France and the world.

Carter has lectured, conducted, and performed at clinics and master classes, instructing jazz ensembles and teaching the business of music at numerous universities. He was Artistic Director of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Studies while it was located in Boston and, after 18 years on the faculty of the Music Department of The City College of New York, he is now Distinguished Professor Emeritus although, as a performer, he remains as active as ever.


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