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Pat Metheny & Steve Swallow "Duets"

Infinity Norfolk


Fri, March 02, 2018
Norfolk, CT
Show at 8 PM

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Pat Metheny & Steve Swallow "Duets"

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20-time Grammy-Award winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny takes our Norfolk stage with some very special guests! Who loves to watch masters do their work? You do not want to miss your chance to see these living legends take the stage!! Come and enjoy 2 nights of Pat Metheny this March!

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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.

Steve Swallow

Born in Fair LawnNew Jersey,[citation needed] Swallow studied piano and trumpet, as a child, before turning to the double bass[1] at age 14. While attending a prep school, he began trying his hand in jazz improvisation. In 1960, he left Yale, where he was studying composition, and settled in New York City, playing at the time in Jimmy Giuffre's trio along with Paul Bley. After joining Art Farmer's quartet in 1963, Swallow began to write. It is in the 1960s that his long-term association with Gary Burton's various bands began.

In the early 1970s, Swallow switched exclusively to electric bass guitar, of which he prefers the five-string variety. Along with Monk Montgomery and Bob Cranshaw, Swallow was among the first jazz bassists to do so (with much encouragement from Roy Haynes, one of Swallow's favorite drummers). He plays with a pick (made of copper by Hotlicks), and his style involves intricate solos in the upper register; he was one of the early adopters of the high C string on a bass guitar.

In 1974–1976, Swallow taught at the Berklee College of Music. He contributed several of his compositions to the Berklee students who assembled the first edition of The Real Book. He later recorded an album, Real Book, with the picture of a well-worn, coffee-stained book on the cover.

In 1978 Swallow became an essential and constant member of Carla Bley's band. He has been Bley's romantic partner since the 1980s. He toured extensively with John Scofield in the early 1980s, and has returned to this collaboration several times over the years.

Swallow has consistently won the electric bass category in Down Beat yearly polls, both Critics' and Readers', since the mid-80s. His compositions have been covered by, among others, Jim Hall (who recorded his very first tune, "Eiderdown"), Bill EvansChick CoreaStan Getz and Gary Burton.


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