Jazz master Pat Metheny has been among the world’s elite players for decades—he joined Guitar Player’s Gallery of the Greats in 1986—and it’s an honor for GP to help Goldenvoice present Metheny and his Unity Group at the illustrious Warfield Theatre on Market Street in San Francisco on the final day of February.
Very few jazz cats have the draw to play venues such as the Warfield, but Metheny has achieved rock star status. The man with the wild mane and watery tone rose to fame in the late ’70s as leader of the Pat Metheny Group by forging a satisfying pop-edged instrumental sound that guided many mainstream listeners to jazz. Most of Metheny’s work demonstrates harmonic and rhythmic sophistication, yet remains aesthetically appealing. The multiple Grammy winner is an innovative risk taker who has experimented with an endlessly interesting array of instruments, tunings, and styles from world music to free jazz.
Pat Metheny Unity Group is a modern development not to be confused with the classic Pat Metheny Group. The Unity Group is supporting a brand new CD entitled Kin (←→). The lineup comprises drummer Antonio Sanchez, reed instrument whiz Chris Potter, bassist Ben Williams, and multi-talented Giuilio Carmassi, who plays a wide range of different instruments and also sings.
Metheny is always on the move artistically so one never knows exactly what to expect from night to night, but it’s safe to say that he will simultaneously challenge the audience’s ears while keeping them satisfied. Guitar fans will hang on every turn as the master improviser challenges himself in every moment on the fretboard. Don’t miss the biggest jazz guitar tour of the season.
Take in a comprehensive promo clip of Pat Metheny Unity Group.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the class and the show click HERE and put Metheny in the subject of your e-mail. Include a sentence about Metheny and why you deserve to win. Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on February 28th.
Goldenvoice & Guitar Player Present: Pat Metheny Unity Group
982 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7pm doors; 8pm show; All Ages
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