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ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival

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Krannert CenterELLNORA: The Guitar Festival Champaign/Urbana, IL September 5-7, 2019 It takes place every other year; every odd year. Going back to 2005, ELLNORA: The Guitar Festival, held in the University of Illinois' Champaign-Urbana' one-stop-shop Krannert Center, has been celebrating the works of an amazing array of plectrists from all walks of life, genres and backgrounds. A bit of ELLNORA's history in the Krannert Center (the center this year also celebrating 50 years ...

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Pat Metheny at The Space at Westbury

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Pat Metheny The Space at Westbury Westbury, NY April 4, 2019 Pat Metheny is considered as one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in jazz history. His musical canon is extensive. His playing fuses elements of modern, progressive, Latin jazz, blues, swing, improv and, of course, jazz fusion. Metheny counts Wes Montgomery, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Weather Report, the Beatles, Steve Reich, James Taylor, Bruce Hornsby, Cheap Trick, and Joni Mitchell among his influences. ...

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Pat Metheny at Merriam Theater

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Pat Metheny 2018 World Tour Kimmel Center Presents Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA October 5, 2018 I have covered the jazz “waterfront" for All About Jazz over the past two decades and although I have taken in a lot of territory, I often find myself aware of major gaps in my listening. Even an all-time legendary jazz musician can be a “missing person" on my list. When I ...

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Pat Metheny Quartet at The Cabot

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Pat Metheny The Cabot Beverly, MASeptember 30, 2018 On a very special night at the intimate and newly renovated 1920s Cabot Theater, in Beverly, MA., a sold-out performance was delivered by extraordinary jazz virtuoso, musician, composer and phenomenal guitarist, Pat Metheny. A highly respected musician among his peers and now a veteran, having received all accolades including 20 Grammy Awards, was just launching a new tour with an exceptional younger generation quartet. The evening's performance ...

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Pat Metheny at Belfast Waterfront

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Pat Metheny Belfast Waterfront jny:Belfast, N. Ireland November 14, 2017 “We've been trying to get a gig here for forty two years," Pat Metheny told the crowd at the Belfast Waterfront. Happily, the Missouri guitarist had at last found the city. It had been hidden out of sight all the time, on the far side of Ireland from America. He should have asked Charlie Haden or Ornette Coleman. His old sparring partners knew.

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Pat Metheny: Driving Forces

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It's been five years since Pat Metheny was last interviewed by All About Jazz, a not inconsiderable period of time in any working musician's life and particularly in one quite as prolific as the Missouri guitarist/composer. At the time, Metheny was promoting his Unity Band featuring Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sánchez. His unconcealed enthusiasm for the band was matched by the general acclaim for its debut Unity Band (Nonesuch, 2012), the follow up Kin (Nonesuch, 2015) and sold ...

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Pat Metheny at Cologne Philharmonic

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Pat Metheny Philharmonic Hall Cologne, Germany October 28, 2017 Pat Metheny remains a highly popular, award winning force in the music business after more than four decades. The still-amazing guitarist and his current ensemble demonstrated exactly why, many times over, during their dynamic set in Cologne's beautiful symphony hall. This extensive tour, generically deemed “An Evening with Pat Metheny," encompassed much of the 2017 calendar and civilized world offering a comprehensive set list for long ...

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An Evening with Pat Metheny at The Barre Opera House

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Pat Metheny Barre Opera House Barre, Vermont January 14, 2017 Pat Metheny doesn't dabble. If he's proven anything over the course of a multiple Grammy Award-winning solo career, it's that he sees each of his eclectic projects through to its logical conclusion. So it is then that his appearance at the Barre Opera House in Vermont on January 14 was just the latest stop on a tour that has been in progress largely without interruption ...

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The Unity Sessions / Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny

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Pat Metheny The Unity Sessions Nonesuch Records 2016 What's in a name? First there was the Unity Band in 2012; after several years of collaborations, solo work and small ensembles, the ever-restless Pat Metheny decided it was time for a steady quartet of his own again. The following year it was expanded to a quintet with a dozen more instruments added to the sonic palette, spurring the name switch to Unity Group. Eventually, they ...

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Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions

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Guitarist/composer Pat Metheny felt the urge to make a more traditional record with a horn plus rhythm section when he assembled what became the Unity Band in 2012. Everyone was having such a great time that they went on to make the KIN album as the Unity Group (Nonesuch, 2014), with the quartet augmented by utility player Giulio Carmassi. Metheny has customarily documented his bands with a live concert film, but this time he made The Unity Sessions in a ...

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Jazz and Moral Theory: Swinging the Right Way

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Morality matters to all of us. We protest when we are robbed or defrauded. We praise heroes and heroines. We condemn moral monsters. We laud a Mother Teresa and condemn a Ted Bundy. We recognize good and bad habits. We rebuke those who do evil; we praise those who do good. We attempt to honor our conscience and call others to do so. Morality matters to music as well. Consider piracy, contractual obligations, fair compensation for work, plagiarizing ...


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