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DC Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center Present An Evening with Pat Metheny

Jazzed Magazine • News • March 9, 2017

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Featuring Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock

The fastest rising jazz festival in the United States, the DC Jazz Festival® (DC JazzFest), is pleased to announce its return to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, for An Evening with Pat Metheny w/Antonio Sanchez, Linda Oh & Gwilym Simcock. Tickets go on sale Thursday, March 2, at 10 a.m..

Pat Metheny makes his debut appearance at the DC Jazz Festival with a select group of musicians that he says “covers the widest range of everything I’ve done previously and… something beyond that.” Joining the guitar legend this year will be his longtime drummerAntonio Sanchez, composer of the much-noted film score for the award-winning Birdman, bassist Linda Oh, and British pianist Gwilym Simcock, one of the most exciting new pianists to emerge from the UK in many years.

“Pat Metheny represents our festival’s commitment to presenting jazz mastery and we are very excited about this Kennedy Center evening,” said DC JazzFest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins.

Metheny has won an astounding 20 GRAMMY awards in 12 different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, and Best Instrumental Composition. The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive GRAMMIES for seven consecutive albums. Drummer Antonio Sanchez’s score for the Oscar-winning Alejandro González Iñárritu film Birdman was nominated for a Golden Globe and a 2016 GRAMMY, as well as dozens of other prizes around the world.

“Pat has always been a master architect of guitar language,” said Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center’s artistic adviser for jazz. “His devotion has been at the meeting point between history and innovation. In recent years, he has had a string of bands that focused on younger players, which showcases the very brightest musicians on the scene today.”

DC Jazz Festival also returns to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage with the Bass-ically Yours Series, focusing on DC’s incredible wealth of bass-playing bandleaders including theJames King Band, Tommy Cecil/Billy Hart/Emmet Cohen, Herman Burney’s Ministerial Alliance, Kris Funn’s CornerStore, Amy Shook and the SR5tet, and Trio Vera w/Victor Dvoskin.

As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the annual DC JazzFest reaches more than 65,000+ visitors of all ages each year including Yards Park, The Kennedy Center, The Howard Theatre, Sixth & I, UDC Jazz Alive, and area clubs and restaurants.

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