Season 5 Opening Night: An Evening with Pat Metheny
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
Far more than a guitar legend, Pat Metheny is a brilliant builder of bands, and he opens the Fifth Anniversary season with his latest game-changing ensemble. Featuring a powerhouse international cast of players who’ve distinguished themselves on a multitude of creative fronts, the quartet continues Metheny’s groundbreaking run with Mexican-born drummer Antonio Sánchez. The motor for almost every Metheny project since the late 1990s, Sánchez reconfigured the Hollywood soundtrack landscape with his percussion-driven score for 2015’s Academy Award-winning film Birdman. When Linda Oh’s not leading her own band, the Malaysian-born, Australian-raised bassist works with heavyweights like Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas. And 35-year-old British pianist Gwilym Simcock is one of Europe’s most acclaimed and influential young musicians, equally in demand in jazz and classical settings as a player and composer. The quartet is just the latest sign that Metheny isn’t easing into his revered veteran status. Busier than ever these days, the 20-time GRAMMY winner recently released two new Nonesuch albums, and even did a sideman stint on rising sax star Logan Richardson’s Blue Note debut.
During Opening Night Members enjoy champagne, open bar and hors d'oeuvres, and Member gifts throughout the evening starting at 6 PM.6:00 PM: Opening Night Reception Begins6:30 PM: Season 5 Champagne Toast!7:00 PM: Julian Lage Trio in JHL - Members Only Tickets here7:30 PM: Pat Metheny in Miner - Members Only Tickets here8:30 PM: Julian Lage Trio in JHL - Members Only Tickets here
Champagne, Drinks + Food, Member Gifts continue throughout the evening until 11PM.
Pat Metheny guitar
Gwilym Simcock piano
Linda Oh bass
Antonio Sánchez drums
"Pat Metheny is one of those rare artists whose virtuosity is so fluid that it is no longer a necessary lens through which to view his music. " — All About Jazz
"One of the most industrious creative engines in jazz, and his relentless breadth has become a calling card " — The New York Times
"Pat Metheny makes an art of interactivity " — Los Angeles Times
"Pat Metheny has cultivated an extraordinarily broad musical terrain over the last 30 years, exerting substantial influence in the process: as a guitarist, as a composer and conceptualist. " — The New York Times
3 Embarcadero Center Lobby Level
San Francisco, CA 94102
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