Pat Metheny Unity Group
August 9, 2014 | 8 pm
**$10 Duke student tickets available at the Duke University Box Office on the top level of the Bryan Center on Duke’s West Campus. Box Office hours are 11 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday.**
“A virtuoso guitarist, an expansive composer and, above all, an inveterate searcher” (New York Times), legendary jazz artist Pat Metheny made his return to small-combo performance with the Unity Group, a band gifted enough to keep up with the full range of his forty years of musical explorations. It is no surprise that with that band — “blazing virtuosi with musical intelligence to match” (Guardian) — Metheny won his astonishing 20th GRAMMY award in 2013.
Returning to Duke Performances to make up a February 2014 date that was canceled due to snow, the Unity Group boast a fine lineup: saxophonist Chris Potter, whom Metheny calls “one of the most exciting soloists in jazz on any instrument;” Ben Williams, “the baddest new bassist on the block” (The Revivalist); powerhouse drummer Antonio Sanchez; and extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi.
Pat Metheny Unity Group is a co-presentation of Duke Performances and The Carolina Theatre of Durham.