Bearsville Theater

Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny and Larry Grenadier in Concert to Benefit KTD Monastery and Family of Woodstock

Thursday and Friday August 28, 29, 2008

Doors at 7pm; Show at 8pm 

Tickets $65 Golden Circle (first 3 rows)

$50 Reserved Seats

$35 Standing Room only  

 

Legendary musicians and neighbors Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny are teaming up with acclaimed bassist Larry Grenadier, who also lives nearby, to bring together two nights of incredible music in a benefit concert for the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD), and Family of Woodstock, a service agency providing food, shelter, advocacy and  counseling in Ulster County, NY. 

While Jack DeJohnette and Pat Metheny are long time collaborators and Larry Grenadier has been performing and recording with Metheny for a decade, this will be the first time the three musicians will be performing together.   

All proceeds from the concerts will be shared equally between the two organizations. 

 
About Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) Monastery

KTD Monastery (www.kagyu.org) is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery beautifully situated in the heart of the Catskills Mountains above Woodstock, NY.  It is the North American Seat of His Holiness Karmapa, head of Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.  KTD is a retreat center where students study and practice Tibetan Buddhism and is also open to non-Buddhist visitors.  His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, has just completed his first historic visit to the United States. 

About Family of Woodstock

Family of Woodstock, Inc. (www.familyofwoodstock.org) is a multi-program human service agency providing services through Ulster County.  The mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families.  Supported by paid employees and a large volunteer base, Family's extended 'family' works continually on fundraising to offset budget cuts.  Since 1970, Family of Woodstock, Inc. has been an integral part of our community helping people help themselves.

About Jack DeJohnette

Born in Chicago in 1942, Jack DeJohnette is widely regarded as one of jazz music's greatest drummers.  Music appreciation flourished in DeJohnette's family. He studied classical piano from age four until fourteen before beginning to play drums with his high school concert band and taking private piano lessons at the Chicago Conservatory of Music.  In his early years on the Chicago scene, he led his own groups and was equally in demand as a pianist and as a drummer, playing R & B, hard bop, and avant-garde.  He moved to New York City in 1966, and drummed alongside Rashied Ali in the John Coltrane Quintet.  International recognition came with his tenure in the Charles Lloyd Quartet, one of the first jazz groups to receive cross-over attention.

His modern, propulsive rhythms were a driving force behind bringing jazz into a modern sonic context – crossing it over to the rock festival masses with Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew in the late 60’s.  In the decades that followed, DeJohnette blazed one of the most adventurous and rewarding paths in jazz music, as a recording artist, band leader and composer. 

One of the most recorded drummers in music history – appearing on over 1,000 albums – he has collaborated with most major figures in jazz history, such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Sun Ra, Jackie McLean, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, George Benson, Charles Lloyd, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, and Betty Carter, among many others. 

DeJohnette has been one of the strongest bridges between jazz and its neighbors in world music, rock, pop, electronic, experimental and meditation music.  He owns a record label, Golden Beams Productions, which had recent hits with the avant jazz The elephant sleeps but still remembers… (featuring Bill Frisell), and new age Grammy Nominee Music in the Key of Om.  DeJohnette also records for ECM, and recent recordings Trio Beyond (with John Scofield and Larry Goldings) and The Out Of Towners (with Keith Jarrett’s Standards Trio) have also received Grammy Nominations.        

About Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12.  By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age.  Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974.  With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional "jazz guitar" sound for a new generation of players. 

Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie.  As well as being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator.  He was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami (at 18) and at the Berklee College of Music (at 19).  He has also taught music workshops all over the world, from the Dutch Royal Conservatory to the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz to clinics in Asia and South America.  He has been instrumental in the development of several new kinds of guitars such as the soprano acoustic guitar, the 42-string Pikasso guitar, Ibanez1s PM-100 jazz guitar, and a variety of other custom instruments.

 

It is one thing to attain popularity as a musician, but it is another to receive the kind of acclaim Metheny has garnered from critics and peers.  Over the years, Metheny has won countless polls as "Best Jazz Guitarist" and awards, including three gold records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter from Home, and Secret Story.  He has also won sixteen Grammy Awards spread out over a variety of different categories including Best Rock Instrumental, Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, Best Jazz Instrumental Solo, Best Instrumental Composition.  The Pat Metheny Group won an unprecedented seven consecutive Grammies for seven consecutive albums.  Metheny has spent most of his life on tour, averaging between 120-240 shows a year since 1974. 

About Larry Grenadier

Larry Grenadier was born in 1966 in San Francisco, California.  He began playing bass when he was 11.   As a teenager in the San Francisco Bay area, Larry played with Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Bobby Hutcherson, among many others.  He graduated from Stanford University in 1989 with a degree in English Literature.

In 1990, Larry moved to Boston to play with Gary Burton's band.  In 1991 he moved to New York City where he played in the bands of Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, Tom Harrell, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, Pat Metheny, Paul Motian, Charles Lloyd and Brad Mehldau as well as recording dozens of records.

Larry is also a member of the collective trio, Fly, along with Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard.  Their first recording for Savoy was released in January 2004. They have a new record which will be coming out at the end of this year on the ECM label.

 

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