Pat Metheny @ Englewood’s bergenPAC

PAT METHENY “Best Jazz Guitarist”

Performs Orchestrion at Englewood’s bergenPAC
The Jazz Foundation of America  to Raising Funding for Health Programs for Musicians without Health Insurance

Friday October 8 – 8PM

$89, $64, $54, $39, $29

(Englewood Cliffs NJ-September 7, 2010) – Kansas born, Pat Metheny has had music is his blood from childhood. Starting at age 8 with the trumpet and moving onto the guitar at age 12, Metheny launched his break into jazz music at 15.  In addition to winning 17 Grammy Awards for records such as (Still Life) Talking, Letter From Home and Secret Story, Pat Metheny is one of the most technologically original jazz musicians in the world.  He thrives on discovering new sounds and technological developments.  He introduced the soprano acoustic guitar, 42-string Pikasso guitar, and Synclavier as ways of producing some of the greatest jazz, blues and electric rock of our time.

While dedicating his life to being an incredible musician, Metheny also spread his knowledge as an educator.  At age 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At age 19, he became the youngest teacher at Berklee College of music where he later received an honorary doctorate.

Pat Metheny, a self-proclaimed “improvisor,” plays with tremendous passion and precision as he takes you on a musical ride.  Orchestrion, or player piano, involves many instruments being able to receive instructions from Metheny’s guitar as they respond. Every sound the audience will here on this album is created in a reflection of Metheny himself and mirrors the way he hears and perceives the music to be composed. From accordion and drums to lights and visuals this is a night an audience will never forget!

Orchestrion will blow your mind!   October 8th will be a creative gift to all.  The experience begins at 8pm! Visit www.bergenPAC.org or call the box office: 201-227-1030.

bergenPAC is proud to be working with the Englewood Economic Development Corporation (EEDC), Bennett Studios, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and the Jazz Foundation of America  to raise important funding for health programs serving musicians without health insurance.  This program began following the work done through the Jazz Foundation and Englewood Hospital to treat Englewood’s own Dizzy Guillespie when he was stricken with cancer.  Since that time thousands of musicians have been served at the Hospital through this program.

bergenPAC with the EEDC and Bennett Studios will celebrate the jazz heritage of Englewood with a series of concerts including Pat Metheny on October 8th and Pat Metheny on will also feature performances by musicians at local businesses served at Englewood Medical Center with free medical programs, a VIP reception at the Bennett Studios and culminating with Pat Metheny’s concert at bergenPAC.  A portion of proceeds from both the Chick Corea and Pat Metheny concerts will be given to the Jazz Foundation for this collaborative program with the Englewood Hospital.

Executive Director David Rodriguez stated “the history of this community is founded on the work of internationally known artists – from the Blue Note jazz recordings at the Van Gelder Studios to the the beginnings of Hip Hop at Sugar Hill Records and now at the Bennett Studios – home to numerous Grammy and Emmy winning recordings.  The musicians living in this area were the foundation of this movement and many now need our help.  These programs serve not just the “stars” but the side musicians and visionaries who are often overlooked.”

Your support of this week of jazz will support artists who need it most while celebrating our shared heritage in Bergen County as the birthplace of so many forms of American music.

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bergenPAC

30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631

About Bergen Performing Arts Center: Known as The John Harms Center for 27 years, this cultural hub in Englewood, has been reborn as Bergen Performing Arts Center or bergenPAC. This 1367- seat theater is a landmark, and in its seventh season as bergenPAC it remains one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States. The legendary Tony Bennett and Canadian crooner k.d. lang recorded their 2003 Grammy award-winning CD live on bergenPAC’s own stage through a broadband fiber-optic connection with Bennett Studios. bergenPAC is the home of a media production system that is unparalleled, upholding its reputation as a venue for outstanding music, dance and theater. As a non-profit corporation, bergenPAC has thrived thanks to the aid and generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons.

For ticket information Box Office: Phone: (201) 227-1030

For Press information contact: Angela Thomas: (201) 503-1333

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Angela Thomas

Prana Marketing

560 Sylvan Avenue

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey  07632

phone:  201 503 1333

fax:         201 503 0424

Angela@pranamarketing.com

www.pranamarketing.com

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