Preview: Metheny makes Ronnie's debut

The genre-defining guitarist makes his Ronnie Scott's debut in eight shows over four nights 29 June-2 July, with Gwilym Simcock, Antonio Sanchez and Linda Oh

What is likely to be one of the most eagerly awaited bookings of 2016 has been announced by Ronnie Scott's: eight shows over four nights by the new Pat Metheny Quartet. Metheny (pictured right) will bring his quartet to the London club on the nights of Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July.

Pat Metheny was born in Lee's Summit, Missouri, on 12 August 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of eight, 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 bandstand experience at an unusually young age.

Metheny first appeared on the international jazz scene in 1974, releasing his first album, Bright Size Life, the following year. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall and David Bowie. Metheny's body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical.

Over the years, Metheny has won many polls as Best Jazz Guitarist. His awards include three Gold Records for (Still Life) Talking, Letter From Home, and Secret Story. He has also won 20 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 seven Grammys for seven consecutive albums.

Metheny spends much of his time on tour, averaging between 120-240 shows a year since 1974. His new quartet includes British pianist Gwilym Simcock, electric and acoustic bassist Linda Oh and long-term Metheny collaborator Antonio Sanchez on drums.

The ever-energetic Metheny will play two shows a night at Ronnie's. There will be no support act:

Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 June:
Doors 5.30pm - on stage at 7.00pm
Doors 9.30pm - on stage at 10.15pm

Friday 1 July and Saturday 2 July:
Doors 6.00pm - on stage 8.00pm
Doors 10.30pm - on stage 11.15pm

Tickets are now on sale: prices range from £100 to £175.

For further information and reservations go to the Ronnie Scott's website, or call 020 7439 0747.

Text by Bruce Lindsay, photo by Tim Dickeson

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