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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gary Burton Quartet with Pat Metheny at TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

Landmark Seventies Quartet Reunites
When vibraphone virtuoso meets contemporary guitar maestro

Toronto – Let the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival take it back to where it all began when Gary Burton Quartet Revisited, with special guest Pat Metheny, reunite at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for a special concert on Monday, June 29, 2009. Tickets are on sale now.

In 1974, Gary Burton first introduced to the world a young up and coming guitarist who would revolutionize the traditional jazz guitar sound. Together the guitarist and the quartet would become the progenitors of the jazz-fusion phenomenon attracting large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. That guitarist was Pat Metheny.

Winner of 17 Grammy Awards, Metheny is widely considered the pre-eminent jazz guitarist of his generation. Since the release of his highly influential debut album, Bright Size Life (1975), Metheny continues to redefine the genre utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Today, his versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument.

Before there was Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, there was Burton, who had already started exploring and pushing the boundaries of jazz towards the more explosive rock-fusion genre during the late 1960s. Burton's genius as a jazz pioneer, however, has often been overlooked. With an impressive career that includes significant innovations in jazz, especially his approach to the vibraphone and his trademark four-mallet playing, Burton continues to influence a new generation of artists as an innovator and master of the vibes.

Burton and Metheny will be joined by Steve Swallow on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.

The sounds of jazz will have feet tappin' and fingers snappin' as the 23rd edition of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival swings its way into summer, running from June 26 July 5, 2009. Be a part of the action as more than 1,500 musicians, performing in over 350 concerts, descend upon Toronto for the city's largest music festival. Get jazzed this summer!

Gary Burton Quartet Revisited
with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez
Monday, June 29, 2009 – 8pm
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen Street West
Tickets $45 - $85
On sale now at
Four Seasons Centre Box Office: 416.363.8231 or 1.800.250.4653
* tickets subject to GST and all applicable facility fees and service charges

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