DACAMERA will host jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, drummer Joe Dyson and pianist James Francies
DACAMERA, a Houston-based chamber music and jazz concert presenter, has announced that jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is set to join them on Friday, February 25 at the Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center. The performance will feature new and reimagined works by
Metheny’s Side-Eye Project, a rotating platform for upcoming musicians – the latest release
featuring Houston native pianist James Francies and New Orleans drummer Joe Dyson.
DACAMERA’s jazz music series continues with Good Vibes by Joel Ross on Saturday, April 23 at
Cullen Theater. Tickets for Pat Metheny Side Eye start at $47.50. Tickets are available by contacting DACAMERA, 1402 Sul Ross, at 713-524-5050 or online at www.dacamera.com. Tickets for students and seniors are always half price. $5 student rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the start of each concert. All DACAMERA customers will be required to present either proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, or proof of vaccination, and photo ID. This policy applies to paid events at all of our sites. Additionally, all customers must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times, except when actively eating or drinking. Learn more by clicking here. http://dacamera.com/covid-19-protocols/
At DACAMERA’s Annual James K. Schooler Memorial Concert, an annual event
recognizing the generous bequest made by a loyal subscriber and donor of DACAMERA, the
marks Metheny’s long-awaited first appearance on the DACAMERA stage.
Originally from Missouri, legendary guitarist Pat Metheny began playing at an early age alongside
Kansas City’s top jazz musicians, enjoying valuable experience on the bandstand as teenagers.
While working with the great vibraphone Gary Burton, Metheny was already displaying his trademark
playing style, blending the loose and flexible articulation usually reserved for horn players
with advanced rhythmic sensitivity – a way of playing and improvising that was modern in
conception but rooted in the jazz tradition of melody, swing and blues. With sound output
debut album, Bright Size Life, Metheny reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound for a new
generation of players. Throughout his career, Metheny has continually redefined the genre by
using new technologies and constantly working to evolve improvisation and sound
potential of his instrument.
Called “a pianist with liquid dynamism in his touch” by the New York Times, Houston native
James Francies started the piano at the age of 4. A highly decorated term at the HSPVA earned him
Francies a full scholarship to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan, where
he quickly began to build his professional career. Francies’ band Kinetic sparked buzz at
events like the Newport Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, NYC Winterfest and BRIC JazzFest.
He met Questlove and Roots keyboardist James Poyser a few years ago, and since
become a go-to resource for Quest and stand in for the company at Poyser on Roots and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon gigs; participate in the cast of Hamilton produced by Roots
recording, in addition to other film and television score work arranged by Quest; and currently
collaboration with emcee The Roots Black Thought on a Broadway show.
Recognized for his talent from an early age, New Orleans native Joe Dyson made a name for himself for
himself as a promising drummer to watch. After being placed in the Louis “Satchmo”
Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, he was attended by the late great clarinetist Alvin Batiste, and
his longtime bandleader and mentor, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison. He continued his studies
from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), and was accepted to Berklee College
of music. Joe shared the stage with Ellis Marsalis, Jon Batiste, Leo Nocentelli, Dirty Dozen
Brass Band, Pedrito Martinez and more. He has appeared on over 30 albums, including releases
like Dr. Lonnie Smith’s “All In My Mind,” Sullivan Fortner’s “Aria,” and Grammy-nominated Christian aTunde Adjuah’s “Emancipation Procrastination.”
Photo credits: Courtesy of Pat Metheny