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Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on January 4, 2010 at 6:17 am
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Hear Jazz Guitarist Al Di Meola

Legendary guitarist Al Di Meola is known for his Latin-influenced jazz fusion sound.  With over 20 records under his belt, including the critically acclaimed partnership with legendary violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and bassist extraordinaire Stanley Clarke on the acoustic record The Rite of Strings.

Al Di Meola playing the guitarDi Meola is coming to Washington, DC and playing The Barns at Wolf Trap later this month.

His music is wide-ranging from Latin-influenced jazz and jazz fusion, to more of an avant-garde jazz sound, including world beat rhythms and a 48-string bandura harp.

Di Meola started his career as the guitarist with Chick Corea’s band, Return to Forever, one of leading groups that launched the jazz-fusion movement of the 1970s.  But after a couple years, the 19-year-old guitar wizard launched his solo career.

With a blazingly fast guitar style and technical mastery, he has played or recorded with everyone from Luciano Pavarotti and Les Paul to Frank Zappa and Jimmy Page.  His wide-ranging appeal led him to win Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Jazz Guitarist reader’s poll four times.

Examples of his Latin influenced songs include ‘Mediterranean Sundance’ and ‘Lady of Rome, while his technical perfection can be heard in virtually all of his songs.

This is a chance to see and hear one of the best guitarists in the jazz world.

Al Di Meola
The Barns at Wolf Trap
1551 Trap Road
Vienna, Virginia  22182 (map it)

Dates & Times – Thursday, January 28, 2010 – 8:00 p.m.

Tickets - $35.00 and are available online, by phone 877-965-3872 or at the Wolf Trap box office.  Sandwiches, snacks and cocktails are available at The Barns.

Nearest Metro Subway Station – Dunn Loring – Orange line, then a 4-mile cab ride.

Parking – Free parking is available at the park.

Images – Flickr – Al Di Meola

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