Pat Metheny Joins the Legacy Project

The Legacy Project is pleased to announce its collaboration with the legendary jazz musician, Pat Metheny. Metheny will compose and perform music for the soundtracks of our public television documentary, “Becoming California,” and for the regional films that will be viewed at state and national parks throughout California
as part of our Changing Places Initiative.

The Music - The Legacy Project“I am excited to find a musical language to give voice to the great assembling of California,” says Metheny. “Pat Metheny is an exquisite match for this project,” says Project Director, Jim Baxter, a guitarist himself as well as a jazz enthusiast and long-time Metheny fan. “We have a jazz great whose music is as diverse and superlative as life in California.”

Project Director, Jeffrey White, is equally enthusiastic about the collaboration. “Metheny’s compositions are subtle, nuanced and feature a wide range of stylistic influences and orchestrations that are a perfect fit for our films.” Jeffrey, a jazz musician himself, also has been a fan for decades.

One of the most enterprising jazz musicians of his generation, Metheny  has 18 Grammy Awards in 12 categories, more than any artist in Grammy history. He also has three Gold Records and numerous readers’ poll awards. His body of work includes compositions for solo guitar, small ensembles, electric and acoustic instruments, large orchestras and ballet pieces, with settings ranging from modern jazz to rock to classical to one of his most creative endeavors, the Orchestrion. To learn more about this amazing artist, visit his website at

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