ONTARIO (CelebrityAccess) — The Pat Metheny Unity Group's debut album Kin (??), released earlier this year on Nonesuch Records, has been named as the Jazz Album of the Year for the 79th Annual DownBeat Readers Poll.
The Pat Metheny Unity Group—featuring Chris Potter on sax and bass clarinet, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Ben Williams on bass, and multi-instrumentalist Giulio Carmassi—was also voted top Jazz Group, and Metheny, who was elected into the DownBeat Hall of Fame by readers last year, is top of the Guitar category this year.
Adding still a fourth accolade this year, Potter has been named as the winner of the Tenor Saxophone category.
The Pat Metheny Unity Group kicks off the next North American leg of its world tour at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Ontario November 11.
11/11/14 – Burlington Performing Arts Centre – Burlington ON
11/12/14 – Centre Point Theatre – Ottawa ON
11/13/14 – Metropolis – Montreal QC
11/14/14 – Palais Montcal – Quebec City QC
11/15/14 – Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College – Hanover NH
11/16/14 – Hanover Theatre -Worcester MA
11/18/14 – Auditorium Theater – Rochester NY
11/19/14 – Capitol Theatre – Port Chester NY
11/20/14 – Bergen Performing Arts Center – Englewood NJ
11/21/14 – The Space at Westbury – Westbury NY