Latin jazz pioneer to perform at amphitheater in March


Latin jazz pioneer Al Di Meola will perform two shows at the Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, March 28. The performance previously scheduled at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday, March 26, has been canceled.

Patrons who purchased tickets for the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall performance online at will automatically be refunded back to the original payment method. Those who purchased tickets at the box office are advised to check the hours of operation before going to the venue.

Tickets for the Backyard Stage performances are on sale now at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office and

Meola's ongoing fascination with complex rhythmic syncopation combined with provocative lyrical melodies and sophisticated harmony has been at the heart of his music throughout a celebrated career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide.

He has recorded more than 20 albums and collaborated on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion supergroup Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

A pioneer of blending world music and jazz, going back to early Latin-tinged fusion outings like 1976's “Land of the Midnight Sun,” 1977's “Elegant Gypsy” and 1978's “Casino,” the guitar great continues to explore the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music with his World Sinfonia, an ambitious pan-global group that he formed in 1991.

Their exhilarating world music fusion has been documented on such releases as 2000’s “The Grande Passion” (featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra), 2007’s “Live in London,” 2011’s “Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody” and the 2012 DVD, “Morocco Fantasia” (recorded at the Mawazine Festival in Rabat, Morocco, featuring special guests Said Chraibi on oud, Abdellah Meri on violin and Tari Ben Ali on percussion).

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall box office remains closed at this time.

The Backyard Stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre is an outdoor, open-air concert space with physically distanced seating. It is presented by Intuition Ale Works.


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