Legendary virtuoso of the highest order, Al Di Meola, is a pioneer in blending world music and jazz. He has been recognized for his 35 years as a prolific composer, respected artist and leader with over 20 recordings to his name. Di Meola played an essential role in world renowned pianist Chick Corea’s project, Return To Forever, while he was a student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, with which he embarked in a journey of three landmark recordings – 1974's Where Have I Known You Before, 1975's Grammy Award winning No Mystery and 1976's Romantic Warrior.
In 1980, Di Meola’s acoustic guitar trio with Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin triumphed. Their debut recording, Friday Night in San Francisco, became a landmark recording that sold more than 2 million copies. Over the course of his career, Di Meola has worked and recorded with Phil Collins, Carlos Santana, Steve Winwood, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Herbie Hancock, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Milton Naciemento, Egberto Gismonti, Stevie Wonder, Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Steve Vai, Frank Zappa and many more. (http://www.aldimeola.com/new-site/bio.php).
Di Meola continues to reflect the rich influence of flamenco, tango, Middle Eastern, Brazilian and African music. A Garden State native, he spent time with ASCAP’s Jorge Fernando Rodriguez during one of Rodriguez’s guitar and vocal showcases along side legendary percussionist Lino Fernandez, and musician, producer, composer and ASCAP member Juan Wust at the luxurious restaurant Son Cubano (http://www.soncubanonj.com/) in New Jersey.