Pat Metheny

Born: August 12, 1954
LeesSummit, MO, USA

Pat Metheny began playing the guitar in his earliest teen years, and was instantly entranced with the instrument. He practiced constantly, often with his older brother, Mike Metheny, who played the trumpet. He quickly learned to play like his favorite artists, such as Wes Montgomery and John Coltrane. He recorded with Jaco Pastorius and Paul Bley when he turned 20, and by this time, he had already been teaching at the prestigious Berklee College of Music and the University of Miami. Following the recording, he joined Gary Burton’s group, where he would develop his style with the help of Lyle Mays, Burton’s keyboardist. In 1978, he and Mays left Burton’s group to form the Pat Metheny Group, along with drummer Dan Gottlieb and bassist Mark Egan. Metheny’s group defied categorization, and quickly became a best-selling act for ECM. Metheny also contributes to many acts outside of his group, such as Song X, a very eclectic effort he put out with the help of Ornette Coleman. He continues to put out very strong music, and has been a consistent best-seller for ECM and Geffen Records.

Instruments Played / Skills:
Guitar MIDI/Digital Music Band Leader Composer

Big Band Jazz Fusion

Bands That Pat Metheny Has Played For:
Pat Metheny Group

Pat Metheny Has Worked With:
Jaco Pastorius Lyle Mays Steve Rodby Paul Wertico Pedro Aznar Armando Marcal Nana Vasconcelos Michael Brecker

Pat Metheny Was Influenced By:
Gary Burton

Artists That Were Influenced By Pat Metheny:
Greg Howe
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"Just as my fingers on these keys make music, so the self-same sounds on my spirit make a music, too."

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