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Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his three-year stint with vibraphone great Gary Burton, the young Missouri native already displayed his soon-to-become trademarked playing style, which blended the loose and flexible articulation customarily reserved for horn players with an advanced rhythmic and harmonic sensibility - a way of playing and improvising that was modern in conception but grounded deeply in the jazz tradition of melody, swing, and the blues. With the release of his first album, Bright Size Life (1975), he reinvented the traditional "jazz guitar" sound for a new generation of players. Throughout his career, Pat Metheny has continued to re-define the genre by utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. METHENY'S versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument. Over the years, he has performed with artists as diverse as Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman to Herbie Hancock to Jim Hall to Milton Nascimento to David Bowie.  Metheny's 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.

As well as being an accomplished musician, Metheny has also participated in the academic arena as a music educator. At 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami. At 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the Berklee College of Music, where he also received an honorary doctorate more than twenty years later (1996). He has also taught music workshops all over the world, from the Dutch Royal Conservatory to the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz to clinics in Asia and South America. He has also been a true musical pioneer in the realm of electronic music, and was one of the very first jazz musicians to treat the synthesizer as a serious musical instrument. Years before the invention of MIDI technology, Metheny was using the Synclavier as a composing tool. He has also been instrumental in the development of several new kinds of guitars such as the soprano acoustic guitar, the 42-string Pikasso guitar, Ibanez's PM-100 jazz guitar, and a variety of other custom instruments.  He took the whole instrument development process into a different level with his mechanical, solenoid driven Orchestrion.

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Ray Obiedo, Rachel Gould, Tierney Sutton & Pat Metheny

Read "Ray Obiedo, Rachel Gould, Tierney Sutton & Pat Metheny" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start the 853rd Episode of Neon Jazz with the Lee's Summit Jazz Orchestra with their take on Basie Straight Ahead as we gear up for the 1st Annual Lee's Summit Jazz Festival in Pat Metheny's hometown. Speaking of, we hear the title track off Pat's upcoming summer 2024 release of MoonDial. From there, we spin music from David Larsen, Riley Mulherkar, Ricky Alexander and Sean Fyfe. We also profile veterans Ray Obiedo and Rachel Gould. We wrap up the ...

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Live Review

Pat Metheny at the Kaufmann Concert Hall

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Pat Metheny Kaufmann Concert Hall (The 92nd Street Y) Pat Metheny's “Dream Box Tour" New York, NYApril 7, 2024 Hello, my name is Chris DeRosa and this is what I heard... Pat Metheny has been at the forefront of jazz guitar for more than 40 years. His career started way back in his University of Miami days (1972), first as a student performing with the famed Concert Jazz Band (CJB) and then ...

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Pat Metheny At The Paramount Theatre

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Pat MethenyParamount TheatreDenver, ColoradoOctober 15, 2023 Award-winning jazz guitarist and composer Pat Metheny embarked on a 51-venue, 29-state solo tour supporting his 2023 Dream Box recording. At jny: Denver's Paramount Theatre, loyal fans lined up early for the sold-out show, and it was elbow-to-elbow for the next two hours in the 1800-seat venue. Metheny's tour allows him to be a solo performer, playing tunes from his solo record catalog and--wait for it--engaging ...

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Interview

Fabrizio De André secondo Luigi Viva

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Numerose sono state le interviste che ho effettuato negli ultimi decenni: ovviamente a molti jazzisti, dai maestri assoluti ai giovani emergenti, ma anche a danzatori, artisti, attori, compositori di musica contemporanea... Ho ritenuto utile inoltre dedicare una serie di interviste ai direttori artistici di importanti festival jazz, italiani e stranieri. È questa la prima volta però che mi trovo ad intervistare uno scrittore e critico musicale, per certi versi un collega se non fosse per il fatto ...

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Loop Doctors, John Escreet, John Hadfield and Pat Metheny

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Funky fusion from the Loop Doctors led by Hungarian drummer Peter Szendofi, Unit 1 with bassist Mark Egan, pianist John Escreet and drummer John Hadfield. Saxophonist Adam Larson and the Jimi Prasad Orchestra with trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Ollie Usiskin from Trio Zone and the new one from Pat Metheny Dream Box. The new single from J3PO with Hadrien Feraud. Playlist Loop Doctors “Three 4 Free" from Entering A Room (KCG) 00:00 Unit 1 “Epistrophy" from Unit 1 (Wavetone) ...

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Pat Metheny: Dream Box

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Guitarist Pat Metheny pushes the boundaries of musical exploration once again with Dream Box, Featuring nine “found tracks" for the quiet electric guitar, this collection showcases Metheny's spontaneous creativity and unique musical vision. During a deep dive into his own musical archives, Metheny unearthed a folder on his laptop's hard drive containing forgotten recordings that surprised even him. As a result, Dream Box takes a departure from his previous works, presenting a blend of compositions that captures the essence of ...

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ECM Records Touchstones: Part 1

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Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Every album ever released by ECM Records would be readily available in a better world. But that, understandably, is not the case. The German label, founded by Manfred Eicher—who still holds the helm—debuted in 1969 with pianist Mal Waldron's Free At Last. In the ensuing five-plus decades, the Edition of Contemporary Music (ECM) has made the world a better place, releasing well over 1,700 albums. The label is often said ...

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Brian Eaton's New Single Covers Pat Metheny Group’s 'Travels'

Brian Eaton's New Single Covers Pat Metheny Group’s 'Travels'

Source: Eatin' Records

Brian Eaton’snew 2-track single, Travels, features a cover of the title track from the Pat Metheny Group’s Grammy-winning live album Travels as a tribute to the late Lyle Mays. The musician/producer’s new single, which is out now on Eatin’ Records, also includes the track “Detour Ahead,” Eaton’s version of the timeless jazz standard as the B-side track. The two tracks will be included in a new album due later this year. These ballads, with their melodic lyricism, have a beautiful ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his ...

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Festival

Pat Metheny Side-Eye To Headline Opening Night At CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

Pat Metheny Side-Eye To Headline Opening Night At CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

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The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is proud to present the legendary Pat Metheny on opening night June 23, 2023, at the festival's 20th-anniversary edition June 23 to July 1, 2023, in downtown Rochester, NY. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets for Pat Metheny Side-Eye are $83 / $73 / $63 / $43 + $7 service charges and are on sale now only at rochesterjazz.com. Pat Metheny, voted Guitarist of the ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his ...

Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his ...

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Recording

John Pizzarelli Plays Pat Metheny

John Pizzarelli Plays Pat Metheny

Source: JazzWax by Marc Myers

This album shouldn't work. One superb artist recording the music of another usually happens many years after the subject has passed away. But John Pizzarelli's new album, Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes on Pat Metheny, works beyond your wildest dreams. It's as if John said to himself, “Why not now?" And he's right. The idea of taking on Metheny's compositions and doing so alone is about as beautiful a tribute as one can imagine. Add the fact that John ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974. Over the course of his ...

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Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974... Read more.

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All About Jazz Celebrates the NEA Jazz Masters

All About Jazz Celebrates the NEA Jazz Masters

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All About Jazz, home to largest database of jazz musicians on the internet, now recognizes the NEA Jazz Masters on a dedicated page as well as on the recipient's musician page (example). 145 musicians have been honored since 1982 and they are all identified and accessible from the All About Jazz musician section by clicking “NEA Jazz Masters" in the “View by" dropdown box. The 2018 NEA Jazz Masters are: Joanne Brackeen: Pianist, Composer, Educator Pat Metheny: Guitarist, Composer, Educator ...

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Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Jazz Musician of the Day: Pat Metheny

Source: Michael Ricci

All About Jazz is celebrating Pat Metheny's birthday today!

Pat Metheny was born in Kansas City on August 12, 1954 into a musical family. Starting on trumpet at the age of 8, Metheny switched to guitar at age 12. By the age of 15, he was working regularly with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City, receiving valuable on-the-bandstand experience at an unusually young age. Metheny first burst onto the international jazz scene in 1974... Read more.

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Pat Metheny
Erkel Theater
Budapest, Hungary
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Olympia
Paris, France
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Music

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MoonDial

BMG Modern Recordings
2024

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The Elements: Water

Arkadia Records
2023

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Magic Moments

Arkadia Records
2022

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Out and Out Jazz

Arkadia Records
2022

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Road to the Sun

Modern Recordings
2021

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