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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny is an NEA Jazz Master

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. He has been part of a writing team with keyboardist Lyle Mays for more than twenty years—an association that has been compared to the Lennon/McCartney and Ellington/Strayhorn partnerships by critics and listeners alike. 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.

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Gary Burton
vibraphone
Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
John Coltrane
saxophone
Miles Davis
trumpet
Jim Hall
guitar
Milton Nascimento
guitar and vocals
Steve Reich
composer/conductor
The Beatles
band/orchestra
B.D. Lenz
guitar, electric
Jerry Tachoir
vibraphone
Jake Hanlon
guitar
Kevin Hart
vibraphone
Frank Macchia
composer/conductor
Lee Barbour
guitar
Lili Añel
voice / vocals
Yuval Ron
guitar, electric
Martin Fabricius
vibraphone
Matt Snyder
clarinet
Oscar Penas
guitar
Ron Jackson
guitar
Marco Pacassoni
vibraphone
Shirley Crabbe
voice / vocals
ESP
band/orchestra
Ricardo Pinheiro
guitar, electric
Phil Traynor
bass, electric
Dave Howard
guitar, electric
Journeys
band/orchestra
Pepa Niebla
voice / vocals
Niebla
voice / vocals
Rotem Sivan
guitar
Majamisty TriO
band/orchestra
Thomas Dahl
guitar
Charlie Hoats
bass, electric
Bancroft And Lyne
voice / vocals
Paul Colombo
guitar, electric
Ron Carlson
guitar
Myles Brown
guitar
Jorge Garcia
guitar, electric
Marcos Milagres
bass, acoustic
Walt Pitts
guitar and vocals
Alex Hahn
saxophone, alto
Zsolt Bende
guitar, electric
PC ENERGETIC
band/orchestra
PLS.trio
piano
Benjamin Boone
saxophone
Under The Lake
keyboards
Jayson Tipp
keyboards
Reza Khan
guitar
Pavel Jany
guitar
Nick Lombardelli
multi-instrumentalist
LILLY
voice / vocals
Gregg Fine
guitar
Jay Reed
guitar
Viktor Haraszti
saxophone
Lisipi
piano
John Irvine
guitar
Lizzi Trumbore
voice / vocals
J.Cordes
guitar, acoustic
The Beat Freaks
guitar, electric
Rea Meir
woodwinds
THREE WISE MONKEYS
guitar, steel
Arcangelo Pezzella
guitar, electric
AP Project
band/orchestra
Luis Casado
guitar
Sophia Smith
saxophone
Max Walker
guitar
LP And The Vinyl
voice / vocals
Denin Koch
guitar, electric
Stuart Redd
guitar
Paco Reinaldet
saxophone, soprano
LITANGEN
guitar
SM Shahbaj
multi-instrumentalist
Carl Mayotte
bass, electric
Jonatan Piña Duluc
saxophone, tenor
Johan Grim
guitar
Dom Angelo Mongiovi
guitar, electric
Denis Krupin
various
Efrat Alony
voice / vocals
Alony
voice / vocals
Brian Eaton
multi-instrumentalist
Organ Fairchild
organ, Hammond B3
Sebastien Pittet
bass, electric
Oli Astral
guitar
Jerry Tabor
guitar
TriTone Asylum
producer
Jack Taylor
guitar
Thomas J Wassell
guitar, electric
Brian Grace
saxophone

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Concert Schedule

Aug 10 Wed
Pat Metheny
Sildajazz
Haugesund, Norway

Aug 13 Sat

Aug 14 Sun

Aug 15 Mon

Aug 17 Wed

Albums

Road to the Sun

Modern Recordings
2021

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From This Place

Nonesuch Records
2019

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The Unity Sessions

Nonesuch Records
2016

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The Unity Sessions

Eagle Eye Media
2015

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Eberhard Weber:...

ECM Records
2015

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Kin (←→)

Nonesuch Records
2014

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