Trumpet/flugelhorn soloist Mike Metheny is a native of Lee's
Summit, Missouri and has degrees from the University of
Missouri/Columbia (B.S. in Music Education) and Northeast
Missouri State University (Masters in Music Education). His
teachers included Keith House and John Alexander.
From 1971 to 1974, he was a trumpeter in the U.S. Army
Field Band in Washington D.C., and in 1976 he became a
faculty member at Boston's Berklee College of Music, a
position he held for six years. At Berklee, Mike taught
private trumpet, music theory and jazz improvisation and,
while in Boston from 1976 to 1989, led his own Boston-
based jazz quartet, appearing in numerous club, concert
and festival settings across New England and the U.S.
Mike is a recipient of the "Outstanding Brass Player" award
at the annual Boston Music Awards. He has also appeared
on numerous jazz recordings as a sideman and has
released twelve albums as a leader/producer.
Today, Mike is a freelance performer, educator and music
journalist in the Kansas City area and has written liner notes
for such notables as jazz vocalist Marilyn Maye
(Supersinger: A Tribute to Johnny Carson). He has also
contributed to KC Magazine, Jazziz, and The DaCapo Jazz
& Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S. and is the former editor of
Kansas City's Jazz Ambassador Magazine (JAM), a
position he held from 1994 to 2003.