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