Happy Birthday Pat Metheny
Guitartist Pat Metheny was born this day in 1954 in and raised in Lee's Summit, Missouri, a suburb southeast of Kansas City. According to Wikipedia, at age 15, he won a Down Beat scholarship to a one-week jazz camp. Following his high school graduation, Metheny briefly attended the University of Miami, where he was quickly offered a teaching position. He then moved to Boston to take a teaching assistantship at the Berklee College of Music with jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton. He first made his name as a teenage prodigy under the wing of Burton. In 1974 he made his recording debut on two sessions for pianist Paul Bley and electric bassist Jaco Pastorius.
Metheny entered the wider jazz scene in 1975 when he joined Burton's band, where he played alongside resident jazz guitarist Mick Goodrick. Goodrick was a 1967 alumnus of Berklee, who had held a teaching post there in the early 1970s. The two guitarists were interviewed jointly by Guitar Player Magazine in 1975, bringing them to the attention of fellow guitar aficionados around the world. Metheny's musical momentum carried him rapidly to the point that he had soon written enough material to record his debut album, Bright Sized Life with Pastorius and drummer Bob Moses.
SInce that time, Metheny has released a host of recordings and played with such notable musicians as Lyle Mays, Chick Corea, Jaco Pastorius, Charlie Haden, Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Joni Mitchell, and Michael Brecker.
Metheny has been touring for more than 30 years, playing between 120 and 240 concerts a year. He has three children with his wife, Latifa.
Check out Metheny's guitar wizardy on this recording of Cantaloupe Island with composer Herbie Hancock: Cantaloupe Island