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Jazz Masters Moments (Series)

Produced by National Endowment for the Arts

Most recent piece in this series:

NEA Jazz Moments with Guitarist, Pat Metheny (round two)

From National Endowment for the Arts | Part of the Jazz Masters Moments series | 02:57


Pat Metheny reinvented the traditional sound of jazz guitar, bringing a fresh sonic potential to the instrument while offering a deep reservoir of improvisational insight and musicality. He is one of the few artists who has achieved crossover popularity (three of his recordings achieving gold record status with more than 20 million records sold worldwide) and critical acclaim. While his music resists any easy description, his compositions cover a wide range of settings, from modern jazz to rock to country to classical.

Metheny grew up in a musical family, starting on trumpet at the age of eight and switching to guitar a few years later. By age 15 he was mentored by and worked regularly with some of the best jazz musicians in Kansas City. Following his graduation from Lee's Summit High School, Metheny very briefly attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, but he was quickly offered a teaching position instead. At age 18, he was the youngest teacher ever at that university.