"Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that."

  • Born Patrick Bruce Metheny on Aug. 12, 1954, in Lee's Summit, Missouri
     
  • Guitarist Pat Metheny came into his own as a songwriter and bandleader in 1978 with the release of the album Pat Metheny Group, which featured Metheny on guitar, Lyle Mays on keyboards, Danny Gottlieb on drums, and Mark Egan on bass. The following year, the group's next album, American Garage, went to No. 1 on the jazz chart, crossed over to pop charts as well and established Metheny as a musical innovator. 
     
  • Metheny won his first GRAMMY at the 25th GRAMMY Awards for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental for the album Offramp.
     
  • Did you know? Starting in the 1980s, Metheny has also earned GRAMMYs in four consecutive decades.
     
  • His first appearance on an album was on bassist Jaco Pastorius' 1974 debut album, Jaco.
     
  • Metheny founded the Pat Metheny Foundation "to preserve, promote and perpetuate an informed appreciation of all styles of music." The foundation operates a scholarship program that helps young musicians attend music camps, summer studies, and colleges.  

Pat Metheny

"Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that."

  • Born Patrick Bruce Metheny on Aug. 12, 1954, in Lee's Summit, Missouri
     
  • Guitarist Pat Metheny came into his own as a songwriter and bandleader in 1978 with the release of the album Pat Metheny Group, which featured Metheny on guitar, Lyle Mays on keyboards, Danny Gottlieb on drums, and Mark Egan on bass. The following year, the group's next album, American Garage, went to No. 1 on the jazz chart, crossed over to pop charts as well and established Metheny as a musical innovator. 
     
  • Metheny won his first GRAMMY at the 25th GRAMMY Awards for Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental for the album Offramp.
     
  • Did you know? Starting in the 1980s, Metheny has also earned GRAMMYs in four consecutive decades.
     
  • His first appearance on an album was on bassist Jaco Pastorius' 1974 debut album, Jaco.
     
  • Metheny founded the Pat Metheny Foundation "to preserve, promote and perpetuate an informed appreciation of all styles of music." The foundation operates a scholarship program that helps young musicians attend music camps, summer studies, and colleges.  

GRAMMY Award Results for Pat Metheny

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Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Unity Band
 
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Best New Age Album
What's It All About
 
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Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Quartet Live
 
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Best Country Instrumental Performance
Is This America? (Katrina 2005)
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Son Of Thirteen
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Day Trip
 
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Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
Pilgrimage
 
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Best Contemporary Jazz Album
The Way Up
 
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Best New Age Album
One Quiet Night
 
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Best Contemporary Jazz Album
Speaking Of Now
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Best Pop Instrumental Performance
As It Is
Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
Proof
 
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Best Jazz Instrumental Solo
(Go) Get It
 
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Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
Like Minds
 
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Best Rock Instrumental Performance
The Roots Of Coincidence
Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
Imaginary Day
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Best Pop Instrumental Performance
Follow Me (Track)
 
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Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual Or Group
Beyond The Missouri Sky
 
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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance
We Live Here
 
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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental)
The Road To You
Nominations
Best Instrumental Composition
Half Life Of Absolution (Track)
 
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Best Contemporary Jazz Performance (Instrumental)
Secret Story
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Best Instrumental Composition
The Truth Will Always Be (Track)
 
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Best Instrumental Composition
Change Of Heart
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Best Instrumental Composition
The Chief (Track)
 
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Best Jazz Fusion Performance
Letter From Home
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Best Instrumental Composition
Letter From Home (Track)
 
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Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Still Life (Talking)
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Best Instrumental Composition
Minuano (Six Eight) (Track)
 
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Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
First Circle
 
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Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Travels
 
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Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
Offramp
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Best Instrumental Composition
Are You Going With Me? (Single)
Best Arrangement On An Instrumental Recording
Are You Going With Me? (Track)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Album)
Best Instrumental Composition
As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls (Album)
 
Nominations
Best Jazz Fusion Performance
American Garage (Album)