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Metheny, Mike

Metheny, Mike, trumpet; b. Kansas City, MO, 28 August 1949. His brother is guitarist Pat Metheny (b. 1954). Mike and Pat were both born in KC and raised in Lee's Summit, Mo.

Mike 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, he 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 and, in addition to appearing on numerous jazz recordings as a sideman, he has released eight solo albums. Since 1983 Mike has also been one of the few trumpeters to regularly perform on the EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument), a trumpet synthesizer with many dimensions and musical possibilities. Originally developed by Nyle Steiner, the EVI has an eight-octave range, is MIDI capable, and, as Mike says, "can double as a bug sprayer." Today, Mike is a freelance performer and music journalist in the Kansas City area. He is also a past editor of Kansas City's "Jazz Ambassador Magazine" (JAM), a position he held from 1994 to 2003.

Blue Jay Sessions (1982); Day In -- Night Out (1986); Kaleidoscope (1988);
From Then 'Til Now (1992); Street of Dreams (1996); Close Enough For Love
(2001); KC Potpourri (2003); Back to Basics (2004).

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