|Birth Name||Patrick Bruce Metheny|
|Born||August 12, 1954, Lee's Summit, Missouri, U.S.|
|Genres||Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Latin Jazz, Progressive Jazz|
|Associated Acts||Gary Burton, JacoPastorius, Pat Metheny Group, Lyle Mays, Steve Rodby, Charlie Haden, Antonio Sánchez|
Patrick Bruce Metheny (born August 12, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and composer.
He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works, and other side projects. His style incorporates elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, Latin jazz, and jazz fusion. Metheny has three gold albums and 20 Grammy Awards and is the only person to win Grammys in 10 categories. He is the brother of jazz flugelhornist Mike Metheny.
In 1974 he appeared on an album unofficially titled Jaco with pianist Paul Bley, bassist JacoPastorius, and drummer Bruce Ditmas for Carol Goss’s Improvising Artists label. But he was unaware that he was being recorded. During the next year, he joined Gary Burton’s band with guitarist Mick Goodrick.
Metheny released his debut album, Bright Size Life (ECM, 1976) with JacoPastorius on bass guitar and Bob Moses on drums. His next album, Watercolors (ECM, 1977), was the first time he recorded with pianist Lyle Mays, who became his most frequent collaborator. The album also featured Danny Gottlieb, who became the drummer for the first version of the Pat Metheny Group. With Metheny, Mays, and Gottlieb, the fourth member was bassist Mark Egan when the album Pat Metheny Group (ECM, 1978) was released.