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Beneath Missouri Skies: Pat Metheny In Kansas City 1964-1972 Hardcover

  • by Carolyn Glenn Brewer
  • Published by University of North Texas Press
  • Hardcover
  • 266 pages

The New Yorker recently referred to Pat Metheny as “possibly the most influential jazz guitarist of the past five decades.” A native of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, just southeast of Kansas City, Metheny started playing in pizza parlors at age fourteen. By the time he graduated from high school he was the first-call guitarist for Kansas City jazz clubs, private clubs, and jazz festivals. He attributes his early success to the local musical environment he was brought up in and the players and teachers who nurtured his talent and welcomed him into the jazz community.

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