If you could define Pat Metheny’s career in one word, it would be — trailblazer. He began working with the best jazz musicians in Kansas City and he also led classes at prestigious universities all before his 20th birthday. The Kansas City native, born August 12, 1954, was brought up in a musical family. He started out on the trumpet at eight years old and switched to the guitar at 12. By 15, Metheny was playing with the best jazz musicians in his hometown. Menthey was heralded for his loose and flexible articulation paired with rhythmic improvisation. At ages 18 and 19, he became the youngest teacher ever at the University of Miami and the Berklee College of Music, respectively. Metheny burst onto the international jazz scene playing alongside vibraphonist Gary Burton. The guitarist eventually recorded his debut album, Bright Size Life (1975), which reinvented the traditional “jazz guitar” sound. A few years after his debut, Metheny founded his band, Pat Metheny Group, which consisted of Danny Gottlieb on the drums, Mark Egan on the bass and Lyle Mays on the piano, the autoharp and the synthesizer. The group’s second album, American Garage (1979), was its most successful to date, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard jazz chart. Pat Metheny Group has won seven consecutive Grammys for seven consecutive albums. Over the course of his 40-plus year career, Menthey has worked with Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland and Ornette Coleman and many more. Ever since 1974, Metheny has averaged between 120 to 240 shows a year. To date, the 62-year-old has won more than 20 Grammy Awards in twelve different categories — making him the only artist to accomplish this feat.