A new organization has been created in the name of one of the most respected guitarists in the entire music industry. The Metheny Music Foundation, named after the family of Grammy Award winner Pat Metheny, will aim to boost the music education and profile of Lee�s Summit, Mo., where Metheny was born 52 years ago.
The foundation will offer music scholarships and work toward the creation of a state music museum in Lee's Summit. Also planned is a sculpture honoring the Metheny family featuring an intertwined trumpet, guitar and phonograph.
The Metheny musical line began in 1915 when Harrison Metheny, a musician, arrived in Lee's Summit. Pat Metheny and his brother Mike Metheny, a trumpeter, grew up in the town and are members of the Lee's Summit High School Music Hall of Fame.
Metheny has just announced that he will release a new quartet CD in March with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. Metheny and Meldau begin a nationwide tour of the U.S. in March, and Metheny will return with his trio in October.