Trumpet/flugelhorn soloist Mike Metheny is a native of Lees Summit Missouri and 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 led his own Boston-based jazz quartet appearing in numerous club in addition to appearing on numerous jazz recordings as a sideman has recorded seven solo albums: Blue Jay Sessions (1982 Headfirst Records) Day In -- Night Out (1986 MCA/Impulse) featuring Mike's brother Pat Metheny Kaleidoscope (1988 MCA/Impulse) From Then 'til Now (1992 Altenburgh Records) Street of Dreams (1996 also on the Altenburgh label) Close Enough For Love (2001 on Mike's 3 Valve Music label) and KC Potpourri (2003 3 Valve Music).
Since 1983 Mike has 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 educator and music journalist in the Kansas City area. He is also the former editor of Kansas City's Jazz Ambassador Magazine (JAM) a position he held from 1994 to 2003.