Recognized for his signature touch, harmonic dexterity, bluesy melodies and sense of rhythm, guitarist Pat Kelley has enjoyed a steady and successful career as a studio and touring musician, recording artist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, vocalist, recording engineer, publisher, and educator. As an integral part of the Thornton School of Music Guitar Faculty at the University of Southern California for the past twenty-four years, Pat has also helped guide many students to success as professional musicians. Two of Pat's books, Arpeggios for the Evolving Guitarist and Melodic Minor Guitar are part of the USC Thornton School of Music instructional series and are available from Mel Bay Publications. Pat has been on the guitar faculty for the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp for three years and the University of Tulsa Summer Jazz Camp for the the past seven years. . 

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Pat grew up playing with his Dad, other guitarists, singers, and bands from the age of five. After attending the University of Tulsa with a major in music composition, he moved to Southern California in the early 1970's where he has navigated the music business in Los Angeles, touring internationally and/or recording with George Benson, Natalie Cole, David Benoit, Jane Monheit, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws, Eloise Laws, Debra Laws, Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott, Al Jarreau, John Pisano, Herb Ellis, Chick Corea, Mark Winkler, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Dave Brubeck, Gregg Karukas, Dave Koz, Bill Cantos, Eric Gale, Nickel Creek, CeCe Wynans, Melissa Manchester, Randy Crawford, Burt Bacharach, Cheryl Bentyne, Olivia Newton John, George Kahn, Carol Welsman, Jose Feliciano, etc. 

Pat worked for nearly seven years as the house guitarist for the Merv Griffin Show, Pat Sajak Show, and the New Carol Burnett Show. Performances with symphony orchestras include San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, Atlanta, Tulsa, Denver, San Antonio, Auckland, Nashville, Toledo, and the Asia America Symphony Orchestra.

With a BMI catalogue containing more than one hundred fifty compositions that have been commercially recorded for CDs, films, television, jingles, and music libraries, Pat's latest CD's feature collaborations with nine different guitarists (Overtones 4 Two Guitars), and five different singers (Sing Me Back Home).

In 2003, Pat was honored in his home state by being inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, joining past inductees Chet Baker, Oscar Pettiford, Lester Young, Charlie Christian, and Barney Kessel.


American Federation of Musicians (local 47, Los Angeles)

Recording Musicians Association (RMA)

Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI)

American Federation of Television and Radio Announcers (AFTRA)

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)  


 "Quiet Time"    

(from the CD, "Perspective")

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Inside Track

Pat Kelley & Frank Potenza

Rest Stop Tours

Traveling the American highways and byways in search of music and levity.