• Recognized for his signature touch, harmonic dexterity, bluesy melodies and sense of rhythm, guitarist Pat Kelley has enjoyed a steady and successful career in Los Angeles as a studio and touring musician, recording artist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, vocalist, recording engineer, publisher, and educator.

    Pat's eleventh CD is currently in the works and is scheduled for a spring 2019 release. Featuring his guitar playing and singing, the project will feature a mixture of originals and skillfully arranged standards from Pat's Standard's with Stories show.

    An integral part of the Thornton School of Music Guitar Faculty at the University of Southern California for twenty-four years, 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 (Mel Bay Publications).

    Other faculty appointments include the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp, Guitar College Summer Guitar & Bass Camp, the University of Tulsa Summer Jazz Camp, and Interlochen Center for the Arts.

    A native of 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 as a music composition major, he moved to Southern California in the early 1970's and has toured internationally and/or recorded with George Benson, Natalie Cole, David Benoit, Jane Monheit, Hubert Laws, Ronnie Laws, Eloise Laws, Debra Laws, Eric Marienthal, Tom Scott, Merv Griffin, Rick Braun, Wayne Henderson, Stix Hooper, Vinnie Coliauta, Peter Bernstein, Bruce Forman, Al Jarreau, Michael Brecker, John Pisano, Herb Ellis, Chick Corea, John Patittucci, Mark Winkler, Keiko Matsui, Alan Paul, Anthony Jackson, Richard Elliot, Frank Potenza, Tim Weisberg, Rob Whitlock, Howard Alden, Dave Brubeck, Gregg Karukas, Jeff Lorber, Patrice Rushin, Dave Koz, Bill Cantos, Eric Gale, Joe Sample, Nickel Creek, Alphonse Mouzon, CeCe Wynans, Melissa Manchester, Randy Crawford, Burt Bacharach, Cheryl Bentyne, Olivia Newton John, George Kahn, Carol Welsman, Jose Feliciano, etc.

    Pat also worked for 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.

    Wih a BMI catalogue containing more than one hundred fifty compositions, Pat has written music for CDs, films, television, jingles, and music libraries. 

     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.

  •  Affiliations:

  • 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.