Recognized for his signature touch, harmonic dexterity, bluesy melodies and sense of rhythm, guitarist Pat Kelley has enjoyed an extensive and successful career as a studio and touring musician, recording artist, composer, lyricist, producer, arranger, vocalist, recording engineer, publisher, and educator. He has now officially embraced the title of mentor. As an integral part of the Thornton School of Music Guitar Faculty at the University of Southern California for the past twenty-two years, he has helped guide students to success as professional musicians. Pat also devotes time to preparing high school guitarists for college auditions. He has been the guitar faculty for the Monterey Jazz Festival Summer Jazz Camp for two years and the University of Tulsa Summer Jazz Camp for seven 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 and are available from Mel Bay Publications.
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, Eric Marienthal, John Pisano, Mark Winkler, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Dave Brubeck, Gregg Karukas, Dave Koz, Bill Cantos, Tom Scott, Al Jarreau, Nickel Creek, CeCe Wynans, Melissa Manchester, Randy Crawford, Burt Bacharach, Olivia Newton John, Jose Feliciano, Carol Welsman, etc.
Pat worked for nearly seven years as the house guitarist on 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.
(from the CD, "Perspective")
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