Rest in Peace, Jazz Keyboardist/Pat Metheny Group Member Lyle Mays: 1953 – 2020

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The music world has lost renowned jazz pianist Lyle Mays, who passed away at the age of 66 in Los Angeles.

Mays won 11 Grammy Awards over the course of his life and career, and every one came as a result of his work with the Pat Metheny Group.

Metheny posted a lengthy message regarding the passing of Lyle Mays, who was suffering from “a long battle with a recurring illness”:

R.I.P. Lyle Mays (1953-2020)

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our friend and brother, Lyle Mays (1953-2020). He passed today in Los Angeles after a long battle with a recurring illness, surrounded by loved ones.

Pat Metheny: “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known. Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special. From the first notes we played together, we had an immediate bond. His broad intelligence and musical wisdom informed every aspect of who he was in every way. I will miss him with all my heart.”

Steve Rodby: “I had the great privilege of having Lyle in my life for decades, as an inspiration and as my friend. As anyone who knew him and his music will agree, there will only be one Lyle, and we all will continue to appreciate his soulful brilliance, in so many ways.”

His beloved niece, Aubrey Johnson: “Lyle was a brilliant musician and person, and a genius in every sense of the word. He was my dear uncle, mentor, and friend and words cannot express the depth of my grief.”

At this time, there are no details regarding a memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Caltech Fund.

Rest in peace, Lyle Mays.

R.I.P. Lyle Mays (1953-2020)2.10.2020It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of our friend and…

Posted by Pat Metheny on Tuesday, February 11, 2020


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