Lyle Mays Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Pat Metheny Group and Death

Lyle Mays Bio, Wiki

Lyle Mays was an American jazz pianist and composer who was best known as a member of the Pat Metheny Group. The group composed and arranged nearly all of the group’s music, for which Mays won eleven Grammy Awards.

He met Pat Metheny in 1974 with whom he later founded the Pat Metheny Group.  The group won eleven Grammy Awards and has been nominated for four others for his own work.

In an interview with JAZZIZ magazine in 2016, Lyle revealed his current career as a software manager.

On June 25, 2019, Mays was listed by The New York Times Magazine among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

He played a Steinway Grand Piano with built-in MIDI. Lyle used an Oberheim 8 Voice Synth, Kurzweil K250, a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5, Synclavier, Korg DW-8000, and Korg Triton keyboards, among others.

Lyle Mays Age

Mays was born as Lyle David Mays on November 27, 1953, in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, United States. At the time of his death on February 10, 2020, he was 66 years old.

Lyle Mays Photo

Lyle Mays Photo

Lyle Mays Family

Mays’ parents were musically inclined his father was a guitarist – his mother was a pianist, – and he was able to study the piano with the help of instructor Rose Barron. At age 9, Lyle played organ at a family member’s wedding, and at age 14 he began to play organ in church. In summer camp he was introduced to important jazz artists.

Lyle Mays Wife

Mays kept his personal life private hence it is not known if he was married or whether he had any children.

Lyle Mays Net Worth

Mays had an estimated net worth of $40 Million at the time of his death in February 2020.

Lyle Mays Death

Mays died on February 10, 2020, after a battle with a “recurring illness”.

Pat Metheny confirmed the news of his death by writing, “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.”

His niece, Aubrey Johnson, said, “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.”

Lyle Mays Songs

  • Are You Going With Me?
  • Close to Home
  • Highland Aire
  • Slink
  • Teiko
  • To the End of the World
  • Mirror of the Heart
  • Last Train Home
  • Before You Go
  • Ascent
  • Feet First
  • Chorinho
  • Long Life
  • September Fifteenth
  • Let Me Count the Ways
  • It’s for You”
  • Alaskan Suite: Northern Lights
  • Hard Eights
  • Invocation
  • James
  • Song for Bilbao
  • Bill Evans
  • Street Dreams 4
  • Dream of the Return
  • So May It Secretly Begin
  • The First Circle
  • Phase Dance
  • Hangtime
  • Possible Straight
  • August
  • We Are All Alone
  • Fictionary
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