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Pat Martino Trio
Modern Jazz Guitar Legend
- Monday, Nov 30, 2015
BOX OFFICE 612-332-5299
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About Pat Martino
With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, Pat Martino represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul. One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Martino suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember almost nothing. He barely recognized his parents, and had no memory of his guitar or his career. He remembers feeling as if he had been “dropped cold, empty, neutral, cleansed, … naked.”
In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument.
Martino began playing guitar at age 12, and dropped out of school in the 10th grade to pursue a career in music. Martino became actively involved with the early rock scene in Philadelphia, alongside stars like Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin. His first road gig was with jazz organist Charles Earland, a high school friend. His reputation soon spread among other jazz players, and he was recruited by bandleader Lloyd Price to play hits such as Stagger Lee on stage with musicians like Slide Hampton and Red Holloway.
The organ trio concept had a profound influence on Martino’s rhythmic and harmonic approach, and he remained in that idiom as a sideman, gigging with Jack McDuff and Don Patterson. Martino has been recording and performing as a bandleader since he was 20, and has released dozens of seminal guitar jazz records. Today, Martino lives in Philadelphia and continues to grow as a musician.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“one of the world’s preeminent jazz guitarists… Martino remains at the top of his game” – All About Jazz
“… he rarely has sounded more rhythmically driven, harmonically astute or melodically inspired.”- Chicago Tribune
“The evening showcased Martino’s blazing technique, his swinging pulse and the deep, dark sound he gets from his guitar, ingredients that have been part of his distinct sound since he burst on the scene in the early 1960s.” – Jazz Times