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Pat Martino Trio

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One of the greatest guitarists in jazz  .

Martino had 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." 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. His past recordings eventually became "an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest." This recovery fits in perfectly with Pat's illustrious personal history. Since playing his first notes while still in his pre-teenage years, Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul.

 

Pat began playing professionally in 1961. He has performed with a wide variety of artists including Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Stanley Clark, Eric Kloss, Trudy Pitts, Willis Jackson, Lloyd Price, Woody Herman, Chuck Israels, Charles Earland, Barry Miles and Joe Pesci. Since 1967, Pat has been touring as a leader.

 

He has been a Recording Artist for Vanguard, Prestige, Warner Brothers, Muse, Columbia, King, Paddlewheel, Evidence, Sony, 32 Jazz, High Note, Milestone, Polydor, Concord, Fantasy, House of Blues, Mythos, Mainstream, Cobblestone, Atlantic and, most currently, Blue Note Records.

 

Pat has given Guitar and Music Therapy Seminars, Clinics and Master Classes all over the world.

 

Pat is currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.


Since the mid 1990s, Pat has received the following awards:
1995         Mellon Jazz Festival / Dedicated in Honor
1996         Philadelphia Alliance "Walk of Fame Award"
1997         National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences "Songs from the Heart Award"
2002         Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, "Live at Yoshi's", and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo on 'All Blues'
2002         National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences "2nd Annual Heroes Award"
2003         Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, "Think Tank", and best Jazz Instrumental Solo on 'Africa'.
2004         Guitar Player of the Year, Downbeat Magazine's 2004 Reader's Poll

 
Pat Martino Trio Master Class on October 27 & 28 at French Keys – Themistokli Sofouli 48 Thessalonique -

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