Honoring Pat Martino at Alternative Guitar Summit

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Posted by Joyce (Nalewajk) Feigenbaum on March 4, 2021


Honoring Pat Martino at Alternative Guitar Summit


Sat, March 20, 2021
8:00 pm

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There are a handful of guitarists that have changed the way we think about the instrument over the past five or six decades. Many names such as Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass are no longer with us. Pat Martino, very much still alive, is one of those icons.

Born in 1944, Pat’s story is the stuff of fiction. Showing incredible determination and love of the jazz art form from an early age, by fifteen years old he was touring the country with all Black bands. This was the early 1960’s, and it’s said that when a tire blew in the band’s vehicle, the band had to send Pat into the segregated southern towns to get it fixed. Embraced by the music’s founding fathers he grew up fast. In his late teens he lived in Harlem where he played all night in smoking bands that are now the stuff of legend. His virtuosic, swinging lines were fully formed by age eighteen and a string of records, such as El Hombre, Consciousness, and Timeless, followed through the 70’s and became benchmarks for any aspirant. The range of these recordings is remarkable. We see influences from Indian music, funk and R&B, classical, folk, and more. All of it is framed by Pat’s deep immersion in the roots and culture of jazz. ...

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