Guitarist Pat Martino passes at 77

When Pat Martino and James Carter visited our performance studio in 2013, they were accompanied by organist, Pat Bianchi and drummer, Carmen Intorre.

Host Abe Beeson talked to Martino about his amazing return to jazz after surgery on a brain aneurysm left him an amnesiac with no recollection or knowledge of his career or how to play the very instrument that made him successful.

Martino was a jazz and soul-jazz guitar star, with a discography dating back to 1960. He began playing professionally at the age of 15 after moving to New York City. He lived for a period with legendary guitarist and luthier Les Paul and began playing at jazz clubs.

He was the recipient of many awards including  Grammies in 2002 for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Live at Yoshi’s, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo on “All Blues” and the 2003 Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Think Tank, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo on “Africa

The story of his life, recovered memories and restored career are documented in his 2011 book, “Here and Now! The Autobiography of Pat Martino.”

The 2008 “Martino Unstrung” documentary explored the neuroscience of Martino’s condition and his ability to play music.

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