Friday July 14, 2017
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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Legendary post-bop, fusion, mainstream and soul jazz guitarist and composer Pat Martino performs using his renowned mathematical approach to the instrument.
The 12th Annual NM Jazz Festival kicks off with two nights of the legendary post-bop, fusion, mainstream and soul jazz guitarist and composer, Pat Martino. Noted for his mathematical approach to his instrument, the Grammy nominated, multiple award winning Martino is considered one of the greatest guitarists in jazz. He began playing guitar when he was twelve years old, and left school in tenth grade to devote himself to music. As a young musician, he had first-hand encounters with John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, whose 1961 album Grooveyard, had "an enormous influence" on him. Actively involved with the early rock scene in Philadelphia, alongside Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Darin, he was eventually recruited by bandleader Lloyd Price to perform with Slide Hampton, Red Holloway and others. An icon before his eighteenth birthday, Martino moved to Harlem and was signed as a leader for Prestige Records when he was just twenty years old. His seminal albums from this period include classics like Strings!, Desperado, El Hombre and Baiyina. In 1976, while touring internationally with his fusion group "Joyous Lake," Martino suffered a severe brain aneurysm. After his operation, he could remember almost nothing and was left with no memory of his guitar or his career. Amazingly, he defied the odds and made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Martino managed to reverse his memory loss and return to his unparalleled playing form and has since been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. "With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, [Martino] represents the best, not just in jazz, but in music...and he embodies thoughtful energy and soul." Honored with a Jazz Legacy Award in 2016, Martino is currently on the adjunct faculty at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. His trio features Pat Bianchi, Hammond B3 organ and Carmen Intorre, drums. $35/$30 Members & Students (no member passes allowed)
Pat Martino will conduct a clinic sponsored by guitarist Michael Anthony, at the Outpost Performance Space at 2pm Friday July 14.