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Carnegie Hall Presents Renowned Jazz Guitarist Pat Martino and His Organ Trio in Zankel Hall on November 4

On Friday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m., legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino performs with his core trio including organist Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre Jr. in Zankel Hall. The trio is joined that evening by saxophonist Adam Niewood and trumpeter Alex Norris.

Martino, a guitarist of “dazzling technique and rare composure,” (
The New York Times) is one the most prolific jazz guitarists today, having played alongside jazz heavyweights like Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, and many more during his nearly 50-year musical career.

Prior to this performance, starting at 8:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy
Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience. The first 200 ticketholders to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visit carnegiehall.org/latenights.

About the Artist
Since playing his first notes while still in his pre-teenage years, Pat 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, embodying thoughtful energy and soul. 

Born Pat Azzara in Philadelphia in 1944, Martino was first exposed to jazz through his father, Carmen "Mickey" Azzara, who sang in local clubs and briefly studied guitar with Eddie Lang. He took Pat to all the city's hot-spots to hear and meet Wes Montgomery and other musical giants. He began playing guitar when he was twelve years old and left school in tenth grade to devote himself to music. During visits to his music teacher Dennis Sandole, Martino often ran into another gifted student, John Coltrane, who would treat the youngster to hot chocolate as they talked about 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.

Martino moved to Harlem to immerse himself in the "soul jazz" played by Willis “Gatortail” Jackson and others. He previously had heard all of the so called “white jazz.” “I’d never heard that part of our culture," he remembers, until the Montgomery Brothers. 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. An icon before his eighteenth birthday, Pat was signed as a leader for Prestige Records when he was twenty. His seminal albums from this period include classics like Strings, Desperado, El Hombre, and Baiyina (The Clear Evidence), one of jazz's first successful ventures into psychedelia.

Today, Martino lives in Philadelphia again and continues to grow as a musician. As The New York Times noted, "Mr. Martino is back and he is plotting new musical directions, adding more layers to his myth." His experiments with guitar synthesizers, are taking him in the direction of orchestral arrangements and they promise groundbreaking possibilities. Musicians flock to his door for lessons, and he offers not only the benefits of his musical knowledge, but also the philosophical insights of a man who has faced and overcome enormous obstacles. "The guitar is of no great importance to me," he muses. "The people it brings to me are what matter. They are what I'm extremely grateful for, because they are alive. The guitar is just an apparatus.".
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