Pat Martino Biography – Pat Martino Wiki
Pat Martino (born Patrick Azzara) was an American jazz guitarist and composer. He began playing professionally at the age of 15. He worked early on with groups led by Willis Jackson, Red Holloway, and a series of organists, including Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, and Jimmy McGriff. After playing with John Handy (1966), he started leading his own bands and heading sessions for Prestige, Muse, and Warner Bros. that found him welcoming the influences of avant-garde jazz, rock, pop, and world music into his advanced hard bop style.
He is widely celebrated for his 1967 album, El Hombre. Martino was only 22 when he debuted with this Grant Green-influenced soul-jazz album which immediately introduced him as a guitarist with a promising future.
He released a number of critically beloved albums with Blue Note including 1997’s All Sides Now and 1998’s Stone Blue (with Joyous Lake). In 2001, Martino released a live album recorded at Yoshi’s in California. Two years later he teamed with saxophonist Joe Lovano for Think Tank. Additionally, Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery appeared on Blue Note in 2006.
Pat has given Guitar and Music Therapy Seminars, Clinics and Master Classes throughout the world, at locations including North Texas State University, G.I.T., Berklee College (Boston and Perugia, Italy), Duquesne University, Teatro Rasi (Ravenna, Italy), LeCentre Culturel (D’Athis Mons, France), University of Washington School of Music, Skidmore College, Musicians Institute, National Guitar Workshop, New York University, Pennsylvania University, Stanford University, The University of Missouri, Roosevelt University (Chicago), Patti Summers Jazz Club (Seattle), Music Tech College (St. Paul), The New School (New York City), Southern Illinois University, The Conservatory of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Cork Festival (Cork, Ireland), Washington University (St. Louis, MO), Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Musictech College (St. Paul, MN), Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy at NYU (New York, NY), Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts (Hartford, CT), and the University of Maryland.
Since the mid 1990s, Pat has received the following awards: Mellon Jazz Festival / Dedicated in Honor (1995), Philadelphia Alliance “Walk of Fame Award” (1996), National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences “Songs from the Heart Award” (1997), 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” (2002), Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, “Think Tank”, and best Jazz Instrumental Solo on ‘Africa’ (2003), Guitar Player of the Year, Downbeat Magazine’s 2004 Reader’s Poll (2004), and Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes presented Pat Martino with the “Jazz Legacy” Award (2016).
Pat Martino Age
He was born on August 25, 1944, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He died on November 1, 2021. He was 77.
Pat Martino Wife
He was married to Ayako Asahi Martino. They met in Tokyo, Japan, in 1995. He was previously married to his first wife, whose name is unclear. The marriage ended in divorce. Following the divorce, Martino briefly moved back in with his parents in Philadelphia.
Pat Martino Children
He did not have any children.
Pat Martino Family
He is survived by his wife, Ayako Asahi Martino.
Pat Martino Death
Legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino passed away on November 1, 2021, at the age of 77 after a long illness. His death was confirmed by his longtime manager, producer Joe Donofrio.
Pat Martino Cause of Death
He died of an unspecified illness.
Pat Martino Net Worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Pat Martino has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
Pat Martino Illness – Pat Martino Health Update 2021
He was born with an arteriovenous malformation (AVM), an abnormality of blood vessels in the brain. In 1976, while performing internationally with his fusion group ‘Joyous Lake’ Martino began experiencing seizures, which were eventually diagnosed as AVM, a condition he was born with. After surgery and recovery, he resumed his career when he appeared in 1987 in New York, a gig that was released on a CD with an appropriate name, The Return. He then took another hiatus when both of his parents became ill, and he didn’t record again until 1994, (after their death) when he recorded Interchange a nd then The Maker.
Before his surgery in 1980, he suffered from reoccurring seizures, which put a strain on both his professional and personal life. Physicians repeatedly misdiagnosed the episodes as psychological in nature, prescribing medications and treatments that routinely changed, including placement in locked wards and electric shock treatment.
Since 2018, he had been suffering from chronic respiratory disorder. He had been breathing with the assistance of oxygen, Donofrio said.