September 22, 2022



South Jersey Jazz Society presents a Celebration of Life and Legacy of the great jazz guitarist Pat Martino at this year’s Jazz @ the Point Festival, which runs from November 3 through 6 at Gateway Playhouse and Gregory’s Restaurant in Somers Point, New Jersey. Artists performing at the festival include influential musicians and jazz icons who have interacted with Martino throughout the guitarist’s illustrious career that spanned more than five decades before he passed away in 2021.

Bill Milkowski, author of Pat Martino’s autobiography Here and Now!, will be the keynote speaker for performances at Gateway Playhouse.

Click to read the full story.

November 2, 2021

Washington Post: Pat Martino, revered jazz guitarist who mastered his instrument twice, dies at 77

"By age 35, when Pat Martino learned that he might have only a few hours to live, he was already considered one of jazz music's finest guitarists. He had developed a sleek and fluid style modeled after guitarist Wes Montgomery, started touring as a teenager and became known for his bracing lines, freewheeling harmonies and dexterity on the fretboard."

Click for the article from The Washington Post.


Downbeat: In Memoriam: Pat Martino (1944-2021)

"Known for his incredible guitar chops and a kind heart to match, Martino died after battling a chronic respiratory disorder that prevented his lungs from bringing in oxygen and required around-the-clock treatment. Martino had not worked since 2018 due to the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease."

Click for the article from Downbeat.


NY Times: Pat Martino, Jazz Guitarist Who Overcame Amnesia, Dies at 77"

"He was one of the genre's most acclaimed players when brain surgery left him with no memory. But he recovered and made music for another three decades."

Click for the article from The NY Times.



Guitarist Pat Martino away passed on Monday. He was 77.

I had the pleasure of meeting Pat several times over the years and we emailed regularly back in the day when he was one of the resident experts on the All About Jazz bulletin board. Pat was generous with his time and was there for anyone with a question, dispensing words of wisdom about music and life.       

As I always do when a prominent musician passes, I check our article archive (from 1995-2003) to see if we had any interviews that weren't republished after our crash—turns out we had two; both from 2000. A search revealed we had interviewed Pat six times along with a related interview with prominent British neuropsychologist Paul Broks. We've included them below for your reading pleasure.    

Pat Martino: In the Moment (January 2018)
Pat Martino: Martino Unstrung (November 2008)
Paul Broks: The Neuropsychology of Pat Martino (November 2008)
Pat Martino: At One with His Favorite Toy (April 2006)
Pat Martino: To Renew A Life In Jazz (October 2003)
Pat Martino: The Continual Pulsation of the Now (October 2000)
Pat Martino: Creative Force (June 2000)

Click here for more articles about Pat.

Watch this burnin' version of "Sunny" from the 2002 Umbria Winter Jazz Festival with Joey DeFrancesco, Byron Landham and John Scofield.   


November 1, 2021

Pat Martino, Philly jazz guitar great, has died

"Mr. Martino, who lived in the South Philly house he grew up in, performed for more than six decades."

Click for the article from The Philadelphia Inquirer.

August 25, 2019

Happy 75th Birthday Pat Martino!
Click for the article from Jazz Guitar Today.

July 27, 2016

Pat received the Jazz Legacy Award at the Philadelphia Clef Club July 27, 2016.
Senator Vincent Hughes presented the award.
Click for Presentation photograph.

November 21, 2011

The complete "Undeniable: Live at Blues Alley" transcription book is now available! See the Transcriptions page for details.

November 21, 2011

Pat's latest recording "Undeniable: Live at Blues Alley" hit #1 on the JazzWeek Chart this week!

July 29, 2011

An Interview filmed in Bologna, Italy in 2010 has been posted. Check the Video Clips page.

June 23, 2011

This fall will see the release of Pat Martino's autobiography 'Here And Now', published by Backbeat Books. This collaboration between Pat Martino and Bill Milkowski (the author of 'Jaco') covers a wide range of Pat's personal experiences and perspectives. It includes extensive interviews with quite a number of major guitarists, as well as photographs and graphics.
See the Books/Videos page for more detail.

February 9, 2011

Pat wrote one of the forwards to the new book "Archtop Guitars" by Rudy Pensa and Vincent Ricardel. See the "Books/Videos" page for details.

January 12, 2011

Full details of Pat's new signature guitar are available at the Benedetto website.
Scroll down the Benedetto website page to see YouTube clips of Pat playing this guitar!

February 24, 2009

"Harlem Speaks" : 12 Short interview / Q&A sessions with Pat at the Jazz Museum in Harlem have been posted on the Video Clips page.

January 25, 2009

Links to Joyous Lake videos from the "Stone Blue" era have been posted on the Video Clips page.

October 16, 2008

Links to trailers for "Pat Martino Unstrung", a 2007 documentary film about Pat, have been posted on the Video Clips page.

April 12, 2008

A Japanese language article-interview can be read at the "Livedoor Blog".

December 13, 2007

An article-interview by Andrey Henkin can be read through the publisher's website, "All About Jazz".

August 16, 2007

Pre-release notes about "Pat Martino Unstrung", a 2007 documentary film about Pat, can be seen at Sixteen Films.

July 13, 2006

A review of Pat's performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal by John Kelman can be read through the publisher's website, "All About Jazz".

May 17, 2006

There is a 14 minute video from Orvieto, Italy (New Years, 2002) of Pat playing "Sunny" with John Scofield, Joey DeFrancesco and Byron Landham. You can watch it at YouTube.

May 9, 2006

Pat had an Online Forum at All About Jazz from 2006 through 2013.

April 25, 2006

An article with audio interviews by Victor L. Schermer can be read through the publisher's website, "All About Jazz".

April 24, 2006

An article-interview-history by R.J. DeLuke can be read through the publisher's website, "All About Jazz".

March 3, 2006

An article by Guy Capuzzo includes interesting analytical discussions of "Giant Steps". It can be read at "Music Theory Online".

March 3, 2006

Watch a short interview with Pat from the 2006 NAMM show, at the Korg booth".

December 5, 2005

An article by Victor L. Schermer about Pat's perfomance at Chris' Jazz Cafe on November 25, 2005 can be read through the publisher's website, "All About Jazz".

November 30, 2005

Pat's latest Blue Note recording, "Remember", a tribute to Wes Montgomery, will be released on April 4th, 2006 (see session info below).

August 11, 2005

Pat just finished recording his tribute to Wes at Avatar Studios
The quintet includes: David Kikoski (piano), John Patitucci (bass), Scott Alan Robinson (drums), Daniel Sadownick (percussion)

See a group photo.

April 19, 2005

Pat will serve as one of the judges for the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition held on September 18th & 19th in Washington, DC. The semifinals will take place at the Smithsonian Institution's Baird Auditorium on Sunday, September 18th and the finals will be held at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater on Monday evening, September 19th. As part of the two-day festivities, the Secretary of State will host a reception at the State Department immediately before the finals.

April 12, 2005

"Influences", an article published in The Philadelphia Inquirer, has been posted on the Articles/Reviews page.

December 16, 2004

There are many new additions to the "Giant Steps" studies in the Nature of Guitar area, including play along MP3s!

November, 2004

Pat won the Downbeat 2004 Reader's Poll as Guitar Player of the Year!

October 27, 2004

A new section has been added to "Nature of the Guitar"!
It is a series of studies leading up to an analysis and positional study of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps".
See these studies in the Nature of Guitar area.

September 14, 2004

Royce Campbell's CD "6x6", a 1994 release on which Pat plays two tracks, is now available in the United States.
It can be obtained from Royce's website.

April 4, 2004

Pat will be teaching a 2 day "Guitar Intensive" in New York City, May 15th and 16th, 2004. See details in the Itinerary.

March 23, 2004

Pat has upgraded the Nature of Guitar area with new pages, text and diagrams!

March 14, 2004

It has come to Pat's attention, unfortunately through first hand experience, that the rules have changed in regard to carrying musical instruments aboard commercial airlines. Here's Pat's comment:
"To anyone carrying on guitars, or other instruments of similar size; (even if held in professional soft leather shoulder bags) aboard airplanes for travel, please take note that the airlines known as AMERICA WEST and SOUTHWEST have ruled; (in their current regulations) that instruments of certain sizes are not allowed to be brought aboard as carry on items; (in Coach, Business or First Class. This applies to all musical instruments that exceed those regulations. Please check with your travel agents regarding these conditions). "

March 14, 2004

Guitar Player magazine's April 2004 issue includes a Master Class with Pat: "Sacred Geometry: Simplifying the Fretboard with Pat Martino", by Jude Gold.

February 18, 2004

Photos from the Cork Ireland Festival have been posted. Pat received the "Best International Musician" award there.

January 26, 2004

Downbeat magazine's February 2004 issue includes an interview with Pat by Thomas Staudter.

December 4, 2003

Today, Pat received two Grammy nominations for "Think Tank"!
Best Jazz Instrumental Album, and best Jazz Instrumental Solo on "Africa".
Congratulations to Pat, all of the musicians on the CD, Joe Donofrio (manager, co-producer w/Pat) and Kirk Yano (engineer).

November 26, 2003

Pat is the subject of the cover story in the current issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine, now on the newsstands.

November 3, 2003

Blue Note Records and Gibson Guitars are sponsoring a "Think Tank Contest", with the Grand Prize a Pat Martino signature Gibson!   Click on the "Contest" link for details.

November 3, 2003

There's a very intense in-depth interview of Pat, by Victor Schermer, posted at the All About Jazz website!

October 7, 2003

Pat's new recording, Think Tank, was released on Blue Note Records today!
  The quintet that recorded this CD includes: Joe Lovano (Saxophone), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Piano),
  Christian McBride (Bass), and Lewis Nash (Drums)

Blue Note has also created a clever Electronic Postcard of Pat, available for download at their site.

September 23, 2003

Excerpts from "Think Tank" are posted on Blue Note Records' website.

September 21, 2003

Pat's new CD, "Think Tank", is available for pre-order at the Abstract Logix website.

September 1, 2003

Final artwork for Pat's new CD, "Think Tank" , and the official Blue Note promo photograph have been posted.

August 9, 2003

A new section, the Record Library, has been added to the site!  Here you can sample lists of recordings from Pat's collection, in "categories that cover multiple (inspirational) interests".

July 13, 2003

There are Upgrades and Additions to the Nature of the Guitar section.

July 13, 2003

There's a terrific interview with Pat posted at the Abstract Logix website!

June 19, 2003

Artwork for Pat's new CD, "Think Tank", as well as notes about the title song are posted in the Nature of the Guitar section.

June 18, 2003

Lord and Taylor, on 5th Ave. in New York City, is using one of Pat's signature Gibson guitars as part of it's current display. Check out the picture window!

June 9, 2003

Pat was one of a number of Guest Artists at Les Paul's 88th birthday party at "The Iridium" in New York City.
There are photos posted in the Photo Gallery!

June 3, 2003

Photos of Pat and "Gatortail" Jackson at "Club Harlem" have been posted in the Photo Gallery.

May 26, 2003

Photos of "The Hurricanes", one of Pat's early bands, have been posted in the Photo Gallery.

May 22, 2003

Several new items have been added to the Nature of Guitar area.

January, 2003

The Pat Martino Quintet recorded for Blue Note Records during January, 2002.  The CD is currently scheduled for release in October, 2003.
  The quintet included Joe Lovano (Saxophone), Gonzalo Rubalcaba (Piano),
  Christian McBride (Bass), and Lewis Nash (Drums)

October 9, 2002

Recent photos of Pat's gig at "Blues Alley" have been posted on the Photo Gallery page. These pictures were taken by Rick Wurzbacher, who also performed the live interview on October 2nd, noted below.

October 1, 2002

Pat will be giving a live interview over the Internet for station
WPFW on Wednesday, October 2nd, 12:30 pm.
Tune in by clicking the link above!

September 18, 2002

We've started a Poster area, available through the Gallery page.

August 19, 2002

There's a great new article / interview with Pat published online by Classic Jazz Guitar.
See the Articles/Reviews page.

July 29, 2002

Pat will receive the "Congressional Lifetime Achievement Award" and the "Tyner Time Jazz Masters Award" at the Tyner Time in Philly Awards Tribute on August 31, 2002.

July 24, 2002

See pictures of Pat's quartet playing at the 2002 Umbria Jazz Festival.
Take the following link, then scroll down to Pat's picture.
There's a photo gallery, and a video clip!
Umbria Jazz Website

Pat gave a series of Master Classes at "The Berklee Summer School at Umbria Jazz Clinics".
Click on the above Berklee link to see pictures of Pat with students and the directors.
There are also some nice photos from these clinics in the Photo Gallery.

July 10, 2002

We're off to the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy !!!  Hope to see you there.
(Please note:  mail orders received after today will be serviced upon our return - Webmaster)

July 1, 2002

Check out Pat's elementary school picture in the Photo Gallery!

April 22, 2002

Pat received the NARAS "Heroes Award" at the Lowe's Ballroom in Philadelphia.  The collection of 2002 "Heroes" were all in good company:  George Allen (Educator),  David Dye (Radio), Eve (Rap), Jeff Townes (Producer),  Patti Labelle (Soul) and Pat Martino (Jazz).  Pat was introduced by Bruce Lundvall, President of Blue Note Records.

January 4, 2002

Pat has received Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album ("Live at Yoshi's") and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo ("All Blues" from "Live at Yoshi's").  Congratulations, Pat !!!

December 19, 2001

The complete "Live at Yoshi's" transcription book is now available! See the Transcriptions page for details.

November 24, 2001

The Philadelphia chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has announced that Pat will receive the "2nd Annual Heroes Award", to be presented in April of 2002.

August 16, 2001

"Live at Yoshi's" has moved to #1 on the CMJ Jazz charts this week!

August 4, 2001

Pat's new CD, "Live at Yoshi's" moved to #2 on the CMJ Jazz charts this week!

July 12, 2001

Pat is the featured artist at All About Jazz, and they have published a review of "Live at Yoshi's".
Find these and other articles on the Articles/Reviews page.

June 24, 2001

Pat's new album, "Live at Yoshi's", has been released both in Japan and the United States.   We hope you enjoy this live album, featuring Pat, Joey DeFrancesco (Hammond B3) and Billy Hart (drums).  A complete transcription of Pat's solos on this album will be available shortly!

May 31, 2001

A new  Video Clips page has been added, with excerpts from the Stone Blue recording sessions.

April 30, 2001

The example on the Transcriptions page has been changed to Pat's solo on Oleo, from the upcoming Blue Note release "Live at Yoshi's".

March 19, 2001

We've collected and posted over 60 album covers!  However, we're still missing a few.  If you own one of the missing albums, and wouldn't mind scanning the cover for us, we'd love to fill in the gaps.  Please email gifs or jpegs to  Many thanks!

March 15, 2001

Pat has finished mastering "Live at Yoshi's", a new CD for Blue Note Records featuring Pat with Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart.  The CD is scheduled to be released in Japan in May of 2001, and the United States in June of 2001.

February 21, 2001

We're redesigning Pat's Web Page!

More Music, More Art, More Scores, More Analysis!

Please be patient as we work through our redesign.
Whenever you visit, we suggest that you refresh each page to get the latest version.

Last Update :: 24 April 2006