Pat Martino

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Pat Martino
Pat Martino.jpg
Photo by Tom Beetz
Background information
Birth name Pat Azzara
Born (1944-08-25) August 25, 1944 (age 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres Jazz fusion, mainstream jazz, soul jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1959–present
Labels Vanguard, Prestige, Warner Brothers, Muse, Columbia, King, Paddlewheel, Evidence, Sony, 32 Jazz, High Note, Milestone, Polydor, Concord, Fantasy, House of Blues, Mythos, Mainstream, Cobblestone, Atlantic and, Blue Note Records.
Pat Martino in Denmark (2015)
Photo Hreinn Gudlaugsson

Pat Martino (born August 25, 1944) is a jazz guitarist and composer within the post-bop, fusion, mainstream jazz and soul jazz idioms. He is noted for his mathematical approach to the instrument (he has released textbooks such as Linear Expressions ) and advanced knowledge of music and jazz theory.


Martino was born Pat Azzara in South Philadelphia. He began playing professionally at the age of 15 after moving to New York City. He resided for a period with Les Paul, and began playing at jazz clubs such as Smalls Paradise. He later moved into a suite in the President Hotel on 48th Street.[1] He would play at Smalls for six months of the year, and then in the summer play at the Club Harlem in Atlantic City.[2]

Martino played and recorded early in his career with artists such as Lloyd Price, Willis Jackson and Eric Kloss. He also worked with jazz organists, including Charles Earland, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Jack McDuff, Don Patterson, Trudy Pitts, Jimmy Smith, Gene Ludwig, Bobby Pierce, and Joey DeFrancesco.

Martino is married to Ayako Asahi Martino, whom he met in Tokyo, Japan, in 1995.[3] They live in Philadelphia.

Martino tours worldwide. He was awarded 2004 Guitar Player of the Year, Down Beat magazine's 2004 Reader's Poll. In 2006, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab reissued his album East! on Ultradisc UHR SACD.


  • 1995 Mellon Jazz Festival / Dedicated in Honor
  • 1996 Philadelphia Alliance "Walk of Fame Award"
  • 1997 National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences "Songs from the Heart Award"
  • 2002 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"
  • 2003 Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, "Think Tank", and best Jazz Instrumental Solo on 'Africa'.
  • 2004 Guitar Player of the Year, Downbeat Magazine's 2004 Reader's Poll
  • 2016 Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes presented Pat Martino with the "Jazz Legacy" Award

Musical Approach[edit]

Martino states : "There are elements found within an instruments architecture that initiates a continuous source of valuable information. For the guitar there are two in number. The first is the Ma 3rd interval, and the second is the Mi 3rd Interval. Once we view their repetitive information, they begin to appear as a series of automatic functions".[citation needed]

Martino's lines contain chromatic links outside any particular IIm7 chord that might be conceptualised over a chord progression; even in the examples he provides in his books and instructional videos. On his bulletin board he has stated that he formulated the system more as a way to explain his playing, rather than as something to use to create music. In his own words, "although the analysis of some of my recorded solos have been referred to as modal, personally I've never operated in that way. I've always depended upon my own melodic instinct, instead of scale like formulas".[4]



  1. ^ "Here and Now". J.W. Pepper. Accessed via YouTube. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "An Evening with Pat Martino". Dave Frank Master Class, accessed via YouTube, 1 hr 15. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Brady, Shaun (August 2008). "Pat Martino". Jazz Times. Retrieved April 11, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jazz Bulletin Board – View Single Post – Pat Martino". January 29, 2010. Retrieved 2013-02-19. 
  5. ^ [1] Review of Young Guns album at

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