The Pace Report

Season 2011 Episode 07.31.11

The Pace Report: "Here and Now: The Tales of a Great Jazz Guitarist" The Pat Martino Interview

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During the mid-1960’s jazz music was changing towards “fusion” and “soul jazz” and the idiom of most post-bop jazz quartets and quintets changed as well. Rock and soul music has dominating the clubs and on radio and jazz music as a whole was reflecting the mood and times of the generation and listeners. Guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, and Jim Hall were the masters at their game and created a voice and a distinctive technique style in their playing that gave way to the changes to what the 1960’s were to bring musically. The changing of the guard for jazz guitarists came when young and innovative musicians like Melvin Sparks, George Benson, and Pat Martino gave way to the new music trends that were part of the new jazz music taking shape. 2011 marks an important milestone for jazz great Pat Martino. In his many years as an accomplished jazz guitarist inventing the “Conversion to Minor” technique, Martino took time out to write his autobiography “Here and Now” with jazz writer and biographer Bill Milkowski. According to Pat, he believes the time was right to document and reflect on his many life experiences. “I felt it was time to document my life as a musician and hope readers understand my sense of purpose as a musician, teacher, and person.” Born Pat Azzara on August 25th, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pat’s father was local musician and took him and exposed him to music at an early age. Being real close to the local music scene, his dad would take him to see jazz icons like Wes Montgomery which would leave a heavy impact on Pat musically. By the time he picked up the guitar at 12 years old he was studying with music teacher Dennis Sandole who’d also was the teacher to saxophonist John Coltrane. Trane would develop a friendship and over time they’d discuss music. Martino hails both Wes Montgomery and Johnny Smith as his musical influences that inspired him tomoreless

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