Jazz fans will be able to hear Pat Martino and get an autographed copy of his memoir Here and Now! The Autobiography of Pat Martino, just published by Backbeat Books, at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, next Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25 and 26 at 8pm and 10pm both nights (Four performances!). The Spiral Bookcase will be selling the books.
On Sunday, Dec. 11, Pat will visit The Spiral Bookcase for another book signing event, this one cohosted by Main Street Music.
Here and Now!: The Autobiography of Pat Martino
By age 16, Pat Martino was already working as a member of R&B star Lloyd Price’s touring musical revue. By age 18, Martino moved to Harlem, where he quickly earned a reputation as a hard-bopping six-stringer with formidable chops throug
h a series of apprenticeships with the likes of honking tenor saxophonist Willis “Gaitor Tail” Jackson and Hammond B-3 organ master Jack McDuff. Martino made his auspicious debut as a leader at age 22 with 1967’s El Hombre on Prestige and followed with a string of potent recordings for the label that further established him as one of the most distinctive guitar voices on the jazz scene.
Then, at the peak of his powers, the bottom fell out. In 1980, he underwent surgery as the result of a nearly fatal brain aneurysm. The surgery left him without any memory of the guitar or his musical career. From that point, Martino undertook the long process of recovery, eventually learning how to play the guitar again; but more important, learning to transcend the instrument itself and live his life completely in the moment.
More than just the remarkable story of one of the most original and profoundly influential guitarists in jazz history, this extraordinarily revealing autobiography is also a survival manual, of sorts, in overcoming incredible adversity and learning to live in the here and now. Available for purchase here.