Join Us For A Special Guitar Master Class With Pat Martino, Saturday June 24th at 1pm.
Pat Martino, one of the most important figures in jazz guitar, will hold a master class on June 24th starting at 1pm here at Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center.
Pat Martino is a virtuoso and an original voice on jazz guitar and while this class is open to anyone at every level, we must stress that this class will be at an intermediate to advanced skill level.
Seats for this class are $30*
*a special educational rate is being offered to guitar instructors and 4 or more students. please email email@example.com for more information
The story of Pat Martino is full of heartbreak and jubilation.
In 1976, Martino, one of the greatest guitarists in jazz, had suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember almost nothing. He barely recognized his parents. and had no memory of his guitar or his career. He remembers feeling as if he had been "dropped cold, empty, neutral, cleansed, ... naked."
In the following months. Martino made a remarkable recovery. Through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became "an old friend, a spiritual experience which remained beautiful and honest." This recovery fits in perfectly with Pat's illustrious personal history. Since playing his first notes while still in his pre-teenage years, Martino has been recognized as one of the most exciting and virtuosic guitarists in jazz. With a distinctive, fat sound and gut-wrenching performances, he represents the best not just in jazz, but in music. He embodies thoughtful energy and soul.