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Disease Caused Guitarist Pat Martino’s Death at the Age of 77

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Sadly, the great guitarist Pat Martino died on Monday, November 1, 2021, at his home in South Philadelphia at the age of 77. His cause of death has been confirmed by his manager.

His longtime manager, Joseph Donofrio, said he died of a chronic respiratory disorder, which had forced Martino to stop performing in November 2018, after a tour of Italy.

The jazz guitarist suffered a near-fatal seizure in 1980 when brain surgery left him with no memory. Martino then painstakingly relearned the instrument and went on to three more decades of innovative musicianship.

Musician Pat Martino passed away at the age of 77

Mr. Martino’s playing started attracting audiences when he was still a teenager. Having been expelled from a Roman Catholic high school in 10th grade, he became a professional musician, joining the singer Lloyd Price’s big band and then the saxophonist Willis Jackson’s combo in 1962.

He released his first album in 1967, “El Hombre,” on the Prestige label when he was in his early 20s. He often drew comparisons to earlier jazz guitarists like “Wes Montgomery,” during his early career.

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Reactions to Pat Martino’s Death

Several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites following this tragic news.

One of his fans tweeted: “RIP. I wasn’t ready for that news. A massive inspiration and hero of mine as a musician, and a brilliantly lucid and articulate teacher within his pedagogical works. A true ‘legend’ of our discipline.”

One wrote: “Pat Martino, a revered jazz guitarist who mastered his instrument twice, dies at 77. Survivor of temporal lobe AV malformation with temporal lobectomy. He had to relearn his music. Amazing life story ⁦@ProfTonyDavid.”

Another tweeted: “I first heard Pat Martino in the early 70s, before I’d ever heard of Wes Montgomery. He was the silkiest thing I’d ever heard, and until then I hadn’t known that the guitar could sound the way he made it sound. Loved the man’s journey in its entirety. He lived well.”

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  1. Anonymous January 10, 2022

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