Pat Azzara, 25 April 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Martinos singer father encouraged him to play guitar and he received some instruction from his cousin. He was a professional guitarist by the age of 15, playing with saxophonists Willis Jackson and Red Holloway. He played in all the leading organ combos of the 60s: with Don Patterson, Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Richard Groove Holmes and Jimmy McGriff. In 1966, after four months with Sonny Stitts band, he worked with John Handys rather more avant garde quintet. In the late 60s, Martino had his own bands with Cedar Walton, Richard Davis and Billy Hart.
The main influences on Martino were Wes Montgomery and eastern music, but during the 70s he became interested in the music of composers such as Stockhausen and Elliott Carter (he also taught and published a book called Linear Expressions with T. Baruso in 1983). He also formed the fusion group Joyous...
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