25TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE 606 CLUB AT LOTS ROAD
OVER 40 BANDS IN TWELVE DAYS
MAY 22 - JUNE 2
...and thanks to OUR EVENT PARTNERS
"Yamaha congratulates the 606 Club on their 25th year in producing some of the best live jazz from across the world. We value our longstanding relationship with the 606 and the opportunity to enable so many great musicians and jazz artists to perform using the club’s cherished Yamaha S6 Grand Piano."
"25 years and still going strong. Another 25 and you will catch up with us!! Good luck and have a great Festival"- Charlie Watts
PAT MARTINO TRIO
featuring Pat Bianchi-organ; Carmen Intorre Jr.-drums
WEDNESDAY MAY 22 | 8:30pm |£20
There is no better way to kick start the 606 Club’s 25th Anniversary than by featuring quite simply one of the best jazz guitarists in the world. Originally from what has effectively become the home of great modern jazz guitarists, Philadelphia, Pat Martino played his first professional gig in 1961 at the age of 17 and hasn’t looked back since. After moving to New York he released a series of seminal albums through the 60’s that established him as one of the finest guitarists of his generation and this iconic, multi Award winning musician became, and still is, a highly influential figure in the world of modern Jazz guitar.
He continued to develop his style whilst performing extensively throughout the 60’s and 70’s, appearing and recording with the likes of Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Bobby Hutcherson, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, and Woody Herman. In an unexpected turn of fate this influential stylist’s career came to an unexpectedly dramatic halt in 1980 when, after being previously diagnosed with a genetic condition that affected his brain, he underwent life saving surgery that effectively “wiped” his memory. After his operation he could remember almost nothing but, remarkably, through intensive study of his own historic recordings, and with the help of computer technology and sheer hard graft he managed to reverse his memory loss and in 1987 returned to full time performing.
These days he not only plays and tours but also teaches extensively, giving Guitar and Music Therapy Seminars, Clinics and Master Classes throughout the world. Now based back in Philly he continues to grow as a musician, his experiments with guitar synthesizers, (begun during his rehabilitation) are taking him in the direction of orchestral arrangements and musicians flock to his door for lessons. An interesting man as well as a great musician, he offers not only the benefits of his musical knowledge, but also the philosophical insights of a man who has faced and overcome enormous obstacles, as he says "The guitar is of no great importance to me, the people it brings to me are what matter….” Tonight Pat will be performing with his US based organ trio featuring the excellent Pat Bianchi on organ and drummer Carmen Intorre Jr. Frankly, you just can’t afford to miss this!
“No one who professes an interest in improvised music should overlook this evidence of a master at work.” All About Jazz