Doors open at 6:00 PM each night. First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes jazz guitarist Pat Martino with special guest saxophonist James Carter for four nights. Band members include Pat Martino (guitar), James Carter (saxophone), Pat Bianchi (organ), Carmen Intorre, Jr. (drums). Set times Friday and Sunday are at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm.
One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, Pat Martino had suffered a severe brain aneurysm and underwent surgery after being told that his condition could be terminal. After his operations he could remember 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, with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually become “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.
Today, Martino lives in Philadelphia and continues to grow as a musician. As the New York Times noted, “Mr. Martino is back and he is plotting new musical directions, adding more layers to his myth.” His experiments with guitar synthesizers are taking him in the direction of orchestral arrangements and they promise groundbreaking possibilities.
James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty-five years. His music is fueled by deep respect and intimate knowledge of the jazz tradition.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1969, James Carter began playing saxophone at age 11, first recorded with a Detroit student ensemble in 1986 and, by 1991, had recorded with legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie on The Organizer and contributed to the 1991 collection The Tough Young Tenors. Mastering a family of reed instruments, from soprano to contrabass saxophones to contrabass and bass clarinets, James Carter mesmerized the jazz world after arriving in New York City in 1988 to play under the auspices of Lester Bowie
This performance requires payment at the time your reservation is made. Exact seats/tables may be purchased when you make your online reservation or you can call Jazz Alley at 206-441-9729 for assistance. All purchases are non-refundable/non-exchangeable.
Preferential seating is given to our dinner guests. All sets are all ages. The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, national or ethnic origin. Jazz Alley is a seated supper club, not a dance hall. Dining is optional.