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Jazz Guitar Today reached out to our readers and many in the ‘jazz world’, to send birthday wishes to Pat Martino. Thanks for everyone’s participation!

Happy 75th birthday, Pat! Thank you for your friendship!
Love, Bob and Cindy Benedetto​
From all of us at Henriksen Amplifiers, happy birthday Pat! We are big fans, thanks for all the music and best wishes! Thank you very much
Peter Henriksen
Pat, Thanks for all your years of inspiration and forward thinking. So highly personal and beautiful. Also, wanted to add, you’ve always been a gem anytime we’ve crossed paths. Happy Birthday
Gil Parris
Happy birthday Pat !! Hope you have the best ever. As long as you keep playing I’ll keep smiling
Brent Mason
Happy Birthday Pat! You inspire the guitar and jazz world with your music and story. Wishing you all the best!
Andreas Varady
Happy birthday to you Mr Martino and thank you sir for all your inspiration and beautiful music.
Curtis Jones
Happy Birthday, Papa Pat. The world is a better place, not just because of your phenomenal musical talent, but also because of your beautiful spirit. Thank you for everything.
Russell Malone
Pat, I just wanted to wish you a happy birthday, and also to say what a profound influence your work has had on my playing, composing and instructional efforts over the past 40 years! I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve given me, my students and fellow guitarists in our quest to reach higher ground.”
Mark Stefani
Happy Birthday Pat! You’ve been an incredible inspiration and great guitarist for so many. No matter how old you get you always approach the guitar with child-like enthusiasm. I hope it never ends! Have a great day and another year of amazing music! Much love and respect…
Vinny Raniolo

Walt Cichonski: Pat, Happy Birthday and thank you for a lifetime of guitar play. Your fun and life lessons shared with us all are beyond words to thank you completely. Much love and life, Walt

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Michael Bennett: Pat -I have been listening to your music since your Consciousness album, but the happiest was when you recovered from your brain aneurism and absorbed the healthy options from your wife. I hope to hear you again at a gig, and I hope and pray that you stay healthy, enjoy your birthday, and keep making joyous music!
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Happy Birthday to one of the most important and influential jazz guitarist in history, Mr. Pat Martino! there would be no modern jazz guitarist with out him today. I took a lesson from Pat about 15 years ago and I’m still working on his ideas and concepts that he gave me, will probably work on them for the rest of my life, thanks Pat!
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Anthony Crescente: Happy 75th birthday Pat! Thank you for the countless examples of inspiration as both a musician, and a human being. Your playing and story inspires people everyday to pick up their instrument and apply them as an extension of themselves. Thank you for everything Pat!

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Jeff DeMond: Just finished listening to three PM CD’s and this shows up! We’ll Be Together Again is in constant rotation in my iTunes library (and has been for MANY years . . . ). Best wishes to Pat for a most fabulous birthday. I have a great photo with at the National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut.
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Dom Minasi: Hey Pat – We’ve been friends since 1975. I wish you the best and a very Happy Birthday.

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James Derise: Happy Birthday to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You know what you mean to me!!!!!!!!   Thank you!! 
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Jeff Cervoni: Happy Birthday Pat ! Keep on with the great jazz guitar playing🎂💫✨🎉🎸

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Ryan Kershaw: Hi Pat, Happy Birthday. Thank you for not just your guitar playing but your honest expressions of opinion and philosophies which all aid the power of your artistry. The combination of these things is a big part of what gives me faith that young guitarists will find your works for years to come, and in turn will also be led down a wonderful path in jazz and beyond. Have a great day, Pat.

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Thaddeus Govan Jr.: Happy birthday, Pat!

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Stephen Jones: Best wishes on your birthday Pat! Can’t wait to hear you play again. See you at Chris’ over Thanksgiving?
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Vince Lewis: Happy Birthday Pat. You have been , and remain , an inspiration to so many players. Here’s to many more great years and lots more wonderful music to add to a wonderful legacy.
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Victor Saumarez: You have been a major influence on my playing for over 30 years. I waited for almost as many years for you to visit the UK where I lived. I finally left the UK shores and shortly afterwards you came over. I did finally get to see you live in LA. You have made one of the greatest contributions to the development of jazz guitar, which is very widely appreciated by so many of us. Know at the ripe old age of 75 years, we still think about you an awful lot and long may that continue. Happy Birthday!
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Henk van den Hurk: Since ‘El Hombre’, which was a revelation, I am a dedicated fan of the great Pat Martino and my world became a better world.
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Bill Kalkman: Hi Pat. Happy 75th Birthday. Hope you have many more. We first met when you came to the Club Venus in Parkville, MD in 1966. You were playing with Lloyd Price’s orchestra. Slide Hampton was leading the band and if memory serves me correct, Charlie Persip was playing drums. I still have and use the stone picks you gave me. Thanks for all the great music.
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Adam Niewood: Happy Birthday Pat
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Ken Parker: Happy 75th Mr. Martino. As a guitar player myself you greatly inspire me.
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Felix Hartl: Happy birthday Pat, I heard you the First time with 15 years (now I’m 54), and thought: this is not possible to play jazz guitar like this. After Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Barnes Kessel and others your music goes beyond every Limit – unbelievable and invaluable — since this time I only listen to your guitar playing …. there is nothing in this World like that …. thank you for being in this World …. happy, happy birthday … wish you All love …. and hope we can meet us one more …. always with love, Felix
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Steve Brauner: Happy Birthday, Pat. Best wishes and good health. I’ve been listening to you since I was 16 years old in 1981 when I learned your solo to ‘Just Friends’ You continue to be an inspiration every time I hear you play.
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Vajima Shuichi: Happy Birthday!  please come and play at Japan again!

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Craig Cunningham: Happy Birthday Pat Martino. Pat Martino taught me for a short time when I attended Musician’s Institute in Los Angeles. I have several of his books. I own many of his albums and I am working on a transcription from his solo on John Coltrane’s Impressions. Pat Martino is a brilliant musician. Happy Birthday!!

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Richard Hallebeek: Thanks master for over 40 years of inspiration!
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Bill Boris: Dear Pat, I hope you have a wonderful 75th Birthday! You are and have been for years an incredible inspiration to me. Your playing is a force of nature. Warmest Regards
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Brian Usher: I remember that my guitar teacher turned me on to Pat’s records when I was in high school. I have been an avid follower ever since. I’m a retired band director now, but I still play gigs on a regular basis. I saw Pat perform in Minneapolis in 1977 when he was on his Joyous Lake tour. Wow, what a concert! He was gracious enough to have a drink with me after his show. Jump ahead forty years when I saw Pat’s organ trio in Denver in 2017. I took along a photo of the two of us from 1977 and yes, we had a drink together after his show again. Thank you Pat for being you and sharing with us! I hope that you have a swingin’ birthday!
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John D. Egbert: Happy Birthday, Pat! Keep hitting’ on all six!
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Jon Puhl: Happy Birthday to a wonderful Guiding Light!
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Craig Morrison: Happy Birthday Pat!
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Kyle Kuchler: Happy Bday Pat! You’re a great inspiration to jazz guitarists everywhere!
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Robert Taft: Dear Pat, Happy Birthday! I wish to thanks you for providing me over 47 years of pleasure and inspiration. I first heard you in 1972 when a friend gave me a copy of “Live”. From there it was on to Coltrane, Davis, Montgomery etc. In 2001, I suffered a severe injury to my left hand. I had contemplated giving up on music but your health and subsequent recovery provided me the motivation to plug on. I don’t play the same way I did before my accident and I have accepted that fact but I still enjoy expressing myself through my instrument and for that I am grateful. Have a great birthday and thank you again for the love and inspiration shown through your music.

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Ken Karsh: Happy Birthday to one of my musical heroes. You have been a major influence on me since I was 11 years old. And you are a wonderful and sweet human being! Enjoy your 75th rotation around the sun!

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Dave Bold: Happy birthday Pat! I’ve loved your playing ever since I discovered a copy of Exit in a London record shop back in 1977. What an influence! I immediately bought all the other albums I could find (cost me a blimmin’ fortune!). I loved the unique sound you have, the flow and ideas but especially the elegiac quality of tunes like Come Sunday and I Remember Clifford on that record. I’d never heard reading of those tunes like that before. Caught you at Ronnie Scotts in 2018, which was wonderful. Hope you can make it over to London again at some point soon. Have a great birthday and thanks again for all the wonderful music.
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Ken Seeton: Happy Birthday Pat! You’ve been a forceful guiding hand for me as a Jazz guitar player, and I’m not only grateful for your influence on my playing and style, but also your character and life story is inspirational. Your an idol, a mentor, and my sensei. Here’s wishing many more celebratories in the years to come! Happy 75th! Cheers!

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Pierre Rousse: Joyeux anniversaire Mr Martino et merci pour votre musique

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Katherine Fava: Dear Pat, Wishing you the absolute best on your 75th! You have made your mark on the music world and beyond. You sent a copy of your book and a 60th birthday message for our Dad- Ralph Fava. And now we wish you the best! God bless!  The family of Ralph Fava 🎼

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Pat Smith: 🎂Happy Birthday Pat! Many thanks for all the years of great music!🎶
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Albert Mascarenhas: Wish you an enjoyable harmonious Birthday and many more to come dear Pat Martino.
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Sheryl Bailey: Maestro – Happy Birthday! Your music has brought me much joy and inspiration, and to millions of others around the world. Thank you for influence and power! Health, love and joy to you!
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Eddie Mathis: Happy Birthday Pat. You once honored me by presenting a workshop for my customers at Dreamcatcher Guitars in Roswell, Ga. I remain thankful and wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous future.
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Wayne Wilkinson: Mr. Martino, As part of an International Quartet tour in the United Kingdom (UK) this May, each member of the group performed an original song about a musician that inspired them. I recognized your influence throughout my career and legacy contribution to Jazz Guitar with “Martino’s Waltz,” which was inspired by your song “The Visit.” Audiences are amazed when they hear how you not only mastered the guitar once but twice. Your passion for playing continues to inspire guitarists and delight listeners today. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Bob McAlpine: Warmest Birthday Wishes on your 75th, Pat! I was first made aware of you when I was a student in the jazz program at Humber College in Toronto. Decades later, I was introduced to your manager, Joe Donofrio, who has now been a friend and has managed one of the bands I play with since 2009. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the ways in which you have influenced me as a guitar player. In particular, three aspects of your playing come to mind – your phrasing, your tone, and your chord voicings. Your approach for applying the same chord shapes over different sets of 3 or 4 strings has been a most beneficial and useful idea. Thank you for everything you have done for jazz, Pat, and for your many years of great guitar playing. And once again, Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to my teacher and friend and the Master of the Jazz Guitar Pat Martino. Love and Hugs.Blessings. John Austin Mulhern.

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Happy Birthday Pat!!!
What a blast we have had together through the years … 
You know, the more birthdays you have the longer you live…
May you have many more birthdays brother…Blessings Johnnie Valentino
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