Monthly Archives: May 2014

Jazz guitarist Pat Martino reveals how he stayed upbeat after brain aneurysm

Pat Martino
Douglas Kilpatrick, Special To The Morning Call

By Ryan Kneller, The Morning Call

Pat Martino has made a career out of wowing others through music, tearing through killer guitar riffs since the early 1960s. But it is the jazz guitarist’s remarkable story of survival that truly strikes a chord.

The four-time Grammy-nominated artist spoke of this — his recovery from a near-fatal brain aneurysm in the early 1980s — at a recent presentation at St. Luke’s University Hospital–Fountain Hill.

The hour-long program, moderated by ArtsQuest’s Vice President of Programming Patrick Brogan, was held in conjunction with a Musikfest Cafe concert that Martino played later that day as part of ArtsQuest’s monthlong RiverJazz festival.

Martino, who has made more than 25 albums, was born with arteriovenous malformation, an abnormality of blood vessels in the brain.

Source: The Morning Call Park pavilion-style home inspired by jazz music

jazz-insp-hseBy Kevin Tampone

Otisco, N.Y. — John and Lorrie Anson wanted their home near Otisco Lake to blend in well with the surrounding land.

The property features stands of pine trees, streams, waterfalls and views of the lake.

“It’s as beautiful as any state park,” John said. “My main goal was not to mess that up.”

The Ansons designed and built the home themselves.

Lorrie is a minister at Otisco Presbyterian Church and John is self-employed as a builder and architectural designer. He was previously property manager at Stella Maris Retreat and Renewal Center in Skaneateles.

John said he took inspiration for the design of the home from the ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as jazz music. He listened to the music of jazz guitarist Pat Metheny throughout the design and building process.


Newsday: Hofstra’s ‘Jazz Cafe’ radio show host traded news for music

John Bohannon
After reporting some of the biggest stories of the 20th century during his more than 40 years in radio broadcasting, there’s one standout accomplishment that fills John Bohannon with the most pride: He never lost his composure on the air.

“When I was doing news, they were always trying to break me up,” says Bohannon, who lives in Wantagh. “One time, they tried stealing my copy [of stories to broadcast]. They tried undressing me one day when I was at WPIX-FM.”

Source: Newsday