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

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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

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