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South Jersey Jazz Society Announces Lineup for the Pat Martino Celebration of Life Experience Set for November 3-6 in Somers Point, NJ

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Featuring Pat Bianchi, Peter Bernstein, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Jimmy Bruno, Dave Stryker, Mark Whitfield, Russell Malone, Sheryl Bailey, Paul Bollenback and more!
South Jersey Jazz Society presents a Celebration of Life and Legacy of the great jazz guitarist Pat Martino at this year’s Jazz @ the Point Festival, which runs from November 3 through 6 at Gateway Playhouse and Gregory's Restaurant in Somers Point, New Jersey. Artists performing at the festival include influential musicians and jazz icons who have interacted with Martino throughout the guitarist’s illustrious career that spanned more than five decades before he passed away in 2021.

The four-day event features Pat Bianchi, Peter Bernstein, Jeff Tain Watts, Jimmy Bruno, Dave Stryker, Mark Whitfield, Russell Malone, Sheryl Bailey, Paul Bollenback and more paying homage to Martino.

“The planned Celebration of Life and Legacy comes nearly a year to the day Pat passed away on November 1,” stated Joe Donofrio, artistic director, vice president and event producer on behalf of South Jersey Jazz Society. “It was not an ideal situation to try and gather musicians and audience during the past COVID cycle and look forward to recognizing and celebrating his genius with his many musical colleagues."

The Celebration of Life and Legacy will also be live-streamed on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5, which will provide an opportunity for an international audience to engage. The in-person event is free for all attendees (live-streaming will $10 per day), accepting only free-will donations from those in attendance thereby exposing as many people as possible to the magic that was and is Pat Martino. Proceeds from this event will be shared equally with the estate of Pat Martino. Gateway Playhouse will administer general seating.

This is a tentative schedule as festival organizers expect additional artists, special guests and venue adjustments.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

GATEWAY PLAYHOUSE & LIVE STREAM
738 Bay Ave
Somers Point, NJ

7:00PM: WELCOME – Video Presentation and keynote speaker Bill Milkowski
7:10PM: Howard Paul/Chico Pinheiro with Pat Martino’s Live at Blue’s Alley Rhythm Section Featuring Tony Monaco, Eric Alexander & Jeff “Tain” Watts
7:35PM: Wolf Marshall with Tony Monaco & Jeff “Tain” Watts

8:15PM: Fareed Haque Band’s “Tribute to Joyous Lake”
8:45PM: Kenwood Dennard with Fareed Hoque Plus Eric Alexander
9:00PM: Lefteris Christofis Solo “Both Sides Now”

9:45PM: – ‘till: Late Night Hang Featuring Pat’s Longtime Hometown Friends. Rich & Rob Budesa, E. Shawn Qaissaunee, Michael Kraft, Geno White, John Mulhern & Richard Sheppard

Friday, November 4, 2022

GATEWAY PLAYHOUSE & LIVE STREAM
738 Bay Ave
Somers Point, NJ

7:00PM: WELCOME – Video Presentation and keynote speaker Bill Milkowski
7:10PM: Sheryl Bailey with Pat Martino Alumni Featuring Jim Ridl, Byron Landham, Michael Pedicin & Steve Varner
7:35PM: Joel Harrison performs Country Road with Jim Ridl

8:15PM: Russell Malone and Jimmy Bruno with Pat Martino Alumni Featuring Rick Germanson, Craig Thomas & Byron Landham
8:50PM: Charlie Apicella Solo
9PM: John Mulhern & David O'Rourke Duet

9:00PM:-closing: Late Night Jam Session with host Tony Monaco and Friends invite all attendees to an afterglow at the great neighborhood restaurant and bar Gregory’s for music and remembrance!

Saturday, November 5, 2022

GATEWAY PLAYHOUSE & LIVE STREAM
738 Bay Ave
Somers Point, NJ

7:00PM: WELCOME – Video Presentation and keynote speaker Bill Milkowski
7:10PM: The Pat Martino Quintet with Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre, Jr., Alex Norris, Nicole Glover and Paul Bollenback performing the music of Martino's final album Formidable (High Note Records).
8:15PM: The Pat Martino Trio with Carmen Intorre Jr. featuring: Peter Bernstein, Barry Greene, Dave Stryker and Mark Whitfield

GREGORY’S RESTAURANT
900 Shore Road
Somers Point, NJ

9:00:PM: – The Hang – An extended gathering of Pat’s friends!

GREGORY’S RESTAURANT
900 Shore Road
Somers Point, NJ

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Noon Until 3PM: Howard Paul & Friends (Benedetto Guitars) perform during Brunch

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