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Pat Martino & Eldar Djangirov team up for Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

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Guitarist, Pat Martino & Pianist, Eldar Djangirov play Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia: TONIGHT!! & Tomorrow - Friday and Saturday September 27-28.

When the anesthesia wore off, Pat Martino looked up hazily at his parents and his doctors. and tried to piece together any memory of his life. 

One of the greatest guitarists in jazz, 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 almost 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, and with the help of computer technology, Pat managed to reverse his memory loss and return to form on his instrument. His past recordings eventually became "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.

The New York Times described the New York based pianist Eldar Djangirov as "a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual...  an ebullient impressionist."  Dr. Billy Taylor said, "Eldar Djangirov's playing shows brilliancy, complexity, and discipline...  he's serious about his music, he's thoughtful about what he does."  Jazz Times said, "Maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever."  Praised as "a genius beyond most young people I've heard" by Dave Brubeck.  Downbeat magazine stated that "his command of his instrument is beyond staggering."