We are profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of guitar legend and friend Pat Martino (Patrick C. Azzara Sep 25, 1944 – Nov 1, 2021). Pat influenced generations of musicians, and spent a lifetime performing, recording and composing music known around the world for its fire and beauty. Pat was affiliated with with Benedetto Guitars for the past decade, where we produce his Pat Martino Signature model guitar designed by Pat and Robert Benedetto. Pat’s Benedetto accompanied him on every stage and studio performance in his final years. We are proud of our association, honored to be considered his friend, and are forever indebted to Pat for the joy of music he imparted on our musical family. Deepest condolence to Pat’s wife Aya, and to his longtime friend and loyal manager Joe Donofrio, who’s unwavering support of Pat made his life better up the end.


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