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Guitarist Martino to headline 2011 Savannah Jazz Festival
Jazz guitarist Part Martino and his trio will play Forsyth Park Sept. 24

Guitarist Pat Martino will headline the 2011 Savannah Jazz Festival, Sept. 24 in Forsyth Park. That's the penultimate day of the always-free musical celebration, which will open on Sept. 18 and continue through the 25th, at various venues still to be announced.

Based in Philadelphia, Martino has been recording - as a headlining artist and all-star sideman - since the mid 1960s. In 2004, he was named Guitar Player of the Year by the readers of Downbeat magazine.

Martino and his group - which includes Pat Bianchi on Hammond B3 organ and Shawn Hill on drums - will be preceded by a Savannah Jazz Orchestra performance, with guest trombonists Wycliffe Gordon and Ron Wilkins.

Blues Night (Sept. 22 in Forsyth Park) will feature Savannah's Bottles & Cans, the Eric Culberson Band and Mississippi singer/songwriter Super Chikan.

Other performers during festival week include the Howard Paul Quartet, Bob Masteller & the Jazz Corner Quintet, the Savannah Arts Academy Starlite Jazz Orchestra and Coastal Jazz Association All-Stars.

The full schedule - including venues - is expected to be posted shortly at