Guitar legend Pat Martino has spent the past few years looking back — to be expected, perhaps, from anyone nearing 70, but somewhat more remarkable given the brain aneurysm that erased Martino’s memory in 1980. He reconstructed enough of that first half of his life to author his autobiography, Here and Now!, last year, and on recent releases he’s revisited his days accompanying Philly organ greats (Undeniable) and falling under the spell of Wes Montgomery (Remember). His most recent release, Alone Together (High Note), reissues a dual-guitar date from the late 1970s with old friend Bobby Rose, but it must have put Martino into a duet mood. This weekend’s gig finds him recalling a more recent collaboration: He’ll perform in tandem with pianist Rick Germanson, who was a frequent sideman during the first half of the aughts. A Milwaukee native, Germanson’s deftly swinging style has landed him high-profile gigs in Louis Hayes’ Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band and with bassist Kyle Eastwood (Clint’s kid).
Sat., Jan. 19, 8 and 10 p.m., $25-$30, Chris’ Jazz Café, 1421 Sansom St., 215-568-3131, chrisjazzcafe.com.