Young guitarist Clement and his trio pay tribute to Martino

A masters in jazz studies in New Orleans in the plans

Guitarist Pat Martino pioneered the soul jazz revolution, working with jazz organists Jimmy Smith, Joey DeFrancesco, Jimmy McGriff and others in the 1960s.

Now, fiery young Vancouver Island-based guitarist Mike Clement and his organ-driven trio present a tribute to Martino at Pat’s House of Jazz in the Osborne Bay Pub on Sunday, Oct. 7.

Clement, whose own style articulates soulful down-home blues, will be joined by B3 organ maestro Dr. Tony Genge, along with Hans Verhoeven on drums.

Clement lists his influences as guitarists George Benson and Wes Montgomery as well as Martino — though over the past seven years he has played many genres including jazz, blues, ska/reggae, rock, indie and pop.

The Prince Rupert native began studying guitar at age 11 under the tutelage of his father, a local legendary singer/songwriter and blues guitar wizard.

He completed his bachelor’s degree at Vancouver Island University where he studied intensely with the celebrated Pat Coleman.

After having studied, lived and gigged jazz in New Orleans, Clement plans on completing his master’s degree in jazz studies at the University of New Orleans.

The Mike Clement Trio’s performance is part of the weekly Pat’s House of Jazz series, presented by the Chemainus Valley Cultural Arts Society.

It runs every Sunday from 2 p.m. at the Osborne Bay Pub, 1534 Joan Ave. in Crofton.

Admission is $15. Reservations are recommended. Tables will be held until 1:30 p.m.

For information, phone 250-324-2245 or visit

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