The former world-class runner-turned-musician — and longtime Gainesville resident — is taking “retirement” in stride.
There was a time when the world knew Marty Liquori for his legs and feet, which for a memorable decade in the 1960s and ’70s zipped him around tracks faster than just about any other human.
Today, however, Liquori is better known for his hands and fingers, which hold and strum a jazz guitar as well as anyone in North Central Florida.
Call it Marty Liquori’s second wind.
“I consider myself retired and pretty much a fulltime musician,” said Liquori, who has also been an Olympian, an entrepreneur, a broadcaster, an author, a lecturer and a leukemia survivor. He’s also been a Gainesville resident for more than 40 years.
At 66, Liquori is at the heart of the area’s jazz scene, not only performing three nights a week but also serving as vice president of the Gainesville Friends of Jazz and executive director of the Gainesville Jazz Festival. In 2013, the Jazz Journalists Association honored him as a JJA Jazz Hero.