Pedrito Martinez Presents Cubano Bowl
At Brooklyn Bowl – Show at 8PM (Doors at 6PM)
Members of the group include Pedrito Martinez, from Havana, Cuba on percussion and vocals; keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, also from Havana; percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; and electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela.
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. He began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Munequitos de Matanzas. He was brought to Canada in 1998, by Jane Bunnett, to tour with her group, Spirits of Havana. His decision to remain in North America to pursue his career, proved to be an auspicious one when, two years later, the annual Thelonious Monk Institute Competition showcased Afro-Latin hand drumming for the first time ever. Pedro entered and won first place.
Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has performed and/or recorded with Paquito D’Rivera; Brian Lynch; Meshell Ndegeocello; Eddie Palmieri; Bebo Valdés; Cassandra Wilson; Joe Lovano, Sting, (for his rainforest benefit, with Elton John and Bruce Springsteen), with Paul Simon and Wynton Marsalis and with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Pedrito was also featured in the documentary film on Cuban music, Calle 54 and his singing and percussion playing were featured in the 2011, animated feature, Chico and Rita. Pedrito was also a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. The Pedrito Martinez Group has been featured in The New Yorker and the Wall Street Journal.
PMG have appeared The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Umbria Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Bonnaroo, and the Red Sea Festival, among many others. A CD called Rumba de la Isla (Calle54/Sony) was released in the U.S. in March 2013. And the first studio album, by the Pedrito Martinez Group will be released this Fall with special guests, John Scofield, Wynton Marsalis and Steve Gadd.
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