Pete Escovedo Orchestra; Monday, July 15

Pete Escovedo Orchestra
featuring Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo

Monday, July 15, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…musical fireworks, irresistable rhythms… – International Review of Music

For over five decades, Pete Escovedo’s skillful timbale playing has guided numerous configurations of his bands in the Bay Area and beyond. Rooted solidly in the tradition of Afro-Caribbean music, Escovedo rose to prominence in the Latin-rock explosion of the late ’60s and early ’70s. Associated with Santana, Azteca, and other bands mixing rock, funk, and Afro-Cuban rhythms, Pete blazed his own unique path. The proud father of a musically talented family (pop star/percussionist Sheila E. is his daughter), his sons, Peter Michael and Juan Escovedo, also first-rate percussionists, perform with him. Live From Stern Grove is Pete’s most recent recording.

Born in Pittsburgh, California, Pete Escovedo was raised in Oakland, and grew up with a deep appreciation of Latin music and jazz. As a youngster his first instrument was saxophone, but he soon found percussion more to his liking and made a set of bongos for himself. The timbales became his main instrument as he and his brothers, Phil and Coke, formed The Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet, a band that became very popular in the Bay Area and throughout California. Carlos Santana, impressed with their musicianship, hired Pete and Coke for his band in the late ’60s. They appeared on Moonflower, Oneness, and Inner Secrets, but, by the early seventies, the Escovedos split off to form Azteca, a cooperative 14-piece Latin-rock band. They recorded two albums for Columbia records, hoping to duplicate the success of other brass-heavy rock bands, such as Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, but with a Latin beat fueling the music.

Since his time in Azteca, Escovedo has been actively fronting his own ensembles over the decades. Additionally, as a sideman, he has played for a long list of top musicians that includes Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, and Chick Corea. Although very much immersed in the rhythms of the Afro-Caribbean experience, Pete’s music maintains a contemporary sensibility, incorporating elements of funk, pop, jazz, and his Latin roots. With his sons Peter Michael and Juan helping out on percussion (daughter Sheila E. sometimes sits-in), the current version of the Pete Escovedo Orchestra is a creative family affair of talented musicians spanning the generations.

Pete Escovedo Orchestra

DATE:  Monday, July 15, 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIMES: 7:00 and 9:00 PM
PRICE: $25/Adv $28/Door, No Comps
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at:
MORE INFO: or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Jim Cassell

(510) 843-4902

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