Friday, December 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Fall 2013 Concert Series
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The Pedrito Martínez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and the bata rhythms and vocal chants of Yoruba and Santería. With percussionists Pedrito Martínez and Jhair Sala, electric bassist Alvaro Benavides, and keyboardist/vocalist Araicne Trujillo, the Pedrito Martínez Group has developed into an extraordinarily tight and creative unit that dominates the New York music scene. The group has built an impressive fan base that includes Steve Gadd, Ravi Coltrane, Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, and John Scofield.
In addition to performing with distinguished New York‒based artists, Martínez has also lent his talents in over one hundred records, including albums by Paquito D’Rivera, Isaac Delgado, Eliane Elias, Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, Eddie Palmieri, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Conrad Herwig , Edie Brickell, and many others. These include six GRAMMY-nominated records and the GRAMMY-winning Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch album, Simpático.
“The best band in NYC!”—Taj Mahal
“Pedrito and the band are virtuosi of the first order. But even more striking is how they work together as a unit. They are one of the greatest groups playing today. I’ve learned so much from hearing and from playing with them.”—John Scofield
“Since arriving in the United States at the end of the 1990s, the Cuban percussionist Pedro Martínez has been all over the place, putting rumba and guaguancó into the weave of all kinds of groups. But when his drums, singing, and writing are the focus—as is the case in his new band—he’s an incomparable performer.”—New York TimesBack to Concerts