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"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, jazz guitarist and composer.
The Pedrito Martinez Group has emerged as the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York. "Utterly joyful and completely addictive," their shows ignite a devoted fan base that has spread to include Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Roger Waters, and Wynton Marsalis.
The ensemble has its roots planted firmly in the rumba tradition, and revels in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of Yoruban and Santerian music.
Members of the Pedrito Martinez Group include percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, from Havana, Cuba.
Born in Havana, Cuba, in 1973, Pedro Pablo "Pedrito" Martinez 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.
Pedrito was brought to Canada in 1998 to tour with Jane Bunnett's Spirits of Havana. He is featured on more than 100 albums, including Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch's Grammy Award-winning Simpatico. Martínez was a founding member of the Afro-Beat ensemble, Yerba Buena.
The group recorded two successful albums and toured internationally with the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles.
This tour of Pedrito Martinez is funded through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Jazz Touring Network program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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