Date(s) - Saturday, April 2, 2016
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
With pure polyrhythmic precision, The Pedrito Martinez Group is a joyful adventure of fresh Afro-Cuban spirit. Led by Martinez, whose complex rumba and bata’ drumming are joined by keyboardist Edgar Pantoja-Aleman’s range and groove. Alvaro Benavides (electric Bass) and Jhair Sala (percussion) round out the dynamic group. When Martinez channels the beautiful Yoruba chants – still used by Cubans to address African gods – the group’s virtuosity is complete.
The Pedrito Martinez Group has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, The Newport Jazz Festival, globalfest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, TED Conference and TEDx, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Red Sea Festival, Montreux Jazz Fest, The Sydney Festival, Bonnaroo, Yoshi’s/San Francisco, The Umbria Jazz Festivals, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival/San Francisco, Festival Internationale, Playboy Jazz Festival, SF Jazz, The Barbican, The Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub NYC.
The future is on fire for Pedrito Martinez – Deemed “an incomparable performer.” – The New York Times