The Pedrito Martinez Group & Special Guests (Album Release) - 10/8
at City Winery New York City
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. Pedrito had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!" - Quincy Jones, May 28, 2013
“…[Mr Martinez] is an incomparable performer.” - Ben Ratliff, New York Times
“If anyone can move Afro-Cuban music [to] greater visibility, it’s Martinez” -Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker
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, recorded, and/or toured with Paquito D’Rivera; Brian Lynh; Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon; Meshell Ndegeocello; Eddie Palmieri; Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill; Bebo Valdés; Cassandra Wilson; Joe Lovano, and Sting, (for his rainforest benefit, with Elton John and Bruce Springsteen.) 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 which was nominated for an Academy Award.
Mr. Martínez was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. Pedrito has lent his talents as a percussion player and vocalist to over one hundred records, including albums by Paquito d’Rivera, Issac Delgado, Eliane Elias, Stefon Harris, Steve Turre, Eddie Palmieri, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Edie Brickell and many others. These include six records that have been Grammy® nominated and one, a collaboration between Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch, called “Simpatico”, that was awarded a Grammy®.
PMG have appeared on many of the world’s most important music festivals, including Newport Jazz, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Montreux, The Umbria Jazz Festivals, Saratoga Jazz Festival and the Red Sea Festival, Bonnaroo, among many others.
The group has self-released two live albums and an album by Pedrito, called “Rumba de la Isla”, featuring the music of the flamenco great, Camarone de la Isla was releases on Calle54/Sony in March of 2013. The group’s first studio album, The Pedrito Martinez Group”, is set for release on Motema Music, October 8, 2013. Produced by Steve Gadd and Pedrito Martinez, it features special guests, Steve Gadd, Wynton Marsalis, and John Scofield.
Mongo Santamaria, Chano Pozo, Carlos Patato Valdes, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Los Van Van, Buena Vista Social Club