Pedrito Martinez In Concert

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation says
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation continues its series of Cuban jazz concerts with a Nov. 17 performance by the percussionist Pedrito Martinez and his band.

Admission is free. No advance registration is required, and there are no reserved seats. Seating will be limited as dancing is encouraged!
The performance starts at 8 p.m. There will be two 45-minute sets with a brief intermission.

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016; two 45-minute sets
8:00 - 11:00 PM
The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

Pedrito Martinez is one of the most dynamic performers to emerge from the modern Cuban music scene.

“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!”
Quincy Jones, May 28, 2013

“Pedrito is a genius…working with him has been a revelation to me.”
Wynton Marsalis Sept, 2014

“The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history”
NPR All Things Considered

Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept. 12, 1973, and was raised in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana and began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Yoruba Andabo.

Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting, and has contributed to more than 75 albums.

A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum, he is also among the world’s first-call rumberos — playing, singing, and dancing with dozens of groups and contributing to or appearing in several important films, including "Calle 54" (2000) and "Chico and Rita" (2010).

Mr. Martinez 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.

His career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in of the The Pedrito Martinez Group. Notable fans include Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Steve Gadd, Wynton Marsalis, Taj Mahal and Quincy Jones.

The Pedrito Martinez Group’s first studio album was released 2013 and was nominated for a GRAMMY award. The album was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.”

“Habana Dreams,” PMG’s second album, recorded largely in Cuba in 2015, includes such guests as Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo and Telmary Diaz.

This event is part of the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series, produced and presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.
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By: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

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