LA: Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra
Hollywood and Highland Center
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Join Hollywood & Highland Center and KJAZZ 88.1 FM for the 9th annual Wine & Jazz summer concert series. The event is FREE to the public, and a donation of $10 to Project Angel Food gets you two glasses of wine and an appetizer box to enjoy during the performance. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. Born in Pittsburg, CA, July 13, 1935, he began his musical journey while attending high school in Oakland, CA. At the age of sixteen, he began playing the saxophone and then discovered percussion which became his love of rhythm and his dream of playing Latin Jazz music.
After performing with various bands, in 1960 Pete and his brothers, Coke and Phil Escovedo formed the “Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Band.” In 1970 Pete and Coke formed the band “Azteca” that toured the United States with Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. They recorded two albums on Columbia records which are now considered collectors items, “Azteca” and “Pyramid of the Moon.” In 1972 Pete toured and performed with the Carlos Santana band and recorded three major albums, “Moonflower”, “Oneness” and “Inner Secrets.” Pete’s versatility as a percussionist has been featured in performances and recordings by a wide range of artists such as Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, and the list goes on.
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