Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orschestra feat. Sheila E. & Juan Escovedo at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley | Feb. 17th – 20th, 2011

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Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra
feat. Sheila E. & Juan Escovedo

February 17 – 20, 2011
FROM:  The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
2033 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98121
CONTACT:  Rachael Millikan, 206-441-9729,
RE:  Performance at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
COST: $26.50

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes Latin Jazz Timbalero Pete Escovedo, featuring drumming sensation Sheila E.  Band members are Pete Escovedo (leader, timbales), Sheila E. (drums), Juan Escovedo (Congas), Joe Rotondi (piano), Marc Van Wageningen (bass), Mario Gonzales (trumpet), Doug Beavers (trombone), Joel Behrman (trombone) and Alex Murzyn (saxophone, flute).  Set times Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.  Set time Sunday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm on Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday.

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.

Born into a musical family, Pete’s daughter, Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E.), joined her father on stage at the age of five for a solo in front of 3,000 people. At that moment, Sheila knew she was going to be a percussionist.  Since then, she has toured and recorded extensively with a countless list of artists, but may be best known for her tours with the artist, Prince. Most recently she directed, produced and performed in “Fiesta Latina – In Performance at the White House” with special guests Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Gloria Estafan, Los Lobos and many others.        

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