Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo

Dmitriou’s Jazz Alley
February 23-26, 2012

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes Latin Jazz Timbalero Pete Escovedo, featuring Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo for four nights! Band members are Pete Escovedo (leader, timbales), Juan Escovedo (Congas), Peter Michael Escovedo (drums), Joe Rotondi (piano), Michael Alvarado (guitar), Marc Van Wageningen (bass), Mario Gonzales (trumpet), Doug Beavers (trombone), Kerry Loeschen (trombone) and George Shelby (saxophone, flute). Set times Thursday and Sunday at 7:30pm. Set times Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. 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.