Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E. and Juan Escovedo
Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo has spent a lifetime breaking down barriers between smooth jazz, salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music. Born and raised in California, Pete and his brothers, Coke and Phil, formed the Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Band in 1960, and performed around the San Francisco Bay Area. In the ‘70s, Pete toured the United States with Steve Wonder, the Temptations and Carlos Santana and others. He and daughter Sheila E. recorded two albums, “Solo Two” and “Happy Together” in 1978. His versatility has been featured in performances and recordings by artists including Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Boz Scaggs and Prince. He has recorded seven albums on Concord Records.
Sheila E.’s fierce dynamism onstage makes her a major concert draw. At age 3, Sheila picked up drumsticks and started making music. She became a top session and touring musician by age 19, performing or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun and others. In the 1980s, Sheila’s work with friend Prince, including his seminal album “Purple Rain,” helped catapult her to pop stardom. Her 1984 single “The Glamorous Life” hit No. 7 on the pop charts and No. 1 on the dance charts in the U.S. In recent years, she has served as music director for the Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce Knowles.
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 7:30pm