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Concert Afro Latin Jazz organisé par l'Association Candela
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973 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 well over 50 albums.
A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum he is also the world’s first-call rumbero—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’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of the The Pedrito Martinez Group, a resident gig at a Hell’s Kitchen restaurant called Guantanamera, and with fans that have included Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Ruben Blades and Quincy Jones.
The Pedrito Martinez Group, the group’s first studio album, was released October, 2013 was nominated for a Grammy, and 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 October 2015, was released in June 10, 2016. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Tropical chart and guests include, Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz.
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