@ Pigeon Island, St. Lucia Jazz Festival
13 May 2007
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The beauty and charm of Pigeon Island
during the day, or night, never fails to excite the senses. With
the Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Caribbean Sea on the other,
delicately lit palm trees gently kissing the sky, combined with
the anticipation of a tremendous musical experience is surely enough
to warm the coolest hearts.
Pete Escovedo – biography
Legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down
the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary
music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more
than 50 years.
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.
After performing with various bands, Pete formed the Escovedo Brothers
Latin Jazz band with his brothers, Coke and Phil in 1960. The band
performed around the San Francisco Bay Area.
In 1970, Pete and Coke formed the band Azteca. This band would
tour the United States with Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. They
also recorded two albums on Columbia records, “Azteca”
and “Pyramid of the Moon”.
In 1972, Pete Escovedo toured and performed with the Carlos Santana
band and recorded three major albums, “Moonflower”,
“Oneness” and “Inner Secrets”.
In 1978, Pete Escovedo recorded the albums “Solo Two”
and “Happy Together” with Sheila E (his daughter) on
the Fantasy record label.
Escovedo has won numerous awards such as Jammie Jazz Musician Of
The Year (1983) Bammie Latin Musician Of The Year (1984) San Francisco
State College Purple Globe Award, Ronald Dellums Congressional Award,
National Recording Academy Governors Award San Francisco Chapter
and Chicago Chapter, California Arts and Council Award and the ABC
Television Profile of Excellence Award.
Pete Escovedo’s versatility as a percussionist has been featured
in performances and recordings by a wide range of artists such as
Carlos Santana, Tito Puento, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby
McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham,
Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Ray
Obiedo, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Angela Bofill,
Arturo Saandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee,
Gerald Albright, Prince, and the list goes on.