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Pete Escovedo

Pete Escovedo has been a major force in Latin music since the late '60s, and his versatility has resulted in success in several areas of music, from Latin jazz and salsa to rock and Latin pop. Growing up in Oakland, California, Escovedo was surrounded by music throughout his childhood. His father sang with some Latin big bands. Pete played the saxophone in high school and soon switched to vibes. When pianist Ed Kelly needed a percussionist, Escovedo found his calling. He and his younger brother, the late Coke Escovedo, both developed quickly as percussionists and became greatly in demand for gigs in Northern California. With their youngest brother Phil Escovedo playing bass, the Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet was formed. The group broke up in 1967 when Carlos Santana hired both Pete and Coke for his Latin rock group. After touring with Santana for the next three years (he has rejoined him a few times since), Pete and Coke founded the 14-piece Latin big band Azteca, recording two albums for Columbia. When the band grew to 24 members, it became too expensive to keep together, although the music was quite impressive. Since that time, Pete has performed in a countless number of settings including with such notables as Herbie Hancock, Woody Herman, Cal Tjader, and Tito Puente, among many others. He started using his daughter Sheila E. in the mid-'70s when she was still a teenager; they first recorded together in 1976 with Billy Cobham and have worked together many times since. Since Azteca, Escovedo has also frequently led his own Latin jazz band, sometimes also including his other children Juan, Peter Michael, and Zina. Pete Escovedo has recorded as a leader for Fantasy (co-leading dates with Sheila E.) and Concord (including their Crossover, Picante, and Vista subsidiaries). He kicked off 2013 with the large band Live from Stern Grove. While his two sons are in the lineup, so are luminaries such as pianist Joe Rotondi, and trumpeters Louis Fasman and Mario Gonzales. The set also includes guest performances from Sheila E., saxophonist Dave Koz, guitarist Ray Obiedo, and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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WHOOOO~HOOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O ! ! ! ! ! :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D
Nuff sed.
this music is so electrifying !
So much love for the Escovedo familia...st a r t i n g with dad Pete, Sheila E. and the brothers!!!
Had the pleasure of performing with Pete a couple of years ago. A great musician and gentleman.
tejanokeys
Pete is absolutely fabulous.
rmc529
He is a living legend. I have seen him perform 3 times and will go to another show if I can.
deedee_macke y
Yes I love Pete and his family. Extremely talented.
Love the Escovedo's. Found out my grandmother used to hang out with him in the 60's! Imagine my surprise. I was thrilled to know this.
I was so pleased to have discovered the African Arts Festival in Chicago a few years back and at on one of my visits 2 years ago Pete, his son and daughter (Shelia E) were on stage with that latin beat that had everybody under the stars that night dancing with abandon! I love this family who has kept latin jazz alive and well connected in the afro-america n community for many generations.
Wow the fruit didn't fall far from the tree.Very talented family.
It is all Love for this man and his talented family :-)
cornynopobru
Pete's stylings are electrifing and his manerism are latin and cool. Make an old man move to the swaying stylings.
70ssoulchild
One the last living Latin Jazz legends..I live in Northern Cal and have had the pleasure of seeing Pete several times but always welcome more. Always ready to hear his music and to hear him live is a special treat.
One of the original greats of Latin music,and then to produce kids just as great in their own way,could the genes be any better then for them to produce their own greats?

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