The Pedrito Martinez Group

The Pedrito Martinez Group

“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!"
- Quincy Jones, May 28, 2013

“…a musician on the verge of international stardom.”
- Jose Manuel Simian, NY Daily News Sept 11, 2013

“If anyone can move Afro-Cuban music [to] greater visibility, it’s Martinez
-Sasha Frere-Jones, The New Yorker, May 14, 2012

Members of the group include Pedrito Martinez, from Havana, Cuba on percussion and vocals; keyboard player/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo, also from Havana; percussionist, Jhair Sala, from Lima, Peru; and electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides, from Caracas, Venezuela.
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. He began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Los Munequitos de Matanzas. He was brought to Canada in 1998, by bandleader, Jane Bunnett, and decided to remain in North America to pursue his career. Two years later he took first place in the annual Thelonious Monk Institute Competition for Afro-Latin Hand Drumming.

Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has recorded and/or performed with Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Bryan Lynch, Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, Bebo Valdés, Cassandra Wilson; Joe Lovano, Issac Delgado, Eliane Elias, Stefon Harris, Bruce Springsteen, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Sting, (for his rainforest benefit, with Elton John, James Taylor and Lady Gaga.)

Mr. Martínez was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. Pedrito has lent his talents as a percussion player and vocalist to over one hundred records. These include six records that have been Grammy® nominated and one, a collaboration between Eddie Palmieri and Brian Lynch, called “Simpatico”, that was awarded a Grammy®.
Films Pedrito has appearanced in have included the documentary, Calle 54. And his singing and percussion playing were featured in the 2011, Academy Award-nominated, Chico and Rita.

The Pedrito Martinez Group [“PMG”] came together in 2005 at a Cuban restaurant in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, called Guantanamera. Regular visitors to their gigs have included Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Steve Winwood and Taj Mahal, to name a few.

The group has appeared at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Apollo Theater, The Newport Jazz Festival, globalFest, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, TED Conference and TEDx, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Red Sea Festival, Montreux Jazz Fest, The Sydney Festival, Bonnaroo, Yoshi’s/San Francisco. The Umbria Jazz Festivals, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival/San Francisco, The Red Sea Festival, Festival Internationale, Playboy Jazz Festival, SF Jazz, The Barbican,
The Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub NYC.
The Pedrito Martinez Group has self-released two live albums. And an album by Pedrito Martinez, called “Rumba de la Isla”, featuring the music of the flamenco great, Camarone de la Isla was released on Calle54/Sony in March of 2013.

Their first studio album, “The Pedrito Martinez Group”, was released, October 8, 2013, on Motema Music. The album was produced by Steve Gadd and Pedrito Martinez and features special guests, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield, Steve Gadd, Marc Quinones and Gary Schreiner.

DJ Asho

Havana-born Ariel “Asho” Fernández-Díaz is a New York City-based cultural critic, Hip Hop and Cuban Timba historian, journalist, filmmaker, and event organizer. Ariel has distinguished himself as a leader and advocate of Cuban youth culture and social-cultural movements. A fiery orator, widely acclaimed lecturer and proponent of the Cuban Hip-Hop movement, Vibe Magazine says, "Fernández does everything but rhyme. He's a DJ, radio personality, promoter, manager and journalist. If you want to know everything about Cuban Hip Hop, ask him. His drive and dedication to the movement is relentless." For many, Ariel is simply an organic intellectual with the vision of a socio-cultural entrepreneur.
Since 2005, he has lived in New York City where continues to demonstrate his vision, drive, and love for Hip Hop and the arts as vehicles for social change. He has traveled around the country as an ambassador of Cuban Hip Hop, presenting lectures at prestigious universities, colleges, and cultural institutions. Some of Ariel's most notable accomplishments in the US include, curating and producing First Fridays! (a community oriented and multicultural monthly program at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, the birth place of Hip Hop culture) and being featured as an Op-Ed columnist for El Diario/La Prensa, the oldest Spanish language daily newspaper in the U.S. Fernández-Díaz is presently at work on his first documentary film and a memoir documenting his life in Cuba and beyond. Through all of this, he continues to bridge the gap between Cuban and international youth communities.

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