Pedrito Martinez Presents: Part of Blue Note Jazz Festival
Cubano Bowl featuring Pedrito Martinez Group
Anat Cohen, DJ Asho, Special Cuban Sandwich w/ Fried Plantains by Blue Ribbon + $5 Frozen Margaritas + Bel Air Cocktails
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
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.
Clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen has won hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. Reviewing Anat’s 2008 headlining set with her quartet at the North See Jazz Festival, DownBeat said: “Cohen not only proved to be a woodwind revelation of dark tones and delicious lyricism, but also a dynamic bandleader who danced and shouted out encouragement to her group – whooping it up when pianist Jason Lindner followed her clarinet trills on a Latin-flavored number.
With her dark, curly, shoulder-length hair swaying to the beat as she danced, she was a picture of joy.” Anat has been voted Clarinetist of the Year six years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association, as well as 2012’s Multi-Reeds Player of the Year. That’s not to mention her topping of critics and readers polls in DownBeat magazine several years running. Anat has toured the world with her quartet, headlining at the Newport, Umbria, SF Jazz and North Sea jazz festivals as well as at such hallowed clubs as New York’s Village Vanguard. In September 2012, Anzic Records releases her sixth album as a bandleader, Claroscuro.The album ranges from buoyant dances to darkly lyrical ballads, drawing inspiration from New Orleans and New York, Africa and Brazil. In its ebullient, irresistible variety, Claroscuro encapsulates the description Jazz Police offered of Anat in full flight: “She becomes a singer, a poet, a mad scientist, laughing – musically – with the delight of reaching that new place, that new feeling, with each chorus.” Claroscuro takes its title from the Spanish word describing the play of light and shade (chiaroscuro in Italian).
The album showcases Anat’s fluency in a global set of styles, from creolized New Orleans chanson and the evergreen swing of an Artie Shaw tune to African grooves and Brazilian choro, samba and more. Playing clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor and soprano saxophones, she was joined in the studio by her top-flight working band – pianist Jason Lindner, double-bassist Joe Martin and drummer Daniel Freedman – as well as special guests: trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, percussionist Gilmar Gomes and star clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera. Recorded at Avatar Studios in Manhattan, Claroscuro comprises music from America, France, Brazil and South Africa played by kindred spirits from Israel, America, Brazil and Cuba. Reflecting on the naturally communicative, one-take spontaneity of the album, Anat says: “I’m playing with some of my favorite musicians in the world, and we all speak a common language, no matter where we come from.”
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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