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Pete Escovedo (2012)

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Pete Escovedo is part of a Bay Area musical dynasty, and has been a major force in Latin music scenes here since the 1960s.

Born in Pittsburg, California, Pete grew up in Oakland, surrounded by music throughout his childhood (his father sang with some Latin big bands). He played saxophone in high school before switching to vibes.

When Ed Kelly needed a percussionist, Pete found his calling. He and his younger brother, Coke, developed quickly as percussionists and, with the addition of brother Phil on bass they started a band. That group broke up in 1967 when he and Coke got the call from Carlos Santana. After touring for a couple of years with Santana, Pete and Coke started their group Azteca, recording for Columbia Records.

Pete is also a visual artist, having been drawing and painting as a teenager. (Do check out his art at his website.)

Pete has trained the next generation of his own children—each of them an excellent performer—Sheila, Peter Michael, and Juan, all of whom appear in the family band on the new recording, "Live at Stern Grove".
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Eddie Palmieri The Sun of Latin Music Nada de Ti Coco Records
# 2 Ivan Lins I'm Not Alone I'm Not Alone Trans Brasil
# 3 João Gilberto Amoroso Besame Mucho Warner Bros
# 4 Cal Tjader Black Orchid Pete Kelly's Blues OJC
# 5 Donny Hathaway A Donny Hathaway Collection You Were Meant for Me Atlantic
# 6 Tito Puente The Best of Tito Puente, Vol. 1 Que Sera Mi China RCA
Book Sidney Poitier, "Life Beyond Measure"
Luxury Item A lap-top computer
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