Desert Island Jazz
Pete Escovedo (2012)

Visit Website

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
Castaways by date
Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Noah Griffin
06 Nov
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Jacqui Naylor
13 Nov
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Richard Seidel
09 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Tessa Souter
23 Oct
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Donna Viscuso
20 Nov
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan