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Pete Escovedo
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Artist Biography

Everything you need to know in one spot.

  • Band/Affiliation: Independent
  • Country: United States

Legendary Percussionist Pete Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 40 years.

Born in Pittsburg, California, July 13th, 1935, he began his musical journey while attending high school in Oakland, California. At the age of sixteen, he began playing the saxophone and then discovered percussion which became his love of rhythm and his dream of playing Latin Jazz music.

After performing with various bands, in 1960 Pete and his brothers, Coke and Phil Escovedo formed the Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz band, performing around the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1970 Pete and Coke formed the band Azteca that toured the United States with Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. They recorded two albums on Columbia records which are now considered collectors items, Azteca and Pyramid of the Moon. In 1973 Pete toured and performed with the Carlos Santana band and recorded three major albums, Moonflower,Oneness and Inner Secrets.

In 1978 Pete and his daughter Sheila E. recorded two albums on Fantasy records, Solo Two and Happy Together which were produced by Billy Cobham.

Pete's versatility as a Percussionist has been featured in performances and recordings by a wide range of Artists such as, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Tito Puente, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jareau, Ray Obiedo, Dione Warick, Marlena Shaw, Sheila E., Barry White, Angela Bofil, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, and the list goes on.

As a solo artist Pete has recorded five acclaimed CD's on Concord Records, Yesterday Memories, Tomorrow Dreams,Mister E (nominated for a Grammy), Flying South, E-Street, and E-Music.

Pete has also received numerous Awards for:
1983 Jammie Jazz Musician of the Year
1984 Bammie Latin Musician of the Year
1989 Grammy Nomination Mister E

San Francisco State College Purple Globe Award
Ronald Dellums Congressional Award
National Recording Academy Governors Award San Francisco
Chapter and Chicago Chapter
California Arts Council Award
ABC Television Profile of Excellence Award

Pete Escovedo has been a brilliant example and teacher for his children, Sheila, Juan, Peter Michael and Zina, all who are talented in the music industry as well and appear not only on his recordings, but perform live together when the opportunity presents itself.
You can experience their magic on Pete's CD Pete Escovedo Live on Concord Records.
The Pete Escovedo Latin-Jazz Orchestra continues to perform all over the world and will continue to record new music to enjoy for many years to come.