Wells Fargo Jazz

PEDRITO MARTINEZ GROUP

Sponsored by: Wells Fargo

Venue: College of Charleston Cistern Yard

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 15 minutes

Overview

Cuban musician Pedrito Martinez’s world-class status as a percussionist, singer, and bandleader has garnered a fervent following. Marrying enticing dance music with rich folklore, he and his powerhouse quartet seamlessly blend “the styles of timba, gospel, guaguanco, blues, jazz, and classical music into their own sound that bursts with energy and never ceases to groove” (All About Jazz). Each bandmate contributes something integral: Peruvian percussionist Jhair Sala’s timing and intuition fuse with Martinez’s, and the two drummers play as one; pianist Edgar Pantoja-Aleman bends genre boundaries with a constant supply of heat and skill; and bassist Yunior Terry considers his bass “one more dancer out there on the dance floor.” Together, the quartet is “writing a new chapter in Cuban music history, and their shared excitement is irresistible” (NPR’s All Things Considered).

Check out the Festival Friday Radio blog series featuring the Pedrito Martinez Group’s top 10 songs below:

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