3rd Thursdays at Latham Square
October 17, 2019
We are very excited to have the legendary Pete Escovedo in the house for the close out of the 3rd Thursdays at Latham Square.
It’s also Sterling James’ birthday come out to join the celebration with great music, great people, good food and unique items to purchase.
Pete Escovedo – 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 50 years.
Born in Pittsburg, CA, July 13th, 1935, he began his musical journey while attending high school in Oakland, CA. 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 1972 Pete toured and performed with the Carlos Santana band and recorded three major albums, “Moonflower”, “Oneness” and “Inner Secrets”.
In 1978 Pete and 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, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Ray Obiedo, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Angela Bofill, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, Prince, and the list goes on.
He has performed with his Orchestra for President Obama twice at the White House.
The Jamming Nachos – The Jamming Nachos area straight up Rock N Roll band from Oakland, CA. They are the 2014 Mayhem contest winners for best song/band under 18. They were the finalist in the 2014 Oakland’s Got Talent contest. This band is without a doubt one of the most exciting live shows in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“What are people saying about this group: These kids played a blend of rap, hip hop, and hard rock with lyrics that were socially conscious. It was super inspiring to hear a group of kids under 21 playing music that has roots in funk, soul and rap.”
— SF SONIC
Come out after work, invite your friends, co-workers, and family to join in on a fun evening of music, food, and that Oakland community vibe!
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