When: Sat., March 24, 7 p.m. 2018
Pete Escovedo is a local legend and father of percussionists Juan, Peter Michael, and Shelia E, as well as Americana artist Javier Escovedo. His teenage obsession with timbales, congas, and bongos led to a two-year gig with Santana’s groundbreaking Latin jazz/rock band. With his brother Coke, he cofounded the jazz/rock/funk world music group Azteca before rejoining Santana for another four-year stint. He created the Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra in the early ’80s, pioneering the hard-to-define San Francisco Latin sound — a combination of rock, funk, R&B, jazz, African, Brazilian, and other Caribbean rhythms. Over the years, he’s featured musicians who are now major players, including Wayne Wallace, Ray Obiedo, Murray Low, and Rebeca Mauleon. The current incarnation of the band continues to introduce exciting young artists and recently released Back to the Bay, an album that celebrates the 83-year-old percussionist’s long career and his contribution to the local music scene.