Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973. Having settled in New York City in the fall of 1998, by 2000, he had been awarded the Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion and was featured in the documentary film, Calle 54. Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting and has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums. Mr. Martinez was also a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. Pedrito’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of The Pedrito Martinez Group.
“Pedrito is a genius…working with him has been a revelation to me.”
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!”
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history”
NPR All Things Considered
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