“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!” - Quincy Jones
Grammy-nominated Pedrito Martinez is widely regarded as the leading percussionist in Latin music jazz and has recorded or performed with Eric Clapton, Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Chucho Valdez and Sting. He has contributed, as a percussionist and vocalist, to over 50 albums. On Friday, Oct. 18, this internationally acclaimed musician travels to Maine to perform at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor.
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba in 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 had appeared in the documentary “Calle 54.” His career as a band leader began in 2005 with the formation of The Pedrito Martinez Group whose performances have included festivals, performing arts centers, and venues throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Latin America.
His first album was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013. Habana Dreams, his second album, was released in June 2016. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and being named among the Boston Globe World Music Albums for 2016.
Pedrito was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world. He has been named “Percussionist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association every year from 2014-2017.
For more on the group, visit http://pedritomartinezmusic.com.
Advance discounted tickets are $20 and available only by calling or visiting the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Ave. or 633-559. Regular tickets are $25 and available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the performance through the box office. The music starts at 7:30 p.m., doors for seating open at 7.