Making An Impact: Pete Escovedo Performing Gingerbread Girl

by chipboaz on May 14, 2017

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There’s lots of musicians that remain on a scene for decades, but not every musician makes a difference, keeping the scene afloat through their hard work. For most, keeping the gigs steady, finding new creative outlets, and maintaining their chops is a full time job. Doing something above and beyond the norm is out of the question for most, and they never go there. There’s some special qualities that inspire other musicians to pursue new ideas, establish creative projects, and foster a sense of belonging around them. When they act on those qualities, there’s a bit of magic that happens, bringing the world great music, but also bringing a whole new level of quality to the musicians around them. It’s a huge undertaking, and one that should be celebrated.

Percussionist and bandleader Pete Escovedo has made a huge difference in the evolution of Bay Area Latin Jazz through his musicianship, perseverance, and support of young artists. As a young person, Escovedo made an impact upon the Bay Area, playing in small groups with his brother Coke, eventually fronting the Latin Rock band Azteca, and then forming his Latin Jazz ensemble that he still leads today. That type of forward thinking and willingness to try new musical direction kept him afloat, but also brought a wealth of new ideas into the scene that made a huge impact onto Bay Area Latin Jazz. There was also Escovedo’s community spirit that fostered a positive environment. As Escovedo became an established artist, he continued to bring young musicians into his band, helping essential artists like Rebeca Mauleon, Wayne Wallace, John Santos, and more. That community spirit extended to his family as well, allowing him to raise, mentor, and launch the careers of Sheila E., Juan Escovedo, and Peter Michael Escovedo. It’s safe to say that the Bay Area Latin Jazz scene would not be the same without Pete Escovedo

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