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Pedrito Martinez wins 'Percussionist of the Year' at 2016 JJA Jazz Awards

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Congratulations to Pedrito Martinez on his win for - Percussionist of the Year at the 20th annual Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. Professional Journalist Members of the JJA made open nominations in a first selection round; those who received the most nominations advanced to the final ballot. 

The Pedrito Martinez Group is set to release - Habana Dreams next month. A going-home album, Martinez has been going home all along in the dense, urban world – of santeros, paleros, ecobios, rumberos, professional musicians, and strivers of all kinds, to say nothing of ancestral spirits. With Co-producer Willy Torres and a small posse, flew from New York to Havana to spend five days with a select contingent of Cubans to lay down tracks in one of the world's most famous recording studios: Areíto/EGREM (formerly Panart), Habana Dreams pulls together three sets of collaborators.

SEE THE 2016 JJA Jazz Awards PAGE