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Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet play the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series

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The Pedrito Martinez Havana Quartet will play the Belleayre Jazz Club TONIGHT! Friday, Aug. 2 as part of the Catskill Mountain Jazz Series from August 1-3. Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion get things hopping on Thursday, Aug. 1, then Pedrito on the 2nd, followed by a big stage show on Saturday, Aug. 3 featuring Paquito D'Rivera & Dizzy Gillespie's Big Band

The Pedrito Martinez Group has its roots planted firmly in the Afro-Cuban Rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms  and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. Ben Ratliff(NY Times) has called the sound, "complex, blenderized Africa-to-the-New-World funk." The band has built a fan base that includes Taj Mahal, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Derek Trucks. Rounding out the quartet are percussionist, Jhair Sala, electric bassist, Alvaro Benavides and keyboardist/vocalist, Araicne Trujillo. Martínez was also a member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band,Yerba Buena which toured the world opening for the Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles. READ THE FULL ARTICLE