Join us for our pre-show activities at 7pm! Philly con Sabor will perform rueda de casino, a dynamic group dance which is done in a circular formation. There will also be a short introductory rueda de casino lesson afterwards. No prior dance experience or partners necessary!
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is the real thing. They had the club JUMPING! It made me feel like a teenager!”
Quincy Jones, May 28, 2013
“Pedrito is a genius…working with him has been a revelation to me.”
Wynton Marsalis Sept, 2014
“The Pedrito Martinez Group is writing a new chapter in Cuban music history”
NPR All Things Considered
READ: Interview with Billboard
READ: Review in Village Voice
LISTEN: Stream the Album
The Pedrito Martinez Group hits the Bride stage with tracks from their new album Habana Dreams.
Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba, Sept 12, 1973 and was raised in the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana and began his musical career at the age of 11, performing as vocalist and percussionist with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Yoruba Andabo.
Since settling in New York City in the fall of 1998, Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting and has contributed to well over 75 albums.
A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum, he is also the world’s first-call rumbero—playing, singing, and dancing with dozens of groups and contributing to or appearing in several important films, including Calle 54 (2000) and Chico and Rita (2010).
Mr. Martinez 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.
His career as a leader, began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of the The Pedrito Martinez Group with fans that include Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks, Steve Gadd, Wynton Marsalis, Taj Mahal and Quincy Jones.
The Pedrito Martinez Group’s, Grammy-nominated, first studio album, was released October, 2013 and features special guests, Wynton Marsalis, John Scofield and Steve Gadd. The album was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.”
“Habana Dreams”, PMG’s second album, recorded largely, in Cuba in October 2015, includes guests such as Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz.