Escovedo's in town for fun family event

July 16, 2010 5:08:38 PM PDT
Music legend Pete Escovedo is celebrating his 75th birthday and you're invited to the party! Pete and his daughter, Sheila E., and two of his sons, Juan and Peter Michael, dropped by our studios to tell us all about it.

Upcoming event:

Join the Escovedo's at Pete Escovedo's 75th Birthday Celebration Latin Jazz Orchestra featuring Sheila E., Juan and Peter Michael Escovedo.

Jul 15-Jul 18, 2010
Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows
Tickets: $28

Sunday 2 p.m. Kids Matinee
Tickets: $5 Kids, $18 Adult (With Kids), $28 Adult (General)

Sunday 7pm show
Tickets: $28

Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510-238-9200
Website: www.yoshis.com
Tickets: yoshis.inticketing.com

About Pete Escovedo:

Pete Escovedo had the amazing opportunity to play percussion with Santana was like a dream he would never forget but something in his soul was still struggling. His vision grew bigger, he needed to make a name for himself and for the music that kept playing in his mind. He finally decided that it was time to leave.

In the 1970's Pete and brother Coke founded the band Azteca and recorded two albums for Columbia, a self titled album and Pyramid Of The Moon. They made a name for themselves, and accomplished their dream.

From the 70's until now Pete has performed and toured with many great and respected artist, such as, Herbie Hancock, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Billy Cobham, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Ray Obiedo, Dionne Warwick, Marlena Shaw, Barry White, Angela Bofill, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, Prince, and none other than the most gifted and respected person that we will always call family, the legendary Tito Puente.

About Sheila E.:

Sheila Escovedo was born into a musical family. The eldest child of Pete and Juanita Escovedo (she has two brothers, Juan and Peter Michael, and one sister, Zina), she started playing with the family instruments at the age of 3.

Sheila was obviously influenced by her father Latin jazz legend and timbalero Pete Escovedo (then band leader of the influential band Azteca) while watching him rehearse.

At 5 years old, she made her concert "debut" at the former Sands Ballroom in Oakland, as she was invited on stage by her father to play a solo in front of an audience of 3,000. At that moment, Sheila knew exactly what she wanted to do: she was going to be a percussionist.

From age 17, Sheila has recorded and toured extensively with renowned artists such as Babyface, Billy Cobham, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Nicks, Patti LaBelle, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Ringo Starr, Tito Puente, Don Was, Stevie Wonder and countless others, but to name a few.

In 1983, Sheila caught the attention of Prince and changed her name to "Sheila E.," and Prince helped her record her first solo album, "The Glamorous Life." The first single from the album, "The Glamorous Life," written, performed, and directed by Sheila E., was released in the spring of 1984 and earned popular and critical acclaim.

This single went on to receive multiple Grammy and American Music Award nominations, and won MTV's Best Video Award. "The Glamorous Life" yielded a hit single in the title track, and another hit for its follow-up single, "The Belle of St. Mark."

Currently, Sheila, a philanthropist, continues to devote her talents and time to the Elevate Hope Foundation (EHF), a charitable organization (which she is co-founder and co-chair) that assists the needs of abused and abandoned children through music therapy. Despite the demands of her commitment to making music, she maintains a heavy involvement in the organization.

"There are so many kids who need our help," she says, "And we're trying to help them get their lives together by building their confidence through music and the arts. It's just another way for me to do God's will, another reason for living. I believe we are here to help people in this lifetime. We must give something of ourselves to truly live." Sheila E. and EHF have presented countless events to raise money for the foundation.

Her last CD release "Heaven" is an enchanting combination of adult contemporary, funk, jazz and inspirational tracks. Sheila E. is indeed a multi-faceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, songwriter, performer, arranger, producer, composer, instrumentalist and humanitarian. Her gifts have brought joy on the world and have made her one of today's brightest talents, and she continues to be one of our most treasured stars.

For more information, visit www.elevatehope.org

About Peter Michael Escovedo:

Peter Michael Escovedo, is an Emmy nominated Musical Director/Producer of the four time Emmy winning "Wayne Brady Show" has earned recognition not only as a percussionist, but a producer, singer, songwriter, and television personality. Peter Michael (named after his father, percussionist and original member of Santana, Pete Escovedo) has contributed in countless world tours, recordings and television shows.

He has written music for film, theme songs for television, composed, arranged, and produced music for various artists, and has released his debut solo CD entitled "Moments" produced, written, engineered, and mixed by Peter Michael.

Juan Jose Escovedo is the first born son of four siblings. Following in the footsteps of his father, Pete Escovedo, Juan started playing percussion at the age of ten. When he turned 14, he began performing with his father and fell in love with all aspects: the audience, the stage, and the excitement of playing live music.

Juan began teaching himself at a very young age how to play bongos, congas, trap drums, timbales, percussion, and other instruments. People were amazed at the talent behind his hands. Soon Juan knew that he would make a name for himself.

Juan became recognized by the entertainment industry, bringing to it his unique style of R&B, Pop and Latin Jazz. Before long he toured and recorded with many artists such as, Prince, Tony, Toni, Tone, Patti LaBelle, Lou Bega, MC Hammer, En Vogue, El DeBarge, Freddie Hubbard, Barry White, Herbie Hancock, Teri Lynn Carrington, Bobby McFerrin, Tito Puente, Cheryl Lynn, his sister Sheila E., his father Pete Escovedo, and many others.

Juan's experience in the entertainment indudstry includes more than touring and recording; his talents have carried him to the big screen as well. He has made special appearances in JACK starring Robin Williams, CHASING PAPI starring Roselyn Sanchez and Jaci Velasquez, FORD FAIRLANE starring Andrew Dice Clay, and KRUSH GROOVE starring Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Sheila E. Juan has also made a cameo appearance in Bobby Womack's video "Save The Children."

Juan has expanded his musical talent by writing songs of his own and is a uniquely gifted musician who brings his own sound to the stage. Currently performing with his own orchestra, he has received overwhelming success. He is humbled by the countless blessings he and his family have been given, getting to express themselves musically and sharing their love of music with others. Juan Escovedo was born to perform.

For more information about Pete Escovedo, visit www.peteescovedo.com


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