* The Pedrito Martínez Group

October 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Blues Alley
1073 Wisconsin Ave NW
DC 20007
$35 (Plus $12 Minimum and $5 Fee)

Pedrito Martinez, an imaginative percussionist and vocalist from Cuba, wears his country’s batá and rumba traditions as comfortably as a pair of fitted jeans. The West African rhythms that live on in Cuba are premised on a collective weave and tumble; it usually takes a handful of drummers to bring them out. But Martinez’s band has just one complementary percussionist, plus a piano and an electric bass. It’s remarkable how much he can do with the format. Two separate sets at 8 and 10 p.m.



Giovanni Russonello

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Giovanni is the founder of CapitalBop, and a music critic for the New York Times. He previously served as a contributor to the Washington Post, the FADER, JazzTimes, NPR Music and others, and hosted “On the Margin,” a books show on WPFW-FM. As head of CapitalBop, he has covered the D.C. jazz scene since 2010. (He is no longer directly involved in the presenting of CapitalBop's concerts.) He graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor’s degree in history, with a focus on African-American history. Reach Giovanni at [email protected] Read him at giovannirussonello.com or nytimes.com/by/giovanni-russonello. Follow him on Twitter at @giorussonello.

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