Downtown Burbank Partnership presents Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra



DOWNTOWN BURBANK, CALIF. – Downtown Burbank Partnership presents Come Out & Dance featuring legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and his band in a free live concert on the AMC Walkway in Downtown Burbank, Thursday, August 26 at 7:00 P.M.

Widely considered one of the finest ensembles in upbeat Latin jazz, the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra is an electrifying blend of talented musicians. Dance lovers will delight in the joyous concoction of Latin rhythms with elements of jazz, R&B and funk that is hard to resist.

Come Out & Dance is Burbank’s premiere free summer concert series with a line-up that features a dazzling array of swing and salsa music. This annual summer series concludes with Pete Escovedo’s performance.

The event begins at 6:00 P.M. with free salsa lessons courtesy of Francisco and Stacey of The Dance Family Studio. Participants learn the latest dance steps, refine their steps and sharpen their moves before putting it all into practice when the band strikes up.

At 7:00 P.M., the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra takes the stage.

Escovedo is an artist who broke down the barriers of smooth jazz, salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music. His name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years. Born 1935 in Pittsburg, CA, he began his musical journey while attending high school in Oakland. At the age of sixteen, he began playing the saxophone and then discovered percussion. This began his love of rhythm and his dream of playing Latin jazz music.

In 1970, Escovedo formed the band Azteca and toured the United States with Stevie Wonder and The Temptations. He recorded two albums on Columbia records which are now considered collector’s items, Azteca and Pyramid of the Moon. In 1972, Escovedo toured and performed with Carlos Santana and recorded three major albums, Moonflower, Oneness and Inner Secrets. In 1978, Escovedo and daughter Sheila E. recorded two albums on Fantasy records Solo Two and Happy Together, both produced by Billy Cobham.

Escovedo’s versatility as a percussionist has been featured in performances and recordings by a wide range of artists such as Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, Bobby McFerrin, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Anita Baker, George Duke, Boz Scaggs, Andy Narell, Al Jarreau, Dionne Warwick, Barry White, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, Chick Corea, Dave Valentine, Najee, Gerald Albright, Prince and many others.

Come Out & Dance is presented by Downtown Burbank Partnership and is sponsored in part by Bill Toth and Associates www.billtoth.com, Pho Citi www.phociti.com, Chipotle www.chipotle.com and YELP www.yelp.com/la.

For more information the public is asked to please call 818.238.5180 or visit www.downtown-burbank.org

Downtown Burbank comprises 34-blocks of retail, office, residential and entertainment destinations that include more than 200 shops and 80 restaurants like Macy's, IKEA, PF Chang's, Urban Outfitters, AMC-16 and Burbank Town Center. The area is bounded by Verdugo Avenue, Glenoaks, Burbank Boulevard and the I-5 in Burbank, Calif., and contains more than 9,000 parking spaces. Dubbed "one of Southern California's most appealing urban centers" by Sunset Magazine, the district is managed by Downtown Burbank Partnership, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation.