Pedrito Martinez Brings Latin Jazz and More to Newtown
Cuban-born percussionist plays a dynamic mix of traditional Cuban rumba, Afro-Latin jazz, and Spanish flamenco music Friday, September 14 as part of Bucks Live!
Bucks County Community College, which has been bringing outstanding musical talent to the region for more than 50 years, proudly presents Pedrito Martinez in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, September 14.
One of the most talented young musicians in Latin music today, the Cuban-born percussionist has become renowned for both his beautiful voice and his exceptional percussion skills. Martinez began his musical career at age 11, performing with such Cuban legends as Tata Guines and Munequitos de Matanzas, before relocating to Canada and New York City.
The group he leads is expanding the definitions of Latin jazz by seamlessly blending the styles of timba, gospel, guaguanco, blues, jazz, and classical music into their own sound that bursts with energy. Members include Martinez on percussion and vocals; percussionist Jhair Sala from Lima, Peru; electric bassist Alvaro Benavides from Caracas, Venezuela; and keyboard player Edgar Pantoja-Aleman from Santiago de Cuba.
Tickets for Pedrito Martinez are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, and free for Bucks County Community College students with current ID. In addition, a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $30, which includes reserved seating and a preconcert reception. The reception, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., includes light hors d’oeuvres and two glasses of wine or beer. VIP ticketholders must be age 21 or older.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucks.edu/tickets or at the box office. The Zlock Performing Arts Center is located inside the Gateway Center building on the campus at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., where there is ample free parking. The theater is equipped with audio-loop technology for the hearing impaired.
The concert is part of the Bucks Live! series of innovative programs to inform, inspire, and enrich the life of greater Bucks County, brought to you by Bucks County Community College’s Cultural Affairs Committee.
Forthcoming events include George Porter Jr. & the Runnin’ Pardners Friday, September 28, part of the Creative Inspiration Concert to benefit the Danny DeGenarro Memorial Fund; and Sharon Katz and the Peace Train Saturday, October 6, part of the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County’s Celebration of the Performing Arts. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/live or call 215-968-8087.