Pete Escovedo

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Pete Escovedo
Pete Escovedo White House oct 2009.jpg
Pete Escovedo at the "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina", October 13, 2009
Background information
Birth namePeter Michael Escovedo
Born (1935-07-13) July 13, 1935 (age 84)
Pittsburg, California, U.S.
GenresLatin jazz

Peter Michael Escovedo (born July 13, 1935 in Pittsburg, California) is a Mexican-American percussionist.[1]


With his two brothers, Pete formed Escovedo Bros Latin Jazz Sextet, before Carlos Santana hired Pete and Coke Escovedo for his group.[2] He led the 14–24 piece Latin big band Azteca.[2]

He is the father of musicians Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E.), Peter Michael Escovedo, and Juan Escovedo; and dancer, manager and promoter Zina Escovedo. His brothers are fellow recording artists Alejandro Escovedo, Coke Escovedo, Javier Escovedo (The Zeros), Bobby Escovedo, and Mario Escovedo (The Dragons). He is the biological grandfather of Nicole Richie, daughter of son Peter Michael Escovedo.

Escovedo participated in the San Francisco music scene for several decades. In 2002, he appeared on the "By the Hand of the Father" episode of the PBS series Austin City Limits.

In 2014, he and his sons Peter and Juan were invited by producer Gerry Gallagher to record with El Chicano, Alphonse Mouzon, Brian Auger, Alex Ligertwood, Ray Parker Jr., Vikki Carr, Salvador Santana, Marcos J. Reyes, Lenny Castro, Siedah Garrett, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Jessy J, and David Paich. This major project is due for release in 2019.


  • 1977 Solo Two (Fantasy)
  • 1978 Happy Together (Fantasy)
  • 1982 Island (EsGo/Fantasy)
  • 1985 Yesterday's Memories Tomorrow's Dreams (Concord Crossover)
  • 1987 Mister E (Concord Crossover)
  • 1995 Flying South (Concord Picante)
  • 1997 E Street (Concord Jazz)
  • 2000 E Musica (Concord Jazz)
  • 2001 Whatcha Gonna Do (Concord Jazz)
  • 2003 Live
  • 2012 Live from Stern Grove Festival (Concord Jazz)

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