Pete Escovedo

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Pete Escovedo
Pete Escovedo White House oct 2009.jpg
Pete Escovedo performs at the "In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina" on Oct. 13, 2009.
Background information
Born (1935-07-13) July 13, 1935 (age 81)
Pittsburg, California
Genres Latin Jazz
Instruments Percussions
Years active 1950-present

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


With his two brothers, Pete formed Escovedo Bros Latin Jazz Sextet, before 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 to musicians Sheila Escovedo (Sheila E), Peter Michael Escovedo (Wayne Brady Show Band), 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.

Long well known in the regional San Francisco Bay Area music scene for several decades, in 2002 Pete Escovedo made a notable national television appearance on the "By the Hand of the Father" episode of the PBS Austin City Limits program.

Pete Escovedo, along with his sons Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael Escovedo are currently recording with Latin Rock group El Chicano and their 3 piece percussion is featured on a new instrumental track from El Chicano's most recent studio album due to be released in April 2014.


  • 1977: Solo Two (Fantasy Records)
  • 1978: Happy Together (Fantasy Records)
  • 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 [live] (Concord Jazz)
  • 2003: Live
  • 2012: Live from Stern Grove Festival (Concord Jazz)

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