Cuban born percussionist, Pedrito Martinez is the winner of a Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion. He has contributed as a percussionist and vocalist to more than 50 albums, and had recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting.
Pedrito’s career as a band leader began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s Grammy-nominated first album was released in October 2013 and was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 as well as The Boston Globe Critics Top Ten Albums of 2013.
Habana Dreams, PMG’s second album, was released in June 2016. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums (2016) in addition to being named among the Boston Globe’s Top World Music Albums for 2016.