Breaking Barriers

Breaking Barriers

Percussionist Pete Escovedo lights up the Levitt stage

By John Sollenberger 07/24/2014

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The Levitt Pavilion Summer Music Festival offers a fine way to celebrate a warm Sunday evening with percussionist Pete Escovedo heating up the stage. 


Escovedo is legendary for breaking down musical barriers for more than 50 years, effortlessly blending smooth jazz, salsa, Latin jazz and contemporary music. He and his brothers formed the Escovedo Brothers Latin Jazz Sextet in 1960, with Escovedo working during the day and playing at night, often performing at two different clubs on the same night. 


In 1967, Escovedo and his brother Coke landed a dream gig performing with Carlos Santana, which continued for three years. He then went out on his own, making a name for himself and performing with a virtual who’s who of top artists, including Herbie Hancock, Woody Herman, Stephen Stills, Boz Scaggs, Dionne Warwick, Chick Corea and many other acts. In the process, he’s produced a long string of albums and toured the world. 


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Music starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena in Memorial Park, Raymond Avenue and Holly Street, Pasadena. Admission is free.  Call (626) 683-3230 or visit


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