The E Family – Dynasty of Love & Artistry
Native Californian Pete Escovedo discovered and cultivated a love and passion for music, which soon led him to embrace Latin Jazz and pass it on to his sons and daughters as his father did before him. Contributing his signature sound on timbales, Pete has performed and toured with such respected artists as Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Bobby McFerrin, Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Billy Cobham, Boz Scaggs, Anita Baker, Arturo Sandoval, Poncho Sanchez, and Chick Corea to name a few. Not only were Pete and his brother Coke the founders of the history-making band Azteca, Pete was one of the early members of Santana. Today, Pete leads one of the country’s top orchestras, performing their own unique brand of Latin jazz.
Pete’s daughter and Grammy nominee Sheila E. keeps the rhythm solid on drums congas and vocals. Her impressive roster is a who’s who of the industry, performing with artists such as Ringo Starr, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, George Duke, Placido Domingo and countless others. As Musical Director for “Fiesta Latina: In Performance at The White House,” Sheila recently earned her first Emmy nomination.
First born son Juan Escovedo brings his flavor of R&B to the table. His dynamic performance captivates audiences, lending his talents to the congas, drums and vocals. Juan has performed with a roster of noted artists including Patti Labelle, Jody Watley, Lou Bega, MC Hammer, En Vogue, Herbie Hancock and many more.
On bongos, drums and vocals is youngest son Peter Michael, an Emmy nominee for his work as Music Director and Producer for The Wayne Brady Show. He has contributed his talents to Mariah Carey, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Nicks, and George Michael, but to name a few. Peter Michael was also the Musical Director for The Martin Short Show. His energy and stage presence always electrifies the crowd.
The E Family is a force to be reckoned with. A memorable performance with the late Tito Puente was beautifully featured in the “Latina Familia” project. In addition, The E Family can be seen in the Latin pop culture movie,“Chasing Papi” performing their original track “Escondia” with the title track “Favorite Fantasy” co-written by Sheila E. Collectively they are the latest evolution of one of the most amazing musical family dynasties that continues to deliver a colorful and powerful concoction of music to soothe the soul.
The E Family’s new release, “Now & Forever”, is a special 13 track collection encompassing a rich range of musical influences, ranging from Latin, Hip Hop, Pop and Jazz, and features special guest artists Earth Wind & Fire, Gloria Estefan, Joss Stone, Israel Houghton, Raphael Saadiq, George Duke, Damon Castillo and Wes Quave. It is a must have for all music lovers.
The E Family’s contribution to the philanthropic community is exemplary as they give back by assisting families and children in need through introducing the power of healing through music.
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