Pedro Pablo “Pedrito” Martinez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1973. He settled in New York City in 1998, and by 2000, he had been awarded the Thelonius Monk Award for Afro-Latin Hand Percussion and was featured in the documentary film, “Calle 54”.
Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen, and Sting, and has contributed as a percussionist and vocalist to over fifty albums. He was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with whom he recorded two albums and toured the world.
Pedrito’s career as a leader began in 2005 with the formation in New York of The Pedrito Martinez Group. The group’s GRAMMY-nominated first album was released October 2013, and was chosen among NPR’s Favorite Albums of 2013 and Boston Globe Critics’ Top Ten Albums of 2013. Habana Dreams, PMG’s second album, was released in June 2016, featuring guest performers Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz. Accolades for Habana Dreams include #1 Latin Jazz Album in NPR’s Jazz Critics Top Jazz Albums for 2016 and being named among the best World Music Albums for 2016 by the Boston Globe.