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Ray Obiedo and Latin Jazz Project featuring Peter Michael Escovedo

Aug 13, Saturday - 7pm
PG&E Silicon Valley Stage

Whether he’s touring with Herbie Hancock, recording with George Duke, or hearing his compositions on popular film soundtracks, San Francisco native Ray Obiedo has made a name for himself as one the most originally expressive and exciting guitarists of his time.

Obiedo has performed with many of the jazz community’s most celebrated stars, including legendary jazz organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith, trombonist Julian Priester, Azteca featuring Pete Escovedo & Sheila E, Fourplays’ Harvey Mason and jazz superstar Herbie Hancock, who he toured the world with in the late 70’s.

As a session player, Obiedo’s guitar work can be found on albums by artists as diverse as Lou Rawls, George Duke, Brenda Russell, Herbie Hancock, Sheila E & the E Train, Freda Payne, The Whispers, The Delfonics as well as solo albums by jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, former Yellowjackets saxophonist Marc Russo and Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. It was also Obiedo’s memorable guitar solo that so sweetly highlighted sax star Grover Washington Jr’s last hit cover of the classic single “Soulful Strut.”

Beginning with his 1989 debut Perfect Crime, Obiedo has consistently remained loyal to his rhythm and blues roots while also sharpening his Afro-funk instincts and natural flair for infectious pop and Latin/Brasilian grooves. Currently appearing with Obiedo on his latest release, Latin Jazz Project Vol 1 are a number of all-star jazz luminaries, including the Yellowjackets’ Bob Mintzer, percussionist Sheila E, flautist Elena Pinderhughes, master timbalero Orestes Vilato, trumpeter Ray Vega and current Santana members percussionist Karl Perazzo and keyboardist David K Mathews.

Obiedo’s work has also appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine’s A Shock To The System and Richard Gere’s Internal Affairs.

Obiedo has performed with many of the jazz community’s most celebrated stars, including legendary jazz organist Johnny “Hammond” Smith, trombonist Julian Priester, Azteca featuring Pete Escovedo & Sheila E, Fourplays’ Harvey Mason and jazz superstar Herbie Hancock, who he toured the world with in the late 70’s.

As a session player, Obiedo’s guitar work can be found on albums by artists as diverse as Lou Rawls, George Duke, Brenda Russell, Herbie Hancock, Sheila E & the E Train, Freda Payne, The Whispers, The Delfonics as well as solo albums by jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, former Yellowjackets saxophonist Marc Russo and Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste. It was also Obiedo’s memorable guitar solo that so sweetly highlighted sax star Grover Washington Jr’s last hit cover of the classic single “Soulful Strut.”

Beginning with his 1989 debut Perfect Crime, Obiedo has consistently remained loyal to his rhythm and blues roots while also sharpening his Afro-funk instincts and natural flair for infectious pop and Latin/Brasilian grooves. Currently appearing with Obiedo on his latest release, Latin Jazz Project Vol 1 are a number of all-star jazz luminaries, including the Yellowjackets’ Bob Mintzer, percussionist Sheila E, flautist Elena Pinderhughes, master timbalero Orestes Vilato, trumpeter Ray Vega and current Santana members percussionist Karl Perazzo and keyboardist David K Mathews.

Obiedo’s work has also appeared on film soundtracks, most notably Michael Caine’s A Shock To The System and Richard Gere’s Internal Affairs.


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