NPR has just released a short documentary on Pedrito called “Santero” with a focus on his role as a Yoruba or Santeria priest. It’s a beautiful piece that will give you a look into a world that has had a profound impact on Pedrito’s music.
Included at the end of the film is a link to a full-length video of Ochas, a suite that featured Pedrito and Chucho Valdez with Wynton Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra with music composed by Wynton and inspired by the ceremonial music of the Yoruba (Santeria) religion.
To open its 2014-15 season, Jazz At Lincoln Center welcomes the world premiere of a work by managing and artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Ochas, for big band and Afro:Cuban percussion, features special guests in the commanding pianist Chucho Valdés and percussionist, vocalist and Santería priest Pedrito Martinez. With the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, they blend jazz with the traditional folkloric and religious music of Cuba. Jazz Night In America explores how the new suite of music came to be.
Wynton Marsalis, Pedrito Martinez, Chucho Valdés, Roman Diaz, Clemente Medina, Denise Ola DeJean, Amma D. McKen, Dreiser Durruthy Bambolé, Yesenia Fernandez Selier, Walter Blanding, Chris Crenshaw, Vincent Gardner, Victor Goines, Carlos Henriquez, Sherman Irby, Ali Jackson, Ryan Kisor, Elliot Mason, Ted Nash, Paul Nedzela, Dan Nimmer, Marcus Printup, Kenny Rampton, Joe Temperley, Gregory Gisbert
Producers: Patrick Jarenwattananon, Nick Michael, Josie Holtzman, Katie Simon / Editor: Nick Michael / Concert Video Director: James Sapione / Concert Camera Operators: Andrew Trost, Anthony Nicolau / Concert Recording Engineer: James Nichols / Concert Audio Assistant: Omar Little / Audio Engineer: Suraya Mohamed / Additional Video: Mito Habe:Evans, Nick Michael / Additional Audio: Josie Holtzman / Production Assistants: Richard Emery, Simeon Marsalis, Colin Marshall / Special Thanks: Justin Bias, Eugenia Han, Paul Siegel, Marcos Vargas, Lizette Vargas, Samantha Vargas / Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann