The California Jazz Conservatory Presents The Ray Obiedo Group at California Jazz Conservatory
California Jazz Conservatory uploaded this event on January 5, 2022
Sat, January 22, 2022
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Even as a child growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Obiedo recognized his own profoundly soulful musical connection to the Northern California region and its eclectic blend of exotic multi-ethnic rhythms. The greatest influence on his embryonic career was the James Brown revue, whose funky, percussive guitar sounds was the platform on which Obiedo built his technique. He joined organist Johnny "Hammond" Smith on a US tour in 1974, then ECM Records trombonist Julian Priester on his first European outing in 1977 and a world tour in 1978-79 with jazz superstar Herbie Hancock.
Obiedo also started his long association with Latin jazz great Pete Escovedo, which continues today. His own fusion band, Kick, included a young Sheila E. on drums and Sonny Rollins associate Mark Soskin on keyboards. In the mid 1980s his reputation grew as one of California's finest exponents of jazz, pop and fusion. His other outlet during this time was the pop-rock vehicle Rhythmus 21, wherein he worked with other prominent session musicians from the Bay Area. His own recording experience is considerable, having partnered with artists including Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Lou Rawls, Grover Washington Jr., Bill Summers, Brenda Russell, The Whispers and most recently The Bob Mintzer Big Band....