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Cindy Blackman Santana Group

  • Jazz Standard 116 East 27th Street New York, NY, 10016 United States (map)

Shows at 7:30pm and 9:30pm nightly

"I think of playing as controlled freedom," says virtuoso drummer Cindy Blackman Santana, "and in jazz, that's exactly what you have...You want the music to grow and breathe, and you want to invite creativity from all the musicians." In addition to collaborating onstage and in the studio with her own group, she has toured and recorded with artists including Pharaoh Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. Blackman was the rhythm engine in Lenny Kravitz's band from 1993 to 2007, through multiple world tours and hit albums; in 2010, she was part of the all-star line-up performing "Bitches Brew," a tribute to Miles Davis' seminal fusion album staged at both the San Francisco Jazz Festival and NYC Winter JazzFest. Married to Carlos Santana since 2010, she has been the group's drummer for the past five years. In a Washington Post review of Cindy's 2010 album Another Lifetime, Mike Joyce wrote: "It's a labor of love. Inspired by (and named after) Tony Williams' groundbreaking ensemble Lifetime, which helped define fusion jazz 40 years ago, the album combines Blackman's personal perspective with the fierce power and collaborative sparks to get the job done...Blackman consistently shines in this setting - as player, arranger, composer and bandleader."        

Cindy Blackman Santana – drums & leader

Zaccai Curtis – piano

Aurelien Budynek – guitar

Felix Pastorius – bass