Mon Jun 19
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Recognizing Juneteenth: The Cindy Blackman Santana Trio with a performance from the BBJYO Quintet
Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of Jazz and Rock. As a musician and bandleader, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing.
From the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, Cindy has toured the globe and made albums with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill, while also writing, recording, and performing with her own groups, the Cindy Blackman Santana Band and Another Lifetime, which released its critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2010.
In September 2020, she delivered a new solo album Give the Drummer Some, with songs that span the genres of Jazz, Rock, and Funk, and feature Cindy’s incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone. With it, she continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers and recording artists of this or any generation.