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Third Annual Orinda Jazz Festival
A Benefit for the Orinda Arts Council ~ Community Programs
Official Sponsors of Third Orinda Jazz Festival- Orinda Parks & Recreation Foundation, Wells Fargo, Orinda Community Foundation, Orinda News, Orinda Chamber, Premier Cru, Aspen Consulting, UPS Store Moraga & Orinda, Contra Costa Times, Diablo Magazine

Rene Escovedo (drums/percussions)

René started learning basic rudiments in grade school, only allowed to play on a rubber practice pad, then only a snare with a practice pad. René spent allot of time practicing until he was nine years old, when he then received his first jazz drum kit. René started listening and learning to play what ever music was popular at the time, most of which was what ever his Uncles where doing, "The Escovedo Brothers".

René was very fortunate to be raised in a great musical family. It also allowed him to be influenced by some of the greatest music of that time and also having experienced first hand some of the bands and musicians to come through the Bay Area. René was lucky enough to see allot of acts perform up close on the same stages he would later perform on him self.

As a self taught musician René spent his younger years listing and learning as many styles of music as possible. Having been born into what would soon be a family full of great drummers percussionist and entertainers. René new at a very early age that drumming was in his blood and the overwhelming need to play drums was cursing through his veins.

Growing up as a drummer in the post "Billy", "Tony", Buddy", "Steve", "Peter", "Vinnie" landscape of fusion and jazz, its easy to think that everything has already been done. What could possibly top the acid jazz and progressive fusion explosion. For the Oaktown bread drummer, the answer is in his approach based on melodic timbre, basic grooves coupled with emotional and powerful performances.