Cindy Blackman-Santana Gallery From DRUM! Night 2013

After a brief stage changeover, Cindy Blackman-Santana took over the stage from Jason Bittner to present a totally improvised set of melodic and challenging drum solos.

Cindy Blackman-Santana

The audience appeared spellbound as Blackman-Santana began her set. Look closely enough and you might spot her husband, Carlos Santana, looking on from his far-right balcony seat.

Cindy Blackman-Santana

Come to mention it, Cindy seemed equally spellbound as she plumbed the depths of her creativity.

Cindy Blackman-Santana

Blackman-Santana channeled the best of Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, and other jazz legends while soloing on her vintage ’60s Red Sparkle Gretsch kit.

Cindy Blackman-Santana

The great drummer shared her philosophies about drumming and life during her question-and-answer session.


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