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.
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.
Come to mention it, Cindy seemed equally spellbound as she plumbed the depths of her creativity.
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.
The great drummer shared her philosophies about drumming and life during her question-and-answer session.