Cindy Blackman Santana Band
Made famous by her 10 + years providing the bone-deep grooves behind singer and guitarist Lenny Kravitz, drummer Cindy Blackman Santana has distinguished herself as a highly versatile player and composer whose artistry spans the realms of Jazz and Rock. A sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change, she is as known as much for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing. She has toured the globe and recorded albums with Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Hugh Masakela, among others, while also writing, recording, and performing with her own groups, the Cindy Blackman Santana Band and Another Lifetime. She joined forces in 2011 with Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce and John Medeski to form the supergroup Spectrum Road, and from 1992 to 2007 and 2014 -2015, she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band. She became the regular touring drummer for her husband, the legendary Santana, in 2016 and recently released her new solo album, Give the Drummer Some, featuring songs that span the genres of Jazz, Rock, and Funk. Tonight, the Cindy Blackman Santana Band, features JD Allen, saxophone; Felix Pastorius, bass; and Zaccai Curtis, keyboards.