*This writer traveled down memory lane recently with singer/percussionist Sheila E. We talked about her family, career, Prince, and her upcoming show at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, NY. Sponsored by Lehman Center and Goya Foods the concert is on Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 pm when Sheila will join Deniece Williams and trio Tony! Toni! Tone! for a fabulous R&B, Pop and Soul concert.
“I grew up in the Bay Area where I heard a lot of music. I constantly listened to my father Pete Escovedo, who is a musician and artist. He also drew and painted. His first instrument was saxophone. He claims he heard saxophonists got all the beautiful women so took it up. However, he later ended up playing percussion. I constantly had music in my home. My uncles, and cousins played instruments. We had jam sessions. There were musicians who came to my home, artists like Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Lou Rawls, the Whisperers and my Godfather Tito Puente,” stated Sheila.