Willie Martinez has been a familiar face in New York City's eclectic music scene for well over twenty years. As well as being one of the most sought after drummers on the Latin Jazz scene today, Willie is also a gifted composer, arranger and vocalist.
Willie's considerable rhythmic and vocal talents have been featured with groups performing everything from Gothic Funk at the quintessentially New York rock club CBGB's to Afro Cuban Jazz on the grand stage of the prestigious Carnegie Hall. He has performed and recorded with artists as varied as the classic Cuban arranger, composer, and bandleader Chico O'Farrill, legendary Jazz pianist George Cables and contemporary Pop divas Jewel, Faith Hill, and Brandy.
Mr. Martinez performs regularly with his group La Familia Sextet, an ensemble that features Willie's original compositions and arrangements, as well as those of the members of La Familia, all top notch composers in their own right, along with new interpretations of a few familiar themes from the past.