Cindy to play at the John Hopkins Jazz Club
10/3/2016

Saturday, October 29th, Cindy will be at the John Hopkins Jazz Club for 2 shows (8:30pm/10:00pm)

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Make Up Provided by Mac
8/28/2015

Cindy is now using Make-Up Provided by Mac

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Cindy and Carlos to perform National Anthem at NBA Finals on Sunday, June 7th
6/6/2015

Cindy Blackman Santana,will perform the national anthem alongside her husband, Carlos Santana on Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET before Game 2 of The NBA Finals. The performance will air live on ABC.

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Cindy Featured on the cover of Stockholm Jazz Festival Magazine
9/4/2013

Cindy will be on tour in Europe in October & November, is featured on the cover of Stockholm Jazz Festival Magazine. Cindy performs at the festival on October 20, 2013

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Cindy performs at Fashion show for Dries Van Noten in Paris
6/27/2013

Today Thursday, June 27, Cindy performs at a fashion show for Dries Van Noten at the Halle Freyssinet, 55 boulevard Vincent Auriol75013 Paris. at 8pm (approx.)

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New Cindy tour dates with Buster Williams
4/1/2013

Stay tuned to CindyBlackmanSantana.com for Ticket on sale details.

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Check out this Cindy Interview!
2/5/2013

The Music Mix featuring Cindy Blackman-Santana and the Boston Children's Chorus 

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Cindy interview with I'd hit that PodCast
11/12/2012

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Cindy is coming to the Iridium in NY on October 14th
10/10/2012

Tickets available now to see Cindy at the Iridium on October 14th, Click here!

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Cindy Blackman Santana leads a new class of cross-genre musicians
7/2/2012

It's generally regarded as the dirty little secret, the memento best kept hidden beneath the bed and never discussed.

Fusion -- the accepted whittled-down descriptive for the term jazz-rock-fusion -- has been a controversial element of popular music and jazz alike since it first started rearing its head in the later 1960s. "True" jazz fans found it abhorrent, a "dumbing down" of the harmonically dense and improvisationally challenging music they so adored. "Rock" fans, at least some of them, found it too busy, a distraction from the supposedly street-level, authentic song format of pop and rock 'n' roll.
 
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Live Review: a musical journey down Spectrum Road
6/29/2012

Live Review: a musical journey down Spectrum Road

by Jonathan Sidelman

Spectrum Road @ Dimitrious Jazz Alley, Sunday, June 24th

One of the most exciting aspects of any concert experience is to arrive and be immediately struck by the atmosphere in the room before the music begins.  By the time Spectrum Road took flight on what would be their fourth and final performance at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, the energy coming from the stage had already succeeded in converting the building into a kind of vessel designed for time travel, and cruising at a very high altitude indeed.  The richness of four unique and disparate musical personalities could be detected well ahead of their introduction, as evidenced by an array of customized vintage and modern equipment. The musical offering to follow, in celebration of the late composer and drumming legend Tony Williams, manifested as an unbroken stream of colors that unfolded vividly with every piece.  The entire set was played almost without interruption, and invited the perspective of observing a process at its highest potential.

 
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Cindy Blackman Santana leads a new class of cross-genre musicians
6/29/2012

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Cindy Blackman Santana puts the spin on her new jazz rock supergroup, Spectrum Road
6/19/2012


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Spectrum Road in Jazz Times
6/19/2012

Spectrum Road is not the first group to pay homage to Tony Williams’ band Lifetime—Trio Beyond, with Jack DeJohnette, Larry Goldings and John Scofield, put out the excellent Saudades in 2006—but it may be the rowdiest. This all-star quartet (named for a Lifetime song) is made up of four folks who keep one foot in jazz and one in rock: Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who actually played with Williams in Lifetime; guitarist Vernon Reid, an improviser who became a rock star as part of Living Colour; keyboardist John Medeski of Medeski Martin & Wood; and Cindy Blackman Santana, a jazz drummer who backed Lenny Kravitz for a decade and released a Williams homage under her own name in 2010. Their self-titled album is very often raucous and loud: Reid, sounding a lot like his hero (and Lifetime vet) John McLaughlin, shreds throughout; Blackman Santana batters her skins and cymbals restlessly; Medeski creates giant walls of sound; and Bruce—well, Bruce’s contributions might blow out your speakers.

 

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Guitar Player: Spectrum Road SF Review
6/19/2012


The Spectrum Road show at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on June 16 was intense. Jack Bruce, Vernon Reid, John Medeski, and Cindy Blackman-Santana channeled something extraordinarily large, loud, dark, and beautiful—and even if Medeski hadn't been playing a Mellotron—which he was—it would still have been one of the heaviest progressive rock performances I've ever seen (the band's Tony Williams tribute origins notwithstanding).
 

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Spectrum Road in Variety
6/19/2012

 
Those who grouse about the lack of progressive jazz at the Playboy Jazz Festival got their long-sought reward at the end of a long day on Sunday night when Spectrum Road took the stage. Others fled en masse within the first five minutes, admittedly a not-unusual exodus for the last act on the festival's closing day. But they missed the most stimulating performance by far of Day Two -- and this from an all-star quartet that was merely doing a full-tilt revival of a branch of jazz that was invented over 40 years ago.
 

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Last Call CD Review: Spectrum Road
6/13/2012

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Read about Spectrum Road's new record!
6/11/2012

Rock Guitar Daily reviews Spectrum Road's new record.

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John McLaughlin sat in w/ Spectrum Road @ the Montreux Jazz Festival 6/7/12
6/7/2012

See picture of Cindy and John Post Show in Gallery here!

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Cindy on the July 2012 cover of Down Beat!
6/1/2012

Check out the cover here! Issue comes out July 2012.

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Spectrum Road Not Just a Tribute Act, Taking It To 'The Next Level'
5/17/2012

Check out this Billboard article.

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Cindy visits the Gibson Showroom with Fox 5 Vegas
5/9/2012

Watch Cindy visit the Gibson Showroom!

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Cindy meets Michelle Obama!
5/3/2012

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Cindy Blackman Explorations Show Review in Tom Tom Magazine
4/11/2012

Tom Tom Magazine reviews Cindy Blackman Explorations at Jazz Standard.

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Cindy is on the cover of the newest issue of New York City Jazz Record!
3/6/2012

 "Cindy Blackman is one of the finest drummers in the land. She plays with an abstract sense of shimmering tone, welded to a ferocious funking momentum. A highly syncopated powerhouse, kind of like a marriage between Paul Motian and John Bonham." Click here
 
 
 

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New supergroup to Play Bonaroo, Release Album
2/23/2012

Spectrum Road, features Jack Bruce (Cream),Vernon Reid (Living Colour),John Medeski (Medeski, Martin and Wood) and Cindy Blackman Santana, will appear at the 2012 Bonnaroo festival, following the release of their new self-titled album June 5th.

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Cindy Interview on The Color of Jazz TV!
11/30/2011

On December 4th, 2011, Cindy was interviewed on The Color of Jazz TV, a live internet stream and video program. To check out the archived interview, please click here!

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Review of Santana show at Hollywood Bowl
10/2/2011

Solos were in abundance, with each player getting a chance to throw down skills, but Santana’s wife, drummer Cindy Blackman, was the standout among standouts, at one point only using her right hand..

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Cindy & Carlos make surprise Guest appearance at The Sleeping Lady in Fairfax, CA
9/22/2011

On Thursday, Sept. 22, music lovers at The Sleeping Lady got a surprising treat: a visit and set from Carlos & Cindy. "The room was already packed and it was a hot night, but before long the word was out and people poured down town and into the street outside the Sleeping Lady," They jammed on a Sonny Sharrock song with Danny Click. Check here for a very raw video of the performance.

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Playing at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Phoenix Tonight!
9/17/2011

Playing with Micki Free- gt/vocals, Shea Keck- vocals,David Santos- bass at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Phoenix tonight!

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Cindy Blackman is out on tour with the Santana Band!
8/25/2011

Cindy Blackman Santana is out on tour with the Santana Band!

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