Cindy Blackman Santana, Lenny Kravitz and Carlos Santana drummer, rocked DC's Carlyle Room.

Blackman Santana told WTOP, “We have quite a few originals and a few works by other people like Wayne Shorter that we’ve kind of revamped, 

so they sound a little different, which is great, we put a new spin on them “This band is so great, everybody's got such big ears that the music is really able to take a lot of journeys, 

twists and turns, so it keeps the excitement, energy, and everyone just sounds great on their instrument.”

Born in 1959 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, Blackman Santana grew up listening to funk, jazz, classical, and rock 'n roll. 

After moving to Connecticut with her family, she studied at Hartford's Hartt School of,

 Music and Boston's Berklee College of Music before dropping out to perform with doo-wop and R&B group The Drifters.

“That was cool because it gave me stability and chance to make money. 

Despite not playing my preferred music, it was fantastic to play some consistent concerts, she added.


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