Cindy Blackman Santana ARTIST

Biography

Cindy Blackman Santana is a virtuoso drummer whose artistry spans the realms of jazz and rock. As a bandleader and as a musician, Cindy is a sound innovator with a passion for pushing creative boundaries and exploring movement and change. She is as known for the nuances and colors she brings to her beats and fills as she is for the sheer power of her soulful playing.

From the beginning of her career as a busking street performer in New York City in the ’80s through the present day, Cindy has been touring the globe and making albums with artists including Pharoah Sanders, Cassandra Wilson, Bill Laswell, Joss Stone, Joe Henderson, Buckethead, Don Pullen, Hugh Masakela, and Angela Bofill. She writes, records and performs with her own bands, Cindy Blackman Santana Group and Another Lifetime, which released its critically acclaimed self-titled debut in 2010. In 2011 she joined forces with Vernon Reid, Jack Bruce and John Medeski to form the critically acclaimed Spectrum Road, which released an album and tour dedicated to the music of Tony Williams. From 1992 to 2007 and again in 2014 and 2015 she was the drummer in Lenny Kravitz’s band, performing through multiple world tours and hit albums.

In 2016, Cindy joined Santana full time and has been mesmerizing audiences around the globe ever since. In 2017, she and Carlos joined forces with the Isley Brothers to release Power of Peace (Sony)and followed that up with two energy driven Santana releases: the EP In Search of Mona Lisa (2019) and Africa Speaks (2019). Cindy is prominently featured on the latest Santana album Blessings and Miracles and its hit single “Move” (featuring Rob Thomas and The American Authors) (2021).

In September 2020, she delivered a new solo album Give the Drummer Some, with songs that span the realm of jazz, rock, and funk and featuring Cindy’s incredible versatility both behind the kit and in front of the microphone. With it, she continues to build a body of work and artistic legacy that make her one of the finest drummers and recording artists of this or any generation.