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Published: 2/1/2011

SESAC's Cindy Blackman talks Jazz, Carlos Santana

SESAC congratulates affiliate Cindy Blackman on her recent marriage to rock music legend Carlos Santana.  The pair tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Hawaii before heading off for a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. 

Blackman, who signed with SESAC in 1995, is a renowned jazz and rock percussionist who has recorded and performed with the likes of Lenny Kravitz, Cassandra Wilson and Joe Henderson.   An exceptional musician, Blackman is a bit of a rarity as a female jazz percussionist.

"In the past, there were a lot of stigmas attached to women playing certain instruments," Blackman says. "I think a lot of women stick to particular instruments, like piano, that are acceptable, so that lessens the playing field in terms of how many women are out there. And let's face it, boys' clubs still exist. But I care nothing about that at all. I'm going to do what I'm going to do musically anyway."