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Sheila E plays the Playboy

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Sheila E. Alexandra Wyman/Getty Images for Global Green

Sheila Escovedo, known by her stage name Sheila E., is an American drummer and percussionist, perhaps best known for her work with Prince, George Duke and Ringo Starr.

Sheila E was born into and raised around musical royalty. She is the daughter of percussionist Pete Escovedo, with whom she frequently performs. Her uncle is Alejandro Escovedo. Tito Puente was her godfather. Her uncles include Javier Escovedo, founder of seminal San Diego punk act, The Zeros, Mario Escovedo who fronted the long-running indie rockers, The Dragons and Coke Escovedo, who was in Santana and formed the band Azteca.

She made her recording debut with jazz bassist Alphonso Johnson on "Yesterday's Dream" in 1976. By her early twenties she had already played with George Duke, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Herbie Hancock, and Diana Ross. She also plays tuba and guitar.

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Sheila E, drummer and percussionist, appearing at the Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 16, between 3:00-11:00 P.M.

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