Poncho Sanchez: Grammy-Winning Conga Player at B.B. King's
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The last date listed for Percussionist Poncho Sanchez was Monday June 10, 2013 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm).
Quotes & Highlights
“As Elvis is to rock and James Brown is to soul, Poncho Sanchez is to salsa.” --Los Angeles Times
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More than anything else, Poncho Sanchez is a storyteller. And, as leader of the most popular Latin jazz group in the world today, it’s his congas and seasoned ensemble that do the talking. Live in concert or on recordings, they spin vivacious tales that pay homage to the glories of a half-century tradition that was born when Afro-Cuban rhythms merged with bebop. One-on-one, the Chicano conguero is equally expressive, recounting in vivid detail the encounters, friendships, and passions that have contributed to his remarkable career as a bandleader and recording artist. Behind the choice of every song, album title and guest artist, there’s a story Poncho Sanchez delights in telling.
Sanchez’s life’s story has become a well-known part of Latin jazz lore. He was born in Texas on October 30, 1951, into a large Mexican-American family, but grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was weaned on a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music. Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader’s famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader’s untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a Grammy Award and several Grammy nominations.