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Antonio Sanchez


Born in Mexico City, 5 time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez began playing the drums at age five and performed professionally in his early teens in Mexico’s rock, jazz and latin scenes. He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 enrolled in Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies. Since moving to New York City in 1999, Antonio has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene. Following 18 years and 9 albums as one of the most revered collaborators with guitarist/composer Pat Metheny, he also has recorded and performed with many other most prominent artists like Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden and Toots Thielmans. In 2014 Sanchez’s popularity soared when he scored Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) which ended up fetching 4 Academy awards (including best picture) and for which Antonio won a Grammy award


On Becoming

Label: GroundUP Music
Released: 2023
Track listing: Folding Cranes; Avaloch; 705; Hang in the Air; Tsumamion; Azures; Still; The Wall; Kabuseori.


Turkish Hipster: Tales From Swing To Psychedelic

Label: Dunya Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Boston Beat; Abraham Suite; A Capoeira Turca; The Call; Tales Of Turtledove.


Held Together

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2023
Track listing: Losing Eurydice (feat. Antonio Sánchez); Where Y'At; Rising Sun; Kyrgyz Jeri; Closing Medley; Sayang Kinabalu; Held Together; Losing Eurydice (Ballad Edit)


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Trio Grande, Sonar with David Torn, Adam Larson and Mark Lettieri

Read "Trio Grande, Sonar with David Torn, Adam Larson and Mark Lettieri" reviewed by Len Davis

Trio Grande featuring drummer Antonio Sanchez, Sonar with David Torn and Yellowjackets from Parallel Motion. Saxophonist Adam Larson with his latest and Mark Lettieri, live at the Iridium. Derek Sherinian and Simon Phillips and The John Irvine Band. Playlist Trio Grande “Scoville" from Trio Grande (Whirlwind) 00:00 Sonar with David Torn “Tunnel Drive" from ...


Article: Catching Up With

Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times

Read "Makaya McCraven: In The Moment to In These Times" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Makaya McCraven needs a coffee--fast. It's 4pm and he's crashing. It will be his third of the day. His first caffeine hit, consumed on stage six hours earlier, was a chemical necessity; McCraven was drinking at a nearby Irish pub until the early hours and nearly missed his early morning panel talk appearance alongside fellow percussion ...


Article: Play This!

Pat Metheny Group: The Roots of Coincidence

Read "Pat Metheny Group: The Roots of Coincidence" reviewed by Ken Laster

This performance rocks out! What is unique about this video is seeing Lyle Mays stepping out from behind his keyboards to playing guitar alongside Pat Metheny. Who knew? Antonio Sanchez is a beast on the drums as well. Perhaps this clip is one to play for your “jazz-skeptic" friends who claim jazz is too smooth or ...


Article: Just For Fun

Getting to the Jazz Point: An Exposé

Read "Getting to the Jazz Point: An Exposé" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Jazz... famous for complex harmonies, syncopated rhythms and an emphasis on improvisation. The music at its best is a form of personal expression, valuing non-conformity and freedom. It has birthed and is to an extent, defined by musicianly quirks, idiosyncrasies and singularities. There are also a great many non-musical threads that bind the tradition together and ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Rock and Progressive Rock new releases, plus Japanese fusion

Read "Jazz Rock and Progressive Rock new releases, plus Japanese fusion" reviewed by Len Davis

New music from Italian band Drift Lab with Matteo Mancusco, New York band Aberdeen, featuring Antonio Sanchez, Japanese fusion from T Square, Koici Yabori, FazJaz and Tomo Fujita. From Brazil Reunion with Sandro Haick and Pepe Cisneros, and The Meridian Suite from Antonio Sanchez & Migration.Playlist Drift Lab “Chatterland" from Moonlight (Self Produced) 00:00 ...


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