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Poncho Sanchez

For more than three decades, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Throughout his career Sanchez has held aloft the torch lit by such innovators as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, embraced by each of those icons and entrusted to carry forward the traditions of Latin Jazz. Sanchez’s influences are numerous, and his catalogue is rich with his homages to several of his mentors – Santamaria, Puente and Tjader among them. But alongside those Latin pioneers, among the more prominent figures that inform his music is the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane

ARTICLE: RADIO

50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June

Read "50th Anniversary Blue Notes for June" reviewed by Marc Cohn

Blue Note 50th anniversaries from June 1970, just two though: Horace Silver (That Healin' Feelin') and Lou Donaldson (Pretty Things). There was also a Reuben Wilson session, but it was never released, and only the 'vault gods' know if it was any good. But you know there's more (don't you?). 21st century music from the Posi-Tone ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration

Read "Samuel Torres: The Interfuse of Percussion and Orchestration" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Samuel Torres is a percussionist extraordinaire. Samuel Torres is an exceptional composer. Samuel Torres is an astute arranger. Samuel Torres has vast skills as an orchestrator. All of those statements are valid responses to the question, who is Samuel Torres? The Colombian born artist, who now makes his home in New York City, has, as they ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

Trane's Delight

Label: Concord Picante
Released: 2019
Track listing: 1. Soul Bourgeoise; 2. Libera; 3. Feeling Of Jazz; 4. Giant Steps; 5. Si Te Dicen; 6. Sube; 7. Blue Train; 8. Yam'mote; 9. Poncho Sanchez Medley; 10. Trane's Delight; 11. Todo Termino.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2019

Read "La-Faithia White's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by La-Faithia White

The year is coming to a close and I have enjoyed listening to so many new jazz releases. I present to you my top ten list of new recordings that have sparked my attention, and for your listening experience. Carmen Lundy Modern Ancestors Afrasia Productions Marquis Hill

ARTICLE: RADIO

Blue Note Review 2 & Play a Game with DrJ, Newk & Lady Day

Read "Blue Note Review 2 & Play a Game with DrJ, Newk & Lady Day" reviewed by Marc Cohn

It's Gifts and Messages show No. 400 from the studios of WHYR—how did that happen? To celebrate (but let's face it, we celebrate every week), we have a game for you: tunes written by famous saxophonists 'reimagined' in 2019—name the composer. We also have a start on listening to the Blue Note Review #2 collectors' box ...

NEWS: VIDEO / DVD

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Poncho Sanchez: Trane's Delight

Like many Latin legends—including Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Carlos “Patato" Valdés, Ray Barretto, Candido, Carlos Vidal and others—Poncho Sanchez is a percussionist. Born in Laredo, Texas, Sanchez has been a leading conga player and bandleader for decades. His big break came in 1975, when vibraphonist Cal Tjader hired him for his band. Before he died in ...

ARTICLE: IN PICTURES

Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018

Read "Long Beach Jazz Festival 2018" reviewed by Walter Atkins

It was a fantastic feast of musical talent featured at the 31st annual Long Beach Jazz Festival, held at a relaxed Southern California venue near the cool Rainbow Lagoon Park. The event was located next to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center and the Aquarium. On Sunday night, the long running festival closed with a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Celebrate Valentine's Day weekend 2019 with Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, and more aboard the Latin Love Boat

Celebrate Valentine's Day weekend 2019 with Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, and more aboard the Latin Love Boat

Latin Cruise Events is proudly announcing “Latin Love Boat“ Valentines Weekend Jazz Cruise. The luxurious Carnival Imagination will depart on Thursday, February 14th sailing from Long Beach, California to Ensenada Mexico and returning February 17th, 2019 (Thursday to Sunday). This 3-Day Music Festival Cruise will include: Legendary Jazz artists, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, as well World ...


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