Three time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers of his generation.
Born in Mexico City on November 1st, 1971, he started playing drums at the age of 5 and began performing professionally early in his teens.
He pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico and in 1993 he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies.
Since his move to New York City Antonio has become one of the most sought after drummers in the international jazz scene. He has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Pat Metheny (He's a member of the Pat Metheny Group and the Pat Metheny Trio with Christian McBride), Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton and Toots Thielmans.
He regularly collaborates with some of the most prominent names of the newer generation of Jazz: Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña just to name a few.
In 2007 he recorded his first solo effort entitled "Migration". The album includes a stellar cast of some of today's most renowned jazz musicians: Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez and Scott Colley. It has gotten rave reviews from different publications all over the world. "All About Jazz" calls it "One of the best debuts of 2007"
Antonio's interest in education has taken him around the globe performing clinics, drum festivals and master classes. Some of these festivals include the "Modern Drummer Festival Weekend", "Zildjian Day" and the "Montreal Drum Festival" among many others. He has also been the featured cover artist in some of the most widely read drum magazines in the industry like "Modern Drummer" (USA), "Percussioni" (Italy), "Drums and Percussion" (Germany) and "Musico Pro" (USA).
In addition, Antonio joined the Faculty at the prestigious New York University (NYU) in 2006.
He's made New York City his home since 1999.
He's endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks (Antonio’s Signature model), Evans Drumheads and LP Percussion (which carries Antonio's Signature Percussion Kit).
Articles on Antonio Sanchez
04/18/13 Albums By Lloyd Sachs
03/17/13 On the Scene with MOJA By Russ Davis
10/04/11 Concerts By Karen Brundage-Johnson
08/19/11 News By Jeff Tamarkin
07/07/11 Albums By Thomas Conrad
05/26/09 News By JazzTimes
January/February 2009 Features By JazzTimes
January/February 2009 The Gig By Nate Chinen
11/04/08 Concerts By David R. Adler
03/31/08 Concerts By Philip Booth
March 2008 Albums By David R. Adler
December 2007 Albums By Bill Meredith
December 2007 Artist Profiles By John Murph
05/15/04 Concerts By Ken Franckling
07/08/03 Concerts By Josef Woodard
Events featuring Antonio Sanchez
- Jazz A Vienne 2003
- Dee Dee Bridgewater in Boston
- Freihofer's Jazz Festival
- Pat Metheny Trio in Tampa
- Enrico Pieranunzi at Birdland
- Dominican Republic Jazz Festival
- Antonio Sanchez Trio at The Oasis Room, New London, CT
- 13th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival
- Stanford Jazz Festival
- Caramoor 2012 Jazz Festival
- 2012 CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
- Exit O International Jazz Festival