David Sanchez with special guest Lionel Loueke

David Sanchez hails from Puerto Rico and is an internationally acclaimed 2005 GRAMMYÒ-winning jazz tenor saxophonist. His early influences range from Afro-Caribbean to danza, and European to Latin classical. Dave found a trusted mentor in the Dizzy Gillespie who had a profound impact on his career. He also travelled the world with Gillespie’s United Nation OrchestraDizzy Gillespie who had a profound impact on his career. He also travelled the world with Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra. Since then he has toured with the Philip Morris SuperBand and several others, released seven albums and maintained his passion for teaching.

Lionel Loueke - After his initial to exposure to jazz in Benin and then the Ivory Coast, Loueke left Africa in 1994 to pursue jazz studies in Paris, after which he went to the USA on a scholarship and graduated from the Berklee College of Music. He was accepted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in Los Angeles where he studied with his greatest mentors - Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard. Hancock praised him as "a musical painter". He fast became an influential force on the world jazz stage, performing with the likes of Angelique Kidjo. Loueke’s music expresses his deep knowledge of Africa.

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