Poncho Sanchez

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Poncho Sanchez performing at 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
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Poncho Sanchez at the 2011 Cape May Jazz Festival
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Poncho Sanchez performing at 2011 Portland Jazz Festival
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Poncho Sanchez in performance at 2012 Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Festival
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Poncho Sanchez in performance with his trio at 2012 Detroit Jazz Festival
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A major bandleader, a spirited singer and an exciting conguero, Poncho Sanchez can be accurately called the “hardest working man in Afro-Cuban jazz.” He and his popular band work constantly in Southern California and on tours, playing their colorful brand of Latin jazz with joy and swing. Born in Laredo, Texas in 1951, Sanchez was the youngest of 11 children. He grew up in Norwalk, Calif. and became familiar with Cuban and Latin music as a child. Sanchez sang with a local band as a teenager for five years and first had an opportunity to play congas while in high school. He played with various local groups while having a day job until 1975 when he joined Cal Tjader. Sanchez was with Tjader’s band until the vibraphonist’s death in 1982.

In 1980, Sanchez formed his own group, recording two albums for Discovery. Tjader recommended Sanchez to Carl Jefferson of the Concord label shortly before Tjader’s passing. Sanchez has recorded for Concord ever since, leading on over 20 albums. In addition to his three-horn, three-percussion octet, Sanchez has often welcomed guest artists to his recordings, including Gary Foster, Tito Puente, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Harris, Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder, Dianne Reeves, Joey DeFrancesco, Terence Blanchard, Chick Corea, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Billy Preston, Ray Charles, Maceo Parker and Tower of Power. Mixing together bebop, vintage soul and R&B with traditional Afro-Cuban jazz, Ponchos Sanchez has built up a large audience through the years and is a major attraction in both clubs and festivals.

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Articles on Poncho Sanchez

10/10/13    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Musician to Musician Advice

01/06/13    Albums    By Britt Robson

Live in Hollywood
Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Band

07/12/12    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Poncho Sanchez: Tito Puente in the First Row

06/24/12    iRockJazz Video    By John Moultrie

Poncho Sanchez: My Introduction to Jazz

04/10/12    Concerts    By Wilbert Sostre

The Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest: March 29 - April 1,2012

11/11/11    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Chano y Dizzy!
Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard

07/31/11    News    By Jeff Tamarkin

Herbie Hancock and L.A. Philharmonic to Play Gershwin Program

04/20/11    Photos    By Fran Kaufman

2011 Portland Jazz Festival

03/03/11    News    By Lee Mergner

Festival Preview: The Bank of America Cape May Jazz Festival

11/03/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Jazz Roots Concert Series Kicks Off in Miami

10/12/10    News    By Lee Mergner

Los Angeles Jazz Society Honors Poncho Sanchez at Annual Gala

04/13/10    News    By Lee Mergner

DC Jazz Festival Announces Lineup

January/February 2010    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Psychedelic Blues
Poncho Sanchez

January/February 2010    Albums    By Jeff Tamarkin

Psychedelic Blues
Poncho Sanchez

12/04/09    News    By Aubrey Everett

VF Outlet Berks Jazz Fest Announces Lineup

January/February 2009    News    By Don Heckman

Monk Institute Saxophone Competition

July/August 2007    Albums    By Mike Joyce

Raise Your Hand
Poncho Sanchez

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now
Various Artists

September 2006    Vox    By Harvey Siders

Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now
Various Artists

11/16/05    Concerts    By Harvey Siders

Tranquility Jazz Festival 2005

November 2005    At Home    By Janine Coveney

Poncho Sanchez

November 2005    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Do It!
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November 2005    Albums    By Bill Milkowski

Do It!
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July/August 2005    News    By Jesse Varela

Concord Picante Box Set: Still Spicy

01/20/04    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Barbados Jazz Festival 2004

November 2003    Albums    By Javier Quinones

Out of Sight!
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05/17/03    Concerts    By Chris Walker

Playboy Jazz Festival 2003

November 2001    Features    By Jesse Varela

Poncho Sanchez: Straight Up

March 2001    Albums    By John Murph

Soul of the Conga
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July/August 2000    Albums    By Josef Woodard

Latin Soul
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January/February 1999    Albums    By Diane Gordon

Afro-Cuban Fantasy
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January/February 1998    Albums    By Marcela Breton

Freedom Sound
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Albums

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Soul of the Conga

Concord Records
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Latin Soul

Concord Picante

Latin Spirits

Concord Picante

Ultimate Latin Dance Party

Concord Picante
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Out of Sight!

Concord Picante

Instant Party

Concord Picante
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Do It!

Concord Records
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Raise Your Hand

Concord Picante
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Freedom Sound

Concord Picante
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Jazz Vocalists Hear & Now

Concord Records
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Afro-Cuban Fantasy

Concord Picante
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Psychedelic Blues

Concord Picante
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