Artist Gallery Photo

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band

Thu, Jul 18 -
Sun, Jul 21, 2013

Doors open at 6:00 PM each night.
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
$26.50 Free parking

The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley welcomes the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band for four nights and seven shows touring in support of his 30th anniversary on Concord Picante and 25th album! Band members: Poncho Sanchez (Congas/Vocals), Joey De Leon (Timbales), Rene Camacho (Bass), Ron Blake (Trumpet), Robert Hardt (Alto and Tenor Saxophone), Francisco Torres (Trombone), Angel Rodriguez (Bongos) and Andy Langham (Piano). Set times Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm and 9:30pm. Showtime Sunday at 7:30pm only. Doors open at 5:30pm all nights.

artist info

Given all the ups and downs the music industry has experienced in the past three decades, it’s remarkable to find anyone who still retains a sense of allegiance or loyalty. Master Conguero, Band Leader and Latin Jazz Legend Poncho Sanchez is the exception. Thirty years ago, his close friend, multi-instrumentalist jazz icon Cal Tjader recommended he sign with Carl Jefferson’s Concord Records. Tjader told him that Jefferson was looking for new talent and he highly recommended Sanchez. Jefferson gave Poncho a one record deal with his Concord Picante imprint, and the rest is Latin Jazz history. Thirty years and 25 albums later, Sanchez, whose Live in Hollywood recording released on October 30,2012 on Concord Picante, is still with the label.

Sanchez turned 60 last year and received A Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy. Being able to make a living playing music is a dream come true. As a teen, Sanchez first learned to play guitar from “the guy across the street” because he couldn’t afford to buy an instrument and his friend would let him borrow his guitar. He then gravitated to percussion after his siblings introduced him to the music that was then called cha-cha music.

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his latest release, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, released on September 27, 2011.

Whether it’s salsa, straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, or even elements of soul and blues, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez's youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day.

videos

upcoming shows

Artist Gallery Photo

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio

Tue, Sep 8 - Wed, Sep 9

Old school Hammond B3 funk, a unique 60's & 70's vintage soul sound mixed with tasty guitar lines and pocket drumming.

info
Artist Gallery Photo

Lisa Fischer with Taylor Eigsti ~The Badass & The Beautiful~

Thu, Sep 10 - Sun, Sep 13

It was at the Stanford Jazz Festival in 2017 that Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet from Stardom) and pianist Taylor Eigsti first played as a duo — and the world stood still. Every note of those first songs still resonates with Lisa and Taylor, so much so that they’ve crafted an entire evening of music for you. Lisa will astonish you with her vocal mastery and stage magic, and together with Taylor she’ll reach directly into your soul in this special performance.

info
Artist Gallery Photo

Davina and The Vagabonds

Tue, Sep 15 - Wed, Sep 16

"Two things remain consistent at all her shows though: her throaty but cushiony voice, which has a sort of hard-mattress comfort to it that’s part Bonnie Raitt, part Etta James and a little Amy Winehouse; and her band’s rollicking New Orleans flavor, driven home by dueling horn players and a bayou-thick standup bass." -Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

info
full calendar