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Poncho Sanchez

The imaginative rhythms of Poncho Sanchez have made him one of the most influential conga players and percussionists in Afro-Cuban jazz. In addition to recording as a soloist, Sanchez has been featured on albums by the Jazz Crusaders, Eddie Harris, Freddie Hubbard, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Dianne Reeves, Joey DeFrancesco, and Terence Blanchard. Becoming a member of vibraphonist Caj Tjader's Band in 1975, Sanchez remained with the group until Tjader's death on May 5, 1982. By then, he had already planted the seeds for his own career as a bandleader. He recorded two solo albums -- Poncho in 1979 and Straight Ahead in 1980 -- and began performing with his own group in 1980, during Tjader's vacations. A native of Laredo, Texas, Sanchez moved to Los Angeles at the age of four, where he was deeply influenced by the music he heard in the Chicano neighborhood in which he lived. Initially a guitarist, he played with a series of junior high school and high school rhythm & blues bands. Teaching himself to play congas, he spent hours practicing to Caj Tjader, Machito, and Tito Puente records. He was also deeply influenced by the hard bop sounds of the Jazz Crusaders. After more than two decades in music, Sanchez's efforts paid off when his album, Latin Soul, received a Grammy award as Best Latin Album of 1999. Throughout the next decade, Sanchez continued to record, releasing such albums as 2000's Soul of the Conga, 2001's Latin Spirits, 2003's Out of Sight!, 2005's Do It!, 2007's Raise Your Hand, and 2009's hard bop-influenced Psychedelic Blues. In 2011, he paid tribute to the innovative Afro-Cuban recordings of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo by teaming up with trumpeter Terence Blanchard for Chano y Dizzy! Sanchez followed it up with a concert set entitled with Live in Hollywood, with his Latin Jazz Band. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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I had the opportunity to see him in Blue Notes en el Barrio in Manhattan then in Queens NY . Great Latin Jazz Performer. Dale pa'bajo man!!!!
Pncho Sanchez? NUM.11111111 1 1 1 , M A N ! ! !
Keep doing your thing papi!!! So much love for you music
dmflorida3
Valla!! Ahy na'ma Ponchito. One of the best latin jazz player out there.
YES!!! LOVE PONCHO!!!!!
My Dear Friend, you did not mention, "Conga Blue" Album, which is GR8.
& I'll chase away all your OTHER STALKERS!!! Just gimme 1 CHANCE!!! U will NEVER REGRET IT!!! Aw,CRAP, the cops are here.. ......I'll call you back later..... =-O
TAKE ME WITH U, PONCHO!!! I'll be your OLDEST GROUPIE!!! I'll carry your DRUMS!!! I'll drive your LIMO!!! Ill fly your JET!!! I'll be your BODYGUARD!!! I'll be your FOOD TESTER!!! I'll throw myself down across puddles so you won't get your SHOES WET!!! I'll be your personal BEARD GROOMER!!! Oh PLEEEEEEEEEE E E Z E ! ! !
Oh my gosh!!! Hot, hot, hot!!! Love it! Yes!!! Weepa papi!! Que bello!
vmsrodriguez
The first song I heard of poncho sanchez was sonando,afte r that I fell in love with his music."el conguero" VALLA...!
julianaylor
He is the Coolest way back in the 1960's!!!
hiplainsedit o r
The first time I heard Pancho Sanchez was in a little diner on Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles - late 1980s or early 1990s. I was enthralled. I had walked into the back bar for a drink and was treated to some of the greatest music ever.
rawbdawg2001
oye poncho!! i must agree that he is a kool cat. Heard him at a jam session in San Fer. Amazing on the congas. Down to earth person. I was able to do a quick jam session with him. Awesome.....
Poncho Sanchez...wh a t an amazing congero...lo v e . . l o v e . . l o v e your music!
nicholasgiac a l o n e
I'm so happy I was able to play with this amazing musician. Not only is he a great percussionis t and singer, but he is also a really cool cat!
check out the video and cd Poncho Sanchez Live at Kimball's East
One night in NYC I was skating through the FM radio stations and I come across this vicious conga sound coming out of the speaker. I couldn't wait for the DeeJay to announce the artist. It was Poncho Sanchez from the album El Conguero. The next day I couldn't wait to get to J and R to get that LP. That was over 25 years ago, and that boy is still hot.
nancyweissbe i n
Wow! A group of us went to see Poncho at a dancing place and we had loads of fun! Maria, Dave and I, Xenia and a few others!
bogieat12
Cookin' !!!!
la musica de poncho es como una droga, al final de cada concierto en que lo he visto me quedo ccon ganas de mas. es que no tiene nada que ver la velocidad son las fraces ordenadas en cada solo de congas las que nos hacen disfrutar y anhelar mas de ese saborrrr.... g r a c i a s Poncho por tu buen gusto musical que compartes con nosotros tus fans....clav e 6 X 8 LA Cal
Wow!
needs more cowbell
Great Music. One of the Giants of Latin beat.
I love this guy, this is my dude....
frmaxolivasj
I heard Poncho and his octet this evening at the Smith Center for Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Superb, every member of the group.
Max Oliva
PONCHO YOU HAVE BEEN IN MY LIFE SINCE MY POP PLAYED WITH RAY TEXEDOR ON THE MILTA SILVA SHOW. CONGA MANIA PARA SIEMPRE.
Fan tastic emphasis on fan
legala
Beautiful music makes me want to dance!!
No matter what's happening to me, or in my life, when I hear the music of Pancho the Great! I'm glad to be alive...and everything's gonna' be alright!
valeriorafae l 5 8 8
i am absolutely great great talent,one of the best congas player today,excell e n t .
EL CONGERO..... YOU ARE THE BEST
..another great musical genius from the barrio Southern Cali. Rally enjoyed listening to Poncho Sanchez @ the Santa Fe Springs Swatmeet on friday nights enjoying the great weather with great MUSIC!
VAYA PONCHO! MIS RESPECTOS, EN TODO LO QUE HAS HECHO HAS DEMOSTRADO QUE ERES UN DURO, CON TREMENDO SABOR Y SWING, QUE REALMENTE NOS PONES A GOZAR, QUE DIOS TE BENDIGA POR TAN MAGNIFICO TALENTO CON EL CUAL NOS DELEITAS.
edwincorpora n
Inspiring! I feel your music in my soul! God Bless.
Conguero con Sabor!!!!
creesevernon 5 6 7
Poncho is the greatest !!!
Great Sounds
de PONCHO SANCHEZ me gustan sus solos de conga tienen mucha cadencia y son agradables, por algunos solean tan rapido que no se disfrutan,er e s grande PONCHO SANCHEZ
retaino
You can only expect to get the best from Poncho. I grew up in El Barrio NYC with music of Poncho, Willy BoBo and more.. Lets not lose it. Y Palante! Siempre
Thumbs up!!!!!! to this great musician who's been one of my favorites among the salsa and latin jazz, I love to play myself this type of music, from a musician opinion, my deep respect to him.
First time hearing this guy and Whoaaaa. I was macarinaing all over the place. LOL.
mponce7885
First time hearing this artist. I enjoy all types of genre of music. I will be on the look out for more music from Poncho!
I have many Poncho albums in my collection.. . b e e n enjoying Salsa/latin Jazz music for over fourty years...been raised in Puerto Rico it was inevitable and I consider Poncho top shelf....
tatencio213
I remember seeing Poncho Sanchez for the first time in Albuquerque NM at the Highland theater... the night was cool... all the great Salseros of Albuquerque were there... but when Poncho got on... oh man it was like being lost in another world... one that was epeciential cool, sophisticate d , but yet Latin with a jazz flair!! Really one of the best concerts I have ever been too!
This song is so smooth,I feel like having me a slice of sandia, right now!
Pancho rocked the house at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz the other night. As always a great show, good vibes, talented musicians and a lot of personality. Hey Pancho, always carry a stack of CDs to sell! We want them!
originaldrum 1
Saw Pancho, the Banda Bros., and the whole band play at a club in Tempe, AZ. I was completely knocked out, laughed my self silly, and now that music in on steady rotation! Pancho Sanchez and Crew are our national treasure. Peace!
Pancho Sanchez is fantastic! Like Luis (below) I was also fortunate enough to catch him live at the Iridium Cafe in Manhattan on 12/18/10. He and his band put on a marvelous show... it was a highlight of the trip to the Big Apple.
chouinards5
Saw Poncho Sanchez and his band in Anchorage, Alaska a few years ago and have been addicted to them ever since.
lindacole95
all i can say is i love all his music,and miss seeing him play at La Volie in van nuys,miss you guys.
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