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Poncho Sanchez

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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
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Albums by
Poncho Sanchez

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    Chano y Dizzy!

    11 songs

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    Psychedelic Blues

    11 songs

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    Do It!

    10 songs

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    Out of Sight!

    11 songs

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    Latin Spirits

    14 songs

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    Soul of the Conga

    12 songs

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    Afro-Cuban Fantasy (Cabildo)

    11 songs

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    Freedom Sound

    10 songs

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    Conga Blue

    12 songs

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    Soul Sauce: Memories of Cal Tjader

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    Para Todos

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    El Mejor

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    Cambios

    12 songs

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    Chile con Soul

    9 songs

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    Papa Gato

    9 songs

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    El Conguero

    12 songs

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    Instant Party

    23 songs

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    The Ultimate Latin Dance Party

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    Conga Caliente: La Familia/Fuerte

    18 songs

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    Keeper of the Flame

    14 songs

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    The Concord Jazz Heritage Series

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    Baila Mi Gente: Salsa!

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    Latin Soul

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    Latin Soul

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Top Songs by
Poncho Sanchez

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  2.   Watermelon Man
  3.   A Night in Tunisia
  4.   Papa Gato
  5.   What Child Is This?
  6.   Latin Bit
  7.   Freedom Sound
  8.   Going Back to New Orleans
  9.   Siempre Me Va Bien
  10.   Co Co My My
  11.   Dichoso
  12.   Ha Lese le Di Khanna
  13.   Willow Weep for Me
  14.   Con Alma
  15.   Siboney
  16.   El Shing-A-Ling
  17.   Ariñañara
  18.   Jack's Dilemma
  19.   One Mint Julep
  20.   Chano Pozo Medley: Tin Tin Deo/Manteca/Guachi Guaro
  21.   Cantaloupe Island
  22.   Harris' Walk
  23.   Bodacious Q
  24.   El Agua de Belen
  25.   Gestation
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Poncho Sanchez

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    Jazz Christmas

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    Contemporary Jazz

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    Jazz

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    The Wolf Lounge

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    Salsa y Cumbia

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    Classic Jazz [Non-Voc]

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    Mardi Gras

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    Modern Jazz

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    Acid Jazz

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    Classic Jazz

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    Late Night Jazz

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    World


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