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Ray Vega: Boperation

For Bebop to work in the Latin realm it takes a very special talent with an uncanny ability to feel the flatted fifths in...

Poncho Sánchez and His Latin Jazz Band: Live in Hollywood

Poncho Sánchez’s established his pedigree very early in life, performing with Cal Tjader—who invited him for just one set in 1975, and with whom...

Poncho Sánchez and Terence Blanchard: Chano y Dizzy!

For anyone who has watched the interview with Dizzy Gillespie where he describes his encounter with Chano Pozo, when the great percussionist first came...

Pete Escovedo – Live from Stern Grove Festival

“What’s up, San Francisco? Are you ready to have a good time?” asks timbales player and band leader Pete Escovedo at the beginning of...
Christian Scott, Stefon Harris, David Sanchez - Ninety Miles

Ninety Miles Live At Cubadisco

Perhaps better than any politician or diplomat, musicians - especially jazz musicians, whose craft is in many ways an improvised form of communication -...

Poncho Sanchez – Live in Hollywood

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...

Blue Cha Cha Celebrates Life of Manuel Galban

Special guests on final recording include Omara Portuondo, Rosa Passos, Trío Esperança, Eric Bibb, Sissoko Ballaké and Marcelo Mercadante, among others...

Poncho Sanchez, Terence Blanchard: Chano Y Dizzy!

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz,...

A Conversation with Percussionist, Bandleader Poncho Sanchez

Speaking with someone you have idolized for years is never an easy task. So it was with some trepidation that I dialed Poncho Sanchez’s telephone number and held my breath. When he answered the telephone we exchanged pleasantries and he quickly informed that he could only give me 15 minutes of his time. Somewhat disappointed, I pressed on and lo and behold, an hour and a half later we were still on the telephone! [...]

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