December 5, 2007 > Latin Jazz Sensation Performs
Latin Jazz Sensation Performs
Submitted By Jon Palacio
The sizzling sounds of Poncho Sanchez come to the Chabot College Performing Arts Center in Hayward on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Recognized as one of the premiere Latin ensembles of our time, Sanchez mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms with bebop to create his own style of music, inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria.
Sanchez grew up in the Los Angeles area, where he was exposed to a broad range of Latin and non-Latin popular music. He honed his skills as a percussionist and joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's popular Latin jazz ensemble in 1975, and continued that relationship until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. Since that time, he has produced two dozen recordings, and received a Grammy award and several Grammy nominations.
His most recent album, Do It!, features two tracks with the entire nine-member Tower of Power, the iconic funk group of the 70s. Also contributing to the album is legendary South African musician, Hugh Masekala.
The Chabot College Jazz Orchestra will open the Dec. 7 show at the Chabot College Performing Arts Center, located on campus at 25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward. The group performs under the direction of Jon Palacio, Director for Jazz Studies at Chabot College, and a former alumnus of both the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and may be purchased by calling (510) 723-7233 or by visiting www.chabotcollege.edu/music.
Poncho Sanchez at Chabot
Friday, Dec 7
Chabot College Performing Arts Center
25555 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward