Arturo Sandoval & Poncho Sanchez And His Latin Band

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Balboa Theatre - San Diego says
A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been awarded 10 Grammy Awards, received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award and is also the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group Irakere, an explosive mixture of jazz, classical, rock and traditional Cuban music, caused a sensation throughout the entertainment world. In 1981, he left Irakere to form his own band,which garnered enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences all over the world, and continues to do so.

Poncho Sanchez is respected as one of the top American percussionists of our time and is a premier Latin jazz artist, salsa singer, band leader and conguero (conga player). In 2000, Sanchez and his ensemble won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul. A jazz great in himself, Sanchez has performed with artists Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Hugh Masakela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power, among others.

Growing up, Sanchez was exposed to and influenced by two very different styles of music: Afro-Cuban music (mambo, son, cha-cha, rumba, guaracha, salsa) by greats such as Tito Puente, and bebop jazz, including the works of Charlie Parker. Originally a guitarist, he discovered his talent for singing during an audition for an R&B band that rehearsed across the street from where he lived, becoming the lead vocalist of the group. Sanchez would later go on to teach himself the flute, drums, and timbales before finally deciding to pursue conga-playing in high school. In 1975, at age 23, Sanchez’s idol, vibraphonist Cal Tjader, invited him to perform one set with his band. Seeing the young man’s talent, Tjader hired Sanchez for a week before officially making him a full member of the ensemble. Sanchez played a crucial role as conguero for several years until Tjader’s death in 1982.

This merging of talents is set to fill the historic Balboa Theatre stage with pulsing, dynamic and insistent rhythms which you won’t want to miss!


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Children: Children ages 6 years & older welcome at this performance.
For your comfort and the enjoyment of others, please use discretion when bringing children to any live theatre performance.

Pricing (includes a $2.00 Facility Fee): $77.00 - $27.00
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