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Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band featuring Terence Blanchard


Poncho Sanchez & Terence Blanchard, with the backing of the Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band,have created a hot new project: Cubano Be Cubano Bop, a tribute to the legacy of the OriginalConga King, Chano Pozo and his coconspirator in Latin Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie. In the late 40sChano Pozo was at the top of his game. His rhythms descended from the ceremonies of his AfroCuban religion; Santeria. With Dizzy Gillespie, their 1947 Carnegie Hall concert literally changedthe face of musical history and the course of American Jazz. Chano & Dizzy had created Afro-Cuban Jazz; writing the standards, “Manteca,” “Tin Tin Deo,” and their performances on GeorgeRussell’s “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop” burst the genre onto the musical map in a major way. PonchoSanchez & Terence Blanchard have put together a program that recreates that seminal concert;
the Afro-Cuban standards, their own compositions and fresh new collaborations.

“[The musicians] are able to take these compositions and immediately translate them into theparticular sound of Terence’s band, which in many ways reminds me of what used to happen withMiles (Miles Davis).” -- Herbie Hancock

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