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CUBANo BE! CUBANo BOP! --Tribute To Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie

Poncho Sanchez | Lead Vocals, Congas, Percussion

Terence Blanchard | Trumpet

Tony Banda | Bass, Vocals

Ron Francis Blake | Trumpet

Joey De Leon, Jr. | Bongos, Percussion, Drums

Rob Hardt | Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone

George Ortiz | Timbales

David Torres | Piano

Francisco Torres | Trombone, Vocals

 

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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 Original Conga King, Chano Pozo and his partner in Latin Jazz, Dizzy Gillespie.

 

In the late ‘40s Chano 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 changed the face of musical history and the course of American Jazz. Chano & Dizzy had created AFRO -CU BAN JAZZ, writing the standards, “Manteca,” “Tin Tin Deo,” and their performances on George Russell’s “Cubano Be, Cubano Bop” burst the genre onto the musical map in a major way. PONCHO SANCHEZ & TERENCE BLANCHARD have put together a program that recreates that seminal concert; the Afro-Cuban standards, their own compositions and fresh new collaborations.

 

Five-time Grammy Winner Terence Blanchard (born 1962) is an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, and film score composer. Since he emerged on the scene in 1980 with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and then shortly thereafter with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Blanchard has been a leading artist in jazz. He was an integral figure in the 1980s jazz resurgence having recorded several award-winning albums and having performed with the jazz elite. He is known as a straight-ahead artist in the hard bop tradition but has recently utilized an African-fusion style of playing that makes him unique from other trumpeters on the performance circuit. However, it is as a film composer that Blanchard reaches his widest audience. His trumpet can be heard on nearly fifty film scores, more than forty bearing his unmistakable compositional style. Since 2000, Blanchard has served as Artistic Director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

 

Poncho Sanchez (born 1951), a Mexican-American, is a conguero (conga player), Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer. In 2000, Sanchez and his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul. Sanchez is respected as one of the top American percussionists of our time. He performs frequently in venues varying in size from concert halls to local jazz festivals. His 2005 CD, Do It!, features the iconic funk band Tower of Power on two tracks as well as South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

 

 

Website:

http://www.ponchosanchez.com/

http://www.terenceblanchard.com/
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