Poncho Sanchez Poncho Sanchez

For more than three decades, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. Throughout his career Sanchez has held aloft the torch lit by such innovators as Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Cal Tjader, embraced by each of those icons and entrusted to carry forward the traditions of Latin Jazz.

Sanchez’s influences are numerous, and his catalogue is rich with his homages to several of his mentors – Santamaria, Puente and Tjader among them. But alongside those Latin pioneers, among the more prominent figures that inform his music is the iconic saxophonist John Coltrane. On his latest album Trane’s Delight, Sanchez pays tribute to the late jazz legend with Latin-tinged reimaginings of Coltrane classics as well as new pieces composed in honor of the tenor titan.

Trane’s Delight continues Sanchez’s remarkable 37-year relationship with Concord, a rich legacy that has now yielded 27 albums. The album features the conguero alongside his longtime band; trombonist and musical director Francisco Torres, trumpet and flugelhorn master Ron Blake, saxophonist Robert Hardt, pianist Andy Langham, bassists Rene Camacho and Ross Schodek, and percussionists Joey DeLeon and Giancarlo Anderson.

The album provides a direct link from the 67-year old conguero to his 11-year old self, who spent his own money on an album for the first time when he bought the 1962 classic Coltrane. Ultimately, Trane’s Delight offers a tribute not only to the stellar music and influence of the great John Coltrane, but a spotlight for the myriad ways that the tenor giant’s explorations have fueled courageous artists like Poncho Sanchez. The results, as on this passionate new album, would no doubt delight Trane’s searching spirit.

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Poncho Sanchez Concerts

Date Detail Price
Poncho Sanchez
Belly Up Tavern
Solana Beach, CA
Poncho Sanchez
Seal Beach, CA
Poncho Sanchez
The Rose
Pasadena, CA

Albums by Poncho Sanchez

Album Trane's Delight by Poncho Sanchez

Trane's Delight

Concord Picante

Album Live In Hollywood by Poncho Sanchez

Live In Hollywood

Concord Music Group


Chano Y Dizzy!

Concord Music Group


Psychedelic Blues

Concord Music Group

Album Raise Your Hand by Poncho Sanchez

Raise Your Hand

Concord Music Group

Album Do It! by Poncho Sanchez

Do It!

Concord Music Group



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