Poncho Sanchez Fires up His Congas for Some Latin Jazz

When Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band bring their show here, it will be a night full of what the Texas-born conguero calls “the world’s greatest music.” That’s how Sanchez describes Latin jazz, a sub-genre he attributes to the New York City meeting of conga drummer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s, according to an official biography of Sanchez. He said Pozo and Gillespie were the first musicians to bring elements of Latin music to American jazz, creating the style Sanchez has championed for the better part of four decades.



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