Today In Jazz

Happy Birthday Pancho Sanchez!

October 30

Bandleader/percussionist Pancho Sanchez turns 62 today. One of the most celebrated percussionists in jazz and Latin music, Sanchez has reached audiences around the world with his hypnotic playing.

Born in Texas and raised in California, Sanchez was a protégé of vibraphonist Cal Tjader, who guided him towards a career as a bandleader. This is the kind of very popular music that they made together:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjDIRDlEyCE

At the root of Sanchez’s success is his sheer mastery of the congas. It’s a joy to see this video where he explains what he does:

Besides leading his own well known bands, Sanchez has collaborated with many jazz giants. Let’s wish him a happy birthday while watching him with trumpeter Terence Blanchard: