|Poncho Sanchez (2012)|
(Photo by Steve Hinkley)
|Poncho Sanchez was born in Laredo, Texas, the youngest of eleven children, and grew up in a musically rich neighborhood in Norwalk, California. From an early age he was exposed to all kinds of music—Afro-Cuban, Bebop, R&B, Rock, Funk.
After starting out on guitar, Poncho taught himself flute, drums and timbales before settling on congas. In 1975, his idol, Cal Tjader, invited him to sit in with the band, and Poncho got the job, playing with Cal until Cal's death in 1982.
Before Cal's death, he mentioned to Carl Jefferson, founder of Concord Records, that they should sign and record Poncho. Carl did, and since then Poncho has gone on to produce and record two dozen albums for Concord. He's garnered a Grammy for his work, and in November 2012 was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Latin Recording Academy®.
|# 1||Cal Tjader||The Grace Cathedral Concert||I Showed Them||Fantasy|
|# 2||Mongo Santamaria||Mongo Introduces La Lupe||Quiet Stroll||Riverside|
|# 3||Art Blakey||Hold On, I'm Coming||Slowly, But Surely||Limelight|
|# 4||Cal Tjader||Monterey Concerts||Lover, Come Back to Me||Prestige|
|# 5||Gloria Lynne||I Can't Give You Anything but Love||I Wish You Love||Collectables|
|# 6||Gene Ammons||Greatest Hits, Vol. 1, The Sixties||Canadian Sunset||Prestige|
|# 7||John Coltrane||Coltrane||Out of This World||Impulse|
|Book||Peter Guralnick, "Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke"|
|Luxury Item||"A Marriott hotel"|
Ron E. Beck