Latin Grammy Award winner David Sánchez is regarded amongst the most profound tenor saxophonists on the jazz scene working today. Jazz critic Howard Reich saluted the young bandleader saying, “Technically, tonally and creatively, he seems to have it all. His sound is never less than plush, his pitch is unerring, his rapid-fire playing is ravishing in its combination of speed, accuracy and utter evenness of tone.” Such is the acclaim and respect that Sánchez has engendered from critics, and fellow artists throughout the world as he continues to push the frontiers of mainstream jazz to incorporate a compelling and rich array of Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences, while remaining true to the tenets of the jazz genre.
David Sánchez began playing percussion and drums at age eight before migrating to tenor saxophone four years later. While a student at the prestigious La Escuela Libre de Música in San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also studied soprano and alto saxophones as well as flute and clarinet. The bomba and plena rhythms of Puerto Rico, along with Cuban and Brazilian traditions, were among the biggest cultural influences on Sánchez’s early taste in music, but Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane had the greatest impact on his playing.
Sánchez has also performed and recorded with Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Harrell, and had the opportunity to perform with the legendary drummer Elvin Jones. Whether with Gillespie, Palmieri, Haden and his other jazz mentors, or under his own name, Sánchez has continued to tour extensively, bringing his mix of mainstream jazz with Afro-Latin influences to delighted audiences throughout the globe. Along the way, he has collected 10 nominations and two Grammy Awards.
This band performing for South Florida JAZZ is very special because all of the players are absolutely top-tier. Venezuelan-born pianist Edward Simon is among the most highly regarded pianists, especially in the modern Latin idiom. Bassist Ricky Rodriguez has a big, aggressive sound and perfect intonation, and drummer Adam Cruz, also known for his long association with pianists Danilo Perez and Edward Simon as well as the Mingus Big Band, is at the forefront of a growing wave of jazz innovation and 21st century cross-cultural rhythm. A special guest is vibist Stefon Harris, Jazz Journalists Association Mallet Player of the Year, who is among the top three on his instrument. This band will be en fuego!
Funding for South Florida JAZZ is provided in part by a grant from the Broward County Board of County
Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Division