The Latin Jazz Band includes: Sanchez on congas, Tony Banda on bass, Serafin Aguilar on trumpet and flugelhorn, Scott Martin on sax, Francisco Torres on trombone, Sal Vasquez Bongo on tres and David Torres on piano.
Poncho Sanchez, Concord Picante recording artist for almost two decades as leader of one of the world’s most celebrated Latin jazz bands, has been an unswervingly-passionate exponent of the bedrock style of Afro-Cuban Latin jazz pioneered half a century ago by such legendary musicians as Machito, Tito Puente and Dizzy Gillespie. His new album, The "Ultimate Jazz Experience", is a revelation to this. The bearded, jovial conguero and the members of his veteran octet are today virtual living symbols of the best of the modern jazz and tropical Latin traditions. As they confidently demonstrate on show after show, Poncho and his men are undisputed kings of a vibrant hybrid that’s become one of the most dynamic and enduringly popular styles of the century.
Poncho Sanchez has been playing happy music for 20 years, marrying the sophistication of jazz with the excitement of Latin music. He is the sum of his parts, his background a mixture of having been born in Laredo, Texas, moving to Norwalk, California, when he was 31/2 years, the youngest of 11 children. Along with his brothers and sisters they enjoyed listening to Latin music. Having taught himself to play congas by jamming along Tito Puente and Cal Tjader records, in high school he played congas in a Tejano band, Little Jimmy and the vagabonds. Through his experiences as a sideman with Cal Tjader and later a bandleader, Sanchez has experimented with combinations of genres old and new. A result is a gritty R & B voice, a mix of Jazz Crusader-style harmonies, soulful melodic lines and hip Afro-Cuban beats. Sanchez is proud to say that "he has been playing Latin jazz long before it was popular and I am proud to say that we have stuck to the basic fundamental and the roots which are very important to us".
Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater built in 1895 in the tradition of the great European opera houses, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1991. For over 100 years the Pabst Theater has boasted an opulent Baroque interior, includes an Austrian chandelier, a staircase crafted from Italian Carrara marble and a proscenium arch, highlighted in gold leaf, framing the stage offering the best theater comfort, sight, and sound.
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are available at the Pabst Theater box office, 144 E. Wells St. (Mon- Fri noon- 5:30 and Sat 10-4) or by calling (414) 286-3663.