Presented by Roosevelt School of the Arts & JazzFresno

Poncho SanchezLatin jazz legend and GRAMMY award winner Poncho Sanchez returns to Fresno Thursday night February 21st for a special concert at the Roosevelt High School Auditorium. Dubbed the "King of Latin Jazz" by JazzTimes Magazine in 2001, Poncho Sanchez has thrilled legions of fans worldwide with his infectious and accessible mix of latin jazz and salsa . A master conguero who also leads one of the tightest ensembles in jazz today, Sanchez mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms with influences from soul to funk. Inspired by the conga playing of Cuban great Mongo Santamaria, he honed his skills as a percussionist and broke into the limelight at the age of 23 when he joined vibraphonist Cal Tjader's famed Latin jazz ensemble in 1975. Poncho performed with him until Tjader's untimely death in 1982. A year later, he began his unprecedented 23-year relationship with Concord Records, which has produced two dozen recordings, a GRAMMY® Award and several GRAMMY nominations.

Poncho Sanchez
Thursday February 21, 2008 - 7:00pm
Roosevelt High School Auditorium - 4250 E. Tulare Street - Fresno, CA

Tickets: $25 general / $20 JazzFresno members; students; seniors
Tickets are on sale now at the RSA office; the Tower Theatre Box Office and the Sierra Nut House Villagio.