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PONCHO SANCHEZ

Fri 3.27

A kaleidoscope of Latin jazz percussion

PONCHO SANCHEZ

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling.

Although born in Laredo, Texas, in 1951 to a large Mexican-American family, Poncho Sanchez grew up in a suburb of L.A., where he was raised on an unusual cross-section of sounds that included straightahead jazz, Latin jazz and American soul. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Along the way, he taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, but eventually settled on the congas.

Whether it’s salsa, straightahead jazz, Latin jazz, or even elements of soul and blues, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. “There’s room for a lot of different sounds in our music,” he says. “I think people have come to know that that’s what Poncho Sanchez is all about. We put it all together in a pot, boil it together and come out with a big stew. This isn’t some marketing strategy to sell records. These are the sounds I grew up with. So when I play this music, I’m not telling a lie. I’m telling my story. This is the real thing.”

Oprah Book Club 2.0

SOURCE:  Oprah Book Club 2.0

201503-omag-best-books-march-2-300x205Blockbuster Books for March
What better way to start spring than with a batch of buzzworthy new titles you’ll eagerly dig into. (We’re starting with the 4th one!)

NEW STREET FICTION NOVEL “KING OF THE STREETS” GIVES READERS AN UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF INNER CITY STREET LIFE

SOURCE:  Blacknews.com

St. Louis, MO — Novice African-American author Maurice Hughes, who has been writing fiction since 2005, is releasing his debut novel King of the Streets for the young and middle age adult readers. This novel provides the vivid reader an up close personal experience of the inner city urban culture with a twist

Photo Courtesy:  Blacknews.com

Photo Courtesy: Blacknews.com

of deception, drama, lust and suspense.

Prepare to be taken on a ride like no other! King of the Streets, released by Lethal Pen Publishing, is available through www.lethalpenpublishing.com and at www.Amazon.com.

“Maurice Hughes is a novice author who has penned a true urban fiction novel that is comparable to a veteran in the industry. I truly believe he is an author who is here to stay,” says Niccole Simmon, founder of 21st Street Urban Editing & Publishing.

 

 

 

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