David Sanchez emerged on the U.S jazz scene to immediate critical acclaim in the mid 1990s. The Grammy and Latin Grammy nominated Melaza and Traversia. The saxophonist represent a new generation of supremely talented and versatile Latin American Jazz musicians to whom improvisation had truly become second nature.
Originally student of percussion and a fan of legendary Afro-Cuban, he began his formal music studies at San Juan’s prestigious Escuela Libre de Musica, focusing on saxophones, flute and clarinet. His early interest in jazz was fueled by recordings of such saxophone giants as Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Moving to the U.S in 1988 to study at Rugers University in New Jersey. In 1991, he was invited to join Dizzy Gillepie’s United Nation Orchestra.
In recent year, he’s appeared as a guest on albums by bassist Charlie Hadden and Trombonist Steve Turre, among many others. He’s also invested his talents in a wide range of Latin and Jazz settings, from performing with late Tito Puente’s all-star group to a series of recent hichly experimental club dates with pianiste Palmieri in a duo. Today, Sanchez’s sextet is one of the most innovative working groups in jazz.
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