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Poncho Sanchez

“Drop Top Drive By” w/Poncho Sanchez | Special Playboy Jazz Edition

Playboy Jazz Festival Drop Top Drive By Interview:
Poncho Sanchez

by A. Scott Galloway
Los Angeles-based conga master Poncho Sanchez has been a regular and welcome presence at the “Playboy Jazz Festival” One of this writer’s most awesome PJF memories is when Poncho and his band dropped down into their Latin Soul version of James Brown’s “Cold Sweat” (based, of course, on the Latin classic version recorded by Mongo Santamaria with Bernard Purdie on drums) as the finale of their early evening set a decade or so back, sending the entire crowd into euphoria, up on their feet and groovin’ hard! This year, Poncho will be paying homage to another great musician at this year’s festival with his special “Ole’ Coltrane” set dedicated to the legendary saxophonist/composer John Coltrane that will feature special guest saxophonist James Carter.

Poncho Sanchez

Do you hear the sound of some serious, percussion laced beats? How about the salsa stirring dance steps that is often orchestrated the minute you listen to one of the finest, legendary latin jazz cats in the game? We welcome the one & only Poncho Sanchez to the scene as he hangs out with Terrill & speaks on the recent Playboy Jazz Festival, his upcoming tours (including the Playboy Jazz Cruise -2009) & influences to his music & much more!!