Sánchez with Ricardo Rodriguez on double bass
|Born||(1968-09-09) September 9, 1968
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
David Sánchez (born 9 September 1968 in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) is a Grammy-winning jazz tenor saxophonist from Puerto Rico.
SANCHEZ took up the conga (tumbadora) when he was eight and started playing tenor saxophone at age 12.
His earliest influences were Afro-Caribbean and danza but also European and Latin classical. At 12 Sanchez attended La Escuela Libre de Musica, which emphasized formal musical studies and classical European styles and was much taken with a Miles Davis album, Basic Miles, featuring John Coltrane, as well as Lady in Satin, a 1958 album by singer Billie Holiday with strings, arranged and conducted by Ray Ellis.
Sanchez considered a college career in psychology, but auditioned at Berklee and Rutgers University. Sanchez chose Rutgers because he got a better scholarship and was near New York which was Sanchez’ goal. While at Rutgers, Sanchez studied with pianist Kenny Barron, Ted Dunbar and John Purcell.
Career takes off
Sanchez joined Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra in 1990 and Dizzy became Sanchez’ mentor.
Dizzy’s group toured 27 countries, and 100 U.S. cities in 31 states, and also saw other notable musicians as Brazilian singer Flora Purim for example and her husband-percussionist Airto Moreira.
After the United Nation Orchestra, Sanchez continued to play with Dizzy until Dizzy’s death in 1993, mainly in Dizzy’s Trio with pianist Mike Longo.
Since then he has toured with the Philip Morris SuperBand, recorded with Slide Hampton and his Jazz Masters, Charlie Sepulveda, Roy Hargrove, Chucho Valdes, Kenny Drew, Jr., Ryan Kisor, Danilo Perez, Rachel Z, McCoy Tyner, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Hilton Ruiz, Eddie Palmieiri, The Czeck Philharmonic with Argentinian pianist Carlos Franzetti, Maraca and his Latin Jazz All-Stars, Ninety Miles, and headed his own sessions for Columbia Records and other labels.
After joining Columbia Records, SANCHEZ released seven albums.
In 2005, Sanchez won the Grammy award for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album for Coral, which was two years in the making.
Recorded in The Czech Republic with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Coral features a Jazz Sextet with alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, pianist Edsel Gomez, bassists John Benitez and Ben Street, drummer Adam Cruz, and percussionist Pernell Saturninowith arrangements by Carlos Fanzetti.
- The Departure (1994)
- Sketches of Dreams (1994)
- I Miss You John (1995)
- Street Scenes (1996)
- Obsession (1998)
- Melaza (2000)
- Travesia (2002)
- Coral (2004)
- Cultural Survival (2008)
- Ninety Miles (2011) – w / Stefon Harris and Christian Scott sided by two Cuban bands Live at Cuba Disco in Havana, Cuba
- La India, Llego la India Via Eddie Palmieri (1992)
- Jonny King, Meltdown (Enja, 1997)
- Kenny Barron, Spirit Song (Verve, 1999)
- Antonio Sánchez, Migration (2007)
- Gabriel Vicéns, Point in Time (2012)
- Gabriel Vicéns, Days (Inner Circle, 2015)
As guest artist
With Dizzy Gillespie
With Charlie Haden
- Nocturne (Verve, 2001)
With Harold López Nussa
- El País de las Maravillas (World Village, 2011)
With Mario Castro
- Estrella de Mar (Interrobang Records, 2014)
With Orlando Valle “Maraca and his Latin Jazz All-Stars
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Soon in my HAVANA FAIRFAX CONNECTION TV show @ LCATV in Cochester, Vermont, USA, “Ninety Miles Live @ Cuba Disco in Havana with Harold Lopez-Nussa and Rembert Duharte Bands.