Grammy Award-winning conguero and Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez has been selected as the Guest of Honor for the 38th Telluride Jazz Festival. This artists announcement is the first coming from the annual event set to take place on August 1-3, 2014.
Sanchez has over three decades of experience as a bandleader and influential sideman next to Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie. With his Los Angeles upbringing immediately immersing him into an unusual cross section of sounds from straight ahead jazz, Latin, and American Soul, it was Coltrane, Davis and Mongo Santamaria that raised him and instigated self-taught endeavors into guitar, flute, drums, timbales and eventually congas.
After honing his chops on the club circuit he landed a spot in Cal Tjader's band from 1975 until his death in 1982. That same year he signed to Concord Records and has released two dozen critically acclaimed albums since, including the Grammy winning Concord Picante label album Latin Soul in 2000.
Sanchez is respected as one of the top American percussionists playing music today, and is set to headline Telluride Jazz Festival’s Jazz After Dark series on Friday, August 1st in the Sheridan Opera House. He will also play a set in Town Park on Saturday, August 2nd, and a special sit-in is planned with the Crescent Super Band on the same day.Tickets for the 38th Telluride Jazz Festival are available at www.telluridejazz.org