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Carib: David Sanchez (USA)
Carib: David Sanchez Returns to Israel
Grammy-Award winning saxophonist David Sanchez arrives in Israel with a new performance that interweaves the colors and textures of the Caribbean, the rhythms of Africa, and the soul of jazz. Sanchez’s musical quest centers on the sounds of Haiti, Carriacou (an island in the Grenadines), and his native Puerto Rico – alongside the West-African drum rhythms of Yuba, Calinda, and Sica. Seen through the eyes of a contemporary jazz musician, Sanchez has said, “I always knew there was a connection between their musical traditions and the music I grew up listening to in Puerto Rico, but the commonalities still amaze me.”
Sanchez, who had the privilege of playing with Dizzy Gillespie (!), expanded the limits of traditional jazz with Latino and Afro-Caribbean traditions and sounds. The well-known jazz critic Howard Reich saluted Sanchez’s talent early on: “technically, tonally and creatively, he seems to have it all. His sound is never less than plush, his pitch is unerring, his rapid-fire playing is ravishing.”
Sanchez’s debut album, “The Departure,” gained critical acclaim when it was released in 1995. His following albums were all nominated for Grammy Awards, and in 2004, he took home the Grammy for his album “Coral.” Sanchez will perform at the Jerusalem Jazz Festival with an ensemble of four musicians: Edward Simon (piano), E. J. Strickland (drums), Ricky Rodriguez (bass), and Jahn Lee Aponte (percussion).
Credit: Devin deHaven
Length of Performance: 75 min.