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April 5th: Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band Pay Tribute to John Coltrane

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“The Latin jazz of Poncho Sanchez rolls on like a well-oiled machine, showcasing the verities that have made him North America’s (if not the world’s) most popular conguero-bandleader.” - JazzTimes

Miami Latin jazz fans, rejoice! The highly regarded Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band will perform interpretations of the 1962 John Coltrane album, Olé Coltrane on April 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center.

In 2000, the talented Sanchez and his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album during their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul. He has performed with notable artists Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power, among others. In addition, the Mexican-American conguero, band leader and salsa singer created the Olé Coltrane program to exhibit the spiritual heat, passion, and earthy sensuality he finds in Coltrane’s work.

Sanchez's special guest, James Carter, is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty-five years. His music is fueled by deep respect and intimate knowledge of the jazz tradition.

These artists will perform sections from Olé Coltrane, a little known John Coltrane album. Recorded for Atlantic, in between his Africa/Brass album sessions, the album was overlooked by critics when Impulse heralded Coltrane’s debut album for their label. Coltrane had taken to his Olé sessions with the same creativity that informed his later albums. In fact, All About Jazz music website trumps that recording as “one of the greatest transitional albums of all times”.

Tickets are $29-$50, and can be purchased at www.smdcac.org or by calling the box office at 786-573-5300. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay. FREE parking is available.

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