Latin jazz star Poncho Sanchez to perform

The Premiere Series at Kennesaw State University's School of the Arts will present Grammy Award…

Georgia (Mar 21, 2003) — Latin jazz star Poncho Sanchez to perform

Cheryl Anderson Brown


The Premiere Series at Kennesaw State University's School of the Arts will present Grammy Award−winner Poncho Sanchez in a one−night−only appearance with his Latin jazz band at 8 p.m. on Saturday‚ March 29 in the university's Stillwell Theater.

Sanchez‚ perhaps the world's most renowned conga−playing bandleader‚ began fusing the hot Cuban jazz rhythms and doo−wop Motown sounds he heard in his home as a child. Since then‚ he has released more than 20 albums and CDs‚ including "Latin Soul‚" which earned the Best Latin Jazz Performance Grammy in 1999. Last year‚ he released the book‚ "Poncho Sanchez' Conga Cookbook: Develop Your Conga Playing by Learning Afro−Cuban Rhythms from the Master."

For almost two decades as leader of one of the world's most celebrated Latin jazz bands‚ Sanchez has been an unswervingly passionate exponent of the bedrock style of Afro−Cuban Latin jazz pioneered half a century ago by such legendary musicians as Machito‚ Tito Puente and Dizzy Gillespie. The bearded‚ jovial conguero and the members of his veteran octet are today virtual living symbols of the best of the modern jazz and tropical Latin traditions.

Tickets for this event are $25. Contact the KSU box office at 770−423−6650 for reservations.

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Kennesaw State University‚ a comprehensive‚ residential institution with at growing student population of 15‚ 600 from 118 countries‚ offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the fifth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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