Poncho Sanchez is respected as one of the top American percussionists of our time, frequently performing in concert venues and jazz festivals around the world.
Although born in Laredo, Texas, in 1951 to a large Mexican-American family, Sanchez grew up in a suburb of L.A., where he was raised on an unusual cross-section of sounds that included straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and American soul. By his teen years, his musical consciousness had been solidified by the likes of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaria, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown. Along the way, he taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums, and timbales but eventually settled on the congas.
At 24, after working his way around the local club scene for several years, he landed a permanent spot in Cal Tjader’s band in 1975, where his musical journey really began to take shape. Poncho Sanchez, who is now an icon of Latin Jazz, has just released his 24th recording on Concord Records, Psychedelic Blues, featuring a collection of more traditional Latin jazz similar to some of Sanchez’s earlier works in the ’80s.
For live shows, Poncho relies on Audix microphones to capture the sound of his percussion, vocals, and big band and deliver to audiences consistently every show. Front of House engineer Larry Sanchez has been with Poncho for many years, has been using Audix for many years, is particularly pleased with the results of the D2 for all of the Ponchos congas.
In addition, the Audix microphone assortment on stage includes D6 for kick, M44 for Timbales, ADX51 for bongo, SCX25A for piano, SCX1 for overhead toys, D6 for bass, ADX10-FL for flute, and OM6 for all vocals.
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