Grammy-winning Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sánchez has a new musical project called "Carib." The name of the project is a reference to the indigenous people of the region we know as the Caribbean. Sánchez is performing this Saturday night at 8 at the Seattle Art Museum's Plestcheef Auditorium.
David Sánchez grew up playing percussion, and discovered jazz when he was 15. He went to New York to study jazz, and caught the attention of none other than famed trumpeter and Latin Jazz advocate Dizzy Gillespie.
Dizzy recruited David for his big band, and provided him with the special "Diz" brand of musical mentoring that launched stars like Arturo Sandoval.
David's interest in Caribbean, South American and African music has been evident from his first recordings, throughout his work with the SFJazz Collective, and in his collaboration with Stefon Harris and Christian Scott in the Ninety Miles venture recorded in Cuba.
"Carib" is billed as project that uses modern jazz to explore the kinship between West African drum rhythms and the music of Haiti, Carriacou and Puerto Rico. With David's long-time associates Venezuelan pianist/composer Edward Simon, bassist Ricky Rodriguez, world-traveler E. J. Strickland on drums, and percussionist/dancer Jhan Lee Aponte in the mix, "Carib" promises to be an uplifting musical and cultural experience.
See David Sánchez's "Carib" this Saturday night at the Seattle Art Museum's Plestcheef Auditorium, presented by Earshot Jazz, and welcomed by 88.5 KNKX (me, specifically).
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.