Poncho Sanchez and band. Image courtesy of Montgomery County Community College.
As part of its Then and Now: Jazz Cubano series, Montgomery County Community College's (MCCC) Lively Arts Series hosts Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Band as they pay tribute to the transformative Cubano-Be, Cubano-Bop album recorded by two influential architects of Latin jazz, conga drummer/composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Known for his mix of "straight-ahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms," Sanchez will be sharing the latin jazz that is, in his opinion, "the world's greatest music." As Sanchez expains, "It was born in New York City, when Chano Pozo met Dizzy Gillespie for the first time in the mid-1940s. They created something that didn't exist before in this country. I'm very proud to take this music all over the world all the time."
At 7 p.m. there will be a pre-concert panel on race, identity and politics in Afro-Cubano culture. To learn more about Poncho Sanchez, visit the artist's website.