Valley Cultural Centers
Valley Cultural Center
Concerts presented by Gaspars

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

Sunday, July 8, 2018 |
5:30 PM: Emerging Artist - Eva B Ross
6:30 PM: Headliner

Poncho Sanchez

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero PONCHO SANCHEZ has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz—conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

If music were about pictures, percussionist Poncho Sanchez’s music would best be described as a kaleidoscopic swirl of some of the hottest colors and brightest lights to emerge from either side of the border. At any given show, on any given record, fragments of Latin jazz, swing, bebop, salsa and other infectious grooves collide and churn in a fiery swirl, with results that are no less than dazzling. 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. Whatever the genre, the mesmerizing array of sounds and colors from Poncho Sanchez’s youth have telegraphed across the decades and continue to inform his creative sensibilities to this day. his over 20 year relationship with concord Records has yielded two dozen recordings, a Grammy award and several Grammy nominations.

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VCC Emerging Artists Performer

Eva B Ross

Eva B. Ross is a Los Angeles born singer-songwriter who grew up writing songs and singing in her family’s garage band. As a teenager, she advanced her studies in singing and songwriting at Interlochen Arts and at the Stanford Jazz Vocal Residency. In 2017, she won UCLA’s Spring Sing, following in the footsteps on past recipients such as Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5.

She has supported acts like Burt Bacharach, Portugal! The Man, Wale, The Dustbowl Revival and most recently, played along side the Thelonius Monk Institute Ensemble at Schoenberg Hall. Eva is currently working on her debut EP, which will be co-produced by Grammy-winning producer Justin Niebank and Emmy-winning producer, Steve Rashid.

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