Poncho Sanchez and the art of the conga drum

January 20th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band

The Cuban word for conga player is conguera. Start talking about the world’s best congueras and it won’t take long before Poncho Sanchez‘s name comes into the discussion.

The artist has decades of playing the drums and leading bands, and he leads his Latin Jazz Band to the Walton Arts Center for a performance tonight (Jan. 20).

Sanchez chatted with me several weeks ago and discussed his craft and the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, the two men he credits with inventing his favorite genre. Sanchez recently released a tribute album, “Chano y Dizzy,” featuring songs written by both artists.

A story resulting from my interview can be found via Nwaonline.com. You’ll have to be a subscriber to our print or digital products to see the full interview.

Tonight’s show at the Walton Arts Center begins at 8 p.m. As part of the venue’s 10×10 concert series, tickets begin at $10. Call 443-5600 or visit the venue’s website for tickets or details.