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The Drop: Poncho Sanchez


On September 26, 2019, the GRAMMY Museum welcomed GRAMMY Award-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez to discuss the making of his album Trane’s Delight with moderator Scott Goldman.

Poncho Sanchez was raised on an unusual cross section of sounds that included straightahead 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. But although his influences are numerous, with icons such as Tjader, Santamaria, and Tito Puente even serving as mentors for Sanchez within his more than three-decade career, John Coltrane is among the most prominent figures to inform his music. On his album Trane’s Delight, released just days before this interview at the GRAMMY Museum, Poncho Sanchez pays tribute to the late jazz legend with Latin-tinged reimaginings of Coltrane classics as well as new pieces composed in honor of the tenor titan, affirming Sanchez’s place at the forefront of Latin Jazz’s trailblazers.