Mexican-American conguero, bandleader and salsa singer Poncho Sánchez, pictured above, is among seven very noteworthy musicians who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin Recording Academy in November. The honorees—who, in addition to Sánchez, include Luz Casal, Leo Dan, Rita Moreno, Daniela Romo, Toquino and the great singer/songwriter Milton Nascimento—will be acknowledged at an invitation-only ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas on November 14 as part of a week-long Latin Grammy Awards celebration.
Influenced by Latin jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo, Sánchez is widely regarded as one of the world’s top percussionists. Self-taught at a young age to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, it was the congas that captured his heart. His career has lasted more than three decades and includes more than 30 albums, numerous musical collaborations and a Grammy Award for “Best Latin Jazz Performance” in 1999. His rhythmic style blends the harmonic sophistication of jazz with American standards and the flavor of Latin American music. He continues to perform in concert halls and jazz festivals throughout the world.
The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin Grammy Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community.
For more information, go to www.latingrammy.com.
Photo credit: Devin DeHaven