Poncho Sánchez

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Poncho Sánchez: Conguero gets his just due.
Poncho Sánchez: Conguero gets his just due.

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Scheduled to perform with Diane Schuur, and Maynard Ferguson and His Big Bop Nouveau Band as part of the Cool Desert Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 16. Doors open at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $100.
North Lake Amphitheater in Goodyear

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Poncho Sánchez's reputation as the ultimate Latin jazz party bandleader is quite misleading. The guy has been a top conguero since the 1980s, but his sin was growing up in Laredo, Texas, not in Cuba or Puerto Rico. After he won a Latin Grammy (his first major award) in 2000, things began to change. Critics who lived in a jar for two decades suddenly accepted him as a "serious" musician. Too bad Poncho followed up the Grammy victory with an even stronger album, Latin Spirits, which was ignored only for the fact that it was released on September 11, 2001. Damn jihad.

 
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