For release: February 15, 2008
For press information, contact Simone Notter Wilson
David Sánchez, 2005 Latin Grammy winning jazz tenor saxophonist, and his quartet will
perform with the University of Memphis Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra on Saturday,
March 1, at 7:30 p.m. The performance in Harris Concert hall will mark the grand finale
of Jazz Week at the University. General admission is $10. For ticket information call
Sánchez will also hold a master class at Harris Concert Hall at 1 p.m. on March 1.
The master class is free and open to the public.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Sánchez started playing percussion and drums at age eight
and took up the tenor saxophone four years later. His influences were Afro-Caribbean
and Danza, but also European and Latin classical. He attended La Escuela Libre de
Música in San Juan, which focused on formal musical studies. When his sister brought
home several jazz records, including recordings of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny
Rollins, and Dexter Gordon, Sánchez was mesmerized by the music and became interested
In 1986 Sánchez enrolled at the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Rio Píedras with the
intention to pursue a degree in psychology. However the temptation to move to New
York City was irresistible, and by 1988, Sánchez had won a music scholarship to Rutgers
University in New Jersey. Because of Rutgers' close proximity to New York City, Sánchez
quickly became a member of New York's jazz scene. He played with pianist Eddie Palmieri
and trumpeter Claudio Roditi, among others, and joined Dizzy Gillespie's “Live the
Future" tour, featuring Miriam Makeba, in 1991. Gillespie became one of Sánchez big
mentors and influences.
For more information on Jazz Week, visit our Jazz Week 2008 Calendar of Events or call 678-5400.