OSWEGO — Grammy-winning tenor saxophonist David Sanchez will bring a blend of Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences to a very American musical language in a SUNY Oswego concert March 7.
“Whenever you talk about America, it’s synonymous with jazz,” said Sanchez, who will present his current ensemble, the David Sanchez Group, at 7:30 p.m. at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre as part of the Artswego Performing Arts Series.
Since leaving Puerto Rico to complete his studies at Rutgers University in 1988, Sanchez has worked to enrich jazz with a range of Latin and Afro-Caribbean idioms, and to make the world take notice.
“If there’s a mainstream tenor saxophonist under 50 who can create more thrilling, ingeniously constructed solos than David Sanchez, let him or her speak up now,” said critic Harold Reich after the Chicago Jazz Festival last fall.
Sanchez, also a prolific composer, moves with ease from small-group improvisation to genre-crossing explorations like “Coral,” his Grammy-winning orchestra-backed release for Columbia Records. That effort also received the “Best Instrumental Album” nod for 2005 from the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
For last year’s Ninety Miles project, he also crossed political boundaries. Joining forces with vibraphonist Stefon Harris and trumpeter Christian Scott, Sanchez traveled to Havana to perform and record with two Cuban quartets. The effort to bridge the international divide through the common language of jazz is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film.
Appearing with Sanchez in Oswego are three accomplished New York sidemen: Luis Perdomo on piano, Matt Brewer on bass and drummer Henry Cole. Following the performance, there will be a talkback session with the artists in the Music Listening Room, Room 101 of Tyler Hall.
This Artswego engagement is funded through the American Masterpieces program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets for the David Sanchez Group are $12 ($10 for seniors ages 62 and over, children 17 and under and SUNY Oswego faculty and staff; $7 for SUNY Oswego students) and may be purchased at any SUNY Oswego box office location, by phone at 315-312-2141 or online at http://tickets.oswego.edu
Parking is free in campus lots for those attending the performance.