Poncho Sanchez Band & Guests: Tribute to Armando Peraza

Aug 10, Sunday - 4pm

Kaiser Permanente Main Stage

Having appeared at the first Summer Fest in 1990, Latin jazz legend Poncho Sanchez returns to lead a tribute to late Cuban and Bay Area percussionist Armando Peraza. John Santos, Emil Richards and Pete Escovedo will take part in this powerhouse performance.

Armando Peraza came to the US with fellow Cuban music legends Mongo Santamaria and Celia Cruz. They settled in the East Coast but Peraza came to the Bay Area and never left. Jazz legends like Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee made Peraza their first-call percussionist, but his biggest contributions came from his songwriting and recording with George Shearing, Cal Tjader and Santana. His legacy lives on through his recordings and the many local musicians he mentored, among them John Santos, Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow.

Bandleader Poncho Sanchez has delivered a potent mixture of straight ahead jazz, gritty soul and Latin rhythms for more than 30 years.  He has released 25 records, including 1999’s Latin Soul, which included the Grammy® winning title track.  Also paying tribute is an “A-Team” with three legendary percussionists with Peraza connections: Emil Richards, who played with Charles Mingus and George Shearing; Pete Escovedo, a major force in Latin music since the late ’60s; and John Santos, the Bay Area’s leading proponent of Afro-Cuban jazz.

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Armando Peraza came to the US with fellow Cuban music legends Mongo Santamaria and Celia Cruz. They settled in the East Coast but Peraza came to the Bay Area and never left. Jazz legends like Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and Peggy Lee made Peraza their first-call percussionist, but his biggest contributions came from his songwriting and recording with George Shearing, Cal Tjader and Santana. His legacy lives on through his recordings and the many local musicians he mentored, among them John Santos, Karl Perazzo and Raul Rekow.

Bandleader Poncho Sanchez has delivered a potent mixture of straight ahead jazz, gritty soul and Latin rhythms for more than 30 years.  He has released 25 records, including 1999’s Latin Soul, which included the Grammy® winning title track.  Also paying tribute is an “A-Team” with three legendary percussionists with Peraza connections: Emil Richards, who played with Charles Mingus and George Shearing; Pete Escovedo, a major force in Latin music since the late ’60s; and John Santos, the Bay Area’s leading proponent of Afro-Cuban jazz.


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Photo Credit: Ashley Stagg

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