Redwood Jazz Alliance

Antonio Sanchez & Migration
Thursday, April 1 (NOTE DATE CHANGE!), 8 p.m.| Kate Buchanan Room, HSU

"Every generation a guy comes along who distills the language and everything that preceded him in a very personal way…Antonio is doing it for this next round of drummers."
—Pat Metheny

"Sanchez can play combustible figures in an array of styles, but what is most impressive is his ability to burn gracefully at low volume."
—Ken Micallef, DownBeat

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Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez (courtesy Michael Kline Artists)
Donny McCaslin & David Binney
Donny McCaslin (courtesy Roberto Cifarelli) & David Binney
Scott Colley
Scott Colley

If you judge a man by the company he keeps, then here's all you need to know about Antonio Sanchez: Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton, Toots Thielemans, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Miguel Zenón…need we go on? In the little more than a decade that Antonio Sanchez has been in New York, he has played with all of those great musicians and more, perhaps most notably as the drummer in the Pat Metheny Group since 2002. Maybe all of that work with the Who's Who of today's jazz is what kept Sanchez from recording an album of his own until recently, but it was worth the wait. Migration got rave reviews, with All About Jazz calling it "one of the best debuts of 2007."

Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico City in 1971, started on the drums at the age of 5 and was playing professionally by his early teens. He was in a "bunch of different rock bands" (his words) and simultaneously pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico before deciding to devote himself to jazz drumming. That led him to the U.S. and schooling at both the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory before his move to New York City.

Sanchez's working band ("That band is killin!" pianist Frank Kimbrough exclaimed, when he saw who was up next in our series) is named after his debut album. The version of Migration that he is bringing to Arcata includes two of the most exciting saxophonists in jazz today, altoist David Binney and tenor player Donny McCaslin. Local audiences remember McCaslin well from his own trio's fantastic RJA concert in September 2008. David Binney has been one of our favorite players and composers for some time. He's led or co-led bands on 15 different albums, with groups including such notables as Brian Blade, Mark Turner, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter and Binney's longtime collaborator Edward Simon. Binney has also been a sideman with a long list of greats, including Jim Hall and Uri Caine. The bassist in Migration is Scott Colley, who has released six albums under his own name and appeared on a staggeringly long list of great albums in the past decade, including important discs from Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Andrew Hill and Greg Osby.


Tickets ($15 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors) are available here at our website, or at Missing Link Records, People's Records and The Works.

Antonio Sanchez will also present a FREE public workshop--in a departure from usual practice (in order to accommodate the band's travel schedule), it will take place Thursday afternoon BEFORE the concert, in the Studio Theater (Theater Arts Building Room 115). People of all levels of experience are welcome to attend.


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Additional support for this show comes from The Arcata Eye, Arcata Liquors, Cafe Brio, Fortuna Music Mart, Libation Wine Shop & Wine Bar, Pierson Building Center, Les Scher Attorney-at-Law, Sushi Spot, Threadbare Dancewear, and Wildberries Marketplace.

HSU SealThursday afternoon's pre-concert workshop is made possible through the generosity of HSU's Office of the President, Provost Robert Snyder, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Interim Dean Kenneth Ayoob, and the Department of Music.

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