Antonio Sanchez

Since he arrived in New York City in the late 1990s, Antonio Sanchez has been one of the most in-demand drummers on the jazz scene. Heard initially with pianist Danilo Perez and most recently on his own Live In New York at Jazz Standard, Sanchez not only dazzles with herculean technique, but more importantly, he swings—and in the old school sense of the word. Through recordings such as Chick Corea’s Dr. Joe, Michael Brecker’s Wide Angles, Gary Burton’s Quartet Live, Avishai Cohen’s Unity, Miguel Zenon’s Jibaro, Donny McCaslin’s In Pursuit, and Pat Metheny’s Speaking Of Now, The Way Up, and Day Trip, Sanchez’s brilliant evolution has become evident to all. Gary Burton’s new album features Antonio’s drumming as well as his composing skills on the title track, “Common Ground.”

Migration, Sanchez’s 2007 Cam Jazz debut as a leader, topped many critics’ year end polls, the album’s outstanding musicianship (featuring Chick Corea and Metheny) and memorable melodies making it both technically engrossing and easily enjoyable. A Magna Cum Laude Berklee School of Music graduate in Jazz Studies, a former student at the New England Conservatory of Music and an alumni of Mexico’s prestigious National Conservatory (where he majored in classical piano and composition), Sanchez thoroughly understands complex harmony and compositional structure, which when coupled to his love of music from all over the world produces jazz that satisfies on multiple levels.

A three-time Grammy Award winner, Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico City on November 1st, 1971, the grandson of Mexican film star Ignacio Lopez Tarso. Sanchez became interested in the drums at the age of five, playing along to the records of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Police and Rush. His professional career began in his early teens with a variety of local rock bands. After school, Sanchez pursued a degree in classical piano at Mexico’s National Conservatory. Leaving Mexico City to enroll at Berklee in 1993, he graduated with honors and was the recipient of several scholarships, most notably the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship and the Zildjian Award. The New England Conservatory of Music awarded him another one to pursue a Masters in Jazz Improvisation. While still at the Conservatory in 1997, his instructor, Danilo Perez, recommended him to Paquito D’Rivera for Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra.

Today, Sanchez is one of the most in-demand drummers on the international jazz scene, regularly recording and touring alongside Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Kenny Werner, Charlie Haden, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, and Toots Thielmans. He has collaborated with the new generation of players that includes Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, David Sanchez, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña, to name a few.

A popular clinician, Sanchez has taught all over the world. His first instructional DVD, as part of Hudson Music’s Music Master Series, was released in 2008. Sanchez has performed at the most prestigious drum festivals worldwide, including the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend, Zildjian Day, and Montreal Drum Festival. Sanchez has been a featured cover artist on such international publications as Modern Drummer (USA), Musico Pro (USA), Percussioni (Italy), and Drums & Percussion (Germany).

Antonio is endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks (Antonio’s Signature model), Remo Drumheads and LP Percussion (which carries Antonio’s Signature Percussion Kit). He resides in New York City.

Lesson Packs Featuring Antonio Sanchez

Jazz Independence Pack

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Brazilian Independence Pack

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