"Mr. Sánchez plays with unforced authority and a searching, smoldering cadence."
- The New York Times
David Sanchez Quartet
Featuring: Luis Perdomo, piano
Ricky Rodriguez, bass
Henry Cole, drums
Sanchez began playing percussion and drums at age 8 before migrating to tenor saxophone four years later. While a student at the prestigious La Escuela Libre de Musica in San Juan, he also took up soprano and alto saxophones as well as flute and clarinet. The bomba and plena rhythms of Puerto Rico, along with Cuban and Brazilian traditions, were among the biggest influences on Sanchez's early taste in music. Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and John Coltrane had the greatest impact on his playing."Charlie Parker is also a major influence, of course, and many, many others."
In 1986 Sanchez enrolled at the Universidad de Puerto Rico in Rio Píedras, but the pull of New York was irresistible. By 1988 he had auditioned for and won a music scholarship at Rutgers University in New Jersey. With such close proximity to New York City, Sanchez quickly became a member of its swirling jazz scene. Some of his first New York musical experiences were with piano giant Eddie Palmieri, Hilton Ruiz and trumpeter Claudio Roditi who brought Sanchez to the attention of Jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. In 1991, Gillespie invited the young saxophonist to join his"Live the Future" tour with Miriam Makeba.
Sanchez has also performed and recorded with Kenny Barron, Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, Lalo Schifrin, Tom Harrell and had the opportunity to perform with the legendary drummer Elvin Jones.
Whether with Gillespie, Palmieri, Haden and his other jazz mentors, or under his own name, Sanchez has continued to tour extensively, bringing his mix of mainstream jazz with Afro-Latin influences to delighted audiences throughout the globe.
David has also proven to be a compelling presence with student musicians and continues to be in demand for workshops and master classes throughout the world. Sanchez's passion for teaching and sharing his art with up and coming musicians has led him to conduct clinics with students around the world. He works with high school students, and has led clinics and workshops with music students which often culminate in performances with student and faculty orchestras and big bands. In 2007 alone, he gave master classes in Brazil, at the Peabody Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University's School of Music, University of Memphis, the University of Northern Iowa, Emory University, and Georgia State University. Sanchez has also completed year- long residencies, most recently at Georgia State University, at el Conservatorio de Musica de Puerto Rico, and with the prestigious Quad City Arts program.
Concurrent with what is sure to be a crowded tour schedule, Sanchez will continue his longstanding tradition of assisting with jazz education programs. Such work, he says,"gives me great satisfaction. At the same time, it's a real challenge, and you end up learning so much yourself. You give, but you receive too. It gives me such tremendous joy. I see so much talent out there. I am very optimistic. But the music scene has become tougher than it was before and therefore there are not enough opportunities play. There's no real chance for [young players] to develop their music. The only way to truly develop is by playing. The history of jazz bears that out. They have lots of technical ability and knowledge but wisdom is knowledge applied, and their knowledge isn't getting applied as it could. I think it is not enough to study music, you need to experience it to be able to understand it's power as a way of communication."