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Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band, Free Concert 10/3, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, San Francisco

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Linda Lucero, Executive/Artistic Director of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF), today announced the 2010 'Latin Jazz Tardeada,' a free outdoor concert with Grammy-winning conguero Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Yerba Buena Gardens in downtown San Francisco from 1:00pm--3:00pm. “Tardeada," meaning afternoon gathering or party, will be a celebration of the YBGF's 10th Anniversary and the grand finale of the Festival's annual Latin Jazz Series, a major program component of the Festival. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission Street and Howard Street and 3rd and 4th Streets in downtown San Francisco. For more information, visit www.ybgf.org or call (415) 543-1718.

For this event, YBGF will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with the 40th Anniversary of the Mission District's Galería de la Raza. Since 1970, Galería de la Raza has been at the forefront of raising the visibility and appreciation of Chicano and Latino arts and culture in the Bay Area and beyond. There is much to celebrate, including the inspiration that the arts can provide during difficult times.

“Poncho Sanchez is an ideal headliner for our Latin Jazz Tardeada because he exemplifies many of the artistic values we regard in our programs," says Lucero. “He shares in the belief with YBGF and Galería de la Raza does that music is a transformative art that reaches across all barriers of time, space, ethnicity, and politics. The goal of the much-anticipated Tardeadas is to bring the best and most cutting-edge Latin jazz composers and musicians in the world to Yerba Buena Gardens."

The elder statesman of Latin-jazz, Grammy-winner and dynamo of Afro-Cuban percussion, Poncho Sanchez is one of the top Latin jazz artists of our time, renowned for creating a unique style of “Chicano conguero." Sanchez' version of Latin jazz comes from a multicultural perspective and a variety of experiences. His interpretation of traditional Afro-Cuban music is rooted in his Tejano-Chicano upbringing and for his early years performing with vibraphonist Cal Tjade. For this performance, Sanchez and his formidable combo will alternate between dance--inducing mambo beats, scorching salsa soul and tightly arranged jazz numbers plus material from his twenty-fourth recording on Concord Records, Psychedelic Blues.

2010 LATIN JAZZ TARDEADA
Poncho Sanchez & His Latin Jazz Band
Sunday, October 3, 2010, 1:00pm-3:00pm, Free
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
(415) 543-1718

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