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Tucson Jazz Festival Adds Poncho Sanchez To Lineup

The line-up for the 5th annual Tucson Jazz Festival, scheduled for Jan. 11 to 21, 2019, now features Poncho Sanchez, who will be headlining the free Downtown Jazz Fiesta on Monday, January 21.

As the finale, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will transform downtown Tucson into a concert destination with 30 bands performing in 5 venues including 2 outdoor stages on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. In addition to live performances, the Downtown Jazz Fiesta will include beer gardens, food trucks featuring a variety of cuisines, art demonstrations, interactive experiences and the unique and eclectic bars and restaurants of downtown.    

Poncho Sanchez is a Mexican-American conguero, Latin jazz band leader, and salsa singer. In 2000, he and his ensemble won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album for their work on the Concord Picante album Latin Soul. Sanchez has performed with artists including Cal Tjader, Mongo Santamaría, Hugh Masekela, Clare Fischer and Tower of Power.

“This year, with the addition of Poncho Sanchez, we expect the Downtown Jazz Fiesta to continue to grow and we are anticipating more than 15,000 attendees,” said Yvonne Ervin, founding executive director and current artistic director.

The 11-day Tucson Jazz Festival will also feature performances by Joey Alexander plus the Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band with special guest Terell Stafford, Bobby McFerrin, Asleep at the Wheel, Trombone Shorty, Pink Martini and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Special EXF with special guests Regina Carter and Eric Marienthal, Tucson Swings Brightly: The Music of Nelson Riddle featuring Ann Hampton Callaway, and an all-women double bill with the Magos Herrera Quartet and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.

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