David Sanchez took up the conga when he was eight and started playing tenor at age 12. He from a performing arts high school in 1986, spent a year studying psychology, and then moved to New York City in 1988, having decided to become a musician.
Sanchez attended Rutgers University, studying with Kenny Barron
, Ted Dunbar
,, also getting the opportunity to play with Dizzy Gillespie
's small group. Since then he has toured with the Philip Morris SuperBand, recorded with Slide Hampton
, Charlie Sepulveda
, Kenny Drew Jr.
, Ryan Kisor
, Danilo Perez
, Rachel Z.
, and Hilton Ruiz
(among others), and headed his own sessions for Columbia. David Sanchez is a tenor player whose music mixes together Afro-Cuban rhythms with advanced bebop on releases like 1994's Sketches of Dreams and 1996's Street Scenes. Obsession followed two years later and Melaza in mid-2000. Since that time, Sanchez has kept busy releasing Travesía in 2001, Coral in 2004 and Cultural Survival in 2008. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi