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Live Latin Jazz and Dance Music This Week and Next

Grammy Award winner and Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement honoree Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band return to Seattle's Jazz Alleytonight through Sunday, July 21. 

Enjoy this 12-minute mini-documentary compiled from the films "Poncho Sanchez:  Keeper of the Flame" and "Poncho @ Montreux."

Also tonight, Dancing Til Dusk presents "Fire on the Bricks"--salsa dancing in Seattle' Occidental Square with Tumbao from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (the first hour is a beginning dance lesson).

Next week at Ellensburg's Jazz in the Valley Festival, you'll have the opportunity to listen and dance to some more of the Northwest's finest salsa and Latin jazz. 

Cambalache Salsa tours the Northwest, Alaska and Canada, and they're bringing their very special blend of dance music to Jazz in the Valley on Friday night, July 26 on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion.  

Trombanga, the trombone-rich Latin jazz and salsa band is based in Seattle and features Susan Pascal on vibes.  Catch them twice at Jazz in the Valley on Saturday July 27:  in the afternoon on the Main Stage at the Rotary Pavilion and again that night at The River@Grand Central.  

Tune in for great Latin jazz on Jazz Caliente, Thursdays at 2pm on KPLU's Mid Day Jazz!


Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.