As we celebrate Mexican and Mexican-American culture, let's go beyond tacos and tequila, and recognize Mexico's contribution to jazz and Latin jazz. This week on Saturday Jazz Caliente, we'll hear from one prominent Mexican-American Latin jazz musician, Poncho Sanchez. Here are a few more:
Trombonist Steve Turre acknowledges his heritage with sounds from the sacred shells:
Timbale player and bandleader Pete Escovedo keeps it all in the family:
The Cuban bandleader, composer and keyboardist known as the "King of the Mambo" Perez Prado moved to Mexico in 1949 and became a naturalized citizen there in 1980:
Mexican and Mexican-American musicians whose work crosses boundaries, but includes jazz influence: guitarist Carlos Santana, singer-songwriters Lila Downs and Margo Rey, drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez, bassist Abraham Laboriel and the jazz-and-funk inspired band from Guadalajara, Troker.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.