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Jazz Birthdays: Clifford and Poncho | October 30, 2012

Clifford Brown  1930-1956

The gifted trumpeter and composer was tragically killed in a car accident when he was only 25.  By all accounts, a clean-living (except for his passion for doughnuts!), sweet-natured man, his talent was evident in every performance and recording he made.

“I doubt if we’ll ever see the trumpet played that way again.” –Nicholas Payton

Poncho Sanchez  1951

Conguero and bandleader, Poncho’s been at it for over 30 years.  He grew up hearing jazz, Latin jazz and soul, and he’s been very successful in mixing those genres in his music.  He laughs and nods when I say his blend of jazz, blues, Latin and Motown sounds like heaven to me.  As a teen, he taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales, but eventually settled on the congas, ending up in Cal Tjader’s band at age 24.

“I’ve been doing this since way before the music became popular.” –Poncho Sanchez

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