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Sanchez, Antonio

Sanchez, Antonio, drums; b. Mexico City, 1 November 1971.

At age five, Sanchez discovered an irresistible attraction towards the drumset. It wasn't long before he started studying privately with some of the best teachers that Mexico had to offer. After a few years he started performing in a wide variety of musical situations ranging from rock to jazz and Latin to fusion with several bands in the city's music scene. At age seventeen he enrolled in the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City where he pursued a degree classical piano and composition. Besides his instrumental studies he took courses on traditional harmony, counterpoint, arranging, vocal ensembles and composition while keeping busy with intensive drum practice. In 1993, after four and a half years, he earned a scholarship to pursue Jazz Studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he had the chance to study jazz arranging, improvisation, jazz composition, ear training, harmony and solfege among other music related courses. During his 4-year tenure at this institution he studied with great teachers that had extensive resumes in the international jazz scene. Some of them were Kenwood Dennard, Casey Scheurell, Victor Mendoza, John Ramsay, Ed Uribe, Hal Crook, and Bill Pierce among others. Antonio always remained very active in the local Boston scene playing and recording while finishing up his studies at Berklee. He became the first call drummer for some of New England's most active recording studios where he performed for a wide variety of artists and producers. He also played with Boston-based musicians like Gary Burton, Mick Goodrick and Danilo Perez among others. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Berklee he obtained a scholarship to study a Masters in Jazz Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston. There he studied with George Garzone and Danilo Perez. When Paquito D'Rivera called Perez for advice on someone for the drum chair in the late Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra (which D'Rivera had taken over after the great trumpet player's death) Antonio was the first recommendation that came to mind. The Orchestra embarked on a long tour and a few months later it was Perez who required Antonio's talents for the drum seat in his trio. . It was in a double bill concert in Europe that included Danilo's trio playing opposite Pat Metheny's trio where Metheny started taking notice in Antonio's drumming. After a few months of auditions he got offered the drum chair of the Pat Metheny Group for their upcoming recordings and tours. Besides playing and recording with the PMG Antonio has also toured as part of Metheny's acoustic trio. Besides playing with Metheny, D'Rivera and Perez, Antonio Sanchez has performed and recorded in several ensembles lead by atists like David Sanchez, John Patitucci's Quartet, Avishai Cohen's Group, Marcus Roberts' Trio, Dave Samuels Qtet, Claudia Acuna, Luciana Souza and Victor Mendoza among others. He has also conducted clinics and masterclases in Europe, Japan, North and Latin America.He has also been the recipient for several scholarships and awards like the Buddy Rich Memorial Scholarship, The Zildjian Award, The Boston Jazz Society Scholarship Achievement Award and Berklee's Most Outstanding Performer Award. Antonio is endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Evans Drumheads and Toca Percussion. He currently resides in New York City.

Pat Metheny Group: Speaking of Now; David Sanchez: Travesia (Grammy nominated), Melaza (Grammy nominated); Danilo Perez: Motherland (Grammy nominated); Avishai Cohen: Unity, Colors; Marcus Roberts: In Honor of Duke; Sandro Albert: Soulful People; Miguel Zenon: Looking Forward; Victor Mendoza: Black Bean Blues

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