5 Drummerszone artists - Antonio Sanchez

Antonio Sanchez
* November 01, 1971
Mexico, United States
Antonio Sanchez was born in Mexico City November 1st, 1971. At age five, he discoreved 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 Mexico 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 instrumetal 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 of study at the mexican institution, Sanchez 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 Sanchez 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 had the privilege of playing with Boston-based most renowned musicians like Gary Burton, Mick Goodrick and Danilo Perez among others.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Berklee, Sanchez 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 Mr. Perez for advice on someone for the drum chair in the late Dizzy Gillespie's United Nation Orchestra (which Mr. 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 Mr. Perez who required Antonio's talents for the drum seat in his trio. They toured extensively for a couple of years and recorded the Grammy nominated album "Motherland".

It was in a double bill concert in Europe that included Danilo's trio playing opposite Pat Metheny's trio where Mr. 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.

The Group already recorded it's first album ("Speaking of Now") since Antonio's addition to the PMG. It won a Grammy in 2003 under the "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" category. In addition to 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 artists like Michael Brecker with whom he recorded his last album ("Wide Angles"), David Sanchez, (with whom he recorded "Melaza" and "Travesia", which are two of his three Grammy nominated albums), John Patitucci's Quartet, Avishai Cohen's Group (Antonio appears on "Colors" and "Unity") Marcus Robert's Trio ("In Honor of Duke"), Dave Samuels Qtet, Claudia Acuna, Luciana Souza and Victor Mendoza ("Black Bean Blues") among others.

Antonio Sanchez has conducted clinics and masterclases in Europe, Japan, North and Latin America including the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival Weekend. 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.