Antonio Sanchez

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born on 1/11/1971 in México D.F., Distrito Federal, Mexico

Antonio Sanchez (drummer)

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Antonio Sanchez (drummer)
Born November 01 1971
Mexico City

Antonio Sánchez (born November 1, 1971) is a Mexican jazz drummer.[1]


Antonio Sánchez was born in Mexico City and started playing drums at the age of five. By his teen years he had already begun playing professionally. He attained a degree in classical piano from the National Conservatory in 1993 and then moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to study at Berklee College of Music. After he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies, Sanchez obtained a scholarship for a Masters in Jazz Improvisation at Boston's New England Conservatory.


While Sanchez was still at the Conservatory in 1997, his teacher, Danilo Perez, recommended him to Paquito D'Rivera for the drum chair in Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra, which led to him touring with the orchestra. Later in 1997 Perez invited Sanchez to be a part of his acoustic trio which resulted in extensive touring, and the recording of the Grammy nominated album "Motherland".[2] The tour resulted in his being heard by legendary guitarist Pat Metheny who invited Sanchez to join the Pat Metheny Group as its drummer after a series of auditions.[3]

The group recorded two albums with Sanchez. The first one, Speaking of Now, won a Grammy Award in 2003 in the "Best Contemporary Jazz Album" category. A DVD under the same name documenting the tour has been released. The second effort, The Way Up, was released in January 2005. Sanchez has been a part of various quartets and trios under Metheny's direction. The Pat Metheny Trio (Metheny on guitar, Sanchez on drums, and Christian McBride on bass) released Day Trip in January 2008 to wide acclaim amongst jazz critics.[4]

In 2007 he recorded his first solo effort, Migration. The album includes Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez and Scott Colley. All About Jazz called it "One of the best debuts of 2007."[5] Sanchez said of the album: "I didn't want people to say this is a drummer's album...I wanted it to be something that could be from any instrumentalist. I thought in terms of music, not how many solos I got and if I blew enough chops or not. I wanted the music to be very melodic and accessible and with a lot of really good interplay."[6]

Antonio has made New York City his home since 1999 and joined the Faculty of New York University in 2006.[7]



Title Release date Record label Notes
Migration 2007 Cam Jazz
Live In New York At Jazz Standard 2010 Cam Jazz

with Pat Metheny

Title Release date Record label Notes
Speaking of Now 2002 Nonesuch Records Pat Metheny Group
The Way Up 2005 Nonesuch Records Pat Metheny Group
Day Trip 2008 Nonesuch Records Pat Metheny Trio
Quartet Live 2009 Corcord Jazz with Pat Metheny, Gary Burton, Steve Swallow

with Avishai Cohen

Title Release date Record label Notes
Unity 2001 Stretch Records Avishai Cohen and the International Vamp Band


  1. [Antonio Sanchez (drummer) at All Music Guide Allmusic biography & performance credits]
  2. [1] "All About Jazz" Antonio Sanchez Bio
  3. [2] Biography in Drummer World
  4. [3] New York Times new album reviews
  5. [4] All About Jazz album review
  6. [5] Ken Micallef from Modern Drummer
  7. [6] NYU Faculty Bio

External links

  • Antonio Sanchez Homepage
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