Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
For the next edition of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca, we give the drummers some.
After moving from Mexico City to the U.S. to study jazz, it didn’t take Antonio Sánchez long to find himself in the bands of international stars — folks like Pat Metheny, or Michael Brecker, or Chick Corea. It’s easy to see why he’s so busy; five minutes of watching him layer on polyrhythms will suffice. But he also has a degree in classical piano, and has made a few records which show off his composing, starting with 2007’s Migration. There’s a new one coming this year, to be called New Life — he’ll bring that music and band here.
Clarence Penn is another of those jazz-trained drummers who prove too versatile, too accomplished, too good to have too much free time. He joined Ellis Marsalis’ band when he was still in college; he’s another graduate of Betty Carter finishing school. Since then, he’s stayed busy touring with anyone and everyone — perhaps too busy to have put out a record of his own since 2002. That hopefully changes this year with the release of Dalí In Brooklyn, an album of original music for quartet; we’ll get a preview at the 92Y Tribeca.
Antonio Sanchez and Clarence Penn present their own compositions in a double bill from downtown New York as part of The Checkout: Live concert series. Both shows will be broadcast on air by WBGO and in an online video webcast on this page at NPR Music on Saturday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET. For more information about this series and the full concert archive, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.