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  • Writer's pictureRosie G.

Vinson Hekselman Sanchez

This week on our jazz cafe feature I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to feature this super jazz trio and their album, Trio Grande. Each of the members of this supergroup is sought-after jazz musicians but together they are something else. All of the members are band leaders and between them have more than 50 years of playing and composing experience.

Will Vinson is a British alto and soprano saxophonist who relocated to our hometown of New York City from London and has played with some of the best in jazz such as, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Elling, and more he has also played with Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon, and others. He has recorded over 6 albums and his musical influences range from Cannonball Adderley to Chris Potter.

Gilad Hekselman is an Israeli-born jazz guitarist who also relocated to New York City. He came to New York in 2004 to pursue his jazz training at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and a year later won the Gibson Montreaux Jazz Festival Guitar Competition award. He has played with jazz greats such as Esperanza Spalding, Chris Potter, John Schofield, and more. He has released 5 albums with this quartet.

Antonio Sanchez moved to New York City from his native Mexico to pursue his music career. He started playing drums by age 5 and later in his teens was playing professionally. While studying at the New England Conservatory of Music his teacher, Danilo Perez a Latin jazz pianist recommended Antonio to Latin jazz legend, Paquito D'Rivera for the drum chair in Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra. Since then his career has been on fire. He has played with Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Danilo Perez, Chick Correa, and many more. He recorded his debut album in 2007 titled Migration and has recorded 5 other albums including the soundtrack for the movie Birdman which starred Michael Keaton.

Together these incredibly accomplished musicians recorded this amazing album, Trio Grande which was released in November of last year. When they got together they found their chemistry exciting and not only bringing their jazz experience but also the blending of their different sounds and influences from their countries of origin. Check out this exciting trio and support independent music and musicians worldwide. Happy listening!




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