“David Sanchez is no stranger to these shores and will make his seventh appearance here at next week’s Jerusalem Jazz Festival (December 2 to 4). He first put lips to horn in this part of the world 24 years ago when, as an up-and-coming young saxophonist, the Puerto Rican had the privilege to be part of the United Nation Orchestra led by legendary trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
Grammy Award winner Sanchez doffs his derby to Gillespie and credits him with helping his artistic development move in the desired direction.
“I was blessed to be able to play with Dizzy,” he says. “I came to Israel with him in 1991 and again in 1992, and we did tours together. And later I came to Israel with my own bands. I have always had a good time in Israel, and I am really excited to be going back.”“