With more than 24 albums bearing his name, Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band have served up a spicy stew of salsa, jazz, Latin jazz and soul for more than three decades. Weaving stories on the congas, the Grammy Award-winning artist has become renowned for having “perfected the unions of Afro-Cuban polyrhythms and jazz melodies,” according to Jazz Series Review. He leads the world’s most popular Latin-jazz group in infectious performances of funky melodies and soulful beats. Performing with Sanchez is legendary Latin jazz pianist and composer Eddie Palmieri, who has collected nine Grammy Awards, released more than 40 albums and was named a 2013 NEA Jazz Master. For Latin New Yorkers of Eddie’s generation, music was a vehicle out of the barrio, and Palmieri had the gas pedal pressed all the way down. Born and raised in the South Bronx by Puerto Rican parents, he first performed at Carnegie Hall at age 11 and formed his first band at age 14. Since then, he’s collaborated with artists ranging from Cal Tjader to Tito Puente, made his mark as one of the first bandleaders to introduce trombones to traditional salsa music, and enchanted audiences around the world with his irresistible salsa sound. See both of these amazing bands at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.