Pablo Sanhueza & Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra

February 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Blue Room
1600 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra
Pablo Sanhueza & Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra @ The Blue Room | Kansas City | Missouri | United States

The Kansas City Latin Jazz Orchestra is the premier Latin Jazz ensemble of the
Midwest, and the only performance and education non-profit in the region dedicated to
Latin Jazz, Afro-Caribbean and South American music. Founded and directed by Pablo
Sanhueza, an international percussionist, and a mainstay in Kansas City since 2003, as a recording artist, educator and bandleader as well as an ambassador of Kansas City
music in Latin America. In 2019, Pablo was endorsed by the Herbie Hancock Institute of
Jazz as well as the Chilean Office of Culture in Arica, Chile. KCLJO is both a
high-performance ensemble and an educational institution of Afro-Caribbean and South
American jazz through which three generations of Kansas City musicians have acquired the fundamental cultural competence and immersion necessary to comprehend and
honor this cultural legacy.
Some of the Afro-Cuban and World music legends with whom Sanhueza had the
fortune of spending his formative years are Jesus Alfonso, Sandy Perez, (Muñequitos
de Matanzas) & Felipe Villamil (Master artist at National Endowment for the Arts),
Congolese masters musicians Titos Sompa & Mabiba Boegne, Brazilian Mestre Carlos
Barrao (Axe Capoeira), Senegalese drummer choreographer Fara Tolno, Zimbabwean
choreographer, percussionist Rujeko Masango and Composer-Saxophonist Bobby
Watson, and shared the stage with Poncho Sanchez, Dave Valentin and hosted the
Folly Jazz Series Artist Talk with Pedrito Martinez in December 2019 . Among his peers,
and musical collaborators for over a decade are Latin Grammy Award Winner Mauricio
Salguero and Peruvian vocalist Jackie Zamora. Pablo has distinguished himself as the
foremost exponent of Latin American and Caribbean music across the Midwest–and
declared as “KC’s heart and soul of Latin music” by Jazz Ambassadors Magazine and
the Kansas City Star.